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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Night Before Thanksgiving

Well it is the night before Thanksgiving and my house is turned up side down. My husband is home sick, in bed with the flu so instead of making turkey for dinner tomorrow I plan to make organic turkey and vegetable soup. I will serve the homemade soup with biscuits. Then for dessert the cupcakes I made yesterday.


We planned on going to my brothers for Thanksgiving we were going to get up early and drive but one never plans on getting sick so when the flu strikes you really need to stay home and take care of your loved ones. So tomorrow we will be home and while my husband rests on the sofa I will continue decorating the house for Christmas.


I hope you all had a wonderful autumn season and I just want to thank you all for following my autumn season blog, I appreciate your comments and shares on social media.



Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving

Susan

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Baking Day A Fall Tradition

Today my husband and I made plans to have a baking day on Sunday. This fall baking day is a tradition at our house as it enables us to get all the bake goods made, put into tins and ready for handing out during the holidays.

We will bake all day to get ready for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. We have several bushels of apples so all of our family recipes for apples will be made. Apple walnut cake, apple muffins, apple pie, apple cranberry pie, apple turnovers and more apple goodies will be made on our traditional baking day.
All of our baking will be done in our small kitchen, and  we might get into each others way but I hope not.  I think the day will be fun and will be setting up the dinging room table and buffet as the holding station.  Everything will be cooled there and then put into holiday tins.
Do you have a baking tradition that you do with your family?

Here is a recipe for Apple pie made with real apples not store bought in a can.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Organizing and Storing Holiday Decorations



This morning I ventured into my husband domain and realized that the garage needed organization. Know that straightening the garage is a thing that I do every autumn because it makes finding the holiday decorations easier.
My husband says he knows where everything is but to tell you the truth it looks like a fire hazard. Clutter everywhere and stacks of old newspapers that are being saved to recycle , nothing in place, storage boxes not organized and golly I have no idea what is in them.


Everything in the garage needs to be gone through and it is time to get rid of what we have not used in the last two years. I prefer to not hold onto things for a rainy day. I think it is better to donate to a charity so that somebody can put good use to the item.

To make the garage easier to go through we will divide it up into section. Take everything out to the covered carport to go through the boxes, take out what we do not use and then repack the storage containers and label the outside.
Once the garage is organized and the cement floor swept and mopped then it will be so organized that the holiday decorations will be easy to find.  The last thing I want to do come Christmas is looking through containers in a cold garage. 
All items in cardboard boxes will be removed and repacked into plastic storage containers

Know that we are unpacking the cardboard storage boxes and restoring items into plastic storage bins with locking lids and they are on wheels. I found them at Lowes.com and they are great when you have to transport them to your home for packing or unpacking holiday decorations.

It is helpful to buy large storage containers in a variety of colors.  You can find the colors at the end of the season.  After Christmas it is easy to find red or green containers, after Halloween orange containers then the rest of the year the containers are blue or clear.
Here are some storage labels for your containers that will help you to find what you are looking for.
Red is a good color to use for a storage label because it is easy to see. Use a black waterproof marking pen to write on the label. Then highlight in yellow.


Use this label to check off the contents of the storage container.

Must Have Drink Coasters for Thanksgiving

Today I started my list of the things that I need for Thanksgiving. Know that I am not having a large family gathering but will be making the traditional turkey dinner for my immediate family and a few elderly neighbors that live alone. Whenever I entertain my guests do not hang out in the kitchen but instead sit in the living room where my antique furniture is and realized I must have drink coasters to protect hardwood from water rings.

Add Thanksgiving coasters to your seasonal decorations. Set them on your tables to protect the wood surface, they also are a good accent.


I have some generic looking bamboo coasters that I picked up at Pierone.com but they are not festive. This year I must have drink coasters for Thanksgiving that will coordinate with my room theme. In my search for autumn season coasters I did look at Target and Walmart and realized that inexpensive was not the answer. I wanted a drink coaster that was unique and decided to shop at zazzle.com.

Zazzle has some fantastic sales plus the designs are one of kind because products are created by designers. So the coasters that I feature on my coffee and end tables will be works of art. Click here for coupon codes.

Here are some Thanksgiving drink coasters that are must haves.


Spice up your coffee table or desk with these handcrafted, custom wood coasters made with beautiful Maple plywood! Made in the USA from sustainably harvested woods.



Decorate your home with custom coasters! Made with high-gloss plastic and a non-skid cork backing. These plastic Thanksgiving drink coasters come in set of 6. They are good to have for beverages and I like to set a coaster under a vase of flowers.

Decorate your home with custom drink coasters! Simple, yet substantial, these coasters will look great in any room in your house. Made to keep your tables scratch-free, our custom sandstone coasters have a cork backing, so you can use them on any surface. This autumn leaves drink coaster has a classic appeal and can be used throughout the autumn season.


Easy Outdoor Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Greet your holiday guests with outdoor Thanksgiving decorations. This porch or yard display is eye appealing and easy to make. You do not have to go crazy with buying stuff for a feature yard display, when it comes to Thanksgiving less can be more.


For this easy yard or front porch display you will need a bale of straw, a potted mum, pumpkin and 4 to six stalks of dried corn that are tied together so they stand upright.  I use craft wire to secure the corn stalks the wire is strong and you can easily look the wire so that it can attache to the support. 

If you plan to use feature this display in the yard then dig a hole, insert PVC pipe or plant stake into the ground. Make sure the upright plant stake is at least three feet tall and then tie the corn stalks to this support so that they stand upright. For a porch you can tie the bunch of corn stalks together and set therm in a corner, use the porch wall as support.
 
Happy Thanksgiving with Fall Trees Lawn Sign
Happy Thanksgiving with Fall Trees Lawn Sign by daisylin712
Find more Happy thanksgiving greeting Yard Signs at Zazzle
In front to the corn stalks set the bale of straw, on top of the bale of straw set a potted mum and a pumpkin. Make or buy a welcome sign or “Happy Thanksgiving” greeting sign. And the display is done.

Other outdoor Thanksgiving decorations that you may like:


Monday, November 2, 2015

Sweet Treats for Thanksgiving

When it comes to planning dessert for Thanksgiving many will bake pumpkin pies.  While the pies are delicious they are also time consuming and so this year I am ordering some delectable desserts from zazzle.com.






Here are a few of these delectable desserts.  Yes I know that they look so pretty, so take  a photo and then bite into one...oh my gosh the moist cake, the succulent flavor...these homemade desserts melt in your mouth.  Click the link to view all desserts available, and order a few for your Thanksgiving dessert tray.

Know that my husband bought me the cake pops last Christmas and I served them at a small get together, my guests did not hesitate to grab a cake pop and when they took a bite, the room was silent. Not one person spoke a word until after they had devoured their decadent dessert.  Yes they are that good, in fact after you eat one of these desserts you will know that they were worth the price and then some.  But if you shop now you will find that zazzle.com has awesome sales and you can buy these desserts at a discount.

 There are a variety of desserts to choose from, shortbread cookies, chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies, cake pops, chocolate brownies, & more! *Customize with your choice of background color, or add your own text. Sweet treats are great severed at holiday parties, in gift bags, favors, or gifts!  They are also good to keep for yourself and eat after everyone goes to bed. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.








Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas - Deer Head with Antlers

When it comes to decorating our living space with wildlife accents I think that faux taxidermy is best.  So when I found this resin Stag Deer Head at zazzle.com I was delighted.  This deer head is very lifelike and will add ambiance to your living space, office and mancave.

The deer heads come in a variety of colors, including a natural white and black and then there are trendy colors; gold, silver pink and blue. Having so many colors to choose from will enable you to compliment your homes color scheme. Or you could buy a few deer heads and hang them on your feature wall and make a fabulous statement.



When it comes to decorating my home for the the autumn season I think the gold metallic resin deer head is elegant.  The color will compliment my dark hardwood furniture and think it will add ambiance to the room.   The deer head alone is fabulous but I may decorate those antlers with autumn garland on Thanksgiving day.


View more White faux Stag Deer Heads at zazzle.com

I think it would be fun to decorate the deer head and then hang it in the foyer.  I know my brother and his kids would have a good laugh .  So on Thanksgiving I think I will decorate this elegant Stag Deer Head with Antlers with garland and pumpkin ornaments.  Here is a collage that I created to give you an  idea.  

Decorate your Deer Head for Thanksgiving


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Autumn Fashion Look for Work and Gatherings

Today I was shopping at OartTee for a fashion tee to go with high waist black jeans and pumpkin color jacket.  I needed a autumn style fashion outfit to wear to meet with clients, go out to lunch and for casual fall gatherings with family and friends.

OartTee has a variety of seasonal t-shirts and all are created by designers so there is no chance that you will show up at a fall party wearing the same shirt as your friend.  I bought the autumn style leaf print shirt today.  I know I will love it because I can wear it with jeans or with black plants or skirt.

This tee can be dressed up or dressed down it all depends on what you wear and how you accessorize it.  Here is a fashion set that I created at Polyvore.  This set will show a autumn look that is a must have in your wardrobe.  I don't know about you but I think I could even wear this outfit to church.

What do you think, do you love the leaf print tee from OartTee.com?

Autumn Style Puppies Pumpkins and OartTee

Monday, October 5, 2015

Missouri Has Fun Fall Activities for Family


October is a busy month because we plan road trips to attend the autumn festivals in SW Missouri.   

This area in Missouri is is know for the autumn attractions, the Ozark Mountains has scenery that is gorgeous especially when the leaves change. Then there are small towns located in SW Missouri that offer autumn festivals; we enjoy comfort food, live entertainment, wholesome fun for the kids, crafts and art exhibit, all in a historic downtown area.  


So today I planned our road trips for the autumn season.  Normally we pack a bag and take a road trip to the small towns located in SW Missouri; Joplin, Neosho and Carthage are our favorites. 

This year we will be attending quite a few events; Oktoberfest, car show, Maple Leaf Parade and hope to attend a spook house and must go on the Historic Haunted house walking tour.  


We are so looking forward to the Autumn festivals in SW Missouri because we find the people to be friendly, food is delicious and attractions are fun.

Do you make plans for fall activities for your family?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Decorating Bedroom for Autumn





Today I took some time to make plans to decorate my bedroom for the autumn season. Granted I have never decorated my bedroom for the change of seasons but since my husband has been spending more time in our newly renovated room I thought I would pop decorate it so we can both it enjoy this space throughout the season..
The fall colors are warm and earthy; gold, orange, brown and touches of gold. These colors will give the bedroom a cozy feeling and it will be a great place for my husband to relax.
We just painted the walls a warm flax color and I do not plan on painting an accent wall, instead I will hang a few seasonal posters in hardwood frames. I also thought chocolate brown or pumpkin spice drapes would be eye appealing window treatments. Then all that would be needed would be a garland of fall colored maple leaves to drape across the drapery rod or maybe accent the post as a wall decoration.
Presently our comforter set is chocolate brown and instead of buying a duvet cover I think I will update the bed with assorted seasonal pillows and add a fall theme printed fleece blanket.
Then for the dresser I thought I would add lamp and a stack of books. I think this would create a focal area that would be eye appealing.

Do you decorate your master bedroom for the autumn season. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Decorating for Fall Season: Sofa Gets an Update



When it comes to decorating your living space for fall you do not have to go nuts, don't have to spend a lot of money. You can shop online at zazzle.com and watch for the sales then buy four throw pillows in a variety of shapes and colors.
I have bought several pillows on sale at zazzle and my husband loves them. So this year I am shopping at zazzle for my fall decoration and for sofa throw pillow and blanket. Know that when the season changes and the nights get cold my husband and I are real comfortable on the sofa thanks to the pillows and light weight sofa throw. On chilly nights we like a fleece blanket because the texture provides warmth and the feel is oh so cozy.
If you do plan to shop at zazzle for your fall home decoration I would recommend that you take advantage of the Zazzleblack shipping perk. You get free standard shipping for a year for $9.95. Unlimited shipping on all orders for products plus there is a 30 day free trail. Let me tell you it is worth it to get the zazzle black because shipping is expensive otherwise.


My likes for fall season sofa update decorations

Cozy fleece blanket with autumn leaf design.
Autumn leaves William Morris vintage pattern Fleece
Blanket
Autumn leaves William Morris vintage pattern Fleece Blanket by YANKAdesigns
Check out other William morris Fleece Blankets at zazzle.com


Light weigh autumn leaves sofa throw, for cool evening comfort or for sofa accent.


Cozy and Comfortable throw pillows in a variety of styles, colors and shapes.




And if you want to stretch out on the sofa know that his body pillow will provide you with a support and comfort. Great for your back and for women who are pregnant.

Fall Season Came Early This Year

I had a feeling that our fall season would come early this year because our August weather was 20 degrees cooler than normal. In fact there were a few nights in August that were cold. When the temperature dipped into the low 50's in August it felt more like early fall. Then came September and the weather was cooler than usual. Fall has come very early this year and with the season change there is more work to do and less time to enjoy my yard and garden.
Today I spent most of the day outdoors doing what I can to manicure the yard and gardens before this weeks cold weather forecast. I made a point to remove the fallen leaves from my irises and to cut back annual plants that have started to die.

The four O clock flowers have gone to seed and gathered the seeds for winter storage. 

 Now that the fall season is here I am thinking more about decorating my porch and updating the planters with hardy flowers like pansies and kale. I think tomorrow I will go to the pumpkin patch and see about buying a few nicely shaped pumpkin. I will also head over to Lowes garden center and buy a few potted Chrysanthemums for a lawn decorations.   

Monday, September 14, 2015

My Likes: Zazzle Halloween Looks for Baby Girl



Halloween is a special time for babies especially if it is their first. Granted they are too little to go tick or treating but that does not mean that they cannot look the part. I always love it when the little ones arrive at my door in their stroller. Parents dress them in Halloween t-shirts and the girls in tutus. They are so precious. So today I am shopping for Halloween for babies because this year I have an adorable niece to buy for.



I am not someone who drives all over town for shopping, I think the malls are a waste of time and energy.  When I shop it is online and my first stop was Amazon because they have really cute outfits for babies and toddlers. I saw a few outfits for baby girls by Calvin Klein that I liked and a Steve Madden fleece hoodie but they were all baby gifts that would be perfect for Christmas. They were not what I was looking for so I headed over to zazzle.com.

A few of my friends have adorable kids shops at zazzle and I really love the products that they create for baby girls and boys. They tell me that one crawler, bib or tee takes them several hours to create. I do appreciate the time and effort that they put into their baby clothes because they are adorable and unique.

Here are a few of my favorite Halloween tees, bodysuits and accessorizes for baby girl.  I think these Halloween looks are too cute.  Do you agree?






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Country Style Halloween Bibs
Country Style Halloween Bibs by BohemianBoundProduct
Look at more Halloween Baby Bib at zazzle




If you like any of the adorable Halloween products shown click the link to view at the store or to buy.  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Season Change: Autumn Nights are Cooler

When I look out my window I can see that the leaves are falling  from the  oak trees and accumulating on the lawn. Plus the sweet autumn clematis  and chrysanthemums are in full bloom.  Nature has a way of telling us when the summer is ending.  Yes the season is changing, fall flowers are blooming and cooler temperature is in the forecast.

Chrysanthemums in bloom, they are Falls flower
Today I turned off our air-conditioner and opened up the windows.  The high was 72 degrees.  Airing out my house sure was nice however I did close the window about ten this evening because the breeze felt cold.

Presently the thermostat outdoors says it is 57 degrees and the low tonight will be 48.    That is  too cold for this time of the year and I need to get ready for a cooler than usual autumn this year. 

Tomorrow I will be busy with indoor activities.  I want to pack up my summer pastel clothing because the season has changed.  It is time to get out the darker colored tee's, jeans, cords, light flannel shirts and find suitable shoes.

Here is a transitional tee that is perfect for the autumn season.



There will still be some days that are hot so a few short sleeve tees and capri pants will be good on those days but shorts and pastel floral tops are last season and they will be packed  tomorrow in under the bed storage containers.  Then I will go up to the attic to look for the alternative down comforter for our bed because it will keep us warm when autumn nights are cool.  

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day packing up summer clothes and getting ready for the autumn season.  


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kitchen Gets an Autumn Decor Makeover

Many people decorated their living room for the autumn season, but not me.  Know that when it comes time to decorate I will add touches of the season in my bedroom, bathroom and living room but  my kitchen  is one room that I go all out and  really decorate for the season.
 Know that my kitchen and breakfast nook is where my family and friends gather; it is the room in the house that has the most traffic.  So this room will look like autumn and will have a yummy scent of freshly baked pumpkin pie. 
  I  will decorate the kitchen with the colors of green, orange, gold and brown by adding a autumn leaves printed tablecloth, and seasonal dinner plates, coffee mugs and other kitchen accessories to my bakers rack, china cabinet and counter tops. 
 I will also add silk floral arrangement and swags above my patio doors. My autumn decorated kitchen is eye appealing and welcoming to all.  
Autumn Leaves Tablecloth

 
 Know that I will set a Yankee Candle; spiced autumn 22 ounce jar on top of my refrigerator and will let this candle burn all day long. The fragrance from this candle is delightful; freshly baked pumpkin that is spiced with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. It is the perfect scented candle for your autumn decorated kitchen.  Friends and neighbors tend to visit more in the autumn months, they come to sit at my kitchen table, drink a cup of pumpkin spice coffee and to enjoy the seasonal decorations. All enjoy the warm and relaxing ambiance.  
Put together a centerpiece for your kitchen that features harvest fruits and flowers.


Autumn theme taplescape featuring rustic floral centerpieces and ceramic pumpkins
Here are a few of my autumn home décor designs, if you would like to view them in high resolution or BUY then click on the blue text bellow the image. Click here to view my autumn home décor collection I hope you are inspired to decorated your kitchen with an autumn theme.