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Welcome to Slice of Pie! I'm glad you dropped by to visit. You'll find a variety of life styling ideas on my blog ... and lots of grand daughter pictures, too! Miss Phoebe is my best helper and we do lots of special things together. Make sure you take a look down my sidebar! Under the "You're Invited" icon you'll find picture links to dinner parties I've hosted. Under the "Good Food" icon, you'll find picture links to food posts I've done. I usually post a sidebar picture link to magazine articles I've written. You'll find something you like! Hope you enjoy and stay around for awhile!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Glitzy Country Pumpkins!

A few years ago, I bought several mercury glass pumpkins to use on a special tablescape ... even though excess glitz is not necessarily my style! I tend to be more country flannel and burlap!  When I took my monthly trip to Walmart last week, I noticed that they had some glitzy pumpkins and some matching mesh ribbon. I want to point out that Walmart didn't know those things were all coordinated ... the ribbon was at the opposite end of the store as the pumpkins! In a third location, I found matching copper colored leaf shaped place mats!

I bought a few pumpkins and a spool of the mesh and came home with the creation of a cool centerpiece in the back of my mind!  Here it is!

I used the mesh to make a small wreath and stacked a small floral candle ring on top of the wreath ... then a pumpkin on top of that.  The other mercury pumpkins are perched alongside and the small glitzy pumpkins are tucked into the wreath.

The china I've used in my table for three is the pattern Tonquin.  If you'd like to read more about this pattern, click through to this post.  I think the transferware pattern has a natural traditional country appeal to it!

I wanted an eclectic combination of glitz, rustic and country in this tablescape, so I used my faux antler handle flatware with a little crystal and a soft cotton napkin ... with a glitzy napkin ring! I gave a scarecrow friend a place at the table!

Hope you enjoyed my glitzy country pumpkin tablescape!  I'll be sharing this with a few of the blog parties listed in my sidebar, so make sure you click through to see the other creations! Autumn is here and I sure love the cooler temperatures!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pink Turkeys in September - The Tablescape!

For years ... I've given my family a little hint of Thanksgiving by having a meal we called "Thanksgiving in August".  It seems like we always started craving turkey and dressing about the time the leaves just started to get brown edges! I prepared a turkey and sometimes a couple of our favorite traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.  Other years, I prepared a turkey with a twist ... and this year I had our little dinner in September and did everything Italian style! To see the food, check out this post! Pink Turkey Dinner!

I like making everything extra special for Phoebe. She has an interest in paper crafting, cooking and making special things. Life is so busy after school starts that it is hard to find time to do these things! I delivered this cute invitation to Miss Phoebe and her mom and dad a few weeks before the meal! It doesn't have a date, because we planned to schedule the dinner at the last minute! Between festivals, parades, dance lessons and other events ... we decided we would 'play it by ear'!

Now ... for the tablescape! A Sunday supper on the deck!

I found this pink rimmed turkey platter at a flea market ... and it set the pink theme. The dinner plates are Churchill ... placed atop a cork place mat ... and the mugs are Spode. The glasses are Fostoria.

Our flower boxes on the back deck are still really pretty, so I chose to snip a few leaves and blooms to fill a couple little turkey planters. These planters were silver and I sprayed a little pink paint on to add to the theme!

Phoebe and I worked on jars all summer and these pink jars were really dressed up for a beach themed vignette, which you'll see in another post! (Maybe in the dead of winter, when I'm longing for a beachy summer!) We spray painted the jars with two coats ... teal underneath pink. Then sanded the raised designs on the jars. We picked up some sticks under the maple tree and sprayed them pink! Burlap ribbon, shells and silk flowers from the Dollar Tree completed the project!

Hope you enjoyed a little pink theme that would work for any Thanksgiving tablescape!

I'll be sharing this with a few of the blog parties listed on my sidebar and certainly with Pink Saturday!

Make sure you click through to see some of the other parties, but stick around my site first.  You'll surely find something else you like.

To see more jars, check out  Autumn Jars!

To see the food that went with this tablescape, check out Pink Turkey Dinner!

Pink Turkey Dinner!

Take a look at this beautiful pesto basted turkey!  For my annual family "Thanksgiving in August" dinner ... which we had in September ... I prepared an Italian themed meal. This turkey is easy to make. Just stuff it with a bunch of fresh herbs ... Rosemary, basil, thyme and oregano. Follow the directions on the turkey wrapper ... I roasted mine at 325 degrees and basted it with homemade pesto for the last hour of baking. It was tender, juicy and had a nice hint of the fresh herbs. To see how to make pesto, check right here! I served the turkey with a really unique sauce ... That recipe is at the end of this post. Here's the rest of the menu!

For ease, I turned my ravioli into a baked dish ... For the recipe of my homemade red sauce, check here!

This beautiful green salad is made with baby kale that came from my CSA. I made an easy balsamic vinaigrette for the salad by combining equal parts of fig infused balsamic vinegar with olive oil ... Add about a teaspoon of sugar to a cup of dressing. When making a salad with pecans and dried cherries in it, I always toss the nuts and dried fruit in the dressing before I throw in the salad greens. I like for them to be coated ... I also added mozzarella pearls to this salad, but feta or bleu cheese is equally good!

Here is the beautiful sauce for the turkey.  The recipe is so simple.  You need about 2 cups of pan drippings to begin with.  If you don't have that much, stir in some water or white wine to deglaze your roasting pan and make that much liquid. Stir in 1/4 cup of balsamic glaze ... not vinegar, but the reduced glaze which you can buy in most supermarkets ... and 2 Tablespoons of honey mustard. A little pepper and thicken it with a cornstarch slurry and you are all done!

If you'd like to see the tablescape for this special family meal, check this out!

I'll be sharing this with some of the parties on my sidebar, so make sure you click through to see the other posts!

Autumn Jars!

The moment I saw painted dimensional leaves on a jar at this site, I knew it was a project that Phoebe and I could do together! We also invited her mama to participate! So, I purchased the supplies we needed; used a 40% off coupon from JoAnne Fabrics when I bought the jars ... and we started making what turned out to be some really nice gifts.  We made 6 purple quart jars and 6 green pint jars!

The process is easy.  You just spread the dimensional goop across a stencil. We used plastic knives. After letting that dry for 24 hours, we painted the leaves. The final step before putting the bows on and filling them with silk leaves and flowers was to brush a little glitter paint over the leaves.  Phoebe especially liked the glitter paint step!  I think we did a great job!

 Here's how I used mine!

One of my bathrooms is papered with autumn leaves on burgundy! I have had this paper for 25 years and I don't plan to change it!  So the leaf enhanced jars had to go in that room for sure!  The pumpkin is Temptations and the other day, I lifted the lid and found it full of bubble water!  When I asked Phoebe about it, she told me that MeMutt (our dog) suggested that she do it!  She said he used his nose to touch the big jar of bubbles on the counter, then touched the pumpkin with his paw. I didn't think he was that smart!

I'll be sharing this post with some of the parties on my sidebar, so make sure you click through to see the other posts!  Hope you are enjoying autumn!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Be Frugal!

Every few weeks, I gather the bits of cheese I have left in the fridge. I use shredded cheese, but I really prefer blocks of cheese that I grate myself, so I frequently have a little bit of a few kinds left. Sometimes, those bits of cheese have dried out a little so I throw them all in the Ninja blender and make a spread or a cheese ball!

There really isn't a recipe, but if you end up with as much as 2 cups of shredded cheese, add at least 4 ounces of cream cheese to the combination. If you don't have an entire 8 ounce block of cream cheese to add ... use a couple Tablespoons of butter or a butter spread.

To season your blend, add fresh herbs ... a little bottled salad dressing ... or my favorite which is powdered ranch dressing mix.  You can flavor the cheese spread with prepared pesto or your favorite combination of dried herbs.

It can't be much easier and the best thing about this ... is you are not wasting food that has a tendency to sit in the fridge and dry out!

I'll be sharing this with a few of the blog parties listed on my sidebar. Make sure you click through to see the other posts!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Phoebe is a Star!

Phoebe started third grade at a new school. She is now in private school and is doing very well. She is bringing home A+ papers. I decided it was time to celebrate, so I whipped up a prime rib Sunday dinner!

Of course, I had to decorate a little, so added this banner to the dining room mantel.

In keeping with the star theme, I pulled the July 4th dinnerware back out! The dinnerware is Gibson and the table cloth is this year's stock from Kohl's.

The red chargers are surrounded with stars and I originally purchased them to use under clear plates. These flag dinner plates are extra large, so in order to see the stars on the charger, I placed the plates off center.

Phoebe had a few more stars at her place setting!

Back to the mantel before we move to the food! For 30 years, this has been a place to decorate with theme after theme! I offered to take the banner down so Phoebe could take it home, but she said she wanted it to stay right where it is! The mantel in the dining room is a very special place!

I placed a small Eastern Star planter on the mantel ... only because it is a star!

I picked this little pottery planter up at an antique store and don't know how old it is or much else about it.

I'm guessing they were popular gift items in the 1950s to 1960s.

In an attempt to merge two color themes, I placed a big star in the patriotic centerpiece!  Take a look at this centerpiece, though! This is actually a chicken feeder!  I just stuffed the tin feeder with oasis and stuck geraniums in it ... and normally I put a flameless candle in the jar.

Our menu was simple. I made prime rib and a couple salads ... the upper left is a Greek inspired salad with lots of mint, basil and oregano ... mac and cheese for Phoebe (who didn't eat any) and smashed potatoes topped with bacon and cheddar cheese. I had purple and pink potatoes from my CSA! Phoebe helped finish the jus for the prime rib by whisking the ingredients together in the roasting pan ... and she helped me finish this delicious butterfinger pie!

Phoebe helped crush the candy bars for the top ... using our antique meat mallet. She spread the whipped topping over the pie and 'dumped' the crushed candy on top!

Butter Finger Pie

12 mini Butter Finger candy bars
16 ounces Whipped Topping, thawed and divided 12 ounces for filling and 4 ounces for topping
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 small box instant vanilla pudding

Crush 8 of the candy bars and blend all the ingredients together reserving about 4 ounces of the topping for the top of the pie.  Pour into a graham cracker pie crust and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Top with reserved whipped topping and crush the other 4 candy bars to sprinkle on top.

It is best to refrigerate this pie overnight.  The candy bars turn to little pockets of syrup ... and that is really good.  You can make it with any kind of candy bar!

I'll be sharing this post with a few of the parties listed on my sidebar. Click through to visit some of the other posts!  Thanks for stopping by!