To look toward the beauty of a changing season, fall home decor and recipes! We’ve had our first preview of fall thanks to cooler mornings here in the deep South. I posted a tease of this post to my Facebook page and Twitter account for a midweek share, but I couldn’t wait. I makes no excuses nor apologies for my gush, excitement and early seasonal planning for what I am convinced is the absolute best time of year on all points weather, decorating, entertaining, tailgating, baking and designing. Wow, that’s a long sentence! That’s the great thing about favorite things- they compel us to share the excitement. Why cut corners with descriptive words that enhance the thought and beautifully get the point across?
Seasonal tablescapes, recipes, home decor and decorating embraces fall with a hello, old friend welcome. Rich, warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor. I’m getting my fall Gotta Have It list in order. Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes. Practice does make perfect, and striving for my retail gold medal brings much joy and style. Seasonal updating is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank. A great serving piece, table linens, throw pillows, lamp, wall accent, rug- it doesn’t take a complete space overhaul or remodel to introduce texture, color, or pattern of the season to your interior or exterior home decor. Oh, and don’t forget the menu. Talk about one of the most delicious ways to welcome a new season. Let’s fall!
From left to right:
Antique White Pumpkin Tureen with Ladle: Pier 1 Imports $39.95
Ellsworth Industrial Clock: Kirkland’s $69.99
Vintage Staffordshire Ironstone Fruit/Dessert Bowl Dish Bowls: Etsy $12
Feast Platter: Crate & Barrel $49.95
Birch Covered Round Pot w/Liner: Save on Crafts $9
Conscious Table Runner: H & M Home $9.95
The thrill is in the hunt, and hunt I’ve done over the last two weeks for new and vintage items for fall decorating. H & M Home is now available online with US shipping. Can I just tell you my keyboard is still in a state of search overload shock! The Conscious table runner, with a seasonal nod toward a bountiful fall harvest, is under heavy consideration. Great look, great price. Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who was known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swore by. She insisted an empty cake plate on the buffet was the epitome of bad manners. With that rule and fall in mind, I will furnish my recipe for Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.
Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 32 ounce cartons chicken broth
1½ cups cooked white or wild rice
2 skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
½ teaspoon fine ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons white wine
1 cup half and half
Heat olive oil and butter in a oven over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, parsley and carrots; saute until slightly tender. Pour in chicken broth, stirring to blend. Add sliced chicken, white wine, garlic powder, Kosher salt and pepper. Turn heat up to medium-high and bring soup to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low. Add the cooked rice and half and half, stirring to incorporate. Allow soup to simmer for at least 1 hour.
Is there a hint of fall in your part of the world?