Thanks for making my day by SHARING!!

Good Morning, my friends.

I hope you are enjoying the first couple days of Fall (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). This is the time of year for those of us in the mid-Atlantic where we will have sweatpants and sweatshirts one day and t-shirts and shorts the next!

But the days are becoming shorter and nights are cooler and I am in my happy place!

Let’s talk about ways to use what we have today…

If, like me, your garden is filled with green tomatoes, consider making this Shrimp and Grits recipe. We had mom over for dinner last night and used up several green tomatoes in this delicious dish! In fact, I told Terry we will be having it again within the next week or so as we still have green tomatoes and the only thing I’ll have to buy is the shrimp. Speaking of the shrimp, if you have a Fresh Market near you, they have been having specials on peeled and deveined shrimp for the past several Fridays…check it out.

In my quest to reduce food costs and food waste, I am really focused on using what I have in my kitchen and garden as opposed to heading to the grocery store to buy everything.

If your garden is still producing jalapenos, consider putting up jars of this Jalapeno Wine Jelly. This recipe also has the added benefit of using up a some white wine that maybe you don’t enjoy drinking and will make great gifts this holiday.

With the arrival Oyster Season, it’s a great time to put those oyster shells to use! Consider one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE DIYS…this oyster shell mirror. It really is not hard to make, you just need a bunch of oyster shells and a good adhesive. If you want to start with a smaller project, consider these oyster shell clusters.

If you are someone you know enjoys those Starbucks Frappucinos, save the bottles for these candles.

Have some old windows laying about? We made this coldframe several years ago and it is getting ready to house my ferns over the winter.

And if you have a neglected cutting board, or happen across one, this post will detail how to restore and old cutting board.

If you have cotton yarn in your yarn stash, consider knitting up washcloths for giving this holiday season. They are a great stash buster!

With the outdoor table done, I am turning my attention to our two bedrooms upstairs. They both desperately need some TLC…and several coats of paint. So, if you need me, you know where to find me!

Wishing you a wonderful day and week.

Many hugs,


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