Autumn

Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cookies – Double the Fun!

Halloween Pumpkin cookies

These Halloween Pumpkin Cookies are the perfect treat for your family or neighborhood friends. They have a cute pumpkin face and are filled with rich chocolate frosting. I love this time of the year.  Our neighborhood kids are out playing most of the time, and it is a lot of fun to treat them to…

Halloween Cross-Stitch patterns – Crafting Spooky Embroidery Designs

Yarn, pillows and Halloween cross stitch projects.

These Halloween cross-stitch patterns are a great way for those who love to embroider to celebrate the holidays with their craft. If this is you, stitch one up an embroidery design today! Difference between cross-stitch and embroidery Some people use the two terms to indicate a similar technique, that of stitching a pattern on a…

Decorating with Indian Corn for Thanksgiving – Indian Corn Decorations

Indian Corn Decorations

Fall is the time for decorating with Indian corn. These rustic ears of ornamental corn are the perfect addition to any Autumn decorating project. Rustic and colorful, this variety of corn has been around for centuries. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some of the links below are affiliate links. I earn…

Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks – Carve a Pumpkin Easily

Skeleton head inside another carved pumpkin

These pumpkin carving tips will bring out the artist in any budding Halloween decorator and give you a fun decor item to share in your home. If you have tried your hand at pumpkin carving, you will know that an easy Jack o Lantern design is not too difficult. But attempting more elaborate designs may…

Knucklehead Pumpkins – Why do Pumpkins Have Warts?

2 Knucklehead pumpkins on a wire reel.

Knucklehead pumpkins, as the name suggests, are covered with warts that are reminiscent of the knuckles on your hand. This type of pumpkin, along with heirloom pumpkins of various colors and shapes, are all the trend right now for decorating. Have you ever headed to to pumpkin patch to get your pumpkin to carve only…

Halloween Witches Brew Cocktail – Fruity and Tart Halloween Drink

Witches brew Halloween cocktail and spooky props

Halloween is right around the corner and that means that it is time for some spooky cocktail recipes. Fruity and delicious, this Halloween Witches Brew Cocktail is the perfect way to get your holiday party started. The leaves are falling, the temperatures are getting colder and the holiday season is approaching again. Where on earth…

Terra Cotta Pumpkin – Recycled Clay Pot Pumpkin Candy Dish

Finished clay pot pumpkin

Don’t you just love fast and easy home decor ideas that add seasonal flair to your home at very little cost? Me, too!  This terra cotta pumpkin looks great as a decor item and also does double duty as a candy dish.  Win – win in my book! Thanksgiving tablescapes often make use of a…

Front Porch Decor for Fall – Autumn Entry Decorating Ideas

front porch decor for fall

It’s that time of the year.  Pumpkins, Indian Corn and autumn plants all help to make this front porch decor for fall a hit with visitors! Each year, I use supplies from the previous porch but mix them up a bit to make my fall front porch decor a little extra special. This year, I…

Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Cold hardy vegetable

Many of us have very cold temperatures going on right now but it’s never too early to plan ahead for vegetable gardening. These Cold Hardy Vegetables are perfect for the cool weather of early spring and good one to think about planting soon. The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it…

Thanksgiving Tablescapes and Holiday Table Ideas

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

These Thanksgiving Tablescapes and holiday table ideas are so earthy and warm too, with all the colors of fall.Thanksgiving will soon be here and it’s the perfect time to bring out the big ideas for Table decorations. A tablescape is a term used to describe the decoration of the entire table top.  The upcoming holiday…

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices – Warm Cinnamon Apples

cinnamon baked apple slices

These cinnamon baked apple slices have a thick brown sugar glaze but is not too sweet, since I used tart Granny Smith apples. Ever since I was a little girl, apples and pork were flavors that I really loved.  I often make homemade applesauce to go with a pork dish but for tonight’s dinner, I…

Fall Blooming Perennials and Annuals for Bold Color

Fall Blooming Plants

Are you wondering what to plant in the fall when the summer flowers have all but stopped their show of color?  These fall blooming perennials and annuals will add that last touch of bold color in most gardening zones. These late bloomers will grow in most planting zones and will give new life to a…

Planting Garlic – Tips for Growing and Harvesting

Planting growing and harvesting garlic tips

Planting Garlic works best if you do it in the fall. It is very easy to grow and gives you bulbs to use in cooking for much of the year.  Be sure to get the heads for planting from a reputable supplier. There are many types members of the allium family. Garlic is one of…

Growing Cilantro – How to Grow, Harvest and Use Fresh Cilantro

Love it or hate it, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is still one of the most popular herbs for kitchen gardens . Growing Cilantro is quite easy as long as you take care to keep it away from the hottest heat. Cilantro is a staple of Mexican and Asian cooking. It makes a great garnish and is best served…

Hasselback Baked Apples – Tasty Gluten Free Sliced Apples Recipe

These hasselback baked apples are a fun take on the traditional baked apple recipe. Instead of hollowing out the apple and adding a filling, the apple is thinly  sliced and then drizzled with a delicious buttery brown sugar topping. A crunchy gluten free flour and oat topping completes this delicious dessert recipe. When you are…

One Pot Beef Curry and Vegetables – Easy Thai Curry Recipe

Thai red curry

This delicious one pot beef curry recipe is big on flavor but low on calories. It truly is one of the easiest curries that you can make, but don’t let that fool you.  The flavor is amazing!  This Thai curry is a gluten free and easy to make meal that will delight your family. I…

Flower Bulb Types – Understanding Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers

Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers Bulbets and Tuberous roots are part of the geophyte family

Flowering bulbs are some of the easiest plants to grow.  Some of the spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips, crocuses and daffodils will give you weeks for flowering long before other perennials have started to show up.  How well do you know your flower bulb types?  Do the words bulbs corms rhizomes tubers and bulbets…

Caramel Apple Recipes – Toffee Apple Desserts & Treats

Caramel apple desserts

These caramel apple recipes feature the regular toffee apple snack as well as bars, cookies and other desserts that deliver the fabulous taste of this traditional fall treat. The recipes show that the caramel apple flavor is more than just a snack on a stick. Did you know that October 31 is National Caramel Apple…

Fall Foliage – Garden Fences and Gates in Autumn

Fall Foliage - Garden Fences and Gates

Is fall foliage at its peak where you live? Here in NC, the colors are ablaze. In these photos garden fences and gates, surrounded by the colorful fall leaves, tell the story of the change of seasons beautifully. Fall blooming perennials and annuals are available, but nature gives us a pop of color each year…