When it comes to the biggest dinner of the year, we all find ourselves in “this camp, or that camp” with very little wiggle room. Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful time for family and friends filled with an abundance of delicious food and meaningful memories made together. We had a little fun with how things are done in our co-workers’ homes this holiday: What camp are you in?
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Autumn is bringing the colors here in our beautiful Washington State after one HOT Summer and we are finally seeing dipping temperatures that are a welcomed forecast around here. It seems like we celebrate the coming of this season earlier and earlier every year. So if you’re not kicking off Fall now because you did so earlier in September, (you’re not alone) what are some fun ways to celebrate this popular season?
Some of the best sights for Fall colors come right outside your car door. Especially if you live on the East Coast. Rolling fields on fire with Autumnal (said in your best Martha Stewart voice) colors. We have excellent views here in the Pacific Northwest, but if you’re looking for show-stopping colors, best to head East.
Nothing is more comforting than a warm cup of soup in a crisp fall day. Over at All Recipes, the most popular Butternut Squash Soup is this one with this easy to make recipe:
- 6 tablespoons chopped onion
- 4 tablespoons margarine
- 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
- 3 cups water
- 4 cubes chicken bouillon
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
- In a large saucepan, saute onions in margarine until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
- Puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan, and heat through. Do not allow to boil.
One of my personal favorites is crafting with what Fall has to offer:
On my first walk with my daughter, I picked up leaves along the way from various trees with various colors. I brought them home and pressed them in a book between sheets of waxed paper. After 3 days I took them out and dipped them in beeswax and let them dry. Well, my daughter just turned 5 and those leaves have hung in our home every Fall since in my windows. It’s a cheap way to preserve memories and a fun story to tell house guests on where the leaves came from.
Another way is to plant Chinese or Japanese Lanterns to showcase the mystical Fall plant. They grow in stages and even fade away to intricate veined cages in the Spring that shows off the plant’s red fruit.
I am always saying “Grab my camera!” Fall is one of the best times of year to get the kids outside for some fun photography. Golden light comes earlier and kids are always down for a run or jump through the fall leaves.
And our last favorite for planning an Autumn Adventure is to visit your local pumpkin patch!
The sights are many and also fleeting as the temperature gets colder so enjoy them while you can. Go “grab your camera” and get outdoors!
Enjoy the weekend.
Is there a bigger hashtag than #Fall? Seems that’s all we hear as Summer draws to an end. The days are shortening, the mornings are growing colder by the day, and somewhere someone is watching out for the first PSL (Pumpkin Spiced Latte for those of you who have never heard of a coffee shop called Starbucks) sighting.
Labor day is upon us and everyone always asks, “What are you doing to celebrate the end of Summer?” End of Summer?! We don’t want to put limits on when Summer will end so we are celebrating the Sunny Season with 25% off our entire site for the entire month of September! Just use discount code: PREFALL at checkout.
Now for those plans of celebrating the long weekend. We asked around the building what Classic Accessories employees do for the Summer to Fall transition. What are they getting excited for, what activities are already penciled in, etc. Check it out:
It’s official, if you hadn’t noticed by all the pumpkin-colored everything, that FALL has made its grand entrance. Here at Classic Accessories, we pride ourselves in having in-house design teams that LOVE color and know how to spot trends that have shelf life between seasons and will last over the years. This season, try a new spin on the over-done shades of Fall leaves and liven things up a bit around the house with these Unexpected Fall Color Palettes from HGTV’s Brian Patrick Flynn:
They may not seem like traditional fall colors, but when we pair them with cranberry tones and deep shades of green, they shine throughout the season.
Cranberry red is the ultimate fall color. This gender-neutral tone can look formal, casual, traditional or modern depending on how it’s paired. Keep cranberry simple and understated by mixing it with greige or sand tones and accents of royal blue.
When introducing these colors into your space, keep to the 60, 30, 10 rule of Dominant, Complimentary and Accent colors and you’ll have a space that feels balanced but not too strict. Check out our colorful lines of patio and grill covers that will add itself into this Fall.
Source: HGTV & B.P. Flynn