Wythe Collection – Ralph Lauren
Happy Monday! A new year has started with the arrival of my birthday over the weekend.
I am feeling excited and optimistic. There are many reasons to be thankful. Here is to another year and sharing it with you.
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Are you ready for Halloween? I bought bags of candy for the kids and put out a few outdoor Halloween decorations. In the kitchen, I finished a few simple and delicious recipes for our Halloween dinner. Since I spend so much time in the kitchen, I decorated the open shelves above the kitchen desk with spiders and black crows all in Halloween fun.
Here are a few creepy decorations ideas for Halloween kitchen decor.
The recipes for our Halloween dinner are simple. Stonewall Kitchen’s spiced rum butterscotch sauce was generously poured on the store bought apple cider cake mix. (Tip: cut candy butter scotch into small pieces to garnish the top of the cupcake.) This sauce is delicious!
Spiced Rum Butterscotch Sauce
Cooking from scratch is great, but when you have a helping hand with good and flavorful ingredients why not save time and money. Stonewall Kitchen’s New England Corn Chowder mix cooks in one hour 30 minutes start to finish. Follow the instructions on the back of the package. Just add potatoes, chicken broth and heavy cream.
New England Corn Chowder
Garnish with bacon and oyster crackers.
Black and White Bow Tie Pasta With Spinach and Shrimp
Black and white bow tie pasta cooks in 7 minutes. Pasta: Follow package instructions. Tip: Drain bow tie pasta, carefully place on a large platter. It helps keep pasta from breaking when serving. Thinly slice three cloves of garlic, rinse two cups of baby spinach. Warm a separate frying pan, drizzle olive oil (about two table spoons). Place garlic in warm pan and cook until translucent but not burned. Quickly mix spinach and toss. Remove garlic and spinach and pour over pasta. With the same pan toss in peeled, washed shrimp (about 12 pieces) drizzle 1 table spoon of olive oil and cook until tender. Add two to three table spoons of chicken stock, if needed (left over from chowder recipe). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Quickly, transfer shrimp and juices onto the platter. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese as desired. Optional: drizzle with truffle oil.
Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Halloween.
Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality. I often see carved-wood finials of pineapples on fence posts throughout New England. They are so charming. We live in a Cape-Cod style house so I wanted to duplicate a similar look for the autumn season. What better way to welcome guest with faux pineapple finials using pumpkins. Don’t have a gate; put them in urns by the front door. Faux pineapple finials look great indoors, as well, on the kitchen table or fireplace mantel.
This D-I-Y project is easy and inexpensive. Materials: 2 oval-shaped pumpkins/boxwood branches/twine or floral wire/2 battery tea lights/pencil
PS: Pardon the gate paint. I am looking forward to lighting up my D-I-Y faux pineapple finials tonight. Thanks for stopping by.
Ever walk into a shop and forget what you walked in to buy? That happened to me when I saw a punch of white peonies at the florist. Peonies in October are hard to find. I bought a bunch. I had a big smile and rushed home to put them in water. I immediately wanted to set the table when I came home. Halloween is just around the corner. Excited to celebrate our first Halloween at the house, I thought, why not surprise the family and set a pretty and elegant Halloween dinner table.
Creepy and bloody is not my style, but elegant and a little scary is.
What do you think about my elegant Halloween dinner table on a budget? I’ve listed my sources below. Really, I think the most expensive thing are the peonies, but they are well worth it to me. Thanks for stopping by.