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On the Blog This Week

A slice of pumpkin spice gooey cake with a dollop of whipped cream on top in the bright sunshine

Tuesday was the Pinterest Challenge Tuesday. Instead of being inspired by one photo, we shared a recipe inspired by Thanksgiving.

Do you remember the previous week’s potluck post — my strategic tips to win?

That recipe was such a hit, I took it a step further and really amped up the Holiday/Pumpkin Spice factor in this gooey butter cake recipe.

I had the delightful “job” of Guest Blogger for a virtual Supper Club. I am a huge fan of each of these five amazing bloggers:

  • Michele [Vintage Home Designs]
  • Anne & AnnMarie [Simple 2 Moms]
  • Jen {Midwest Life & Style]
  • Rachel [The Ponds Farmhouse]
  • Stacy [Bricks n’ Blooms]

We each shared how to plan and style a Pie Party on Thursday.

"Let Us Eat Pie" garland above a pie on a cake stand
Closeup of a whole eggnog custard pie with whipped cream

On Friday I shared the recipe I developed for my contribution to the Pie Bar.

Surprisingly easy (no electric mixer was even needed!!!) but so decadent: Eggnog Custard Pie With a Gingerbread Crust.

Yes, I combined two favorite holiday flavors into one amazinig pie.

Today, Saturday, I am sharing the full menu of pie recipes.

Your new favorite awaits!!

Photographs of six different pies are spread out on a wood table

Coming Up Next Week

You’ll have seen a hint if you read the “Let Us Eat Pie” Pie Party post.

It’s a new idea that I think you’ll love.

Are you with me on this? You love to set a special Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving table, but the table is so full of dishes, there’s no place for a centerpiece.

Coming this week, a creative solution for this pesky dilemma!

Sharing From Around the Web

Simple Fall wreath hanging over open kitchen shelves

Heidi of Eleanor Rose Home is the master of simple, elegant, rustic styling!!!

I love this wreath. Such simplicity, yet so intriguing. And just 15 minutes!!!

She spells it all out in easy steps. LOVE!

Are you like Donna, wanting to have a fireplace mantel to decorate, but have no fireplace?

Now you can add one!

Donna & her husband did their research, drew up their plans and made it themselves.

Lucky for you, Rich is very detail oriented and they shared an amazing step-by-step guide for making your own.

I used his how to install a tile backsplash to teach myself to tile our bathroom wall.

His tutorials are just the best!

A faux mantel is installed on wall  with a chair on each side

whicker sconce is lighting up a hallway as seen through a living room doorway

Check out that wall sconce!!!!

You will not believe how Missy made it. And it’s wireless.

Bonus: there’s humor we can all relate to in her story!!!

Check out how she made this cool wireless sconce.

I’m putting a pair of these on my list for Spring for our balcony — and maybe a pair framing our patio bar.

outdoor pot shown filled with lighted Christmas greenery
Urn Filler -- Christmas greens on a stand to sit in an outdoor pot

Have you seen these?

Am I slow to this discovery? Urn Fillers!!! It is so brilliantly simple!

You know me. I’m all about creative problem solving. And this is exactly that!!!

If you’re like me, somehow the weather changes before I get my outdoor decor set. Fighting cold, blustery winds really zaps the joy for me.

But look!!! Just drop these in place.

I love that they have the 3-pronged metal stakes to either wedge in an empty pot or to stick in a pot that still has soil (that’s me, well partially anyway).

Even better, this looks like it will stand up better to wind than my arrangements that typically are not wired securely enough.

What a time saver. Plus battery operated lights. Plus they’re ON SALE right now.

And they’re from Wal-Mart so easy returns if they don’t work out for you.

Rattan wreath with Christmas green, plaid bow and a red truck

This wreath is really sweet, has great reviews and is just $10!!!

Not really the style for our current home. However, with extra-large glass doors in the kitchen and family room opening onto our courtyard patio, I like to extend our decorating a bit there too.

I may get four for the brick posts, and even remove those cute red trucks, saving them for another project!

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I truly appreciate you using my links whenever possible!!!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!!! Thanks for hanging out with me a bit,

As I said before, I would greatly appreciate your feedback, any special requests, or questions you have.

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  1. Missy

    You always have such great inspiration to share, Diane! Thank you so much for sharing my wireless wall sconce idea. No more tripping in the dark for me! Happy weekend….Brrr!

    • Diane

      I love sharing brilliant solutions (always function first) that look great too! And this project Missy also brings it with easy and relatively inexpensive — a true grand slam!

  2. Donna

    Hi Diane! It looks like you have been busy in the kitchen! All of your recipes look so yummy! I love all the inspiration you’re sharing in your newsletter! Thanks for including our post on how to build a faux fireplace mantel and the tile kitchen backsplash too! Blessings, Donna

    • Diane

      Thanks bunches Donna! It was my honor to share your post. I only share ones that I know to be good and that really inspire me. And that is certainly you two.


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