Although there’s no hard and fast scientific proof certain foods and food pairings simply taste better in a particular season, my taste buds attest to the fact baked pork chops paired with green apples, brown sugar onions, and sliced sweet potatoes dusted with ground cloves and fresh orange deliver the taste of fall.
3 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and sliced
3/4 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C). Heat olive oil in large skillet. Brown pork chops on both sides in oil.
Add chopped parsley and sliced apples to skillet. Cook until apples are slightly tender and parsley darkens.
Place pork chops on baking sheet and top with apple slices.
In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, Creole seasoning, nutmeg, thyme and hot water. Pour over pork chops.
Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chops has reached 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
Sweet potatoes grown in South Louisiana bring the taste of home to plate and table. My mother-in-law always said sweet potatoes and yams taste best after the first frost, but cravings won out over first frost patience.
Wash and cut six (6) medium sweet potatoes into thirds. Place potatoes on baking sheet. Sprinkle with ground cloves and drizzle olive oil over sweet potatoes. Slice an orange in half and squeeze juice from one orange half over potatoes. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until tender.
Cloves and oranges = fall aromatherapy.
A new addition to my taste of fall side dish rotation is brown sugar onions.
Did I mention easy?
Peel and slice 3 large onions. Place onions in medium saucepan. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar and ¾ cup water, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium and cover with lid. Cook until onions are tender.
Sweet, savory, and spicy blend, mix and marinate together to produce a fall dish full of seasonal flavors, comfort, and tradition fit for a crisp fall day or evening meal.
One post is good, but two is even better when it comes to Halloween party decorating suggestions.
Classic themes, colors, textures and patterns provide inspiration for these Halloween party decorating suggestions. It’s hauntingly amazing how something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful.
I couldn’t wait to comb the one, maybe two aisles (if you were lucky) of Halloween merchandise at the local five-and-dime and discount stores of the day, looking for more innocent than scary door decorations, plastic jack-o-lantern window lanterns, honeycomb centerpieces, and jointed cutouts.
A Halloween Holiday Haul
Halloween decorations have come a long way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three of these vintage or vintage style Halloween decorations.
Vintage black and white Victorian photos and framed portraits lend a certain amount of eerie charm while creating a haunted presence and ambiance.
Expensive is not on the Halloween party guest list. With deals, free printables, diy ingenuity, buy more save more promos, and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.
Place a red feather boa around the neck of a decorative bust and place in the center of the table for a dressed to the nines focal point wow factor effect.
Follow up with a trio of clear glass candle holders from the dollar store filled with decorative black sand.
Drop in a battery operated votive or pillar candle and drape Spanish moss from the sides, and poof!
Halloween party decorating suggestions magic.
You know what else would look especially spooky, creepy, and crawly good juxtaposed against Victorian elegance?
Note to self:
Add Jim Stafford’s “Spiders and Snakes” to the Let’s Halloween playlist.
Yes, I went there, and now I’m probably going to have nightmares.
Some would argue that’s the point, and others, like myself, would argue plastic or real, the fear of things that go hiss and squeak in the night is the exact reason why we stick with a kinder, gentler Halloween theme.
When I was a kid, our house was Halloween central due to the gargantuan bodark tree and the green horse apples (hedge apple or Osage orange) it produced. The neighborhood kids loved to throw them and then screech yuck at the sight and the smell.
Invited guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight as they cast their eyes upon these visual treats of Halloween party pageantry. Traditional colors, vintage style accents, and newly discovered decorative treasures conjure up oohs and aahs. Please join Places In The Home for our post Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas with just the right amount of fright, fog, and festive style.
I’m a sucker for vintage style throwback Halloween decorations. Dark and eerie rules the night for adults, but may prove to be frightening for younger attendees. Vintage style decorations make an excellent choice of theme for a family-friendly soiree.
These hauntingly elegant candelabras are guaranteed to garner attention. The holiday season is right around the corner, and both of these choices make the transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas dining table or sideboard.
Serving ideas for party potions of the leaded and unleaded varieties include a bewitching large black cauldron, copper ladle, diy beverage dispenser, holder, and punch bowl made from a pumpkin, and of course, dry ice to create a foggy good look.
Special effects cast a spell of delight for the eye at a Halloween happening. The dry ice punch bowl recipe from SheKnows spells how simple and safe instructions on how to boil over the Halloween punch bowl or cauldron.
This popcorn snack mix reminds me of Halloween night trick-or-treating back in the late 1960s-early 1970s when Halloween night trick-or-treating seemed to last for hours, no one was concerned with real creeps or danger in the form of poisoned candy, and me and my costumed friends lived for the homemade popcorn balls handed out by a neighborhood lady.
A tea cart packed with individually wrapped homemade popcorn balls greeted hordes of bedazzled trick or treaters.
Miss Phyllis continued this neighborhood tradition for many harvest moons, and there’s never a Halloween since that I don’t think back to her homemade popcorn balls.
A captivating centerpiece is an essential tablescape feature.
Centerpiece ideas include classic orange and black Halloween decorating accouterments, fresh or faux festive flowers, and creepy and crawly spiders and snakes in hauntingly beautiful form with a hint of chilling chic.
You local dollar store is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers. If you’re anything like me, you favor festive Halloween decorating ideas big on Halloween style, not Halloween prices.
It’s not too early to begin gathering festive Halloween decorating ideas and devilishly delightful goodies for your Halloween extravaganza. I hope one or more of these festive Halloween decorating ideas tricks and treats your Halloween spooktacular.
Don’t put off until the bitter cold hits what you can do now to ready your home for winter. It’s never too early to at the very least plan and at the best take the bull (winter) by the horns and show the elements who’s boss with these winter ready your home tips.
Big blustery talk won’t cut it, but the big blustery winds of winter will cut right through cracks, crevices, ill-fitting weatherstripping, and exposed pipes.
Can you feel the brrr?
There’s a winter ready your home tip for that.
Fresh Fall Snow in Winnipeg – 10/3/2018
Hygge is the Danish word used to describe a mood of coziness, comfortable, and contentment. I wholeheartedly subscribe to this feeling for house and home in spring, summer, fall and especially winter. Cozy, comfortable, and contentment is nurtured by warmth which is promoted by these winter ready your home tips.
Winter Ready Your Home Tips
Drafts, and cracks and leaks are the enemy of the manageable heating bill. Seek them out and seal them up with a tube of caulk. Check around your windows and doorframes for cracked, rotted or missing weatherstripping, installing new to prevent and reduce warm air from escaping.
Cover vents and openings to prevent unwanted guests of the eek! kind from making a winter home.
Trim and cut any branches back from your house. I suggest hiring a professional service to remove overgrown limbs, branches, and vines from electrical wires.
Don’t forget to winterize the patio furniture, planters, and pots we love to summer outdoor living to. Clean patio furniture and allow to completely dry, and then store in storage shed, basement, or garage to protect from the elements. Clean out planters and move potted plants inside.
Remove water hoses, wrap, and store away for the season. Drain sprinkler heads and valves in order to eliminate the pipes from bursting. Close drain valves. Set sprinkler timer to appropriate settings for the winter.
Wrap exposed pipes and cover outdoor faucets with a faucet cover to protect and prevent damage.
There’s a time and a place for a diy project, and getting your wood-burning fireplace safely and accurately winter ready is not one of those times. The best tip in this area is this: hire a professional chimney sweep.
Stock up now on the baby, it’s snowing outside essentials such as ice melter, snow shovel(s), ice chopper(s), snow brush, and snow scraper.
Our Canadian snowbird son called home this past Saturday to show and tell what fall looks like in his corner of the world. He and his lovely wife were welcoming several friends in for an evening of fall entertaining featuring fireside cocktails and fall themed food and drink.
We discussed what cocktails and dishes would be served, the fall decor touches his bride was adding to the mantle, how good of an idea it was for his mom to suggest a first fire of the season to warm up both home and hearth, and at the moment it just happened to be snowing.
Louisiana temperatures can’t see fit to drop below 83 degrees with 98% humidity. Meanwhile, the Canadian snowbird is not only enjoying fall, but winter to boot (or should I say aboot).
Cool, crisp, and cold weather signals it’s time to pull out the blankets and throws, start a fire in the fireplace, bedeck the abode to fit the season, and invite friends over to gather together for a it’s fall y’all celebration.
Part of the fun of entertaining is coming up with festive and creative ways to put a festive spin on the presentation of drinks, snacks, entrées, sides, and desserts.
My daughter-in-law is a loyal Michaels Stores shopper whereas her mother-in-law spreads the loyalty around in the name of the best deal. This past Sunday, I lucked up on a super Sunday sale at our local JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores.
I’m stocked and ready to fall to Thanksgiving tablescape.
Several fall decorating-entertaining-tablescapes show and tell emails between the two of us garnered ideas and inspiration across the miles.
She suggested I take a look at the fall into Thanksgiving themed pillow covers available from Wish.com. The grateful and the autumn pillow covers are on the way, and I can’t wait to see how the pillow covers in real fall decorating time will complete the look I have in mind.
I suggested she print and frame this lovely colorful fall printable from Refresh Restyle as fall favors for her guests. The link to the free printable is provided under the image.
This week finds me tuned into fall decorating inspiration 2018. Warming home and hearth with seasonal updates for fall in this the season of cozy colors, textures, and patterns appeals to my penchant for gifting the home, eye and heart with the much anticipated unveiling of the best the third season has to offer.
Transitioning the spaces and places in your home to mark summer’s exit and fall’s arrival is easily achieved through welcoming rich warm colors and engaging layers to create and convey a cozy mix. Let’s take a look at what’s in home motivated by fall decorating inspiration 2018.
A comfortable chair and a good book or magazine pairs well with a fall afternoon or evening. The cozy reading corner essential check list includes a table lamp, swing arm lamp, floor lamp, or small reading lamp producing optimum light. Add to that a spot table, a spot of tea, and a plush throw and you have the elements of comfort to ambiance.
The needlepoint fabric in pheasant detail I wanted was just a bit too pricey for my taste- $2000.00+ too much. One enhanced search and source session later and this P Kaufmann Game Birds Heritage Ducks Pheasants over Paisley fabric is on its way to Places In The Home.
Autumnal bouquets in harvest tones, pumpkins, gourds, acorns, pecans, cotton bolls, persimmons, apples, pears, ornamental cabbage, pansies- nature absolutely is the best arts and crafts store. When nature is in the house the simple yet elegant essence of fall-autumn is present and accounted for.
A touch of autumn through new to me art, accessories, scents and taste.
Pastels pair beautifully with deep rich tones of copper, mahogany, and ebony creating seasonal color contrast for fall through winter decorating.
A mix of traditional and modern pieces creates visual interest and curated contrast.
I can personally attest to the scentsational aroma of the Hot Buns and Apple Cinnamon Vanilla scented candles from Our Own Candle Company. The entire house smells so delicious when I burn one of these candles.
Fall is here, and what better way to announce its arrival than to welcome style home through fall decorating inspiration 2018. Simple enhancements in seasonal colors, textures, patterns, tastes, and scents reflect a warm feel and cozy character.
Many of us derive our personal design and decorating choices from affecting colors, textures, patterns, scents, sounds, and ingredients we’ve impressively seen, felt, heard, smelled, and tasted. If something leaves a lasting impression on you, one strong enough to influence your design and decorating choices, by all means bring it home! The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more chic than the home that beautifully demonstrates this.
Regardless of season or occasion, design and decorate with a sense of you in order to distinctly welcome personal style home.
Enlist the senses to aid in a frank assessment of what is working for you in the space and what is not.
Picture a tree and its branches.
The tree trunk represents your signature design style preference- the all things house that make a home foundation. Branch from the “trunk” with transitional pieces. Select a reference point for color, pattern, and/or texture and “branch” out from there.
If the date stamp on certain pieces has expired, purge these items from your decorating portfolio. I catch myself attempting to justify keeping pieces long past their decorative prime because somewhere in time it appealed to me, and perhaps it may again strike my fancy.
No, Hattie Hoarder, it won’t.
Say goodbye to the stale, the outdated, and the expired in lieu of something or nothing (less is more sometimes) better suited in its place to welcome personal style home.
Our interior design, decorating, and home decor choices reflect our core design style preferences. It’s these thoughtful and personal choices that resoundingly welcome personal style home.
I associate autumn with checking the how many days until autumn (or fall) countdown timer every day from the first day of August until the official first day of fall.
I’ve broaden my when will fall get here consults to include the SmokyMountains.com‘s fall foliage prediction map.
Louisiana and the deep South is estimated to experience the peak color for fall on November 19, 2018. Until the real color deal arrives, nandina leaves color my world with a hint of autumnal color.
Our sense of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch is naturally heightened by autumn’s splendor.
My East Tennessee roots run as deep as the fall foliage colors in full peak season, naturally leading me to check hotel availability in the Pigeon Forge area and the happenings at a Gatlinburg jewel, the Buckhorn Inn.
The above image is of the Transferware vegetable bowl I bought last year on one of my late October treasure hunts. When I spotted the A Welcome Inn sign in the pattern, my mind immediately engaged in a lightening round of I associate autumn with.
I associate autumn with a Transferware vegetable bowl placed upon the Thanksgiving table.
A framed print of Grace by Eric Enstrom hung on wall of my grandparent’s dining room and never fails to take me home.
Thanksgiving holidays spent in East Tennessee at my paternal grandparents house included aunts, uncles, and cousins from Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, and surrounding Tennessee towns gathered together in Fountain City to break cornbread together.
We lovingly referred to it as hillbilly old home week.