5 Recipes Plus DIY Decor Tips to Celebrate Fall

by Lynn Lilly, Sep 24 2015
Fall is here! I can't help but say "It's Fall Yall!" We have everything you need to get your home and senses ready for Fall. Kick off our favorite season with recipes for pumpkin bread, apple pie mason jars, homemade potpourri, a pumpkin spice latte and a bourbon spiced cocktail recipe. Plus a few decorating tips to make your table look falltastic! 
Decorating Tips:
Spray paint wine bottles and mason jars brown and gold to use as vases or candle holders. 
Pick up a wooden sign at your local craft store and wooden letters to spell out your favorite Fall message. Paint with spray paint and attach letters with hot glue. This is great for a table centerpiece to the mantel. 
Add texture and dimension to your tables with a mason jar lid pumpkin. Take 20-24 lids and lightly paint half of them with gold spray paint. Use a piece of kitchen string to tie them together in a circle. Insert 2 pieces of cinnamon as the pumpkin stems. 

Use lightly patterned plates, linen napkins, colored paper napkins and ceramic decoration to give your place setting unique dimension and texture. 

Taste Fall with this delicious and easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe. It is savory and a great treat to enjoy or gift! 
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 16 ounces of unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Grease or flour 2, 5x9 loaf pans
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and cloves
  4. Blend by hand, water, eggs, pumpkin and oil with dry ingredients
  5. Divide batter between pans
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean
  7. Let sit for 10 minutes before using a butter knife to loosen the edges and pop out the loafs
Next Up- Sip on Fall with a chilled Bourbon Spice Cider made with our favorite J R. Revelry Bourbon
Ingredients  2 parts bourbon, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 3/4 cup apple cider chilled, 4-5 thin slices of fresh ginger, 2 thin apple slices 
*makes two cocktails 
Directions  Add bourbon, lemon juice, apple cider and ginger to a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain in cordial glasses and garnish with a thin apple slice
Start your day with a Starbucks classic at home. This hack for a Pumpkin Spice Latte will rock your world! 
Ingredients  1 cup milk, 2 tbsp pure pumpkin puree (fresh or in a can), 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 tsp pumpkin or apple pie spice, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup hot strong coffee, whipped cream
Directions  Combine pumpkin, milk, sugar, pumpkin/apple pie spice and vanilla in a sauce pan. Heat on medium until milk is hot and whisk vigorously until the mixture is foamy. Pour coffee into a large mug and top with froth and then whipped cream. Sprinkle with pumpkin/apple pie spice. 
The smell is Fall is easily described as the mixture of apples and spices. It brings out a warm and welcoming feeling in any environment. Fill your home with Fall by making an easy stove top potpourri. 
Ingredients  The peel of one orange, 2 cut up apples (I used one green and one red), 4 large cinnamon sticks, 1 tbsp of cloves, 1 tbsp of vanilla extract, 1 tbsp of almond extract, 2-3 cups of water
Directions  Place water in a medium sauce pan and add all ingredients. Simmer on medium for 10 minutes then turn down to low. Leave on your stove for hours to keep a warm Fall aroma floating through your home. 
Apple pies have always been one of my favorite desserts and I have a clear obsession with mason jars. The marriage of apple pies and mason jars is not a secret but this was my first time trying it and I clearly believe it is a match made in heaven. 
Ingredients  Store bought pie dough, 2 cups of apples cut in small chunks, 2 tbsp of sugar, 2 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp butter, 
Roll dough out on a floured surface. Punch out the circular tops with the top of the mason jar. You can keep the circular top or cut into lattice strips. Press remaining pie dough into the edges of the jar. Make your filling by combining remaining ingredients. You might want to mix and taste, adding additional flavoring as you go. Pour your mixture in the jar and top with your circular dough top or make a lattice patter with the dough strips. If you are using the circular dough use a knife to slice small vent holes. You can either place the lid on and freeze them until you are ready to bake or bake them at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. 
Enjoy all the flavors, scents and joy of Fall with family and friends! 
xoxo- LL

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