Fall Feed

Candy Cornucopia

I hope this post isn't too soon for everyone.  We had beautiful fall-like weather here this weekend and it got me thinking of all things FALL!  As you know, it is my absolute favorite time of year.  The vibrant colors and cooler temps bring new energy with them. 

This candy cornucopia is one of the cutest things I've seen in a while!  I couldn't wait til September to share it with you.  What a fun activity this would be for kids.  These would make great favors for a fall themed shower or party too.

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How-to:

Heat water in a teakettle, and put pointed end of a sugar cone into spout. Let steam until softened, about 1 minute. Gently curve end 1/2 inch from tip; hold for 15 seconds. Steam 1 side of cone's open end; press to flatten (so cone won't roll). Let cool until set. Dip edge in melted white chocolate, and roll in chopped pistachios. 

Refrigerate until set. Fill with jelly beans and serve, or store in a covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days.

 

(photo and how-to from marthastewart.com)


Are You Ready?

For some football?  I know we are at our house!  My husband has been gearing up for a month.  It's only two weeks away.  Here is a cute little deviled egg recipe perfect for your tailgates or home viewing parties.

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Makes 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1  dozen hard-cooked eggs, peeled
  • 1/2  cup  mayonnaise
  • 3  tablespoons  mango chutney
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Garnish: sliced fresh chives

Prep

Cut eggs in half lengthwise; carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks; stir in mayonnaise, chutney, and red pepper until blended. Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Sprinkle evenly with desired amount of salt. Garnish, if desired. Chill until ready to serve.


(photo and recipe from myrecipes.com)


Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

I love these table settings from Country Living.  Each are different, all are beautiful.  Hope this gives you some ideas for your own Thanksgiving table.

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I love the corn centerpiece.  This would be easy to make.  A lot of grocery stores sell this corn around this time of year.  This tablecloth could also be made from a piece of fabric.  You could write inspirational quotes on the borders with a fabric pen. Great conversation starter.

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The warm jewel tones in this setting are so pretty.  Notice the artificial leaves as place cards.  They used a gel pen to write the guests names.  The berries are also artificial.  I have seen these at Michael's craft store.

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This setting is the most unique.  Everything was constructed out of felt.  The runners, the leaves, and the bands and letters on the candles are all felt.  The letters were placed on both sides of the candles for everyone to enjoy.

(All photos from countryliving.com) 


Cool Table Setting Idea

Speaking of the beauty of Fall, why not bring the brightly colored leaves inside?  In this table setting they used small branches with leaves set under transparent glass plates.  I would think you could use transparent acrylic also if you were having a more casual dinner.  You could also use loose leaves.  How unique!

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Photo from marthastewart.com.


Another Easy Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the time of year and I love that there is no rushing around shopping for gifts like at Christmas.  To me it is like Christmas but with less stress!

I have been looking for another easy craft to do for our table centerpiece for Thanksgiving.  I found this one on allyou.com.  Its perfect!  Beautiful and easy!  Anything with candles wins me over.. This would look great with gold placemats and coordinating napkins..

Check it out:

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You'll Need

  • Dried leaves
  • Cake stand
  • 3 pillar candles in varying heights
  • Small oranges or clementines (approximately half a dozen)

1. Arrange a layer of leaves on the cake stand.

2. Place the candles in the center and surround them with oranges. Using a small, sharp knife, carve a design into some of the oranges, if you'd like.


Hot Apple Ginger Toddy

This weekend in Alabama it FINALLY started getting cool outside and I LOVE it!!  Nothing beats sitting outside by a fire.  The cooler weather made me go on the hunt for a warm cocktail.  Check out this recipe from www.fineliving.com .  Hope you are enjoying cooler nights!

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Ingredients:

6 oz. ginger-infused apple cider
Thin slice of fresh ginger or one piece of crystallized, candied ginger
1 tsp. honey
2 oz. bourbon (Maker's Mark or Jim Beam are preferred)
Slice of lemon

Preparation:

First: Ginger-infuse the cider.

  1. Peel and chop the ginger.
  2. Bring apple cider to a boil in a nonaluminum pot.
  3. Add several slices of cut and peeled ginger when cider boils.
  4. Turn heat off and steep for 30 minutes.
  5. Purée this mixture in a blender and strain through cheesecloth.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Second: Make your ginger toddy.

  1. Heat your ginger-infused cider, but do not boil.
  2. Add bourbon.
  3. Stir in honey.
  4. Pour into a coffee mug.
  5. Garnish with lemon and ginger slice (or use crystallized ginger