In lieu of Friday Flowers this week, I thought you all might like this recipe for Cranberry Sauce.. I’ve blogged about it before, but it is just THAT GOOD that you must see it again! And to all my new subscribers, or those passing through here, this is the BEST I have ever made. So take a look:
I  L- O- V- E  cranberry sauce.
But it must have the whole cranberries in it… none of the jellied stuff for me.
 I found this recipe on several years ago. This cranberry sauce is crunchy, tart, freezes well, and is always a huge hit at the table. It’s easy to make….once you find some cherry or black cherry cider. I did try the cranberry juice cocktail once but found it was too sweet and just didn’t have enough taste. The cherry cider, or juice, is perfect. Dried cherries are available in most specialty stores; they cost more than dried cranberries, but go for it as they make a huge difference.
First, to find the cranberries.
Fresh Market has them floating in a “bog”! What a great idea. So, I scooped up about a pound and took them home.
If you can’t find cranberries from a “bog”, then your ingredients will look like this:
To make it simple and easy for you I’ve copied the recipe here:

Believe me, this is as good as it gets! Let me know if you try and how you like it.



This is how it all started:

A friend gave me cuttings from her gorgeous, healthy gardenia bush. She was about to bring it inside for the winter and said sure, you can take some cuttings. So I researched the best way to **try** to get them to take root and actually grow.

You can read ALL ABOUT the process in my post of October, 2015:
How to Root Gardenias: Friday Flowers

I even have a video there to show you the way.


And here, my friends, is one of those cuttings two years later!
Yes, it takes quite a while. After about six months, when there were roots showing in the glass bottle, I transplanted the gardenia to a small pot with potting soil. It grew…slowly. I put it outside for the summers and brought it inside for the winters.

This past summer, when the plant was about 15 months old, it really took off.
As you can see, it is happy!


This second plant was difficult to photograph with the green pot in the background. But you can see it is taller and not as full as above, but still doing very well.

This one is in a large outdoor planter (see the Acuba on lower right?) so I may try it outside for the winter. I can always cover it on very cold nights. And I’ll report back here!

I am, as they say, “tickled pink” that this actually worked! If you live near me and want a cutting, I’ll be happy to supply you with one. Actually, the original plant has had some problems with the leaves turning yellow at the end of the summer season. So this year I gave it Iron Chelate and it absolutely cured it!! So if you are having the same problem, I highly recommend investigating this solution.



While I am not a fan of decorating my house with autumn decor,  I do have autumn flowers around (surprise, surprise!) and maybe, just maybe, a few white pumpkins. But that is the extent of it.

However, there is something appealing about an autumn wreath. When done well they can be lovely; but let’s try to keep it in mostly live materials. Some faux berries or a few silk leaves will be tolerated… but dried flowers, berries, leaves and grasses are the best.

Here are a few ideas I’ve gathered for you. Many of the best products are available from vendors on Etsy: there is a huge variety both in terms of price and design. So take a look:

From 100% live materials HERE


Another totally alive beauty HERE


Here is a company I found on Houzz:
The Magnolia Company

This is stunning! Their items are fresh, picked daily! Find it HERE


How about this beauty, also from The Magnolia Company:
The Turkey Pheasant Wreath!

Available HERE


Another natural and dried materials HERE



This is definitely cool: made from dried Pennycress and birch twigs HERE


A beauty…and one that could easily transition into the Christmas season HERE


Another dramatic dried materials wreath that could span the seasons HERE


I’ll close with this lovely, understated and sophisticated autumn wreath from
Leave it to Terrain to come up with something unusual: the Sunset Protea Wreath. Just in case I haven’t told you before, this is one of my most favorite places to shop, either in person (hard to get to…) or on line. To say I like just about everything in this store is an understatement. I had done a post with a slide show all about
my visit to the suburban Philadelphia store.

Available HERE

What do you think? Are you going to order one of these? Are you going to go to the Terrain site?  Do you decorate for autumn in your house?