Oct 10, 2012

Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pretzel Bread, and Table Decor Tips

Don and I traveled to Tallahassee this past weekend to see our girl.  She was riding in the first show of the season at FSU, and we wanted to be there to support her and the team.  Madison won her class! She pointed out of her division and qualified for the Regional show at the end of the year!  Way to go Mads!! The team did very well all around. Everyone came home with a ribbon, and they were high point team for the day!  Go Bees!! Thank you FSU and Little Pond Farm for hosting a great show!!

Last year we were fortunate to be able to attend all the shows with the exception of one. We always made sure to bring goodies for the team, so they've come to look forward to seeing us. This mom knows how to get in good with these college kids <big grin>

When it comes to setting out food for a crowd, I always like to make the table look pretty. I keep a storage bin ready to go with table linens, napkins, plates, utensils, etc.  I toss in some seasonal or team related decorations and I'm always ready for a party!

This past weekend we took along some fall decorations for the table as well as made sure to have some black and yellow accents for the team colors. The fondant bees add a nice touch as well - SCAD's mascot is a Bee (Art the Bee)

Most decorations I find at the dollar store, so I don't spend a lot. To save money on table linens I buy discount fabric and I use iron on fabric tape to create hems. It is cheap and easy for this non-sewing girl!  Another money saving tip is to be on the lookout for baskets that go on clearance. They are a quick and easy way to dress up a table and the goodies. They travel well too!

The table looked so festive

Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes!

These pumpkin cupcakes are easy to make and delicious. They taste just like a pumpkin pie! I cheated a little and purchased some buttercream frosting from the bakery. Because these were going to be outside the cream cheese frosting wouldn't hold up, but I look forward to making these again with the frosting that is in the recipe - it sounds like a perfect pairing!!

So happy to be partnering with Karo Syrup this month for my allrecipes.com Brand Ambassador program! Karo Syrup, Argo, and Fleischmann's brands are making for a very tasty month!!

I also made these yummy pretzel rolls as part of my monthly activities. These are perfect for sandwiches and they traveled well too! 

They are fairly easy to make using Fleischmann's Rapid Rise Yeast. TIP: Don't skip the boiling part - it is essential to getting the pretzel flavor in these rolls! Also, be sure to measure the water and baking soda according to the amounts in the recipe. If you use less water these will turn out too salty. If you use less baking soda they won't have that salty pretzely flavor

this is Mikey. Because we had a table full of food - he decided to be our friend for the day!

High Point Team!

Fondant Bees for the SCAD Bees


  1. Enjoyed reading. Congratulations to your daughter!

  2. Just lovely Marion! What a wonderful spread and the table looked beautiful.

    1. Thanks, Valerie! This was the only picture I was able to get before they dug in haha. When we put lunch out a little later I tried to get another picture, but no luck haha

  3. Sounds like it was a lot of fun! Great blog!

    1. It was Beckie! Thanks! I did leave out how HOT it was! I think it was the hottest day of the year! We were all fighting for shade under the one lone tree on the spectator side of the arena!! But I hadn't seen (or hugged) Madison in about 6 weeks, so it's all worth it ;o)


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