Well, not only is it officially fall… summer is really but a distant memory at this point. Gone are the bright citrus colors of summer, the only colors you seem to find now are dark ones; rich chocolate browns, deep pumpkin oranges, burgundies & wines. Pumpkin Spice lattes & hot apple cider have replaced lemonade & iced coffee. It might not be that cold, yet, but it’s coming. It’s time for boots & sweaters & thinking about Halloween costumes.
Plus, the fall wreath I made has been hanging for almost a month! It’s time. Next up: halloween wreath. But first… the Friday Fifteen: Autumn love.
- First off, for me autumn is perfect candle burning weather. My favorites for this time of year are Yankee Candle‘s Witches Brew & Pumpkin Wreath, 1803 Candle‘s The Weathered Crow & Wood Stove Pie, Akeewakee Candle‘s Cedar Cinnamon Leaves (which I’m afraid was a gift a few years ago, and now I can’t find it anywhere on the internet) and two I got from Anthropologie: Vetiver Cedar & Golden Patchouli. There is nothing better than reading a book at night with one of these burning. And maybe a hot cup of tea.
- Okay, guys, you know what October is. It’s PUMPKIN TIME! Here are five of my favorite pumpkin-y baked goods: pumpkin cupcakes with a stabilized whipped cream frosting, streusel pumpkin muffins with cream cheese icing, pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes, maple pumpkin pasties, pumpkin muffins made from the cut-out jack-o-lantern pieces & double chocolate pumpkin cupcakes.
- And of course… here’s a pumpkin spice latte mix you can make at home. Easy peasy.
- Annnnnd one more thing; maple pumpkin butter.
- Coincidentally, my very FIRST Friday Fifteen ever was posted almost exactly a year ago! Well, it’ll be a year ago tomorrow. Time flies.
- Save all that beautiful squash you have! Especially butternut squash or other “winter squash.” If you have too much to use now, freeze it. Because you’re going to want to make a winter squash pie with brandy whipped cream. Yes, you are.
- I love these old photographs of women from the turn of the century in London/Paris. The original “street fashion”! Movie over, Elle & the Sartorialist. I think the Gibson girls here have you beat.
- I’m almost-but-not-quite embarrassed to admit that I enjoy reading Carson Daly’s girlfriend’s cooking blog.
- Pears are also in season now. If you’re a pear lover, try these pear & pumpkin ale preserves from Local Kitchen…
- … Or my pear-sauce with cardamom.
- And if you’re a pear lover whose more into desserts than things in mason jars- how about easy honeyed pear tarts?.
- Fried pumpkin hand pies? YES. YES. YES!
- My new favorite thing: putting tealights in brioche tins. It’s insanely simple, but it looks so beautiful on a table. Romantical lighting, foodie style! I suggest using bright silver-toned tins, not the darker non-stick variety (save those for actual baking). I got mine at Sur la Table.
- These spiced apple rings are on my “must make” list for the fall.
- Okay… last but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST: if you remember my last thrifting post, you’ll remember that I’m constantly on the look out for Pyrex “Spring Blossom” (or “Crazy Daisy”) patterned items as well as any pink/turquoise/black Pyrex items. Well, I’ve gotten some AMAZING finds! First a pair of 1950’s pink “Gooseberry” Cinderella Bake-Serve-Store casseroles; 1 qt. & 1 pt. Price? $3.00! Then, I got the final item to complete my mom’s “Spring Blossom” set: the smaller white bowl for $1.99. So now my mother’s set is finally “complete” & I got my very first pink Pyrex. Thanks again to Pyrex Love for all the education. Now, I’m still looking for more Spring Blossom, Butterprint & Gooseberry. I still want any & all pink/turquoise/black & white Pyrex I can get. But I’m really searching for the holy grails of Pyrex (to me anyway): Barbed Wire, (black) Snowflake, Duchess, Balloons, Medallion & Starburst.