Fall Kitchen Essentials

A well-stocked kitchen is certainly key to the comfort of home. As we gather indoors more in this autumn season, a stocked up pantry adds comfort and pleasure to the home. A homemade meal, a batch of cookies, a favorite hot drink, a quick loaf of bread —all these are quite easy to produce if the ingredients and equipment are right on hand. It all comes down to preparation. A bit of planning, a strategic shopping trip, a small dose of organization, and you have a home stocked and ready for a sudden blizzard, an unexpected guest, an impromptu celebration with those you love.

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For autumn, of all the seasons, is the one when the urge to get cozy and comfy, to invite others over, to gather the ones we love close near the fireside, is strongest.

If you’ve never stocked up on basic ingredients before or envisioned your own home as a place to gather resources, here’s a list to get you started.

You should, of course, adjust the list according to your preferences and needs. I have adapted this list from Sally Clarkson’s book The Lifegiving Home.

Dry Goods

• Flour (whole wheat, organic, unbleached white, bread)

• Sugar (white, light brown, dark brown, confectioner’s)

• Salt (regular iodized salt, kosher salt, sea salt)

• Cornmeal (white, yellow, self-rising)

• Cocoa (dark and semisweet)

• Baking powder and baking soda

• Cornstarch

• Dried herbs and spices (allspice, basil, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, oregano, sage, thyme)

• Herb and spice blends (chili powder, curry powder, and a favorite—herbes de Provence)

• Chocolate chips

• Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios)

• Grains (barley, dried corn [oatmeal, quinoa, rice [brown and white], and wheat [for fresh grinding if you have a mill])

• Pastas and couscous

• Dried legumes (pinto beans, black beans, navy beans, split peas, lentils)

• Dried fruit (raisins, coconut, apricots, cherries, cranberries)

  • Popcorn

Canned, Dehydrated, and Bottled Goods

• Beans (white, garbanzo, navy, kidney)

• Vegetables (corn, peas, green beans)

• Fruit (peaches, mandarin oranges, pineapple, cherries, pears, applesauce)

• Apple chips

• Pie fillings (cherry, apple, pumpkin)

• Tomatoes (crushed, sauced, diced, whole, tomato paste)

• Jams and jellies

• Pickles and chutneys

• Ethnic foods (green chiles and jalapeños, enchilada sauce, salsa, soy sauce, coconut milk, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce)

• Nut butters (almond, peanut)

• Oils (olive, peanut, coconut, avocado, grape seed)

• Condiments (mustards, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice—many of these will need to be refrigerated after opening)

Fresh and Refrigerated Goods

This supply will be constantly renewed, of course, but the following items are good to have on hand:

• Eggs

• Dairy (milk, cream, half-and-half, yogurt, sour cream, butter)

• Fresh vegetables, preferably local and in season (onions, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, and a variety of salad mixes)

• Fresh fruit, preferably local and in season (berries, apples, pears, oranges)

Soup and Bread Combos

• Potato soup and whole wheat herb and onion bread

• Chicken and vegetable noodle soup with rolls

• Navy bean and ham bone soup with cornbread

• Broccoli cheese soup with buttered whole wheat toast

• Vegetable beef soup with oatmeal muffins

• White chicken chili with green-chile-and-cheese cornbread

• Butternut squash and apple soup with cranberry-walnut rolls

Drinks

An assortment of teas(herbal, black, green, specialty)

An assortment of your favourite coffees

Apple cider

Hot chocolate mixes, mini-marshmallows

I hope these tips for a well stocked pantry for fall will add pleasure and comfort to the season for you and your loved ones. What kitchen essentials do you like to stock up for the fall?

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I love the strong, bold , beautiful color of cranberries, and the sweet and tart taste of homemade cranberry sauce with my Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey tastes so much better than store bought. This easy homemade cranberry sauce is ready in 15 minutes and you only need 3 ingredients!

The flavor is so much better with fresh cranberries and you can customize the sweetness level to your liking. Once you try this easy homemade cranberry sauce, you’ll never go back to the store bought stuff!

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

*Optional: a sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions:

1. The first step is to dissolve the sugar. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium pot.

2.Add the cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cranberries are simmered with sugar and water until the cranberries burst. Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon will add a pop to the flavour.

3. Pour the sauce into a bowl, cover and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 2 1/4 cups ( 565 ml)

HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE VARIATIONS

This is a basic cranberry sauce recipe, but you can add all different ingredients to cranberry sauce to customize it to your liking.

  • Brown Sugar Cranberry Sauce: Substitute brown sugar for the granulated sugar.
  • Cranberry Orange Sauce: Use orange juice instead of water and stir in 2 teaspoons of orange zest.
  • Vanilla Cranberry Sauce: Add one split vanilla bean to the sauce and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
  • Cranberry Cherry Sauce: Add 1 cup of chopped frozen dark cherries to the sauce.
  • Cranberry Apple Sauce: Use apple cider instead of water and add 1 diced peeled apple to the sauce.

What to do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

I usually don’t have very much cranberry sauce left over, but if I do it tastes great on:

1. Turkey buns

2. Cranberry meatballs

3. Pour it over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers

4. Swirl it into vanilla yogurt and and top your granola with it

5. Top your pancakes or waffles with a big spoon of warmed cranberry sauce. And a dollop of sweetened whipped cream

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How to Freeze Tomatoes

Today I’d like to share about how to freeze tomatoes. If you have an abundance of tomatoes from your garden or found a great deal on them at the grocery store, freezing tomatoes is so easy to do and you’ve got them all winter long for chili, spaghetti sauce, or soups. I find it much easier and a lot less work than canning tomatoes.

To begin, rinse off your tomatoes and remove the stems. I blanche my tomatoes to remove the skins but there are others who don’t.

I find it easier to core the tops of my tomatoes before I have them sit in boiling water for a few minutes.

After coring the tops of the tomatoes I pour boiling water over them so that they are completely submerged under the water, and I leave them that way for 3 minutes. Carefully, drain off the hot water and then add cold water to cool them. Drain off the cold water and remove the skins. You’ll find the skins slide off very easily for the most part.

Chop the tomatoes and measure out 3 cups and pour into a medium sized freezer bag. I use 3 cups because that’s how much is in a large can at the grocery store.

And that’s all that’s to it! Put them in your freezer and when you need tomatoes for a recipe, thaw them in the fridge overnight and you’re good to go. I also add them frozen to a recipe that I’m going to cook and they thaw quickly as the recipe cooks.

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Fabulous Fall Home Accents

Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor fall home decor ideas, we’ve got some gorgeous fall wreaths, fall flower arrangements, fall mantel decor, fall porch, or fall pumpkin ideas to add autumn warmth and beauty to your home.

Fall Porch Decor

This beautiful fall flower/planter arrangement has a lemon cypress, along with an ornamental kale, a Vinca vine and a miniature white pumpkin.
Ornamental Pony Tail grass with white miniature pumpkins.
The pumpkins are from my daughter’s pumpkin patch.
This is a wreath I made from corn tassels. For instructions on how to make one for yourself, click here. This wreath will get lighter in color over time with sunshine on it.
This outdoor mat I purchased from a Hallmark card and gift shop. The centre of the mat comes out and you can switch it out for different themes, ie, winter, spring, or summer scenes, etc.
My petunias are still looking great so my decor is transitional from summer to fall:)
Fall table centrepiece filled with miniature pumpkins from my daughter’s pumpkin patch.

Fall Mantel Decor

For my fall mantel I used 3 real willow wood pieces that my husband made into candles for me, a combination of real(miniature white) pumpkins and faux(miniature orange) on top, along with faux foliage and wheat stalks. The leaf garland has miniature lights that add coziness in the evening. The pumpkins in the basket are from my daughter’s pumpkin patch. The painting was done by my mom.

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Must Try Stylish Scarf Tutorials

Adding a scarf to an outfit is a favorite way to accessorize and complete a look. Here are some must try easy scarf tying tutorials to add glam to your finished look.

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Scarves bring pops of color and style to any outfit.

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The Blanket Scarf

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How to tie the Blanket scarf:

  1. Start by folding the scarf diagonally.
  2. Grab the ends of the scarf.
  3. Cross the ends behind your neck, and then bring them back around the front of your neck.
  4. Tie the ends together (or tuck the ends under the front of the scarf). DONE!
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Under Choker Scarf:

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A colorful silk scarf is a classic way to glam up your style. Fold the square in a triangle, set the angle in front, roll the hems in the back before folding them in the front.

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Ways to wear a Scarf:

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Favorite Farmhouse Bathroom Ideas

Are you thinking of renovating your bathroom? We love the farmhouse theme and that’s why you’ll find tons of inspiration here for farmhouse bathroom ideas! A farmhouse interior design is warm and welcoming with white being a dominant color that’s often livened up with wood elements and green touches. Shiplap(horizontal or vertical siding), natural textures such as cotton or linen, and natural light are common characteristics.

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Favorite Fall Soups

Are you looking for fall recipes or fall food ideas? To continue with celebrating all things fall, I’ve gathered together a collection of fall soup recipes for your culinary delight. These yummy soups and stews are sure to satisfy and make for cozy, delicious fall dinners.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup

Sweet, salty comforting and everything is better with bacon. A delicious fall recipe!

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Vegetable Barley Soup

You will not miss the meat in this hearty, healthy vegetable barley soup with fiber and protein-rich beans. A fall Favorite!

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Total comfort food! Made in your instant pot, crockpot or on the stove – this yummy soup is paleo, whole30 and SO delicious! Easy to make and SO cozy – you’ll love how creamy and tasty this chicken pot pie soup is while being completely dairy free!

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Chicken Tortellini Soup

A quick and easy home made chicken tortellini soup that is both light and bright, and filling and hearty!

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Minestrone Soup

A hearty, filling soup that cooks in one pot on the stove top and it’s so healthy with all the fresh vegetables.

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Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Made with yummy garden-fresh tomatoes, olive oil, flavorful garlic, onions, and fresh basil, you know exactly what you’re eating when you enjoy a bowl of this fresh tomato soup.

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Classic Lentil Soup

This lentil soup is packed with savory flavor and guaranteed to warm you up! Hearty enough to make a meal of and easy enough for a weeknight.

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Easy Beef Stew

Tender beef is simmered in beef broth with potatoes, onions, celery, peas, and carrots until melt in your mouth tender. It’s comfort food heaven!

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Chicken Stew

This simple chicken stew recipe is fully loaded with tender chicken and vegetables simmered in a deliciously seasoned broth!

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Beet and Greens Soup

The flavour of sweet roasted beets combined with dill and a tangy balsamic vinegar will make this beet soup recipe a favourite!

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Corn Chowder

The ingredients here are simple pantry and refrigerator staples that come together to make the best pot of soup.

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Loaded Potato Soup

Homemade potato soup is so easy to make from scratch and beats any restaurant soup. The base is so creamy, hearty and filling. It’s like a delicious loaded baked potato with all your favorite toppings but as a soup, yes, please!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

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For more chili, soup and stew ideas visit my Pinterest board

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Best Ever Pumpkin Muffin Recipes

To help celebrate all things fall, I’ve gathered a super variety of the best pumpkin muffin recipes for you here. These are some of the most popular on Pinterest! These are healthy and easy pumpkin muffin recipes that not only make wonderful fall snacks but are fall favourites for breakfast on the go and great breakfast ideas for school.

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

These easy pumpkin muffins are the best! Perfectly fluffy and not at all dry. These pumpkin muffins are a delicious combination of sweet and spice.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These pumpkin spice muffins are perfect for fall. So moist, filled with pumpkin, and topped with cinnamon sugar. Not only are they crazy delicious, they are a super easy dessert to make too!

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Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins

These easy Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins are low-carb, gluten free and include no refined sugars. Using only one bowl, these low-carb pumpkin muffins are sweetened naturally and can be frozen for a convenient breakfast!

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Applesauce Pumpkin Muffins (or Bread)

Easy breakfast hack! Make a batch of muffins and freeze them! When it is time for breakfast just take a few out of the freezer and put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

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Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

These paleo muffins are naturally gluten free, sweetened with maple syrup and are extremely easy to make.

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Pumpkin Protein Muffins

These pumpkin protein muffins will have your whole house smelling like fall! Not only are they delicious, but they have added protein, and a low amount of sugar per muffin!

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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins are moist pumpkin muffins that are super easy to make! They are topped with cinnamon and sugar for the ultimate Fall breakfast treat!

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Whole 30 Pumpkin Muffins

These whole30 pumpkin muffins are SO easy and made in the blender. You’ll never guess the secret ingredient that makes them sugar free!

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Pumpkin Flax Muffins

Soft, moist, healthy, and hearty pumpkin muffins that are not only gluten, dairy, and egg free but can easily be made vegan, too.

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Iced Maple Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Muffins

A delicious pumpkin muffin topped with a pecan streusel crunch and drizzled with a maple icing. It is all the amazing flavors of fall!

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Pumpkin Apple Harvest Muffins

An easy recipe for Pumpkin Apple Muffins that are incredibly moist, fragrant, and made with simple (yet healthy) ingredients like pumpkin puree, fresh apple chunks, oats, dried cranberries, pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon.

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Pumpkin Raisin Muffins

Great combination of spices here!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins(Starbucks Copycat!)

These Starbucks muffins are light and moist and that cream cheese filling just happens to set them over the top!

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Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

They’re packed with pumpkin, zucchini, coconut, walnuts and raisins. Sometimes they have dates or fresh cranberries instead. They’re very versatile, and super yummy. Did I mention how incredibly moist they are??!

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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

It doesn’t get much easier than this 2 ingredient pumpkin muffinsrecipe! It will satisfy all of your pumpkin cravings. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy one or two. They don’t disappoint!

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Healthy Banana Pumpkin Muffins

These Pumpkin Banana Muffins are a great healthy Fall breakfast! They’re mostly sweetened with banana, and made with less butter, with pumpkin puree instead. They’re a fluffy, banana-filled, easy breakfast to bake that kids and adults will love.

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Flourless Pumpkin Muffins

Flourless pumpkin muffins made with almond butter and pumpkin. No flour, no oil and no dairy. 9 grams of protein in each muffin!

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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

An easy one-bowl pumpkin muffin batter with fresh cranberries, these cranberry muffins are moist and flavourful and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar!

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Streuseled Pumpkin Buttermilk Muffins

These Streuseled Pumpkin Buttermilk Muffins are the perfect answer to a Fall season breakfast. Tangy, moist and with big hunks of crunchy streusel, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy my morning cup of coffee.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

A 4-ingredient, super moist pumpkin muffin topped with maple cream cheese frosting for the perfect fall (or anytime) breakfast.

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My Colorful Fall Mantel Decor

With shorter days, crisp mornings and the leaves starting to change color, there’s no doubt fall is almost upon us. And with that comes thoughts of fall decorating.

This year I’ve gone very colourful with my fall decor ideas. I wanted to add some rich colors to my family room, lots of orange and red. Decorating my mantle is one of my favourite things to do with each season. My daughter grew her first pumpkin patch and so I got to use some of the fruits of her labor from that. I wanted to incorporate lots of golden yellows, gorgeous spicy oranges, and natural elements.

My sister painted the painting and I love the vibrant colors in it, and how the pumpkins within the painting tie in so well with the real pumpkins on the mantel.

I used a combination of natural corn and wheat stalks with faux foliage, together with the rustic look from the burlap and I love how it all looks together. The burlap came from the Dollar store.

The candles add a warm cozy glow at night.

The faux cattails tie in well with the natural cornstalks.

The ‘Thankful’ sign I purchased at Michaels, and I love the rustic look it adds.

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Classic Elegant Autumn Nails

Whether you’re looking for some fall sparkle or a neutral or matte look, here are some gorgeous fall nails to inspire and try! Fall is a great time to try out nail colors that reflect the colors of the changing season and nails that are elegant are a way to express yourself without saying anything.

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A pretty mismatched color combo of blue and mustard.

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Gorgeous sparkly glitter nail tips.

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Love these nail colors together!

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These rich deep brown nails are a classsic.

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Mismatched fall nail colors reflect the colors of the season.

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A touch of orange.

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Bronze leaf stickers on warm clean beige nails make them pop.

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Beautiful nail shades that are rich and luxurious.

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White and gold- a simple but elegant look.

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These elegant black nails with gold accents are stylish and fun.

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Burgundy nails look elegant and have been trendy for a long time already.

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