~Fireside Fall~



Our hearth room is just about the coziest place in our home. We enjoy this room in all seasons, but Fall and Winter are our favorite times to sit here by the fire.

The small drop leaf table is set, for a soup supper, beside the fireplace.

It’s October 1st and time for Rhoda’s Fall Party.


After stopping by Rhoda’s, please visit Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch, for Tablescape Thursday.



A few pieces of my white collection, birch bark candle holders, mercury glass candle stands and faux pumpkins, arranged beneath a Jon Pils print of historic South Main Street, St Charles Missouri.fall15A




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fall17A My little corner of the hearth room.

Perhaps I’ll do something about that lamp cord in time for the Christmas blog parties.





Secretarial Autumn


~A Walk in the Garden~



Missouri Mosaic for Monday

These photos were taken, October, 2008, when we visited Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis, during the Best of Missouri Show.

If you would like to know more about our beautiful botanical garden, green for 150 years, click HERE.



Stop by Mary’s Little Red House, each Monday, for mosaic inspiration around the land of blog.


Every Wednesday is Outdoor Wednesday at Susan’s A Southern Daydreamer.

I’ve added the Back Porch e-mail address to my sidebar.  The address is:


~Blog News & Comfort Food~

Just for fun, I added a Poll to the top of my sidebar. If you have a minute, I’d love to have your opinion. Thanks!
As the Back Porch approaches it’s 400th post, I’ve taken a glance back at previous posts, to see how this blog has evolved since March 2007. While browsing, I ran across a post featuring an old fashioned favorite comfort food.

My contribution, for Foodie Friday is from June 2007, titled Beans ’n Cornbread.

Stop by Michael’s Designs by Gollum, for delicious dishes, each Friday.



June 2007: Hey ya'll! Reading all the "Southern Thangs", the last day or two, caused me to crave comfort food. Whether you live in the south, north, east or west, Beans 'n Cornbread are comfort foods!

Today, I prepared Pinto Beans, in a heavy Dutch Oven. Equally delicious beans are, Great Northern, Butter Beans, Black Eyed Peas or many other types of beans. I like a little bit of green onion with my beans.

In the south cornbread is prepared unsweetened. In other areas, it's baked with a little bit of sugar.

The photo shows the cornbread I baked today. It's made from scratch, unsweetened and baked in an ancient and well seasoned iron skillet. This is the only pan I use for traditional cornbread. I would be heartbroken if anything happened to this old iron skillet. I also own a cast iron pan, that is made of 4 fish molds. It's fun to serve fish shaped cornbread now and then.

What are your favorite Comfort Foods?


This post marks my 390th or 393rd. My archive list shows 393. On my dashboard, it’s 390. For one reason or other, by accident or my design, posts have been removed along the way. I’m inclined to believe the number 390 is correct. The three deleted posts would not have been intended for publishing, then published by mistake, is my guess.

Over a 30 month period, the number 390 doesn’t sound like many, when compared to amazing bloggers, who have 400 posts in a much shorter time period. I am continually in awe of these talented and prolific bloggers.

On the occasion of my 400th post, here at the Back Porch, I will have a little celebration. The event should occur within the next few weeks.

The next several days, for our family, includes a birthday party, lunch with grandkiddo’s, and a day trip to Illinois.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pat & J

A Post Script:

I just read Rhoda’s (Southern Hospitality) current post.  It is filled with great information for blogging successfully.  Whether you are a new blogger, just starting out, or a seasoned scribe, you will find lots of helpful tips in this post. Stop by Rhoda’s for 10 Tips for New Bloggers.


~Pheasant Surroundings~


falltable15A Cuttings from a burning bush, plumes from ornamental grass and pheasant feathers, form the arrangement.

Copper containers, borrowed from the kitchen cabinet tops, a pheasant plate, and ceramic pheasants, we’ve owned for years and years, renewed with dark brown paint, complete the centerpiece.

pheasanttable9A A mix of Johnson Brothers plates, small tureens from Nell Hills, 99 cent Target flatware a $5 garage sale tablecloth, and Michael’s candle rings, used as napkin rings, are among the elements of this Fall table.


Stop by Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch, each Thursday, for table inspiration, around the land of blog.

pheasanttable10A I found the small stems at Marshall’s, after Christmas, 2008. I don’t recall where I found the larger stems; perhaps the Mikasa outlet.




Pheasant Plate~Spode Woodlands



Back Porch News

Just over a week ago, Back Porch Musings became

You will be directed here, when you click my old web address. Everything is as usual. I just decided to make this tiny change. When I switched, I lost my blog list. Not the Follower list, that one remained fine.

I’ve replaced about 50% of my old blog list and I hope to add more.

If you haven’t heard yet, J has completed physical therapy and is as good as new; as witnessed by his amazing work, painting the master bedroom and a piece of furniture or two.

table4bI’m excited about this “metamorphosis”. Completion is just over the horizon!


Rhoda is hosting a Fall Party, October 1st. Fall-color

I usually decorate the back porch and dining room table, for Fall and sometimes the kitchen island.

In honor of Rhoda’s party, I’m planning a little Fall something for the hearth room mantel and other areas of our home.

The image, above, is a vignette on the portico of the gift shop at Big Cedar Resort, during Fall 2008.

~Fall is in the Air~


Stop by Susan’s Between Naps On the Porch, for inspiration on Tablescape Thursday.

Fall arrives next week.  With that in mind, I put together this table, using red, green, blue, orange, white and cream.



A new runner and towels, from Apple Wagon Antiques and Home Decorator Warehouse, near Kingdom City, Missouri, was the inspiration for this Fall table. 

I fashioned a centerpiece using late summer hydrangea blooms, hosta leaves and ornamental grass plumes, from our garden; a log house (signed and dated 1997) made with lath from old St Charles Missouri buildings, faux pumpkins, an old ceramic turkey, and candle holders, made to look like birch logs. All items found here and there around our home.

The pumpkin salt and pepper shakers are from Marshall’s, Osage Beach Missouri.

You’ve seen the dishes, glassware and flatware in past tablescape posts, here at the Back Porch.

I used the towels as napkins tied with raffia.