Autumn Salad

IMG_4620This salad has such great autumn flavors, one of my favorites being roasted butternut squash. Yum!

3 c. salad greens

1 c. butternut squash, diced, roasted

2 chicken breasts, grilled, diced

1/2 avocado, diced

1/4 c. toasted almonds, sliced

2 eggs, boiled, chopped

1/2 c. beets, roasted, diced

1/4 c. dried cranberries

Balsamic Vinegarette Dressing:

2 T. honey

1 T. dijon mustard

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1 t. finely ground garlic

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

To roast the butternut squash and beets:  dice the vegetables. put them in a large Ziploc bag with olive oil, salt and pepper and shake to coat.  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees until the vegetables are tender.

Enjoy!

Fall Decor

IMG_4880 I just love decorating for fall, my favorite season.  Here are some of the areas that I decorated this fall in my home. This is my dining room table.

IMG_4883 Don’t be afraid to mix and match.  If you look closely at the fireplace mantle, I have used glittery pumpkins right along side more natural looking pumpkins, I think it makes it more interesting.

IMG_4885I use table runners or table cloths bunched up around vases or tablescapes for a softer look.  When I decorate, I use things that I have around the house, candlesticks, lanterns, urns, whatever I can find, so shop around your home and use things that don’t necessarily say “fall decor.”

IMG_4886  This urn is usually on my mantle in my living room.  I didn’t want to attach the pumpkin topiary permanently to the urn, so I glued leaves to the bottom of the lower pumpkin to make it look like it was all one piece.IMG_4887 I chose to layer this wreath on a drying rack that I have on my laundry room wall.  I really liked how the rack framed the wreath and gave it more of a presence.  I use leaves everywhere, I just love the way they look.

IMG_4879 I just love the bounty of the fall harvest and enjoy using a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables.  I got all of these items at Micheals. Be sure to shop the seasonal sales, you can easily save 50% off.  Be creative and have fun.  Happy Fall!

Pumpkin Bread

IMG_4891One of my very favorite things about fall is pumpkin, anything pumpkin.  This is a simple recipe that makes three loaves of moist, tasty bread.

2 1/2 c. flour

2 T. baking soda

3 c. sugar

1 t. salt

3 t. pumpkin pie spice

1-30 oz can of pumpkin

4 eggs

1 c. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix dry ingredients until well blended.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Divide pumpkin batter into three greased loaf pans.  Bake for one hour or until bread is golden brown.  Enjoy!

I Absolutely Love Fall!

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I just love fall!  I love the coolness in the air.  I love sweaters, scarves and boots. I love hearty soups and stews.  I love settling down into the fall routine after a long summer.  I love the changing of the leaves.  I love the fall harvest.  And I love sitting down with a great book and a hot cup of chai tea on a rainy afternoon.

I hope you enjoy your fall as much as I will.

Blessings to you.

Renae