Monday, October 29, 2012

Randomness

This post is totally random!  I have been busy and time has flown by this past week.  The entire year has come and gone before I realized that it is nearly November.  It will soon be Christmas and I haven't bought a thing!   I've got to get out of this house and get busy shopping.  I did have lunch twice with friends last week.  And I went shopping with one friend but didn't buy anything Christmas related. 
I put together a new Fall wreath for the kitchen door.  I purchased an oval grapevine wreath and used everything else I had on hand to make it.  

The leaves are lovely in our area.  I read in a magazine the other day that Fall is like another Spring with all the colors. Fall is my favorite season of the year.

We are having cooler temps with frost expected this week.  I moved some of my plants inside today that I keep from year to year.   Some I have had for years that I have managed to keep alive.

My cotton I planted this year is popping open finally!  Later this week I am going to make a bouquet :)   I  am going to love my white "flowers".  I will post pics of my arrangement when I put it together.  I think I will make a wreath too.

Peek-a-boo!  I had to show one of the 'furbabies" peeking out of a bag.  Flip (she is a girl) was in a bag playing the other day when I took her picture.  Her name is Flip because she loved to back her little behind into a flip flop on the back porch when she was a tiny little thing.  She managed to make her home inside the house.

I received some lovely gifts from blogging friends that I adore .  It has been so gloomy here it is hard to get good pictures.  Hopefully this week we will have sunshine. 

My thoughts and prayers are with the people along the East coast.  Hurricane Sandy needs to go away!

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Monday, October 22, 2012

Vintage Plant Stands

A couple of years ago when the house across from ours was being auctioned off the family was going to throw these plant stands away.  No one was interested in them.   I told them if they were going to discard them I would take them.  I brought them home and  tucked them away in our barn.  I had nearly forgotten about them until a few weeks ago. 
I needed tables for my plants in my sunroom that I am still decorating!  (Back issues have really slowed me down)  They were in really bad shape and too rusty for even my taste.  (I wish I had  pics before my husband began cleaning them up!)   There was wicker around the top that had completely rotted away.  Sadly it had to all be torn away.  I love wicker but there was no way to save it :(  I bought Rustoleum spray paint and my husband sanded and painted them. for me.

We had plexi-glass cut to fit in the areas where the plants are perched instead of glass just in case a "furbaby" knocked one over ... don't want anyone hurt.

The plant stands have lots of detail in the ironwork and lots of character.  And better yet they have a new home and I adore them in my sunroom.

I hope to have my room finished soon.  I am making new covers for chairs and pillows. Lots of color in this happy room!  I love sitting in it.

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm for NTT.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pecan Pie

For years I made pecan pies from many recipes.  Many times the recipe would not "set up" and would be runny.  My husband loves pecan pies and I have made many over our 35 years of marriage.

A few years ago one of my best friends gave me this recipe that was her mother-in-laws.  I tried it and will never use another pecan pie recipe.  It turns out perfectly for me every time I make it.
I think maybe using real butter was the trick to being consistent.


Pecan Pie

1 stick real butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups pecans

Melt butter in saucepan. Let butter cool completely.  Mix the beaten eggs, corn syrup, sugar and vanilla together with the cooled butter. Add the pecans. Pour into pie shell and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until done. (Every oven is different but I bake mine 1 hour in my convection oven)  Cool completely before cutting.

The recipe is intended for 2 pies, however I use Mrs. Smith’s deep dish pie crusts. I fill one pie crust and use the leftover mixture  in a couple of ramekins and bake until they are done.   I am not going to waste the yummy filling :)


With the holidays coming up I am sure I will be making several pecan pies for my family.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Donna

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vintage Cemetery Basket

I purchased this basket several years ago from a local antique store.  I knew I had seen these baskets  years ago.  I just forgot where ... cemeteries when I was a little girl! 
 
It's a vintage cemetery basket.  I love all things metal and of course if it is a basket that makes it better! 
 
A few weeks ago I spotted this brightly colored bush across from our house in an overgrown area.  We live off a busy highway and the field is deserted.  I noticed it everytime I would walk to the mailbox.  
 I researched the bush online and found that it is a Firethorn shrub.
 Pyracantha is a genus of thorny evergreen large shrubs in the family Rosaceae, with common names Firethorn or Pyracantha.
 
Love the detail in the base of the basket ... see why I love it!
It doesn't have many thorns but I snipped and "borrowed" a few pieces and  plopped the Firethorn in the basket filled with water.  I placed it on my front porch. 
 I knew it would be lovely in an arrangement for the house but wasn't sure if it was safe for animals. My "furbabies" in the house would have a wonderful time with the little berries.  That's why it is outside!
 
I tried to get a better picture so I  placed it on the steps for picture taking.  I think it makes a lovely Fall arrangement with the brightly colored orange berries.   I placed a few pieces in my front yard display I posted here.  The berries look so pretty on the white pumpkins.
You just never know what kind of  "pretties" you might find this time of year.
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Cloches

I adore cloches ... glass ones or metal ones.
They are wonderful to decorate for each season especially Fall.  
When I saw Marty at A Stroll Thru Life was having a Fall Cloche Party I had to join.
A metal cloche in the kitchen with a bird on top.  I filled this one with a sunflower candle and Fall flowers.  I have it placed in front of a sunflower plate.


I posted this vignette a week or so ago of cloches on the other side of my kitchen.  Lots of color in the kitchen this time of year.

Those little addictive pumpkins in the glass cupcake.  They are all gone now!  Gotta buy some more.

Tiny pumpkins, gourds, leaves and tiny sunflowers fill this little glass cutie!

Cupcake liners with sunflowers and pumpkins fill this apothecary jar.

In the family room this glass cloche holds white pumpkins on another sunflower plate.  I love the white pumpkins.  
Sorry for the glare but sunshine fills the room from the window on a gorgeous Fall day.

Autumn  color under glass on top of the entertainment center.

I have several more cloches I could decorate but never enough time.

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dining Room Table & Back Issues

I finally put together a Fall arrangement for my dining room table.
Of course it has sunflowers!  
The sunshine is pouring through the bay window on this gorgeous day.

The off white sunflowers I purchased at Joann's a few months ago and I love them.  I bought all they had at the time.  I would love to have more.

I am so slow this year with my decorating!  

I've had back pain for years.  I did so much lifting with Amber over the years and wish I could again for many more years.   I have always tried to live with the pain. When I was at the beach in August it became worse.   Several weeks ago I went for an MRI and I have a herniated disc in my lower back :(  At least now I know why so much pain!  I had a steroid injection a couple of weeks ago but with little relief.  I am scheduled for another one on Monday.  I am trying to avoid surgery!  The last time I had surgery in 2001 I woke up three weeks later on a ventilator. See why I am hesitant? 
It has been all over the news this week about meningitis cases from people having had the same injections in other states.  Thank goodness here in Alabama no cases have been reported!  But it does make me wonder how safe they really are and if I should  have surgery.   I just want to wait until after the holidays.  So if I am slow at responding to your comments it's because I have taken something for pain and I am loopy!

Thanks as always for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wagon Full of Mums and Pumpkins

I emptied my wagon of summer flowers, pulled it from the back yard to the front yard and begin filling it with pumpkins and mums. 
Seems like it took me forever to arrange it like I wanted. My cute scarecrow girl with her purple flower on her hat was placed in the center back to begin decorating.   I brought out my 
"pumpkin patch" stake from last year I bought at HL plopped it in the ground and went to work.  Arranging and rearranging :)
I used blocks of wood to elevate the pumpkins and mums to make it appear "overflowing".

The colors and textures of the pumpkins are all different.  I have a friend who grows pumpkins on their tomato farm and she always has a plethora to choose from. 

I have gotten much use of this sign and glad I bought it several years ago.
 
I adore the "cinderella" pumpkin with orange and green colors.  The bright orangs ones with "bumps" have lots of texture.  The off white smaller pumpkin on top reminds me of a large acorn.
 
This white pumpkin is one of my favorites ... oh they all are!  I love pumpkins.  I remember back in the day there was only the typical bright orange carving pumpkins.  Now there is such a variety to choose from.  All the colors are wonderful for this time of year.
I did add some faux leaves to the wagon as "fillers". 
I thought I had the display finished and then decided to cover the plastic pots the mums were in with burlap.  I just wrapped pieces of burlap around each pot and secured it with floral pins.
 
The wagon was fun to put together and I didn't change it too many times :)
I like it and it brings lots of color to the front yard!
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mums and Pumpkins

I love the colors associated with Fall.  Mums and pumpkins bring much needed color to my yard this time of year.
I am working on my Fall display in the front yard today.  
It is a gorgeous day in the South!  

Gorgeous purple mums ... one of my favorites.


Pumpkins in all colors and shapes.

Layers of little flowers in this pot of mums.  So pretty!

There is heavy dew on the pumpkins this morning.  

A color of mums I have never seen before and they are gorgeous as well.

I am headed out into the yard to put it all together.  I don't know why I "fuss" over it but I will arrange and rearrange it over and over!  I will take pics as soon as I have it completed and post it soon.

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Donna

Monday, October 1, 2012

Autumn in the Kitchen

It's hard to believe that it's October! It feels like it here today too.  The  cooler weather is welcome at my house!

I gathered a few small cloches filled them with "all things Fall" and went to work.

Autumn cupcake liners in an apothecary jar.  Purchased the liners at Michaels in the dollar bin.

Love the little basket filled with apple salt and pepper shakers.  Perfect for the season.

 Pumpkins, leaves and sunflowers ...

I have had this plate for several years and it is one of the first things I unpack.
Everyone loves pumpkins!

Gotta have the little candy pumpkins.  Not only cute but yummy!

Sunflowers on a pitcher.  You know if you read my blog I love sunflowers :)

The sun is trying to peek through the clouds now.  I have a pumpkin and mum display I need to work on in the yard!

Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna