SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

September 10, 2020

DECORATING A DOUGH BOWL FOR AUTUMN

Hello Loves...
I am proud to say that we have real Fall-like weather today!!!
 It is a mere 64 degrees as we speak...oh it's a gift, a true gift!!!
So.....that gave me just the incentive I needed to continue
the joyous task of decorating for Fall....
my sister tells me that I seem to have been decorating
for months now.....not quite, but I will admit to perhaps
the past several weeks.....

So, today, I wanted to do something with my wooden dough bowl....
I love, love, love this bowl....it's rustic and so organic feeling.....
you know my rule of thumb....
a bit of old and a bit of new....always incorporating
an heirloom piece with a bit of modern!

I love to keep this look simplistic...just a few pieces
for a lovely centerpiece....
I decided to use one of Grandmother's lace doilies
along with one or two pumpkins.

For the florals, 
I chose the brown eucalyptus stems
and three of these lacy ivory and deep green picks....

I was not quite sure which pumpkin was going to look best,
so I had to place both of them in the bowl and play around a bit
until I decided which one, or both, was more appealing
for the rustic look I had in mind....
the texture of both, along with their neutral color was perfect...
the smaller one being of woven texture and the larger one
made with a distressed wood......


I love the texture of this pumpkin which is actually
part of a trio set from Hobby Lobby....


But in the end, the wooden pumpkin won out....
I adore the stem on this pumpkin....

And, there you have it...the finished look...
it's so pretty and so simplistic.....
rather calming in appearance.....

The great thing about this type of decor piece, is the versatility
of creating different looks...whatever strikes your fancy at the time.....
this one uses a new velvet buffalo plaid pumpkin and the
addition of an additional fall pick.....


This is how I utilized the bowl last year
and the centerpiece featured cinnamon scented pinecones
and a rustic metal Jack-O'-Lantern....

I so hope that you are having as much fun as I am
in decorating with all your decor favorites and
getting into the spirit of the Autumn season.....



September 8, 2020

COZY FALL DINNER FOR TWO

I simply had to do a double take when I 
checked the forecast for the week......
and saw that we are actually cooling off
from that summer heat wave....
we will have a few evenings down in the 50's
with a high only around 62 degrees!
Now how wonderful is that....really something to look forward to!!

Yes, loves....Fall is in the air....
I even saw that our local annual Pumpkin Patch is
preparing their farm for the Autumn hayrides
and wagons full of pumpkins for the little ones....
I so hope it all works out as we NEED something
to be normal....something festive and fun.....

As I was opening the blinds this morning,
I spied our neighbors yard and almost squealed with delight
when I saw my first sign of Fall....leaves on the ground....
it's coming y'all.....change is on the way!

It's a good thing I am passionate about cooking
and baking, since I have been doing a heck of alot
of both since March....
if you are in need of a bit of inspiration
for a Fall-like dinner, then here are two
recipes the darling and I enjoy....
Golden Potato Soup and an Apple Bundt Cake!

Dinner for two......with enough for 
leftovers for lunch and a coffee break a few afternoons.....

GOLDEN POTATO SOUP

3 T. butter

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

3 T. cornstarch

2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

2 cups milk, warmed

4 small to medium size Yukon gold potatoes, diced

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese-FOR TOPPING

5 slices bacon, diced-FOR TOPPING

Diced green onions-FOR TOPPING

Salt and Pepper to taste


Heat 3 T. butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat.   Add onion and garlic, sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Pour in the vegetable broth and continue to simmer. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the 2 cups of milk and then add this to the soup mixture. Cover and allow to cook on low for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Season well with salt and pepper.

 Ladle into soup bowls and top with crisp crumbled bacon, chopped green onions and shredded cheddar cheese. 


You may also enjoy a dollop of Sour Cream on top......


Yes, Fall is THE season for Apple desserts....
this bundt cake is one of our family favorites.....
I normally use Granny Smith apples for this recipe,
but used Gala apples as this is what I had on hand...still oh so good!





APPLE BUNDT CAKE
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 t. pure vanilla
3 large eggs
3 cups flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t salt
3 medium apples, cored and chopped (I do not peel my apples)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs.
Beat well with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Stir into the batter until blended.
Fold the apples gently into the batter by hand.
Pour into a well greased bundt pan.
Bake for 60-70 minutes.
Allow to cool before inverting on to a serving platter.


Domestic Bliss......
it's necessary for the soul......










 



September 1, 2020

VIRTUAL SCHOOL DAYS, THE CALI KIDS, A PINK PIRATE COCKTAIL and OUR FESTIVE FALL HOME


Hello there September....
We're ready..........we're transitioning.......


WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL 


Luke the Duke and Piper Rose


Ah, I think we can all remember the beginning of MIDDLE SCHOOL....
however, back in my day, it was called Junior High School...
which were grades 7th, 8th and 9th.
When our kiddos, were school age, 6th grade was it's own individual school....
these days, 6th grade begins MIDDLE SCHOOL.


There is not the experience of attending a brand new school. where
 you change classes six times a day, you have a HOMEROOM teacher,
band and new school mates....that makes me sad to think
our Luke the Duke is missing all those experiences.
This year just stinks...it really stinks....
Virtual learning has presented its challenges for teachers, parents and students...


there have been technical problems, weariness, tired eyes, frustration
and a few teary breakdowns.....


But, the bright side is Piper is there for moral support,
the family can enjoy nutritious lunches together and parents
are close at hand....


PE breaks are pretty fun too!


This was a very special birthday for our sweet daughter-in-law
and Rob was invited to fly out to California and spend some time
ocean side for a small family celebration.
As nervous as we were for the flight.....I think this
visit and change of scenery did them all a world of good....
it's been soooooo long.....with no family and no visits....
love seeing them all together...oh just look at that sunset over the beach....

I hope you find some enjoyment and inspiration
as I share a few snippets of our Fall home decor....
thank you for stopping by today......


The last of Summer's gathering....
a lovely day spent with Nick, Cat and the grandpups...
Franz enjoying the pool on such a hot August day....
Mr. Wonderful treated us to grilled steaks, Hashbrown casserole
and wedge salads....


For our sweet ending...Nick's favorite...
French Vanilla Banana Pudding......


I must say, I have enjoyed taking my time
transitioning our home into the Fall season....


I am in love with my new Fall cozy throw...
perfect for reading a new novel....


no rush, no hurry....just enjoying changing the decor in each room.


There is a welcome wreath at our front door....
Even though we are not having anyone but
a few close family members as guests these days,
it it still important to create an atmosphere of comfort.....


I came across this beautiful little owl
at the grocery the other day and of course....
he somehow flew into my basket.......


I added this Fall chalkboard sign in the kitchen....



And this little fellow is the new addition to the coffee station...
so sweet and cute with his little knitted scarf and pumpkin on his head...



These Fall napkins from last year just may be my all time favorites!!!


Now, I as we turn the calendar to September 1st,
I can at last sip morning coffee from my cute little Autumn mug
from HOBBY LOBBY!


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, decorating our piano for the season.....


My parents used to adore listening to the song of
Autumn Leaves....I was lucky enough to inherit
this vintage sheet music.....


I always get more enjoyment and satisfaction from
arrangements I created myself....rather than something I purchased
already made....do you feel the same?


I added this new accent rug in our foyer....
I am in love with these rich colors which are lovely
for this season.....



And....just couldn't resist the little red truck......


This is going to look so warm and lovely in the evenings
when the candles are lit....which reminds me to add
a slew of batteries to my list......


I adore scarecrows and found this little cute guy
while doing a little retail therapy one weekend.....

Now, after all this decorating.....
I think it's time for a cocktail!!!!


We decided to do something fun on a Saturday night...
and I made my first ever cocktail called a
Pink Pirate!


Oh this was fun and sooooo delicious...
Rum, Coconut Rum, Banana Liqueur, Cranberry Juice,
and Pineapple Juice


This has now been declared our official beach cocktail......


The darling's office has been warmed up
by my birch branch lighted tree....
it's so very pretty by adding some fall stems
throughout it's branches....


I suppose the old saying holds true...
There is nothing like staying home,
for real comfort.......