Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Time to start getting the Halloween tables going!  I know I have more ghosty stuff, but I didn’t get to that bin yet!

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The centerpiece is a foam ghost from Michael’s, nested in a bowl with lights and veiling.

Picture 592Picture 591 A cute little place mat, (WSonoma outlet) over a black tablecloth.

Then a black charger (CTree Shops) white square plate, and patterned salad that I found in the clearance at HG  for.70

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Black soup bowl by Nautica that I found when Pfaltzgraff had a clearance center next to the outlet. 

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.48!  Made in the USA, see that Pat, Mille Favioriti!  :)  I got the mugs for that price too.  I sure miss that place!

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Black checked napkin, really a bandana from Walmart.

I used a white alabaster napkin ring and I will write the names on he little ghosts.

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Ghost salad plates, 1.00 at CTree Shops.

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Black stems from Pier One a few yrs ago, on sale for less than 2.00.  I think they were 5.00 originally.

I have a set of  battery operated lights from QVC lights in the netting, but I have to work on hiding it better!

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For dinner we will have Ghost Pie…

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Which is really Shepherd’s Pie with the mashed potatoes piped on and pulled up to look like ghosts.

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Use your imagination!  :)

And for dessert…Cookies made with nut molds.  I will do a post on those soon!

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Thanks for visiting!

Next week those Naughty Witches will be on the fly again. Don’t feel safe if you got a visit last year, cause if you are still a visitor here, you could be on the list!  :)

You can read their adventures starting here. Part 2 and Part 3

Maybe some of the bloggers I wrote about will see their names.  Some of them missed it last year!

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Gollum  for Foodie Friday and Suzy  at Kitchen Bouquets for Flashback Friday.

Monday, September 27, 2010

PEARings for a Pair

I am like Cathy at Wives with Knives.  In her last post she said how she bought so much produce at the market where she has her booth on Sat.  and then has to cook them all!

I do that too, and I don’t like too many veggies.  I can list them on one hand!

But I love going to the farm this time of year and bringing home the fresh veggies and fruit.

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I got this pair of pear chargers a few years ago.  They are wood.

They were in the clearance section. for 2.00 at HG.
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Some pear candles for a simple centerpiece.

Marked down after the holiday last year.

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A pear side plate from Target, green flatware from Cmas Tree Shop.

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Green napkin, Villeroy and Boch,  in a black stemmed  chunky glass .96 from the Pfaltzgraff clearance outlet store a few years ago. Sadly they closed all their stores., green placemat over yellow cloth.

I used clear glass plates as not to cover the pretty pears.

To go along with the theme…

Acorn squash, stuffed with pears, apples and nuts.

(Cut the squash in half, deseed, place cut side down in a baking pan with some water.  Bake for 30 min, fill with the poached pear, apples, butter, cinnamon , brown sugar, s and p   and nut mixture.  Return to the oven and bake another 15 min Drizzle with pancake syrup if you like it sweeter.)

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For dessert, a pear baked in puff pastry.

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I drizzled some caramel sauce on after I took this pic.


A little table for the pair of us!

Thanks for visiting!

Hey there’s a lively discussion about Blogger Etiquette going on over at In the Middle of Nowhere.  Very interesting reading!

I am reposting this for Diann's Thrifty Tablescape Party.
Thanks to all the hostesses!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Just an Apple Pickin’ Minute!

With apologies to my Southern friends who have cotton pickin’ minutes!

We have been going to the same farm to pick apples for 20 years.  It is down by the ocean hidden in a residential neighborhood.  I guess at one time it was mostly farm land.

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This is a Mutzu, very similar to a Granny Smith.  There are about 10 different varieties you can pick there. 

This one weighs a whopping 1 lb and 7/8 oz!

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Lily picked this one.  She left it here by mistake and called to remind her Nana not to turn it into pie!

It doesn’t take long to fill the bag.  Here’s my youngest gson selecting the perfect apple. They are low so even the littlest can pick!

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But I did turn some into this…

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Dipped in chocolate, slathered with caramel, and dusted with toasted walnuts.


It’s a big apple, so when we have company I make  a few and slice them to serve with the other desserts.

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Last year, after Tgiving these pans were marked way down at the WSonoma Outlet. (My friend Carol from There’s Always Thyme to Cook told me I was talking about CTS so much WS was going to be mad at me! )

She has a wonderful apple recipe posted there!

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I made some, using a pumpkin, nut, recipe.  Cream cheese icing in the middle.  Some are dipped in chocolate, others dipped in glaze and sprinkled with sugar.

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Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Very warm here on L.I., beach weather.

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I am linking to

Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Bushel of Apples

It is Apple Time!  Time to dig out the old apple dishes, a bargain purchase from Christmas Tree Shop years ago.

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Not the best quality, but at 15 dollars for service for 12, I got my money’s worth from them!

I had A LOT of trouble with the light today, don’t know why!

They are more a burgundy than red, so I layered a black cloth, a burgundy topper, black charger, rattan charge and then the plate.

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I decided to add in the natural charger as I was using a wicker rocker filled with apples as the centerpiece.


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There’s a band of green on the plates, so I used apple green candles.

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Apple salt and peppers sitting on little green glass leaves.

Little resin apple scatters on the plate. My friend Marigene at In the Middle of Nowhere gave me the idea to use them as knife rests!  So that’s what they have become!  :)  And I found them at CTS.

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Black napkin

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I used a green bee stem and a tall clear with black bottom stem glass. There is black in the basket and around the apples on the plate.

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An apple pick marks the place.

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For dinner, panko fried chicken with apple gravy. I just made the gravy with apple cider and some chopped apples, a few minced onions.  Brown the onions and apples in some butter, add the apple cider and some chicken broth, thicken with a bit of flour and simmer.

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And an Apple Tart.  So easy!table 320

Here’s last  year of the apple table. Light was much better that day!table 199

Thanks for visiting!  Please stop in at

Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch for some more tables.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tabletop Things~ Cart Content Expose

I promised a peek at some of the things that were in my cart.  I know you are dying to know!  :)

Picture 427I just had to have ANOTHER cake pan!  This is  by Nordic , called Harvest Pumpkin , and it was 4.99.

I sure hope my gkids grow up to love baking, cause they are going to have a large inheritance! ( of cake pans,  ie!)

I can’t wait to see how the cake comes out!

Picture 429Lime green embroidered spider web napkins, 1.00

Perfect with the green apples in the spider web cupcake stand I showed you in the last post.

Picture 430These gold plates were 1.00 in the supermarket, and I thought they would go well with these mats and napkins, all 1.00 at CTS.

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These are lined in burgundy cotton, $1.

These burgundy rings were 1.00 for all of them at Savers.

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I didn’t buy these, but my friend, you know who did!

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I did buy a set of these cute Nikko salt and peppers, 8 for 1.99.

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How about these high heeled Christmas stockings.

A must have?  :)

My sister who lives in TX called me this morning to say she was at the new Christmas Tree Shop that just opened in Dallas.  She was having a lot of fun!  So all of you who are waiting for it , it’s coming to a spot near you, someday!

Thanks for visiting, hope this qualifies for Tabletop Tuesday as I am joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.

I am also joining Tam at The Gypsy’s Corner for Three or More Tuesday.


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