Fall Home Decor and Recipes Gotta Have It List

Blog posts, like the spaces and places in the home, benefit from seasonal updating.  If you’re like me, all things fall home decor and recipes counts as a conversation worth having and a blog post worth reading.

fall home decor and recipes

Fall home decor and recipes suited for cozy days into evenings and scrumptious snacks and meals scripts a feels good to be home narrative.

As the dog days grow shorter and first signs of changing colors make their presence known,  thoughts of fall naturally come to mind.

Oh, what fall fun we decoristas have when we are:

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Helen Norman

Setting seasonal tablescapes.

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Autumn Harvest Rice Recipe

Developing, delighting in, and discovering recipes big on the flavors of the season.

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Decorating the interiors and exteriors of house, heart, home, and hearth.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Great serving pieces, serving trays, compotes, set of table linens, throw pillows, lamps, wall accents, rugs- 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.

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Don’t forget the menu.

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Talk about one of the most delicious ways to welcome fall home decor and recipes to a new season!

Let’s take a look at this season’s Gotta Have It list.

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Brooks Brothers Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp

French Bulldog Teapot– just for fall fun!

Autumn Spice Toile Salad Plates

J&G Meakin “Romantic England” Gravy Boat

Better Homes & Gardens Sweater Knit Decorative Square Throw Pillow

Fall Acorn Shaped Pillow

Figural Pine Cone Wax Candle

White Leaf Table Decor

12.5in Wood Give Thanks Lazy Susan

Cozy is a delightful guest- one who never wears out its welcome. Designing a cozy setting is not an exercise in difficulty.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Stacy Goldberg

Warm colors mingled among textured accents, collected finds, and antique pieces set against the backdrop of layers of soft and comfy candlelight or a crackling fire in the fireplace invite cozy to settle in and stay awhile.

Glass Figural Pumpkin Acorn Trails - Threshold™

Glass Figural Pumpkin Acorn Trails – Threshold™

Bring a little pumpkin of your favorite spice and scent to your fall soiree.

4pk Glass Votive Set Vanilla Pumpkin

4pk Glass Votive Set Vanilla Pumpkin

Getting into the fall of it all is fun, keeps things decoratively interesting, and doesn’t have to break the bank.

Fall Cream Berry & Wheat Wreath by Bloom Room

Fall Cream Berry & Wheat Wreath by Bloom Room

Hops Arrangement in Ceramic Pot

Hops Arrangement in Ceramic Pot

Mini Maple Leaf Wreath Red

Mini Maple Leaf Wreath Red

4pk Figural Votives Apples Candle Red

4pk Figural Votives Apples Candle Red

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Southern Lady Magazine

Time spent in the kitchen at fall is time spent in the presence of the comfort of home.

Kitchen Towel 'Multi-Plaid'

Kitchen Towel ‘Multi-Plaid’

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Vintage Pewter Sugar Bowl with Oak Acorn Motif

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Late summer into early fall sunsets casts shadows full of nuance ready to shadow dance with rich colors, patterns and textures that highlight the very best of the season.

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If I didn’t know better, I would think wooden dough bowls strictly exist for housing a natural bounty of fall’s most gorgeous finds.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Edmund Barr

Rich warm colors perfectly accentuate indoor and outdoor spaces prime for feathering in seasonal splendor.

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Fads & Frames

Rework a display you’ve enjoyed during the previous season with a simple addition to and subtraction of.

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When creating a fall -autumn inspired arrangement, I like to let the flora fall where they may.

Frankly, it plays up the natural aspect of the season which advances the uncomplicated yet beautiful effect you’re going for.

Red and yellow tropical Proteas as a stand alone or complementing accent add seasonal color, and look absolutely smashing with a bouquet of foliage.

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Fall treasuring hunting has commenced focusing on new and vintage items for fall decorating.

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Staying close to home and heart with home decor accessories selections in a vintage and antique theme comes naturally to my tastes.

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Fall feasts reminds me of a neighbor friend who is known for a strict and steadfast entertaining rule she swears by.

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

She is of the belief it is in poor taste and the epitome of bad entertaining manners to have an empty cake stand or cake plate set out on the buffet or sideboard when having guests over.

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Far be it from me to argue with that particular entertaining principle, so allow me to play the fall baking fairy furnishing y’all with my apple nut cake recipe complete with sprinkles of cinnadust.

This classic recipe is a c’est si bon fall favorite, and is cake stand or plate worthy.

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Apple Nut Cake

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

½  cup brown sugar

2 eggs

½  teaspoon nutmeg

½  teaspoon cinnamon

½  teaspoon ground cloves

½  teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½  cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped pecans

½  cup applesauce

3 cups fresh apples, peeled and sliced

Icing

½  cup firmly packed light brown sugar

¼  cup butter or margarine

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

½  cup chopped pecans

Directions

Peel and slice apples.  Add brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves and lemon juice to apples coating well; set aside.  Mix together sugar and oil.  Add the eggs and beat until creamy.  Add vanilla.  Combine salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour together.

Introduce dry ingredients in small amounts to sugar and oil mixture.  Next, add apples, applesauce and chopped pecans and mix by hand.

Bake in greased and floured Bundt pan in 350 degree oven for approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the icing:

In a medium saucepan bring brown sugar, butter, and milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring or whisking constantly.  Boil for one minute continuing to stir or whisk constantly.

Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and stir or whisk until smooth and continue until it begins to thicken slightly.  Immediately drizzle over cooled cake.  Top with walnuts or pecans.

As a tasty bonus, I’m adding my recipe for Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup as a culinary accompaniment to the antique white pumpkin soup tureen on my Gotta Have It list.

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Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon minced garlic

2 cans Great Northern beans

1½ cups cooked chicken, shredded

1 32 ounce box chicken broth

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 cups water

Directions

Melt the butter in Dutch oven (or just toss the butter in with the veggies like I do).  Add the sliced carrots, chopped celery and chopped onion.  Sauté until onions become translucent.

Add shredded chicken, beans, bay leaf, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate all the flavor goodness together.  Add water, bouillon cube and chicken broth bringing to a boil.

Once a good bubbling boil is reached, reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and serve with crackers or cheesy cornbread.

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Spicy sea salt and black pepper crackers add a touch of the all important c’est si bon.

While we’re on the subject of crackers, fall, cozy, snacks, and seasonal goodness, let’s pumpkin cheese ball this fall recipes thing up.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jacob Fox

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Ingredients

2  8 ounces pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded

¾ cup canned pumpkin

¼ cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Assorted crackers

Directions

Combine cream cheese, 1¼ cups cheddar cheese, the pumpkin, butter, sage, paprika, garlic powder, and ¼ tsp. each salt and black pepper.  Beat with a mixer on medium until fluffy.

Chill, covered, 4 to 24 hours.

Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into a ball.  Unwrap; roll ball in remaining  ¾ cup cheddar.  Serve with crackers.

Serves 24.

To shape into a pumpkin:

After rolling the cheese ball in the remaining cheddar cheese, rewrap the ball in plastic wrap.  Place a few rubber bands vertically around the cheese ball to form ridges.  Chill 30 minutes.

-Better Homes & Gardens

Is there a hint of fall in your part of the world?

Embrace the beauty and the taste of fall and give it a welcome home, old friend shout out from me.

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