Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fresh Apple Tea Lights

Happy Sunday all.  I hope you all had a great week.  Today, I want to share an easy DIY project using fresh apples.  These fresh apple tea lights are such a gorgeous idea to decorate a fall or Thanksgiving table.  Inexpensive and so simple to make.




All you need are a few fresh apples and a few tea lights.  How easy is that??  They are always my go to for adding a fall touch to any table.  


















I used red apples for this project but you can use any color you wish.  Be sure to use a firm apple for this project.  It will make cutting out the middle much easier.  I also try to pick ones that are similar in shape and sizes.

Materials Need For Apple Tea Lights:

  • Apples
  • Tea Lights
  • Paring knife or pastry cutter
  • Lemon Juice
  • Ground Cinnamon (optional)



  1. Place the tea light upside down on top of the apple and trace the circle with a pencil or pen
  2. Cut with a paring knife around the circle inserting the knife vertically as deep as the light is tall.
  3. Scoop them out with a spoon
  4. Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from turning brown
  5. Insert a tea light
  6. Repeat with as many apples as you will use



I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Thank you all for visiting me today.

Fondly,

Janet











Monday, October 19, 2015

Romantic Fall Tablescape

This beautiful autumn day brings a little romance in the air.  A sweeter and softer color palette.




I do love the bold colors of fall.  Those fiery reds, oranges, greens and golds do hold a special place in my heart.  And who doesn't love a warm and beautiful plaid throw with the colors of fall.



But I cannot help my romantic heart.  I am charmed and completely seduced by the beauty of roses.


And so this table celebrates autumn with a soft powdery color palette.  Pink, cream and warm rusty browns are perfectly combined to create this transitional and romantic table, with a bit of vintage charm.



It is a full-scale romance which I am happy to admit.






















Can you imagine yourself sitting here??   Such simple pleasures.

Dream away....


Thank you so much for visiting me!!!!

Janet


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup Exchange

I am one of the 151 women from around the world that participated in a tea cup exchange hosted by our sweet Stephanie of  The Enchanting  Rose.  Can you just imagine the time and effort that it took for Stephanie to organize it all?  It is a true labor of love.

What a sweet and exciting idea.  Knowing that I would make two new friends with similar likes was truly all needed to sign up for the fun.  Each one of us was assigned a person that we would send a tea cup to along with some extra goodies as a surprise.  My lovely gifts came from Tanya Rachelle of Timeless Romantic Designs Blogspot. http://timelessromanticdesigns.blogspot.com/.    Tanya has a very lovely blog too in which she shares many of her beautiful crocheted pieces. 

Tanya's parcel included this delicate and lovely footed tea cup in pale shades of yellow, purples and greens and a box of Twining's Lady Grey Tea.  One of my favorite.  How did she guess?

  


Here is a better view of the pretty colors that decorate this beauty.  It was love at first sight.





Also included were these gorgeous spa towel made by Tanya.   Imagine how touched and special I felt when I saw these pretty crochet pieces.  Just knowing that they were made by Tanya and gifted to me means the world to me and I will treasure them always.







Tanya also included this CD of relaxing instrumental piano music which is perfect for my tea time gatherings.  So thoughtful and different.  I love the idea.










I am so thankful to Tanya for such a sweet and generous gift.  I will cherish her thoughtful gifts forever.  I also want to thank Stephanie for the incredible job she has done with this tea exchange.  I am sure it was not an easy task but knowing our sweet girl, she did it with heart and soul.  It has been great fun and a tremendous pleasure.

My gift was sent to Judith of Lavender Cottage and what a touching and amazing post she did.  http://www.lavendercottagegardening.com/2015/10/the-enchanting-rose-teacup-exchange.html

We are so fortunate to have found each other here in blogland.  The talent, hearts and stories of these incredible women is an inspiration for us all and I am honored to be part of such an incredible community.

Thank you,

Janet


Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Evening Tea & Pumpkin Cake

Good evening to you all.  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  Fall is slowly making its entrance.  There is a nip in the air and trees are once again ready for their spectacular show.


And I am once again ready for those sweets autumn evenings...Ready for nature's bursts in colors of gold, forest greens and rusty oranges. Falling leaves and cozy afternoons perfect for enjoying light conversation and warm cups of our favorite beverages. So today I am paying tribute to the start of fall with this late afternoon tea time setting.



Hydrangeas from my sister-in-law's pretty garden at the Jersey Shore make their way to my home. I love how the rusty colors on the hydrangeas are echoed on these charming tea cups by Johnson Brothers in the Harvest pattern.



As the days grow shorter and the evenings a bit cooler, the warm glow of candles make the transition into fall a little easier creating the ideal setting for celebrating autumns beauty.











A favorite pumpkin cake is the special treat this evening.  This a such a great recipe that I found on Pinterest.  It has become a favorite in our home.  It is easy to make.  Light, moist and addictive.  (See recipe below)






I hope you give this wonderful recipe a try.  Thank you for stopping by today.

I hope this week turns out wonderful for you....

Janet



(Recipe from Kitchen Meets Girl via Pinterest)


Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin
For the Frosting:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, and beat at low speed until combined and the batter is smooth.
  4. Spread batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the sugar and milk and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread over cooled bars. Dust lightly with cinnamon, if desired.

PS..  I cut the sugar from 2 cups to 1 cup.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn Inspired Tablescape

Hello everyone.  Happy Sunday to you all.  The East Coast has been hit with heavy rains and strong winds the last few days but today, we awoke to a dry Sunday.  My heart goes out to those that were affected by the major floods. 

Today, I am sharing a colorful table that celebrates autumn's rich colors and beauty.  As you can already tell, I love to entertain.  It gives me great joy to gather with family and friends around a table that is a feast of colours, textures and most importantly, tastes.  There is something very special in making family and friends feel welcomed and creating an inviting ambiance.  


My table begins with a runner in hues of orange and cream followed by straw placemats for my base. Orange dinner and salad plates topped with a green pumpkin patterned accent plate.  Brownish stemware, flatware and napkins.



A pretty floral arrangement made with flowers that echo autumn's beauty.  Which by the way were purchased from my trader Joe's.  They always have such pretty flowers.



Aren't these sunflowers spectacular?



It is easy to be creative and inventive when it comes to table decorations.   I always love to mix a bit of traditional elements with modern touches.  It is about enjoying the company and great conversation.













Source List:


  • Flowers:  Trader Joe's


  • Flower Pitcher:  TJ Max


  • Table Runner:  Home Goods


  • Placemats:  Home Goods
  • Dinnerware:  Home Goods (Nocal, LDA)
  • Flatware:  Neiman Marcus


  • Stemware (Clear):  Mikasa French Country Side
  • Stemware (Brown):  Dollar Store
  • Napkins:  Pier 1
  • Napkin Rings:  Michael's




Happy Sunday to you all and thank you for visiting dear friends.   I hope you all have a lovely week.

Janet