Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Relaxing Tea For Two

The Thanksgiving countdown is on and with it comes all the stress and madness of the holiday shopping season. And what better time to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea.  After all, autumn is all about coziness, good food and relaxed comfort.

Yesterday, my hubby and I took some time to enjoy a bit of Afternoon Tea.  To gather our thoughts and prepare for all the busy days ahead.  

This cozy table combines all the beloved aspects of fall.  Earthy tones, warm lighting and relaxed comfort.  Simply pull up a chair and embrace all the charm.

Imagine yourself sitting here enjoying a freshly brewed cup of orange and cranberry tea.  Such sweet and simple joys...

This is such a delicate and elegant pattern.  It is one of my favorite patterns to use in the fall...  It is by the maker Spode in the Fleur-Di-Lis pattern.  It comes is several colors but mine is in brown.

Enjoy the days ahead and do remember to take a few moments for yourself.  To relax and feel all beautiful things with your heart.



Friday, November 20, 2015

Easy Apple & Cranberry Galette

Hello to you all...  I hope you week is going well.  We are already on holiday mode in our home planning for Thanksgiving.  Thinking of side dishes to prepare, making our shopping list, getting the house in order and ironing table linens.   

But today, I wanted to share an easy recipe for those that want a no fuss and easy dessert to prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner.  It is my fresh Apple and Cranberry Galette using pre-made pie crust. Let's face it, we are all short on time during the holidays, especially when we have a house full of relatives and we're cooking for a crowd.  Enter the refrigerated pie crust, a favorite time saver.

Here Is What You Need:

  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Refrigerated pie crust
  • 3 fresh apples             Peeled, cored and cut into small squares. ( I used 2 granny smith and 1 McIntosh apple but you can use apples of choice)
  • 1/2 cup Cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cup Light brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 
  • Milk (for brushing over crust)
  • Regular sugar (to sprinkle over crust)
  • 1 Table Spoon Butter (Optional)

Cut apples into small cubes.  Place in bowl with cranberries.  Preheat oven to  450 F.

Add sugar to the apples and cranberries.

Add cinnamon and vanilla.

 Mix all ingredients

Cut a piece of parchment paper and place on clean cookie sheet.  Roll out pie crust and place ingredients on center.  Do not over stuff...

Fold crust border up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust.  Brush crust with milk.  Sprinkle crust edges and apples with sugar.  Place chucks of butter on top.

Reduce oven temperature to 375 F.  Bake galette for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let stand for about 15 minutes.  Cut into wedges and serve....

I truly hope you give this recipe a try.  It is easy and delicious.  I am sure your guests will enjoy it too.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I wish you a lovely weekend ahead.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Last Afternoon Tea In The Garden

Hello friends.  I hope your week is going well.  I know hectic and busy days are ahead for us all so I thought sharing a few tranquil and relaxing photos would bring a bit of happiness to your hearts. 

These pretty photos were taken in our garden a few weeks ago, just as summer was fading into autumn.  To be honest, it is easy for me to let the garden fade away in late summer because I do love pumpkin season and all the rich colors that it brings. Falling leaves, crisp autumn air and the warmth of a cozy blanket are things that I love about autumn.  

Isn't this a beautiful back drop for enjoying afternoon tea?

And who wouldn't want to enjoy a warm cup of tea in this perfect little spot?  

No dress code here.  Just a welcoming smile and a sweet treat awaits.

Pretty china and flatware to make a gloomy day seem bright again.

What do you do before the craziness of the holidays??  Do you have your own rituals??  Do you prepare mentally for the hectic days ahead?

Happy week, everyone....  Believe in miracles.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Easy DIY Pomegranate Candleholder For The Holidays

Happy Sunday everyone.  With the holidays fast approaching, I am planning ahead not only for Thanksgiving, but Christmas.  Yes, I did say Christmas.  Because I do make a lot of my own decorations, I do have to begin working on my projects a little early.  And with all the inspiration in blogland, one can't help but inspired.

After seeing a few inspiring posts about candleholders for the holidays, I decided to do my own take on this pretty idea.  This is a simple and quick DIY using fresh Pomegranates as candleholders.  The color of this pretty fruit is perfect not only for fall, but also for Christmas.  Can you imagine your holiday table decorated with these beauties???  And to think that it is an inexpensive DIY with lots of visual impact.

You will Need:

  • Fresh pomegranates (As many as you would like for your table)
  • Preserved Moss
  • Ribbon or Jute twine (I used Christmas ribbon but you can use one of your preference.  This is one project which can be easily customized)
  • Small containers such as these rustic ones from Hobby Lobby but again, you can use any small container which you already have in hand.
  • Small candles ( I used vigil candles purchased at Hobby Lobby).  
  • Scissors


  1. Stuff your containers with floral foam or plastic bags.  What you want is to give your candleholder some height and stability.
  2. Cover the container with moss.  Be sure that none of your foam or bags show.  Leave a bit of the moss hang over the edge of the container just a bit.
  3. Scrape the little flower-looking tops in the inside of the pomegranate with a small pairing knife.  But be very gentle.  You do not want to cut or damage the top.  Now you have created the perfect place to hold the candle in place.
  4. Add the candle on the top.  Make sure that it fits firmly.
  5. Add ribbon of your choice and holiday sprig.  I dressed mine up for Christmas but you can also use this idea for your Thanksgiving table by using a ribbon with fall colors.) 

Here is the final result.  Aren't they just lovely??  Now imagine these pretty candles dressing your holiday table.  Just be sure to always use caution when using candles.

You can go to town with this idea.  Your imagination has no limits.  Be creative.  You will see how fun and easy this project can be.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and comment.  I am very grateful.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Stonegable Workshop & Meeting New Blogger Friends

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a table setting workshop held at Pottery Barn in the Kind of Prussia Mall.  The workshop was held by our incredibly talented friend, Yvonne of Stonegable.  I am sure many of you follow her blog already but if you are not familiar with her work yet, it is certainly one to follow.  Yvonne shares amazing home décor, DIY's, recipes and spectacular tablescapes on her blog.  Truth is, this woman was the one that inspired me to start my own blog.

That said, we were a group of about 15 to 20 people at the workshop.  Some were Stonegable followers and a handful were also bloggers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  To say that it was a happy day was an understatement. The chance to meet Yvonne and watch her in her element was simply incredible.  And imagine having full access to the merchandise in Pottery Barn to create holiday tablescapes???  Yes, that is exactly what Yvonne was able to manage.

Here were was the group paying full attention to Yvonne.

Yvonne put two holiday looks together for us.  One for Thanksgiving and the other one for Christmas.  Both beautiful and full of simply elegance.  And please forgive me for the blurry photos but I took them with my cell phone.

Don't you just love this Ralph Lauren inspired look??

This was the Thanksgiving table.  Very organic with a muted color palette.

After the workshop, Yvonne took the time to greet us all.  She was so sweet and the fact that she knew who I was a total surprise to me.  I felt so honored.

But the highlight of my day was meeting all the wonderful and friendly bloggers that were there. How lucky was I to finally meet a few bloggers from my area.  In all honest, we are a very small group as far as I know but a wonderful group of women.  My heart was overjoyed.

This very sweet and elegant lady pictured with me above is Johanne from French Gardener Dishes blog.  I was great to find out that Johanne and I have so many things in common and she is a total foodie.  She loves to share all her delicious recipes on her blog so do give her a visit to learn more about this talented and creative blogger.   I am looking forward to meeting with her soon.  I truly felt like I made a new friend.


This other pretty lady is Linda.  She does not have a blog currently but follows mine as well as many other blogs.   Hopefully we inspired Lynda to start her own.  Loved her too.  We clicked right away.

Here is another group of bloggers as well as followers of my blog.  Such friendly and kind ladies. And forgive me if I do not remember your names.  I do hope that you leave me your contact information if you happen to read this post.

Again, it was an honor and pleasure to meet you all.  I never imagined that blogging would bring such amazing people into my life.  I was very touched and humbled by all the warmth and affection that I felt from each one of these ladies.  It just doesn't get better than that.  I am forever grateful.

If you live in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania, it would be a pleasure to meet you.  I am hoping that we can get a group of local bloggers together to form our little group on this side of the country.



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nature Inspired Thanksgiving Table

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a great week.  Mine was full of activities, workshops and makeover projects in our home.  But the highlight of the weekend was meeting Yvonne from Stonegable.  She hosted a tablescape workshop at Pottery Barn and it was full of fun and fresh ideas for holiday table settings.  I also had the chance to meet a few other bloggers that attended the event. What a wonderful group of ladies.  All so sweet and talented in their own right.  I will share a few photos of the event in the next few days.

But today, I want to share a table of my own design inspired nature.  I imagined what dining in the forest would be like.  I think there is something very enchanting and alluring about an untamed forest wilderness combined with a bit of elegance.

I began with a simple cream round tablecloth topped with a piece of burlap which I used as a table runner to give it that earthy feel.  

For my place setting, I started with a natural plate charger, Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage dinner plate and a yellow floral accent plate.  I then added the white pumpkin soup tureens and added the moss to the bottom to give it interest and a natural feel.  Mikasa stemware, Pier 1 cream and brown checked napkins and Horchow flatware complete each place setting.

A William Sonoma silverplate tea pot with Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage sugar and creamer set add a bit of elegance to my table.

Love the natural and organic look of this table.  

I love to entertaining for the holidays and a beautifully decorated table combined with good food and fun conversation is the ultimate gift that you can give to your guests during the holiday season. It does not require a large investment.  Just lots of creativity and imagination.  Use your good china. Mix it with inexpensive pieces with an unexpected color palette to create a fresh and fun table that will leave a lasting impression.

Thank you for visiting today.  I wish you all a wonderful and creative week.


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