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And to all of you, too. Gosh, how I’ve missed y’all. With this new season, though, I am fired up and ready to get back to blogging regularly. Of course I have lots of new recipes to share and a little fall decor.
First I have to show you the cutest photo. Can you believe how big my grand littles are? And, since I last posted our family has grown by one. In May, we welcomed our fourth grandchild, Molly Renae Ziff.
I love fall cooking. The summers are hot here, so I tend to avoid anything that heats up the kitchen – like using the oven. When October arrives, I am ready for soups and casseroles. So you can expect to see a lot of them in the next few months.
What are your favorite soups? My favorites are Zuppa Toscana, Lasagna Soup, Clam Chowder, and Chicken Posole. They make regular appearances in my meal plans throughout the fall, winter, and early spring. You guys know I love my one-pot meals.
Speaking of one pots, my love affair with the Instant Pot still burns hot (pun intended). It’s just as convenient as the slow cooker, but for different reasons.
The slow cooker is better suited for a meal that’s planned and you want to set and forget.
The Instant Pot is a multi-pot that’s versatile. It provides quicker prep and is ideal for last-minute “what are we having?” meals. It creates perfectly cooked soft or hard-boiled eggs, makes yogurt, tender, and juicy shredded chicken, and soups.
Not to be overshadowed by soups, I am really looking forward to making casseroles again, too. Some of my favorites are Macaroni & Cheese, Mashed Potato Casserole, and Skillet Lasagna.
Here are some perfect, fall recipes to get you cooking:
And A Little Decor
Of course I had to pay homage to my favorite month (and season!) by styling my dining room sideboard. It’s so fun coming up with new decor each year. This year, I found great decor choices from Target’s Dollar Spot, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods.
If your love this style, too, see my list of sources below.
Before we know it, the holidays will be here. I can’t wait to share some fun, new holiday recipes with you. Look for those in the coming weeks.
Already holiday shopping? Here’s my gift guide for the home chef: Gift Ideas for the Home Chef
Have a beautiful day and make something special!
Sources for sideboard decor:
- Large Custom Wooden Sign: http://harpergraycesigns.com
- Wall scones: http://lampsplus.com
- Small Chalkboard sign, green/gold wooden pumpkins: http://hobbylobby.com
- Rae Dunn: http://home goods.com
- Wire pumpkins, milk jars: http://target.com
- Runner: shabbychic.com
- Flowers/Metal Pitcher: http://teleflora.com
- Rattan chargers: http://pierone.com
Here’s more decor with this home decor post.
Make a decorative garland swag with this DIY Fabric Garland!