Holidays · Recipes

Quick And Easy Hearty Sweet Potato Salad

We eat a lot of entree salads in the summer because they are light and fresh and can be prepared without heating up the kitchen when it’s so hot outside. However, in the Fall, when the temperature begins to dip, I tend to relegate salad to a side dish and to prepare richer heartier meals… Continue reading Quick And Easy Hearty Sweet Potato Salad

Floral Arrangements · Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

Thanksgiving Harvest Tablescape With Apples And Pumpkins

Both pumpkins and apples are fruits of the harvest, but somehow pumpkins won out over apples as the iconic symbol of Thanksgiving and fall. Maybe it’s a size thing? Whatever the reason, I am equal opportunity tablescaper, so I decided that this year’s Thanksgiving table would feature both of these quintessentially autumnal fruits. And since my… Continue reading Thanksgiving Harvest Tablescape With Apples And Pumpkins

Exterior Decoration · Holidays

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Halloween Decorations

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, bizarre but charming, movie inspired our Halloween Decorations this year. The 1993 stop-action film tells the tale of Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King, who is bored with his life in Halloween Town. The story unfolds when Jack discovers a hidden door to Christmas Town and decides to take over the… Continue reading “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Halloween Decorations

Recipes

Nectarine Nirvana: Chicken With Curried Nectarine Chutney

June through September is peak stone fruit season when peaches, plums, nectarines, and cherries, in all their juicy goodness, are in abundance. These gifts of summer are called stone fruits because they contain a large pit. The stones are often mistakenly referred to as seeds, but the seed is actually inside the pit. When I… Continue reading Nectarine Nirvana: Chicken With Curried Nectarine Chutney

Crafts · Party/Tablescapes

How To Embellish Chinese Lanterns

Chinese lanterns are an inexpensive way to add both light and a fun festive element to a celebration. And now that individual battery operated lanterns are available, they can be hung anywhere. However, finding them decorated and in your particular color scheme is a bit more difficult. I wanted white lanterns with green flowers for my Dum… Continue reading How To Embellish Chinese Lanterns