5 Fall Decorating Ideas

It’s getting to cooler weather- Fall is almost here! Once I get over my initial sadness that Summer is coming to an end, I embrace the warmth and coziness that Fall brings into our seasonal decorating. Of course, we have pieces in our home that we like to keep up all year round, and many suppliers of wall art such as Bumbleajx.com provide products that should be kept up all year. However, it is nice to embrace the seasons and adjust the aesthetic of our homes depending on what time of year we’re in. You may have other furniture to decorate in the house such as your sofa or your curtains, or you may even want to get a brand new set of made to measure rugs to really bring that fall warmth into the home. That’s the great thing about redecorating; you get to choose exactly how far or how seasonal you take it. You may want to have a makeover to celebrate halloween even further, and you may want to even get some new blinds to fit the them, these blinds might make the room appear larger. I’m working on some ideas for my home that I’ll be sharing on social media soon, but until then here are some simple ideas I love to incorporate Fall elements into your home decor which is why I can’t wait to tell you about my new Custom Photo Tapestryhappy decorating!

Entryway & Porch

Fill lanterns with items such as pumpkins, gourds, leaves, branches, & candles- beautiful on tables, in a vignette, or as porch decor.
Use a seasonal wreath & some Fall branches to add a warm & welcoming touch to your porch.
Seasonal Fall mums, pumpkins & a bale of hay arranged together add a country- style touch to porches and decks.
For a more contemporary look, seek out ghost pumpkins or artificial versions- if you love a little glitter, covering them in glitter is a fun touch.
To mix contemporary & traditional, combine white elements with the warmth of reds, oranges, and yellows.
I hope this gives you some inspiration and shows you that adding seasonal touches doesn’t have to be fussy or expensive! oxox TPB
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Yummy Mummy Monday: Grown Up Tropical Punch

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes camp, travel, activities, and seemingly endless days trying to find ideas to keep the kids occupied. After all that who doesn’t deserve a little spiked reward? (PS: For preggo Moms, those who din’t drink & kids, this is just as tasty without the booze).
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Grown Up Tropical Punch
For one punch bowl batch:

26oz Vanilla Vodka
Pineapple Juice (we juiced a whole one fresh- AMAZING!)
1L Orange Juice
1L Cranberry Cocktail
1L Ginger Ale or Lemon Lime Pop 
Orange Slices for garnish
Optional: Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream (for a dairy free option, coconut ice cream is to die for in this!)
To Make:
Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl with a shwack of ice; if using, scoop ice cream & float on top.
Garnish with orange slices
All ready to go!!!
This punch will make you feel like you’re on vacation so make sure you enjoy responsibly!

Yummy Mummy Monday: Blackberry Orange Scones

It’s that time of year when the weather’s slowly crawling back towards Summer (YESSSS!) but it’s still going to be cozy for a while longer. When it’s an indoor kinda day, it’s nice to relax with a cup of tea and a tasty treat. And what better to accompany a very British beverage, than with a scone? These are delicious without being too naughty. And the gluten free and/ or egg free version is tasty too (my bestie was my guinea- pig taste tester and she gave them the thumbs up). 😉

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Blackberry Orange Scones
Makes 8 scones.

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
(or substitute 2 cups of your favourite gluten- free flour)
1/3 cup sugar + 1 tbsp for sprinkling (optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (as cold as possible- keep in fridge until needed)
1/2 cup sour cream (or substitute Greek yogurt)
1 egg (or substitute 1/4 cup applesauce)
1 tbsp grated orange zest
1 cup blackberries (I used frozen ones I’d picked in the Summer, just thaw ahead of time

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees & line a baking tray with parchment
2. In one bowl mix together the dry ingredients; grate the butter into the bowl with the flour mixture (or cut into very small cubes). Mix with hands until combined (will be dry & crumbly)
3. In another bowl mix together the sour cream, egg (or applesauce if you’re making an egg free version) and orange zest
4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour/ butter; mix until just combined (the dough will still be quite dry and crumbly- less so if you substituted apple sauce)
5. Toss in the blackberries and gently mix until well distributed in the dough
6. Lightly flour a flat surface and turn dough out; shape the dough into a circle approx. 8″ in diameter and 1- 1.5″ thick. Slice the dough into 8 pieces (think of cutting a cake) and transfer to baking tray
7. For a little extra sweetness, sprinkle some sugar over the top of the scones; bake for approx. 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top (I found my gluten free/ egg free version took a little longer to bake and didn’t look golden on top; I had to keep poking them with a skewer to check if they were baked all the way through).
8. Serve with your choice of butter, clotted/ whipped cream, jam, and/ or marmalade. Best served fresh & warm (but really, who’s going to complain if you re- heat them?) 😉

Writing this post has given me a craving for one with a cup of Earl Grey! Hope you enjoy!

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