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September 21, 2016

Autumn Touches On The Mantel

Here's my autumn on the mantel for this year!  
Keeping it simple yet a bit elegant.

 I used the cloche that has been showing up in various spots in my living room and stuffed it with some gourds and velvet pumpkins as well as dried berries and leaves.   I used a magnolia leaf candle ring I picked up last year at Pier 1 at the base.

 The pumpkins and stands are new from Pier 1 this year.  I will find various ways to use the stands which make them a good investment.  

I loved how they made these natural style leaf covered pumpkins including a touch of feathers on the top!

It's begun to feel like autumn here and I'm enjoying it.  I especially love how the nights cool down and the days are moderate in temp.  

Can't help it- tomorrow is the first day of Autumn and I am embracing it!!

September 19, 2016

Owls and Pumpkins

I love the rich harvest colors of autumn.  Dried berries, pumpkins, apples and colorful leaves really create a warm and engaging look.
I found my little owl from last year (Michael's) and set him on this berry branch (which I folded and bent to fit in here) and tucked in some natural excelsior for a filler.  Just something small and cute for the table! 

This little owl is also from last year (Pier 1) and it holds a tea light candle.  I used this wood and wire crate last year (Michael's) for a whole different look with dishes as seen "here".  Apples are a must for my "harvest" type accents!  Again I try to use things I already have and mix them up.  Sometimes I add a new item to offer more variety.

Keeping a "harvest" theme going I put together a collection of my faux pumpkins.  I decided to load the basket in these rustic orange tones.  These are the colors that truly say fall to me!  

The gold accented ones were new this year (Michael's) which I grabbed for some added elegance!  The smaller seeded ones were used on the mantel last year as seen "here".  As you can see I'm still keeping it simple!  Less to put away!

I've got a few more things for fall but I'm not 100% done so I'll share them soon!

 Metamorphosis Monday 

September 16, 2016

This and That This Week #10

Though fall is nearing by the calendar we are still enjoying summer like weather.  Some plants have begun to break down a bit but the trees are still very green.

While sitting out back by the fountain area in the evening the sun was shining on the Red Japanese Maple tree causing the leaves to glow and look very fall like.

Inside the house I'm driving myself crazy with carpet samples.  

Some of these are ruled out but I made a mosaic with the samples to better determine the color I want.  As you can see the old carpet has a very golden tone and it is my desire to change to a lighter more neutral color.  A friend of ours thinks the old carpet will work well for one of his kids bedrooms so that will be nice for it to live on a bit longer since it's in great shape for 10 year old carpet.

Because I've had carpet on my mind and have made several trips to three stores I only had one post this week about my Welcome Fall Wreath as seen "here"

I got out my electric sheers and cut these Ninebark shrubs way back.  They didn't do all that well this summer and were very messy looking so I hope next year they'll improve.  Don't worry it's all cleaned up now but I forgot to take a picture and now it's raining.

I spotted these baskets with mums at one of our large grocery stores called Meijers.  They are like a Wegmans if you're from the East you know what I'm talking about.  I picked one that wasn't fully blooming so it will last a while.

Dan got a chance to start cleaning up the old water pump plant stand that I showed you in the post This and That This Week #7.  

We wanted to be able to read the manufacturers name on it so he did some minor sand blasting on it to clean it up to raw metal.  It was forest green and as he discovered it had at least 7 layers of paint.  I'll show it to you when it's in the house with the plant on it.  It's curing for now.  

My sweet kitties Carmen and Teddy watch the squirrels, chipmunks and birds go by.  It's a daily routine even in the winter except the chipmunks are hibernating then.  We're enjoying 70's during the day and 50's at night so Autumn is on it's way!

So that's it for This and That This Week #10!

September 14, 2016

Welcome Autumn Wreath

I was going to donate this wreath but then I had a second thought about it.

 Just a run of the mill grapevine wreath that I picked up at Michael's long ago.  I had added a few extra flowers to it but that's it.  It's been in the garage a while and forgotten about.

On one of my road trips I found this sign at Hobby Lobby.  I like owls and this took my fancy.  It kind of has a 70's vibe to it- which I've noticed there's been a trend in that direction.  I was going to hang it on the light fixture by the back door as it but then I decided to see if I could work something out with the old wreath.

I played around and decided this was the best spot for it on the wreath for the way I'm using it.

I asked Dan to wire it for me because he's so neat and precise. He made a nice neat loop attaching it in two spots on the front to the grapevine.

The top of the sign wanted to flop forward so I had him wire it in place and I just set the grapevine part of the wreath on the nail to hold it.

 I think it's kind of cute and I like how I was able to get a second life out of the wreath.  

September 11, 2016

15 Years Ago 9/11 Happened- Let Us Remember

I come to the garden alone,  while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses

      And He Walks with me, and He talks with me,
      And He tells me I am His own;
      And the joy we share as we tarry there,
      None other has ever known.

He Speaks, and the sound of His voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me within my heart is ringing.

I'd stay in the garden with Him, though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe His voice to me is calling.

God Bless 

September 9, 2016

This and That This Week #9

I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend.  We took two little day trips and one of them was up to Mackinaw City.  It was so busy there- far more people than normal but that was because the next day was Labor Day and the annual walk across the bridge was taking place.
We stopped by The Depot which is a restaurant located in an old train depot and out front there is a cute display of these bronze children playing with a water pump.

Of course I like seeing the plants that are there too!  

I hope you have a sense of humor.  
We came across this line of seasonings and barbecue sauce (made in Texas) at one of the stores over the weekend.  We selected a couple of items to send to my niece because she's a funny one and loves to cook/bake and figured she'd get a big kick out of it.

The store owner asked if we wanted a special bag for it, so of course I said yes!  Then he pulls out this bag and we about fell over laughing!  I seriously wasn't expecting that!  I've stuffed it with some tissue paper in between the two things we bought and will be sending it out soon.  
Sorry if you are offended in any way but we thought it was pretty funny!

At home I got busy and dug up my day lilies to split up and replant.

I was able to pull the sections apart by hand and then I cut them back and re-planted them.

There are three sections between the small shrubs that I have the same lilies planted in and I also transplanted two hostas in the center one.  

Labor Day morning I put together a cherry pie.  I have a plastic lattice form that I use for the top layer.

It bubbled up quite a bit while baking so it got a little messy but it was delicious just the same!  I put the pie dish on top of a charger for presentation.

Messy but good!

We had an early dinner outside (I didn't do anything fancy with the table- got lazy!).  I made baked beans, a pasta salad with Italian dressing and hot dogs.  

I put together a farmhouse style tablescape later in the week which you can see "here".  

I also made a quick and easy casserole or hamburger pie- whichever you want to call it!  I created a quick post regarding it "here".  My "added" ingredient that I mentioned in my tablescape post is only barbecue sauce but it makes it much tastier!

I'm studying floor samples to change out the carpet in the living room.  10 years ago I went for a very dramatic Tuscan inspired red, olive green and yellow design.  This picture shows how yellow the room was including the walls.  I fixed the wall as seen "here"  color but that yellow carpet has to go!

Well that's all for This and That This Week! 

September 8, 2016

Cheeseburger Pie

I mentioned in my tablescape post yesterday about this cheeseburger casserole/pie that I occasionally make and an ingredient I like to add in.

Famously known (haha) as the Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Yep that's all it is!  We primarily use the Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce and I found it added a flavor to this simple and basic recipe.  I'm sure any basic barbecue sauce will work.

After browning the ground beef and putting it in the pie dish I squirt a layer of barbecue sauce over the top.

Then you add the cheddar cheese (which I'm more generous with than the recipe calls for).

You pour the mix of eggs, milk and Bisquick over top and then bake it.  

It's almost like making a quiche.

It was delicious and the salad we had added a good balance to it.  I like quick easy recipes not too full of ingredients that it takes a lot of effort to put together- especially on a weeknight.  

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