Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider Syrup | Our kids LOVE these

I am pretty much addicted to anything pumpkin so when fall comes around we turn to some of our pumpkin favorites.

Pumpkin pancakes with apple cider syrup is a fall staple for as long as I can remember.

THIS is the recipe that the kids ask for on special occasions and especially during the fall.

We made ours gluten free but tweak it anyway you want to make it your own.

We hope you love them as much as we do.

We thought it would be fun to share the video of us making them from a few years back.

Isn’t Benny the cutest!

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How To Create Inviting Outdoor Spaces This Fall

 

What is not to love about a holiday all about family, friends, good food and just being together!?

If you live where it is warm enough to still entertain outside I highly recommend it this Thanksgiving.

Being outside is unexpected for dinner parties and it really brings new energy into your gatherings.

I wanted to share how to bring our own fall tablescape together by using as an example of a tablescape I designed last fall in our last home.

1.Before I put the table together I thought about how could I make our table a little different this time, make use of our space (yard), incorporate colors of the season and use decor I already owned.

2.My hope is that you would also “shop” your own house and incorporate the beautiful things you already own. Maybe a little foraging too:-)

3. Bring out blankets, wool pillows, napkins (they were really hand towels) for color and texture. I love creating layers in decorating (as with clothing) so this step is important to me to creating a warm and cozy table.

4. Bring out the dishes and glassware.  For this table I am just using our everyday white dishes but mixing them with our nice crystal. Mix and match your pieces and have fun with them. They are there to be USED.

5. Add height to your table.  I did this by adding the wooden candlesticks with white tapers, stacking pumpkins, putting the wine on the table, adding a wood and marble pedestal and adding simple candles on top with twine for texture.

6. Now, fill it in with all of the special touches of the season. I filled it with white hydrangeas to keep it neutral (this is very typical for me with flowers), large pinecones, leaves, branches and acorns.

7. Add sparkle. For us this was having the crystal wine glasses, silverware and especially hanging the vintage chandelier (it was not wired in and was there just for looks).

8. Light the fireplace, light the candles, turn the music on and crack a bottle of wine and you are ready to begin.

The more you do this the more you will get comfortable just shopping your own home and making little changes to your tablescape for the seasons. You will have a go to layout and just change out the dishes or flowers or seasonal filler.

Most importantly…You will never regret making your holiday about the people that join you around that table.  AND When you have fun so will the people that you love around that table.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte | Fall is Here

It is November 1st and that is the beginning of the holidays in my book.

I have already started planning with our family what they want to do for Thanksgiving, I may have bought a ton of wrapping paper at Target today, the fireplace is on and the weather is finally embracing my love of sweaters!

November and December is such a sweet time to intentionally make space in your heart and home to welcome others into your space.

I hope you will join our creative team and me all month as we share some new ideas and some of favorites from years past!

 

 

When fall is even remotely near I begin craving a pumpkin spice latte.

Because of my allergies I am not able to purchase one from a cafe because of the dyes in the syrup.

I have tried different recipes over the past years, I have tweaked many recipes and I feel like I have finally found one that I love!

This recipe is soooo good and worth the few minutes of work.

The best part is that you know everything that is in your latte and you don’t have to feel too bad about your fall addiction:-)

Let me know if you if you make one yourself!

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

{makes 2 servings}

1 cup whole milk

2-3 tablespoons organic pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups strong coffee

Whipped Cream

Half and Half

Sugar/Stevia to taste

Nutmeg or Pumpkin Spice to top off the whipped cream

*In a bowl whisk together the milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla

*Heat the milk mixture (I heat mine in the top area of my Bialetti)

{I then take the heated milk mixture and mix it in my Bodum milk frother}

*Make strong coffee in your coffee maker or French Press

*Divide your coffee and milk mixture in your coffee cup

*Add cream and sugar (I use 1 packet of Stevia) to taste

*Finish it off with whipped cream and ground nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice

Join our creative team and me as we share our fall and holiday favorites all month along!

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Modern Farmhouse Fall Porch

I have had the best time sharing our home dressed up for fall!

I have felt so honored to be included in Ella Claire’s Farmhouse Holiday Series and each week I have been blow away by the beauty and warmth that the other bloggers bring to their homes.

This week it is all about sharing your porch for fall but we have a pretty small front porch in this home SO we wanted to show you our deck dressed up instead.

Our deck is pretty large and it is off the living room and kitchen and it truly is another room of our home!

From the deck we look over the woods of our property and we also see the gorgeous mountains in the background.

This space is where we all gather for morning coffee, time with friends and cooler nights around the fire.

Morning coffee time on the deck is how we start our day around here.

Slippers, robes, blankets, coffee, a newspaper and morning chatter is the typical scene on any given morning.

Our deck was transformed by the two new Rattan Cafe Armchairs and the incredible umbrella over our seating area by Joss and Main!

If you want to give your front porch a makeover Joss & Main is giving away a $500 shopping spree to one lucky winner!

Just share your fall front porch on Instagram with #designtheoutdoors to enter. Good luck!

Now, you have to go see the other porches all dressed up for fall!

 

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Ella Claire | City Farmhouse | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

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My Sweet Savannah | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild | Miss Mustard Seed

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Jeanne Oliver | Jennifer Rizzo Design | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog

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French Country Cottage | Craftberry Bush

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Fall Tablescape | Into the Woods We Go

This post is sponsored by AllModern

Fall begs for gathering and I think the most beautiful and inviting spaces can be created outside.

We have been having the most fun creating cozy spaces and “rooms” throughout our land and today I am sharing our newest space for the Farmhouse Holiday Series hosted by Ella Claire.

I wish I could take you along on all of the trails that we have created off of this space and throughout all of our land but I hope that you will come to our studio soon and walk them yourselves.

We would love to gather with you in our studio, home and land.

This past weekend we hosted a live workshop in our studio and this is the space we created for all of the students for lunch.

Lighting makes any space and I am swooning over the impact the AllModern String Lights have created in our outdoor room.

I will have to show you how gorgeous they look at night very soon (probably with friends, pizza and wine)!

I love mixing modern and vintage and rustic and elegant.

Mixing styles and textures makes a setting or a room interesting and inviting.

My sister gave us the wood slices from her land and we complimented them with our wedding china and the AllModern Wine Glasses.

Want to know a trick I have been doing? I have been using other pieces from the AllModern Daphne Gold collection and using them as candle holders. I have them sprinkled around the house and on this fall tablescape. I never use scented candles on the table and this allows the candle holder to be a gorgeous container with the candle and to dress up the table.

We also will never be cold this fall in the evenings because of the bronze AllModern Outdoor Heater.

This has allowed us to have dinner and cocktails with friends in the evenings and keeps the temperature warm and cozy.

You all know how excited we are about our apple tree:-) and we have been using the AllModern Wooden Bowls and our apples as centerpieces in the house and on the tablescape.

All of the leaves, pine cones, branches, flowers for the table were clipped and collection from our land. That is truly the gift of fall!

Bringing together the branches, china, sheepskin, gold wine glasses, wood slices, candles and the lunches in kraft boxes from our local French Pastry shop Dream Pastries was so fun to create.

Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series and letting me show you my fall tablescape!

Now, you HAVE to go see what everyone else has been creating…

Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Ella Claire | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver | Love Grows Wild

Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

City Farmhouse | French Country Cottage | Rooms FOR Rent | Dear Lillie

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Shades of Blue Interiors | My Sweet Savannah | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog |

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Jennifer Rizzo Design | Craftberry Bush |

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

and our lovely featured guest this week- Buckets of Burlap

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Fall Kitchen and Recipe Tour 2016 | Mini Home Video Too

Welcome to our first home tour in our new home! Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays, and that we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces.

We went on a crazy home journey within the past year and you can read about it here, here and here.  We had no interest in moving and then here we are. It was a year ago this month that we looked at that first home and all of the adventuring began.

We have been in this home for 6 months now and we have worked the hardest to turn an unfinished workshop and garage into our new studio.  We have so many ideas and plans for this home and we have been having the best time making it ours.  Today we are taking a peek into our kitchen and this is an area where we will only be making small changes for awhile.  Before we moved in we had the whole house painted Nano White by Behr (ceilings, walls, baseboards) and we had the window frames painted Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams. We also replaced all of the lighting throughout the whole house. It is amazing what just paint and lighting can do to transform a space.

All of the homes we put offers on were mid century or more modern homes.  We had been wanting this change for awhile and it feels so good to have this new creative energy. Creating comfortable and beautiful spaces within our home for our family and friends is one of my greatest joys.  I am not in a rush to fill the space and want to allow the space to organically come together.

 

 

One of our favorite parts about this new house is the layout and all of the windows.

I love making breakfast each morning and looking out the back windows and seeing the mountains. If we are really lucky we will see our favorite residence of our woods…the does and fawns.

I hope that never gets old.

We were able to take many of our vintage pieces and mix them with more modern pieces in this home and I think they work beautifully together.

I have learned to carry scissors in the car so I can cut all of the wild flowers along the side of the road on my way home each day:-)

I like to have my cooking staples on hand and easily within reach.  I love creating layers in decorating throughout the house and the kitchen is no exception.

I change out everything on the vintage cutting board each month based upon the season and what plants I can find.

I love including our children’s art throughout the house and I adore this sculpture that our Maddy made a few years ago.

I love when they will let me show them art techniques and then they run with it and create mini masterpieces in my eyes.

We had originally planned to put up open shelving in this area but we have loved the mix of the vintage shoe trolley with the white ironstone and other collected serving pieces.

We have lots of years to play with this space.

While I was in Normandy a few years back I found some of the most wonderful vintage grain sacks.  I framed many of them and you will find some of them around this home.

If you have vintage needlepoint or fabric but you don’t know what to do with it I highly recommend framing it. It adds so much interest and texture to a room.

Because I know that photos make it hard to feel the flow of a home I wanted to make a quick kitchen video for you all.

Kitchen Video Tour

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I love cooking for my family but also having friends over and casually and comfortably entertaining.

The biggest thing that I have learned over the years is to cook things that I love to cook and things that I have cooked so many times that I am not stressed with my guests.

So, make a fun cocktail for your guests and enjoy cooking for your friends and family and keep the focus on them and having a great time.

I have included a few of my favorite recipes below with videos that were created for my Art of Home online course from last fall (back when I had red hair:-)).

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup Video

 

 

Easy Cocktail Recipes Video

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Come and check out all of the beautiful glimpses into the other kitchens in the tour.

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen

 

 

Ella Claire | Craftberry Bush | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 2

 

Love Grows Wild | Rooms FOR Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 3

French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah | Kindred Vintage | Jennifer Rizzo

 

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If you are new to my blog you may not know that we have the most gorgeous and fun online home courses on our creative network!

We have a brand new online course beginning on November 1st with the talented Melinda McCoy of House 214 Designs.

Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling Home is all about how to decorate a comfortable and beautiful space!

We all have the same questions when it comes to designing our homes. Where do I begin? Is this really me or am I making this decision because it is the latest trend? Am I still going to like this look six months from now? Whether you are the everyday home designer or working with a professional, the choices you make for your timeless home need to be made with intention. This course will guide you through the process and teach you the framework that I use to create a timeless home with my clients. We will create storyboards, discover the language for a timeless home (hint, it has a lot to do with your personality), and learn the exact design elements that create a timeless feeling. You will learn by doing. As a result, making design decisions for your timeless home will be easier. You will be making your decisions with intention and confidence rather than because you saw it in the latest issue of a favorite magazine. This course will teach you not just the what, but the how and why behind creating a timeless feeling in your home.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

 

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Is It Really Almost Time?

Is it getting a bit cooler at nights where you are living?  I can feel the little changes that are everywhere and they are telling me that fall is coming.  It is always hard to say goodbye to summer but fall will always have my heart.

Fall is when the house gets cozy, yummy foods are on the stove, my favorite boots are pulled out and people I love are around my table more.  Even though school is back in full force is always feels to me like things settle down.

This is a time that I become more intentional about how I love on my family, friends and home.  Maybe now you know why I love this season so much.

I wanted to let you know that today is the last day to get the early registration price for Art of Home | Modern Simple Living.  This four week online course is coming at the best time for those of you that love homemaking or want to know how to love on our family and home better. As I always teach…it has never been about what your table looks like, the food you serve or the home you have.  I promise.  It has always been about the heart behind your actions.

I hope you will join me and four of the most incredible and creative women!

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The early registration price is $42.99 (through today)

With the kids and grand kids going back to school many of you will have more time to focus on your creative practicing and making art this fall!

We have so many beautiful and unique online classes coming up and tomorrow begins Classical Figure Painting with Angie Redhead.

During this one week online class, we will create a group figure painting on canvas. I will take you through the process I’ve used when painting figures for murals, except in a smaller scale.

This class will cover: reference material resources, surface prep, sketching a classical figure outline, composition, the underpainting and painting the overlayers.

Come and read more!

 

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I know it is not officially fall but I had to share one of my favorite cooler weather treats!

Come and try my handmade pumpkin spice latte!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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