OCTOBER

OCTOBER

October 17, 2017

THE FALL COFFEE STATION


Do you take the time to create a little space for your
favorite coffee mugs and all the accessories that go along with
your morning cup of Joe?
I have developed a fondness for mugs that send me good
thoughts early in the morning...
like being all warm and cozy on a dark, dreary and rainy October morning.....


Take a serving tray, in this case, I used my favorite wicker tray.
and splurge on a seasonal flavored coffee.....
I am offering PUMPKIN SPICE this season
add a sweet little sugar bowl....some colorful autumn napkins
and beautiful fall mugs!
I chose hammered bronze and oversized bronze and white mugs.


This puts me in the mood for hot biscuits
and pear jam to go along with the first cup of coffee....
What are you in the mood for this fall?

October 16, 2017

MINT GREEN FOR AUTUMN



Sometimes, you come across a little "pretty" that catches your eye.
In this case, it was this little mint green velvet pumpkin with
an actual pumpkin stem!
Oh my....designing the vignette continued.......


I do think the star of the farmhouse table this season,
is my new white pumpkin cast iron tureen...goes with everything!


Then came the mint green and navy woolen scarf to use as a runner...
along with the ivory lace plates....


Bring out the mint green coffee mugs.....
add some gorgeous green granny smith apples.....
and the little white squirrel nutkin....


Yes, indeed....
sweet Ree Drummond had just what I was looking for.....


I simply cannot stop admiring this little pumpkin....


Isn't it fun to see how a little vignette can take shape.....
Oh, yes, I layered in a little mint green gingham tea towel....


And. there you have it.....


Thank you little pumpkin....I really love you!

October 14, 2017

QUESO BLANCO DIP FOR YOUR TAILGATE PARTY


Hey Y'all....
it's football season and sweater weather!
We celebrate on the weekends by proudly waving the
TEXAS A&M flag and serve some delicious football foods!


I recently tried a new Queso recipe which everyone loved...
this came from my Publix cookbook I picked up down in Florida!

QUESO BLANCO DIP
4 ounces of Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
4 ounces of white Velveeta
2 medium tomatoes
2 jalapeno peppers
1/2 yellow medium onion, chopped finely
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
3 T. beer
1/3 cup milk
Tortilla Chips or fresh veggies

Place a slow cooker on LOW.
Chop tomatoes and peppers.
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on Low setting
until cheese has melted and all ingredients have been stirred together.
You may add more milk if you would like a thinner consistency.
Serve hot with chips and veggies!


October 12, 2017

AUTUMN CARROT CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING


A good carrot cake has been a Southern favorite for as long as I can remember!
The reason this cake is so good is the moistness from the fresh carrots.
Mother always made hers with pecans.
Also be careful not to over bake the cake and
always, always slather on the Cream Cheese Frosting!


AUTUMN CARROT CAKE
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Prepare two 9-inch baking pans
or a 9 " x 13" baking dish with cooking spray.

To make the cake, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and oil and mix
with a hand mixer for two minutes.
Add the shredded carrots and blend well. 
Divide batter into pans or pour batter in larger baking dish.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.


CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 stick butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
3 cups confectioner's sugar
1 t. vanilla

Cream the butter and cream cheese together
in a mixing bowl, until light and fluffy.
Gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar
and add the vanilla.
Blend until creamy smooth and frost the cooled carrot cake.
Add autumn sprinkles for a festive look.

ESTELLE'S SWEET TIP
If you would like to add pecans and raisins,
add 1 cup of each!


October 11, 2017

ACCESSORIES FOR THE FALL WARDROBE

Do you love fall clothes as much as I do?
Fall fashion has been and will always be my favorite!
This year I have chosen three autumn colors
as the basis for my wardrobe....
Wine
Olive
Navy

Now let's talk accessories.....
shoes, scarves, vests and jewelry!


I simply adore a vest with a pair of slim leg jeans.......
I pair the vest with a little bateau neck tee or a crisp white collared shirt.
Scarves are a beautiful accent that can be worn in so many ways...loving the plaid...
My favorite ballet flat is from Aerosoles and have purchased several pairs
in different colors....their classic and comfortable.


For a more casual look,
I wear saddle brown or black high riding boots.
Bold gold jewelry will also be perfect for this style.


This dark olive vest looks lovely with a cream colored tee...
accents are in the rust/pumpkin family.
I normally pair this with dark olive jeans.


Throw on a few bold bangles and you're good to go......
I love this look when spending a fall afternoon strolling the square
for a casual lunch and browsing the antique shops.


The color of Navy has always been one of my all time favorites....
I pair this vest with a gray and silver paisley scarf and gray pearls.


Pearls worn with a crisp white blouse is always on trend.....
I think my wardrobe is ready...now I just need to fill the calender with 
places to go......

What colors are you loving for your fall wardrobe of 2017?

October 10, 2017

TOUCHES OF FALL IN ATLANTA

I boxed up those little Target finds
and sent them to the Divine Miss M
for a little fall surprise!
She sent me a few photos to show
me how she has displayed them in their lovely Atlanta home.....
let's take a look....


I love how festive this is and look at the creativity
she had by displaying this as a centerpiece....
the wicker round tray makes a huge difference!


She came across this GORGEOUS teal
table runner at Home Goods....
I love this SO MUCH!
The color was perfect for the color of pumpkins I sent her.


We both purchased this pumpkin plate from Pier One...
these plates are just beautiful watercolors....
And....don't you love the pink peonies.....this is in remembrance
of Mother......forever and always!
Thanks for sharing your lovely fall decor Miss M!

October 9, 2017

PUMPKIN COBBLER



I thought it would be great to share this fabulous pumpkin cobbler
recipe to celebrate the season.
I feel it's important to feel like each day should be a celebration
because life can change on a dime and not so good days
are always right around the corner.
So don't worry too, too much about counting calories....


I always made this for coworkers for a little treat
and they would request more....


Be sure to serve this with whipped cream
or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


PUMPKIN COBBLER
Cooking spray
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 box yellow or white cake mix (1/2 of the package)
1/2 cup butter, melted
Pecans, if desired



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Whisk sugar and eggs together in a bowl until light; stir pumpkin, evaporated milk, orange extract, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt into egg mixture. Pour pumpkin mixture into the prepared baking dish. 

Lightly sprinkle cake mix over the top, covering pumpkin mixture completely. sprinkle pecans over this. Slowly drizzle melted butter over the cake mix.

Bake in the preheated oven until the pumpkin mixture is set and topping is golden brown, 50 minutes to 1 hour.