Autumn in the Butler Pantry

September 30, 2021

The Last day of September!

And, I’m baffled how the months just seem to fly by.

This has been an odd summer. First, the miserable heat. Second, the lack of rain, third, the terrible amount of smoke from our neighboring state, and the sinus infections that I have suffered from as a result. The list could continue, but I will stop there. I need to look at the sunny side!

I wanted to share with you a little autumn styling in the pantry.

The side you see when the barn door is open.

The butler side of my pantry is all about my collections on display.

Open storage display.

Shelves filled with my collection of white serve ware.

This is a little favorite spot for styling dishes for the season.

All year long there are various dishes on display and for autumn- metals and pumpkins are in the rotation.

I love a collected feel!

A Charming Collection

I gathered up the white dishes, stacks of plates, platters, bowls, teacups and more.

The pitchers and cake stands are all stacked on the shelves where vintage and new mingle side by side. By keeping the color scheme all one color, it creates a charming display while storing all of those pieces used everyday and on occasion. I used the concept of grouping similar items together.

All the cake stands and all the pitchers together.

I’ve mingled the few pieces of copper that I have collected along with my collection of white for my autumn decor. I love to sprinkle a touch of those warm tones with the pale neutral colors.

The pieces of copper add additional warmth and brightness.

Copper just might be a new obsession.

I have become such a fan of metals for the autumn season. It is so easy to incorporate those delicious tones into your decor. And the best part is- that when you aren’t using those pretty little mugs or copper pots- you can enjoy them on display.

Charming baskets are a favorite way to store items and keep them tucked away while keeping them easily accessible.

For me, autumn doesn’t always have to be in the traditional orange tones. 

I do love a few traditional orange pumpkins tucked in among the mums outdoors on the porch. 

Harvest Banner

 My harvest banner was made by me.

I saw this and copied. Well, you know? When your budget is short, you do the next best thing. I think this is a form of flattery to the original.

This is just another way that I have added a touch of autumn decor to my space.

Create a sense of beauty even in the mundane.

Stack Something

Stacks of plates and serve ware.

Anything else that stacks. This is a simple one- but something I have found to really work when it comes to open shelves. Often we just think of setting this on a shelf – but how it is set on the shelf can make a difference. Stacking things like plates or bowls adds height. Stacks add visual appeal and interest.

Storage can do double duty and be as pretty as it is practical.

A collection of wine stems tucked here and there.

Bring in The Metal

Silver. Gold. Copper. Or brass. And then repeat it so that it ties the various shelves and elements together. 

Real and Faux

I used a real and faux pumpkins throughout the open shelves for that touch of autumn…

added some golden grasses to a top pitcher for more texture and contrast.

Collect everything at a slow and steady pace.

This little space is a somewhat bright spot and it just tells me to decorate. I’ve shown it a couple of times in my blogging, but Autumn just seems to be the most natural to dress it up a with.

I hope you enjoyed my autumn decor in my very neutral pantry.

This is where I share a little bit of my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’.

Mom’s Fresh Apple Cake

Monday, September 20, 2021

Friends fall is here! Literally days away!

I’m so excited to be in the kitchen baking my Mom’s Fresh Apple Cake.


This cake recipe came from my mom’s kitchen – so this is a special and unique cake!

I hope you enjoy and give this recipe a try.

I will be sure to share all my tips here for your baking success.

Here is the Recipe:

Written by Mom –

Tip 1:

Use Granny Smith green apples


  • 3 -4 large Granny Smith Apples (4 cups diced apples – peeled, not chopped too fine)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves


  • -Cream oil and sugars, add beaten eggs and vanilla.
  • -Sift together dry ingredients, add to sugar mixture and stir/mix well until well blended. (This batter is very sticky)
  • -Fold in apples (I added my chopped apples to the cake batter while using my mixer)
  • -Bake in 9×13 pan @ 350 degrees until tested done
  • -When cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

-1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 

-1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened 

-1 tsp. vanilla 

-1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar (about 4 cups)

Let’s Make It!

-Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended.

-Add powdered sugar gradually, beating after each addition until blended and creamy.

Serve Your Dessert:

Serve your dessert to guests with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I hope you enjoy my apple recipes coming at you for fall.

Rustic Jute Twine Pumpkins

September 15, 2021

A rustic fall DIY done on dime and in less that 30 minutes.

You know me, I’m all about rustic!

These little jute twine pumpkins fit that bill!

Are you ready for autumn?

Ready for some quick autumn decor done with twine string?

These jute twine pumpkins were created from supplies that I already had on hand.

Here Is What You Need:

-Jute twine

-cinnamon sticks

-hot glue gun


-foliage, leaves to decorate

That’s It!

Most of us DIYers already have these items stashed in our pantry or craft supplies.

Here’s How to Make The Rustic Jute Pumpkin:

Step 1:

Wrap the twine around 4 of your fingers 20 times.

Wrap the jute around your 4 fingers 20x like this.

Step 2:

Using a small cut section of jute twine, wrap the piece of twine through the middle of the coil of twine and tie it off.

Tied off section –

Make 5 to 6 of these sections. Depending on how full you want your twine pumpkin.

Step 3:

Glue the section to a cinnamon stick, twig, or a pumpkin stem.

One roll attached to the cinnamon stick

Step 4:

Glue the 5 sections to the cinnamon stick – stem.

The final product – Embellish as you wish.

How cute is that!

Oh, I love this time of year!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY and it inspires you to create your own.

A little wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’

An Apple A Day – A Baked Apple Oatmeal Treat

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

Labor Day seems to mark the end of summer.

With that being said, fall is just around the corner.

And you know what that means???

Apples, pumpkins, early morning frost, and falling leaves, and maybe some baked apple treats coming your way.

Even though the temperatures are in the high 90’s … Yes, and it’s still HOT, I’m thinking cooler weather and autumn desserts.

Today, I wanted to share a dessert or a breakfast – depending on how and when you serve it.

This is an oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts stuffed into a delicious apple (I used a Honey Crisp) and baked (or any big delicious apple of your choosing) . This is a simple recipe that is so easy to make. I found the recipe here while browsing Courtney Allison’s beautiful blog at French Country Cottage.

While I love to try fresh new recipes and my husband loves apple pie,

I had to try it- and we thought it was good enough to share.

So you are aware, I adapted the recipe to our liking.

Here Is What You Need – Ingredients

2 – 4 apples 

1 cup rolled oats 

1/4 cup brown sugar 

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/4 cup butter

Fresh Bluberries

chopped walnuts or pecans

caramel topping for drizzle (optional)

vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions –

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Core each apple making a large well in the center and arrange apples on a baking dish/pie plate

(Save some of the apple meat to add to you oat mixture)

Mix oats, the1/4 c brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Cut in the butter until evenly combined. (I softened the butter a bit before adding it to the oat mixture.)

This is the apple crumble with oats, cinnamon, apple chunks, and butter combined.

Spoon the oat mixture into each apple.

Sprinkle with brown sugar and walnuts.

Bake @350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Bake the apples until they are tender for approximately 30 minutes,

or until the filling is lightly brown and bubbling.

Piping hot. Fresh out of the oven.

Here Is What We Did: As a Dessert –

We drizzled warm caramel over the top and served the warm apple with vanilla ice cream.

My husband contributed his ideas and likings to this recipe.

So delicious and good!

For Breakfast –

 Top with fresh blueberries, serve and enjoy!

A blueberry topped breakfast treat.

Maybe a little on the healthier side;)

This is a delicious apple crumble recipe with oats, cinnamon, and a buttery crisp stuffed in an apple.

A perfect fall comfort food.

Seriously a delicious and fun treat.

I hope you get a chance to make this delicious dessert/breakfast treat.

Weekend Roundup – Home on the Range

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Welcome to the weekend roundup.

When I was growing up in Northern Nevada it was quite common to see the Basque herders moving their sheep from grazing range to grazing range.

So on our mountain travels to the high country, in the Jarbidge Mountains, I had to stop and take some photos of this nostalgic sight.

 Sheepherding in Northern Nevada arrived around 1841 when it was said that the first domestic sheep had traveled with wagon trains on their way to California.

During the gold rush, thousands of sheep were driven to California, across Nevada, to feed the miners. So this is a pretty old tradition and profession.

Herding Into The Sunset

On our way home around Charleston, Nevada this caught my eye.

Trailing the sheep home towards the winter range.

Just riding drag.

In summer the herders keep the sheep moving to fresher grazing and water everyday.

A herder and his dogs

Not only are sheep dogs great companions, sheep dogs are essential to the herder by protecting the sheep from predators and are great herders themselves.

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This dog got a little excited when we slowed down for me to take photos. Needless to say, I didn’t get out of the vehicle while he was around.

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Even though I wanted to make friends with this pretty guy, I thought best not to since his job is protecting the sheep and they take their jobs seriously.

Beautiful dog!

Part of the Job

This herder (on horseback) is packing a lamb.

Maybe the lamb just got tired and laid down, so it’s given a ride.

Packing a lamb horseback might be a preferred qualification and responsibility.

Sheep graze in the Nevada mountains in the summer and Nevada deserts in the winter.

Keeping the flock together

The Flock

Sheep have always played an important role in the economic history of Nevada.

Family-run sheep ranches, large and small, have been and continue to be valued businesses in rural areas of the state.

I can even say that sheep have been a part of my rural heritage.

Range Grazing

Whether its sheep or cows, range land grazing is essential to the environment.

Sheep and cows clean up the grasses – grasses make great fuel for range land fires. Range land grazing helps reduce/eliminate the risk of fires.

We spent the day in Jarbidge visiting friends, eating, yard sailing, and taking in the sights of this small town. I think my favorite part of my trip is taking in this view of the sheep traveling to their new grazing area.

I hope these traditions never get lost!

Traditions have a very special way of keeping favorite memories forever in our hearts.”

I hope you enjoyed my weekend sights!