Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of fall by welcoming you all into my home for a fall autumn home tour.
I try not to complicate the art of seasonal decorating. Decorating is meant to be an enjoyable experience, after all. Natural elements, seasonal fruits, vintage china, antique porcelain figurines and regional items familiar to the landscape of our small Southern town never disappoint the eye or occasion.
Simple, neutral, and inspired by nature hit the high notes of this less is more fall autumn home tour.
Dried hydrangeas (dead hydrangeas as my Mother so eloquently puts it) and ginkgo leaf holdovers from fall autumn home tours of past accentuate the crimson and gold colored Bartlett and Bosc pears found in the produce section of the local Kroger, lending a simple yet elegant touch of fall to the dining room buffet.
This so simple it’s delicious spice cake with maple syrup flavored frosting follows through with the less is more for fall theme. I’ll share the recipe with you next week. I’ve also got a fantastic serving suggestion for the pears to share with you.
If you would have told me a week ago a wasp nest would factor into my fall autumn home tour decor I would not have believed it, but…
My brother sent this wasp nest to me with the express intention of it being incorporated into my fall decorating plans. It is oddly beautiful and quite unique- a step away from the expected.
A pair of vintage porcelain figurines seem to fall frolic among Loropetalum branches and magnolia leaves.
Welcome home, fall! Hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely first weekend of fall.
I admit to checking the fall countdown clock several times this afternoon. An obvious love of the fall/autumn season drives my thoughts, naturally inspiring me to get with the decorating in full fall colors flaunt program.
I’ve linked to the countdown clock for those of you who want to see the updated T- time to autumn(or fall). Click on the above image to be redirected.
The above collage features scenes of seasonal interest, inspiration for future fall themed blog posts, color, pattern and texture of the season, and a late fall/early winter photo of the newlywed couple. I can’t wait to share the photos from their wedding.
Spoken or as in this case typed like a proud mother of the groom.
Sharing is a big part of Places In The Home. The concept of sharing useful tidbits of interior decorating information and striking images of all things house that make a home interest to social media platforms is genius. The knowledge gained, friends made, inspiration gleaned makes the experience so worthwhile. During a recent ringing the dinner bell pinning session, it occurred to me a blog post of select recipes from Pinterest as featured on my A Taste Odyssey Pinterest board may pique your Pinterest interest, and make for an inspiring and appetizing show and tell.
Rather you call the evening meal dinner or supper, you’ll call these pin to table main dish recipes from Pinterest favorites. I’m including the original link to each recipe so you can check it out.
The newlywed couple called home last night from IKEA to share their latest wedding gift purchase. The subject of IKEA, meatballs and the concept of a furniture store-restaurant pairing got me to thinking and craving meatballs. This recipe for Salisbury Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes from Maya Kitchenette is comfort food fantastic. Salisbury Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes
Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
The first three words in this recipe for Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches from Fox Valley Foodie qualify it as a must try. Factor in the ooh la la licious tastes brought forth by combining French onion soup, beef consomme and Guinness beer together with beef roastrump roast and you’ve got a crowd pleasing easy dinner option. Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
It is said the early bird gets the worm. Far be it for me to question the validity of this wise and proven proverb, but (there is always a but don’t you know) I apply the advice on a case by case basis. Earlier is better when it comes to client appointments, home decor sales and auction previews. Decorating house and home for fall anytime before mid September is traditionally a tad too early for this bird. Although, tomorrow’s forecast high/low for our little corner of the world is 79/50. I do believe that qualifies as all the fall decorating inspiration needed to begin a new tradition.
Looking forward to what’s cooking in the fall kitchen comes with the fall baking and cooking territory. Comfort plates a sweet and savory delight for the taste buds. Seasonal soups, spicy chili, hearty stews and gumbos of chicken and sausage will be cooking in the French blue pot.
Crisp deep colors complement core foundation pieces. Rather it’s a been in the family for generations accent chair or the I’ve had my eye on it and there’s no better time than fall to buy it area rug, the addition of seasonal color, texture and pattern enhances the decorating pomp and palette.
Personal decorating style and taste preferences determine what design element or decor piece immediately draws the eye. The rug and the table lamps in the above image speak gorgeous to me. Area rugs and table lamps lend an instant chic factor to the ambiance of a space.
Bless the powers that be at Dillard’s and the take an additional 40% off sale that brings forth the Southern Living Ash Feather Statue for a song- a sweet sale serenade. I have big fall decorating inspiration plans for the newest addition to the decorative accents and accessories inventory.
Winter white, a lovely color reminiscent of New Orleans style Cafe Au Lait, is a smashing color to complement a fall color palette.
The Christopher Knight Home Toddman Fabric High Back Club Chair is currently catching my fall decorating eye. The wingback side detail evokes thoughts of fireside evenings in New England. Neutral foundation pieces in colors such as winter white or light beige command decorative accents and accessories rich in seasonal colors to stand at vibrant attention.
You never know what the catalyst for your fall decorating inspiration will be. A throw pillow here, an accent piece there- updating your home decor to reflect the fall season warms up home and hearth and invites the current season’s best in color, texture and pattern show into your places in the home.
The return of high school, college and NFL football signals it time for Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste tailgating ideas and recipes. The football nation is gearing up for another season of supporting the home team under Friday night lights, at stadiums filled to crowd capacity with all on eyes on the scoreboard Saturdays and NFL Sundays.
It is difficult to comprehend the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey. How the citizens in the affected counties and parishes of Texas and Louisiana will ever recover, rebound, and rebuild is almost incomprehensible. There is nothing pretty about the cruel ugliness of destruction, and the road to recovery will be long and trying. Looking ahead to what will become the new normal and knowing first hand the resolve and the resilience of Texans and Louisianians, I can tell you what appears to be impossible to many will be proven to be possible by many.
Support reaches across state lines, keyboards, texts, social media accounts and goal posts. The football nation is “gearing up” to support the citizens of the great state of Texas devastatingly affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste
Gathering with several thousand of your closest football fan friends for Rah! Rah! Rah! good times in roaring good taste to roast, toast, grill and gab before the game has become an event almost as exciting as the game itself.
Seasonal flowers, natural or spray painted branches, magnolia leaves or seasonal stems paired with vintage or in the style of vintage trophy or champagne bucket vases make impressive centerpiece presentations.
Bargain bins, dollar and thrift stores and end of season clearance sales can be tailgating tabletop treasure troves. Give the attic or storage closet a once over for football themed oldies but goodies to put to decorating use.
Now let’s look at a few Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes.
Show your football in the fall spirit with this in the spirit of fall spirit. Delish shows us this easy recipe and serving presentation idea for Apple Pie Vodka. Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste cheers to you!
Fellow tailgaters invited to join in the pregame ritual of gathering together over food and drink love to bring something to the tailgating table. When our Baton Rouge tailgating friends ask what can they bring my stock answer is fried chicken. Pick up a basket, box or bucket of this tailgating food favorite and bring the delicious and the easy to the table.
Did someone say chopped bacon? Fresh garden tomato? Diced red onion? Chopped bell pepper and garlic? Just add garden rotini cooked according to package and your favorite brand of ranch salad dressing.
I love the recipe for Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Pecan Pie Ermine Buttercream by The Tough Cookie look- perfect for a taste of fall. For the recipe click on the link The Tough Cookie.
Dessert and coffee go together like football and tailgating.
Make mine a cup of LSU Blend Special Dark Roast from Community Coffee- a Louisiana tailgating tradition.
I hope these Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes make a touchdown with your tailgating good times.
Tom Petty knows exactly what he’s talking about when he sings the waiting is the hardest part. Waiting, especially in a hospital situation, requires a vast amount of patience and a variety of good reading material. I’m what you would call a student of the old school- a scholar of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it studies. In other words, I decided to read a print magazine instead of pulling up a digital edition on my tablet. I spied a couple of shelter magazines of house and home interest in the rack – some with current cover dates, and some not so current. Enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information beneficial to all things house that make a home will always make for a good read, regardless of cover date. I look at it as an interior design, decorating, home decor accessories, antiques and how to score the best of the best refresher course.
The first article of interest gave the reader tips for successful flea market, garage and estate sale shopping. Everyone has their own way of treasure hunting, but there is a proven core strategy. In the world of antique auctions, flea markets and estate sales, the preview is the time to get your deals and steals game on. Dave the Builder and I split up; a divide and conquer technique that works for us.
I keep a notebook and pen in hand for taking notes from everything to lot number to condition to dealer location to asking price to this is my absolute bottom bottom line price offer, bid etc…
Dave takes close up pictures with his cellphone of the pieces he is interested in to further examine for imperfections before bidding begins. The deal can be found in the imperfection only if you can do the repair, refinish or reupholster yourself or hire out for little out of pocket money.
Auction houses stack items tight and tall in dark spaces and corners to utilize floor space. A crowded house or stacked to the walls booth translates to scores of salable merchandise. For this reason we bring his and hers flashlights so we don’t overlook a fracture or fine-line crack.
Dealers at flea markets, estate and garage sales begin to discount unsold items later in the sale which can work to a buyer’s advantage. Larger ticket items can be worth the risk of playing the waiting game. I’ve scored several pieces for a steal, and missed out on some too. It’s strictly depends on the item and nerves of “steal”.
It’s basically an in the moment call.
Now let me share with you another enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information gem stemming from the magazine article my mother read while keeping me company in the hospital waiting room. Our recent coffee talk conversation went a little something like this:
My mother: “Sister, what is WTF?”
Me: “An acronym for Where’s the Food.”
It took me about three seconds to realize I’d better tell her what WTF really means. Leaving her in the dark depths of millennial slang, risking her repeating to her beauty shop cohorts and the ladies that lunch loyal what she thinks is simply a hip colloquial term would be irresponsible on my part. Funny, but irresponsible.
Me: “Mother, WTF is slang for What the F***.”
I was curious why she wanted to know what WTF means, so I did what any respectable curious and/or noisy person does. I asked.
Me: “Mother, why do you want to know what WTF means?”
My mother: “When Dave was in the hospital and we were in the waiting room, I was reading in a magazine (she can’t remember the name of the magazine, but she can remember WTF) a story about a woman catching her tweenage daughter texting WTF. The woman asked her daughter what WTF means. “With the Family,” replied the fast thinking tween.
Fast forward several months to when the woman, a newbie to Facebook and the speak, slang, and acronyms of social media, posted an update from their family vacation to Paris. Surprised by the amount of likes her post received, she shared the development with her tween daughter. The daughter asked the mom what she was posting vis-à-vis the vacation. “In Paris WTF.”
Me: Well, now you know.
We’re headed back to the hospital next week for more tests, more waiting, more reading. I think I’ll bring a few of the shelter magazines from my 2017 stack to donate to the cardiac unit waiting room reading material collection. A good read passes the time, enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information are always appreciated, and a good laugh lightens the mood. As they say, laughter often is the best medicine.
The hotter it gets in the dog days of summer, the less time spent in the kitchen cooking and baking the better. Yes, I know we live in the modern age of central air, but the excuse of it’s too hot to cook gets me out of many a late summer what’s for dinner dilemma. That’s where this recipe for Ranch Quick Bread comes in. This easy to mix, quick to fix, and deliciously filling Ranch Quick Bread recipe hits the spot with big flavor for a small supper.
Ranch Quick Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 package dry Ranch seasoning mix
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk**
½ stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup cottage cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
When I first started Places In The Home, getting down to the heart of the matter consisted of learning the nuts and bolts of the blogging format. People in the blogging know offered guidance and advice regarding good visual content, SEO, menus, sidebar content and the like. Some of the advice I implemented, and some I filed under advisement. One suggested aspect of the personal side of the above the fold offerings was to share with the readers a vivid account of your life story. The About Me page basically tells the Places In The Home story, so the suggested getting into the weeds My Story page is a page I have not added to the navigational menu, and probably never will.
Places In The Home is a design and decorating show and tell for the all things house that make a home enthusiast. The principal players at Places In The Home (that would be me & Dave the Builder) are designed for building and making and designing and decorating and fixing things and antiques and cooking and then showing and telling you all about it. Throw in a backstory or two about our son aka the Canadian snowbird, family traditions and celebrations, travel and Louisiana lagniappe and there you have it. We are not an overly complicated bunch.
Part of our story now includes why radio silence fell across the Places In The Home blog and social media platforms last week. Due to an unexpected and serious situation last Tuesday morning, one member of the Places In The Home team landed in the emergency room as the patient with the other member of the home team reporting for prayer warrior, supporter, coordinator and caregiver-in-chief duty. One ambulance ride, ER admit, monitors galore, three night hospital stay, premier cardiologist, stellar nursing staff, electrical cardioversion, out with old, in with new medicines and scheduled stress test later we are home.
“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”
– Sakyong Mipham
There is a time and place for everything. Sitting in the hospital frightened yet vigilant in faith and prayer puts all things house that make a home into perspective.
It was not the place nor the time to whip out the device of choice and snap a pic or pop off a post. Thank you for understanding the heart of the matter.
God’s guidance and mercy lights the path to strength in trying times. To God be the glory, great things He hath done!
As promised, here is part two of what I did on my summer statecation otherwise titled Vacation Observations and Treasures Show and Tell. My blogging routine is suffering from a case of the I’m ready for summer to be over and fall to get here slowdown blues. Taking time to hunt and gather images, ideas and inspiring notes of design and decorating interest for fall and home for the holidays sharing benefits both author and reader. It’s gonna be good!
Summer whispers into the ear of the normal day-to-day routine let’s blow this gig. You’ve got places to go, people to see, ideas to develop. Summer didn’t have to tell me twice it was time to book a five day statecation to the Shreveport/Bossier City area. Antiquing and vintage shopping is a big part of the vacation equation, and traveling by car makes it super easy to load that baby up with finds, treasures and home goods. My must shop list includes Dillard’s, Belk, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. For good while we’re here measure I threw in a let’s stop by the new Whole Foods Market Shreveport. Try, try as I may to figure out what the whole Whole Foods hullabaloo is all about, I don’t get it. Take it away, Josh Baskin.
Perusing the East 70th Street retail and restaurant offerings, I noticed a peppering of construction crews and roll offs. Curiosity leads inquiring minds to need to know info. Look what’s coming to Shreveport.
Shreveport has hit the all things house that make a home jackpot. I am decorating and dining happy. Happy to
and beyond! I do love a good game of wordplay.
Our Home away from Home- Horseshoe Bossier City
One up way too early for a vacation day coffee call served up one what do you want to do today round table discussion. Antiquing it is. Wifi connected us to six shops of interest and roads to follow.
Treasures Show and Tell Observation #1
Change is the only constant in today’s antiques marketplace. When Dave and I were actively “in the biz,” the proprietor of the antique mall we were in required dealer inventory consist of at least 80% antiques with an allowance for 20% vintage collectibles. An antique by law is an item at least 100 years old. Vintage collectible refers to an item at least 50 years old. We advertised as an antiques shop, and the inventory reflected that. Assuming (you know what they say about assuming) all antique shops adhere to the same truth in advertising rule, when the sign says antiques I brake for antiques. On the other hand, if a shop’s name has the word or words curiosity, vintage, thrift, trading, collectibles, junque or consignment in it I know what’s in store. Out of the six antiques shops visited, only three fit the bill. Two featured vintage finds and curiosities, and one is nothing more but a shadow of its former antique mall glory.
Treasures Show and Tell Observation #2
It dawned on me after viewing booth after booth of painted pieces that I have an issue with the trend that in my opinion has stayed too long at the party. It’s a disgrace when an item is touted as an authentic painted piece picked and plucked from an old farmhouse, feed, hardware or general store when in truth it is fresh off the chalk paint, font and Pinterest bandwagon. Many an unsuspecting and trusting customer gets duped by this practice, and I think it is absolutely shameful. Buyer beware.
Good advice and odd artwork caught my attention.
Dave the Builder, always clever in his delivery, exclaimed for sale as in fore sale! upon the sighting of this Louis Vuitton golf bag.
Treasures Show and Tell Observation #3
I’m kicking myself for not buy this St Francis garden statue. The best time to buy an antique, collectible, vintage treasure or in the case concrete garden statue is when you see it.
Restaurant china creamers and syrup pitchers are my collecting thing, and when priced under $5 call these sold!
A small print and a steamboat saucer rounded out my big haul.
Treasures Show and Tell Observation #4
Small finds can make big impacts in the grand decorating and color scheme of things.
Our summer statecation is in the rear view mirror, and I’m already checking rates and availability for a quick late fall getaway. In the meantime it’s back to work, decorating ideas and the holidays are right around the corner plans. In blog housekeeping news, I am currently in the middle of attempting to migrate my existing site to a new and improved cPanel hosting platform. This, my friends, should be good. Technical blah, blah, blah but necessary to keep things up to speed. I’m about to lose my mind and my religion over this, but I’m determined to do this. If I don’t break the site, Places In The Home will be back up running and loading lightening fast next week. Have a lovely rest of the week.