After an unexpected late September heatwave, it looks like we might be into full “Fall Mode” here in Wisconsin. Bring on the big cozy sweaters, tall boots and hot drinks!
I love Fall and all that it has to offer. I have so much fun creating and sharing free printables with my readers, I thought I’d create one to celebrate this lovable season.
Print, decorate & enjoy! ~M
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Not into coffee? I have a great mulled apple cider recipes perfect for Fall.
Check it out! Mulled Apple Cider Recipe >>
This time of year my vegetable garden is quickly winding down. Most of my veggies are done producing for the season with the exception of that darn cherry tomato bush. This plant just won’t quit! By the end of the season, I’m pulling my hair out trying to come up with creative ways to eat the over abundance of my harvest. Cherry tomatoes being #1 on my list.
I found this easy and savory recipe to help me use up all those maters. It uses a handful of ingredients (which are usually found in your pantry) and it takes minutes to make. My favorite way to eat this dish is on a nest of fresh pasta. Yum…it makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Add a glass of red wine and enjoy!
- 2 (10 oz) containers cherry tomatoes, halved
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft and tender (but not mushy).
- Eat immediately as a savory meal side or top on your favorite pasta, homemade pizza or grilled chicken!
Need a dessert for after dinner?
Check out my recipe for
Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting >>
I adore kitchen canister sets. There is something so nostalgic about displaying a set of canisters on your kitchen countertop. Canisters are not only functional by keeping food fresh, they can add visual interest to an otherwise boring space. The variety of styles, colors and shapes seem to be endless making it easy to find a set that reflects your kitchen style.
I recently went on the hunt for my perfect canister set (it was tough) and compiled a list of my favorites. I had a couple attributes on my wish list when narrowing down my top favorites. The canisters needed to: have clean design lines, a classic style and be affordably priced. I think I found a group that met all of the requirements and will make a great investment to stand the test of time. If not, they will still look adorable on my counter. Enjoy!
- Aqua Dip Canisters – Crate and Barrel
- Ivory Farmhouse Canisters – Pier 1
- Utility Kitchen Canisters – White – West Elm
- Weston 3 Piece Kitchen Canister Set – Birch Lane
- White Distressed Label Canisters, Set of 3 – Kirkland’s
- White Ceramic Canisters – World Market
- Copper-Plated Canister Set – Anthropologie
- Cambria Canisters – Pottery Barn
Tips for keeping stored dry food
- Make sure you rotate your dry goods. Date all foods and food containers. Stored foods cannot get any better than what originally went in, but they can certainly get worse. If you don’t know how old it is — when in doubt, throw it out!
- Keep stored foods cool, dry and well ventilated. The temperature should be between 50°F and 70°F. Also, make sure it’s out of direct sunlight. Sunlight promotes oxidation and the subsequent loss of the food’s nutritional value and quality
- Make sure your goods are stored in a low humidity area. Most canisters have a rubber or plastic seal to keep humidity out to help food stay fresher, longer.
Looking for more favorites to shop?
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It’s Tuesday which means only one thing… TACOS! Taco Tuesday! It’s my favorite dish, so it was a no-brainer that I was going to share my homemade taco seasoning recipe with you.
Photo by: Mrsiraphol
Store bought seasoning packets are quick and easy, but once you’ve made your own blend — you won’t go back! This homemade taco seasoning is quick, easy, inexpensive, and packed with way more flavor than it’s store bought counterpart. I personally have a sensitivity to high sodium foods. This was a perfect way to still enjoy my favorite dish, but tailor the recipe to my dietary needs.
Why you should make your own taco seasoning vs buying store seasoning packets?
- You can adjust the seasoning to your own taste. Make it spicer, make it less salt. Play with the mixture until it’s perfect for you.
- Make larger or smaller quantities to fit your needs. I like making a lot at one time so I always have it on hand. It keeps for quite awhile as long as you keep it stored in an air tight container.
- Cut out all of the unhealthy additives, preservatives, and food coloring. Who needs all that extra junk? Not only is homemade better for you, it tastes better too!
- Get rid of all of that extra sodium. The homemade version has a lot less salt than it’s store counterpart. If you’re on a low sodium diet substitute regular salt with a low sodium alternative.
To make this recipe even easier, the 8 ingredients are all equal parts. If you want to make an even bigger batch just make sure all eight parts measure out to be the same.
Fenway Taco Seasoning Recipe
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili peper
1 tsp Sazon Goya
Measure out all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. Then taste and adjust the salt or spices as desired. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
More than just tacos!
This seasoning recipe is very versatile and can be used on so much more than taco meat. Here are a couple of great ideas:
- Pan-roast some raw almonds with a tablespoon of olive oil and a couple teaspoons of taco seasoning.
- Grill marinate boneless/skinless chicken breasts with olive oil and a generous helping of taco seasoning.
- Taco Dip! 8oz of sour cream, 8oz of room temp cream cheese, a couple tablespoons of taco seasoning. Blend until smooth and dip with your favorite tortilla chip. Yum!
One of my favorite décor addictions? Throw pillows. And why wouldn’t they be? Throw pillows are the easiest and most affordable way of changing the look of a room. Pillows can add a pop of needed color, combine interesting textures, develop layering, interest and even tie a complete room together. This fall, I’ve picked some of my favorite trending pillows. These aren’t pillows you’d generally expect for fall, but with this year’s autumnal color palate swaying toward cool blues and neutral grays, there are some surprising favorites. These picks will add a nice twist to your normal fall décor and help carry you right into Winter.
- Cinderella Pumpkin Pillow
- Gray Cable Sweater Knit Pillow
- “The Snuggle is Real” Pillow
- Gray Floral Pillow
- White Goat Fur Pillow
- Light Gray Burlap Textured Pillow
How do you style throw pillows?
Here are a couple tips for styling a sofa:
- Always start from the outside of the sofa and work your way inward.
- Stack smaller pillows in front of larger ones to add layering
- Limit the amount of patterns to prevent your arrangement from looking too busy
- Mix and match textures, colors and patterns staying within a color palette to create a cohesive and pleasant grouping
- An odd number of pillows is usually more visual appealing.
- To add even more interest add an odd shaped pillow (i.e. a round or bolster pillow) in the center of the grouping.