Archive for the ‘Fall Season’ Category

The last of the Halloween decorations are put away and all that remains are a few pumpkins and fall wreathes around the house.

Over the weekend, I picked up a couple of Pottery Barn mercury pumpkins.  I have been waiting for them to go on sale.  A nice addition to my white ceramic pumpkins (Tuesday Morning).

I can’t wait to pack away the pumpkins and get out the Christmas decorations!   Just a few more weeks…


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Halloween is such a fun holiday.  I love creating Halloween vignettes around the house with decorations I’ve collected over the years.

Here’s a peak at some of our Halloween haunts …

In our entry, we have an old pine bench.  I change out the pillows each season.  I found these sequined black & silver pillows at HomeGoods.  Love them!

Across from the bench, I have an entry table with a large mirror.  I like to hang seasonal wreaths from the top of the mirror.  A black fuzzy bat hangs out during October.

We have an old black bar in our living room.  It makes a great place to display apothecary jars filled with seasonal items.

Last year I bought several silver beaded spider webs (from Roger’s Gardens).  They are great to drape over mirrors, pictures or chandeliers ….

I found strands of orange & black bulbs at Target — they make great fillers for large apothecary jars.  And I couldn’t pass up the “Keep Calm” sign, another HomeGoods find.

I still have some apothecary jars filled with sea shells left over from the summer.  I added a few spiders to make them fit the Halloween theme.

Spiders add a creepy surprise!

I added a few Halloween touches to some bookshelves …

And every Halloween, I change out my hall cabinets — displaying my Halloween plates.

Happy Haunting!

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Every other year, we end up having two Thanksgiving celebrations.  (Being part of a blended family has it’s unique challenges come the holidays, but we always try to make the best of it!)

This year, instead of having two turkey dinners, we decided to have an Italian Thanksgiving dinner the day before Thanksgiving (when we have the kids with us).  It’s been fun planning the menu.  We’re going to get everyone involved … it should be great fun!   And, my sister and her family will be with us (down from Seattle) – so we’ll have a house full (which I always love!!)

Here’s a peak at our menu:

Before the meal (Antipasti):

  • Italian Salami, meats & cheese — from Claro’s, our favorite Italian Deli
  • Brushetta — haven’t decided on which type
  • Wine
  • Special Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail
  • Sparkling Cider — for the kiddos

First Course (Primi):

  • Homemade Gnocchi — Natalie & I are going to teach my sister & my neice how to make it
  • Insalata Mista – green salad

Main Course (Secondi):

  • Clams & Linguine — if time allows, we may make homemade linguine
  • Chicken Paillard — we may let the boys pound the chicken
  • Garlic Bread

Desserts (Dolci):

  • Tiramisu
  • Panna Cotta or Ricotta Cheesecake with Sugared Cranberries

It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!   I’ll be sure to post any new recipes … Ciao!

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Breathtaking … isn’t it?  These are just a few snapshots of the grounds at Roger’s Gardens.  Does it inspire you to replant for the fall?

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I love the combination of fall colored flowers with blue.  Whether it’s blue flowers, like hydrangeas or blue and white ceramics – it’s one of my favorite combos!

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You’ve probably seen the ads in all the fall magazines and heard the buzz … Target has partnered with Missoni.  They debut the line on September 13th at all Target Stores.

You’ve got to love Tar – jay!!!  Apparently, it’s the largest collaboration Target has done with a designer … some 400 products in all!  And clearly a 60s vibe.

Will you be waiting in line for the stores to open on the 13th?  I will definitely make a store visit on the 13th.

In previewing the Look Books, here’s what I’m most interested in seeing…

These pumps look pretty darn cute!  We’ll see how they are constructed in person.

This black outfit is pretty nice – especially the black cardigan.

I love the scarves … great for tying on to a handbag or tote.  And what cute makeup bags.  They even have makeup brushes to match!

I’m probably most excited about the cute laptop sleeve!  And, can’t you just imagine drinking espresso in the cute cups?

See you at Target …

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This is a simple, fresh appetizer that I’ve been making for years.  I believe I found the recipe in an INStyle Magazine — many years ago.  I always make this for our annual Christmas party.  It’s such a nice combination of flavors.

Prosciutto Pear Wraps

Makes about 60 pieces

1/3 lb. thinly sliced prosciutto, cut in long narrow strips

6 ripe pears, cored and sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 packages softened herb cheese (Boursin)

120 arugula leaves

Place a slice of prosciutto on work surface.  Top with a pear slice, a small dollop of cheese and 1 or 2 arugula leaves.  Wrap prosciutto around until secure.  Serve immediately.

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