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Candy Cornucopia

I hope this post isn't too soon for everyone.  We had beautiful fall-like weather here this weekend and it got me thinking of all things FALL!  As you know, it is my absolute favorite time of year.  The vibrant colors and cooler temps bring new energy with them. 

This candy cornucopia is one of the cutest things I've seen in a while!  I couldn't wait til September to share it with you.  What a fun activity this would be for kids.  These would make great favors for a fall themed shower or party too.



Heat water in a teakettle, and put pointed end of a sugar cone into spout. Let steam until softened, about 1 minute. Gently curve end 1/2 inch from tip; hold for 15 seconds. Steam 1 side of cone's open end; press to flatten (so cone won't roll). Let cool until set. Dip edge in melted white chocolate, and roll in chopped pistachios. 

Refrigerate until set. Fill with jelly beans and serve, or store in a covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days.


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I am thankful for...

In the spirit of Thanksgiving here is an email I received that pretty much sums it up.

I am thankful:

  • For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV, because that means he is at home and not on the streets.

  • For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.

  • For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

  • For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

  • For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.

  • For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

  • For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.

  • For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking and that I have been blessed with transportation.

  • For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.

  • For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

  • For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.

  • For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.

  • For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I am alive.

  • And finally....... for too much e-mail, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me

Paul's Smashed Potatoes

I know many of you serve and eat mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving.  Well I've got a fabulous recipe for you to try!  My friends and I recently gathered for our own Thanksgiving dinner and Paul's Potatoes were the big hit!  They are delicious.

1 3 lb. bag small Irish Red Potatoes

1 cup cheddar cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup milk

3 tbsp butter

1/2 cup Ranch dressing

Add garlic salt and pepper to taste

Chop and boil potatoes, then combine all ingredients and get smashing (yes the old fashioned way).

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

I love these table settings from Country Living.  Each are different, all are beautiful.  Hope this gives you some ideas for your own Thanksgiving table.


I love the corn centerpiece.  This would be easy to make.  A lot of grocery stores sell this corn around this time of year.  This tablecloth could also be made from a piece of fabric.  You could write inspirational quotes on the borders with a fabric pen. Great conversation starter.


The warm jewel tones in this setting are so pretty.  Notice the artificial leaves as place cards.  They used a gel pen to write the guests names.  The berries are also artificial.  I have seen these at Michael's craft store.


This setting is the most unique.  Everything was constructed out of felt.  The runners, the leaves, and the bands and letters on the candles are all felt.  The letters were placed on both sides of the candles for everyone to enjoy.

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Cranberry Cocktail

Here's another way to enjoy your cranberries this Thanksgiving.  The Cranberry Bog Cocktail!



  • 4 ounces champagne
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Whole cranberries, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish


Combine champagne and cranberry juice in a champagne flute. Drop a few whole cranberries in the glass and garnish with mint leaves.

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Cool Table Setting Idea

Speaking of the beauty of Fall, why not bring the brightly colored leaves inside?  In this table setting they used small branches with leaves set under transparent glass plates.  I would think you could use transparent acrylic also if you were having a more casual dinner.  You could also use loose leaves.  How unique!


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Another Easy Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the time of year and I love that there is no rushing around shopping for gifts like at Christmas.  To me it is like Christmas but with less stress!

I have been looking for another easy craft to do for our table centerpiece for Thanksgiving.  I found this one on  Its perfect!  Beautiful and easy!  Anything with candles wins me over.. This would look great with gold placemats and coordinating napkins..

Check it out:


You'll Need

  • Dried leaves
  • Cake stand
  • 3 pillar candles in varying heights
  • Small oranges or clementines (approximately half a dozen)

1. Arrange a layer of leaves on the cake stand.

2. Place the candles in the center and surround them with oranges. Using a small, sharp knife, carve a design into some of the oranges, if you'd like.