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Autumn Brunch

Autumn Jubilee wouldn’t be complete without a pretty table and some yummy ideas for an Autumn Brunch. The idea of an Autumn Brunch reminds me so much of my mother. She and I loved to read cooking magazines and cook together, and never more so than when pumpkins were in season and a chill was in the air. We once hosted an Autumn brunch for our extended family of 15 guests with an all day affair starting with a tea breads course and working our way through more hearty dishes ending with a pumpkin roll cake, all while chatting and watching football on TV. It lasted hours, and we loved every minute of it.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

With those memories filling my thoughts and warming my heart, I set out a large ceramic pumpkin on the placemats I made a few years ago. I added the color corn and crackle glass votives to both sides.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

For the place settings, I set out the brown chargers, and added brown napkins held with my pumpkin napkin rings.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

The place settings were completed with white stoneware topped with my autumn leaf small plates, and everyday flatware. The pumpkin bowls are set out for cereal, and glasses added for water or juice.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

A simple setting, festive and fall-like.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

OK, so now, what do we eat?  Today, everyone is a winner with a round up of some of my favorite fall recipes!  First, my original delicious Pumpkin Orange Bread.  Download the PDF  for this recipe – Pumpkin-Orange-Bread

Pumpkin Orange Bread ~ From My Carolina Home

Next, Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts!  Download that recipe – Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts

Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts at From My Carolina Home

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake , download the pdf for this recipe – Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Cake Donuts is one of the first recipes I did for the blog in 2014.  Download the recipe – Apple Cake Donuts

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See this post for making Perfect Breakfast Eggs.

Perfect Breakfast Eggs | From My Carolina Home

Breakfast for Thanksgiving day (and many years Christmas Day as well) is usually a baked egg dish with sausage or bacon and lots of cheese.  I haven’t done a post on it yet, even though I have made it year after year.  This year I’ll try to remember to get photos and give you my recipe.  It is flavorful, cheesy deliciousness with hot coffee and scones or biscuits.  I am reworking my scone recipe and should have that for you soon as well.

Autumn Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

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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!!

Monday

Belle Blue Interiors
From My Carolina Home
Home is Where the Boat Is
My Kentucky Living

Tuesday

Rattlebridge Farm
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Hey Fitzy

Wednesday

Life and Linda
Me and My Captain
The Painted Apron

Thursday

The Sweet Sensations
Dining Delight
Celebrate & Decorate

Friday

B. Lovely Events
A casa di Bianca
Supper Table Talk
Red Cottage Chronicles

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PS – If you missed yesterday’s rafflecopter entry with two prizes up for grabs, that drawing will be open until Thursday.
Click Autumn Jubilee Kickoff 2017.

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Apple Tablescape

September has arrived, and although it is technically still summer, Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of autumn for me.  This is the weekend of the Apple Festival, our biggest event of the year.  I have posted about this festival in years past, click on Apple Festival 2014 and Apple Festival 2015 to see the apple vendors, entertainment, and all the apple products we can get during the Labor Day weekend event.  I did an Apple themed tablescape last year, and have some new-to-me vintage apple items to use this year.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

While cleaning out the fabric closet, I found this apple printed corduroy.  Originally I thought I’d use it for a clothing item, but it has languished in the closet now for at least a few years.  So, it became a table runner. I cut it to a good size, and serged the edge with a rolled-edge stitch. See my Perfect Serged Napkins to see the whole technique tutorial.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Using a large eye needle and a threader, I pull the tail back through the serged edge and cut it off.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I got two napkins from the piece too.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I put the runner diagonally on top of a square red table cloth. In the center, I placed an apple decorated biscotti jar, and some wooden apples around the center, both thrift store buys.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On each side of the jar, I put half of a cute apple salt and pepper set, also a thrift store score.  The set looks like a whole apple when placed side by side, and you can see a cut apple on one side of each one.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The little apple cage holding a votive was a thrift store score last year. I added some artificial leaves to the bottom.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On the other side of the biscotti jar is a red pillar candle with an apple candle ring, part of my latest thrift store.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Four place settings have red chargers, white stoneware plates, red stoneware salad plates…

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

and small ramekins with an apple design.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Red napkins are held with apple napkin rings. These are part of the same design line as the ramekins.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Cut crystal wine glasses and individual salt and pepper shakers complete each setting.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

You may notice that all the reds are not the same.  Just like apples come in different shades of red and yellow and even green, I just mixed the red shades.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you hungry for breakfast?  Serving my Apple Donuts, my Carmel Apple Coffee Cake, or pancakes with warm homemade Cinnamon Applesauce would make great breakfast fare!

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you ready for fall?

Fat Quarter Shop has some adorable apple fabrics if you want to set your own apple table, just put Apple in the search box.

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Broadway Tablescape Giveaway Winners

The giveaway drawing has been held, and the winners have been notified by email. Forgive me for two posts in one day, I just have too much to tell you all right now, LOL!!   Thank you to all who commented on my Burgundy and Gold Stage Theater tablescape, too!

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Winner of the Broadway Cast version of Victor Victoria is Linda, who blogs at Life and Linda.

Winner of the Chicago DVD is Kathy in WV.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Winner of the Portrait of Broadway music cd is Mary S who blogs at Needled Mom.  Emily L. has won the Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The Josh Groban cd will go to Rita C, who blogs at Panoply.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Congratulations to all the winners!!  It was fun that two of the winners came from the first four commenters, and one was next to last.  You just never know if it is good to comment early or wait until later.  The random number generator did a great job this time!!

The Broadway Bingo download is still available.  It took four hours to create, and I’d love to have a few more take advantage of the free game download.  You don’t have to watch the awards to play, it will work just as well with a list of winners from the newspaper.  Click on 2017 Broadway Bingo. Family friendly fun.

Thanks for reading and commenting!  More fun coming up!


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Broadway Tablescape, Game, and a Blog Hop

The Tony awards for the best of Broadway are coming up, so what better theme for a blog hop than Broadway Tablescapes, coordinated by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate!  Plus, today I have some additional surprises for readers, so come along we have things to see, games to play and a giveaway too!  The actual award ceremony is June 11, so you have lots of time to see all the inspiration.  My inspiration for a tablescape and party come from an old theater I used to go to many years ago.  It was a stage theater that was remodeled into a movie theater.  The colors, as often are the case for stage theaters, were deep burgundy red and gold.   Ornate doorways with gold leaf carvings were gateways into another world for just a couple of hours.  Deep burgundy red draperies hung on the walls and across the stage with heavy tassels and gold fringe on the bottom.  Heavy brass railing went across the balcony, and matched the wall sconce lighting that dimmed to just a soft glow, instilling a hush across the audience as attention shifted to the stage.  There was always a bit of excitement and anticipation as the lights dimmed and the curtains parted to reveal the screen and the beginning of the feature.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I challenged myself to create this table using only what I already had. Starting with the base, I put a dark burgundy square tablecloth on the table on point, resisting the urge to buy one that would cover the whole table. I have a pale gold lightweight wool shawl, and I placed it in the center, bunching it up a bit in the center and trailing the fringe on each end. My ivory damask placemats went on top.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

From the den, I snagged the little lamp we use when watching movies for the center of the table, rather than using candles.  The low light is helpful on the eyes when we darken the room for movie nights.  The lamp again reminds me of the low lighting of the stage theater. I ran the cord under the shawl.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There is a plug on the floor not to far away from the table. The cord goes under the placemat at my place setting, then down to the floor and an extension cord to plug in the lamp.  I’ll make sure the cord is covered with a small throw rug so no one will trip on it.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On the table, the shawl fringe hides the cord nicely.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For a little glamour befitting an awards show, I added a couple of my vintage evening bags. I’ve used them on a table before too. I picked two that were gold or glitzy to keep with the theme.  From my holiday box, I pulled the gold star wire garland to add a bit of glittery starry shine to the table.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Each place setting has a gold charger, white china dinner plate, and dark red salad plate. The wine glasses are cut glass or etched glass in crystal with gold rims or soft pink. I don’t have six matching stems, so I mixed three patterns around the table. Each setting also gets individual salt and pepper shakers. Dark gold napkins are held with gold beaded rings.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The good silverware is on this table too. As I stood back, it seemed to be almost but not quite finished. It needed just a bit of something more.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I pulled some silk flowers out of the flower stash, and removed the them from their stems. Scattering the dark red flowers around the centerpiece finished it off, adding just that touch of red that was missing.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then, I turned off the lights and waited for evening to fall so I could see it with the lamp lit. Perfect.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

How fun is this!! It brings that theater experience to the table. The only problem is daylight saving time means we’d be eating really late. That probably won’t happen on a Sunday night. These award shows should be on Friday or Saturday, when it is more feasible to have guests stay late. But, of course, if you really want to, you could record the show, and watch it a few days later when it is easier to stay up and have people over later.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

And you just might want to do that with the game I have for you, Broadway Bingo! The rules are quite simple, play just like Bingo. Each of the 8 provided play sheets are different, with five different categories each containing five nominees for the 2017 Tony Awards. Only categories with five nominees were chosen for the boards, such as Best Leading Actor in a Musical, or Best Featured Actress in a Play, along with other categories like Best Direction or Choreography. Mark winners as they are announced in the given categories. Participants can circle winners with ink, or use a yellow or light color highlighter. Five in a row, either across or diagonal is a winning board.

There are two additional entries at the bottom of each sheet with Best Play and Best Musical for a second chance win, or use as wildcards.  Family friendly for an evening of fun!
Download the Rules and 8 unique game boards by clicking on this link – 2017 Broadway Bingo

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Provide a few prizes for participants to win, inexpensive gifts with a Broadway theme are easy to do. For example, prizes could be videos of Broadway hits made into movies, or books that became Broadway hits and microwave popcorn tied with ribbon. I used Act II brand popcorn just because it fit the theme. No one will mind if the videos or books came from the library secondhand sale. If no one wins, then have the participants put their names on the boards and draw one.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

And now, a giveaway for readers for a new DVD of Victor Victoria with the original Broadway cast!  I’ll also be giving away a secondhand DVD of Chicago. Then, a couple of lucky readers will receive a cd of Broadway music, or a Josh Groban cd.  (Giveaway has been done.)  Josh Groban is nominated for best leading actor in a musical for “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” this year, and I am rooting for him to win.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Yes, I will ship anywhere in the world!  But, since the DVDs will likely only play on a Region 1 player, please let me know in the comments if you are outside of the US or Canada.  To enter for the drawing, leave a comment on this post answering the question, what is your favorite Broadway show or musical from the past?  You already know mine, Victor Victoria.   Or, have you seen a Broadway show on Broadway? Followers may have a second entry with a second comment stating how you follow – email, Bloglovin, blog roll reader or Feedly.  The drawing will be on Sunday, May 28th, winners will be notified by email.

More fun for you today, a fantastic blog hop of more tablescapes with a Broadway theme.  Be sure to visit all the bloggers this week for lots of great ideas.  And thanks again to Chloe for coming up with this fun theme and putting the hop together.  Her tablescape is scheduled for Friday at Celebrate & Decorate!

Good luck in the drawing and have fun playing Broadway Bingo!  What is your favorite Broadway play or musical?  Have you ever seen a Broadway show on Broadway?  Do you have a memory of an old style theater?

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Spring Chicken Tablescape and some recipe ideas

I promised a chicken inspired tablescape using the neat chicken planter I got in Myrtle Beach, and here it is!  I did seriously look for some chicken plates, LOL, but not to be.  Still, the spring green placemats look good with the green on the planter.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I do have some chicken napkin rings, so they came out for the spring green napkins.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The magnolia plates were a thrift store score. With the red and green and the pine cone, they could probably be used on a holiday table, but I think of spring with the lovely magnolia blooms in the middle.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Magnolia salad plates are stacked on white dinner plates. A magnolia saucer serves as a bread plate.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I placed a schefflera in the middle of my thrift store, giant cup, chicken planter. The plant was a gift from a friend, and I just set it inside the planter without loading it up with dirt and actually planting it. This way I can use it on the table without worrying about needing a saucer underneath. The plant is inside another planter that doesn’t have any holes in the bottom, so no worries about water leaking on the wood table. This side has a white chicken painted on the side. My grandmother’s white chickens are placed on one side.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

These were also my grandmother’s, a chicken salt and pepper set.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I’ve had these little tiny chickens for many years. I think I originally ordered them from a catalog.  The back side of the planter has a painted brown chicken.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Very simple, this table is relaxed and easy, yet fun for everyday use.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Outside the window is lush spring green too.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you lucky enough to remember your grandmother’s cooking? I did a post on National Fried Chicken Day in 2015 as an homage to my grandmother and her wonderful, not to be duplicated fried chicken.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Did I put you in the mood for a chicken dinner?  Here’s a few ideas for you, all my original recipes. –

Garlic Chipotle Lime ChickenGarlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken with MushroomsSlow Cooker Bourbon Chicken with Mushrooms

Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken | From My Carolina HomeSun-dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken

Chicken Florentine Lasagne ~ From My Carolina HomeChicken Florentine Lasagne

Chicken in White Wine with Mushrooms | From My Carolina HomeWhite Wine Chicken with Mushrooms

ChickenAsparagus-12Pan Roasted Boneless Chicken with Asparagus

Butterflied Baked Chicken

Hungry yet?  Have you tried any of my chicken recipes?  Do you have a favorite family chicken recipe?

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Springtime Tablescape and Blog Hop

Springtime brings lighter colors, warmer days, and a desire to go outside to the garden. It’s a wonderful time when the air is clear, and warm gentle breezes drift across the veranda while we enjoy the sunrise over the mountains, and sunsets across the valley. I am so ready for it to warm up and stay that way, to see the budding growth of flowers and trees,  listen to the birds sing, and enjoy the explosion of spring color. The colors that appeal to me right now are yellow and green, so my tablescape features those in abundance.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I began with the place settings, starting with a green tablecloth. I layered ivory placemats on top so the green chargers wouldn’t get lost. White china plates, with yellow floral salad plates complete the stack. Of course, I usually put out individual salt and pepper shakers on each place.  The good silverware comes out for this springtime dinner party, and wine glasses complete the setting.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I use yellow napkins, gathered with yellow flower pot napkin rings for a garden feel to the table.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is a yellow ceramic basket, with spring flowers. Daffodils and tulips say spring to me. A little yellow bird peeks out one side.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, gardens often have rabbits, and as long as I don’t put out any eggs, it just says springtime. So out came a few rabbits. This serving tray is one of my favorites, and I use it all spring. One of my little gardening rabbits sits next to the centerpiece.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I have two gardening rabbits, this one is on the opposite side of the centerpiece.  This one has a watering can.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Gardens also mean vegetables. This little guy peeking out of a lettuce head is a sugar bowl with a cute little carrot handle.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

On the opposite side of the yellow ceramic basket is this rabbit, in green and white.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

On the other end of the table, a sweet bunny offers his carrots. This cutie was a thrift store find recently. Isn’t it adorable?

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Another little bunny serving plate, white goes nicely on the green tablecloth.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

This is a little nut bowl, so very cute with the bunnies trying to climb inside.  I usually have this on my coffee table, but decided to use it here this year.  One of the fun things I like to do is find new ways to use what I already have for fresh looks.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

All set for a lovely spring dinner!

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I hope that by the day of the meal, the trees have leafed out. But the view from the dining table is wonderful no matter what the season.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

One more view of the table, yellow and green, fresh for spring.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I am one of the bloggers on the last day on this fun Spring Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate.  Visit these other great blogs for more tablescape ideas!

Tuesday
Life and Linda | My Kentucky Living | Etched in Colloquy
Living With Thanksgiving | Charleston Crafted | The Bajan Texan

Wednesday
Sweet Sensations | Belle Bleu Interiors | Our Crafty Mom
Fjolla’s Table |  | A Casa di Bianca | Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday
Panoply | PMQ for Two | The Robin’s Nest
Dining Delight | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday
Simple Nature Decor | Rosemary & Thyme | Supper Table Talk
From My Carolina Home |  The Painted Apron 


 Are you setting a spring table?  Did you enjoy the hop?
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