Monday, August 18, 2008

Fall Decor Before & After and Maple-Glazed Chicken With Sweet Potatoes Recipe



I spray painted it black, stuffed it with newspaper, topped that with moss, added some feathers, stuck the pumpkin on top and added a festive fall bow:

I got the feathering my pumpkin idea from Chris at Just A Girl, she put a pumkin in a feathered nest, how cute is that! Thanks, Chris!

Tom Turkey is from The Dollar Tree, isn't he so sweet? I know, it's too early for Thanksgiving, but he is too cute to put away:

Side Table in Dining Room, I added a small lamp, but will do something bigger when I can. I bought a couple of these lamps at Michael's on clearance for $5, they might still have some:

OK, so now that you are all ready for fall, here is a new recipe that I am going to try this week. It is from the September, 2008 Better Homes & Garden magazine:

Maple-Glazed Chicken With Sweet Potatoes

1 1-lb. 8-oz. pkg refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes (I bought Bob Evans brand)

1 lb. chicken breast tenderloins

2 tsp. steak grilling seasoning blend, such as Montreal (I use McCormick)

2 Tbsp. butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup sliced green onions (I will use chives from my garden)

1. Prepare sweet potatoes in microwave oven according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, lightly coat chicken with steak seasoning. Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken. Cook 5 to 6 minutes until no longer pink (170 F), turning once halfway through cooking. Remove from skillet; cover and keep warm. Stir maple syrup into hot skillet; cook 2 minutes. Stir in green onions.

3. Divide chicken and potatoes among 4 plates. Drizzle with maple syrup mixture.


Doesn't that sound yummy? And easy, too, love it!

Have a wonderful week,


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Marie said...

I LOVE what you did with that little green bucket! Too cute! I really like how you decorate. :o) I'm also copying that recipe.... it looks like something my son would LOVE. Right down to the sweet potatoes!

Darlene said...

You did a GREAT job with the bucket. That looks fabulous for the Fall season....too cute and your table is decorated so adorably!!

That recipe sounds good too....I'll have to try it.

nikkicrumpet said...

OH Bella! You did such a beautiful job with that green bucket/vase thingie. What a clever way to use it. I am so impressed...and I bet it makes you smile everytime you see it!

Thanks for the kind comments on my last post. I wasn't even sure it was for those flowers...they are called "hair allium" And I'm glad someone else likes them too! lol

Nikki said...

Bella, great job on the fall decor! So creative! I'm having a hard time thinking about fall yet because it is still so hot.

Strawberry Blonde said...

The bucket turned out amazing!! Looks so great. Very proud. Now, I may borrow that idea, because it is too cute.

Did you make the recipe? How did it turn out? I think I would like it, but my family, I'm not so sure. So, let me know!

-- Brandi

Chris said...

Oh my gosh, Bella, this is adorable!!! I love the little pumpkin in there! Aren't you glad I told you to paint it? Ha ha!

Ms. Tee said...

How adorable! What a good job you did! :)

Screaming Meme said...

I love it! You did a great job!!!!! Screaming meme

Deb said...

Love what you did with the green bucket. Mind if I profile it with the other ideas I find?

Great job with the place cards. Wish I could start fall decorating, but it isn't quite cool enough here yet.

The Berry's Patch said...

I'm drooling. That sounds yummy. I just love that bucket with the feathers and pumpkin. I saw that on Just a Girl and I want to copy as well. What a creative way to use that bucket.

Blanca said...

This turned out really, really good. Job well done.


Susie Harris said...

Hi Miss Bella. Very nice! Did I see some DT pumpkins, smile... gotta love em'

a day in the life of bella said...

I proudly display DT pumpkins on my cake plate on my dining room table...but the pumpkin in this black metal planter thingee is from Walmart. I'm just so uptown chic, I can't stand it! ;)

a day in the life of bella said...

Just wanted to say, I made that recipe tonight and it is a KEEPER! It was fast, easy, and delicious...and my older ds loved it, too, that says ALOT ;)

Jen r. said...

That pumpkin is so cute! Thanks for stoping by for a visit to my mistreamtent! I also love your diningroom in your earlier post too! Love the chandelier! Jen R

Picket said...

Love that black bucket idea...I have a tin bucket that shape in the shed I need to go find! lol I love Fall decorating more than anything...the colors are so deep and rich! That chicken recipe sounds fantastic..great post...beautiful idea and delicious recipe all in one place! lol Have a great night!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Bella,
I LOVE what you did with the green container! It looks wonderful!
And the recipe sounds like something I may have to try!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

hey cute ideal with the bucket. The recipe sounds good , I'll have to try it. And thanks for stopping by !

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Oh your pumpkin bucket is adorable! Very creative of you! And how did you get your Michael's lamp for $5 when I had to pay $7 on clearance missy? :) I bought two of them a few months back and put them on my dresser. They are really cute, wish I had thought to grab a few more to spread around. Your table is looking really festive, makes me yearn for cooler days & sweater weather. Be back soon. ~ Laurie

Amy said...

I never thought of covering chicken with maple syrup - I'll have to try it :-)

abeachcottage said...

oh, love that idea, it turned out great, isn't it fab when that happens

the recipe sounds yum, I'm going to have a go at that one


Self Confessed Lamp Tramp said...

Everything looks so pretty and yummy! So hard to think of fall decorating down here...too hot! But come October, I'll catch the bug!

Meghan said...

That bucket came out too cute!
Love it.
So cha cha!!

Becky said...

Everything looks GREAT!!! Yummo on the recipe too!

Kirstin said...

I love what you did with the bucket and the recipe sounds soo good.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh, I love your before & after! Nice work.

I cracked open the September BH&G this weekend and was loving what I saw. Good stuff. I have to say, the Sept. and Oct. mags are probably my favorites.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Great before & after--turned out great! I love sweet potatoes, so seasonal and so good for you too :).


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Hey, super cute! Glad you linked up this post to inspire the fall nesting!

Oh, the recipe sounds so good. Thanks for sharing!

Happy nesting (I'll be sharing about the giveaway pretty soon!)


Debbie @ said...

I love your before and after! I love the feathers, the pumpkin, the cute little lamp. What a great post. I have a few feathers outside (in the chicken pen) and will have to use them now that you have given me some wonderful inspiration!

Teresa said...

Oh man I'm going to try that for sure- love the bucket idea-
Happy Nesting.

Tricia Anne said...

Hi Bella!
You were my inspiration, through this blog entry, to paint my tall "can" black and am using it in my fall display. :o)
We lost power for 6 hours (huge blessing) and have had some weather off and on. Mainly rain and winds.
Please let me know if you would like for me to pick up some pumpkins - the white ones - at the Dollar store. I really don't mind and I can ship them to you. I do my shopping on Friday and will look in to see if any are left.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Cassie said...

I love what you have done with the spray painted can! I will have to look around my house to see what I can find to do something like it because it is so cute!

Shelia said...

Hi Bella. I'm still enjoying the new look and name of your blog! Oh, how great is your pumpkin bucket! You did a great job in making it look awesome!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Love the pumpkin bucket. I have some little buckets I found at the thrift store. I will have to see if they will work. Great ideas! Jackie

jill said...

Love the bucket. Can't wait to try the recipe ... sounds yummy and oh, so fall-like!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I love the before and after and the fall decorations! That recipe sounds great - I will try it. Thanks!

Elizabeth G. said...

Wow, creative! Thanks for sharing the recipe, too! YUM, YUM!

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