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It is the time of year for the humble pumpkin to take center stage along with his cousin the squash!  I couldn’t help but be amazed when I came across a farm stand and saw hundreds of pieces of nature’s bounty just glowing in the afternoon sun.  Although I did a post earlier on fall decorations and the front porch, I thought I should share with you more beautiful ideas to make your home a reflection of the gorgeous fall that is all around us.

For example, look at this front porch.  Wouldn’t it make you or your guests smile every time they came up the walk?

from Pottery Barn

Use a drill to put holes in the pumpkin after you have cleaned it.  Cut holes in the bottom so that you can string white Christmas tree lights through and stack them.  You have a pumpkin topiary!

image source is Pinterest

from blog.pacificmutualdoor.com

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I can picture this vignette on a side porch.  The purple of ornamental kale along with Indian corn and gourds make for a fall mix that is spectacular.

from shelterness.com

This studied design is great because of the color pallette.  It is subdued but just as warm and beautiful as bright orange and purple. Notice the candy apples to the left of the door.  How long would they remain? I have seen straw bales for sale at Michael’s Arts and Crafts store.

from jpetersongardendesign.com

Lots of us have a bench or chair on the front porch.  With the addition of some pillows and squash/gourds, you can make a focal point for the front entry. Burlap looks perfect with the orange and yellows and black.

from houseontheway.com

Customize your pumpkin with the addition of a monogram. This is an artificial pumpkin….cost is around $24 or if you watch for the half price coupon or sale, just $12.  You can download a template from the inter net and add your own monogram.  This of course will last for years and years.

from tatertotsandjello.com

….and we should stand amazed at the glory found in the woods.

from 92pleasanthill.com

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Once Halloween is over, add some gold leaf paint to the humble squash and you will have a sparkling conversation piece until the Christmas decorations arrive. Wouldn’t these be great down the middle of the Thanksgiving table?

from todayshousewife.net

We have seen photos of stacked pumpkins, but what about putting fall leaves between them?

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…or you can make a nest of corn husks.

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I snapped a few more photos at the farm stand.  These “baby pumpkins” make wonderful table decorations.  You can add a name with a gold pen or a marker for unique “place cards.”  Carve them and add a small glass that holds water and then add mums.  Carve a hole for a candle or just spray paint them gold.

The mum is often taken for granted.  Certainly roses would not be nearly as pretty when photographed next to a pumpkin.

I found the recipe below on Pinterest.  If you have some pumpkin puree left over, then you are ready for Pumpkin French Toast! This recipe sounds so delicious, I would buy a can of pumpkin just for this recipe.

Pumpkin French Toast
Source: slightly adapted from 5 Dollar Dinners
Ingredients: 3 large eggs ½ cup skim milk ¾ cup canned pumpkin 1 t pumpkin pie spice 10 slices light wheat bread (I used Arnold brand, but Pepperidge Farms or a store brand would work great too)
Directions: 1.    In a large shallow bowl (I usually use a glass pie plate), combine the eggs, milk, pumpkin and spice and whisk together until thoroughly mixed. Set aside. 2.    Mist a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium-low to medium heat. Dip each side of a piece of bread into your egg/pumpkin mixture to coat and then shake off any excess mixture. Place the coated bread on the pan and repeat until the pan is full. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and then flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. You will likely need to do several batches – don’t forget to re-mist your griddle with cooking spray in between!
Optional Serving Ideas: I did not include any toppings in the recipe (or the nutrition info) because I know everyone likes their French toast different. Whether you want to top these with maple syrup, butter, whipped cream, powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, fruit, light syrup, or chocolate chips, the choice is yours!
Yields 5 (2 slice) servings. WW P+: 4 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com) Nutrition Information per 2 slice serving from myfitnesspal.com: 145 calories, 22 g carbs, 4 g fat, 10 g protein, 7 g fiber

from emilybites.com

Go out doors and enjoy the scenery and the crisp fall air. Have a nice weekend. Create and be happy!

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