Monday, September 29, 2014

Want Some Apple Cider Caramels?

It's that time of year when we are look forward to beautiful fall color.  Time for soups, casseroles and baking.  I have been wanting to make these lovely caramels for awhile now.

These are creamy and chewy treats that  will melt in your mouth.  They are different because of the added cider, cinnamon, allspice and cloves.
They will make lovely gifts or party favors.  I can see different possibilities...dipping them in chocolate  or ?

I wrapped them individually in parchment paper.

 Source:  Food and Wine

We bought this cute owl when we did our shopping at Pier1 recently.  Again, my husband picked it out.

Here's part of the slab of caramel before cutting.  I used a 13x9 baking pan.

Also, I am pleased to say, I am getting back into clogging again.  It's been awhile, so I have to get my feet dancing around again.
I am also going to a day of clogging at the Harvest Stomp next month with some friends.

Have a terrific week.  If you missed my  Wild Animal Tablescape, you can see it here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wild Animals Tablescape

We had a dinner party the other night and we thought it would be fun to have an exotic animal dinner party. Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! 

Liz from Infuse With Liz, do you remember sending me these leopard print curtains?
 I used them for the center of the table,along with our cool monkey lamp.

 I love this adorable monkey candle holder.  Most of these items I had already.
I recently ordered a few things for Halloween at Pier 1 to pick up the other day.  My husband went with me because we were dropping off our previous cook top and windows at

Foothills Habitat for Humanity.

We both went into Pier1 and ended up browsing around.  My husband found the leopard print glasses, cocktail shaker and the gorgeous wooden  bowl and platter.

Hawthorn Wood bowl and platter from Pier1.

One of our guests made a comment to my husband, she could be his second wife,
after looking around at our decor and hearing the story of my husband picking out the glasses, cocktail shaker and wooden bowl and platter....LOL

I happened to have the grape leaves salad server, which matches perfectly.

The salad plates are different.  Elephants, lions, giraffes, and rhinos.

Come join us.  Pull up a chair....  Happy weekend everyone.

The menu was:  Braised Short Ribs - Mashed Potatoes - Gravy
Roasted Brussel Spouts,  Pear, Walnut Salad with Gorgonzola - Leaf cut-out bread
and Carrot Cake.
I have to share this beautiful painting Jax Frey sent me as a thank you for designing her blog.
Her blog is Mama Jax
Thanks again Ron from Uptown Acorn for referring Jax to me.

Dishes from Zgallerie
Glasses - Pier1 and Horchow
Flatware- Horchow
Wood bow & Platter- Pier1
Napkins- Pier1
Round rattan chargers- Crate & Barrel
Wrought iron chargers - JCPenney

I am joining the following linky parties:

Thursdays Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
 Say G'day Saturday @ Natasha In Oz
Best of the Nest @ Driven by Decor
Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive
Inspiration Monday Party @ Redhead Can Decorate
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings The Heart Of Your Home
Table It @ Rustic and Refined

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Art Tour in the Foothills

We are lucky enough to live in the foothills, where there are many artists.  Every year, the artists in our area have a Art tour.  They are open to the public for demonstrations and selling their wares.

One of our favorites is Nicolson Blown Glass.  We have bought several pieces through the years.

It's a pleasure to go in and watch them work.  It's a husband and wife team.

 Rick and Janet’s dedication to glass blowing is evident in the excellent quality of their work. The emphasis in their small studio is on creativity and innovation. Each piece is a free-hand expression of the excitement and risk-taking found in an experimental glassblowing studio.

Following his university education, Rick Nicholson operated a pottery studio full time in southern California from 1974 to 1981. Janet left her photography job in 1979 to freelance and create designs on Rick’s clay forms. They were married the same year, and their artistic collaboration began. By 1982, they were called to concentrate on glass alone and settled on 9 acres in Auburn, California.

Rick is world famous for his beautiful blown glass piece.  He was even commissioned to make some ornaments for the White House.

Here's the Point Break Wave bowl my husband bought me years ago for Mother's Day.
The little pumpkin is what we bought recently.  They had a pumpkin event the night before we ventured out.

Jennifer Riley Sculptures

Jennifer creates sculptures from her imagination and from gathering imagery 
from her daily life. After working with metal since 1991. She is amazing at 
starting a sculpture with a thought and a piece of steel, rarely putting her thoughts
on paper. Construction carefully begins with framework so that she can establish 
balance in her desired form. Then, like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, Jennifer 
Johnson welds the chosen found objects and new steel to create a beautiful form fluid,
 graceful, and intriguing.

Wearable Art by Barbra Paitich 

 A life time of creating has resulted in a vary of media. Silk painting has been the mainstay for over 30 years. As the years have gone on, I cut steel and copper framework for the silk wall hangings. I use a plasma torch to cut rough steel from which to hang lovely and delicate, hand painted silk. Glass accessories - scarf pins first and then necklaces, bracelets and rings were added as the serendipitous qualities couldn't be resisted. Now the combinations of glass with copper, steel, brass are formed into unusual jewelry and have been incorporated into my large wall pieces

 Barbara also had paints scarves.

 I am having a Jungle Madness dinner party tonight, so stay tuned for the tablescape. I

I also did some Fall decorating so watch for upcoming posts.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fab Friday

Hello friends, it's Friday....Yea!
I promised I would show you my latest blog design. I designed this just for Jax Frey.
Ron Carrier from Uptown Acorn referred her to me. Again, I thank Ron., whom I also designed his blog.

Mama Jax is  a very talented artist from New Orleans. Jax loves to create colorful, super-textured paintings of all things New Orleans.  Check out her wonderful art here.

    Mama Jax

In her own words, she says... 

 Look for my line of New Orleans mini paintings and be on the lookout for my Gumbeaux Sistahs paintings too. I love those chicks! I'm writing this blog because I have a plan to make the next few years as remarkable as possible for myself. Some of you know that I'm a certified Life Coach and, as such, I believe we should have a plan for our lives. So here's what my plan loosely looks like for now - End of 2014 - 2015 will be -A year of Living Large in New Orleans, - 2016 - A year of Giving Back & Compassion, - 2017 - A year of the Walk-About, - 2018 - A year of Seeking Grace and Knowledge. I'll be exploring these themes in this blog and having as much fun as humanly possible! Now about you - come along on this journey with me! Please feel free to share your experiences along these themes too. Thanks!

Recently I made some Apple - Oatmeal Muffins.  These are so cute.  They look like apples.

Packed with filling fiber and energizing protein, these bites will have the whole gang spelling “M-O-R-E!”

2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large apple, grated
11/4 cups self-rising flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1 orange, zested and juiced
Red food coloring
12 cinnamon or pretzel sticks
4 green-colored gummy candy wedges, cut horizontally in thirds

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with 12 red liners. In large bowl, mix first 4 ingredients; stir in apple.
2. Add flour, oats, cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar. With fork, stir until moistened and just blended. Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners in pan. Bake 15 min. or until done. Let cool completely.
3. In bowl, mix 2 Tbs. orange juice, 1⁄2 tsp. orange zest, remaining sugar and food coloring as desired to create thick red glaze, adding additional juice or sugar as needed. Spoon over cupcake tops or dip tops in glaze to coat. Insert cinnamon sticks in center of cupcakes. Shape or cut gummy slices into leaves; add to cupcakes. Let sit 15 min. or until glaze is set.

The Cajun Seafood Pasta recipe is from Emeril

If you like spicy, you will love this rich cream sauce with a kick!

Chocolate Yummy is a well know dessert from New Orleans.

I made this dessert for that Seascape dinner we had recently.

You can see that tablescape here.

Chef Donald Link of New Orleans restaurants Cochon and Herbsaint, shared this recipe as part of a special Mardi Gras celebration he created for Epicurious.

Chocolate Yummy might not be part of your dessert vernacular, but in Cajun Country, everybody knows what this dish is. The "yummy" architecture begins with a base of crumbled cookies

There you have it.  Almost of things Cajun...New Orleans Style
Enjoy your weekend.
I am joining up with Michael @ Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday

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This post was written by:

Linda from Northern California.
I enjoy blogging, Designing Blogs, Decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening and clogging.
I hope you enjoy your visit. Your comments make me smile.

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