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Hey y’all!  I know, I know, Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived and here I am sharing winter decorating tips, but it’ll be here before you know it and there is no time like the present (or Black Friday) to shop around for winter decor for your home!

1. Spruce up your mantelpiece – In the Fall, we added pumpkins, acorns, and Fall colors to the mantel. In the Winter season, try to spruce up your mantel by incorporating a mirror with tall vases on either side. Not only will this add the illusion of height to your piece, but will come across very simple and elegant. White flowers are always a great decorating touch!

2. Incorporate greenery and light colors into your home – Greenery and light flowers or decor can make you feel right at home in a clean, orderly and white winter wonderland. With clean lines and colors, you can create an in-home visual landscape. Also this way, when it comes to decorating for the holiday you choose to celebrate during this season, there won’t be any clashing colors either!

3. Hang lights indoors – Lights don’t just have to be outside your home. Incorporate classy lighting in new fixtures around the home, or even dangle some lights over a hallway mirror!

Throughout this season, I will be pinning my favorite Winter decor ideas on my Pinterest board! Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments!

With Thanksgiving a little over a month away, I can picture the home decorations, the smell of Thanksgiving dinner and most importantly, the taste of that pumpkin pie!

So, I thought, “What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving time than to share some pumpkin recipes with the readers?” And, here we are!

Pumpkin Turkey Chili [via]


1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cans pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 dash salt
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion, green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Stir in the turkey, and cook until evenly brown. Drain, and mix in tomatoes and pumpkin. Season with chili powder, pepper, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Serve topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream.


Pumpkin Mac and Cheese [via]


2 cups dried elbow macaroni
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
4 oz Fontina cheese, shredded (1 cup)
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 tbsp snipped fresh sage
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbsp olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta in a large pot following package directions. Drain cooked pasta, then return to pot.  For cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add whipping cream and milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese, pumpkin, and sage until cheese is melted. Stir cheese sauce into pasta to coat. Transfer macaroni and cheese to an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish.  In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, walnuts, and oil; sprinkle over pasta. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until bubbly and top is golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with sage leaves.


Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce [via]


Unsalted butter, for the pan
8 cups 1/2-inch cubed  Pumpkin Bread, or other bread
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 tbsp bourbon
Whipped cream, for serving
Caramel Apple Sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter a 10-inch glass baking dish.

2. Spread the bread cubes on a large baking sheet and bake in the oven, turning once, until lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Let cool.

3. Combine the cream, milk, and vanilla bean and seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.

4. Whisk together the yolks, sugar, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the hot cream mixture until combined. Discard the vanilla bean and whisk in the bourbon.

5. Scatter the pumpkin bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Pour the custard over the bread, pressing down on the bread to totally submerge it in the custard. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the bread to soak up some of the custard.

6. Place the dish in a larger roasting pan and pour hot water into the roasting pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the glass dish. Bake until the sides are slightly puffed and the center jiggles slightly, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and the water bath and cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving.

7. Serve the warm bread pudding topped with whipped cream and drizzled with spicy caramel apple sauce . Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds if desired.


Hey y’all!  The official first day of Fall is September 22nd and I, for one, simply cannot believe it is almost here already and we are nearing 2013 so fast!  Being the decorator that I am, I have been browsing for ideas to bring some Autumn life into my home and I would love to share them with y’all today!

1. Spruce up your mantelpiece – It’s so nice to be able to cuddle with your family in the living room and by golly, I’d like some Fall feel to make this extra special.  You can add candles of all sizes, small pumpkins and leaves to the mantel.  Hanging a painting that has the colors of Fall is a good idea too! Just blame your shopping on needing to keep up with general home “renovations”! [Better Homes and Gardens]

2. Change up your blankets – I’m a true believer y’all in making your house a home.  To me, there is something to be said about Fall; it means comfort and warmth!  When those cold nights hit, you’ll want to grab a throw blanket or snuggle under the comforter.  For a new look, switch out your bedding and couch pillows for Fall-inspired colors!

3. Get inspired with Martha Stewart – I’m not kidding when I say that Martha Stewart is my idol when it comes to decorating and baking yummy treats! One of my favorite places to find Fall decor ideas is on the Martha Stewart website.  I’m a baker myself so as far as the yummy treats go, I will jump right in with my apron and bake all day! I also always have candles on hand that smell like pumpkin pie or apple cinnamon, perfect for getting your family and guests into the seasonal spirit!

Throughout this season, I will be pinning my favorite Fall decor ideas on my Pinterest board! Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!