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Fall in love with these great Fall ideas to add some fun to your Fall/Thanksgiving Parties. There is a great amount of Fall bounty such as pumpkins, corn, and lots and lots of colorful leaves. Lets take advantage and use what we have available.

corn cakes

Kids will have loads of fun designing these corn cakes. You can use a cake mix or your favorite recipe. Cut into ovals shapes to look like corn. Cover with cream and decorate with chocolate candies.   http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/harvest-corn-cakes  

You may want to cover the table with a table cloth to keep things neater!

acorn treats

Nothing put you in a great mood like chocolate! Have fun creating these cute acorns with minimal effort from Taste of Home. Click on the link for real easy directions. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/acorn-treats

butterfly leaves Here is a great birthday, Sunday or after school activity; let the kids run outside and gather pretty leaves. With some glue, pipe cleaners and creativity they”ll have fun creating an adorable Fall Butterfly!

wood stick pumpkin

As the seasons change from Summer to Fall we also like to change thinks a bit such as adding new decor, place mats, table linens, etc. to our homes. As we see from this gorgeous wood stick pumpkin from Thistlewood Farms, we don’t have to spend much in order to have something nice, new, and decorative to breathe new excitement into our lives.

http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/diy-wood-stick-pumpkin

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Decorating for Fall doesn’t have to be costly. There are so many items available at our fingertips that celebrate the Fall season. About a Mom posted a pretty Pumpkin Flower Bouquet that is so easy to make. You can use a few small pumpkins as centerpieces or one large one as decoration. Slice off the top of the pumpkin, scoop out seeds and add fresh Fall flowers. Click on the link for more info:

http://www.aboutamom.com/how-to-make-a-simple-fall-centerpiece/

Pumpkin fall decor

Brighten your kitchen and dining room areas by adding Fall table runners, leaf place mats, and bright autumn color tablecloths and cloth napkins to add beautiful autumn decor to your home.

orange tablecloth

Decorations though are not just for the living and dining room areas. Bring serenity into your bedroom by making this creative wall art out of leaves. Use pressed leaves and tape them to crafting paper. Hang a few rows with removable adhesive strips for high impact above a bed or sofa.

http://www.midwestliving.com/homes/seasonal-decorating/easy-fall-decorating-projects/?page=12

Fall Wall Art

As mentioned in our previous post, pumpkins and apples (and of course colorful leaves!) are bountiful this time of year so we can make good use out of them and enhance our surroundings.

 

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The wonderful weather this time of year is fabulous for picking apples and pumpkins. The sun is still shinning yet there is a beautiful cool breeze on the open field. As the weather gets a bit cooler we start thinking of some delicious comfort food. Apples and Pumpkins make some great treats. Think warm apple cider and pumpkin pie!

natrual woven table runners

Here are some interesting fun facts about apples and pumpkins:

 Apples

  • The first apple trees were planted by Pilgrims in Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • The world’s largest apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long. (She was 16 years old at the time and grew up to be a sales manager for an apple tree nursery.)
  • An apple tree will start bearing fruit 8-10 years after it is planted. A dwarf tree starts bearing in 3-6 years.
  • Apples are not self pollinating. They need bees to pollinate the flowers to form the fruit.
  • Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.
  • One apple has 5 grams of fiber, no fat, sodium and cholesterol free. But wait, don’t peel your apple! Two-thirds of the fiber and many of the antioxidants are found in the apple peel.
  • The largest apple picked weighed three pounds.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family of plants along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.
  • 25% of an apple’s volume is air; that is why they can float. (Ever dunked for an apple?)
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
  • Two pounds of apples make one 9 inch pie.
  • Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.
  • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
  • Apples are the second most valuable fruit in the United States. Oranges are first.
  • The largest U.S. apple crop was 277.3 million bushels in 1998.
  • One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
  • A bushel of apples weighs 42 pounds and will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.

Harvest Pumpkin Placemat

Pumpkins

  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
  • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
  • Native Americans called pumpkins “isqoutm squash.”
  • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.

For those who don’t go apple and pumpkin picking yet would like to enjoy that warm feeling can experience it with our new Harvest Pumpkin place mats and table runners. These beautiful 14″ x 20″ burlap like place mats will give your table a burst of color with the bright and cheerful pumpkin design. Enhance your festivities and enjoy the Harvest Pumpkin Table Runners as well. Another option is to go with the solid Natural Woven place mats and runners which has the look of natural burlap, but with a wonderful soft feel.

Let’s make sure to enjoy the bountiful fruits, vegetables, gorgeous scenery and all of the blessings that Autumn has to offer.

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Fall is a refreshing time of year. The air is crisp and cool and the weather makes you want to go out and take a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Neither too hot nor too cold, Fall is a great opportunity for an outdoor exercise routine. We also tend to sleep better and longer due to the cooler temperatures. We look forward to the upcoming holidays and start preparing for them with gusto.

butternut squash tartlets

 

Start by figuring out who will be joining you for the holiday. Then go over some recipes and prepare a menu. There are so many creative ways to prepare Fall foods such as apples and pumpkins. As a bonus, apples are known to be a natural tooth whitener and can prevent Alzheimer’s.

 

Apple and Blue Cheese Tart

Pumpkins are fun for carving but pumpkins itself are a natural aphrodisiac. Pumpkins are not just for pumpkin pie; try something different such as pumpkin bread or pumpkin cheese cake. It’s interesting to note that pumpkins were once used to remove freckles and cure snake bites. Wonder if it worked!

turkey place mat

Decorate your table with appropriate tableware. Use Spider web design as table toppers and rectangle and round tablecloths for your Halloween Table. For Thanksgiving, try our new place mats and table runner design which has a turkey printed on burlap. There are so many leaf products that will decorate your home as well. Choose from tablecloths, table runners, table toppers and place mats in bright and vibrant colors such as dark paprika, earth, and goldenrod and your table will be transformed into something special. With a festive table, your home will feel cozy and warm and that warm feeling will spread to you and your guests.

LeafPlacemat-008

 

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