‘Home is Where the Broom Is’ 7th Annual Halloween Giveaway

 

Member of the Black Hat Society Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween

Welcome to Home is Where the Broom Is and

The 7th Annual Meeting of The Black Hat Society !

Witch hat centerpiece Halloween table | homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween #witch

We all could use a little escape these days wherever we can find it in

these uncertain times, and for me the appeal of Halloween

is its combination of fantasy, treats and spooky fun!

Witches Tea Party It's All About the Treats | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #Halloween #witch

 While I realize Halloween isn’t everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ . . .

Witches Tea Party It's All About the Treats | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #Halloween #witch

Here at Home is Where the Broom Is,

and for Black Hat Society Members. . .

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #Halloween #witch #recipes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  <|:>)

Black Hat Society Halloween Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #witch #tablescapes #Halloween

{ Black Hat Society Spooktacular Halloween Table }

Witches’ Potion Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #tablescapes #witch

{ Witches’ Potion Table }

Witch Shoes by Haunted Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween #pottingshed #witchshoes

The time of year to dust off your broom, polish your shoes and buy a new hat!

Tootsie Roll Witch Shoes Cupcake Toppers DIY | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween #witchshoes #cupcakes

{ Tootsie Rolls Witch Shoe Cupcake Toppers }

Floating Umbrella Witch DIY for Halloween | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #witch #DIY

 { Floating Umbrella Witch DIY for Halloween }

In preparation for that midnight ride October 31st,

you’ll want to fuel up with some sweet treats. . .

Halloween Oreo Brownies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #oreo #recipes #browniess

{ Halloween Oreo Brownies }

Witches Cauldron Cupcakes | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #cupcakes

{ Witches’ Cauldron Cupcakes }

Easy Witch's Potion Popcorn: No Cauldron Required | | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #popcorn

{ Easy Witch’s Potion Popcorn }

Witches Tea Party: It’s All About the Treats! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #PottingShed #witch #teaparty

{ Witches Tea Party: It’s All About the Treats! }

 Peanut Butter Spider Halloween Cookies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #Halloween

More Stares than Scares: Peanut Butter Spider Halloween Cookies

DIY Halloween Candy Vase Centerpiece and Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #tablesetting #candycorn #tablescape

{ DIY Halloween Candy Vase Centerpiece and HalloWine and Candy Pairing Tablescape }

Jolly Halloween Table with vintage-inspired greetings | ©Homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween #tablescapes

I’m sharing some Halloween love with a little giveaway. . .

The Witch Is In: DIY Halloween Wreath! Scare Up a wreath for a witchy welcome for Halloween ! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #wreath

{ The Witch is In DIY Halloween Wreath }

In celebration of the Witching Hour and to help you scare up some treats. . .

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #recipes #Halloween #witch

One witch will receive a ‘Keep Calm and Ride On’ Kitchen Towel, Wilton Witch Leg Pretzel Molds, Witch Baking Cups, Meri Meri Party Picks, Decorating, aka Potion Sprinkles and Witch Shoe Cocktail Napkins

Halloween Witch Cupcakes | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #recipes #cupcakes

{ Witching Hour Cupcakes }

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #recipes #Halloween #witch

A second witch will receive a Witch Cauldron Kitchen Towel, ‘Trick or Treat’ Potion Stirring Spatula, Halloween Baking Cups, Spooky Sprinkles, ‘The Witch is In’ Melamine Bowls and Halloween Party Picks

Jolly Halloween Table with vintage-inspired greetings | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #tablescapes

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #recipes #Halloween #witch

A third witch will receive ‘Witch Way to the Candy’ Kitchen Towel, Witch Cookie Cutter Set, ‘Trick or Treat’ Potion Stirring Spatula, Halloween Spooky Sprinkles and Wilton Candy Eyeballs.

‘Witch’ Way To The Treats Halloween Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #Halloween #witch

‘Witch’ Way To The Treats Halloween Tablescape

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #recipes #Halloween #witch

A fourth witch will receive an ‘October 31’ Kitchen Towel Set and 4 Assorted Halloween Dishes.

The Witching Hour Halloween Apothecary Table | | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #tablescapes

{ The Witching Hour Halloween Apothecary Table  }

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #recipes #Halloween #witch

And a fifth witch will receive a ‘Happy Halloween’ Skeleton Kitchen Towel, Skeleton Spreaders and Meri Meri Trick or Treat Cupcake Kit.

Bone Appétit: Rod & Rowena’s Last Hurrah and Halloween Fun | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #skeleton #tablescapes

 { Bone Appétit: Rod & Rowena’s Last Hurrah and Halloween Fun }

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #recipes #Halloween #witch

A sixth witch will receive a Hawthorne Gardens 18 x 18 Pillow Cover, Skeleton Spreaders, Skeleton Serving Set and Butterfly Die Cuts

Skeleton Crew and Dogs on the Porch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween #skeleton #dog

 { Skeleton Crew and Dogs on the Porch }

Sweet Potato Dog Treats and Pumpkin Spice ‘Puppucino’ and Donut Squeaky Toys Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

And last but not least, some lucky dog will receive a bag of Lola and Sophie’s favorite Sweet Potato Dog Treats and Pumpkin Spice ‘Puppucino’ and Donut Squeaky Toys. 🐾🐾

Happy Howl-oween from Lola and Sophie | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise #halloween

 { Best Witches for a Happy Howl-oween }

To throw your name into the cauldron and enter this giveaway,

leave a comment telling me your favorite Halloween candy or treat!

Witch Way to the Wine | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #tablescapes

Members of the Black Hat Society, aka,

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.

Member Black Hat Society | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween #pottingshed

To become a Black Hat Society Member, subscribe by email and let me know by comment.

Spider Fluids Witch Potion Plate Halloween Apothecary Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #halloween #tablescapes

For a third entry, Pin a photo from this post on Pinterest and leave an additional comment telling me so.

(The Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo).

Jolly Halloween Table with sunflowers, pumpkins and candy corn | | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #tablescapes

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. until midnight October 1st.

‘If The Hat Fits’ Halloween Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Halloween #tablescapes

 Best Witches <|;>) for a Happy Weekend! ♥

The Witch Is In: Floating Witch Halloween Tablescape Halloween Giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #Halloween #witch

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween Giveaway! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #recipes #Halloween #witch

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 Metamorphosis Monday

 

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake

Caramel Apple Cake is a taste of fall in an easy dessert, filled with fall spice,

 studded with fresh apple and layered with a gooey caramel-pecan topping!

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

Happy Monday!

Let’s start the week off with an easy dessert to add to your fall “to bake” list~

Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake!

Falling for Apples Tablescape and Flower Centerpiece with Apples, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #apple #fall #tablescapes #sunflowers

I had some fresh-picked apples ready for baking from my

Falling for Apples Table and Floral Arrangement.

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

You can use any apple that is suitable for baking from the store or apple picking.

Apple Picking NC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #apple #recipes

 Gala, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Golden Delicious

or Granny Smith would all be good candidates.

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

This easy and delicious recipe is adapted from The Shenandoah Valley Apple Cake

 recipe in The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook.

Apple Cake from The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings

This is a moist and flavorful cake and oh the aroma while baking. . . !

I made just a few changes, one of which was in the spices, as it called for

cinnamon and ground nutmeg. I only had whole nutmeg and didn’t want to spend 20 minutes

 grating a teaspoon required, so I reached for the pumpkin pie spice in the pantry.

Use pumpkin pie spice for fall apple recipes | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #baking #recipes #apple

Spice blends can vary brand but my McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice

only differs from their Apple Pie Spice with the addition of ginger,

both containing cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

If you close your eyes and sniff your pumpkin pie spice and it brings to mind

the aroma of an apple pie fresh from the oven, don’t hesitate

 to reach for pumpkin pie spice for your fall apple recipes.

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

 This is an oil-based cake recipe, so basically you blend your ingredients and pour it into your pan.

You can use any neutral flavored oil that’s in your pantry . . .canola, vegetable, corn or safflower.

While butter is usually preferred for the flavor over oil when baking,

there are benefits to using oil in your cake.

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

Benefits of an oil-based cake:

  • Oil-based cakes are typically one-bowl recipes so there is less clean up.

  • They come together quickly, skipping the step of softening butter and creaming it with sugar.

  • They stay moist longer after baking and their flavor tends to intensify the longer they sit.

  • They’re more likely to be tender as the over mixing steps are eliminated that cause gluten development and makes for a tough cake.

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

The other change I made to the recipe was toasting the pecans, and adding them to the caramel topping.

Toasting nuts brings out the natural oils and enhances their flavor.

It only takes 6 – 8 minutes to toast pecans in the oven while prepping your ingredients.

 Set your timer so you don’t forget and burn them or take them out as soon as you smell

them, your nose knows :) when they’re ready.

I also substituted salted butter in the caramel topping which helps

balance the sweetness of the caramel, but use unsalted butter if you prefer.

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

I shared this cake with my sister this weekend and it was declared a keeper!

Keep any leftovers in the fridge. Serve it at room temperature or

we enjoyed it cold from the fridge and with a cup of coffee or mug of hot tea.

The contrast of cold and hot was very appealing and delicious!

Fresh Picked Apple Recipes for Fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #apple #recipes #fall #desserts #salads #soup #cocktails

Find a harvest of Fresh Picked Apple Recipes, HERE.

The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings

The winner of a copy of The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook

is Mary Anne McWhirter!

The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings

is available whereever books are sold, online and on Amazon.

Easy Caramel Apple-Pecan Cake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #apple #cake #recipes #easy #dessert #caramel

 

Easy Caramel Apple Pecan Cake

A taste of fall in an easy dessert, this Caramel Apple Cake comes together quickly and is studded with fresh apple, pecans and layered with a gooey caramel-pecan topping.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cake, caramel, dessert, easy, fall
Servings: 20 servings

Ingredients

Apple Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups canola or neutral-flavored vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (use a baking apple variety such as Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Pink Lady or Granny Smith)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons apple or pumpkin pie spice

Caramel-Pecan Topping

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Instructions

To toast pecans

  • Toasting pecans or any nuts brings out the natural oils and enhances the flavor in recipes and is easy to do! Spread nuts in an even layer on a sheet pan in a 350°oven for 6-8 minutes or until fragrant. Your nose knows :) when they’re done. Remove from oven and allow them to cool.

To make cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 9 x 13 pan with nonstick spray.
  • In large bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, salt, eggs, apple pie spice, baking soda and vanilla.
  • Add the flour, stirring until well blended.
  • Fold in chopped apples and pecans with a rubber spatula. Batter will be thick.
  • Pour batter into sprayed pan and bake 45 – 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool in pan before adding topping.

To make caramel topping

  • Melt butter in a sauce pan.
  • Add half and half and brown sugar, stirring over medium heat until sugar is melted.
  • Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Pour over cooled cake and sprinkle with toasted pecans. Caramel topping will thicken and firm as it cools.
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator up to 5 days. Allow cake to come to room temperature before serving or is also good cold.

Notes

  • Apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice both contain cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Pumpkin pie spice has the addition of ginger. If you close your eyes and sniff your pumpkin pie spice and it brings to mind the aroma of an apple pie fresh from the oven, don’t hesitate to reach for it for your fall apple recipes.
  • For accurate measuring of flour, fluff your flour from the canister or bag and then spoon into your measuring cup so it’s overflowing, then level off with the edge of a knife. Scooping directly from the bag or canister will yield a heavier cup and larger amount that can negatively affect your baking recipes.
  • If using a glass baking dish, reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees and bake up to 10 minutes longer.

Happy Fall Baking!

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 Between Naps on the Porch

Late Summer Garden: Good News, Bad News and Flutterbies

 

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly on Verbena Lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a garden update.

Grab a cold drink and come along for a stroll with me.

Late Summer Garden: Good News, Bad News and Flutterbies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

We had a very hot and humid August with above average rainfall,

making it feel tropical and steamy.

Late Summer Garden: Good News, Bad News and Flutterbies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

The good news was I didn’t have to spend a lot of time watering in the heat and humidity.

Purple passionflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

The bad news is the weeds flourished!

Bee on passionflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower and wild passion vine,

is a vigorous grower and common wildflower in the southern United States.

Passionflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

It can easily grow 20 feet or more in a summer and is considered invasive

in the Southeastern US, where it grows rapidly by its extensive root system.

Bee on Passionflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

It volunteers every year, popping up from the field next to the Potting Shed.

Bee on Passionflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

Left to its own devices, tangled patches of passionflower

will ramble and climb over everything in its path.

Bees on Passionflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

Each bloom lasts a day and the good news: the blooms are irresistible to bees!

Bee on Passionflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

Passionvine is the source food for the larvae of Fritillary Butterflies.

Varigated Fritillary Caterpillar | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

More good news: There is plenty of food for Fritillary Caterpillars!

Variegated Fritillary Butterflies on Verbena Lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Variegated Fritillary Butterflies are loving the Verbena Lollipop

that reseeded and is coming up everywhere.

Fritillary Butterflies on Verbena Lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

The tall stalks are looking unkempt and I was ready to tidy up

and cut them back until I noticed all the flutterby activity. . .

Fritillary Butterfly on Verbena Lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

The shabby state of older blooms are looking much like the tattered wings on

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly.

Fritillary Butterfly on Verbena Lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

In addition to attracting butterflies, I noticed Goldfinches feasting

on the seed heads, so I decided to leave them a while longer.

Common Buckeye Butterfly on Verbena Lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

This Common Buckeye Butterfly

is enjoying the late summer verbena blooms too.

Hummingbird at feeder | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #hummingbird

There are lots of hummer wars in the garden right now!

I usually hear them chirping as they zip by defending ‘their’ territory.

Hummingbirds late summer garden | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #hummingbirds

 See How to Revive a Tired Feeder and Attract Hummingbirds, HERE.

Refresh a Tired Feeder to Attract Hummingbirds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hummingbirds #tips #DIY

Limelight Hydrangeas have begun their fall metamorphosis.

Late Summer Garden Limelight Hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Good news: Fall is a great time to plant shrubs in your garden!

If you’re looking for an easy to grow, low maintenance shrub that will

provide you with beautiful cut and dried flowers too,

see my public service announcement: Plant a Limelight Hydrangea…or Five.

Limelight Hydrangeas fall color | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Bad news: The roses have been complaining with our excess rain.

Earth Angel Rose | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Good news:

I was surprised to find this cluster blooming . . .

Earth Angel Rose | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Earth Angel Rose is a fragrant old-fashioned rose with blooms

varying in color from white to soft pink.

Earth Angel Rose | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

More flutterbies. . .

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

The most common butterfly in our garden is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

Swallowtail Butterfly on verbena | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Swallowtail Butterfly on verbena | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Swallowtail Butterfly on lantana | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Enjoying the verbena, lantana and butterfly bush.

Swallowtail Butterfly on lantana | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Swallowtail Butterfly on butterfly bush | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

And especially fond of the few zinnias that the bunnies didn’t eat,

as they were planted in a pot out of reach.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Zinnia | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Zinnias by Potting Shed Late Summer Garden | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Good news:

Clematis ‘Bernadine’ is still blooming. You can see it at its peak in May, HERE.

Clematis on trellis, Late Summer Garden | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

Clematis ‘Bernadine’ is a rebloomer variety,

flowering in late spring or early summer and then again in August.

No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden

“No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it.”

– K. D’Angelo

Fritillary Butterfly on Verbena Lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers

What’s your good news / bad news in the garden?

Late Summer Garden | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #butterfly #garden #flowers #bees #hydrangeas

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 Between Naps on the Porch

Falling for Apples: Summer to Fall Transitional Tablescape

Welcome fall and create a floral arrangement incorporating apples.

No flower arranging skills required for this easy flower arranging method!

You’ll also find fall table inspiration.

 

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

Happy Tuesday!

In anticipation of fall’s arrival, I’m part of ‘Welcome Fall’ Tablescape Blog Hop!

You can find fall table inspiration from 20 table stylists at the bottom of this post.

Apple Orchard, Hot Cider, Harvest Feast, Hay Rides, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze Sign | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed

Fall is my favorite season and I’m ready for apple orchards, hot cider,

harvest feasts, hay rides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes!

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid

And when the calendar page turns to September,

I’m falling for apples!

Apple Picking! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid

Anyone ready for apple picking?!

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

While fall officially arrives in two weeks, Mother Nature still

has plenty of summer weather in store for us in North Carolina,

 typically well into October.

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

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A farmhouse plaid tablecloth provides a cheery foundation for the table,

 blending the colors of summer and fall. . . the

brighter color palette fitting for our 90 degree days.

Robert Sprays by Wedgwood Floral Plates and Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid

Robert Sprays by Wedgwood floral plates were a favorite antique mall find several years ago.

The delicate sprays and muted color palette of the flowers,

reminiscent of the waning summer blooms in the garden.

Robert Sprays by Wedgwood Floral Plates and Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid

They’re served up on assorted harvest plaid dinner plates and framed with wood

chargers atop burnished copper chargers to add texture and interest.

Robert Sprays by Wedgwood Floral Plates and Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid

Bright hammered copper flatware joins burnished

copper napkin rings for a blending of the seasons. . .

Copper flatware and napkin rings Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid

And floral print napkins are married with farmhouse plaid.

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid

Apples are at each place setting as well as in the centerpiece.

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

To create the centerpiece and for quick and easy flower arranging,

I used acrylic cups as mini vases, adding them to a burnished copper container.

Easy method for flower arranging! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Plastic grocery bags help keep the cups from shifting and in place

once they’re filled with water and flowers.

DIY 'Falling for Apples' Flower Arrangement with Sunflowers and Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

Mums, alstroemeria and sunflowers from the grocery store join

Limelight Hydrangeas from the garden that have begun their fall metamorphosis.

DIY 'Falling for Apples' Flower Arrangement with Sunflowers and Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

No flower arranging skills required for this easy flower arranging method! The large hydrangeas,

sunflowers and mums help to conceal the cups within the container.

The individual cups also make it easy to change your water and replace faded flowers

so you can get more life out of your arrangement.

Easy method for flower arranging! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Apples were added to the arrangement with bamboo skewers.

Place your skewered apples in between the vases to help fill in the gaps.

DIY 'Falling for Apples' Flower Arrangement with Sunflowers and Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

Insert your skewers into the blossom end of the apple, about an inch into the core.

As the bamboo skewers are food safe, the apples can used

for fall baking after the flowers are faded.

DIY 'Falling for Apples' Flower Arrangement with Sunflowers and Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

Find a harvest of Fresh Picked Apple Recipes for Fall, HERE.

Fresh Picked Apple Recipes for Fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #recipes #desserts #pie #bars #salad #soup #cocktail

You’ll find apple recipes for salads, soup, cakes, pies, bread, bars and cocktails!

'Falling for Apples' Flower Arrangement with Sunflowers and Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

Copper mugs are ready for a ‘Cheers to Fall’

with Apple Cider Moscow Mules!

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid

Help yourself to a refreshing fall twist on a Moscow Mule that celebrates autumn

with seasonal flavor, when you’re craving hayrides and cider, HERE.

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid

Falling for Apples Table Details:

Floral plates / Robert Sprays by Wedgwood, used here

Apple plates / Pfaltzgraff Plymouth

Harvest Plaid Plates and White Wood Chargers / Pier 1

Copper chargers and napkin rings / Hobby Lobby, several years ago

Copper hammered flatware / Amazon

Moscow Mule Mugs / Target, several years ago

Farmhouse Plaid Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago

Burnished Copper Container / HomeGoods, several years ago

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

Many thanks to Chloe of  Celebrate & Decorate

 for organizing this ‘Welcome Fall’ Tablescape Blog Hop!

Click on the links below for more fall table inspiration:

Celebrate & Decorate |  Design Morsels | Mantel and Table 
Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Home is Where the Boat Is | Belle Blue Interiors
Calypso in the Country | Our Crafty Mom | My Thrift Store Addiction | The Painted Apron
The Little Yellow Corner Store | Sweet Sensations | Living With Thanksgiving | Panoply
Life and Linda | Everyday Living | Bluesky at Home 
Life at Bella Terra | Red Cottage Chronicles | Cozinest 

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

Falling for Apples Transitional Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #apples #plaid #sunflowers

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A Sunny Transition Flower Arrangement + Crowing with Delight

 

A Sunny Transition Flower Arrangement + Crowing with Delight | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

Happy Monday and Labor Day!

It’s always a happy Monday for me when I join my blogging friends

for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms!

You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

Biscuit tin with rooster transitional flower arrangement with hydrangeas, sunflowers, apples and artichokes | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer.

While I know some of you are sorry to see summer go,

here in the hot and humid South, I’m crowing with delight!

Biscuit tin with roosters | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Fall is my favorite season and I’m counting down the days. . . ready for crisp, cool weather,

a harvest of pumpkins, warm plaid layers, and cozy meals with the flavors of fall!

Biscuit tin with rooster as vase for flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

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For this week’s flower arrangement, I started with a reproduction biscuit tin

I found at HomeGoods many years ago.  It’s available as part of a set on Amazon, here.

DIY transitional flower arrangement with biscuit tin | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

I’ve discovered the hard way that most decorative metal pieces are not water tight.

I tested it first adding an inch of water to the container to see if it would leak.

All seemed fine, but just to be safe I lined it with a plastic bag

that I could tuck inside and conceal once my flowers were in place.

DIY transitional flower arrangement with chicken wire in biscuit tin | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

I used my favorite flower-arranging tool, appropriately, chicken wire,  ;) for this rooster biscuit tin.

I used two layers of chicken wire, one in the bottom and one at the top

to support the weight of sunflowers.

DIY transitional flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers

I cut some Limelight Hydrangeas from the garden and green crape myrtle seed pods,

to join sunflowers, blue hydrangeas, red alstroemeria and yellow safflower for an arrangement.

DIY transitional flower arrangement incorporating artichokes and apples | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers

 I picked up some artichokes and apples from the produce department,

and added them to the arrangement with bamboo skewers.

DIY transitional flower arrangement in biscuit tin incorporating artichokes and apples | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers

Adding fruit or veggies to your floral arrangements is a great way to add interest,

texture, color and helps your floral material go farther!

DIY transitional flower arrangement with biscuit tin | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

You can find more inspiration and

16+ Creative Ideas for Adding Fruit and Veggies in Flower Arrangements, HERE.

DIY transitional flower arrangement with hydrangeas, sunflowers, apples and artichokes | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers

Sunflowers are the perfect flower to transition from summer to fall

with their sunny yellow rays and warm brown centers!

Sunflower pillow on porch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

These cheery flowers are instant ‘mood-lifters’ and never fail to make me smile.

A Sunny Transition Flower Arrangement + Crowing with Delight | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

Chickens came home to roost on the porch and crow in delight. . .

Roosters and sunflowers on the porch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

Rooster Mug Mason Jars have a chicken wire design

and corral flatware and napkin. . .

Roosters and sunflowers on the porch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

And Antiqued Hen dinnerware adds a little rustic and farmhouse charm.

Antiqued Hen dinnerware | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Details:

Mayfaire Rooster Biscuit Tin

Circleware Rooster Mug Mason Jars

Sunflower Pillow and Throw / HomeGoods, several years ago

Antiqued Hen by Pfaltzgraff, used here

Rooster Pitcher / Fitz and Floyd, many years ago

DIY transitional flower arrangement with biscuit tin | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

DIY transitional flower arrangement with biscuit tin | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

Are you ready for fall or sad to see summer go?

A Sunny Transition Flower Arrangement + Crowing with Delight | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #sunflowers #rooster

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A Harvest of Fall: Tablescape Round Up

Celebrate fall at the table with a harvest of inspiration for alfresco or indoor dining. You’ll find ideas and seasonal tips for pumpkin vase centerpieces, easy flower arranging methods, floral garland and more.

A Trio of Owls with flowers for hats! 'Woodsy and Wise' Whimsical Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid #owls

Whoooooo besides me is ready for fall?

Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff ‘Charlotte’ | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #fall #lake

Fall is my favorite season and I’m counting down the days. . . ready for crisp, cool weather,

a harvest of pumpkins, warm plaid layers, and cozy meals with the flavors of fall!

Pumpkins and Plaid Alfresco Fall Table by the lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #pumpkins #plaid

With fall on the horizon, I pulled together a harvest of fall tablescapes from the archives.

Click on the highlighted links in red if you’d like to revisit the complete post,

for table sources or more inspiration.

Summer to Fall Transitional Table by the lake with Limelight Hydrangea Centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes

  Early Fall Table with Limelight Hydrangeas

A transitional table inspired by a tablecloth and with Robert Sprays by Wedgwood floral plates

Woodland Friends Fall Table + DIY Floral Runner | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid #DIY #flowers

Woodland Friends Fall Table + DIY Floral Runner

A farmhouse plaid with woodland friends and DIY floral runner with grocery store flowers

Delicious Autumn Lakeside Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #lake #alfresco

Delicious Autumn Lakeside Table

Lakeside dining with inspiration from a favorite quote

Fall alfresco tablesetting with copper wine bucket flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #alfresco #lake #flowers #hydrangeas #tablescapes #pumpkins

A Touch of Copper Fall Alfresco Tablescape

The warm glow of copper for fall for alfresco dining with Floral Friday friends

Fall table with woodland friends salad plates and natural DIY table runner | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes

A Fall Table with Woodland Friends and DIY Table Runner

Create a natural DIY table runner with organic materials for fall

The softer side of fall tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #alfresco #lake

The Softer Side of Fall Tablescape

White dishes and pumpkins, soft feathery grasses and tree slice chargers

provide some warm texture for the softer side of fall.

Fall Pontoon Picnic | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #boat #pontoon #picnic

A Fall Pontoon Picnic

Alfresco dining on the pontoon with pumpkins, mums and warm plaid layers

Lakeside fall table with a touch of blue and easy flower arranging method | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescape #fall #lake #tablescapes #pumpkins #alfresco

Fall Alfresco Tablescape with a Touch of Blue + Easy Flower Arranging Method

Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff ‘Charlotte’ and a quick and easy blooming centerpiece with pumpkins

An Alfresco Fall Table with Blooming Pumpkins | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #pumpkinvase #lake #alfresco #DIY

Alfresco Fall Table with Blooming Pumpkins

Pumpkin vase centerpiece and and mini blooming pumpkins

Autumn Table + DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #pumpkin

Autumn Table + DIY Blooming Pumpkin the EASY Way

Create a blooming pumpkin as a centerpiece for your fall table the easy way~ no cutting required!

'Woodsy and Wise' Whimsical Fall Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #plaid #owls

‘Woodsy and Wise’ Whimsical Fall Table

A pine cone garland as a ‘woodsy’ note and base for a runner centerpiece for the table.

Pumpkins and Plaid Alfresco Fall Table by the lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #alfresco #pumpkins

Pumpkins and Plaid Alfresco Fall Table

Pumpkins, Plaid and Limelight Hydrangreas

 A fall table with a harvest of Indian corn, mini pumpkins and a pumpkin vase centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.ne #fall #tablescapes #pumpkinvase #alfresco

Harvesting, Reaping, & Sowing 

 A harvest of Indian corn, mini pumpkins and a pumpkin vase centerpiece

Autumn’s Delight Alfresco Table with Harvest fruit and pumpkin centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #alfresco

Autumn’s Delight Alfresco Table

Autumn’s Delight by Johnson Brothers and an easy (and edible!) centerpiece

Blooming Pumpkin Vase DIY and Harvest Pumpkin Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #pumpkinvase #DIY

Blooming Pumpkins and Harvest Pumpkin Table

Harvest Pumpkin Wreath Plates and DIY Easy Harvest Centerpiece for Fall

Botanical Fall Fruits + Lakeside Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #fruit #harvest

Botanical Fall Fruits + Lakeside Table

 Autumn Harvest Fruits and Lakeside Dining with an easy 5-minute centerpiece

I’m happy to be part of a ‘Welcome Fall’ Tablescape Blog Hop next week!

I hope you’ll stop back on Tuesday, September 8th.

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”

― Samuel Butler

A Harvest of Fall Tablescapes | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #tablescapes #autumn #pumpkins #alfreso #lake

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Calendar Girl: Meet Miss October + Giveaway

 

A fall harvest by the Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins #mums

August is coming to an end as the calendar page turns to September tomorrow,

 marking the meteorological beginning of fall. 

Apple Orchard, Hot Cider, Harvest Feast, Hay Rides, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze Sign | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed

Fall is my favorite season and I’m ready for corn mazes, pumpkin patches,

hay rides, apple orchards, hot cider and a harvest feast!

A fall harvest by the Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins #mums

My Potting Shed is thrilled to be included in She Shed Living 2021 Calendar.

Potting Shed in She Shed Living 2021 Calendar | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed

 I think it’s safe to say most of us are ready to close the calendar on 2020

and say hello to a better year in 2021. :)

Hello Autumn Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins #mums

Hello Autumn Wreath and a Wheelbarrow of Pumpkins

Wheelbarrow of Pumpkins and Hello Autumn Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins

The calendar is a 12-month format, January – December 2021

with bonus pages featuring September – December 2020

Potting Shed in She Shed Living Calendar | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed

A fall harvest by the Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins #mums

A Fall Harvest Around the Potting Shed

Hello Autumn Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins #mums

Fall is my Potting Shed’s favorite season too. . .

Potting Shed in She Shed Living Calendar | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed

Meet Miss October!

Pumpkins and gourds in window box Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins

I have (3) She Shed Living 2021 Calendars to give away.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me if you have or had a “she shed”,

how you would use it. . .

Fall Nesting Table in Potting Shed with transferware and hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #tablescapes

Fall Nesting: Brown Transferware and Hydrangeas in the Potting Shed

Puttering or playing. . .

Keep Calm and Garden On stamped spoon marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

 Crafting or gardening. . .

 Tricolor mums for fall planter box Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #mums

Relaxing or reading?

Chalking it up to Fall Chalkboard Door Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #mums #pumpkins

Chalking it Up to Fall and Garden Blooms

Hello Autumn Wreath Potting Shed Door | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #mums

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.

Subscribe by email and let me know by comment.

Harvest of pumpkins and mum for Fall Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins #mums

For a third entry, Pin a photo from this post and leave an additional comment telling me so.

(The Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo).

Hello Autumn Wreath Potting Shed Door | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #mums

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. through midnight September 6th.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Potting Shed in She Shed Living 2021 Calendar Turner Licensing | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed

Thank you to Erika Kotite and Sabrina Contreras for including my Potting Shed in the calendar!

You can find out more about She Shed Living, here.

Trellis with bird and bittersweet vine for fall Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #mums

 Potting Shed Fall Harvest | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed #pumpkins #mums

She Shed Living Calendars by Turner Licensing are available at

She Shed Living and on Amazon.

Potting Shed in She Shed Living 2021 Calendar Turner Licensing | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #fall #shed

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Easy DIY Flower Soap

 

Create fragrant, flowering soap to make hand washing a little more enjoyable these days.

An easy gift and satisfying craft project, ready in under an hour!

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

Happy Thursday!

We’re on the downhill slope of summer with fall less than a month away.

While the summer blooms are waning, you can satisfy your craving for flowers with

this easy craft project!

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

These decorative soap flowers are easy to “grow” and would be appreciated by neighbors,

friends and teachers in our new era of constant hand washing!

In addition to being useful and pretty, they take less than 10 minutes to come together,

 ready to gift in under an hour, so they check all the boxes for a satisfying craft.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

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I started with half a package of Goat Milk Suspension Soap Base I had leftover

along with some Shea Butter Soap Base.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

The soap bases come in 2 lb. packages.

Both are ‘melt and pour’ soap bases so you can use either one to make your soap;

shea butter is known for its moisturizing qualities.

I’ve found the soap bases at Hobby Lobby and Michaels in the past, but both of

my area stores were out of stock when I checked a couple of weeks ago

so I ordered the soap from Amazon.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

The soap base comes scored in cubes and is soft, so it’s easy to cut with a kitchen knife

and break off the amount you want to use. Follow the directions on the package for melting,

either in the microwave or using a double boiler. I used the microwave, heating it

in 30 second intervals on high, stirring until melted.

I recommend only melting 1 lb. at a time instead of the entire 2 lb. package.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

Once your soap base is melted, add the fragrance oil of your choice.

I used approximately 20 drops of Lavender-Rosemary Oil for 2 lbs. of soap base.

Stir in your colorant a few drops at a time, until you reach your desired shade.

Note: Make sure the colorant you use is designated as safe for skin.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

Pour your soap mix into your molds and allow it to set until firm, about 40 minutes.

When bars are set, flex the silicone molds and the soap should release easily.

The cavities of my molds hold about 3 ounces and I got 14 bars of soap

out of 3 pounds of soap base.

Bonus: The silicone flower molds I used are food-grade silicone

so you could use them for baking flowers too. :)

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy

I decided the peach flowers were paler than I wanted after they firmed up,

so I simply remelted the soap, stirred in more color and re-poured it.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy #gift

I found silicone flower soap dishes in an affordable 4-pack!

The flower soap dishes are designed so the soap can drain in the dish,

while sitting by the sink or tub. . . a fun addition and way to wrap and gift the soap!

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy #gift

A note about “glycerin dew” :

The humidity has been off the charts! I noticed as I was taking photos on the porch,

which is where I have the best light, that the soap felt slippery and wet.

I didn’t notice this last year with my Bee-utiful Lavender-Rosemary Soap Bars.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy #gift

After a little online searching, I discovered that melt and pour soap has extra glycerin

added during the manufacturing process. The glycerin makes the soap easy to work

with and acts as a humectant. When the humidity is high (hello -> North Carolina in August!)

the glycerin in the soap pulls moisture from the air, causing it to sweat.

If you live where the humidity is high, keep your soap dry and free of

“glycerin dew” before you gift it by wrapping it in plastic wrap or

store it an airtight container with rice or silica gel packets.

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy #gift

I saw a video on YouTube on how to shrink wrap your soap using a heat gun

and plastic wrap, so it looks nice and tidy.

I used my Stretch-Tite®, the world’s best plastic wrap and the only wrap

I’ve used for the past 25 years. It stretches so tight (hence the name :)

the soap is practically shrink wrapped, without needing a heat gun.

Stretch-Tite is harder to find these days as many things are, but if you

 can find it, I highly recommend it. You’ll never go back to another plastic wrap!

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy #gift

I’m joining my blogging friends for a Creative Craft Blog Hop today.

A special “thank you” to our hosts, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate

 and Andrea of Design Morsels for organizing this hop.

You’ll find more craft projects at the links below:

Celebrate and Decorate | Design Morsels | My Thrift Store Addiction

Debbees Buzz | My Family Thyme | White Arrows Home

Home Is Where The Boat Is | Chas’ Crazy Creations | B4andAfters

The Painted Apron | Purple Hues And Me | Bluesky At Home

Zucchini Sisters | My Hubbard Home | Birdz Of A Feather

Easy DIY Flower Soap | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #craft #DIY #flowers #soap #easy #gift

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The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook + Giveaway

 

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Happy Wednesday!

I have a fun cookbook to share and give away, filled with party ideas,

recipes and beautiful inspiration for entertaining:

The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings

by Courtney Dial Whitmore

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook by Courtney Dial Whitmore

In The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook, Courtney Whitmore shares her party go-tos,

from appetizers and salads to entrees, drinks and desserts.

In addition to sharing modern twists on classics and beloved heirloom recipes from her

family’s cookbooks (not to worry, no archaic methods or hard-to-find ingredients here),

Courtney provides tips throughout to make the most of your gathering:

try embellishing a plate with edible flower petals or create mini versions of a well-known dessert.

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Growing up in the South, Courtney Dial Whitmore has always loved the art of presenting

classic Southern foods with a modern twist and setting a tablescape with lots of pizzazz.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook by Courtney Dial Whitmore

In addition to delicious recipes, this cookbook has a few teasers of beautiful

 table inspiration that Courtney is known for on her site, Pizzazzerie.com.

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Courtney’s work has been featured in Southern Living, HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens

and Martha Stewart. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter

and is expecting Baby #2 in September. She wrote this book alongside her mother,

quintessential Southern hostess, Phronsie Dial.

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Food is at the heart of all celebrations in the South! There are over 75 recipes

suited for year-round entertaining with Southern charm divided into chapters:

 Appetizers and Party Bites, Salads & Soups, Entrees & Main Dishes,

Vegetables & Sides, Breads, Cookies & Candies, Cakes & Desserts, Pies & Cobblers,

as well as  Cocktails & Drinks.

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook by Courtney Dial Whitmore

I know I’m not alone when I say I’m looking forward to the day when we’re no longer

social distancing and can entertain and celebrate important events with friends and family again

like graduations, birthdays, weddings, and last but not least, football season. ;)

Entertaining tip to elevate your party dessert! The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

One of Courtney’s entertaining tips for elevating your favorite dessert:

Layer them in pretty glasses, like these Key Lime Trifles

or Banana Pudding, for a party-ready presentation.

Entertaining tip to elevate your party dessert! The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

There is plenty to tempt my taste buds in this cookbook,

with recipes beautifully photographed and styled.

 A few bookmarked recipes:

Cozy Chicken Pot Pie | The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Cozy Chicken Pot Pie

Shenandoah Valley Apple Cake | The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

Shenandoah Valley Apple Cake

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

Southern Fried Chicken Cobb Salad

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Aioli

How about Peach Lattice Cobbler?

Perfect Party Punch from The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

For a chance to win a copy of The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook,

leave a comment sharing your favorite entertaining tip or go-to party recipe.

Cream Cheese Cookies from The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S.

through midnight September 1st.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Strawberry Cake from The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook

Thank you to Gibbs Smith Publisher for providing a copy of The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook.

The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook releases on September 8, 2020 and is available for pre-order.

The Southern Entertainer's Cookbook: Heirloom Recipes for Modern Gatherings by Courtney Dial Whitmore

Photos from The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook by Courtney Whitmore.

Copyright © 2020 Gibbs Smith Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Peach-Blueberry Crumble Tart with Pecan Shortbread Crust

Celebrate fresh peaches and blueberries with an easy-to-make summer tart! Pecan shortbread cookies provide an additional layer of flavor and texture for an easy crust.

Peach-Blueberry Crumble Tart with Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peaches #recipes #tart #easy #summer #dessert

August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day and we’ve been working our way

through a box of Mac’s Pride Peaches from McLeod Farms

our friends generously shared with us again this year.

Mac’s Pride Peaches from McLeod Farms | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peaches #recipes

These peaches are the ‘Big Red’ variety, available from mid-to-late August,

and are sweet and juicy as well as big and red, like their namesake!

Mac’s Pride Peaches from McLeod Farms | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peaches #recipes

This tart is super easy to prepare and can be customized

with your choice of cookie crust and fruit in season!

Make and easy cookie crust for a tart using store bought cookies | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peaches #recipes #tart #easy #summer #dessert

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To make this tart I used my 11-inch tart and quiche pan with removable outer ring,

which make is easy to cut and serve.

Peach-Blueberry Crumble Tart with Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peaches #recipes #tart #easy #summer #dessert

I adapted this recipe from Taste of Home and decided to make an easy

cookie crust which adds a layer of flavor and crunchy texture.

To make your crust, crush your cookies, mix with melted butter and press into your tart pan.

Peach-Blueberry Crumble Tart with Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #peaches #recipes #tart #easy #summer #dessert

I used a food processor to make the cookie crumbs and mix in the melted butter,

but you can use a zip top bag and a rolling pin to crush your cookies if you prefer.

Pecan shortbread cookies were my choice for this crust,

but I’ve used Oreos previously as a tart crust to make a

 No Bake 5-Ingredient Chocolate Tart and Mini Lemon Curd + Cream Cheese Tarts.

 Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, vanilla wafers, graham crackers

or Oreos are all great candidates for tart crusts.

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The pecan shortbread style cookies, aka, pecan sandies, are very buttery.

 If you’re using a different cookie for your crust

you might need to increase your butter-to-cookie crumb ratio.

I used 4 tablespoons of butter to my crumb mixture for an 11-inch tart pan.

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I like a substantial crust that holds up on the sides of the tart, so I used

about 2 1/2 cups of cookie crumbs.

One 11.3 ounce package of pecan shortbread cookies yields about 3 cups of crumbs.

Bake your tart shell about 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly golden.

A silicone baking mat helps keep the slick bottom of the tart pan from sliding on a sheet pan

and also keeps the pan clean from any possible spills from bubbling fruit or oozing butter.

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You’ll need 2 – 3 peaches, depending on their size.

Fan out your peach slices in bottom of your crust and then spoon your blueberries

in between the peaches. Now you’re ready for the crumble topping.

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The crumble topping comes together in less than 5 minutes and is a mixture of

flour, brown sugar, oats, chopped pecans, cinnamon and melted butter.

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Bake your tart until the crust is golden brown, about 35 – 40 minutes.

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Move your tart to a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

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This tart is good warm from the oven (with ice cream!),

at room temperature and even cold from the fridge.

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Peach-Blueberry Crumble Tart with Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust

Celebrate fresh peaches and blueberries with an easy-to-make summer tart. Pecan shortbread cookies provide an additional layer of flavor and texture for an easy crust.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberries, easy, peaches, summer, tart
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • 11 inch nonstick tart pan with removable ring
  • oven

Ingredients

Cookie Crust

  • 1 package pecan shortbread cookies (pecan sandies)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

Fruit Filling

  • 2 - 3 fresh peaches sliced (enough to cover bottom of tart pan)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Crumble Topping

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

To make cookie crust

  • Crumble cookies using a food processor (or ziptop bag and rolling pin).
  • Add melted butter to cookie crumbs and press in to tart pan.
    Tip: To help press crumbs into wall of tart pan, use a straight sided metal measuring cup or drinking glass.
  • Bake crust at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Move to wire rack to cool.

To assemble

  • In small bowl, combine blueberries with honey; toss to coat.
  • To make crumble topping, combine first 5 topping ingredients in small bowl; stir in butter.
  • Slice and layer peaches in bottom of pan, spoon blueberries in between peaches, sprinkle crumble topping.
  • Bake at 350° 35-40 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream if desired.

Notes

  • Instead of layering your peaches first, mix all your fruit together with honey and pour into crust shell.
  • Depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you may need to add some additional sugar. You can add a couple of additional tablespoons of brown sugar to your crumble topping and an extra tablespoon of butter, or sweeten the fruit filling separately.
  • The pecan shortbread style cookies (pecan sandies) are very buttery so they require less butter in a crumb crust than a vanilla wafer cookie crust would as an example. Adjust amount of butter to your cookies so the crust holds together. Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, Oreos or Vanilla Wafers all make great tart crusts.
  • Place tart pan on baking sheet to catch any melted butter from crust or bubbling fruit from tart when baking.
  • Good served warm, room temperature or refrigerated. Cuts best after refrigerated.
  • You can use frozen fruit instead of fresh, just thaw and drain any excess liquid before using.

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