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St. Patricks Day Tablescape

on March 6, 2017

Are you looking for timeless, inexpensive table settings and other home decor ideas for St. Patricks Day? If you are, you’ve come to the right place!

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My friend Meg of Green with Decor invited me to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Home Tours(thanks, Meg!). Before you go, be sure to check out the other ideas from the other talented and fabulous blogs listed at the bottom of this post. But for now, let me show you what I came up with and share oodles of table setting pretty picture goodness with you!

According to Wikipedia, “table setting or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware—such as eating utensils and for serving and eating. The arrangement for a single diner is called a place setting. The practice of dictating the precise arrangement of tableware has varied across cultures and historical periods.” This definition is followed by 13 –  thirteen – photos of the different courses and service settings throughout a formal meal. It’s dizzying.  And if that weren’t enough to attest to the seriousness of table-scaping, Y’all, Amazon has a book on the “Art of Table Setting.” I’m not all about that. I’m honestly excited if I can put the utensils in the right place (fork on the left), and about using what’s around the house – well, save for a few gold and green coins that I picked up!

I do like to put together a beautiful table, especially for parties – my family loved the settings we put together for Halloween and our Spring Tea Party – and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

Clearly color played a huge part in this table setting. For a table runner, I pieced together three fat quarters of quilting fabric in coordinating colors and patterns.

The centerpiece is a combination of spring flowers and plants in yellows, whites and a shot of plum. I used two potted shamrock plants, one in purple, one in green – you can find them at most grocery stores at this time of year – daffodils from my yard, as well as a bouquet of Shasta daisies, green pincushion flowers, and freesia, all displayed together in a large basket. Like the table, it’s loose and informal.

The gold chargers are ones I’ve used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The plates and silverware are those we use for every day – it’s so fun to dress up ordinary things for a holiday. No matter what you serve it looks fantastic!

The napkins are folded into a clover shape and topped with a gold coin embellished St. Patrick’s Day ribbon.

A few other inexpensive, festive touches make this table fit for any leprechaun who might want to leave his pot o’ gold!

While it’s likely this table setting will not end up on Wikipedia my family so enjoyed it, and I hope I was able to provide you with a few ideas for your table this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Huge thanks again to Meg for including me in this home tour.. it’s been so much fun! Please, be sure to visit the other links for more St. Patrick’s Day decorating inspiration!

Hearty Slow-cooker Chili Recipe

on November 8, 2016

On this election day, no matter your political views and whose name you’ll be placing a check mark by, I think we could all use a bit of comfort today. There is not a whole lot more comforting than a hearty chili, especially one that tastes this good. As I make my way through the last day of the One Room Challenge, I’m seeking as much comfort as possible! Be sure to stop by on Thursday morning to see the big reveal of our new game room.


I adapted this chili recipe from a fabulous recipe I found many moons ago on The original is to-die-for, but I’ve adapted it to our tastes and, to whatever we have in our house to put into it – it’s flexible. It’s also the recipe I follow every year for our annual Halloween Party, this year being no exception. I’ve yet to hear anything other than mmm.. oh yummy.. so good.. from our guests! I hope you enjoy it, and I hope, no matter who our new President is to be, good chili will help us all to remember that all will be okay. It always is. Even in the world of the One Room Challenge.


Hearty Slow-cooker Chili


2.5 pounds ground beef chuck
1 pound mild Pork sausage
2 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with peppers and onions, chili ready, in juice
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) Baked Beans
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 can (6 ounces) chili peppers, chopped
1 can (15 ounce) sweet corn
3 slices of bacon, cooked, chopped
4 cubes beef bouillon
1 bottle of stout beer

1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco(TM))
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar

Serve with cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped green onion


In a large pan, crumble the ground beef and sausage until evenly brown. Add onions and celery and cook until vegetables are translucent. Drain off fat.Transfer meet mixture to a large crockpot. Add remaining ingredients, other than toppings, and combine to blend. Cover and cook on 4-6 hours on low. Serve immediately, or for even better flavor, refrigerate overnight and reheat the next day, serving with your choice of toppings.

Thanks for stopping by!

Looking for more comfort food?
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese


Easiest Black Bean Soup


Grown-up Grilled Cheese

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Alfresco Dining in a Secret Garden – Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop 2016

on August 1, 2016
Hi, Friends! Monday came so quickly – this summer is flying by. Our weekend was fabulous. It cooled down just enough for us to get outside for a bit of yard work and fun! But today, I am excited to be joining the lovely Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate for a sweet summer Alfresco Dining Tablescape Blog Hop! 
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve gotten awfully behind on my gardening, especially in the backyard. The front yard received a little bit of love earlier in the summer, but the backyard has been woefully neglected. 

When things are looking overgrown as they are I tend not to want to spend much time out back, as it usually reminds me of all of the work there is to do! But I got to thinking lately that summer only lasts so long, and we should be taking advantage of the warm days and sultry evenings whenever we can. It’s all about perspective – rather than seeing my garden as overgrown, I’m choosing to see it as a secret garden! And there is no better place for a picnic for two than a secret garden.  
One doesn’t need a fancy patio set to enjoy a romantic summer picnic – All that’s needed is a quiet spot, a place to lean your elbows on, some comfy chairs, plates you love – unmatched or otherwise! – Good food and wine and great company! Candlelight doesn’t hurt either.  
I enjoy blurring the indoor/outdoor line by using my indoor furniture outdoors.

My favorite flower – hydrangeas. I was surprised to see that the blooms on our shrubs were a kaleidoscope of colors this year – pinks, blues, purples – with both large and compact clusters! 

So, do you have a Manicured or a “Secret” Garden? No matter what you have, I hope you’re able to spend some time in it before the summer’s end! 
Thanks so much for stopping and make sure you drop by to visit some of my talented blogging friends for alfresco dining tablescape inspiration galore!  
Pin for later: Alfresco Dining in a Secret Garden
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