Super closeup image of parts of gourds and pumpkins with measuring spoons full of spices

10-21-23

What I Can’t Let Go Of:

(just like the NPR Politics podcast on Fridays- minus the “Politics or otherwise” disclaimer.

This blog is a publicly politics-free zone, so all musings will be “Otherwise“.)

I just can’t let go of how much I love the warm spices of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger — in candles, in pies, in tea, even in ice cream.

Yes, I love pumpkin and sweet potato anything, but I’ve come to realize that it’s really those spices! They just happen to accompany almost anything pumpkin flavored.

It’s funny how when the right ingredients are combined in the right proportions, they become so much more than the sum of the individual parts. You don’t even realize the dominant part.

I always thought it was the pumpkin. But no, pumpkin is really not all that great without those warm spices. Yet those spices are great in other things beyond pumpkin.

The same applies to decorating and mixing fabrics, combining flowers, even dishes for a fabulous table setting.

Artistry is blending just enough of the right spices to bring the whole composition to life..

home decor mood board with swatches and samples

I’d love to hear what you can’t let go of!

On the Blog This Week

Cake under a cover of whipped cream in a 9 X. 13 baking dish is identified at Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Butter Cake on the Parchment Paper liner that's hanging over the edge

Do you consider Potluck dinners a competitive sport? No?

Well, I take my potluck dishes seriously!

This week I posted the best “secret strategies” for upping your Potluck game. Oh, but I’m still all about keeping it simple and easy.

Jump over and see how with these strategies I brought home the prize from last week’s potluck.

The Prize: a completely empty dish!

Plus there’s a NEW VIDEO of why and how to decorate your parchment paper liner.

Now is NOT the time to procrastinate on ordering your Christmas stockings!

This grou p is the runaway favorite so far.

Click over to see the entire 2023 Collection

if you prefer, you can shop them all in my Etsy shop.

And here are Jane’s fabulous name tags..

3 coordinating yet unique Christmas stockings are hanging from a mantel. Blue birch slice name tags hang from the top of three buttons on each cuff
Christmas stockings hanging from long birch branch attached to the mantel cover

While you’re pondering your stocking display, have you seen this post about hanging your stockings from a birch branch?

Coming Next Week:

Hold on — it’s going to be a doozy!!!

A new Pinterest Challenge is coming up next week and we’re doing something different. We are each sharing a Thanksgiving inspired recipe.

And there will be three more new posts:

Two Fall decor posts and another recipe post!!!

Sharing From Around the Web

Collage of 5 women's pictures under a title: Shopping With Friends -- so much better than alone

It’s the third Saturday of the month — the day we take a shopping excursion together, I and my blogging besties are inviting you along!

I’m getting so excited for Christmas! How about you?

Yes, it’s still October, but I like to reinvent and refresh my decor each year. And this takes a bit more time. Certainly not buying ALL new, but adding in some fresh elements and making over some others. 

So on my list are:

Frosted cedar garland
Cedar and Hemlock garland

New garlands!

I’m torn between this frosted cedar garland

or this cedar and hemlock one or this.

Both are from Target, so easy returns if the quality isn’t to my liking.


These Christmas plates would be perfect sitting on top of  the great dinner plates with wide black and white plaid rims that I scored recently. My table is coming together!!

Set of four Christmas appetizer plates

"Joy" anti-fatigue mat

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing holiday goodies.

I need this Christmas Joy anti-fatigue mat for our brick floors.


This great pair of plaid pillows.

Not Christmas, but they are so cozy and perfect for all Winter long.

And just 29.99 for a PAIR of 20 x 20!!!!

pair of plaid pillows

Now Let’s See What the Other Gals Found For Us

We are a smaller shopping squad today, Michele and Wendy are both traveling this week.

Lynn – Living Large in a Small House

Lynn and her husband “Handy” are in Dallas this week and her list reflects that! They are helping their daughter and son-in-law with not only setting up the nursery for their first grandbaby but also some other work around the house.

  • I’ve been wearing sweaters and leggings at home but it’s in the 80s here. I didn’t pack enough summer things. I ran to J.Jill to pickup my favorite White Tees as I can wear them here by themselves and when I’m home, under a sweater.
  • I’m heading to Round Top to do some antique shopping next week. I brought my favorite tote bag from LL Bean to carry my finds.
  • I forgot my favorite facial cleanser at home so I ordered it from Amazon (it’s the only place I can find SeSpring Cleanser which is EWG approved. It was here the next day.
  • “Handy” was putting in new doors while we were here and this Stinger ShopVac is not only inexpensive, its lightweight which was easy for me to handle and it worked great.

Cindy – Reinvented Delaware

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