Welcome & Stay a Little Longer!

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!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Prayer Mini Book

This week a friend of mine had a big birthday and I made her an inspiration book filled with Bible scriptures and prayers related to Thanksgiving! I used clipart for some of the content; cut some of it with Cricut and added all kinds of other embellishments. If you've seen my mini books before, you know I like depth and dimension in my books!

I used plenty of vintage ribbon and lace! I cut the pages using the Elegant Edges patterns.

On these pages, I cut some pieces of the clipart ... an added some packaged embellishments.  I love the burlap flowers!

 I used birthday greetings for the center pages and one of my favorite Thanksgiving songs on the next two pages!

The final two pages are filled with layered burlap flowers, faux pearls and colorful leaves.

I'll be sharing this will a few of the parties listed on my sidebar! Make sure you click through to see the other participants ... and hang around my home page a little while to see my other posts!  Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Last Bouquet of the Season!

Here are our last flowers of the season!  We've had a couple freezing nights, but some of my roses are sheltered a little bit, so I still had a few blooms today! Phoebe's herb garden is still producing, too! Beautiful leaves are falling from the Maple, Oak, Ash and Sweet Gum trees in my yard ... and our "bird feed shrubs" as my husband always called them ... add beautiful red and orange berries to the mix. The squirrels and chipmunks are really working hard gathering acorns, so I suspect we are headed for a bad winter and all those bird feed shrubs will be well used! I love bringing a little of the outside inside!

The purple and green flowers from the Basil plants add a nice scent to the boquet!

These two precious tiny pink rosebuds will open overnight and remind me of the warm sunny days of June when they first start blooming!

I'll still have these vibrant orange berries for a Thanksgiving tablescape!

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

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Big Pig for Halloween!

I love pigs ... and this galvanized guy called out to me, when I saw him in a local store! I change his sign to go with the seasons!  I've perched him on the fireplace mantel for Halloween!

The Cricut has been busy helping make decorations for Halloween!

 ...from little ghosts to cute rosettes!

I hung a rag wreath ...

I created an Autumn tree ... decorated for Halloween on one side and Thanksgiving on the other!  All I have to do is turn it around!

I'll be sharing this post with some of the blog parties listed on my sidebar, so make sure you click through to see the other posts! Be sure to check out my home page, though ... to see all my autumn excitement!


I am having a good time using these Temptations pumpkins from QVC. They are a perfect match to the little orange dot in the brown Old World Temptations dinnerware. I always use lots of extra non-traditional colors on my Halloween tables and this one is no exception. I added a splash of bright green!

The centerpiece is composed of lots of things I've had for some time!

The ruffled brown plate in the setting is Old World Temptations and the green glass is vintage ... the purple a find from Tuesday Morning! The orange plate and mug are from the Dollar Tree and in my college town, it is hard to snag dinnerware in that store! The students always get to it, first!

I'll be sharing this post with a few of the parties listed in my sidebar, so make sure you click through to see the other posts! First, you might want to check out my home page to see my other posts!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Southern Comfort Foods!

This is the time of year when I really start craving comfort food and for me ... they are SOUTHERN comfort foods! I'm in Southern Illinois, just a couple hours from Nashville, Tennessee ... so we are Southern in lots of ways! I learned long ago as I traveled the small towns along the Mississippi River when I was on a federal commission ... that folks who live along the river all cook alike. It doesn't matter where you live ... so maybe I should call this post
 "Mississippi River Comfort Food"!

My CSA college students had beautiful green tomatoes at their market stand today. I bought a few and decided to combine them with some of the wonderful salad greens that were in my bag! I added a couple other things I love more in the fall than at other times ... pork sausage ... and goat cheese encrusted with dried cranberries and walnuts. This may look time consuming and complicated, but it is not!

Get organized and follow some logical steps, and you'll have this entree salad done in less than 30 minutes. 

I sliced my green tomatoes while I was browning some little sausage patties. By the time the sausage was done, I had dredged  the tomato slices first in egg wash, then in corn meal. They were ready to fry in the same skillet, as I took the sausage out. 

While the tomatoes fried gently in a little additional oil, I sliced the goat cheese log and got the pieces ready to coat with chopped walnuts & washed the salad greens! Out came the tomatoes, in went the salad greens to wilt. 

I drizzled a tiny bit of balsamic over them and dropped them into the plate. Then I dipped the cheese in the chopped nuts and placed them in the same skillet. I didn't turn them, just toasted them on the nutty side. I plated the salad and topped it finally with a handful of fresh microgreens.

Here's a tip I like to share! Save the lids to the parmesan cheese containers. They fit quart jars perfectly and make it easy to store and sprinkle things like corn meal! I also save refrigerated coffee creamer containers ... take the wrapping off of them. They make perfect shapes to cover with quilt batting for snow men!!! They also make perfect containers to store candy or snacks that will pour through the spout.

Hope you enjoyed a little Southern Comfort Food! I'll be sharing with a couple blog parties listed in my sidebar, so make sure you take a look!

Butterscotch & Blue Tea Party!

One of my favorite color combinations for autumn decorating is butterscotch & blue ... and I'm always prompted to get out my Japanese luster tea sets and my peach luster glassware. I have two trees in my back yard that drop the most beautiful butterscotch yellow leaves!

Miss Phoebe is enjoying learning more about prayer and being thankful in her third grade class, so I decided we should having a tea party that focused on that theme. Any chance I can create to have important conversations with my grand daughter is worth all the effort! She loves tea parties, so why not combine the two!?

I've had the Cricut out again ... making more paper pumpkins!

I decorated the pumpkins with some of my vintage ribbon ... also butterscotch and blue ... gathered some lace and made some little flowers! The stems are made by rolling a little burlap ribbon.

I have quite a collection of Japanese lusterware. It was one of the first things I started collecting. I used one of my cute vases to add silk flowers to the composed centerpiece.

Most of the lusterware that we collect today was made in the 1920s and 30s and then there was another round of manufacture during the time that the United State's occupied Japan.

I never bought it for the value ... I bought it because I like the colors ... especially the blue!

For this table, I've added a small coffeepot to the tea set. Some of us love coffee more than tea! I love them both.

The tablescape is a bright spot in the sunroom!

 The place setting is composed of some of my favorite pieces!

I made the napkin rings, using a paper towel core cut into sections. I wrapped the burlap around it; then a piece of vintage ribbon. The "Give Thanks" tag came in a package of scrapbooking embellishments! The glassware is Fostoria and I have the same glasses in four different colors!  The pine cone flatware was a gift from my husband, the same year he gave me some pine cone dishes! Anything he could order from the sportsman's catalog was a hit!

Here's one last look! Make sure you remember to give thanks everyday! I'll be sharing this post with some of the parties listed on my sidebar, so make sure you click through to see more!