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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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.

I hope you enjoyed my fall home tour. To help celebrate all things fall:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Warmly,

Rachel

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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If you find my posts at all helpful, I do appreciate you taking the time to share my posts or follow my account.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Warmly,

Rachel