Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fall Favorites

Welcome to our home! 

Happy Fall ya'll!  I hope everyone is enjoying fall wherever you may be!  We are having the most beautiful weather here.  It is finally cooling off here and I am so thankful that I can pull out some of my cute jackets and my cowboy boots!  I love this time of year.... football, cowboy boots, candy corn, cute scarves, pumpkins, pansies, mums, hot cider, Thanksgiving.... I mean, really, what is not to love about fall?

I also enjoy decorating for this time of year.  The colors are just gorgeous!!! I wanted to share a few of my fall favorites.  I'm not calling it a "Fall Home Tour" because I don't go all out and decorate the entire house, but I do like to add a few autumn touches here and there.  The warm wood tones in our home just seem to go so well with the colors of fall to make everything seem warm and cozy.

I love to plant pansies in the fall and winter... wait, who am I kidding?  
I love it when Jon plants pansies! 

They are so sweet - I love their "velvety" leaves. 

I bought these simple fall wreaths last year.  This year I jazzed them up with new burlap bows.  The bows were the perfect finishing touch! 

You've heard me say before that I am not a fan of the TV over the mantel because it limits how much I can decorate.  I decided to decorate for fall though with leaves and pumpkins. :-)

I shopped in my home and found these gold candlesticks that I placed on either side of the TV.  I still felt like it needed a little something else - I looked some more and found these sheer chocolate table runners that have beads on the end.  I tied them around the candlestick for just a little bit of shimmer and needed height. 

Pumpkins- A fall must have! 

More pumpkins! 

It wouldn't be October without Halloween candy!!  Yummy!!!  

My "Happy Everything" cookie jar now has an adorable witch attachment - too cute!

I made this last year and I liked it so much I brought it out this year.  Last year I used orange jelly beans.  They looked very cute but no one in my family eats them.  This year I went with one of my favorite fall goodies: candy corn. They are not as expensive as jelly beans and I love them! 

What a sweet treat!!

This happy jack-o-lantern is on our back door that leads in from our screened porch.  
It just makes me smile!! 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Recently I shared this recipe when I guest posted for Barbara at Chase the Star.  It is so yummy that, of course, I had to share it here too! 

This is a recipe that I dearly love: White Chocolate Bread Pudding.  It is a favorite in our family.  It is decadent and delicious.  It is not like bread pudding recipes that you may have heard of in the past.... this has no rum or raisins!!  It is filled with butter, heavy cream and white chocolate!  Pure deliciousness!!! Is that a word?  If not, it should be!!  I promise your family will ask for it for birthdays and other special occasions.  It is the perfect finish to your Sunday lunch or would totally make your average weekday dinner rock!  Trust me - it is that good!  I hope you enjoy it! 

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

1 loaf French bread
2 c. whipping cream
2 c. milk
3 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (divided)
2 tsp vanilla
4 oz. white chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar
cinnamon and granulated sugar
6 T. water

Butter 9 X 13 pan.  Cut bread into small cubes and place in pan.

Mix eggs and sugar, add 1 tsp. vanilla, whipping cream and milk and pour over bread. 

Cut 1/2 stick of butter into thin slices and dot over the top.  Sprinkle a little granulated sugar and cinnamon over the top and refrigerate overnight.  (Note:  I always skip this part.  I make it and bake it immediately and it comes out perfect every time.  What can I say?  Patience is not one of my strengths.)

Bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Sauce: Melt 1 stick butter w/ 4 ounces of white chocolate chips over low heat.  

Add 1 tsp. vanilla, 6 tablespoons of water and 1 cup powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.  

Pour over individual portions or entire dish. 

There you have it - pure love on a plate!!  Who wouldn't flip for this warm, buttery, "white chocolatey" goodness?  I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!  

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Monday, October 1, 2012

I Am Guest Posting at Chase the Star!!

                                             Chase the Star 

Hi Friends, I am so excited because today I am guest posting at Chase The Star. This is my very first time to guest post so, needless to say,  I was so happy when Barb contacted me recently and asked if I was interested.  Um... YES!  I was thrilled!  Please pop over to Chase the Star and check out Barb's precious blog!  You can also see my recipe for White Chocolate Bread Pudding!  

Have a great week!  I will be back to soon to share my Fall wishlist :-)