Autumn Chalkboards

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Autumn Chalkboards

Spice-up your Fall decorating with Chalk!

I’m sure you’ve seen the creative chalkboards floating around Pinterest. If not, you should definitely go check it out.

Chalk art has been a tradition around our house for Easter. “The Easter Bunny” would always hop on by, and decorate our driveway with drawings, sayings, and of course… he’d leave behind his bunny footprints. Take a look at this drawing from Eater 2014. (Rory and I had a ton of fun!)

Obviously, the kids LOVE this special surprise each year. I got to thinking that I would like to incorporate chalk art into my seasonal decorating as well by using chalkboards.

Creative thinking can be dangerous and contagious! So, I’ve put together a collection of really cute ideas for Autumn Chalkboards. Have fun with fonts and colors, and incorporate them into your other Fall decorations and vignettes. The chalkboards will be not only a focal point, but a highlight.

 

Autumn Chalkboards:

 

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492674671838/

Simple and to the point.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492677604498/

Isn’t this beautiful all framed and with the added touch of leaves?

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492677604364/

The Emily Bronte quote is one of my all-time favorite Autumn quotations.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492674666678/

A touch of everything that happens in the Fall.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492674666690/

This is one of my favorite chalkboards. Wouldn’t it be lovely sitting on the fireplace mantel? I love how delicate the leaves are.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492677604469/

This is a stunning vignette.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492674701626/

Have another favorite autumn recipe? Try it on a chalkboard!

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492674671848/

A beautiful sentiment.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492677604485/

This one put me in the mood for Pumpkin Spice Lattes… LOL

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492674671900/

A listing of Fall things… love it.

These creations were collected with Autumn in mind. You can also find design inspiration for Halloween and Thanksgiving specifically, or any season or holiday. Some of these awesome designs are available as PRINTABLES… just in case you don’t want to attempt these yourself, or plain don’t have the time.

I hope you have enjoyed this collection of Autumn Chalkboards. If you’d like to see more of my chalkboards collection, check out my Chalkboards Pinterest Board!

Have you done any Chalk Art? We’d love to see it!

What are some of your favorite designs for Fall?

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Pumpkin Butter Crescent Rolls

A Scrumptiously Simple Seasonal Treat!

One morning last week, Rory and I had a hankering for fresh baked crescent rolls to go with our coffee with Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup. While grabbing the package of crescent rolls from the refrigerator, I suddenly remembered that I had picked up a jar of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter on my last shopping trip thinking it would be a nice Fall treat. My taste buds tingled with the idea of combining the two items. It was easy as can be (only two ingredients) and super tasty too!

Pumpkin Butter Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

  • Crescent Rolls
  • Pumpkin Butter

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven according to the Crescent Roll package.
  • Spread Pumpkin Butter on one side of dough triangle.
  • Place a small dollop of Pumpkin Butter in the middle of the large end of dough.
  • Roll the dough to make the crescent.
  • Bake as directed.

These are delicious! The Pumpkin Butter slightly caramelized on the edges, and the baking filled our home with the most amazing aroma. It was definitely a Fall treat we will enjoy again and again. I hope you enjoy it too.

Do you have any favorite Fall treats?

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For some other Seasonal Recipes…
Check out Kristen at The Road to Domestication, where she is featuring one of my family’s favorite recipes, Mississippi Pecan Pie, tomorrow in her series…

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Pasta With Pumpkin And Sausage – Printable Recipe

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

I Love Autumn Cooking!

And nothing says Autumn more than

Pumpkins!

Years ago, Rory and I were watching Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, and she made a dish like this. It sounded so wonderful, so we decided to give it a try. Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage has been a family Fall favorite ever since. My kids can’t wait for me to make this meal every year. Kirk was home from college for a night this past week, and this is what we had for dinner. YUM-O!

I’m sure your family will love it too.

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used 1 tbs. at a time)
  • 1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 4- cloves Garlic (cracked and chopped)
  • 1- medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1- Bay Leaf (fresh or dried)
  • 4 to 6- sprigs Sage Leaves (cut into chiffonade, about 2 tbs.)
  • 1- cup Dry White Wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
  • 1- cup Chicken Stock
  • 1- cup canned Pumpkin
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream (3 turns around the pan)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground Nutmeg (ground or freshly grated)
  • Coarse Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. Penne Rigate (cooked to al dente)
  • Romano or Parmigiano Cheese (for grating)

       

Directions:

  • Heat a large, deep, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Split Sausage casing and scrape out the meat. Add 1 tbs. Olive Oil to the pan and brown the sausage. Transfer sausage to paper-towel lined plate.
  • Drain fat from the pan and return to the stove.
  • Add remaining 1 tbs. Olive oil, Garlic, and Onion. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onions are tender.
  • Add Bay Leaf, Sage, and Wine to the pan. Reduce wine by half, about 2 minutes.
  • Add Chicken Stock and Pumpkin, stir to combine until the sauce comes to a bubble.
  • Return sausage to the pan, reduce heat, and stir in Heavy Cream.
  • Season the sauce with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Salt, and Pepper. Simmer mixture 5-10 minutes to thicken sauce.
  • Return rinsed and drained cooked Pasta to its cooking pot. Remove bay leaf from sauce. Pour sauce over the pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute.
  • Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved Cheese and sage leaves.

NOTE: I serve my pasta and sauce separately for those who want more or less sauce.

  

Side Suggestions:

  • Pumpernickel or Whole Grain Bread
  • Spinach Salad with Apple or Pear and Red Onion dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

This Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage Recipe is PRINTABLE!

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Pasta With Pumpkin And Sausage - Printable Recipe
 
A delicious Autumn treat featuring Pumpkin, Sausage, and Pasta.
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Type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients:
  • 2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used 1 tbs. at a time)
  • 1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 4- cloves Garlic (cracked and chopped)
  • 1- medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1- Bay Leaf (fresh or dried)
  • 4 to 6- sprigs Sage Leaves (cut into chiffonade, about 2 tbs.)
  • 1- cup Dry White Wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
  • 1- cup Chicken Stock
  • 1- cup canned Pumpkin
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream (3 turns around the pan)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground Nutmeg (ground or freshly grated)
  • Coarse Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. Penne Rigate (cooked to al dente)
  • Romano or Parmigiano Cheese (for grating)
Directions:
  1. Heat a large, deep, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Split Sausage casing and scrape out the meat. Add 1 tbs. Olive Oil to the pan and brown the sausage. Transfer sausage to paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Drain fat from the pan and return to the stove.
  3. Add remaining 1 tbs. Olive oil, Garlic, and Onion. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onions are tender.
  4. Add Bay Leaf, Sage, and Wine to the pan. Reduce wine by half, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add Chicken Stock and Pumpkin, stir to combine until the sauce comes to a bubble.
  6. Return sausage to the pan, reduce heat, and stir in Heavy Cream.
  7. Season the sauce with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Salt, and Pepper. Simmer mixture 5-10 minutes to thicken sauce.
  8. Return rinsed and drained cooked Pasta to its cooking pot. Remove bay leaf from sauce. Pour sauce over the pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute.
  9. Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved Cheese and sage leaves.
Notes
I serve my pasta and sauce separately for those who want more or less sauce.

Side Suggestions:

Pumpernickel or Whole Grain Bread
Spinach Salad with Apple or Pear and Red Onion dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

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Pumpkin Season Is Back!

What an exciting day! Not only do I get to share a funny with you, talk about pumpkins, and give you a heads-up on some great upcoming happenings, but Life With Lorelai is

Featured Today on Missy Homemaker!

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I Am Adam!

Or So Says, Luke

from: The Orange County Register – 9/16/2013

My excitement has been growing by pumpkin vines and horns of plenty in anticipation of Autumn. The wonderful season that fills your home with warmth, bountiful harvests, and the sweet smelling aromas of pumpkin pie.

Two nights ago, as we watched TV, Luke was reading the paper. Suddenly, he turned to me and said, “You, are Adam!” I looked at him like he was crazy, “What?” He flicked the paper with his fingers and told me to read the cartoon strip, Adam by Brian Besset. As you can see from the cartoon above, I am Adam. We had a really good laugh.

Luke and I have been seeing advertisements and store shelves filled with the beautiful colors of Fall and home decoration ideas. Starbucks brought back their tremendously tasty treat, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. That is my all time favorite coffee drink. Check out more about that at my recent post, Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup! Last week, Luke bought me an Autumn themed floor mat for my kitchen. It features a scarecrow and of course… Pumpkins!

I love pumpkins! Everything about them speaks to my soul, from the vibrant colors to the widely varied uses. Each year I make a delicious Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage dish as a kick-off to Fall. This year I will be sharing this recipe with you, so don’t forget to check back!

Triple Scene Pumpkin 2011
This pumpkin had three scenes with a “W” spacer between each. Carved for the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel.

Of course, pumpkins are great in the garden and as decorations in the house, but my favorite thing about pumpkins is carving them. I have many ideas floating around in my head for carving designs for this year. Take a look at some of my previous work on my Pumpkin Carving page.

Over the next few weeks, Life With Lorelai will be offering some Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks. We will also be hosting a very special October Contest. Be sure to watch for more details.

Do you believe in Pumpkin Season?

What are some of your favorite things about Autumn?

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup!

Photo Credit: Jennie at The Messy Baker blog.
Pumkpin Spice Syrup

Fall Is Just Around The Corner

One of my most favorite things about Fall is the Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. YUM! I cannot get enough of them. Actually, I am very sparing about buying those delectably delicious delights because the are so cost prohibitive at nearly five bucks a pop. When I do stop in for a special treat, I usually order the Cafe Americano with Pumpkin Spice Syrup and add some half-and-half to give it more of a latte feel. This is exactly what I did the other morning on my way to court. Yes, folks, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back!

Thank goodness I have a gift card for Starbucks. I am trying to make it stretch as far as I can. But here is the greatest news ever… I just ran across a recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup!!! I am so excited. It is the first recipe or substitute that actually looks like the richly scented gorgeously colored brand name syrup. I will definitely be giving this a try this weekend.

Want to try this Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup with me? You really don’t need very much; in fact, most of the ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now waiting for you. And, this easy recipe only takes about 12 minutes to make. How cool is that. Well, here it is…

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, add water and both sugars. Simmer on medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to low and whisk in cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree. Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth or a clean tea towel.
  • Allow the syrup to cool to room-temperature before stirring in the vanilla extract. Store in a mason jar or airtight container. The syrup will last for 1 month in the refrigerator.

Cook Time: 12 Minutes

*NOTE* – My strainer is very fine and required no tea towel or cheesecloth. I did need to rinse my strainer after each ladleful and run the syrup twice through my strainer. Easy.

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I found this recipe on Jennie’s blog… The Messy Baker. Please go check it out. Stick around and explore Jennies blog, she has some amazing recipes! You’ll love it.

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