Fall 2014

Fall has sped by and I have been so busy with the kids and all of our remodel projects that I haven't had any time to keep up the blog!  I was getting ready to take down all of my pretty fall decorations today and I though I would do a last minute fall decor post.

I love the colors of fall!  Our first fall here in Pennsylvania has been gorgeous, even now, in late November, the view out my kitchen window is beautiful.


Every fall I try to bring some of those wonderful fall colors inside.  This year I focused on my dining room, living room mantel and entry table.  With all of the projects going on (new floors, kitchen, bathrooms, and finishing an attic) I had to keep it simple and easy to dust!

In the dining room I used lots of pops of orange and natural elements.


I love the way the bright orange stands out against my dark furniture.


I repurposed this bookshelf into pretty dining room storage and have really enjoyed dressing it up for the seasons.  Just a few small pumpkins and leaves give it a fun fall look.


My sideboard is the perfect spot to display this beautiful fall wreath, as well as my favorite deer mugs from Ikea.


I added a few subtle fall touches to my entry table, and if you look closely you can see that one sad green army man was left behind from the boys last adventure!

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And finally, my very favorite spot to decorate...the mantel.  A glass pumpkin and a few pretty silk flowers give it a touch of autumn without being overwhelming.  

I can't believe all of this will be put away soon, although my head is already swirling with Christmas ideas!  Hopefully you will get to see some of those ideas before January!  Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!



Menu Plan - Oct 5--12

Blackberry Cobbler
Blackberry Cobbler
We had such a fun weekend together as a family.  The weather was a bit chilly so we bundled up for soccer games and then went to a farm for pumpkin picking and a corn maze.  It was a fun filled day and we made lots of great memories.

This week I'm looking forward to preparing lots of delicious home cooked meals for my family.  Fall is my favorite time of year in the kitchen.  I love pumpkin, apples and all the flavors of fall!  Here is our plan for this week.

Monday:
Breakfast (whole grain pancakes, applesauce)
Lunch (egg salad sandwiches, whole grain chips, pineapple)
Dinner (black bean and cheese quesadillas, blackberry cobbler)

Whole Grain Pancakes

Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches Recipe
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Tuesday:
Breakfast (snickerdoodle muffins, raspberries and yogurt)
Lunch (chicken pesto flat bread pizzas, pineapple mango smoothies)
Dinner (chicken pot pie, tossed salad)

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Pineapple Mango Smoothie
Chicken Pot Pie IX Recipe
Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday:
Breakfast (oatmeal with apples and pecans)
Lunch (pasta salad, pear slices)
Dinner (slow cooker taco soup, tossed salad, apple pie)

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe
Taco Soup
Thursday:
Breakfast (pumpkin donuts, yogurt and granola)
Lunch (toasted roast beef sandwich, cucumber salad)
Dinner (slow cooker pot roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed salad)

Pumpkin donuts
Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe
Pot Roast
Friday:
Breakfast (waffles with strawberries)
Lunch (turkey sandwiches, veggies with ranch dip)
Dinner (pizza and movie night)

Saturday:
Breakfast (sweet potato muffins, scrambled eggs, sliced fruit)
Dinner (sandwiches with leftover roast, tossed salad)

Sweet-Potato Muffins Recipe
Sweet Potato Muffins
Sunday:
Breakfast (zucchini carrot bread, pear slices)
Dinner (grilled chicken, baked sweet potatoes, tossed salad, butterscotch peanut butter bars

Zucchini Carrot Bread. Photo by Mikekey
Zucchini Carrot Bread
Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars
Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars

Menu Plan - Sep 22-28

Classic Crispy Waffles
Crispy Waffles
We had such a beautiful weekend filled with family fun and lots of soccer!  I love September, and I can't believe that it's already almost over.  In other news, my kitchen is almost completely finished, we just need to do a little painting.  I love it and am having so much fun cooking in there!  We are going to celebrate the first official week of fall (and the new kitchen) with lots of great food. We have a pretty busy after school schedule so I have lots of crock pot meals.  There is nothing better than walking into the house knowing that a hot meal is all ready to go!  Here is the plan for this week.

Monday:
Breakfast (crispy waffles, strawberries)
Lunch (macaroni and cheese, salmon patties, peas)
Dinner (lasagna, tossed salad, bread, peas)

Tuesday:
Breakfast (scrambled eggs, whole grain toast, turkey bacon, orange banana smoothie)
Lunch (tuna sandwiches, tossed salad)
Dinner (taco soup, corn bread muffins, carrots and celery sticks, ice cream with sliced strawberries and bananas)

Orange Banana Smoothie Recipe
Orange Banana Smoothie

Easy Taco Soup  Recipe - TodaysMama.com
Taco Soup
Wednesday:
Lunch (toasted roast beef sandwiches, tossed salad)
Dinner (slow cooker steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, snickerdoodles substituting stevia for sugar)

beginners luck green smoothie recipe
Green Smoothie
Slow Cooker Steak with Gravy
Slow Cooker Steak With Gravy
The Best Snickerdoodles - Soft, pillowy puffs that are so irresistible! The closest recipe to Mrs. Fields snickerdoodles that you'll find!
Snickerdoodles
Breakfast (cereal, yogurt with blueberries and granola)
Lunch (black bean quesadillas, veggie sticks)
Dinner (slow cooker Korean beef, broccoli, carrots, zucchini and mushroom stir fry)

Slow Cooker Korean Beef - Amazingly tender, flavorful Korean beef made right in the slow cooker with just 3 ingredients and 5 min prep!
Slow Cooker Korean Beef
Friday:
Breakfast (whole grain pancakes, homemade applesauce)
Lunch (grilled cheese and tomato soup, tossed salad)
Dinner (pizza movie night)

Saturday:
Breakfast (bacon and egg sandwiches, berries and yogurt)
Dinner (crock pot cream cheese chicken, pasta, tossed salad, asparagus, crumb topped apple pie)

crock-pot cream cheese chicken
Crock-pot Cream Cheese Chicken
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Crumb Topped Deep Dish Apple Pie
Sunday:
Breakfast (overnight apple French toast, sliced fruit)
Dinner (roast chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans)

Overnight Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast | www.wineandglue | This stuffed french toast is insanely good and can be made the night before!
Overnight Apple Pie French Toast

Menu Plan - September 8-14

{Healthier} Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Chip Muffins | cupcakesandkalechips.com | #breakfast #snack #dessert
Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
After almost three weeks of having only a partial kitchen we finally got our countertops installed and everything is put back together.  I absolutely love the quartz counters and am really going to enjoy getting back in the kitchen this week!

Here is the plan for this week, filled with lots of delicious food for all of my busy little people.

Monday:
Breakfast (scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, toast, peaches)
Lunch (meatball sandwiches, celery, baby carrots and cucumbers with ranch)
Dinner (grilled chicken, green beans, pasta salad)

Tuesday:
Breakfast (double chocolate chip muffins, strawberries)
Lunch (tossed salad with deli turkey, cantaloupe slices)
Dinner (toasted roast beef and pepper jack sandwiches, cucumber salad, mango pineapple smoothies)

Wednesday:
Breakfast (breakfast cookies, yogurt, peaches)
Lunch (baked potatoes with salsa and sour cream, tossed salad)
Dinner (ranch burgers, roasted sweet potato wedges, tossed salad, no bake raspberry lemon cheesecake)

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Breakfast Cookies

Original Ranch Cheeseburgers
Ranch Burgers
Post image for No Bake Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake
No Bake Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake
Thursday:
Breakfast (peach smoothies, scrambled eggs, toast)
Lunch (pasta with broccoli and zucchini, watermelon)
Dinner (lasagna, tossed salad, Italian bread, peach crisp)

Peach Smoothies Recipe
Peach Smoothie
Peach Crisp
Friday:
Breakfast (egg sandwiches, orange slices)
Lunch (tuna sandwiches, peaches)
Dinner (pizza and movie night)

Saturday:
Dinner (grilled steak, corn on the cob, sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms)

Strawberry Banana Crepes Recipe
Strawberry Banana Crepes
Sunday:
Breakfast (whole grain lemon poppy seed bread, berries and yogurt)
Dinner (Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, green beans, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bars)

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Whole Grain Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Swedish Meatballs
Swedish Meatballs
Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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