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Entertaining: PUMPKIN-INSPIRED OUTDOOR FALL TABLESCAPE

With the autumn season, savor the early fall evenings that are not too brisk but cozy enough to dine outdoors. Whether you are dining alfresco on your deck, patio, or backyard, debut your tablescape with a spectacular display of white pumpkins to celebrate the season!

Entertaining: PUMPKIN-INSPIRED OUTDOOR FALL TABLESCAPE

Entertaining: PUMPKIN-INSPIRED OUTDOOR FALL TABLESCAP

Entertaining: PUMPKIN-INSPIRED OUTDOOR FALL TABLESCAPE

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the sneak peek video I had posted of today’s featured post. Inspired by my table linen, designed with a motif of pumpkins, I decided to create a table runner filled with medium to large white pumpkins. In between the pumpkins, I displayed an assortment of mismatched antique brass candleholders, topped with white taper candles that casts a flickering glow down the center of the fall-themed table.  Wooden charges were used to bring warmth to the table. I kept the place settings casual and subdued with white tempered glass dinner plates and my Rook flatware - the black flatware handles give off that rustic vibe. A nod to the fall season, I placed dry pinecones with a name tag on each dinner napkin. I used my vintage clear crystal stemware to add a little luster to the table.

Entertaining: PUMPKIN-INSPIRED OUTDOOR FALL TABLESCAPE

Wondering what decadent flavors to feature in the dinner menu? Check out this delicious One Pan Pork Chops with Apples recipe and for dessert, this easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle recipe.

Entertaining: PUMPKIN-INSPIRED OUTDOOR FALL TABLESCAPE

Entertaining: PUMPKIN-INSPIRED OUTDOOR FALL TABLESCAPE

I hope my effortlessly pumpkin-inspired fall tablescape has inspired you to create your own and to entertain outdoors this fall season with good friends and family.

Happy Entertaining!

-Photos & Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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Fall Cocktail Recipe: COZY UP WITH A S’MORES CORDIAL

Whether you’re enjoying your evenings by the fire pit or building the first fire of the fall season, savor the cozy moment with this S’mores Cordial cocktail recipe!

Cocktail Recipe: COZY UP THIS FALL WITH A S'MORES CORDIAL

Fall Cocktail Recipe: COZY UP WITH A S'MORES CORDIAL

This weekend was the first time we uncovered our new fire pit. Now mind you, we had our fire pit for a year now but never had the chance to use it. Starting this weekend, we are expected to feel much cooler temps and a nice way to cozy up by the fire is with a warm S’mores cordial! If you love S’mores, I’ll bet you may just enjoy this cordial that has all the ingredients that makes for a tasty drink.

I adapted this recipe from Mrs Lilien’s Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook. The recipe calls for bourbon but I substituted it with Rum Chata instead and for a bit of sweetness, I added sweetened condensed milk. We loved the warm and creamy flavor of this cocktail! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Fall Cocktail Recipe: COZY UP WITH A S'MORES CORDIAL
 
This recipe was adapted from Mrs. Lilien's Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook; "Mrs Campfire Cordial".
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 2 TBSP of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Hershey's Bar, break out 3 individual squares
  • 4 ounces of Rum Chata
  • 2 medium-sized Marshmallows (use jumbo size if you will be using a large cup or mug)
  • 3 Graham Crackers, crushed

Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and the chocolate pieces to a simmer and stir until the chocolate is melted.
  2. Carefully dip the rims of your cup/mug into the hot chocolate mixture and then onto the Graham Cracker Crumbs.
  3. Torch the tops of the marshmallows. If you don't own a torch - turn your oven to broil. Place a piece of Parchment Paper on a baking sheet then place your marshmallows on top and place baking sheet on the top rack. Depending on your oven, it should only take 1-2 minutes to brown.
  4. Pour 1 cup of hot chocolate into each cup and add 2 ounces of Rum Chata in each cup and stir.
  5. Top each cup with a marshmallow and serve warm.
  6. Enjoy!

-Pictures by Rose Angel Lopez

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THE EASIEST DIY MESSAGE PUMPKIN THAT REQUIRES NO WRITING, PAINTING, OR CARVING!

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’re looking to add a few autumnal touches around your house or on your tablescape, keep reading to check out my idea to help you welcome the arrival of fall this week!

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’ve been to big box home decor stores lately, you may have noticed a big trend of pumpkins with words on them.  My favorites are the white ceramic pumpkins detailed with words in gold font! It had me inspired to create my own DIY message pumpkin that does not require any writing, painting, or carving. You guys, it’s so simple and easy…just use large sticker alphabet letters! You have a variety of font styles and color options to choose from such as, black font, silver font, pink font, gold foil, and glitter font.

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

The brand stickers I used are Me and My Big Ideas – MAMBIsticks large alphabet sticker in uppercase and lowercase. I purchased mine from Michaels. I was only able to source the black glitter font alphabet stickers online but I’m sure you will be able to find them in the store!

DIY Pumpkin Message

I chose the message ‘Happy Fall’ for my pumpkins but there are so many words or messages you can add to your pumpkins that are perfect to celebrate the autumn season.

  • Hello Fall
  • Gather
  • Blessed
  • Thankful
  • Grateful

Places where you can decorate and place your message pumpkins are 0n your hall table, dining table, coffee table, kitchen counter/island, or the exterior of your front door entryway! Another idea is to purchase mini pumpkins and smaller font alphabet stickers – spell out the names of your dinner guests on the pumpkins and place each one on their dinner plate…it’s a festive way to use as a place card and a take home gift for your guests!

DIY Pumpkin Message

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Hopefully, this easy DIY idea will inspire and get you in the mood for your fall decorating!

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

DIY Message Pumpkins

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SINFULLY DELICIOUS TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S’MORE BROWNIES

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

Ah, fall…

This is the ultimate time in which we find ourselves baking homemade desserts as we get ready for the entertaining season. This is also a wonderful time to enjoy the crisp autumn air and early nightfall out by fire pit in the backyard. With that in mind, I think I might have just took s’mores to a whole other level, when I came up with this recipe…no counting calories here, you guys! No need to roast your marshmallows at your outdoor firepit because these s’more brownies are oven-baked and still have that ooey gooey goodness we all enjoy!

I simply love chocolate so I decided to add Nestle Trip Chip Morsels to the brownie mix. Once the brownie was baked, I topped it with a spoonful of sweet caramel dulce de leche spread and garnished with crumbled Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers.  This fall dessert is so rich and decadent, you’ll want to compliment it with a hot cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk!

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS
 
Perfect to enjoy at a backyard fire pit!
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Recipe type: Fall Dessert

Ingredients
  • 1 box, Brownie Mix
  • ¼ cup, Toll House Nestle Triple Chocolate Morsels
  • ¼ cup, Mini Marshmallows (reserve ⅛ for topping)
  • Toppings:
  • Dulce de Leche spread, drizzle as topping
  • Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers, crumbled

Instructions
  1. Follow the brownie box instructions to prepare. Add ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels and gently fold into your brownie batter mix.
  2. Pour the brownie mix into your prepared baking pan and top with the remaining ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels. Cover your brownie batter with marshmallows (add as much or little as you desire).
  3. Bake brownie according to the box instructions.
  4. Insert three whole graham crackers in a sandwich bag and seal. Take a rolling pin and roll it over the sealed bag until the graham crackers have crumbled.
  5. Once baked, remove brownie pan from oven and let cool (at least 15-20 minutes).
  6. Pre-cut your brownie into equal amount of squares. Individually add a teaspoon of dulce de leche spread and garnish with graham crackers.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

 

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

 -Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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Party Snack Food Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

A couple of weekends ago, we had hosted a small gathering at our house where I had prepared a variety of appetizers, a charcuterie board and some party snacks. One of the snack food items were these Red Hot Blue Corn Tortilla Chips that I had paired with a sampling of dips. Since we still had leftover tortilla chips, I decided to make this nacho platter while enjoying movie night at home.

A healthy-ish alternative to the typical loaded nacho platter, these nachos include tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno pepper, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and lime. If you crave nachos with flavor and heat but don’t want to pack the pounds, you will like this recipe! With the start of football season, up your nacho game…whether you prepare a one-sheet nacho for all to grab and enjoy or build-your-own nacho by creating a nacho bar for your guests, it’s a perfect addition to your party food menu!

RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS
 
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
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Recipe type: Party food
Cuisine: Nachos
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 36 baked blue corn tortilla chips
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
  • ¼ cup cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ lime

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9x13-inch baking dish or 11-inch deep-dish pizza pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Arrange 24 tortilla chips in single layer in prepared pizza pan. Top evenly with tomatoes, scallions, and jalapeno.
  3. Crush remaining 12 tortilla chips and sprinkle on top; sprinkle evenly with Monterey Jack. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro and squeeze lime juice over.

 

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe: Weightwatchers Family Meals cookbook

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