Monday, October 17, 2016

Pick a Pepper Pumpkin

 Let's enjoy some veggies and dip with a cup of tea, shall we?  My friend Pat, from Gypsy Heart and Soul shared this adorable Halloween idea, which you can see here.  I just had to try it out for myself.  My friend, Marsha, from The Better Baker  sent me this pretty towel which I'm using for my table covering.  Isn't it perfect with this teacup?  My mums are still looking good!  Yea!!

This Royal Albert Woodland Series teacup that my friend Rosie gave me from her late Mother's collection, looks right at home on the towel/table covering.

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Pick A Pepper Pumpkin

A cute appetizer for a Halloween Party!


  • A pepper(s) of your choice of color(s)
  • An assortment of raw veggies
  • Your choice of vegetable dip


  1. Carve a face into your pepper with a paring knife to resemble a jack-o-lantern.
  2. Fill with an assortment of raw veggies.
  3. Serve with dip and enjoy!

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


Monday, October 10, 2016

Mini Apple Pies

Let's have tea on the patio today because it's such a pretty, Fall day in Texas!  I've made us some mini apple pies to enjoy.  Let's have one, shall we?

I'm using my Johnson Brothers Harvest Time teacup.  Isn't it such a lovely, vintage pattern?

These little pies make your home smell delicious!  I hope you get a chance to make some soon.

yield: 10- 15- mini piesprint recipe

Mini Apple Pies

These mini apple pies are the perfect after dinner dessert or teatime treat!


  • 2-3 Granny Smith Apples (I used Gala), peeled, cored and cut into 1/4" diced apples
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • some freshly grated nutmeg
  • a pinch of allspice
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1 box of pie crust, which has two crusts in it (I had to use a third pie crust, also)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the diced apples, spices, and cornstarch. Cook about 3-5 minutes so the apples start to soften and the cornstarch thickens the sauce. Once the apples are almost tender, remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Unroll one of the pie crusts and using a rolling pin, roll it out about 1/2 inch larger in diameter, this is to ensure covering the mounds of filling.
  4. Unroll the second crust, then spoon on a tablespoon of the apple filling. Repeat around the whole crust, leaving enough space to seal and cut around each mound of filling. You should be able to fit 10 mounds of filling. (I had to use another crust and was able to get 5 more pies).
  5. Brush the egg wash around the filling and out to the edges using a pastry brush
  6. Place the larger crust over top and gently press down between the mounds of filling
  7. Cut around each of the mounds of filling with a 2 ½ or 3 inch round cutter. I used my Pampered Chef Cut 'n Seal.
  8. Lift up each apple pie cookie and place on the lined baking sheet. Press to completely seal the edges on each one, then crimp the edges with a fork. (I didn't need to do this since I used the Cut 'n Seal).
  9. Brush the tops with the egg wash, then cut slits in the top of each crust for steam to escape. 10.Bake 15-18 minutes, until golden brown.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall in Love with Texas Blog Tour

 Hi and welcome to my home!  Come on in and I'll show you around.  The lovely Katie, from  Let's Add Sprinkles has organized this special Fall in Love with Texas Blog Tour, and we appreciate all of her hard work!

Let's stop by and grab a cup of tea from my thrifted coffee table that I refinished a couple of years ago.  The throw on my sofa is a quilt-as-you-go minky quilt that I made, along with the  envelope style pillows.  The pumpkin is a mod podge project that a friend and I did several years ago, and it picks up the animal minky print in the throw.  

 My late beloved made this box from old barn wood , and I always keep it on my dining room table, which I change out for the seasons.  It's a beautiful reminder of his last Christmas gift for me.

As we pass by my kitchen,  maybe I could coax you into a bowl of soup?  These darling bowls that I found at Home Goods are ones that I always look forward to using in the Fall season. The pumpkin centerpiece was found at Kohl's years ago and I used a garland formed into a circle to sit it on.  Tiny lights are entwined and a battery operated candle with a timer makes for a soft glow.  

My family room coffee table has some handmade, homespun pumpkins, M&M's for the grandkids, and an old crock filled with faux mums.  The little squirrel was a gift from a friend, and of course the pine cones add some Fall interest. 

Here's a quick peek at my Fall mantle, which always has the huge iron star in the middle.  The birch candles which came from Michael's,  were ones that I admired from Linda @ Life and Linda.  Linda was kind enough to tell me the source.  Don't we love getting ideas from our blogging friends? 

Before we head outside, you can see my cross stitched seasonal piece and my crocheted pumpkin, that I've placed on my washstand. This washstand was a piece that I dragged down the alley to our newlywed apartment,  from an antique shop when my hubby were first married, over 46 years ago.  

Before you leave, let's have an Inside-Out Pumpkin Muffin from King Arthur's #bakealongchallenge,  or if you'd rather,  I can wrap a couple of them up for you to take home. I made the Big Star Quilt several years ago and a friend stenciled the darling napkin.  The plates are from Wal Mart, several years ago, and my "Blessings" mug is from  Vee, from Stephanie's teacup/mug exchange several seasons ago.   My adorable teapot came from a thrift store in Ohio.  I'm crossing my fingers that my mum will last for several weeks

From my back gate, a big Thank you for visiting my Texas home on the Fall in Love with Texas Blog Tour! 

Bye y'all!

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