Overnight Pumpkin French Toast with Streusel Topping

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast with Streusel Topping

Overnight Pumpkin French Toast with Streusel Topping is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving and with guests in town! It can be made ahead, refrigerated overnight and pulled out to bake the next morning. The result is a baked French toast casserole that’s a close cousin to bread pudding that smells heavenly baking. The streusel topping adds a sweet…

From Harvest to Holiday with Mikasa Grid Dinnerware

From Harvest to Holiday Mikasa Grid Dinnerware

It’s Thanksgiving week and I’m enjoying the last hurrah of the fall leaves and pumpkins before I begin decking the halls and embarking on the Christmas season! White dishes inspire creativity since they provide a blank canvas at the table and make it easy to shift from harvest to holiday! With its clean white square shaped pieces and grid pattern, Gourmet Basics by…

Roasted Harvest Vegetable Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Roasted Harvest Vegetable Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? We’re gathering together at my mother-in-law’s house instead of ours, for which I am truly thankful :) and everyone brings a dish or two. I’m always looking for a make-ahead side to add to our family favorites for our Thanksgiving feast! Roasted Harvest Vegetable Salad can be made ahead, which is always a…

Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie with Pecan Piecrust and Winners!


Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie was one of six drool-worthy desserts, starring the South’s favorite nut, in the “pecan delights” section in the November issue of Southern Living Magazine! Alas, I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie {insert *gasp* here}. . .  it’s a texture thing for me. So when I saw this recipe, I loved the idea of a streusel topping for a sweet crunchy…

Weekend Waterview: Here Comes the Sun!


After 10 days of rain and three very wet weekends in a row, we’re enjoying some welcome sunshine! It’s clear and frosty this weekend and fall has definitely arrived in North Carolina. . . The plus side to all our rain is the pond is full! Fall color has peaked and most of the leaves came down with our…

Keep Calm and Gobble On: Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes!

Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes

 I saw these cute Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes on the cover of Family Circle Magazine! These little gobblers are fun to make with Thanksgiving on the way! I had some left over candy corn and Wilton Candy Eyes in my Halloween stash, along with orange chocolate covered sunflower seeds that I used to make my Happy Owl-oween Cookies. The turkey faces…

At the Table: Red and Green Plaid and Pfaltzgraff Dancing Snowflakes


I’m at the table with red and green plaid and Pfaltzgraff Dancing Snowflakes dinnerware. Dancing Snowflakes by Pfaltzgraff provides a little Christmas cheer in a classic color combination of red, green and white for the table. Constructed of porcelain, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe. A plaid tablecloth provides the quintessential Christmas red and green for a festive foundation…

Fall Transition Window Boxes

Quick Fix Fall Window Box

It’s a time of transition weather wise here in North Carolina. We haven’t had our first frost yet and some of the summer annuals and flowers are still blooming. I gave my window boxes on the Potting Shed a touch of fall color with a quick fix and the addition of a pumpkin and some…


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