Tiptoeing Into Fall


Like so many others, I love fall with its rich palette which provides so much inspiration for color and texture choices whether they be for apparel, home decor or creative output.  I like to tiptoe into fall, gradually changing from summer brights to fall oranges, browns, reds and golds.

Tablescapers definitely welcome the season, and this week a blog friend Kathleen challenged us all to create a fall table.  They are all here, so check them out for some good ideas.

My fall table began with these adorable candle holders one of my daughters sent for my birthday.  She gets a kick out of my buying wine because I like the label so her thinking was I should show some of those clever ones off on the table.  Great idea!  By the way, the candle holders came from Wisteria, a terrific decor resource.

Candle topped bottles are interspersed with dried gourds and arranged on an old piece of cloth purchased several years ago at the Rockport Antique Show.  Originally, I thought to make pillows from it, but I couldn’t bear to cut it.  I’m so glad I didn’t because it makes a lovely table runner with its colors right for any season.

No problem picking dishes that would blend right into a fall color scheme.  These are called Palazzo and with colors of falling leaves, they are perfect.

They are accented with playful napkins and wine glasses with stems tinted the same as the hues in the tableware.  Isn’t it wonderful when you find all the right things in your own cabinets?

With the table all set and candles aglow, it seemed a shame not to have anyone there, so with the hubby being away, a girls night was in order making for an evening filled with chatter, laughter and fun.  How can it be any better!

Cooler fall weather means thoughts turn to comfort foods, and for dinner  we had Spicy Green Bean and Potato Stew from A Beautiful Bowl of Soup.  Served with toasted pita bread topped with olive oil and parmesan and a simple green salad, it was delish.  Best of all, it was easy to prepare so you may want to give it a try.

Spicy Green Bean and Potato Stew

2 T. olive oil

1 c. coarsely chopped onion

4 c. green beans, cut in 2″ lengths

1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 zucchini, haled lengthwise and cut into 1/2″ slices

1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

1/4 c. water

1/2 t. freshly ground pepper

1/4 t. cayenne pepper

1/2 c. finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Heat oil in large pot.  Add onions, cook until they are translucent.  Add the green beans, continue to cook about 5 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes, zucchini, potato, water, pepper and cayenne.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.

Stir in parsley and season to taste.  Top with a generous portion of feta cheese.

You can make this stew in advance and refrigerate to allow flavors to blend.  It will keep for about 5 days.

So, how are you welcoming fall?

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22 thoughts on “Tiptoeing Into Fall

  1. You’re so right…it would have been a shame to have cut that beautiful fabric!!! What a pretty runner! Now you KNOW I’m loving those candle holders. Wisteria, huh? I’ll Google them. Seems like I’ve been on their site before. Not sure. It IS terrific when you can “shop” your home and find exactly what works! You did just that!!! The “spicy” in the soup sounds wonderful. I love spicy!!! I hope you have a good weekend and get a chance to get out and enjoy the turning leaves. Take care!

    1. By all means I’ll be out and about taking in a quickly changing landscape which is a delight.
      Shopping my cabinets is far more limiting than having access to your storage area where so many treasures abound.

  2. Yes, I buy wine for the bottle too! I am loving the candelabras I’m seeing for the wine bottles! We used to stick the candles in the straw covered chianti bottles–remember those? Looks like you had a wonderful meal with your girlfriends. Linda

    1. I am so glad to see you on WordPress which makes it easier for me to follow you.
      Yes, I do remember the chianti bottles, not only remember them but still have and use them. So glad you stopped by.

  3. your wine bottle candelabras are awesome! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  4. Lovely table setting, beautiful candelabras!! Thank you for sharing, Lulu

    1. Thanks, Amy. You never know what use an empty wine bottle will have!

  5. Awwww, too bad we don’t live close by! I am working on a header and having a hissy fit right now. Hopefully I will get it straightened out before too long. Thanks for stopping by. Your table is very lovely and a yummy recipe, too. xo

  6. I’m totally loving this table! Yes, the runner is perfect and the fabric is lovely..so glad you didn’t cut it!! The candelabras are awesome, I’m smitten with them! Thanks fro dropping by and leaving me such wonderful comment. Hugs,
    FABBY

  7. This is so beautiful, Lulu! The plates are so much fun and the funky candle holders. The soup looks delicious….Christine

  8. Happier Than A Pig in Mud September 28, 2012 — 5:32 am

    Your soup sounds great, love that you used the Italian green beans too! The wine bottle candelabras make me smile-enjoy:@)

    1. The beans came from a roadside produce stand where you leave money and take what you want. It amazes me people are so trusting.

  9. I’m so glad you didn’t cut that beautiful fabric! It’s perfect for a fluffed up runner and looks great with all your things. I love those candelabras. Great looking soup, too. Yum.

  10. Beautiful Fall table, Lulu! The candle holders are great & I love your Palazzo plates.

    1. Thanks Gina for taking a look.

  11. Gorgeous fabric Linda~ it is perfect for a runner! I love your mix of colorful patterns and I’m a fan of a fun wine label and wine candelabra too 🙂

    1. Thank you, Mary. I love the piece of fabric and am so irritated with myself for not remembering its origin. The handwork blows me away.

  12. Hi Lulu,
    Your Fall Tablescape is lovely, it looks so cozy and inviting. We would just love your stew, what time is dinner? Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Your marvelous Autumn tablescape is quite artistic…you’ve created a wonderful canvas for your friends. The fabric is truly a treasure. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  14. This is a lovely tablescape and the stew looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Warm, inviting, comforting colors of oranges, browns, reds and golds. Beautiful Fall table decorations. The candles added a mixture of festive and passionate ambiance. Delicious food! Thanks.

  16. I love those candle holders too! Hope the gals enjoyed you fun Fall table! Very colorful!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!

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