Welcome Autumn

I've been loving the freshness of the weather lately. The temperature still can't decide what it wants to be, but the colors are certainly doing their thing. The blue sky and chartreuse leaves of early Fall get me every year. In fact, I am so in love with that color combo that I made all 11 of my bridesmaids wear chartreuse for our wedding eight years ago. I don't think it was very nice of me, but it took me a few years to realize it. They were the best bridesmaids ever.

Anyway, back to this Fall. I haven't done much for seasonal house decor this year aside from some mums in my front yard, but I thought I should pull together a little something for the dining table. I tried to mostly use what was already in my kitchen, but I did find the little copper planter at Goodwill for $2, and I bought some miniature white pumpkins at Trader Joe's for 69 cents apiece. I still can't get over the fact that these exist. They are definitely a yearly favorite. 

I put some paper straws and a pumpkin on my dish hutch to add some subtle autumnal goodness. I still have a soft spot for blue and chartreuse, although its a bit more muted this year...

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I'll leave you for the long weekend with a few yummy veggie recipes that are just the thing for nesting in for the chilly weather. I've tried all of these, and they are keepers. Enjoy!

Spicy Sweet Potato Chowder 

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

Flourless Chocolate Cookies