Don’t you just love the foods and drinks of fall?
The other day, my husband and I were discussing the seasonality of foods because his office was hosting a fall luncheon. He asked, What would you take for that, and what makes something any more a fall food than any other season’s food?
Don’t you think foods and drinks belong to certain seasons because that is when you eat or drink them the most….like watermelon is a summer food and hot cocoa with marshmallows belongs to winter?
I then told him that I loved fall foods, and he asked, Like what?
Apple anything…apple tarts, apple fritters, apple pie…oh and warm apple cider!
And pumpkin anything…pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and our daughter’s favorite… Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. 🙂 (only available in the fall.)
(These pumpkin cookies are actually Little Debbie pumpkin cookies that I decorated with red icing.)
So what do you think the people at work will bring, he asked, since it can’t be all desserts and beverages?
(Well actually it could, but I didn’t say that. 🙂 )
Chili, you’ll have a bunch of chili, probably some soups, and maybe an apple or cranberry salad.
I don’t think he was real convinced…until he saw the sign up sheet. What was the first thing signed up for?
But I think apples and pumpkins reign supreme for fall foods. Don’t you agree? And apple red and pumpkin orange were the colors that inspired all the fall decor around here.
In fact, the first room I decorated this season was the dining room. I knew I wanted to use the old covered pumpkin bowls and tureens from Pottery Barn, but with a different color than I had previously had with them. So I paired them with our always handy red plates and went from there.
Since we are getting ready for Halloween, I took a humorous approach to the place cards using character names from old tv shows…The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Casper the Friendly Ghost. I thought about writing dried drops of blood on the tag for the cinnamon candies, but again I couldn’t bring myself to use something scary, so I simply went with Trick or Treat. (October, I apologize again. 🙁 )
The color scheme continues in the kitchen…
with little pumpkins here and there…
and cookbooks in red and orange.
Totally off the subject here (because my brain wanders a lot.) I have had stuff
(i.e. picnic baskets, kitchen tools, large bowls, etc.) on top of my cabinets for like forever. I took a photo of the cabinets below then looked at the picture and thought…boy that looks cluttered. (Why in the world didn’t I see that before??)
So before I went any further with the picture taking, I climbed up there and took everything down. Ahhhh…much better. 🙂 The only problem was…I then had to find a spot for all of it. 🙁 The bowls and serving things went on top of the cabinet in the dining room. The picnic baskets are still waiting on me to reorganize the cabinet on the porch, and I had to leave the big roaster over the desk because there was truly nowhere for it to go.
Okay, so where were we? Oh yes, the red and orange decor.
I put red mugs back in the flour and sugar jars.
And the tea and coffee tray has jack o’ lantern coffee.
The other tray got orange tags.
(I’m trying to use a less pretty – more scary font this month. 🙂 )
And pumpkins went to live on top of the refrigerator.
(At least for October. 🙂 )
And that brings us to the end of the tour for today…but there is still more to come. The next time we get together we will tour the playroom and more.
Since we have been proclaiming our love of fall food and drink here, I am wondering what your favorite is (besides Halloween candy. 🙂 ) I would have to say mine is the Cheesecake Factory’s pumpkin cheesecake… yum!
So what’s your favorite?
p.s Oh I almost forgot something! I copied the recipe on the chalkboard at the top of the post from a cookbook, and I have not tried it out yet. Do you think that 2 tsp. of baking soda is correct? That just seems like a lot to me. Have any of you made a pumpkin spice cake from a recipe like that one? I would love to know before I make it. Thanks for your help! 🙂