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Faux Fall Floral

(and Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches)

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I know, I couldn’t stand to waste that alliteration. So it stands alone.  Proudly.  And we get a little subtitle here.  The things that amuse me.

And I really am going to share the faux fall floral around the house and our latest linner (lunch/dinner) for super easy slow cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Recently I shared a window shopping trip through World Market . Most of their pretty florals had not made it online at that time.  But patience paid off.  Just a couple of weeks later, I was able to order online and then receive the 10% or 15% discount for curbside pickup.  That little discount adds up!

A number of Pottery Barn rustic vases and the love-of-my-life Anthropologie Minka pot got a chance to shine front and center in my fall décor this year.  I took them out of niches and shelves and filled them with my new faux fall floral.

I’m super happy with the way everything looks.  Here’s the rundown.

I’m not an affiliate of any store, but have linked for convenience


The Minka pot got the new hydrangeas and PB weathered terracotta vase got the ivory dahlias.  These dahlias are my favorite.  And I love hydrangeas.  But I think these dahlias turned out looking much more expensive than they are.

Kitchen/Family Room

The Lilian Vase from PB is no longer available but a similar blue and white is the Sereia vase.  It’s quite expensive, but I’m linking for convenience.  It now lives on my kitchen table with pampas grass.  That might not have been the best placement because Roxy jumps up there and uses the grass for her personal boxing spars.  It’s a battle.

On the family room coffee table, I used a smallish dough bowl I’ve had for a long time and purchased from At Home.  The odd shape and size makes everything I put in there look crazy.  So.  I went to the Dollar Tree.  Cream mums and rust colored berries compliment the white pumpkins from last year.  I think it turned out decent.  All things considered.  I wouldn’t enter it in a contest or anything.

Guest Bathroom

Another big win are the orange harvest berry stems from WM.  They are pretty, substantial and very malleable so they can be fluffed and puffed into any container.  A tall, narrow rustic vase from PB is good in that spot because it doesn’t take much space.  That leaves more room for our guests.  When they come. 

So what do you think?  Too fakey with the florals or a thumbs up?  Lemme know!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and Rainbow Slaw

Prior to heading to the gym, I made this simple crock pot recipe, whipped up Grandma’s Potato Salad and Rainbow Slaw.  Linner was served!

Of course, prior to 8 a.m., my kitchen looked like this.

Hub has been really good about keeping to a gluten-free diet.  DF Deb turned me on to frozen Against the Grain baguettes.  When these are foxed up with butter, garlic and toasted, they make a decent sammy for the hub.  Having the bread really helps keep the hunger pangs down a little longer.

Rainbow Slaw

For this version of coleslaw, thinly slice or grate cabbage, radish, carrot, cucumber or any other fresh veggie you have on hand. Combine and top with your favorite dressing. I like a vinaigrette and hub likes ranch.

Nothing beats coming home to a home-cooked meal and a clean kitchen.  But that’s just me.  I prefer this to a meal out any day of the week.

Here’s what I did.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Easy and healthy crock pot recipe
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4


  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • Bottled BBQ sauce to cover breasts
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • Few shakes of hot sauce to taste Optional
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Cover breasts in all ingredients and cook on low until chicken is done – 3-4 hours. Shred with forks and serve on a roll with additional BBQ sauce if desired

Wrap Up

This post is long, so I won’t wrap up our activities from last week, but suffice it to say we spent time with dear friends and had a lot of down time for books (me) and football (him).  God bless you and keep you for the week ahead.