12 Recipes Using Leftover Halloween Candy

12 Halloween Candy Recipes

My kids are too old for trick-or-treating now, but there were many years we were still eating leftover Halloween candy at Christmas time.   I would even freeze some of it and break it out during the winter months when when we were snuggled inside watching movies.  There are also numerous ways you can use Halloween candy in recipes.  These 12 … [Read more...]

Autumn Chopped Salad

Autumn Chopped Salad

The addition of pears, pecans and cranberries give this chopped salad a touch of Autumn flavors.  My friend Anne shared this Autumn Chopped Salad recipe with me at a fall soup swap.  I love having soup and salad for lunch and it also makes an easy dinner meal. This Autumn Salad is so easy to throw together and is a nice change from a boring old … [Read more...]

An Owl Themed Fall Table Setting

fall tablescape

I have quite a few owls around my house so I decided to create a fall tablescape with them.  I had some friends over for a soup exchange and I wanted to make the table festive looking for the fall season.  I struggle with flower arranging so I decided to make pumpkins, gourds and mercury glass owls the focus of my table. I'm going through a … [Read more...]

Tippin’s Copycat Corn Bread Recipe

Tippins corn bread recipe

There used to be a Tippin's restaurant in the Kansas City area which was one of my favorite places to eat.  What I remember most about their restaurant is the soups and corn bread.  Their corn bread was sweet and moist and came with a big dollop of honey butter.   Several years ago my friend Anne gave me a Tippin's corn bread recipe that she got … [Read more...]

How To Decorate Plants for Fall in 5 Minutes or Less

Fall succulent containter

Fall has always been a tricky a time for me when it comes to freshening up my outdoor pots.  Some of my summer plants still look great, but I want them to coincide with the fall season. This year I took a simple approach which takes about 5 minutes or less to decorate your outdoor or indoor plants for fall.  I was inspired by Ricki at Red Cedar … [Read more...]

Cindy’s Not Too Spicy Chili

chili recipe

Chili is a comfort food I enjoy eating in the fall and winter months.   I usually serve it with a side of corn bread.  I'll be sharing a copycat recipe of Tippin's Corn Bread later this week that a friend of mine gave me.  However, for today the focus is this chili recipe my friend Cindy shared with me. Cindy adds mushrooms to her chili which I … [Read more...]

Be Royal

Royals baseball field

Most of Kansas City is smiling because the Kansas City Royals are the 2014 American League Champions and are playing in the World Series tomorrow.  I think at one point in my blog I shared that you'd never find me writing about sports.   I don't know much about the rules of sports and it's not a passion of mine.  I enjoy the social aspects of … [Read more...]

Halloween Ideas Resurrected

Halloween party ideas

I'm resurrecting a few past of my past posts on Halloween for those of you that are new readers and for long term readers who may have forgotten about them.  I have been blogging for almost three years and even I've forgotten about some of the things I've posted.  Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and I explain why I'm … [Read more...]

Tempting Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

lemon poppy seed bundt cake

My friend Angela made these adorable mini lemon poppy seed bundt cakes for a lunch I hosted back in the Spring.  It's her mother's recipe and a family favorite, including her dog.   She had the cakes cooling on her kitchen counter and while she was out her dog ambushed them and devoured all but two. We had some fun photographing one of the lone … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Create a Color Palette for a Room

Sherwin-Williams chip it tool

Office image via Kendra Scott Creating a color palette for a room just got easier with my new favorite find.  While collecting images of offices I love on Pinterest,  I came across a post from Ask Anna on How to Create a Design Board. I could spend hours creating design and vision boards which is one of the reasons I run out of time to actually … [Read more...]