Gourds, Pumpkins, and Acorn Squash

My favorite time of year is upon us. There is no better Autumn center piece than farm stand gourds, miniature pumpkins, and acorn squash. Every year I also have cinnamon scented pine cones and scatter them in random nooks around the house. (Those can be free if you send your child outside to hunt for some). Worn blanket scarves make cozy decorative napkins or placemats.

It is easy to get carried away with decorating but the glorious leaves outside deserve the spotlight.

Fall Center piece

Gourds from a farm stand

I still have to make my annual Apple Potato Gratin with a walnut crust, modified from a French recipe to make it a bit more Southern. Layered slices of yellow Yukon gold potatoes and honey crisp apples baked with layers of bubbly sharp cheddar. Serve with hot cinnamon cider for a perfect meal.

Pine Cones, Acorn Platter

Enjoy this gray Autumn Saturday. Soon it will be time for Halloween. I will be trying some recipes from the Autumn segment of my favorite cookbook and heading out to a winery for an afternoon beast feast.

“If a year was tucked inside a clock, then Autumn would be the magic hour.”

-Victoria Erickson