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Make A Snowman Spice Cake

Snowman Spice Cake With Nordic Ware Cake Pan

Recently while shopping in Williams-Sonoma, I came across a Nordic Ware snowman cake pan. It was on sale, greatly reduced from $39.95 to $10.39 so I couldn't resist trying my hand at making this cute cake.   The cake ended up being a centerpiece for yesterday's winter table setting seen in this post: Winter Table Setting With Snowman Cake Centerpiece This cake would be cute at Christmastime but it … [Read more...]

An After-Christmas-Sale Haul

Blis Bourbon Maple Syrup

Well, "haul" may be a slight exaggeration. It's more like a mini-haul. Have you done in after-Christmas shopping? I haven't been in the mood, probably due to being sick. Thankfully, I'm all better now! It's 63 degrees here today, sunny and gorgeous! I decided to stop by the Williams-Sonoma that's a couple miles from my home to see what's shaking. In the past I've found some amazing deals there after the … [Read more...]

Fruit And Nut Granola, Great For Holiday Gifts & Entertaining

Fruit and Nut Granola Recipe 04

When the holiday season rolls around each year, I'm always looking for a yummy treat to give to friends and family and the other dearhearts who give so much to me throughout the year. This year I decided to try something different, something I've never made before. I've always wanted to try my hand at making granola so when Planters offered to send me some of their nuts to try in a recipe, I was totally on … [Read more...]

Brussels Sprouts So Delicious, Kids Will Even Eat Them

Recipe for Roasting Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

Recently I had the urge to visit Trader Joe's, I hadn't been there in ages. While shopping I came across a bin filled with stalks of Brussels sprouts. I've seen them in TJ's before and each time it always amazes me to see how they really grow.  (Photo below from bonnieplantsdotcom)   In this photo from Wikipedia, you can see how they grow along the stalk of the plant. Isn't that the neatest … [Read more...]

5 Hearty Dinners For Fall

5 Hearty Fall Dinners

Fall is in the air here in Georgia. Nightfall comes a little earlier each day and the mornings and evenings are feeling a bit cooler. Sweater weather is coming. When I went outside this evening to bring in the bird feeders, a strong wind rustled the trees and I looked up to see leaves swirling in the air overhead. Some fluttered down to the deck and a big yellow one landed on the rail. All these … [Read more...]

Cool Off This Summer With Iced Coffee Popsicles

Iced Coffee Popsicles

It's here! August, the hottest month of the year has arrived and when you live in the south, you're always looking for a way to stay cool. I'm not much of a hot coffee drinker but I do love iced coffee. It's perfect when I start feeling that afternoon lull that always seems to hit around 3:oo each afternoon. I don't have time for a nap so I head downstairs for something cold and refreshing to perk me … [Read more...]

Refreshing Sangria, Perfect Beverage For A Summer Party

Best Sangria Recipe

I LOVED all the stories you shared in the comments of yesterday's post. They were awesome and some had me laughing! Thanks so much for those! Yesterday I shared some pics of a yummy party beverage I made on Sunday for a porch party with friends. Today I'm sharing the recipe, including a printable copy below. Note: The Sangria looks a little darker in this picture than it does once it's served because … [Read more...]

Amazing Centerpieces for Your Summer Party Table

Food Art Palm Trees

Welcome to the 269th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Spring has arrived in Georgia and the last few days have been really pretty. I've started working on a new project so I spent the weekend down in the basement priming and painting some 1 x 6 boards. If this project turns out the way I want it to, I'll be sharing it soon. If not, forget you ever saw this picture! ;)   I also … [Read more...]

Pork Chops With Biscuits & Tomato Gravy

Pork Chop with Tomato Gravy

Is your mouth watering from that post title, because mine sure is! One of my fave blogs to visit when I need a good recipe is Madonna's yummy blog, Make Mine Lemon. Since it's selfish to hoard a good find and not share it with you, I asked Madonna if she would be kind enough to share a recipe with us here at BNOTP, and she happily obliged. Take it away, Madonna! Following post by Madonna from the … [Read more...]

25 Scrumptious Valentine’s Day Desserts

Strawberry Heart Pie

Valentine's Day is only about 3 weeks away and it's got me thinking about yummy desserts. It took a few hours last night and this morning but I've put together a collection of 25 beautiful, delicious, makes-your-heart-go-pitter-patter desserts. ♥ Hope you enjoy this Valentine's Day inspired collection of scrumptious desserts!   Hope you find something yummy and inspiring for your Valentine's … [Read more...]

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast, Easy and Delicious!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Easy and Flavorful

Recently, I had a little New Year's Day dinner party and for the party I decided to prepare a roast. Normally, I'd cook it in the oven or if I was really in a hurry, I'd pull out the pressure cooker.   I get bored making the same old thing so this time I decided to check online for a new recipe. I was especially interested in something that could be cooked in a crock-pot since that would leave me … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

A couple of days ago I shared plans to make a butternut squash soup for a New Year's Day dinner party. I found a recipe that sounded and looked pretty yummy at Chow online. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it can be made up to 3 days in advance, then reheated prior to serving. So many foods actually taste better if they are made a few days in advance since it gives the flavors time to … [Read more...]

Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

There's nothing more stressful when preparing a big holiday dinner than running out of a key ingredient, especially when there's no time to run back to the store. Here's a list I compiled of popular substitutions for some of the more common ingredients we sometimes run low on. Hope this helps your cooking go a bit smoother this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving! Image from … [Read more...]

21 Delicious Party Drinks for the Holiday Season

21 Holiday Party Drinks 3

It will soon be party time! Even if you're not having a big party this year, chances are you will have family and friends stopping in during the holidays. Treat them to a special drink that's as pretty as it is tasty! I spent several hours yesterday searching for the yummiest and most beautiful party drinks I could find. I'm pretty excited about this list, I think it will be my go-to spot for holiday … [Read more...]

How To Create a Watermelon Flower-Garden Centerpiece

Centerpiece Flower Garden Carved from Watermelon

  Each summer I like to create a table setting with a carved watermelon centerpiece. I missed last year but I couldn't let this summer get away without trying a new one. They are just so much fun to do! (You'll find the table setting below here: Summer Table Setting with Carved Flower Garden Watermelon Centerpiece) Two summers ago I carved this whale centerpiece. You'll find the tutorial for … [Read more...]

Canning Peach Preserves and Some Exciting News!

Canning Peach Preserves

Exciting News! I have some exciting news!  True Value asked BNOTP to be a part of their DIY Squad this year! You know what that means...time to kick my DIY mojo in high gear! I'm kicking off my first project with a detailed tutorial sharing the steps for making yummy Peach Preserves. Living in the peach state, I couldn't resist putting up some fresh Georgia peaches while they are in season. My … [Read more...]

Patriotic Punch for the 4th of July

4th of July Patriotic Punch Recipe

It's monsoon season again here in Georgia. Doesn't Mother Nature know tomorrow is the 4th of July and celebrations are planned? Rain or no rain, the festivities will go on and we will enjoy every minute, even if the sunshine is in liquid form. Speaking of liquids, today I'm sharing an easy to make, red, white and blue patriotic punch. It's perfect for a 4th of July celebration, especially for the kiddos. … [Read more...]

Hearty Vegetable Beef Stew, Perfect For A Cold Winter’s Day

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

  Newsletter Update: I've had a few folks e-mail to say they didn't receive their copy of the BNOTP newsletter, Postcards from the Porch in their Inbox. The newsletter was e-mailed out last Saturday so if you subscribed to receive it, it should have arrived early Saturday morning. So, if you didn't receive the newsletter last Saturday, please check your spam file. If you're new to reading BNOTP … [Read more...]

Shamrock Sugar Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day

Sugar Cookie and Icing Recipe

For this week's Tablescape Thurday, I created a St. Patrick's Day themed table setting with a sugar cookie shamrock centerpiece.  (St. Patrick's Day Tablescape can be viewed in detail in this post:  St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece) Sugar Cookies and Icing Recipes Today I'm sharing the recipe for both the sugar cookies and the icing.  The icing really works great … [Read more...]

Yummy Devil’s Food Toffee Trifle Recipe

Devil's Food Toffee Trifle

Recently, I was invited to a small dinner party, a gathering of friends.  I was asked to bring dessert, specifically the Cranberry Trifle I made for this past Christmas.  You'll find the recipe for the Cranberry Trifle here:  Yummy Cranberry Trifle.   You'll find a post about the Christmas dinner party here: Christmas Dinner Party Guess what I discovered?  You can't find fresh cranberries in February. … [Read more...]

Halloween Tablescape with Spider Cupcakes

Halloween Tablescape with Spider Cupcakes, Clock Plates & a Witch's Hat Centerpiece 15_wm

Welcome to the 216th Tablescape Thursday! The Witching Hour: Ever since I made knock-off Pottery Barn clock plates, I've been eager to use them in a table setting.  They are finally making their appearance in a table  I'm dubbing, The Witching Hour, a term (per Wikipedia) first used in Washington Irving's short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to signify midnight. When I read that in Wikipedia, I … [Read more...]

A Quick, Tasty Meal for Busy, Hectic Days

Eating Healthy in a Hurry 5_wm

I'm always in a big hurry when it comes to lunch which means I'll usually eat something that's fast and not always very healthy.   It's just never easy for me to find something that's fast, healthy and delicious.   I may find two of the three but rarely do I hit the trifecta. Recently, when I was shopping in Publix, I was craving a salad.  I decided if I was going to eat salad, I wanted something … [Read more...]

How to Make Rose-Scented Sugar

Make Rose-Scented Sugar for Desserts, Tea and Coffee

Welcome to the 187th Metamorphosis Monday! One of my favorite books is Roses for the Scented Room by Barbara Milo Ohrbach.  In fact, I love all her books including Antiques at Home, The Scented Room and Tabletops.  I just ordered A Passion for Antiques this evening.   All her books are very affordable at Amazon, especially if you buy them used in "Good" or "Like New" condition, which is what I almost … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Beverage Tags: A Ballard Designs Knock-Off

Beverage Tags, Ballard Designs Knock-off Beverage Tags

Recently, I received an "End of Season" Ballard Designs catalog in the mail.  Excuse me, but would someone please tell Ballard Designs to not rush my summer.  It's just mid July and here in the south summer lasts at least until the end of September, sometimes well into October. Max and I curled up in the green and white chair here in the office and had fun oohing and ahhing from one page to the next.  So … [Read more...]

Make Marshmallow Flowers for Cupcakes: A Tutorial


Last week's Tablescape Thursday included yummy cupcakes. Here's a wider view of the tablescape... The cupcakes were decorated with little flowers in celebration of spring.   Today, I though I'd share how I made the little flowers.  It's soooo easy, you're gonna love this! To begin, take a hand full of miniature marshmallows and cut them in half on the diagonal.  It's important to … [Read more...]

Make Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes for Parties: A Tutorial


Recently while reading a Country Living magazine, I came across the cutest heart-shaped sugar cubes.  The magazine shared where they could be ordered but I decided to try making my own.  I thought they would be fun for parties, especially tea parties or to offer guests with coffee after dinner. Instead of white cubes as shown in the article, I decided to color mine.  Since it's so close to Easter, … [Read more...]

Yummy Iced Coffee Recipe

I'm not a big coffee drinker, which is too bad now that I think about it.  It sure would have come in handy back in my college days when I had to occasionally pull an all-nighter to finish writing a paper. When I do drink coffee, it's always iced coffee.  Actually, when I make iced coffee, it's end up being more like a milkshake that happens to be coffee flavored.  I adore milk and can easily go through … [Read more...]

Yummy Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Welcome to the 154th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm sharing an edible "Before and After" for this Metamorphosis Monday. This past Christmas I decided to shake things up a bit.  I made the traditional Coconut Cake and Ambrosia (recipe for Coconut Cake HERE) but I decided to make a pie, too. Years ago, I used to make a Lemon Meringue pie using a recipe from  an old Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe … [Read more...]

Linzer Cookies for Halloween

Linzer Cookies for Halloween

Beautiful and Halloween-festive tablescapes were linked for yesterday's Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to scroll on down and check them all out. How about a little something to put on top of those table settings? A couple of months ago I stopped by a local craft store to check out the Halloween stuff and I came across cookie cutters with a Halloween theme.  They were especially made for making Linzer … [Read more...]

Carved Watermelon Whale Centerpiece

Carved Watermelon Table or Party Centerpiece

Carved Watermelon Party Centerpiece This past Tablescape Thursday, I shared a table setting with a carved watermelon centerpiece. For a party many years ago, I cut the top off a watermelon and hollowed it out to hold fruit.   That was cute, but I've always wanted to try my hand at carving one into a fun shape. The cookbook below provided the inspiration I needed for this centerpiece.  I've had … [Read more...]

Summertime Salad: Arugula with a Fresh Berry Dressing


Happens every time. Yep, I'm a rule breaker...a real rebel. ;) (hee, hee)  Okay, technically when you have friends over for dinner or a party, you are NOT supposed to try out a new dish/recipe you've never made before. I guess that's in case it doesn't turn out right or you just don't like it. But, wouldn't ya know, that's when I always get in the mood to experiment and try something different...not the … [Read more...]

Peach Trifle, Great Summertime Dessert

Peach Trifle

One of my favorite desserts for this time of year is a trifle made with fresh Georgia peaches. Georgia is the "peach" state so you just can't get much better than a yummy peach trifle for a summer party on the porch.   This dessert is super easy to make and is loosely based on one I tore out of a magazine many years ago.  The recipe didn't make enough for the huge trifle dish I use and I wanted it to … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Ice Bucket or Wine Chiller

Make a Wine Ice Chiller with Cranberries 4

Welcome to the 95th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, I received a catalog in the mail and it showed this pic/ad. I was tempted to order it until I realized the silver bowl was plastic. I remembered I already had a silver I decided to try and make the ice chiller with things I already had and save myself $29.00. The Before: The only thing I had to purchase was a bottle of wine, … [Read more...]

Yummy Cranberry Trifle for Your Christmas Holiday Party

Cranberry Trifle Recipe for a Holiday Party

Earlier today I posted the recipe for the Champagne Punch I always make when I have a Christmas Party. A couple of folks e-mailed and asked for the trifle recipe, here ya go. The recipe comes from the December 2008 issue of Everyday Food.   Cranberry Trifle 2 bags (12 oz each) cranberries, fresh or frozen (I used fresh) 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar 2 Tablespoons finely grated … [Read more...]

Champagne Punch Perfect For A Christmas Or New Year’s Party

Champagne Punch for Christmas Party_wm

Several folks have asked for the punch recipe I mentioned in our last Party Planning post. I'm happy to share it.   You'll find a printable version of this recipe at the bottom of this post.   The Recipe: Champagne Holiday Punch Ingredients: 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 3 cinnamon sticks 4 whole cloves 2 cups cranberry juice 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1 bottle champagne (Korbel … [Read more...]

The Best Lasagna Ever

Best Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Okay, that's a really bold statement...but I do love this recipe! Here in Georgia, it's getting cold and rainy out...time for some comfort food. A Recipe: Lasagna When I was just a teenager, Rosemary, the wife of the Minister of Music for the church I attended, invited all the choir members to their home for a youth party. She made the most amazing lasagna, the best I'd ever tasted. A few years later, … [Read more...]

Make Heart-Shaped Cakes for Valentine’s Day

Heart Cakes for Valentine's Day_wm

I've received several comments and e-mails asking about the cake recipe I used to make the little heart shaped cakes featured in last week's Tablescape Thursday.  They were made with a cake recipe given to me by my mother-in-law many years ago. It's a basic cake recipe called a 1234 Cake, and it's the same recipe I use when I make a coconut cake each year at Christmastime.  You'll find a printable version … [Read more...]

Coconut Cake Recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Coconut Cake

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic these days.  Holidays have a way of doing that to us, don't they? As I was looking back through some of my older posts, I came across one written around this time last year and couldn't resist sharing it with you guys again. It's a post about a family tradition that I hope you'll enjoy. But first, I have to share something that had me laughing so hard on Christmas Day, I was … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Casserole, Southern Style

Sweet Potato Souffle with Marshmallow and Crunchy Topping

With Thanksgiving just 9 days away, I sat down today and started creating my grocery/shopping list. In the past you would have found me rooting through scraps of paper and note cards, trying to pull together all the recipes for those traditional Thanksgiving dishes my family enjoys this time of year. A few years ago, I typed up every single recipe, all pretty and neat. I printed them all out on cute little … [Read more...]

Some Edible Fun for Foodie Friday!

It's time forFoodie Friday at Designs by Gollum.  Thanks, Michael for hosting this delicious party each week! I'm a bit late joining in, but I just had to share these cakes...they are truly amazing! These are all said to be made by a bakery named Zhanna, in St. Petersburg, Russia and no plastics or artificial parts were used. All parts of each cake are completely edible. Click on any pic to … [Read more...]

Lemonade on the Porch


Welcome to the 47th Tablescape Thursday! I love summer time here in the south. Yeah, I know it's hot, but we can fix that. Some fresh-squeezed, ice cold, lemonade out on the porch, should do the trick. Found this neat beverage dispenser while kicking around inside Old Time Pottery last week. It was only $19.95 and it's HUGE! We need munchies to go with our lemonade...Double … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Chips Snack or Appetizer


Looking for an appetizer or snack that's a little different...not the same old avocado dip or chips and salsa? If you like sweet potatoes...and maybe even if you think you don't like sweet potatoes, here's a great Paula Deen recipe you just might want to try. It's called Sweet Potato Chips and I found it in her cookbook, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. When I had friends over a … [Read more...]

Flower Cubes for Your Garden Party


Summer is waning and fall is just around the corner. I can feel it the air when I'm out on the porch during these late summer evenings. Before long, at least here in the south, gardeners will be pouring into the nurseries in search of pansies for their annual beds. Pansies enjoy the cooler weather and if planted in early fall, they will put down good roots that will carry them through the colder temps we … [Read more...]

A Garden Party Table Setting

Garden Party

Welcome to the 36th Tablescape Thursday! Let's have a Garden Party out on the porch! Come on over and have a glad you're here! Garfield says, "Life is short, eat dessert first!" I like the way he thinks! We're having Oreo Dirt Cheesecake, complete with worms! I lit the candles in our little green house. I know it's not dark out yet, but nightfall is coming. The … [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheese Ring Appetizer

Cheese Ring Recipe by Paula Deen

Today, I'm sharing a yummy appetizer I've made several times and it is always a big hit. It's super easy and fast...can't beat that! The recipe comes from Paula Deen's cookbook, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook.  Love this cookbook!  It's filled with lots of good Southern cooking.  I've also linked to one more of her yummy recipes at the very end of this post...Sweet Potato Chips! The … [Read more...]