kitchen, Little Prairie Girl, tabletop ideas, vintage

Thanksgiving is near…


With Thanksgiving fast approaching I’ve gathered some quick & easy Thanksgiving ideas for you to recreate in your own home.




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This table contains mismatched plates, simple glassware and centerpieces of gathered leaves, berries & nuts you can snatch up on your next outdoor walk!  Easy, Inexpensive & best of all SIMPLE!



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Set up a dessert station by covering a board or foam core with polka dot fabric.  I would personally use black and white polka dots so you can use it for a Christmas backdrop too!  Vary your heights on the sideboard or table with cake stands, or even plates with an upside down glass or crock.  After all “a flat table is a BORING table!”

Gather some outdoor abundance and slip them into mason jars tied with a simple ribbon.



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Don’t forget your outdoor entry way!  Assemble a grouping similar to this with a fun lawn chair, an old table and fall mums & pumpkins…..then add in some twinkle lights of course!


I wish you abundance and peace in this beautiful season.  Take the time to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea outside snuggled in with plaid throw and enjoy God’s beauty that is all around us!

Warm Regards


Little Prairie Girl






Christmas, Decorating, fashion, Little Prairie Girl, tabletop ideas, vintage

Downtown Ingredients in Cedar Falls this weekend!


Gather some friends and family and enjoy the amazing weather this weekend!

Stroll thru two levels of our store while sampling a complimentary holiday treat with coffee.



Cozy scarves & hats are in abundance as well as a FABULOUS array of jewelry.  We offer gift cards in any amount for those hard to buy people on your Christmas List!


Colorful sweaters & tops in all the hottest colors of the season….burgundy, olive, navy….plus they are in are signature flowy style that flatters your own unique body shape.  Comfy, Cozy & Flowy!


Check out the Ladder Tree in our GYPSY CELLAR….it has touches of vintage mixed thru out with adorable ornaments like tin campers and metal signs with fun sayings.

Our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE is Thursday November 3 10-7, Friday November 4 10-5 and Saturday November 5 10-5….and just a reminder we are always open on Sundays 12-4.

Visit our Facebook Page for more pictures, a short video tour of the store, and our Events Page.

Warm Hugs & Holiday Wishes,


Little Prairie Girl


tablescapes, tabletop ideas

Tablescape peonies are blooming!

This table setting is great for an afternoon soiree. A light snack of crackers, cookies, and fresh fruit like red and green grapes, blueberries, raspberries and scrumptious strawberries….can you say HEAVENLY?

We will have some champagne in these tall fluted glasses to bring out the sweetness of the summer fruit. White dinnerware is set atop bronze chargers and sandwiched between red napkins.

Small metallic bowls are filled with spongy green reindeer moss followed by a luscious pink peony bloom, all which is nestled under
a tall glass cloche.

The final touch is the gorgeous centerpiece filled with blue hydrangeas, peonies, and late blooming lilacs.

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mary carol garrity, tabletop ideas

Not candlelight…it’s lamplight

Try a little lamplight on your porch or patio tonite.
What a wonderful feast Mary Carol Garrity has lined up for us…
crackers, cheese, olives, grapes. Love how she put the tall skinny
breadsticks coming out of the top of the pewter tiered server.

Lots of textures going on here. Stone, wicker, leather, embossed metal.
The lamp raised up on books give it some definition. Remember,
a FLAT table is a BORING table!
Be sure to have mulitiple levels when designing your tablescapes!

That’s all for now…tell me what you think…do you like it?

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Recipes, tabletop ideas

Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides…” 1 Peter 4:9-11

This is a yummy breakfast casserole I had years ago at a baby shower for my dear friend, Angie. I asked her mom for the recipe and I’ve made it several times a year. It is awesome and once you serve it, you will ALWAYS get asked for the recipe! The recipe comes from Kay Nielson…thanks Kay!

I usually serve it with granola cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit and orange juice. Oh, and can’t forget my favorite gourmet coffee from Starbucks. I love their coffee beans…..they are full of robust flavor!

Breakfast Casserole

8 slices bread (cubed)
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cubed ham

Layer the above ingredients in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan in the order listed above.

Then mix together the following:
3 eggs
1 cup mushrooms (I use 2 cans)
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dry ground mustard
1 1/2 cups milk

Pour this mixture over the bread mixture. Cover & refrigerate overnight.
Before baking, melt 1 stick margarine or butter and add 3 cups crushed cornflakes.

Sprinkle over casserole mixture.

Bake at 350* for 45 minutes or until set

mary carol garrity, spring, tabletop ideas

Spring lunch on the patio..will you join me?

Grab an old milk bottle carrier and fill it with old or new mason jars. Next add your assorted munchies like carrot sticks, celery, pickles, pretzel rods…don’t forget the silverware.

Coconut Creme Pie or Banana Cream Pie is delightful! Add height to your outdoor table with an inverted wire basket. A flat table is a BORING table! Don’t forget the candles…yes, I break the rules and light candles during the day! It’s all about the little touches, after all they could be citronella to keep bugs away!

Spring greens, fresh strawberries, raspberries, pecans and drizzle with a light salad dressing. Add in some crusty rolls from Panera and you have a yummy and light on the tummy lunch. Don’t forget the lemonade with fresh lemon or lime slices!

Grab your tray and join me, won’t you?