Thursday, October 23, 2014

What to do Weekends #95

Welcome to What to do Weekends

Link your ideas and fun! And look around for things to do on the weekend for yourself!

Limit of 6 links each, please.

Pin a few of your neighbors. I pin lots and lots to my Pinterest boards. It makes a more interesting party thinking you might get some pins, right?

Some awesome fun from last week....

Li'l Book Caddy by Shabby Gals

Cream of the Crop Crochet has a Free boy's premie hat pattern.

Paper Seedlings - White Christmas card

31 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes by Crystal and Comp

Rival Diva has a Blanket Scarf tutorial

Seasoned Homemaker gives Tips on Landscaping Small Yards

Plum Perfect and Me  - Fabulous  Decoupaged Pumpkin

 Best wishes for a wonderful autumn, Linda

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Plant Succulents on Pumpkins

How to Plant Succulents on top of Pumpkins

I just love succulents. They are such unusual and attractive plants not to mention HARDY which is really, really important for people who kill regular plants (not me,of course).

What is a succulent? It's a plant with thick leaves or roots in which water is stored for the plant in case of drought (or in case someone forgets to water it... again, not me). So these plants are easy to care for. In the winter here in Connecticut they only need to be watered once a month and kept in a cool place.

I did a post on my pretty succulents HERE

I decorated them with paper butterflies. That was lots of fun.

I tried to think about how I could link both the plants that I love and a Fall theme... namely PUMPKINS! I love pumpkins, too, so I put the two together. (I might have had a little inspiration from the internet). You can google succulents and pumpkins and a lot comes up.

Okay so to start with you need a few things:

* A pumpkin with its stem removed and that has a dip in the middle (Cinderella pumpkins are lovely).
* A small group of succulents to transplant onto the pumpkin.
* Flat sheet green moss (comes in  a package from Joann's or Michael's
* Spray glue

No soil is needed.

The first step is to spray the top of the pumpkin with spray glue lightly and then lay the flat sheet moss in pieces onto the pumpkin. I put 2 layers in the middle of the pumpkin where it is the deepest which makes room for the roots of the succulents.

Then I take the succulents out of the pots and try to pull them apart a little into small sections but with some roots. It's okay if you don't get roots. Just push the leaves into the moss. You can secure them with a bit of glue like Fabri-Tac or E-6000, something that dries quickly and is waterproof. Otherwise, I just squinched the roots down into the middle of the moss and close together. They might be a bit wobbly to start but they will take hold quickly.

I picked out one that is like a rose for the middle of the front so that it's a focal point, a place of beauty for the eye to focus on. Go around the whole piece until it's the way you want it. I bought tall succulents, short succulents, green and blue succulents for variety and interest.

Once you have it the way you like it, spray it with the water lightly until all the moss is wet. After it soaks for a while I tip the pumpkin over so that the extra water can drain off. I don't think it would be good for there to be a puddle up there on the top of the pumpkin.

Here is the way mine looked. It's gotten a little fuller in the past week and a half since I made it.

I asked Mom what I should do with it and she said, "Give it to me" so I did and set it up on her dining room table. She just loves it.

I had these Fall scented candles that I put in a plate. Mmmmm... I love the smell of these candles.

I also bought a small winter squash that had a big dip in the center also so I spray glued onto the top of the squash and then put a few pieces of flat sheet moss on the top and a few little succulents.

Sure hope this brightens your day and sparks creativity in YOU!!!

Best wishes,


Hi, I'm Linda and I am the writer, crafter, and chief-cook-and-bottle-washer of this blog. Hope you will join me for some fun and it's all about fun. What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pear Dumplings with Cream Sauce

Pear Dumplings with Cream Sauce

This is the most scrumptious recipe and ELEGANT!

Have you seen anything more beautiful than this? It is a half of a pear covered in pie crust and baked to perfection. As if that isn't enough, this cream sauce  takes this dessert to a whole new level  (I guarantee it is way better than Cool Whip and I'm a real Cool Whip fan).

I know you will like this. My family just loved it and it looks so amazing. 

How to make pear dumplings in a cream sauce

Pear Dumplings with Cream Sauce

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 medium sized Bartlett pears, peeled and cored
  • 1 pkg. (2 pie crusts) refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 cups half and half cream (I use fat free half and half)
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 4 whole cloves (if you don't have this, use stems from pears, cut in half so that you have 4 little stems
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
Unwrap one pastry crust and roll on a slightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick because the crust is too thick as it comes out of the package. Cut out 4 - 7 inch circles, approximately, and save trimmings to make leaf shapes later.
Place pear half, cut side UP, on each 7 inch circle. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon sugar in the center of the pear. Wrap pie crust up and around each pear. Seal as best you can and place the pear seam side down on baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the pears.
From the pie crust trimmings cut out leaf shapes, make impressions with a knife to show veins on leaves.
Brush dumplings with egg white and decorate each pear with 3 leaves as shown in the picture. Brush leaves with egg white also.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan carefully and cool slightly. Put "stem" into each dumpling as shown in picture.
While waiting for the dumplings to cook, prepare the cream sauce. In a 2 quart saucepan, combine egg yolk, half and half, cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Cook over medium to low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Cool slightly.

Serve warm. Spoon some custard into each plate and top with the pear dumpling. ENJOY!

Pear dumplings in cream

Best wishes,


Hi, I'm Linda and I am the writer, crafter, and chief-cook-and-bottle-washer of this blog. Hope you will join me for some fun and it's all about fun. What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

What to do Weekends #94

What to do Weekends!!

Link your ideas and fun and also look for fun things to do on the weekend for yourself!

Some awesome fun from last week....

Mrs. Tucker talks about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Very important. We have 6 shelter dogs between myself and my daughters. Give a shelter dog a home!

Crafty Allie has a Knitted Pumpkin Hat.

With a Blast has a Butterscotch S'Mores Pudding. YAY.

A Peek Into my Paradise has a wonderful recipe for Lemon Blueberry Bread. MMM....

Isn't this awesome? I love the sticks.  3 Little Greenwoods made this Branch Basket Wreath.

Make Mine Lemon made some pumpkin ice cream.

Sum of Their Stories has the CUTEST idea!!  She uses dictionary pages to make cards!

Add your links to the party and then find fabulous

things to do this weekend -

plain inspiration to do SOMETHING!

Limit of 6 links please!

And try to visit your neighbor, also. If you can PIN your neighbor 

that would be awesome and wonderful!

I will be pinning.... 

Are you having a good (interesting, fun, happy, delightful, warm) Fall?

Best wishes,

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