Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seasonal Foods and a Question???

I have a question about Pinterest.

I have seen pics pinned that belong to bloggers I know.  There is no link back or credit given to the pic owner.

For example, there is a picture of a table I know to be Susan's at Between Naps on the Porch.  No mention anywhere .  I have seen a few that have the owners name across the bottom, but no link back.

Under some pictures where it supposedly originally came from it says NONE. What does that mean. Obviously someone originally posted the pic!

So I guess everyone has to put their name across the bottom of their pics before posting!

I have other burning bloggy questions, but I will save them!

I thought I would show a few Fall things to do with food.  :)table 196

Buy some Fall leaves chocolate candy and mount them in some icing!

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Mix spaghetti squash with egg , cheese and seasonings , top with mozzarella and bake in a spring form pan for a Squash Pie.

Make a GHOST PIE.  Pipe mashed potatoes on top of the makings of a shepherd's pie.

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Or if you don't want to make the pie, pipe some  ghosts on the plate.  Go ahead, it is fun to play with your food!

Those are black olive pieces that need to be cut smaller, but you get the idea!

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Those were from previous year's Fall posts.

We have potato farms nearby, so I always like to capitalize on the fresh potatoes in the Fall.

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These are potato cakes, NOT potato pancakes. They do not taste like the ones made from left over refrigerated mashed potatoes like my dad used to make. You don't refrigerate these first, just let them cool until you can handle them to pat into cakes and press in the Panko.

For these you cook and mash the potatoes, add a bit of milk, add scallions, s & p, cheese.  Form into a patty and cover with Panko.  Brown till crisp on both sides.  Crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle.

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Bake your corn muffins in pumpkin shaped pans, and cut your butter in Fall shapes.  Fun!

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So how do you get your name across your pic if you use Live Writer?  I don't want to have to download them all to Photobucket first!

I am joining Gollum for Foodie Friday and Yvonne for On the Menu Monday.

Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy the weekend!

Remember, these naughty witches start flying soon!

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

September Sunday & Winners

It's warm, and right now the sun is shining.  It's playing peek a boo today.

I have ribs in the oven cooking low and slow for dinner.  We are going apple picking later, 32 dollars a bag, but the gkids are here so they like to go.  It takes all of 10 minutes to fill the bag and dodge the bees!

Hope whatever you are doing this Sunday is enjoyable!

I haven't done any Fall fluffing yet.  I need a few sweater days to get me into the mood to dig out those bins!

I have heard some scratching  and cackling coming from those bins. 

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It must be these 4.

They look harmless, don't they? Don't let their cuteness fool you!

Over the past years they have done a lot of mischief throughout blog land.  I know some of you have been the brunt of their antics, and this year they are planning to visit many of you. 

Just sayin', be prepared!  They start their FLY BY in Oct.  I think this is year 3.

You can read about their previous deeds HERE and Here.

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The winner of the ACORN PAN is Diann of the Thrifty Grove.

The napkin rings go to Joni at Red Couch recipes.

Please email me your addresses Ladies.

My surprise gift goes to Pat at Back Porch Musings.

  She was my 500th follower.  The sirens and whistles went off, LOL!  Pat's blog is the first blog I ever read before I knew what a blog was, so I was extra happy she was number 500. 

If you didn't win this time, keep trying.  There are more to be given away when those witches start to fly!

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And since it is still so summery here, have an ice cream cone cookie.  Sugar cookie dipped in chocolate. I sent away for the cutter. My first try, I will work on making them look better!

I am joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Falling Into Fall~Acorn Pan Give Away & a Thrifty, Delicious Fall Dinner

At 5 a.m. on the 23rd, Fall begins.  You could fool me, it still feels like summer, we  put the a/c back on today!

But to celebrate the authority of the almanac, I celebrate Fall with a give away.

This cute acorn pan, makes mini muffins or cakes.

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And a runner up will get these pretty beaded napkin rings by Waverly. My friend Marigene from In the Middle of Nowhere used them in a very pretty scape last week..

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Everyone who is, or becomes a Follower is eligible.  That's it!  A little way to thank those who are so sweet to follow me.  :)

The winners will be announced in this weekend's post.  Happy Fall!

I started the table with a tan textured cloth, a black placemat with a beaded edge from PB, and a brown dinner plate from the clearance in Pier One.  1.24

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The taupe colored plate is from CTS.

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Made in Portugal. I loved the edge.

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Not bad, huh?  I have some soup bowls I got from a previous visit to the Tree, but not that price!

The pretty leaf plate is also from CTS, 1.99.

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These ceramic pheasants are from Pottery Barn.  I am not birdy, { and that would be double NO on roosters :)  } decor wise that is, but the price was really right, birdseed, so I bought them a few years ago.

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The centerpiece is a candle holder from Michaels with some mums poked in.

Fall fruit scatters. Black stemmed glasses,  Pflaltzgraff clearance,  5 years ago.

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Shades of brown Buffalo checked napkins are  held by a gold leaf from Pottery Barn.

The flatware is trimmed in gold by Wallace.

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The place card holders match the napkin rings and are from PB.

The amber votives with  a leaf charm are from CTS.  3/$1

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This amber bubble glass pitcher is from the Pfaltzgraff clearance store 5 years ago.  I bought 4 of them, and gave them away.  They were  .96!!  Seriously!

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All the PB purchases were from the outlet, and on sale.  You know I won't buy it unless the price is LOW!

Fall brings a change in the menu too.

I was at the farm stand here and bought a very  large head of red cabbage for $2.49.  They go by the head, not the pound there.

I made sweet and sour red cabbage with apples. Here it is cooking in the pan.

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I used a recipe from all recipes as a guide, but I didn't follow it closely.  Are you surprised?  :)

Brown onions in some butter, add  chopped apples and saute.  Add the cabbage,  a handful  of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and let cook down.  I added a 1/4 cup of apricot liqueur  as it simmered.  I let it cook on low for about an hour.  Much better than the kind in the jar! It was really good.

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I served it with pork schnitzel, and baked buttered crumb noodles. Chunky applesauce on the side.

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A good Fall dinner, and very economical too!

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I hope you enjoyed your visit, do come back to see who wins!  Thanks!

I am joining Susan for Tablescape ThursdayGollum for Foodie Friday,  Sherry for Open House Thursday, and Diann for Thrifty Things Friday

Happy Fall you all! Or as we say in New Yawk,  Happy Fall  youse guys!  :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

One Hundred Days!

Attention, Bloggers!

While you are sweating pulling out all your FALL finery, the clock is ticking!  In 100 days, it will be CHRiSTMAS!

I remember when I was still  teaching, the Kdgn teachers would have a 100 days celebration.

So to celebrate that there are 100 days till the BIG day, I present a little bit of Christmas!  :)

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I love plaid, so a little table featuring this cloth from CTS.

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Same dishes, but just for 2 for an everyday dinner.


Another dinner for 2, salad plate by Mikassa.


Casual dinner for  Santa and the Mrs.!


The red glass plate and red glass here are from Dollar Tree.  Now is the time to keep our eyes open for these, they disappear fast.  I got the 12 plates and bowls as well as the glasses.  They are easily mixed and matched.

The centerpiece is a candle holder from my dear friend Gail, but I put a vase of Baby's Breath in it instead.

Ok, that's enough of the break from leaves and acorns and pumpkins and such! 

Hope you didn't mind the diversion, 100 days will fly!

Fall will start here next week, and I won't be skipping from Halloween to Christmas, I promise!

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For my foodie part, I made the brioche that Cathy at Wives with Knives made here.

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It made very good French toast.

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My pan was  much larger than hers, so mine isn't as high. I think I should have doubled the recipe.

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I sliced some Granny Smith apples, sauteed them in butter, sugar and cinnamon, added some water and a splash of apricot brandy.  I let it simmer , then poured it on top of the French Toast. So much better than pancake syrup!

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And in keeping with the 100 days till Christmas theme, some red and green!  Vertical Pear Salad with a honey drizzle., delicious and colorful. The directions can be found on my very first post in 2008!

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Vertical Pear Salad
- 4 smooth skinned pears
- 2-3 cups water cress ..I used baby spinach-
1/2 cup toasted pecans used walnuts,
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese ..I used feta
- vinagrette dressing (your choice: raspberry vinagrette?.)
- honey
- lemon juice
- Cut pears horizontally into four slices each. Use a knife to cut out the cores so the pieces look like donuts. Leave the stem on the top piece. Brush lemon juice on each cut side of the pieces.
- Toss the pecans, blue cheese, water cress, and dressing until coated.
- Reassemble the pear, vertically, with the watercress salad in between each slice. Once assembled, Drizzle with honey.

I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday, and Gollum for Foodie Friday and Yvonne for On the Menu Mondayy.

I was a very lucky winner of a the generous ML West give away, a $50 Amazon gift card.  Thank you so much, ML!

To celebrate the arrival of Fall next week, I will be giving away one of these acorn pans from W Sonoma

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and some of these Waverly napkin rings.  Anyone who is a follower and leaves a comment will have a chance.


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Please come back next for a chance at the give away!

I am also joining Saturday Evening Pot for the 100 days till Christmas Food Countdown. Check out the button on my sidebar. And of course, my shopping marathos buddy, The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.


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