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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Simple Fall Centerpiece and Southwestern Corn Chowder

First I wanted to show you how I made a simple fall centerpiece,   then I have a yummy recipe for Southwestern Corn Chowder for you.

I planned a hearty soup for H and I to enjoy on the porch and I wanted a quick fall centerpiece for the table.

These metal compartment thingy's are so are only limited by your imagination as to what you can use one for.   I picked this one up at HL when their metal was 50% was about $15 on sale.

  I thought about filling it with candles and then I changed my mind and didn't put the candles away before I took my photo.

I wanted to share one of my  little tricks with you.    I didn't have enough buttons to fill a compartment,  so I stuffed some paper towel in the bottom of the compartment,  added a piece of crochet and a FEW buttons.    

I did the same thing with my white buttons.

I filled my compartments with a  assortment of fall things......pine cones,  fall berries,  white pumpkins

To add more interest and texture to my centerpiece,   I added some twine,  pieces of lace,  and a small wasp nest.
Now that my centerpiece is done,   I can set the table for lunch.   

I used a square ceramic place for the charger,   a pretty plaid paper plate (for the corn bread)  and a bowl of yummy chowder

I found this recipe in a recent yard sale cook book.    

I followed the recipe pretty close......I didn't puree my sweet potatoes because I wanted the chowder to be as chunky as possible.      I really liked the flavor that the sage and cumin added .    

You can see our garage-sale-mobile parked in the drive way..       We bought it new in 2003 and it has hauled many a yard sale treasure in it's life!


  1. Penny I'm a soup lover! I serve it at every dinner party, this is an unusual recipe with the sweet potatoes, putting it in my recipe file! ♥

  2. Penny that recipe looks delish, copied and will try next week. Soupalicious...Thanks, Sandi

  3. Penny, how lovely is everything you do!! Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  4. You can do pretty things!!! Everything so lovely

  5. Penny,
    That is one great display piece that you bought and you are so right with the possibilites on how you could use it be endless!! I love what you did with this display!! So pretty!!

  6. I love how the container came together Penny. I do the paper towel trick as well. :) The chowder sounds good with the sweet potato. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. That is a neat holder and I just love how you have decorated it! I am not a soup person, never have cared for soup.

  8. Your metal caddy is will displayed with so many charming little touches!!! I love how you used a very pretty paper plate for your table setting! I would have never thought of doing something like that!!!

  9. I love this fall centerpiece, thanks for sharing! I've picked this as my feature this week over at Friday Favorites. I hope you come back to link up again this week!

  10. What a pretty tablescape!! I love the buttons!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!

  11. This is such a pretty table and the centerpiece is great! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!


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