Monday, October 3, 2011

Favorite Fall Tips

Autumn... the year's last, loveliest smile. 
 ~ William Cullen Bryant

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I adore Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. I read them like novels. Each season I take out my cookbooks that match that season. So I pulled out all of my fall ones, read them, marked the recipes I could alter for Abigail's allergies and ones I wanted to make this season. But the best part are the tips that are at the bottom of each page. Here are a few of my favorite: 

* set up mini pumpkins on top of terra cotta flower pots... line them up the front porch steps for a cherry welcome!

* Put away summer toss pillow for the season... set out warm & cozy cushions of flannel or fleece.

*Enjoy a weekend retreat at home or away! Spend the day in your jammies... savor a leisurely brunch, work puzzles, re-read a favorite book. What could be cozier?

* Top decorative urns with plump pumpkins for a quick & easy doorstep welcome. Orange pumpkins are oh-so cheerful.

* stir caramel topping into a mug of hot cider for an instant warmer-upper.

* Autumn weather can be so fickle, chilly one moment, then balmy the next... so keep some apple cider on hand.  Serve it  chilled or spiced and piping-hot, it's always refreshing.

* For fireside fun, pull out jigsaw puzzles, nostalgic games like checkers, dominoes or card games like Go Fish or Old Maid.

*Fill a big apothecary jar with penny candy sticks in orange, lemon yellow, golden butterscotch, chocolate brown and other autumn colors.  So pretty on a sideboard... invite each guest to choose a favorite!

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