Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Falling Into Fall~Acorn Pan Give Away & a Thrifty, Delicious Fall Dinner

At 5 a.m. on the 23rd, Fall begins.  You could fool me, it still feels like summer, we  put the a/c back on today!

But to celebrate the authority of the almanac, I celebrate Fall with a give away.

This cute acorn pan, makes mini muffins or cakes.

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And a runner up will get these pretty beaded napkin rings by Waverly. My friend Marigene from In the Middle of Nowhere used them in a very pretty scape last week..

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Everyone who is, or becomes a Follower is eligible.  That's it!  A little way to thank those who are so sweet to follow me.  :)

The winners will be announced in this weekend's post.  Happy Fall!

I started the table with a tan textured cloth, a black placemat with a beaded edge from PB, and a brown dinner plate from the clearance in Pier One.  1.24

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The taupe colored plate is from CTS.

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Made in Portugal. I loved the edge.

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Not bad, huh?  I have some soup bowls I got from a previous visit to the Tree, but not that price!

The pretty leaf plate is also from CTS, 1.99.

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These ceramic pheasants are from Pottery Barn.  I am not birdy, { and that would be double NO on roosters :)  } decor wise that is, but the price was really right, birdseed, so I bought them a few years ago.

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The centerpiece is a candle holder from Michaels with some mums poked in.

Fall fruit scatters. Black stemmed glasses,  Pflaltzgraff clearance,  5 years ago.

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Shades of brown Buffalo checked napkins are  held by a gold leaf from Pottery Barn.

The flatware is trimmed in gold by Wallace.

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The place card holders match the napkin rings and are from PB.

The amber votives with  a leaf charm are from CTS.  3/$1

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This amber bubble glass pitcher is from the Pfaltzgraff clearance store 5 years ago.  I bought 4 of them, and gave them away.  They were  .96!!  Seriously!

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All the PB purchases were from the outlet, and on sale.  You know I won't buy it unless the price is LOW!

Fall brings a change in the menu too.

I was at the farm stand here and bought a very  large head of red cabbage for $2.49.  They go by the head, not the pound there.

I made sweet and sour red cabbage with apples. Here it is cooking in the pan.

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I used a recipe from all recipes as a guide, but I didn't follow it closely.  Are you surprised?  :)

Brown onions in some butter, add  chopped apples and saute.  Add the cabbage,  a handful  of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and let cook down.  I added a 1/4 cup of apricot liqueur  as it simmered.  I let it cook on low for about an hour.  Much better than the kind in the jar! It was really good.

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I served it with pork schnitzel, and baked buttered crumb noodles. Chunky applesauce on the side.

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A good Fall dinner, and very economical too!

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I hope you enjoyed your visit, do come back to see who wins!  Thanks!

I am joining Susan for Tablescape ThursdayGollum for Foodie Friday,  Sherry for Open House Thursday, and Diann for Thrifty Things Friday

Happy Fall you all! Or as we say in New Yawk,  Happy Fall  youse guys!  :)

74 comments:

  1. Your table is lovely. All the colors and the acorns and pheasants really make it sparkle. I'm with you, however, two pheasants are fun, a zoo full is not. I am a follower!

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  2. Pretty tablescape! I have the same leaf plates. You always amaze me with the bargains that you find. I love the amber pitcher!

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  3. Everything is so beautifully thought out...as always. I love those buffalo plaid napkins. What a great give away. I'm glad that I'm a follower...give away or not. Thank you for sharing another lovely design. Cherry Kay

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  4. 29 cents....I have got to find me a store like that! I need that pan...it would match my tablescape with my squirrels and acorns!!

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  5. Your fall table is perfect...I love all the colors. You have it nailed!! I like how you did your centerpiece and your dishes are lovely!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. I love all the shades of brown with the black...for some reason brown is my color for fall this year. I really like the big bold plaid napkins.
    Nice giveaway...think I would get a lot more use out of it than those little 2-piece walnut molds from KA a number of years back!

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  7. Beautiful tablescape Kathleen, love the leaf plates from Portugal, (what a bargain!!) the plaid napkins are great! The centerpiece is lovely, such fabulous elements for this fall table you've used! The food looks yummy, I just did a red cabbage dish yesterday, but I'm gonna try yours too. Thank you so much for the great and generous giveaways, love the acorn pan! Thank you for the chance, hope I win, LOL! Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  8. Oh Kathleen, you know I am drooling over the amazing bargains sitting on this table! Yes, a little dish envy" going on here! Everything looks beautiful. The acorn pan is awesome as are the napkin rings. Thanks for the chance to win! Of course, I am already a follower.
    Last night I was going through an old "Frugal Gourmet" cookbook, and bookmarked a recipe very similar to your red cabbage recipe here. It sounds so good!

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  9. I don't know what to write about first! The meal. the table setting, the giveaway, it is all gawjuss, simply gawjuss......but you don't like birds?! Fuhgeddaboudit How do you feel about dawgs?? :) xo

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  10. Kathleen -- your deals are unbelievable!! and you do a fabulous job of putting those deals into the most wonderful tables -- I'd love to eat with you BUT I'd rather shop with you :)

    The giveaway is sweet indeed. I have been following forevah :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  11. your table is so lovely. I love Christmas tree shop. please put me in for your give away. I am acorn hollow and that acorn pan would have a good home.
    Cathy

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  12. I think the acorn cakelet pan is awesome! Sweet giveaway from a sweet blogger!

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  13. What a pretty table and I love your dinner! Pork Snitzel and cabbage is a favorite here too! I can't believe that pitcher! just beautiful.

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  14. Very interesting colors. I love those napkin rings and place card holders. That must have been from before I knew you! I'm guessing those are the leaf plates you got yesterday? They look great. I'll have to dig mine out.

    - The Tablescaper

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  15. Very cozy and warm Fall table, like the color combo. Love those leaf
    napkin rings, so cute!

    That acorn cake pan is really cool too, loved the cute lil acorn muffins.

    Hope you are doing well.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  16. Your fall tablescape is lovely and I can't believe what a bargain shopper you are. It all looks very expensive.
    I am a new "follower" but have been enjoying your blog for some time.
    dgmills@tampabay.rr.com

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  17. This is really beautiful! I don't usually go for brown tones, but it looks great with the black!

    Food looks delish! Cabbage made my mouth water!

    Katherine

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  18. Your food is inspired -- I love cooking this way.

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  19. Love your deals! Your table is beautiful! The colors are great.Thanks for sharing.Wish I could find some of your deals!JoAnn

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  20. How nice of you to have an awesome giveaway again, Kathleen. Your table is beautiful! I need those brown dinner plates. You'll see why on my tablescape next week...Christine

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  21. I am a faithful, faithful follower! I just love the leaf plate and the leaf napkin ring. I would love this adorable acorn pan. I had to smile because your newest follower's icon is an ACORN!
    Come sign up for my giveaway too!

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  22. I love your table set....and you're right it seems to be still Summer!!! Hugs, Flavia

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  23. You always find the best deals for your tables Kathleen!
    I love the colors here...and I hope I win, that is so cute that pan!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  24. Lovin' your first fall table K! All of the browns are very pretty together and the leaf plate is great! Please count me in for your fun give-away, I could put that cut little pan to work:@)

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  25. You introduced fall very well! I have the leaf plates from CTS but mine are red. I love those buffalo plaid napkins. What a great give away. Glad to be a follower.

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  26. Your post made me feel cool and ready for Fall this morning! I loved everything you did, totally awesome! Love, Love the pan...I collect them and use them for "girl" parties! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. I am follower #499! I was hoping for 500 but someone needed to be 499 so there could be a #500! Lol! Love your blog . . . And thanks to you, I am no a CTSaholic!

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  28. I love your Fall table, I'm happy for the weather to finally start cooling off! Dinner looks good, perfect for the season.

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  29. I love your combination of the blacks and browns. Such a beautiful table you've set! I have been a follower of your blog for a while. Thanks for the opportunity to win that pan for making acorn-shaped things. So cute!

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  30. I thought I was a follower but I didn't see myself so I clicked to follow.:-) Would love to have an acorn pan.

    Love your table, as always, Kathleen!

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  31. Good morning! My husband would absolutely love being at your house for that meal. He is crazy about German food. Your table is, as always, a work of art, very sophisticated this time.

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  32. Very inspiring....shows that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful table!

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  33. Yum, yum. That's my idea of a wonderful fall meal, every single bit of it! It's hard to believe fall starts tomorrow and we are having the hottest weather of the summer right now. I'm ready to move on to fall colors and recipes.

    Nice giveaway, Kathleen. As always, I have my fingers crossed.

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  34. What a meal! I am so happy fall is here! Red cabbage, schnitzel and noodles....sorry I didn't have a fork handy! :-)

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  35. Your table looks lovely, but as much as I can't fight it, I am not ready to give up my summer! Though the weather sure hasn't been too summery!

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  36. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

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  37. I wish I could share some of our cooler weather with you and I'd gladly take some summer temps again.

    I love that acorn pan! What a great giveaway, Kathleen.

    Your red cabbage sounds delicious! I've love to try your recipe - a perfect side for pork. Very pretty table. I especially like the plaid napkins and leaf rings. Happy fall to youse - LOL.

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  38. Ypu never cease to amaze me at your bargains. The dinner does look so warm and comfy!

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  39. Nothing like a good schnitzel! This brings back fond memories of when I ate this in Vienna on a snowy night. Ahhh . . . I never get those bargains at CTS or Pfaltzgraff. I have to go shopping with you! Yeah for Fall!

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  40. I have those same pheasant s&p shakers. I on the other hand LOVE to decorate with pheasants. The more the merrier for fall. Would love that acorn pan - love to bake up treats like that.

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  41. Glad to follow. I love your blog and the many wonderful ideas!

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  42. i just LUV how your buffalo check napkins tie ALL of the colors of your wonderful table together...one more CK masterpiece. And I guess you must have ESP because I too am using ACORNS for all my fall decor this year...just to change up from the ubiquitous pumpkins (...still luv pumpkins,too!!) been a follower for quite some time... thx for sharing your talents..

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  43. You kill me, girl! "...that would be double NO on roosters..."!!! Too funny!!! I'm going to have to sign you up for "Def Comedy Jam" or to open for Seinfeld! :-) You know, it's really weird but I just never thought about a rooster being a bird. Crazy, huh? I need therapy! You got some incredible bargains!!!!! I can't believe the price of those plates!!! I know I get some pretty good deals, but never anything THAT good!!! LOVE the buffalo check napkins in that color!!!!!!!!!! Now about this red cabbage....it looks bright PINK when you cook it!!! I have never seen red cabbage cooked before! I have a big pot of green cabbage on the stove right now for dinner, but I have never considered cooking red cabbage! I learn something new all the time! Have a great weekend, Kathleen!!!!!!

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  44. Your post is proof that taste trumps cost! Love the acorn pan and can imagine making chocolate acorns with tops dipped in pecans.
    Thank you for your good ideas!

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  45. And yet again, I leave here thinking that I would love to sit at one of your tables. You have both elements, beautiful design and (always) creativity, and tempting stuff to go ON the dishes.

    I love the plaid napkins, especially against the leaf plates.

    I'm a follower... with or without a giveaway.

    (But the giveaway is mighty nice!)

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  46. Kathleen, first let me say that I love your Fall blog header. It just seemed to jump off the screen at me tonight -- in a good way! :-)

    Beautiful tablescape this week as usual. Such wonderful color combo with the black added!

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  47. I've never known anyone that can buy so cheap and do up a table so lovely. Just blows my skirt up !!

    Beautiful giveaways.
    xo bj

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  48. Wow, I think .29 for a plate is the cheapest I've ever seen! Good for you! Your table is beautiful!

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  49. You do find those amazing bargains! I'm in awe.

    Love the tablescape. I like how you decorated the pumpkin candle holder and I might have to borrow that idea since I have one of these. Your dish stack looks great and the napkin goes beautifully.

    Your dinner menu looks and sounds delicious. It inspires me to create it and very soon, too!

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  50. Kathleen, I just love this. I thought I had commented on this post earlier, but in case I haven't, your things are so neat! I always love seeing what you do.

    Sending you warm hugs in return, both now and throughout the fall...

    XO,

    Sheila

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  51. Happy autumn Kathleen! It will begin as a rainy day here.

    I love the leaf plates and the pretty orange pitcher. As always you make every table seting look so pretty.

    This pan is so cute! I was so surprised that William Sonoma didn't come out with some new fall baking pans this year.

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  52. Kathleen, you are killing me with all those CTS bargains. It is like rubbing salt in my wounds because we don't have that store. Come on -- 29 cents for that beautiful taupe plate. And then there is the food -- you are making me hungry with the pork schnitzle (sp) -- looks like fitting fall meal! Love to be entered in your giveaway. Joni

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  53. The tablesetting with it's fall motif was already awesome, and then you threw in a yummy meal. Oh, I am ready for cool weather now.

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  54. 29 cents???? I can't believe it! Your table looks gorgeous as always! :D

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. It is very generous, and I love the little acorn baking pan! Too, too cute, and I would certainly use it!

    (((hugs))),
    Ricki Jill

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  55. Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway.. I would love that pan or the napkin rings.. Love love this table for fall. Every element is perfect with the next.. great napkins and rings - wow.. also love the placemat.. xo marlis

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  56. Such a cool pan. I hope I win!

    something frugal at yahoo dot com

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  57. I was going to become a follower anyway! I discovered you through Cozy Little House - I live on Long Island also and am retired. Love your place settings! And the meal you prepared looks like something my German mom used to make! - Lana www.lifeatwildberrycottage.com

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  58. I was feeling hungry and wanted to stop by...just to torture myself...
    looks delicious.
    Making a fancy dessert to bring to a party tomorrow...well it's not fancy but complicated.
    Happy Fall,
    Carole
    ps..if it comes out good I'll share the recipe.

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  59. Wow those are some low prices! And happy fall to everyone. Richard

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  60. Wonderful giveaway. I think your table is beautiful but the food stole the show! Personally I would straight for those noodles. Looks delish. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  61. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Please put my name in the hat I would love the acorns. . .so cute! Of course I am a follower.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  62. What a wonderful autumn table!! I'm ready for fall and your meal looks delicious. Been a follower for quite a while and am always amazed at the bargains you find!!! Never happens to me!

    Thanks for adding me to your pool for your fabulous giveaway. Very generous and the acorn pan is adorable!

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  63. Love your tablescape and great findings! :) The giveaway prizes are nice. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  64. That acorn pan is adorable Red cabbage is a favourite here; haven't prepared in a long time. You really get great bargains. Wish we had a pottery barn.
    Rita

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  65. Beautiful table. Love, love those napkin rings. I also have the pumpkin candle holder - it is so cute. Found you from No Minimalist Here - and your newest follower.

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  66. Well, Kathleen you have once again given us another beautiful tablescape, and with all my favorite colors too. Portugal always has beautiful dinnerware, and pottery.
    The menu is very inviting,especially since I haven't eaten this morning. (been on the computer)`smiling~

    Do you see my hand raised saying "pick me, pick me". lol. Thank you for the chance to receive such thoughtful and timing gifts.
    As always i enjoy your tablescapes so much
    Sue

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  67. P.S. I thought I was a follower, since you are already on my sidebar.just went and checked and wasn't, so I am now officially a follower.
    Thanks.
    Sue

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  68. OMG that food looks amazing I am so going to make this meal soon!

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  69. Beautiful table setting! I wish I could make a nice table setting at my home but with a 3 year old it would only look nice about 10 seconds before it would be all mixed up. Thanks for the giveaway too I'm a follower :)
    sgrantrn(at)live(dot)com

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  70. Your table is wonderful! I have been trying to get into "Fall mode" and looking at all the colors and patterns on your table (not to mention your beautiful header) are very inspiring! I love Fall and hoping the leaves start turning beautiful colors here in the next few weeks!
    And - thanks so much for sharing your CTS finds. I never would have visited the one here until I saw one of your older posts with the watermelon theme. I love that store! Thanks Kathleen!

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  71. Beautiful Fall tablescape Kathleen. Love those buffalo check napkins. I'm adding coming up to go shopping with you to my bucket list! You find the best stuff. laurie

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  72. Hi Kathleen, Thank you for sharing your pretty Fall tablescape at the Open House party. I love German food so of course this is right up my alley. The little acorn pan is so cute and the napkin rings have such beautiful colors. Throw my name in the hat and of course I am a follower.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  73. Hi Kathleen, thanks so much for leaving such sweet comments over on my blog!! I wanted to come over to your site and visit you! The Dollar Tree table was so much fun to make. You just never know what you will find at that place. Ours actually had really pretty dishes and glassware. I love the tablescape that you created here...very pretty! I am now following you and I hope you will follow back! Many blessings to you!

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