September 7, 2011

Woodsmoke in the Wind

Autumn has arrived....on time...as it should be....There is a whiff of woodsmoke in the wind, the first seasonal chill is in the air, there is the sweet smell of raindrops at the open window and our backwoods are beginning to be edged in golden leaves. We are going to fill our old wicker vase with sunflowers and light the logs in the  fireplace! We have just turned our calenders to the month of September. I have changed out the summer quilts and replaced them with the cozy, warm shades of the autumn quilts. These will see us all the way through the end of February. Deep shades of warm yellows, golds, moss greens and pumpkin oranges. It's time to decorate your home for autumn.

Let the last of the garden tomatoes ripen on the kitchen windowsill.
Mother always did this....I miss her so.

Find your wooden, pewter or ironstone bowls and fill them with apples.
 A cornucopia as a centerpiece, filled with pomegranates, acorns, leaves, nuts, rosehips, chestnuts, pears and clementines, accented with bittersweet will create a stunning and aromatic fall display on an entryway table. 
My  favorite fall accessory is Indian Corn....from little tiny bunches to displaying several large groups in wooden baskets at the front door.

An old vintage clock that ticks sounds wonderful...
especially when the electricity goes out!

Display old books on an end table in your family room.

Hang bunches of fresh herbs, pepperberries, yarrow and hydrangeas
in your kitchen window.

It's time to brew  mulling spices, cinnamon and spice and
everything nice....have tea with your loved ones!


A good mulling spices recipe is a must for fall and winter months, as well as the holidays. This is a popular tradition which was developed in Europe. Mulling is the process of infusing juices, wines, cider, or brandy with spices and fruit flavors. The ingredients may vary, but the result is always a delicious, warming drink. If the recipe does not specify adding sugar to the spice mixture, then often sugar will be added to the beverage when it is mulled according to your own desired taste.

Estelle's Mulling Spices
6 cinnamon sticks
1 small whole nutmeg
1/2 cup whole cloves
1/2 cup whole allspice
Grated peel of one whole orange

Chip the cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice with a hammer. Place with other ingredients in a storage container. To use, place two tablespoons of mixture in a small muslin bag and add to four cups of beverage. Simmer. This recipe makes one and one half cups of mulling spice.

Serve with pound cake topped with Pineapple Cream!

1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice (undrained)
1 (8 ounce) carton frozen whipped topping (thawed)
 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix

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