thistlewood peppers

Look what showed up on my doorstep this week.

The last peppers of the season.

I think I ranked them in order of least hottest to hottest.

Jalepenos (I could eat these like a cucumber).

Cayenne (a little goes a long way).

Habanero (never tried it, but I’ve heard proceed with caution).

If you have any great pepper tips….I’d love to hear them.  Especially if they are HOT off the presses. 🙂


Love this simple pumpkin DIY.

You can make these in minutes and you’ll never believe what she started with.

DIY found here.


A coat rack made from tree branches?

Brilliant.  And perfect with all my tree slice projects.

DIY found here.


This bench says welcome to my front porch.

And she made it from odds and ends and a little bit of imagination.

DIY found here.

And now in random news this week:

Love this idea for a fall table.

How to make your own pillow mist.

These cookies look easy and yummy.

Great inspiration for the office at the Gatehouse.

My new favorite blog.

And I love, love, love this before and after.

felted acorn project

And one more for the road.

Make these tiny wool felted acorns and a wool felted acorn garland.

DIY found here.

Happy random Saturday to you.

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  1. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    I was hoping, hoping, hoping you'd pop up before I had to head into work! I agree with an earlier comment that it just starts my weekend out right ;-) About the peppers...I'm afraid I don't have any ideas for the ones pictured but I do have a good (and low-fat) recipe for Chile Rellenos (poblano peppers) if you'd like... Have a great weekend, Karianne

  2. Image for mary beth at MBZ Interiors mary beth at MBZ Interiors

    Fattening yummy recipe: Whip cream cheese, Mrs. Dash seasoning and shredded cheddar together. Spoon into cleaned-out seedless pepper halves and bake on tray till melted! (I don't eat Jalapeno but my husband loves them in his salad. I always wear baggies on my hands when chopping. It's always inevitable that I have to rub my eyes later - Ouch!)

  3. Image for Peggy Peggy

    We love ours hot! So when I roast my jalopenas, onions and tomatoes for salsa, I throw a couple habanero son the pan. Then when I process everything in the food processor I add one habanero. We taste test to see if it needs another one. I also like to finely chop habanero into my pan when I fry hamburgers. It just gives the patties a little zing. Love, love starting the weekend with thistle keeping.

  4. Image for Gail Gail

    I grow lots of peppers and make Hot Pepper Jelly. I make about 2 dozen jars for the year. Great with Cream Cheese and crackers. I also make Peppers sliced, seeds taken out, then put Cheddar Cheese inside and wrap some bacon around it to hold it together.. Melt and Yum.

  5. Image for Patty Soriano Patty Soriano

    Kari Anne, have you ever tried chile pequins ? Hubby eats them like candy with pretty much every meal. I wonder how long it would take to mail you some. If you wanna try.... send snail mail address and I'll get them to ya!

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Hatch Peppers!!!!!! They are hot but good. Not like a habanero but still has the kick. They look like a dark green banana pepper. We seeded them, sliced them in to rings, sauté them in olive oil with red bell peppers slices and added sliced porcini mushrooms. Cooked them so they were still on the crunchy side. We made orecchiette pasta ahead of time( any short pasta will do) per directions. Added the orecchiette to the sautéed veggies and sprinkled parmesan cheese on top. So yummy and simple. BTW.orecchiette means little ears. We love them and think they are so cute. I'd never heard of hatch peppers until another blogger mentioned them. They will definitely one of our regulars. We are going to try to stuff them next. Have a great weekend!!

  7. Image for Lanita Lanita

    Karianne, Love your blog posts - they make my day - and your "thistlekeeping"! Love those pumpkins! I've seen the ones made with toilet paper, but never thought about adding something additional to give them different shapes!? I've been making pumpkins this week and they are too cute!! If I must say so myself......:) Enjoy the weekend, Lanita

  8. Image for Johanne Lamarche Johanne Lamarche

    3 good recipes to use up those peppers, lucky you! Just made this with poblanos. Make half the bread crumbs called for.

  9. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    Hey!!!!!!! I see you with table settings in the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas mGazine available NOW. Good for you!

  10. Image for Julie Julie

    Hi Kari Anne, I am pinching myself and had to double-check your link just to make sure you intended to link to my blog. :) THANK YOU for your very kind words. I'm so glad you found Little Farmstead and even happier that you liked what you saw there. You have amazing style and warmth... and have encouraged me more than you know. Xo, ~julie

  11. Image for Michele @ The Vintage Vixen Michele @ The Vintage Vixen

    Thanks for all great links. I have been reading Little Farmhouse for a few months now and love it, too. The wool acorns are adorable. Sorry you problems with the real ones. I have used real ones for years without issue, even without baking them. Maybe it is different on the east coast but I will keep my eyes open from now on. Have a nice weekend.

  12. Image for ananda ananda

    thank you so much dear karianne!! what an honor to be featured among such inspiring projects, i truly love them all!! that bench in ingenious!! and i am thrilled to discover our shared love for hot peppers!!! try cayenne powder in hot chocolate on a grey winter day... =)

  13. Image for Rachel Rachel

    Karianne, you are just freakin awesome. Sorry I didn't see this sooner, but THANK YOU so very much for the shout-out on my apple candle fall tablescape. xoxo

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