November 23, 2011

T-1 days until Thanksgiving! Are you as ready as I am? Planning for the our Thanksgiving table(s) today reminded me of our Thanksgiving tablescape 2010. The rusty orange table cloth was the perfect backdrop for creamy white plates, linen napkins and pumpkins. Bunches of hay in large mason jars served as neutral “floral arrangement”.

The hay, mason jars and white pumpkins all came from Publix. So with a little ingenuity at the grocery store and a few special items from your own home, you can create a simple and beautiful Thanksgiving table.



October 1, 2011

Food is love. Chicken tetrazzini, pot roast, spaghetti, apple sauce, turkey chili, oatmeal cookies, gooey brownies, and chicken pot pie are among the many food gifts we have received this week. A few weeks of baby bedrest has kept me out of the kitchen and resting on the couch. Justin and I are very grateful and appreciative of these thoughtful gifts! Every morsel of food has been yummy and nourishing. So as I lay around and embrace a few weeks of relaxation, I am thankful for the many talented home cooks in my life that are treating me to their culinary gifts.

On another note, fall is here! As part of my bedrest entertainment, my mom brought over a fall project for me to supervise from the sofa. How cute is this potted pumpkin?

The idea came from this month’s Southern Living. For our first, we tried planting a festive fall plant in a hollowed out pumpkin. You can also use oasis and fresh flowers. The skies the limit! We used an orange pumpkin for starters but a white or blue pumpkin would be beautiful. I had spanish moss and winter wheat left over from past projects that we crammed in the sides to give it extra fall character. Happy Fall!



July 21, 2011

I have always dreamed of being a canner. Having mason jars full of tomatoes, figs, and green beans stacked pretty in the cupboard to use on a cold Atlanta day. It will happen one day! Anyone want to come over and teach me? I did give canning a whirl in honor of Leigh and little girl to-be. The Williams girls hosted a baby shower complete with homemade pickles as a favor…

The pickling cucumbers will not be ready for a taste until Sunday, so stay tuned for the result. If they are crisp, sweet and dilly, you will see the the recipe posted. If not, I have some work to do! Either way, please use this idea next you host a baby shower.

Here are two other crafts ideas from the baby girl shower.

You should definetly make these puff balls for your next soiree! The peony-like tissue paper flowers are truly easy to make and easy on the budget. Please click here for directions from the best- Martha Stewart.

Ribbon is always cute, always on sale somewhere and perfect to tie up linen napkins. Try mixing sizes and textures of ribbon. Trinkets add a festive flare to the classy napkins. These mini rattles, bottles and pacifiers came from Hobby Lobby.

Cannot wait until September 2 when Williams girl #4 arrives! Congratulations to Leigh!

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Smashing Pumpkins

October 6, 2010

This is my first attempt to branch out a bit from the stovetop and share a festive entertaining idea. Goblins, ghosts and spiders are fun but not as beautiful as these heirloom pumpkins. The blue-green Jarrahdale pumpkin is smashing. I want to bottle up the color. The larger coral-orange pumpkin is a more sophisticated version of the common orange pumpkin. Set on a bed of Spanish moss on a burlap tablecloth, these heirloom pumpkins create a festive fall tablescape that will be beautiful well into November.
These white pumpkins are more common than the others. If a pumpkin could be “modern”, the little white beauties would fit the description.