The inspiration for this table started when me and Christina found these natural fiber place mats from IKEA. We ended up arranging them to make a runner for the table. From there we decided to go with white and green pumpkins because I don't know what says "fall" more than classic pumpkins and gourds. Plus I just adore that shade of green. I remembered I had all these vintage miniature cake tins which made for perfect tea light holders. By some magic, we found those green striped napkins at my grandma's house which happened to echo the green from the pumpkin. We added some other natural elements such as found feathers, pinecones, deer antlers, and driftwood. All that to say, get inspired this year to use a mix of old, new, and natural for your Thanksgiving decor. Most importantly, have fun and hang out with your family.
Do you ever find yourself browsing home decor stores for a nice piece of wall art? Do you ever find one that you really like and then realize you could just make it yourself for way cheaper? This is the case with this project here. It's kind of hard to see in the pictures because the texture from the circle in the middle is very subtle making this entire piece very minimal. It's so minimal, in fact, it just looks like a framed canvas...which it is, but a little more special. It's a real bonus if you can find a sweet vintage frame. One of the nice things is that you don't HAVE to use white paper. If you want to get a little wild you could use gray or black or something. I like the white on white because it's just so darn chic. - MF
- one 20"x 24" vintage frame (or not)
- one 20" x 24" white canvas
- 1 sheet of handmade textured white paper ( mine is from paper source)
- mod podge
1. Using a dinner plate or any other relatively large, circle object, trace a circle on your handmade paper. The piece of paper I used was quite large so I traced two circles so I could layer them and make the texture pop a bit more. 2. cut the circles out. 3. Glue one circle onto the center of the canvas by way of brushing the mod podge on it. 4. Once you have the first on glued, lightly brush glue on top of it and gently place the second circle on top. Don't press it down completely just so there is more texture. 5. Brush mod podge over the rest of the canvas. 6. Place it in the frame (once it's dry) and hang it on your wall.
When Autumn rolls around, I, unashamedly, bake many many cakes and treats. It just feels appropriate. After all, we are entering the cold months...perfect time to bulk up for winter's hibernation. Jokes aside, there's nothing better than getting something sweet and spicy in the oven and sharing it with other people. Mostly so you (I) don't eat it all yourself (myself). This cake encompasses all that is fall- caramel, spices, and sweetness. Now, I have to admit, I used the fleur de sel caramel sauce from Traders Joes for the topping. Could I make caramel sauce myself? Of course. Have I? Yes. The TJ's sauce tasted nice and saved me from stressing out over my caramel crystalizing. That being said, I recommend it for this. Let's get baking! The sun is down by 7:00 these days so you may as well give it a try.
Serves 8 or so
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup organic whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 -3/4 cup salted caramel sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease an average sized loaf pan.In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, spices, salt, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
2. Cream the butter and sugars together in a mixer on medium high speed until nice and fluffy, something like 5 minutes total.
3. beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla extract.
4. Starting with the flour mixture, pour a little bit in at low speed and alternate it with the milk until both are gone.
5. pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean. Allow to cool on a rack and then turn it out onto a plate. Pour the caramel sauce over the top while it's still warm. That's it!
Recipe: Megan Forbes
Photos: Christina Hussey