Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Cookbooks are not my only source for finding delicious recipes. In fact, I am always intrigued at trying out recipes I find on Pinterest! If you have a recipe that looks good, I’m down for giving it a try!

While visiting Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago, I came across their sweetened dried orange slices and automatically thought how good these would taste (and look) on top of a orange flavored cake. Since we are in cranberry season, I searched for recipes that included these two ingredients.  I found this Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Poundcake recipe via Key Ingredient.

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Rather than the poundcake version, I used my muffin pans to bake these. I can’t tell you how moist and flavorful they were!! Not only did our kitchen smell like citrus goodness, one bite of these muffins and our taste buds exploded with the burst of orange and cranberry flavor combination! I placed one of the sweetened dried orange slices on top of each muffin that not only served as a decorative touch but an added flavor to enhance the orange taste.

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Whether you’re looking for a dessert recipe to serve this holiday season or simply delicious muffins to enjoy, I highly recommend you try this recipe. I did alter the recipe by adding 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed orange juice to the wet batter and instead of fresh cranberries, I used Craisins. Additionally, for the glaze, I used this recipe that called for the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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OUTDOOR FALL ENTERTAINING IDEAS {Seasonal Snacks + Cocktail + Decor}

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK, AND DECOR IDEAS

While the early evenings of fall may be brisk and cool, that doesn’t mean we should pack away our outdoor furniture. Instead, there are a few simple things you can incorporate (which you may already own) to create a cozy and warm outdoor space! Once you have transitioned your space from summer to fall, bring on the party!

Celebrate the season with my seasonal snacks, cocktail, and fall decor ideas.

Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK, AND DECOR IDEAS

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Seasonal Treat Tray.

Let’s start out with snacks, shall we! I think fall is the perfect time to indulge in its seasonal flavors. For this savory snack blend, I used everything with apple and pumpkin flavors. I wanted to create something similar to charcuterie board – the concept being  you build your tray by adding a variety of small amounts of snack items in a cluster form. It’s a tray that will attract anyone who loves sweet and/or salty!

Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK, AND DECOR IDEAS

Here is what I used to create this sweet and salty tray filled with savory seasonal delights:

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Fall-flavored Dessert & Signature Cocktail.

Next up, dessert and a cocktail! You guessed it…I continued my autumn flavors with this pumpkin cake. You can either purchase your pumpkin or apple flavored baked goods or bake one. If you prefer to bake something, check out this pumpkin cranberry bread recipe. For other options, check out this post where I featured the best pumpkin recipes to try. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or elaborate party – offer your guests a signature themed cocktail you prepared.  Since this is an outdoor gathering, you may want to serve something warm, like this apple cider hot toddy or this cinnamon-pumpkin toddy.

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Festive & Seasonal Entertaining Essentials.

To celebrate the season, pull out any of your fall kitchen entertaining essentials. I used my white and gold owl cake stand.  I purchased my stand last year from Home Goods but found a similar one online here and here.

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK, AND DECOR IDEAS

Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK, AND DECOR IDEAS

Keep warm. 

To keep you and your guests warm from the crisp fall air, toss a few throws in a basket and have them near your outdoor sofa or chair so that they can be easily accessible. For other ideas to keep your guests warm…break out your outdoor patio heater or fire pit. Not shown in any of today’s featured pics is our propane patio heater. We are looking to purchase a new one since ours is no longer working.

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Festive decor.

The simplest way to add fall festive touches are with with pumpkins, but of course! I placed a small pumpkin on our outdoor ceramic accent stool and another one on the ottoman tray.

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Decor & Colors.

I prefer neutral tones for our outdoor living furniture because it is easier to transition from season to season. You can easily reflect the colors of the season in your decorative toss pillows, florals and decor accent pieces. I brought in a purple colored mum and purchased this faux dahlia, rose & hydrangea arrangement that came in a pretty container – designed with a gold-leaf accent (currently on sale/clearance!)

OUTDOOR FALL ENTERTAINING

To mimic the golden colors of floral arrangement, I placed these preserved eucalyptus and silver dollar bundle in a clear vase on top of the bar cart (also on sale now!) The bundle came wrapped with a piece of burlap fabric, so in keeping with the fall vibe, I covered the inside of the vase by placing the burlap inside. This gave the vase an earthy and rustic look.

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

For other natural decor pieces, I brought out my driftwood and placed it on ottoman tray.

OUTDOOR FALL ENTERTAINING

Outdoor Fall Entertaining: FOOD, DRINK & DECOR IDEAS

Lighting.

While it’s not time yet for us to change our clocks back, you may have noticed that it’s already starting to get a little darker, earlier. Bring out your patio lights and if you don’t own any, place plenty of candlelights throughout your outdoor space. I pulled out my lanterns for the side tables and hurricanes for the outdoor dining table.

I hope you enjoyed our outdoor living tour, how I transitioned our outdoor deck to the fall season and some ideas on fall flavored treats and sips!

Happy Fall and Happy Entertaining!!

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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Great Finds: MY FAVORITE FALL ETSY ITEMS

When it come to supporting crafters and artists and their handmade goods, I like to hop on over to Etsy and visit my favorite shops and also visit new ones.  Since we are officially in the fall season, I’m all about adding autumnal touches that will bring personality and spruce up any room in your house! Today, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite Etsy items with my round-up of fall-inspired items.

Great Finds: MY ETSY FALL FAVORITES

Shop the Post: 

1.  Throw Pillow Fall Things: add this pillow on an accent chair in a cozy corner of your house!

2. Morning Pumpkin Ceramic Mug: when it comes to fall, we all know it’s pumpkin everything, so why not start your mornings with a cheeky fall-inspired saying to your sweetie.

3. The Snuggle is Real Throw Blanket: who doesn’t like to snuggle up on the sofa and get cozy…loving this decorative throw blanket!

4. Tea Towel Grateful Hearts: when in the kitchen cooking up a storm for the Thanksgiving holiday – what a wonderful way to be reminded of what it is all about!

5. Thankful & Grateful Wine Gift Bag: the season will soon be upon us for attending holiday soirées and a great way to show your appreciation to your host is with a bottle of wine packaged in this rustic yet chic gift bag. 

6. Pumpkin Spice Shirt Fall Graphic Tee: this cozy tee paired with a pair of comfy jeans and ankle booties is a perfect weekend outfit to spend outdoors. 

7. Cozy Cabin Scented Soy Candle: a blend of Winter Air, Sweet Amber, Mandarin Leaf, White Cedar, Raw Cinnamon, Rich Cardamom, Nutmeg Shavings, Sandalwood, and Cashmere Vanilla. Oh, what a wonderful way to fill a room in your house with fall-like scents!

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Entertaining: EARLY FALL TABLESCAPE INSPIRATION

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Leaves are about to fall and change as bright bold colors paint the landscape of all the trees, the first hint of chill is in the early morning air as summer turns into fall. The weather is still enjoyable to gather and dine alfresco style, so make your outdoor dining table a cozy place to be with nature’s picturesque window as your backdrop.

For today’s inspiration post, I would like to share a few ways on how I transitioned my tablescape from late summer to early fall and how I let nature and some of the elements of the season dictate the items I chose.

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

 Tablescape details

- Colors

‘Tis the season for warmer tones! Color is key when it comes to pulling a theme together. Pick a palette and choose colors that whispers fall. Blue hues will transition easily into the early days of fall. My hydrangea centerpiece includes a cluster of various colors such as, cream, light and dark blue, and light purple. Flowers makes any type of gathering a special one!

Here, I dressed the table with a quilted fabric that automatically gives off that cozy blanket type of feel and coordinates well with the color palette of the flower arrangement. I paired the blues hues with a plum color.

You want the color scheme to flow throughout your table. Limit yourself to colors in the same tint family. To create a sense of continuity, select one or two colors and then use variations of it.

- Flatware

Considering its warm color, the ideal metal for fall is the earthy look of copper. The copper hue resembles a burning fire. To bring more of that copper color, I used my two-tier copper tray and filled it with grapes and dates that purposely have that purple hue.

-Glassware

Rather than using one color drinking glass, I decided to incorporate mismatched color glasses. I used a blue and deep purple color – it added a bit more interest to the table.

- Dinner Napkins

Dinner napkins are stretched across the salad plate. I love the natural feel and organic look of the cotton dinner napkins. The fringe details of these napkins resemble that of a cozy throw! The pattern design of the napkins coordinate well with the dinner plates and the colors match perfectly. For a decorative touch, the napkins are accented with a stem of Larkspur that are similar in color to the hydrangea centerpiece. A single stem makes a great place card – extra touches make the table extra festive and will guarantee smiles on your guests faces!

- Dinner Plates

Since it is still summer, I wanted limited bold colors because that would have given off more a moody vibe. I went with a neutral beige dinner and salad plates to balance the two bold primary colors. If you noticed – the flower vessel is the same creamy beige color as the dinnerware. A good rule of thumb when choosing colors is two have at least two places with the same color!

- Charger Plates

For a rustic touch, I used dark brown rattan round charger plates. The color resembling that of a tree trunk. The dark brown grounded the cream-colored dinner plates.

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Toast the upcoming fall season and move the party to the yard, patio, or deck. Watch the sun go down and relax and enjoy!

-Photos + Tablescape Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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ADD THESE FALL-INSPIRED CANDLE SLEEVES + FRAGRANCE PLUG-IN TO YOUR HOME DECOR

Happy September! Well, with Labor day just two days away – it’s a reminder that is the last holiday of the summer season as we transition to fall. I’ve already spotted fall decor in my local shops to give us a head start on making our home a festive haven for the upcoming fall season.

My favorite go-to home decor essential for any season are fragrant candles. What better way to celebrate fall than with the comforting smells of scented candles. Now you can accent your candle with a beautiful fall-inspired candle sleeve or add a fragrant festive plug-in! I’ve rounded up my favorites below from Bath&Body Works/White Barn.

ADD THESE FALL-INSPIRED CANDLE SLEEVES + FRAGRANT PLUG-IN TO YOUR HOME DECOR

Do you have a favorite? Which ones would you add to your seasonal home decor?

1. Shimmering Pumpkin Pedestal

2. Pinstripes & Leaves 3-Wick Candle Sleeve

3. Shimmering Wheat Bundle Wallflowers Fragrance Plug

4. Champagne Pearl Gem Pedestal 

5. Large Elm Branch Luminary 3-Wick Candle Sleeve

6. Large Fall Leaves Nightlight Wallflowers Fragrant Plug

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