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Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti

In full on cooking mode earlier in the month, I needed to take a dish to a meeting for a pot luck lunch.  The problem was I needed to leave the house for another meeting at 9 am in the morning, and lunch was at noon.  I usually like to take savory foods to pot luck lunches, but this time cookies made the most sense from a storage point of view.  I needed something that would be fine at room temperature, or the slightly cooler air in the car for over three hours.   I remembered that I have mentioned my Amaretto Biscotti before, but alas, I polished off the last of the Amaretto at Thanksgiving.  But I did have an idea for a new biscotti recipe, and set about developing the recipe on paper.  Then I made it, and was so happy with the first attempt, I am not going to play with the measurements.  The cookie tray was full, with the Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti along with Chocolate Covered Oreos and my Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and next three ingredients, and set aside.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light in color and fluffy for a few minutes. Next add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half-and-half, vanilla, and rum flavoring, mixing well.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Stir in the flour mixture using low speed on the mixer, and mix just until incorporated, finishing by hand. Stir in cranberries.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

On a lightly floured surface divide the biscotti dough in two equal portions. Form each portion into a log approximately 9 x 2 x 1 inches and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Bake until light brown around the edges, puffed up and set in the centers, about 20-22 minutes.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

They won’t be brown all over, don’t overbake at this point.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees while biscotti are cooling.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

After 10-15 minutes, slice crosswise into 3/4 inch pieces.  I use a serrated knife for this to get straight sharp cuts.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Place on the baking sheet, allowing space between the slices, and return to the oven for the second bake.  Slices should be standing up the same way as they were in the loaf to allow both sides to be exposed to the oven heat. Bake for 15 minutes.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Cool on a rack until fully cooled off.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Melt candy melts in a glass cup in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. When mostly melted, add 1 teaspoon shortening to thin the candy enough for drizzling. Using a fork, dip into melted candy, and rapidly whip back and forth over the biscotti to create long lines of melted vanilla topping on biscotti, or dip one end into the melts.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Place on a rack to set up. Store in a covered container. These freeze well too.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter,   softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup vanilla candy melts
1 teaspoon shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and next three ingredients, and set aside. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light in color and fluffy for a few minutes. Next add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half-and-half, vanilla, and rum flavoring, mixing well. Stir in the flour mixture using low speed on the mixer, and mix just until incorporated, finishing by hand. Stir in cranberries. On a lightly floured surface divide the biscotti dough in two equal portions. Form each portion into a log approximately 9 x 2 x 1 inches and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden brown, about 20-22 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees while biscotti are cooling. Once cooled, slice crosswise into 3/4 inch pieces. Place on the baking sheet, allowing space between the slices, and return to the oven for the second bake. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack until fully cooled off. Melt candy melts in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. When mostly melted, add 1 teaspoon shortening to thin the candy enough for drizzling. Using a fork, dip into melted candy, and rapidly whip back and forth over the biscotti to create long lines of melted vanilla candy on biscotti or dip one end into candy. Place on a rack to set up. Store in a covered container. These freeze well too.

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Two full cookie trays for two events in one day. Not too shabby.  I came home with only a few cookies left.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

I thought you might like to have this one now rather than in January just in case you need a sweet for New Year’s Eve.  I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!  Oh, and save the bones and leftover meat from your standing rib roast in the freezer, for my Beef and Barley Stew for Two.  It is a tasty, hearty soup for a cold day.  One last thing, don’t forget to hide your money outside before midnight tonight – Good Luck In The New Year.

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Merry Christmas – a Time for Sharing

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas, dear readers!  At this time of year, it is customary to count our blessings and to share with others.  Giving gifts to dear friends and family, and to those less fortunate is one of the ways that I like to find the joy in the season.  Small tokens of affection to family and friends is fun, but the true depth of Christmas magic comes from doing something for someone who really needs it.  It may be someone you know well who is going through a rough patch, or someone you’ve never met.  It may be a carefully chosen gift wrapped in holiday paper with ribbons and bows, or it may be the gift of time spent sharing a meal.  It might be a loaf of holiday bread or a small poinsettia taken to a neighbor who is lonely along with an afternoon of listening and visiting.

Christmas 2017 - Our tree at From My Carolina Home

In the spirit of giving, the Safelight Project continued for the holiday season with the idea of doing some cards for the 20 residents of the domestic violence shelter.  For the holidays, I thought it would be nice to once again do something to boost the spirits of those brave souls enduring a hardship this holiday season.  So, I sent out a request for cards, along with showing some of mine, HERE.  These wonderful handmade cards were sent by Lenora, thank you so much!  She sent 24 cards with all different designs!!

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Simple yet so festive, using snowmen elements.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

So cute, her designs were adorable.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

All the envelopes were decorated with a Joy stamp and some stickers.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

You can see how she started a theme and just kept going.  Lovely!

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Inside, the cards had wonderful sentiments. This one was my favorite.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Cards with inspirational messages arrived in the mail from Mary (Stitching Grandma) and the Queen Bee Quilters who had a card making day.  Read about their fun day HERE.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

A dozen handmade cards were made with wonderful messages inside.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

They also had special envelopes for each one.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Between the ones I made and the cards received, I only needed to make four more for every bag to have the same number. So I pulled out some store bought cards, added a stamped message and a note inside.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

I added stickers to the envelopes on these last four too.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

My original idea was to tie a ribbon around two cards, and have packets for each resident. But with the number of cards received, I decided to expand the gift just a little. I found some small gift bags at the dollar store, and got them along with some fun tissue. I added a chocolate reindeer and a candy cane to the bags along with the cards.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

Then, I thought, that was nice, but a bit more would be better.  So, back to the store for hand lotion and lip balm, something everyone can use.  Every resident was able to receive a gift bag with candy, hand lotion, lip balm, and three cards each!

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

When I was done, there were 21 bags for delivery to the shelter.

Safelight Christmas Project at From My Carolina Home

So I emailed Laresa and asked if she wanted to have lunch at Dandelion Cafe, the shelter training restaurant. We met for lunch and I delivered the bags for handing out that night. Of course, you probably can guess what I decided to eat.

Tomato Pie

Yes, I got one of the last slices of tomato pie before they stop making it for the winter.  The shelter residents got their gift bags on Thursday evening to kick off a nice weekend of holiday activities planned for the kids.  They were much appreciated.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, joyous Holiday times, laughter and love every day.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home


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Special Holiday Dinner – Standing Rib Roast

Over the past few years, I have become a convert to the English tradition of serving beef for Christmas dinner.  Growing up we always did turkey, but just having finished off the Thanksgiving bird, the idea of something different and really special was appealing.  I have done a goose before too, but I like a standing rib roast the best.  Also known as a prime rib, the ‘prime’ actually refers to the grade of meat, not the cut.  Yes, this is an expensive cut of meat, so cooking it takes some special care.  I promise, the results are worth it.  You could also do some Yorkshire puddings with it, which are more like popovers than what we Americans think of as pudding.  I am told by my local grocer that this cut will go on sale for Christmas this week, so I’ll look to your local grocer for one.  Just one rib will serve two with leftovers.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

This is just a single rib section, as you can see it is a big roast even with just one rib. Let it sit out on the counter (covered with plastic) for about an hour before cooking.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

I season only with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Cook the roast on a raised rack, so it doesn’t sit in its juices as it cooks and the air can circulate around the roast.  For a single rib, this is the only way I have to keep it upright.  If you have two or more ribs, it will likely sit on the ribs without any additional help.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Roast slowly, on a low oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.  You really will need a digital read thermometer for this.  Take the roast out when the proper temperature is reached for your desired degree of doneness on the scale below.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Roast to a temperature of 120-125 for rare, 130-135 for medium, and 140-145 for well done.  Know that the temperature will rise at least 5 degrees as it rests, so take it out at the proper time for the doneness you want.  Err on the cautious side, you can always put it back in the oven if it isn’t quite done enough, but you can’t turn the clock backwards if you overshoot the mark. Let it rest at least 15-20 minutes covered with foil for the meat to reabsorb the juices.  Don’t worry, it will stay warm.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

I roast to 125 in  the center before the resting period, when it will rise to 130 degrees.  This will yield a medium rare center that I like, and a medium edge that DH likes.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Slow roasting at 300 degrees gives an evenly cooked slice, without the overdone edges.  This may be too pink for you, but just follow the temps I gave you above for a bit more done.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Heaven on a plate, a wonderful main course for Christmas dinner.  The top has that nice crust too.

Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Nothing like a prime rib sandwich with horseradish sauce on sourdough bread for lunch on Boxing Day.  With the leftovers and the bones, I’ll make a Beef and Barley soup that I’ll show you after Christmas if I remember to take pictures, LOL!!

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Merry Christmas dinner!  I have so many recipes to share with you this year, I’ll give you the recipe for the Cheddar Onion Potatoes to go with it next time.  The Spinach Bake with Roasted Garlic will be on the menu again this year too.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

What do you do for your holiday dinner?

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Holiday Home Ideas and Home Tour

Now that the Christmas season is getting into full swing, it’s time for some decorating ideas.  I’ll show you some of my decorating ideas from previous years, with a few new ideas thrown in for this season with links to patterns for quilted and crafted items.  To begin, if you have some stairs, it is a fun place to hang your Christmas stockings using sill sitter type hangers.  I don’t have a mantle, and some years have used the bookshelves for these, but I really like them on the stairs.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Sometimes it is a nice change to use stocking hangers for special ornaments that might otherwise get lost on a heavily laden tree.  This one is from our first Christmas together, quite some time ago.  I tied a red ribbon on it and hung it from the top reindeer instead of the decorative stocking I used last year.  Now I remember our first Christmas every time I go upstairs.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Make a simple table runner for an end table.  This is a free pattern, along with a couple more quickie projects, still available on my blog HERE.  The focus fabric in the middle is a baking print with little cookie cutters and bags of spices tied with Christmas bows.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Add a festive Holiday Wreath to the front of the house. These are not that hard to make, and I’ll teach you how to do the bow too, HERE. See more wreath ideas with the Festival of Wreaths post from Monday.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Hang a Santa hat on your hall tree or coat hook.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Make a Christmas Ornament mini quilt, and display with a few favorite Christmas pretties.  I changed all the candles in my collection of depression glass candle holders to red ones, and added some candle ring greenery.  This cute little reindeer warming his hooves over the chimney is a favorite holiday piece.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Don’t forget the guest bathroom counter.  A simple Santa and playful reindeer with some red candles is festive for guests.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

I collect small Santa figures, and gather many of them together in a display on an antique corner shelf. Not all I find make the cut though, only the ones I really think are whimsical without being too cutesy.  This picture is overly bright because I just couldn’t get enough light into that corner so I had to use the flash.  My two favorite Santa figures are on the top shelf, in the middle and on the right.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Pull out a Christmas quilt for the guest bed, and make one for your bed too.  My Christmas Trip Around the World quilt goes so fast, that I made it from beginning the cutting to finishing the binding in just over a week – and that was around my work schedule and social commitments!

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

While we are in the guest room, make sure yours it is truly ready with my Checklist for Guest Room Readiness. Using a table runner as a bed scarf is one way to add a holiday look without making or buying a whole quilt.

Are you REALLY ready for overnight guests? From My Carolina Home

Christmas themed throw size quilts go on the ottomans.  This one is a simple sampler done in reds and greens.

Christmas 2016 Den 3

Another fun place to add a bit of holiday cheer is the kitchen window.  I put this little mouse here with his teacup.  I like his goofy feet that dangle.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Set a pretty table in the dining room.  Next week I’ll show you a new Christmas tablescape, but for now here is last year’s rustic green and gold themed tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Put a small tree on your breakfast table.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Make a Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug for a cute pair of reindeer.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew a fun Candle Wrapper for a jar candle to sit on the counter.

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While you are unpacking your Christmas boxes, are there things that you haven’t used in a while?  Seems like every year there are a few items that I unwrap and then decide not to use.  This year, those items were put in a box, will be donated in time for someone else to enjoy this year, and reduce the amount of stuff I will store for next year.  I pick up new things at the thrift stores during the year, so this helps keep the total in check.  I have a goal of reducing one whole box full this week.

Most of all, take time to breathe and enjoy each day.  This is a fun time of year, but not if you are stressed out trying to make everything perfect.  I personally think the best memories are made when things go a bit haywire, so embrace the days and just enjoy yourself!  Laugh at the foibles, and make new memories with family and friends.

Now, for more Holiday Homes, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate has put together a fun blog hop.  Since I am on the last day, all these links are active now. Have fun!


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Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

Last holiday season, I had some egg nog left over after Christmas.  I wanted to do something special for a New Year’s day breakfast and just thought eggs, french toast, why not try using the egg nog?  Of course, knowing that DH is a cinnamon hound, it wasn’t hard to figure out what to add.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

We like the light egg nog, a lower fat variety.  Buttermilk bread is wonderful here, or the Italian style is great too.  Either way, use a thicker sliced bread that can stand up to the egg nog mix.  Even a multi grain would be good, and maybe add a bit of texture to the toast and you could tell yourself it is more healthy, LOL!!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Before you start mixing, set out the butter so it can soften, and warm up the syrup in the microwave.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Pour some egg nog in a bowl, add cinnamon and vanilla to taste. I used two teaspoons of cinnamon to one and a half cups of egg nog, with just a few drops of vanilla.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Quickly dip both sides of the bread and add to a medium high skillet.  Don’t move it around, let it cook. As the slices brown, they will release from the skillet.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

A larger skillet can handle two slices, just be sure they have room. For DH, two is better than one.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Flip over and let the other side cook.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Serve hot. I actually like mine with just a touch of butter.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

DH likes his with syrup.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

This year, I bought the egg nog earlier than usual just so I could make it Thanksgiving weekend. Easy and fast, but very special breakfast for holidays!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

1-2 cups of egg nog, light or regular
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4-8 slices bread, thick sliced buttermilk or your favorite

Mix egg nog with cinnamon and vanilla in a wide bowl. Preheat skillet on medium high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray or brush thinly with butter. Quickly dip bread slices in mixture, and place in hot skillet. Cook 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned, or darker as you prefer. Flip bread slices and cook other side. Repeat with additional slices of bread. Serve hot with softened butter and warmed syrup as desired. One cup of mixture will make about 4 slices of french toast, serving 2 people.

Breakfast always looks more festive on a Christmas plate, doesn’t it?

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Are you making a special breakfast this weekend?


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Thanksgiving Tablescape and Blog Hop

Here it is November, and my favorite holiday is coming up.  I love Thanksgiving more than any other day of the year.  I’ll get up early, make coffee, put the egg casserole in the cold oven and start it baking.  Then DH and I enjoy breakfast while watching the parades, and start in on football after that.  At the right time, the turkey goes in the oven to fill the house with that aroma of Thanksgiving, turkey and dressing.  Bubbling gravy on the stove, warm yeast rolls in the little oven, a side dish of spinach or broccoli, and cold jellied cranberry sauce in my grandmother’s cut glass dish complete the meal.  Generally we eat at half time of the afternoon game. Of course, a beautiful tablescape is essential for this holiday.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I began my tablescape this year with the Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins quilted runner from last year’s Autumn Jubilee as the base of the tablescape, taking advantage of the vibrant colors. I put it on top of the ecru tablecloth.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece was built with the tallest elements first, my pilgrim couple. Inherited from my mother, these statues are tall and heavy, and the most precious of my Thanksgiving decor items.  The pilgrims go in different places in our home each year, and this year I decided to put them on the table, flanked by tall rust candles in my Fostoria depression glass holders.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There is so much detail in the faces, hands, clothing, and the items they hold.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

This year I left the gathering baskets on their backs empty, but those could hold small bunches of flowers.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Garlands of fall leaves were added next.  See the detail in her dress and apron, and the pumpkin and tree branch at his feet?

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then, turkeys from my collection of more than 20 ceramic turkeys were added to one end…

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

and the other end.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

This centerpiece display was taller than I usually like, so larger turkeys from my collection went in the very center, creating a lower spot for diners to see the guests on the other side of the table.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

This one is really a cookie jar, and last year sat on the kitchen counter.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Small ceramic pumpkins and smaller ceramic turkeys fill in the open spots, and candle rings were added to the candles.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

A new acquisition for this year, I found some turkey place card holders, how fun is this!!  I’ll create some place cards with our guests names for them.  This year we are having a dinner on Friday instead of the holiday itself.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The nutmeg spice napkins are held with turkey napkin rings that say Happy Thanksgiving, also inherited from my mother.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

When my friend, Teresa, told me she had a set of gold flatware, I talked her into letting me borrow it. The warmth of the gold works wonderfully with the plates and copper color chargers.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

White china plates go on the chargers, with my fabulous turkey salad plates. These were a Pottery Barn score, I just fell in love with these plates.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I use them for breakfast and lunch during the month of November too.  Plates this fun have to be used as much as possible during the one month of the year they come out. The gold rims and the metallic gold in the design pick up the warmth of the gold flatware nicely.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Two gold rimmed wine glasses from a thrift store score last summer are set at the end places, then the other places got pretty cut stems, also thrift store scores.  Individual salt and pepper shakers, and crystal knife rests complete the place settings.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

These colors make my heart sing at this time of year, mirroring the colors in the trees outside.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I just realized that I didn’t put the bread plates on the place settings, so I’ll add those later.  No, I don’t mind one whit about having to wash a lot of dishes, there are only a few times a year that I get to go all out!

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I hope it will be cold enough to enjoy a fire in the stone fireplace during the meal.  There is room on the four corners of the table on the sides for dishes of food.

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

One more look at the completed table.   What are your plans (or what did you do) for Thanksgiving this year?  If you don’t have Thanksgiving in your country, do you have a celebration of Autumn?

Thanksgiving Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now for more fun and great ideas, I am part of a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate. Visit all these fun blogs for more wonderful tablescape ideas.

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Halloween Tablescape with Lights

Welcome to the first day of Autumn Jubilee!  Halloween is coming, and I had a fun time creating this tablescape for it.  There is more than just mine here as well, be sure to check out the Halloween Tablescape blog hop at the end of the post.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For my holiday table, I started with my black caldron set atop a quilted Halloween table topper. I had this garland, and I arranged it like the skulls were bubbling out of the caldron.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added the LTE Lights winding the lights around the garland. This is the control unit, and I put it inside the caldron with the sensor peeking out the top so the remote control could work. Yes, I said remote control, more on that in a minute.  I ran the power cord under the garland and under a charger to plug it in.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In the daylight, the light string looks a bit like spider webs in the garland.  I fixed the cord that is showing before moving on with the centerpiece.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added two glittery word plaques, one says “Spooky”…

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

and the other side says “Boo!”

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

At one end of the tablescape centerpiece, I placed a black cat crouching over a jack-o-lantern.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On the other end is a fun small jack-o-lantern with a happy face, a thrift store score.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I put black napkins in pumpkin napkin rings, also from the thrif store last year.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then I got to the place settings. Here’s where I really had some fun, putting out my new Halloween plates I just got last week. I couldn’t resist them!! So cute, and each one is different.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There was a set of four, and I placed them on top of my white stoneware, all on the black chargers.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plates are so shiny, I had to turn off the light over the table to get pictures, that is why they are a bit dark.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Aren’t they just too cute?

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now for the fun part, turn out the overhead lights, and grab the remote controller….

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

then, light up the Even Lights set, and select the program you like.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

There are eight different program light effects, along with ten settings for solid-on lights from very dim to fairly bright. The orange buttons will make the lights flash either slowly, or quicker, or in a flicker-flash. The blue buttons on the right side of the controller will do a gradual up and down of the lights from dim to bright, selecting how fast that happens. There is no way to really describe this, so I made a video for you to see some of the settings. The video runs about a minute and a half and will show most of the settings so you can see the fun you can have.  Be patient at the beginning, the lights are actually getting a bit brighter and dimmer but the first setting is pretty subtle.

Now, wouldn’t that be fun for a Halloween party or a buffet table!!  LTE Lighting Even Lights

Final touches on the tablescape, I added water glasses to the place settings and black candles.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And then took a few more pictures at night with the lights on, such fun!

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The black cat with a happy jack-o-lantern looks a bit more menacing now.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Now for more fun!!

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Thanks once again to Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate for putting together a Halloween blog hop of tablescape ideas for everyone to enjoy!  You can visit each blog on their day for a new post with fun for Halloween.  Enjoy!!

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