Favorite Fall recipes & inspired scents

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Besides the colorful foliage, another thing I look forward to in Fall is breaking out my favorite recipes and sharing them with family and friends. It’s become such a tradition that some of my recipes have even found their way into an inspired food-themed candle like French Pear (inspired by an apple-pear crisp I’ll mention below) and Pumpkin! The pomander candle is one we’ve based on our Swedish family tradition of scoring oranges with fresh cloves to perfume the house for the holidays. They can be put in a beautiful bowl or tied with red ribbon and hung around the house, and the smell is captured perfectly in our wax rendering!

Right now, we’re making lots of soups with seasonal vegetables to keep warm on chilly days. We are also baking pumpkin bread (both regular and gluten/dairy free versions to accommodate my daughter’s gluten allergy) and enjoying hot apple cider. I also just made a delicious apple pear crisp created by one of our favorite cooks, Ina Garten!

I thought you might like to see some of my recipes and I’d love to see yours as well! Here are a few of our favorites:

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

  • 1/2 cup butter or vegetarian substitute for non-dairy
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour, blend
  • 1.5 cups white rice flour,1.5 cups sorghum flour, .5 cups tapioca starch, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees, and lightly grease a bread pan. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well after each one. Add Vanilla and pumpkin and mix until well-blended. In a separate bowl, mix remaining dry ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until combined. Be careful not to over-mix. Pour into prepared bread pan and bake one hour to one hour and ten minutes. ENJOY!

And here’s the recipe from Ina Garten that I used to make the Apple Pear Crisp. I used the gluten-free flour mix above in place of the multipurpose flour for Gluten Free and substituted the vegan butter for real butter. It is delicious! I also reduced the amount of sugar in the apple/pear mix to half because the fruit should be nice and ripe.

I hope you enjoyed this quick visit to our country kitchen and bon appétit! 

Pre-Fall musings

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It feels like just a second ago I was picking up my kids from their last day of school and already it is almost time to send them back. This must be what they mean when they say “time flies when you’re having fun”. Though we don’t want to admit it, summer is winding down and it’s time to break out the backpacks and prepare the fall coats. Especially with the high temps and humidity this summer, I know we are all looking forward to Fall with much cooler and cozier temperatures.

As much I love summer, I look forward to the time when the leaves start to change and the air is crisp. Inspired by the changing seasons, we have come out with a Fall line of candles with some luscious scents for any occasion. In this season’s collection we have a wonderful variety guaranteed to warm up your homes with fragrances like:

Pomander Allow this rich blend of orange, clove and spices to tickle and intoxicate your palette.

Pumpkin Burn this earthy, autumnal scent to purify and perfume any room.

Amber Appealing to the romantic in all of us, indulge in this ancient and irresistible scent with our rich amber candle blended with Egyptian musk.

Pomegranate The deep red and luscious scent is as seductive as it is powerful.

Exotics Gift Set This special set includes Amber, a clean, purifying fragrance; Bamboo, a sultry and exotic aroma of Asian spices, grassy notes, citrus, lavender and cyclamen; and Cashmere, infused with the warming scent of patchouli, Persian limes and a touch of vanilla.

Each 9oz. candle retails for $30 and the gift set retails for $32.

What are you looking forward to this Fall?