At the Table: Pumpkins and Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware

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I’m at the table with a celebration of pumpkins and

Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware!

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 Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware provides a classic blank canvas for the table,

with ivory embossed bordered plates, ideal for any season or occasion.

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A burlap tablecloth provides a neutral foundation for the table,

topped with a linen runner, and a crewel embroidered pumpkin

providing a seasonal pop of color.

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 An urn provides a pedestal to elevate a Fairytale pumpkin,

along with a medley of smaller pumpkins and gourds for an easy

and casual centerpiece for the table.

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It’s rimmed with a ring of maple leaves, provided by Mother Nature,

and the first leaves to turn with their crimson display of color here.

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Crafted of earthenware, Delaney 12 ounce mugs and creamer and sugar

are ready to serve your Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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And Pfaltzgraff Linden flatware provides a little understated elegance with its

 polished finish and details, in contrast to the nubby texture of the burlap.

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Mikasa French Countryside goblets echo the ribs on the pumpkins with

 their graceful bell shape, complementing the Delaney mugs and dinnerware.

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Delaney footed bowls, a handy 28 ounce size and a 1 3/4 quart vegetable bowl,

are serving up a tiger striped pumpkin.

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Delaney Table Details:

*Dinnerware / Pfaltzgraff Delaney

*Flatware / Pfaltzgraff Linden

*Stemware / Mikasa French Countryside

Chargers / World Market, several years ago

Burlap Tablecloth/ Couleur Nature, Amazon

Pumpkin Embroidered Runner, Bella Lux / HomeGoods

 Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago

 Napkins / Kohl’s, several years ago

Urn/ retail days

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Enjoy 20% off one Delaney item through November 9th with the link below:

http://www.pfaltzgraff.com/source?src=MARYMBLOGPFDE201

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*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Pfaltzgraff Delaney Dinnerware

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Tricks for Your Treats: Tootsie Roll Witch Shoe Cupcake Toppers

Tootsie Roll Witch Shoe Cupcake Toppers

Here’s a little witchy fun and trick for your Halloween treats,

 Tootsie Rolls Witch Shoe Cupcake Toppers!

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I used Tootsie Fruit Rolls, orange and lime, to match the

cupcake liners and coordinate with the stocking leg straws.

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Every witch has to have her accessories. . .

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 It’s all about the shoes!

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The Tootsie Rolls work like a sticky play Play-Doh, also fun for sculpting poinsettias!

I had a bit of learning curve with the shoes since witches need to be airborne. Contrary to popular belief, witch shoes do not defy the laws of gravity :)

I discovered it works best with 1/2 to 2/3 of a Tootsie Roll, rather than a whole Tootsie Roll. Cut your straw and warm the Tootsie Roll in your hands first, placing it on the end of the straw before shaping it.

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Lay your straw on wax paper with the Tootsie Roll on the end and flatten and pinch to shape the end of your witch shoe.

Use a knife to cut a small v-shaped notch out of the Tootsie Roll to form the heel and shape as desired. You can even use a contrasting color to make a witchy shoe buckle.

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I’m thinking they look a little more like elf shoes than witch shoes :)

I found the orange and black straws at World Market and black and white straws at Target.

You can find Halloween straws from Amazon here.

Tootsie Roll Witch Shoes Cupcake Toppers

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Drivers Start Your Engines

Charlotte AutoFair

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500

is this Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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All these empty colorful seats will be filled with

some equally colorful NASCAR fans this Saturday :)

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I tagged along with my hubby to the Charlotte AutoFair

at the Charlotte Motor Speedway a couple of weeks ago.

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While my hubby is a car enthusiast, I’m only vaguely aware of make and model,

but I’m a photography enthusiast and there was lots to see!

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Collector car buyers, restorers, enthusiasts and car clubs

come in the spring and fall to the AutoFair.

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And there’s lots of car love to be found.

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Lots of nostalgia and trips down memory lane. . .

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For some models, fuzzy dice are a required car accessory :)

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And sights you don’t see just everywhere.

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And under the hood is as shiny and bright as the polished exteriors.

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Fun to spy a vintage Redmon picnic basket

in the back of a De Soto too!

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Are you a car enthusiast or NASCAR fan?

Charlotte AutoFair Fall

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A Bicycle Built For Pumpkins

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I picked up an old bicycle at a favorite antique mall

for the bargain price of three pumpkins. . .

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I brought her home to take a spin around my Potting Shed.

The person selling it, informed me she wasn’t road-ready. . .

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That’s okay by me since she’s pumpkin and vine-ready!

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Her tires are worn. . .

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But plenty sturdy for bittersweet vine. . .

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And while her spokes can’t handle road

 racing, they can handle Indian Corn.

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Her seat and petal, ideal prop a pumpkin. . .

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And basket is sturdy for planting pumpkins and gourds.

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Potting Shed: Pumpkins, Gourds, and Mums!

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We’ve had a little teaser of fall temperatures, just enough inspiration

to harvest some fall color around my Potting Shed!

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So I’m welcoming fall with open arms,

along with pumpkins, gourds and mums!

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Oak leaves frame a bittersweet wreath and

transferware lid hanging in greeting on the door.

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And my window box is liner-free and home for

 a medley of gourds and pumpkins for the season.

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Watering cans are filled with fall grasses and foliage.

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And I’m weighing in on pumpkin love :)

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I hope you’re enjoying a little fall weather where you are!

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Drink Up Witches Halloween Potion and Winners!

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I have a potion brewing for you for Halloween,

guaranteed to help you Eat, Drink & Be Witchy!

Drink Up Witches DIY Cup

I conjured Drink Up Witches Cups, from Pier 1, into witchy stemmed drinking vessels, (easier for long green, crooked fingers to hold :) with the magic of silicone adhesive and a Dollar Tree glass candleholder.

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Park your broom and join me at my Witches’ Potion Table, here.

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Drink Up Witches’ Potion Ingredients:

~1 1/2 ounces of Authentic Wolfsbane, aka Vodka

 ~ 1 1/2 ounces Poison No. 9, aka Ginger Ale

~ 1 1/2 ounces of Vampire Blood, aka Pomegranate Juice

~ Black Cat Arsenic, aka Black Sugar for Rimming

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Adjust the ratio of your potions if you’d like a more lethal cocktail.

Serve over ice, top off with additional Poison No. 9, aka Ginger Ale.

Garnish with a top quality spider bite. . .if you dare.

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You can mix an alcohol free potion for fledgling witches by skipping the

Authentic Wolfsbane, aka Vodka and just adding ginger ale.

Eat, Drink, and Be Witchy Giveaway

The winners of my Eat, Drink, and Be Witchy Giveaway are:

Pattie Tierney:  A Cauldron, a Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron 5-Quart Dutch Oven

Linda Kemp:  Baking Cups, Halloween Decorating or Potion Sprinkles, Cookie Cutters, Potion Stirring Spatulas, and some Eye of Newt, or Candy Eye Treat Toppers

Lynn @ Happier Than a Pig in Mud: Drink Up Witches Cups, Cocktail Napkins & Picks, Straws, Bar Towel, and Labels for your Bubbling Brew

and

Carolyn P : Some additional baking goodies and Halloween Treats!

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Congratulations to the winning witches,

I’ll contact you by email and get your goodies to you!

Thanks to all who entered!

Drink Up Witches Potion & Halloween Cocktail

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Witches’ Potion Table

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I’m calling all witches, there’s a potion brewing for you,

Bubbling with polka-dotted pumpkins and mercury glass too!

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 A dutch oven in cast iron serves as a cauldron for the table,

While plates are dressed for potion-making, with an ingredient label.

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Add the aging blood of the black cat to your witchy brew,

For best results, stir counter-clockwise, not one time, but two.

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Incredibly potent, very small doses of Cyanide you will need,

Unless it’s toxic witches’ potion you’re blending, don’t exceed.

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Frog Syrup is a swampy addition to your witches’ brew and meal,

Beware of imitation toad syrup, use only genuine frog that’s real!

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Add a dash of Eye of Newt and a pinch of Spider Blend,

Under the light of the full moon, your potion you must tend.

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Target, a favorite haunt, is a short broom ride away,

Where I fell head over heels with witchy legs, flying home to play.

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 A witchy spider web was spun for our potion’s tablecloth,

Spelled at HomeGoods, safe for catching our brew’s bubbly froth.

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Drink up Witches Cups were conjured straight from Pier 1,

Add a candlestick from Dollar Tree to elevate the fun!

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Apply silicone adhesive and allow 24 hours to cure,

Gather ribbon and some straws and thirsty witches they will lure!

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Ravens have flown in, perched by the cauldron at the table,

Conjure raven snacks up here, inspired by a Halloween label!

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It’s not too late to Eat, Drink & Be Witchy this Halloween,

Throw your name into the cauldron, here, where your comment will be seen!

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October 3rd is the date, three winners we will choose,

So enter today, don’t delay, you have nothing to lose.

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Witches’ Potion Table Details:

Tablecloth & Chargers / HomeGoods

Flatware & Straws / World Market

Polka-dotted Pumpkins & Witch Legs / Target

Drink Up Witches Cups & Napkin Rings / Pier 1

Potion Ingredient Labels, Ribbon & Ravens / Michaels

Drink Up Witches DIY Cup

Wishing you a Happy Halloween and a little Scary Fun,

 Happy Haunting to All~

Aren’t you glad my rhyming’s done? :)

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At the Table: Pumpkins, Leaves and Mikasa Autumn Nights

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I’m at the table with pumpkins, leaves and

Autumn Nights by Mikasa Gourmet Basics.

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Inspired by the deepest shade of night, Mikasa Autumn Nights

offers a modern interpretation for fall dining.

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Bold patterned leaves drift across square plates

in a contrasting palette of autumnal colors.

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Lanterns are filled with a seasonal display of

small pumpkins and gourds as a centerpiece.

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And square shape bowls are a

convenient size for serving up soup, cereal

or Jack Be Little pumpkins :)

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Woven chargers add a rustic texture and contrast

with the smooth satin finish of the flatware

and glossy glaze of the stoneware.

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A twig candleholder with glass leaf accents by Mikasa provides

a little glow for the table from the crackle glass candleholders.

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Autumn Nights Table Details:

*Dinnerware / Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Autumn Nights

*Flatware / Mikasa Satin Loft

*Candle holder / Mikasa Glass Leaf 3 Pillar Linear

Chargers / World Market, several years ago

Lanterns / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Leaf Napkin Rings / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

Tablecloth & Napkins / Kohl’s, several years ago

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Enjoy 20% off one Autumn Nights item through October 6th with the link below:

http://www.mikasa.com/source?src=MARYMBLOGMKAN201

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*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

Pumpkins, Leaves and Mikasa Autumn Nights

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Top 10 Things Chloe & Gracie Love About Fall

Top 10 things Chloe & Gracie love about fall. . .

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1. Sweater Weather!

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2. The Smells

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Fresh Mulled Cider

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Make Your Own Mulling Spice

Make Your Own Mulling Spice

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The aroma of fall baking. . .

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

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3. Halloween Treats!

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Howl-O-Ween Tricking Treats,

from Three Dog Bakery Cookbook

Made with canned pumpkin, vanilla, water, egg, whole-wheat flour,

chopped pecans, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg & oats

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4. Pumpkins

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5. Chair Sitting

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6. Fall Color

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7.  Leaf Peeping by Boat

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8. Fall Sunsets

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9. Picnics

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Fall Picnic with Pumpkins

10. And an excuse to curl up with a blanket :)

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Chloe & Grace want to know,

What are your favorite things about fall? :)

Chloe & Gracie Fall Favorites

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Fall Sipping: Apple Cider Sangria

Apple Cider Sangria

 Apple Cider Sangria is a refreshing sangria for fall!

An easy seasonal cocktail for a crowd, taking advantage of just picked apples,

 fresh apple cider, and ideal to mix up for tailgating

 or just because it’s fall!

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This sangria is infused with perfect combination of apple and ginger flavors and is refreshing without being overly sweet!

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I used a Pinot Grigio for the wine as the base of the sangria, apple cider for the juice,

ginger ale as the mixer, and added apple vodka instead of the typical brandy or rum.

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I stumbled on Absolut Orient Apple Vodka that has a hint of ginger, with plans for mixing applicious cocktails this fall.

It only takes five minutes to assemble this sangria in a large pitcher or beverage dispenser. You can mix it and serve it right away since the apple flavor is already in the apple vodka and the cider, or mix it several hours in advance if you prefer to infuse the sangria with more apple flavor, or the apples with more sangria :)

anatomy-of-sangria-recipe

I followed this handy Anatomy of Sangria chart, courtesy of Wine Enthusiast Magazine for a quick reference for easy mixing, that I used to mix our Red, White & Blue Sangria for the 4th of July.

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The sangria combinations are endless with this chart as a guideline. Pick and choose your mixers, fruit, juice, wine & liquor, adjusting the flavors and quantities to your taste.

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Apple Cider Sangria

Ingredients

3 – 4 apples, diced

1 bottle Pinot Grigio, or white wine of choice

1/2 cup Apple Cider

1/2 cup Absolut Orient Apple Vodka

1 can Ginger Ale (I used diet)

Dice apples and add to a large pitcher. Add wine, cider and vodka. Refrigerate until serving, 1 – 2 hours or up to 24.

Just before serving add chilled ginger ale to pitcher and mix well. Fill glasses half full with ice, add sangria and apples.

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 I didn’t add any additional sweetener to this sangria with the sugar in the apple cider and used diet ginger ale instead of regular ginger ale. It was refreshing and plenty sweet for us but adjust to your taste and crowd, adding additional sweetener or simple syrup if desired.

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You can find a printable recipe, here.

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Make sure you eat the apple after you’re done sipping,

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! :)

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