Fall Corner

Fall Corner

I added some fun fall décor to my new bar cart. I started with some Fall Botanical prints then added a mum and a pumpkin. Then I found these great stems at Joann’s on sale. I think they work perfect in this little corner. And I never feel a space is complete without a candle or two! I have shared the links below.

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Fall Mantel

Fall Mantel

I have slowly been adding Fall Décor to our home. Fall is my favorite time of year…the food, holidays, scents, décor, cool weather, football and family time make this such a special season! Also it is my sister and my Birthday! I just finished up our mantel and I am really happy with the neutral fall floral arrangement. I used some white hydrangeas, fall eucalyptus branches, flocking buds and dried wall grass.

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Hope you are enjoying adding Fall Décor to your own home. Below are the different stems I used in my fall arrangement.

Slowly adding some Fall touches to our Home

Slowly adding some Fall touches to our Home

I am slowly adding a few fall touches around my house. I started with two or three fall arrangements but I have not gotten out all my pumpkins yet. I have entirely too many pumpkins but I feel can justify it since my sister and my birthday is on Halloween. I did a fall arrangement for my entryway with some neutral colored roses and eucalypts then a touch of dried wild grass. I plan to add some pumpkins to the table as soon as I pull them down from my attic. When I purchased the fall roses pictured above I also found this cute little squirrel that I had to bring home. I love the neutral maple leaf stems from Michaels. I used four stems but could have really only used 3. I love my DIY vase and was determined to find a use for it in order to keep it out. If you missed my post on the vase click here.

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Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

Ingredients:

2 pounds Granny Smith Apples

1 tablespoon Lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (+ 1/2 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of allspice

2 tablespoons butter

Puff Pasty

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and dice apples and place in a bowl. Add the next 8 ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined. Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once melted add apple mixture and cook down until apples are tender, 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare your puff pastry by laying it out on a floured surface. I like to use my rolling pin to make the pastry a little longer and wider. Then I cut 3 inch stripes around the edges of the puff pastry leaving enough room to put your apple mix in the middle. See image below.

3. After allowing the apples to cool place the apple mixture in the middle of the prepared puff pastry. Then take each strip and lay it over the apple mixture so that some stripes are overlapping each other. See pictures above.

4. Whish the egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the top of the strudel with the egg wash. Combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with the 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture on the pasty then bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until light brown.

FALL DECOR INSPIRATION

FALL DECOR INSPIRATION

I enjoy gathering inspiration and ideas for holidays almost as much as I love to decorate for the holidays! And even though Fall is not a holiday it might as well be in my book. This is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, the fall scents, the autumn leaves, the baking and the anticipation of the holiday season to come. Today I am sharing 3 inspiration photos that I plan to incorporate into my own Fall Décor.

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via Craftberry Bush

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

My family loves Chicken Pot Pie but not just the traditional pie. Everyone has their own little Do’s and Don’ts for instance my son does not like peas, my husband adores cheese, my daughter hates dried out chicken and I am not a big crust person so I had to create my own recipe to keep us all happy!!

In order to create my recipe I took what I had learned from the many different recipes I had tried out and used what worked for my family. I will confess that I usually just buy a premade pie crust so that I can make this dinner quickly. I like to use the Pillsbury Pie Crust that you can roll out yourself. However sometimes I will make two pies at once and freeze one. So when I make two pies I prefer to buy the crust already in the pan since it freezes easily. If I do make an extra pie I will cover it with a piece of parchment paper then wrap in aluminum foil and put it all in a freezer bag. I want to make sure my hard effort stays good and sealed. When I am ready to use the frozen pie I just take it out and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Another little trick I like to use is either take leftover roast chicken or buy a Rotisserie chicken as a time saver.

INGREDIENTS

1 Pie Crust

2 cups Leftover Roast Chicken or Rotisserie Chicken

1 cup of chicken stock

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1/2 Medium Yellow Onion

2 Medium Carrots

1 Medium Celery Stalk

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1/4 cup of All Purpose Flour

3/4 of cup milk (I use whole milk but any milk will suffice)

1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme

1 Tablespoon Sherry

1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare your crust whether premade or making from scratch. Then Cut your chicken into bite size pieces.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in pan over medium high heat. While pan is heating, puree onion, carrots and celery. Once the pan is heated add your pureed vegetables and sauté until slightly brown. Remove vegetables from the pan and set aside for later. Add the butter to the pan and allow to melt then whisk in the flour. Whisk for 1-2 minutes then whisk in the chicken broth, milk, thyme, and 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring the sauce to a simmer and a gently simmer for 1 minute or until thicken occasionally whisking. Add the Sherry, chicken and reserved vegetables to the sauce and stir until combined.
  3. Add Chicken and Vegetable Sauce into the prepared pie crust and top with 1 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Hope you and your loved ones will enjoy this Chicken Pot Pie as much as we do!

Jordan

Fall Candle Review

Fall Candle Review

The first fall home décor item I add is usually a fall candle. I love the warmth a candle adds to a room because of the soft glow and cozy scents. Fall candles are some of my favorite scents…pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, apples and cinnamon. Today I am sharing a review of 5 Fall Candles I purchased.

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RUSTIC PUMPKIN BY ILLUME

This is my favorite candle out of the five I purchased even though the Nutmeg & Spice runs a very close second. This candle has notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and sandalwood. To me this candle is exactly what Fall smells like. It always gives me a warm cozy feeling when I burn it.

NUTMEG & SPICE BY THE BURNING MAGNOLIA CO

I also really enjoy the scent of the Nutmeg & Spice candle which was my twin sister and niece’s favorite. I bought this candle and one other fall scent from The Burning Magnolia Co which is on Etsy. This candle has notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, caramel, and vanilla almond. I really smelled the nutmeg and cinnamon in this candle.

LEAVES BY SWEET WATER DECOR

This candle has a great scent but it is not very strong. I put this one in my guest bathroom because I am not sure it would be appreciated in a larger room. This candle has notes of Apple, Berries, Oranges, Cinnamon and Cloves. I did not find the cinnamon scent very distinctive and cinnamon is one of my favorites.

APPLE CINNAMON BY THE BURNING MAGNOLIA CO

This candle was my husband’s favorite pick which surprises me since he does not like apple candles. He always complains that they smell too sweet and artificial but this one he loves. It really does smell amazing and even better it is only $10.

LEAVES BY BATH AND BODY WORKS

I will be honest this is not one of my favorite candles but I know so many people who love it. I have a friend who buys a case of them when they come out so she can burn them all year long.  The candle has notes of Apple, Golden Nectar, and Warm Clove Spice. I really could pick out the clove scent. I will say out of the vast number of Fall scents that Bath and Body Works sells this is my favorite. I will burn it but only once I have enjoyed all the rest of my candles.

I hope you can find a Fall scent that you love.

Jordan