Holidays, Pinterest Challenge, Recipes

A Rosy Valentine’s Cake to Bake

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day, dear friends! If you are coming over for the first time from Carol’s place ~ Bluesky at Home, welcome to my blog, French Ethereal! Our host Cindy from County Road 407 has graciously allowed me to jump in last minute. I had Covid over the past couple of weeks and so happily I feel great now (those vaccines DO work!). I was excited when Cindy gave us our assignment this month to create a simple Valentine’s Day recipe.

Here is mine…

Yes, I used one box cake recipe and it turned out moist, chocolatey and delicious!!

I do make a lot of scratch cakes but this time it was all about making it easy! When we get so busy with life, a simple box cake is the easy way out, my friends.

Just like the box cakes my mother used to bake during my childhood, and I’d sometimes make for my own family, these are basically NO FAIL Betty Crocker and others are tried and true.

Easy peasy, as Cindy herself likes to say!

This baking center is inside our kitchen island. Ever since our first house, I’ve loved putting all of our baking things in one area! So convenient. How about you? Where do you store your baking goodies? What do you put in your kitchen island?

Which cake pan to use?

I have 8″ heart-shaped pans, which I have used in the past, and I have smaller heart-shaped tart tins, too. However, I thought it would be beautiful and fun to our rose bundt pan.

All of the years I was in the Victorian Tea Society in Riverside County, California, I had a couple of friends who had rose pans and their cakes looked so chic when dessert was served.

I was soooo excited when I found one a couple of years ago! It really turns out a stunning cake.

Just spray baking spray all over the inside, add some flour inside and tap it all around and into the grooves of the pan. Dump the excess flour out, bake at the prescribed temperature, and after 42 minutes baking in the oven, this cake was done!

And that’s all there is to this Rosy Valentine’s Cake! If you are starting here with me, we circle back up to Cindy at County Road 407. I know you will love Cindy’s Valentine’s Day extremely cute cherry pastry envelopes recipe idea! Adorable!!! <3

Don’t forget to follow the trail of posts below to see all the great recipes from today’s participants. Lots of fun ideas to create!!

More fun Valentine’s posts to enjoy…

If you’d like to check out some of my past Valentine’s ideas, here are a few to enjoy…

Happy touring, dear friends!

Barb 🙂

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Christmas, Holidays, Home Decor, Recipes

Share Your Style #373

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #373, dear friends!! Sorry this is going up a day late, but I HAD to get a big project done for our Odd Fellows lodge. It’s mostly done, my writing hand is very tired, but it’s just about ready to turn over (the project, that is). So, let’s hop into our features!!!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Sunday Sentiments ~ Our Mary Had a Little Lamb Mantel – and why I chose this title. 🙂

Have you taken down your Christmas displays yet? I always find it a little sad but it is nice to have a clean slate for doing some winter whites in our living room. I’ll share how it looks now with you soon.

I know many of you are still celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with the Festival of Kings, until January 6th, when traditionally the Wise Men showed up to greet the baby Jesus, so there might be a few Christmas posts featured here again. 🙂

Let’s dig in!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

First up this week, we have Debra from Common Ground‘s beautiful hutch filled with Christmas pretties ~ Gathered for Christmas in the Holiday Cupboard.
So pretty!!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shares her holiday cupboard and living room in Christmas finery ~ A Thomas Kincade Tree, Village and the China Cupboard in the Den. You might enjoy her Christmas at Nelson Crest post, too!
new-years-eve-tablesetting-ideas
Our third friend, also named Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz, shared a lovely New Year’s Eve Tablesetting Ideas ~ Isn’t this penguin just the cutest?!!
Chili Mac and cheese recipe
We need something to put on all of our dinner tables this winter! Newcomer
Michelle from The Wooden Spoon Effect brings us a yummy recipe called
Simple Chili Mac Recipe. Perfect for our chilly winter weather! Welcome Michelle!! We are glad you are here. <3
penguin craft image collage with the words penguin name craft
Our second newcomer Sam from Simple Everyday Mom shared this really cute idea to make with your kids and grands!!! Welcome to you as well, Sam!!
So happy you found us here at French Ethereal!
New Year’s Eve In the Smoky Mountains
Vera from Veravise brings us a little New Year’s Eve in the Smoky Mountains ~ great place to visit, if you’ve never been there! This is where I went for my nephew’s wedding a year-and-a-half ago Memorial Day weekend.

And that’s it for this week, friends! A great bunch of holiday and supper recipe ideas, if you haven’t checked out last week’s SYS entries. I love looking back at your ideas and picking something to cook or bake, thank you. <3

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy January, y’all!

Barb 🙂

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Christmas, Holidays

Share Your Style #371

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #371, dear friends! There are just under two weeks until Christmas, can you believe it? Well, we have many wonderful features for you…

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Planting Up Pretty Paperwhites ~ A Quick How-To ~ just a short & sweet post trying these bulbs for the first time!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Penny from Penny’s Treasures paints the town pink in her home this year for the season!
Check out the rest of her ~ Tour of Our Christmas Family Room. Such fun!!!
AWAY IN A MANGER #Jesus #manger #Christmas #StarOfBethlehem #Magi
Grammy Dee from Grammy’s Grid is back with her beautiful Away in a Manger and a song for you! Please stop by and check her very short post out.

Amy from A Day of Small Things shared a walk through A Look Back at Christmas Merry & Bright. Love all these memories!!!
Simple Swedish Meatballs & Shells
Oh my! Christmas time involves lots of special times eating, doesn’t it? Let’s check out this recipe from Estelle from Homemade on a Weeknight ~ Simple Swedish Meatballs & Shells (Pasta). YUM!!!
Debra from Common Ground brings us her shining French Country Christmas Dining Room Part 2. Love the Nativity theme… <3 I think this is my favorite post so far, friends… I love nativities, don’t you?
For a bit of fun… Debbie from Debbie Dabble Blog shared this sweet post ~
A Blue Christmas in the Powder Room, Home Tour 2022. Fun!!!
christmas tree made from mason jar lids
Emily from Hunny I’m Home DIY brings us this fun craft you can easily do with your kids ~ Mason Jar Lid Christmas Tree DIY. Love it!!!
Sparkly fun abounds in this sweet post from Maya at The Little Treasures ~ Decorating with Christmas Baubles. I am blessed to have my grandmother’s old Shiny Brite ornaments and they are fun to display, too! Great ideas!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Big hugs to you all,

Barb 🙂

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Christmas, crafts, Holidays, Home Decor

Share Your Style #369

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #369, dear friends!! As always, we have wonderful features to share with you…

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am soooo sorry about last week… I forgot to add into the post two weeks ago that I would be taking last Wednesday off because of Thanksgiving week. I was pretty tired and I wanted to just enjoy the week, spend time with Mr. Ethereal (who took the week off from work) and my MIL, and I worked on putting up more Christmas decor.

I’ve been painting in our spare bedroom/office, too! It’s all done and looks great. Look for a post on that transformation coming soon. 🙂

Let’s get to our features and I am finding I need to back off on how many features I put up. This week I am just going to pick my favorite five as I have an eye appointment this evening…

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

A Salt & Pepper Christmas Snowman Craft to Make ~ part of this past month’s Pinterest Challenge with Cindy from County Road 407.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Turkey and Mozzarella Christmas Sandwich Loaf:
Claire Justine shared this yummy sandwich recipe which bridges from Thanksgiving ’til Christmas! ~ Turkey and Mozzarella Christmas Sandwich Loaf. YUM!!!
Christmas-cookie-cutter-trio-hanging-kitchen-cabinets
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz has a great idea here! ~ Add Christmas Cookie Cutter Cheer to the Kitchen. Awesome idea!!!
Meagan at Decorativen Inspirations brings us unique Create Christmas Tree Angels. Love this!!
Newcomer Anita from Stamping with Anita shared this How to Make a Mixed Media Holiday Card. Sooo pretty!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Enjoy the party!

Barb 🙂

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DIY Projects, Holidays, Home Decor, Thanksgiving

Share Your Style #368

Welcome friends to this week’s Share Your Style #368! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? Neither can I…

I am super happy to have a week off next week to enjoy a little cooking, a lot of house cleaning (ick!), some reading and blogging, finishing up painting in our spare bedroom/office, and visiting with family!!!

Well, I worked on a couple of posts but didn’t get any finished, so… Let’s see what fun features you all have for us…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

COLOR ME BLESSED - COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS #coloring #relaxation #CountYourBlessings #ColoringBooks #AdultColoringBooks #BibleColoringBooks #ChristianColoringBooks
Dee from Grammy’s Grid shares the joy of coloring in this fun coloring book post ~ perfect for Thankgiving placemats and/or little gifts for your guests ~
Color Me Blessed Count Your Blessings.
Wendy from The Inspired Eater shared five pearls of wisdom on keeping weight off (isn’t that soooo needed over the holidays??) over a lifetime and links it to this lovely photograph ~ How to Lose the Shame After You’ve Gone Cookie Monster on Your Lifestyle. Yep… I think everyone needs this advice at some point/points in our lives! 🙂
Debra from Common Ground shared a refresh here in her lovely fall/Thanksgiving centerpiece post ~ Paint Refreshed Tote for a Farm Table Vignette. Love it!!!
Lynne over at Thrifting Wonderland shares this fun almost monochromatic Thanksgiving tablescape in her post Casual November Thrifted Tablescape. Love the whole ethnic look!!!
Niki over at The House on Silverado shares this yummy breakfast/dessert recipe ~
Starbucks Copycat Sugar Plum Cheese Danish ~ totally YUM!!!
Rita from Panoply shares her beautiful Thanksgiving table in this perfect post ~
Homeland Merriment Thanksgiving. Love this combination of plates and chargers!!! Gorgeous!
Sherry from My Journey Back shares her bright, fun blankets in this post ~ Thursday Crochet Project Update. Love how they are turning out!!
How to make a caramel apple fruit turkey for your thanksgiving celebration this year.
Old friend Kendra from A Proverb 31 Wife brings us this adorable DIY post for your Thanksgiving buffet table ~ Carmel Apple Fruit Turkey. Fun to make with your kids!!!
three kids laughing at a pumpkin patch with text overlay - easy ways to teach kids gratitude
Newcomer Charlene from Hessun Academy shares her Tips to Teach Kids Gratitude + a free gratitude journal to print. Great ideas!!! Welcome, Charlene!! 🙂
Turkey Rice Krispie Treats
Our next newcomer is Melissa from Everyday Savvy and she brings us these adorable Rice Krispie Treat Pops. So fun to make with your grands and any kids still living at home!! So loving all of your Thanksgiving ideas, friends!! Welcome, Melissa!!
And last up for this week comes to us from Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge who shares this look back at 10 Memories of the Holiday Season Link Up on the Edge (and a 10 on the 10th!). Love this little guy Archie in his Christmas jammies!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking, dear friends!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #367

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #367, dear friends! We have lots of great features for you. 🦃

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Well, we are well into the month of November. Can you believe that there are only two weeks until Thanksgiving? Me neither.

Seems like it was just summertime, not more than halfway through fall already. Well, with Thanksgiving quick upon our heels, you know there will be a plethora of Thanksgiving ideas to inspire you!

Plus, thank you for your service to all of our military and veterans! We appreciate you!!

Now let’s check out…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Thanksgiving-turkey-painted-glass-wearing-pilgrim-hat
First up this week is this fun craft idea from Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz ~
Paint Thanksgiving Turkey Glasses as Table Favors. I am loving these!!!
Debra from Common Ground shares a post with transitional decor spanning from early fall to Christmas ~ totally wonderful ideas!!! ~
Christmas Trees and Pumpkins: Can They Be Friends?
persian cat
Newcomer Cats & Dogs (Pets876.blogspot.com) shares this sweet kitty in one of many posts featuring different breeds of… cats and dogs ~
Kitty Persian Cat.. <3 Animals are such a part of our holidays and homes, this little fur friend just begged a feature spot! Welcome!!!
tips for a Thanksgiving mantel
Carol from Bluesky at Home brings us 9 Tips for a Thanksgiving Mantel in 30 Minutes. Love all those turkeys!!
Fall Winter Coat Trends
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer shares this post of warm weather gear ~
Fall Winter Coat Trends ~ fun!!!
Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
Sally from Within a World of My Own shares this fashionable scarf worn several ways ~ perfect for wearing at Thanksgiving dinner! How to Wear a Heavy Scarf in Fall for SIA (Style Imitating Art): The Guitar by Juan Gris. You’ll get a little history lesson here, too!
Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland brings us a lovingly set table for Thanksgiving… Beautiful in soft browns and a bright pop of pink roses! ~ Setting a Table with Chocolate Brown.
Lynne also shared this wonderful walk through the woods… Dressed for fall. Lovely way to sum up the season!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking!

Barb

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Uncategorized

Share Your Style #366

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #366, friends! We have lots of great features to share with you.

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! Sorry this is getting up later than usual; I sat down, ate dinner, then fell asleep right in the middle of writing. Does this ever happen to you? Work is fun with the students at school, but, man, I do get tired. 😉

Well, let’s check out his week’s features, shall we? I hope you had a lovely Halloween/All Souls Day weekend!!

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Happy All Souls Day + Reeses Spider Recipe ~ just a fun little post for you!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

cranberry, orange, basil garland hanging on window
Cindy from County Road 407 shares How to Make an Easy Yet Impressive Autumn Garland with Cranberries. Soooo pretty and I can imagine its wonderful scent!!!
haunted-Halloween-owl-chandelier
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shares this cutie hoot-hooting about in this post ~ Spooky Spellbound Halloween Centerpiece & Table. Fun ideas to save for next year’s Halloween!
Debra from Common Ground brings out a taste of transition towards Thanksgiving in this pumpkin perfect display ~ French Cottage Kitchen Niche for Fall. Love it!!! I love the white with the orange…
Jeanie from The Marmelade Gypsy shares about her final trip for the season to the lake house and a trip to a local farmer’s market… Postcards from the Lake: A Fond Farewell and a Recipe. Come check out Jeanie’s baked squash recipe, yum!!!
And the first Christmas post of the season… from Penny of Penny’s Treasures! Penny shares a look at Creating Christmas in the Studio. This tree is soooo pretty (which is why I shared it so early!). Beautiful!!!
Oh my goodness, how cute?!!! Cheryl over at Sew Can Do brings us her two cuties in her post ~ Little Shepherd and Sheep Costumes, which includes patterns laid out on a cutting mat so you can create your own. Just perfect!!! Baby Jesus will love having these two boys attend his birth… <3
Halloween outfit, Corpse Bride meets Beetlejuice, little white dress, striped duster, Shelbee on the Edge
I am totally cracking up!!! Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge brings out her zaniness in this fun dress-up post ~ We Heart Halloween (Tim Burton Style!) & Your Own Twist Link Up #49 (*a newer blog link party, in case you don’t know about it yet!). I love Shelbee’s fun style!!!

“Beetle, beetle something… Beetle breakfast? Beetle orange? Beetlejuice!!!”

outdoor fall tablescapes
Wendy from WM Design House brings us 10 Fall Tablescapes that are Easy and Beautiful. I would agree!! Gorgeous ways to decorate for all our fall soirées!
This image of a jack-o-lantern topped with a crow is the invitation to visit Halloween in the Baker's Rack. www.redshuttercottage.com
Newcomer Kristine from Red Shutter Cottage welcomes us to her home in this sweet and slightly spooky post ~ Halloween in the Baker’s Rack. Too cute!!! Welcome, Kristine to the French Ethereal family! <3
DeeDee over at Clover House shared her sweet chickens in this fun fall post ~ Farmhouse Thanksgiving Decor Ideas. Great ideas all!!!
Sandra from Dinner at Eight decks out her whole dining room table to share these fun ideas for Halloween in her post ~ A Tour of All-Hallows Village. It’s a spooking good time there! Love the dogs!!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy beginning of November, everyone!

Barb 🙂

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Happy All-Souls Day + Reeses Spider Recipe

Happy All Souls Day or Día de Muertos, friends! This past month at school, we created a table with books about Día de los Muertos and scary stories for Halloween. Then we had a treat table for staff on Halloween since we were in school on Monday. Come check out all of our fun!

First, we had a table decorated for September featuring Latino/Spanish authors, which then begat my idea for a Día de Muertos table display!

We had a substitute for our librarian on the day we pulled all of these books and together we found scary stories from around the world, Halloween books, non-fiction books about witches and more. Plus, we also had a couple of really nice books about The Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos with sugar skull candies on the cover and children celebrating their ancestors in ceremonial costumes.

The students had a good time browsing all of the books and reading most of them! Yesterday, I put all these away and prepped for our next table, which I’ll share more of in another post. 😉

Peek-a-boo!!!

Funny Reeses Spiders

I texted my daughter and asked her for the recipe last week sometime. I thought she had made these (I still think she has), but she said she hadn’t made these Reeses Spiders before. But, she did find me the recipe on Pinterest or TikTok and sent an image.

Keep putting spiders and Reeses candies back into the refrigerator as needed to harden the chocolates.

Super easy to make, here are the ingredients:

  • Reeses Peanutbutter Pumpkin Candies
  • melting chocolates
  • candy pearls or pre-made candy eyes
  • small twisted pretzels
I tried spooning then dipping each pretzel “leg” into the melted chocolate, then realized a pastry bag would work a whole lot easier!

How to make them:

  • First, break off the “rounds” of the pretzels and save for the spider “legs.” This is the difficult part as so much gets busted and just leftovers. Save and snack on later. ;)’
  • Melt the chocolates in a microwave-safe dish. Use the melted chocolate to glue on the pretzel pieces for legs. Use a pastry bag and fill with hot melted candy melt chocolate or a Ziplock baggie with a point cut off (that’s what I used).
  • Glue on the candy pearls for eyes with chocolate using your pastry bag.
  • Dot each candy pearl with chocolate creating the center of the eye.

These were so much fun to make and this is definitely something you can do with your children and grandkids!! The eyes were the fun part as you can space them far apart or close together. I made some cross-eyed spiders because that’s just part of the fun!

The first few I used melted regular chocolate chips and those just didn’t set up well, so… Mr. Ethereal and I ate them… with ice cream. :)’

But after mixing in melted chocolate melts, the pretzel “legs” “glued onto” the Reeses candy pumpkins well.

Wouldn’t these make cute crabs, too, for a summertime pool party?? Just use blue chocolate candy melts and “paint” the Reeses Pumpkin Candies with the blue all over, first. Then use the same pretzel legs…

I’ll need to go back and find some more pumpkin candies to freeze for later on. 😀

They getting away!… 😉

This was a really fun project and no spiders were left uneaten, so I’d say this was a hit!

Anyway, I thought you’d like this simple recipe to add to your recipe box.

Happy baking and Happy All Souls Day!

Barb 🙂

crafts, Holidays, Tablescapes

Share Your Style #365

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #365, dear friends!! It’s all about fall features this week…

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

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We had a couple of days of rain over the past week and just having an inch or so has really perked up all of our plants! How about you? How is your fall garden doing? Our garden beds have enjoyed a second growing season with the advent of cooler weather. Sooo nice to see plants which were really suffering are now really happy…

Well, getting perennials planted in the ground and taking cuttings of existing plants are what I have been doing a lot of this fall, when I have time. So nice that we have had a long fall season with no freezes yet!

Other than that, what all have you been up to? Hopefully you are enjoying good fall weather in your neck of the woods!!

Let’s check out this week’s features…

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Pumpkins, Pinecones & Cranberries ~ a Fall Centerpiece ~ part of this month’s Pinterest Challenge using cranberries in our recipes, decor or crafts.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

First up is this cutie from Steph Creates ~ DIY Harvest Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece. Love how cute this pumpkin turned out!!! Plus, with Stephanie’s easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip out this fun pumpkin craft in an afternoon.
Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe For Autumn And Halloween
Claire from Claire Justine’s new channel ~ Claire’s World ~ shares this delicious recipe for Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe. Can’t wait to make this!!
Niky from The House on Silverado shares this fun Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath (DIY). Adorable!!!
An October Mantel with Snow Owls is a mid-fall creation Debra from Common Ground has shared. Love these sweet owls!!!
Our last feature this week is from DeeDee from Clover House who brings us her Front Porch Decor for Fall and Halloween. Stunning!!! And her kitty is pretty cute, too. <3

Honorable Mention

Amber from The Hungry Mountaineer shared her RV trip to Bishop, California in her post about making German-Style Potato Salad with Extra Bacon. I’m sorry that I couldn’t pull in any of her photos because of the writing wanted to come instead, but her recipe looks great! Stop on by to check out Amber’s post and see some of the Eastern Sierra mountain range, part of central California and right next to Nevada (think high desert).

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Happy linking, everyone!

Barb 🙂

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Holidays, Home Decor

Share Your Style #364

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #364, friends! Lots of wonderful features to share with you…

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you! I appreciate your subscribing, also. As always, I am glad that you are here… 💜

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Happy Wednesday evening to you all!! My mother-in-law stopped by as I was prepping for this post, so up a bit later than I’d like, but that’s how things roll around here. ;)’ Last night we had our first night in the high-30’s, and I worked until after dusk getting plants covered and some moved into the big shed/greenhouse. It was a busy couple of hours running a power cord through a window again and making insulation pieces to fit in the vents to keep the cold out, but now the shed is ready for winter. 🙂

So, that’s what’s going on around here lately. I do have a post to share soon with how our garden looks with the new flower beds dug and more perennials and small trees planted. It’s coming along nicely!

Let’s check out this week’s features… It’s all about Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve with some fun and mildly spooky ideas to inspire!! We have a Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) table display at school surrounded by books which work for the season, and it’s fun to see how this week’s post fits in with that theme, too!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

halloween table styling
Too funny! Love this cute table setting from Maryjo from Master “Pieces” of My Life!!
Great title, too ~ Bone Appetit Tablescape. Hee hee! Makes me think of that poem,
“Come on in, take off your skin and rattle around in your bones…”
purple-Halloween-table-black-bat-folded-napkin
Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz had a similar idea in her fun tablescape ~ Gone Batty: Black, White and Purple Tablescape. So adorable!!!
French Floral Dress in Istanbul
Jennifer from Curated by Jennifer shared a story about her dainty French Floral Dress as part of her trip to Istanbul (a nice series of stories, if you haven’t hopped over to Jennifer’s site before.) Perfect for hot weather! I love clothes which travel and wear well. <3
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble Blog shared this fun Spooky Witch’s Potion Buffet and it’s adorable!!! Perfect blend of spooky, creepy and fun!
Penny from Penny’s Treasures has used perfectly soft fall colors to decorate her Halloween bar in this post ~ Spooky After School Snack Board. Cute!!!
Bagel Breakfast Sliders
Newcomer Estelle from Homemade on a Weeknight shared the perfect snack to feature at your next Halloween/Day of the Dead/All Souls Day party in her post ~
Bagel Breakfast Sliders. Serious yum!!! Welcome, Estelle!!!
Debra from Common Ground brings us her beautiful antique decorated for fall ~ Dough Bowl Pumpkin Centerpiece on the Sideboard. Simply beautiful!!
And our final feature for this week comes from our second newcomer to Share Your Style, Aria at Cottage Shoppe.com ~ 8 Clever Craft Room Solutions. Love these!!!
Welcome, Aria!!

Thank You so much to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to everyone for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there plus usually other photos from those posts to my boards. 💜  Thanks so much!!! If you are new to French Ethereal, I hope you will think about subscribing to my blog.

Enjoy the party, ghouls and gals,

Barb 😉

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