Vintage Dinnerware Sets for Fall

Dinnerware bursts with color for fall entertaining

(BPT) – The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

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6 Backyard Projects You Can’t Skip This Fall

(BPT) – When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier for you to stay organized with your list of backyard to-do’s, but it also allows you to identify and treat any problems before they become bigger issues down the road.

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Fall 2014 Pet Supplement Mini-Ezine

Animals are dear to my heart. I have dogs, but I’m concerned about the well-being of all animals. Here is a free 16-page mini-ezine loaded with up-to-date information on how to choose and care for your pets.  Click on the link below the image for your printable report.


Fall 2014 Pet Supplement: Click Here

The topics covered are listed below:

1. Could your darling new ball of fur be the product of a dangerous puppy mill?

2. Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal

3. Boost your pet’s health with these preventive measures

4. Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER

5. Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home

6. Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year

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14 Quilted Mug Rugs for Fall

Although I don’t quilt, I love anything that is quilted.  And I drink a lot of coffee.  So I’ve collected some really adorable quilted mug rugs to show you.  Hmmm, my sister quilts.  Maybe I could get her to make me one of these!


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30 Awesome Scripture Jar Crafts and Ideas

There are so many wonderful ideas here in this collection of Scripture jars. Some have Bible verses, others prayer requests, and others blessings. One that impressed me was a lady who wrote the verses out in her own handwriting and gave it to her best friend as a gift. That would be something to treasure!

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14 Kitchen Storage Organization Ideas

These kitchen storage ideas make the best use of every bit of space. I love the way that drawers are divided to keep pots and pans and utensils handy. My cookware is all stacked on shelves, and I have to take out three or four pans to get to the one I want. The same with my sharp knives. They are in a tray in a drawer. But in one of these kitchens, knives are fitted neatly into wooden grooves built into the drawer. You will also find efficient ways to store dishes, canned foods, cleaning supplies, and even baby bottles and supplies.

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Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kiss Cookies

Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn

(BPT) – The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans’ to-do lists this year?


Americans embrace everything autumn – from baking to pumpkin carving

Americans are embracing the autumn spirit with fun family activities. In a recent Hershey survey, 59 percent of Americans said they plan to bake fall treats and 45 percent plan to carve pumpkins. Other popular activities planned for fall include crafting, going on hayrides and apple picking.

Planning a day at an orchard and then going home to bake with the fresh picked ingredients is an ideal way to spend time with the family. When deciding which flavor trends should inspire your baking, consider this: the survey found pumpkin spice is the top flavor Americans associate with the fall season. From coffee to cake, pumpkin spice is a sure winner. Other favorite falls flavors include candy corn and caramel apple.

Fall flavored treats like HERSHEY’S KISSES Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candies, new TWIZZLERS Caramel Apple Filled Twists and new HERSHEY’S Candy Corn Snack Size Bars – white creme bars dotted with sweet candy bits – bring these flavor trends to candy form. Be sure to bring them to your fall events, whether you’re relaxing at a backyard bonfire or exploring the local orchard.

Fall always seems to fly by, so to get the most out of this fleeting season, consider making a fall wish list. Have everyone in the family include ideas for what they would like to do before winter arrives. Such ideas could include family crafts, pumpkin picking at a local farm, a romantic couple’s walk by the river, a hike and scavenger hunt, or baking new fall-themed recipes. Then each weekend, select one or two activities to enjoy together.

Do you plan to bake this fall like 59 percent of Americans? Consider adding these recipes to your fall rotation for autumn-inspired, delicious treats.

HERSHEY’S KISSES Pumpkin Spice Cookies



36 HERSHEY’S KISSES Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup finely chopped pecans

Powdered sugar

Additional granulated sugar


1. Remove wrappers from candies. Place in freezer several hours or overnight.

2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Add flour and pecans; beat on low speed of mixer until well blended. Cover; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until dough is firm enough to handle.

3. Heat oven to 350 F. Roll dough into 36 balls (about 1 tablespoon dough for each ball). Roll in granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set but not browned. Cool 4 minutes; press frozen candy into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool completely. Makes 36 cookies.

Hidden pumpkin spice cookies alternative:
Make cookie dough as above. Using about 1 tablespoon dough for each cookie, shape dough around one candy piece (candy does not need to be frozen for this variation); roll in hand to make ball. (Be sure to cover each candy piece completely.) Roll in granulated sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. While still slightly warm, roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely. Roll again in powdered sugar just before serving.



Royal Icing or Decorator’s Frosting (recipe follows)

6 HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolates

6 HERSHEY’S KISSES Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candies

12 Mini vanilla wafer cookies

12 REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips or HERSHEY’S Butterscotch Chips


1. Prepare Royal Icing and place in pastry bag with small tip. Remove wrappers from candies.

2. Place mini vanilla wafer cookies on tray or plate with flat side of cookie towards the top. Squeeze small amount of icing onto bottom of HERSHEY’S KISSES candy piece. Immediately press candy bottom onto vanilla wafer cookie. Allow icing to set. 12 candy acorns.

3. Place small dab of icing on bottom of peanut butter chip or butterscotch chip; immediately attach to top of cookie to finish acorn.

Royal Icing:

Stir together 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, 1-1/2 teaspoons warm water and 3/4 teaspoon pasteurized dried egg whites (meringue powder). Beat until spreadable. Add additional water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to get desired consistency. Tint with food color, if desired. Cover icing with damp paper towel to keep icing from drying out. About 1/4 cup icing.

Editor’s note:

Phone survey of 1,014 adults 18 and older living in the continental United States conducted from August 21-24, 2014 by ORC International for The Hershey Company.

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8-Recipe Round Up from Kraft

Here is a round-up of some of the latest fall recipes from Kraft. They look pretty good!


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Homemade Potpourri Recipes

An easy and inexpensive to make your home smell wonderful through the fall and holiday season is potpourri.  Here is a collection of homemade potpourri recipes to get you started.

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12 Unique Fall Paper Crafts for Kids

Here is a very unique collection of fall paper crafts for kids.  (I say unique because I’ve never seen them before.)  Most of these are actually geared toward children who are a little older, such as grade school age.  Younger kids would need more help from adults.  These projects use a minimum of materials and are relatively easy to do.

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Fall crafts are a fun way to celebrate the season.  They give children something productive to do as they develop their creativity, dexterity, and coordination.  I think crafts also help kids to have more patience.  That’s something I never had!  Crafts are also a relaxing hobby that you can do with your children to have special, focused time with them.

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10 Creative “Spa in a Jar” Gift Ideas

A “spa in a jar” is an attractive jar, often a mason jar, filled with items that pamper the lady that receives it.  Depending on the size of the jar it could be filled with nail polish, lotions, bath salts, nail brushes, fragrance, pretty soaps, and just about anything else you could come up with.


Jars are decorated in pretty and unique ways.  They can have ribbons tied around them, paper craft shapes fastened to the outside, fabric over the lid secured with ribbon, and gift tag labels.

Spa jars are great gift ideas for various occasions.  They are perfect for bridesmaid thank-you’s, new mothers, shower gifts, or even Christmas gifts.  If you are having trouble coming up with an idea for someone who is hard to buy for, this might be just the right thing.

Below are 10 adorable spa in a jar gift ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

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Free Printable Scrapbook Tags – Wild Honeysuckle

Here is a printable sheet of scrapbook tags.  It is a pink wild honeysuckle flower on a shabby background.  They could be used in scrapbooking, crafts, or as bookmarks.  Each tag is approximately 3″ by 5″.  Click on the image to enlarge, save, and print.




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8 Front Porch Fall Decorating Ideas

The season of autumn really lends itself to beautiful outdoor decorating ideas. It’s amazing how creative people are when they decorate their front porches. Here are eight pretty fall porches.


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14 Dollar Store Fall Crafts

For those of you who love to create crafts for each season, here are some really cute ideas that won’t break the bank.


These dollar store crafts are inexpensive and easy to make.

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In the Mood for Autumn

I love almost everything about fall. The only thing I don’t like is that winter follows! I just decided to collect some beautiful pictures from pinterest to get you in the mood for fall, if you’re not already. Enjoy!

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