October 30, 2013


Celebrate with Nature
Once the temperatures start dropping,
the focus is on heading inside with the warmth of a welcoming meal
Some of the prettiest decorating ideas aren’t manufactured or made by a machine,
but rather delivered straight from nature.  

Colorful pumpkins in orange, green and even white varieties are beautiful on their own, or painted with shimmering gold or silver accents. Gourds, berries, nuts and grapevine can look stunning outdoors in window boxes and flower pots.
Sunflowers, leaves, branches with colorful magnolia leaves or a bouquet of your florists seasonal varieties will compliment your autumn colored table linen and dinnerware.

There is no warmer feeling than sitting at the table with friends and family, while the crisp autumn air breezes outside, and you enjoy a memorable dinner. Autumn is that time of year before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, where you can enjoy the togetherness of entertaining, especially at your dining room table.


Autumn centerpieces are a perfect way to brighten your festive dining table, as well as warm the house with eye-catching fall color, even when the table isn’t occupied.

This jam is SO delicious! It's the perfect combination of fall flavors.
2 bags (12 ounces each), fresh cranberries
2 cups sugar
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoons lemon zest
1 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Place all ingredients in a stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently to help remove water, until mixture is a little thinner than jam (mixture will thicken more as it cools).

Remove from heat and mash well with a potato masher, until all cranberries are in small bits.

Keep in an airtight container in refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.


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