Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Autumn Inspiration! and Menu Plan Monday for October 4-10

 I pretty much just endure the rest of the year in order to get to the best part...October through December! Face it, the best holidays occur during this time, the air is crisp, the mosquitoes have gone to bed, I don't have to cut the yard and I can break out the cute boots and sweaters! But most of all, I can decorate the entire house and cook all my favorite cool weather recipes (maybe I'm weird but I have recipes I only cook in the summer and others I only cook in the fall/winter months) know, all those yummy apple and pumpkin desserts, stews, soups and turkey!!!
Here is a little of what I've been up to....

I thought since I have a formal dining room now, it would be fun to keep the table set all the time! I found the dishes at...ssshhhh!....Walmart! as well as the chargers. We had the Irish crystal and the table runner and I made the floral arrangement out of silk flowers I use every autumn. I have a box of summer-type flowers, autumn colored flowers and Christmas flowers...I use the same ones over and over every year just in a different arrangement.
I'm just getting started. I am still unpacking and discovering things I forgot I had! It's like Christmas every day!!

In between opening boxes I guess I should cook dinner, too. Here's my plan...


Spaghetti and homemade meatballs with chunky tomato sauce (I doctor up Ragu onion and garlic sauce with sauteed onions, diced tomatoes, olives and Parmesan cheese)
Garlic bread


Cuban grilled sandwiches with garlic mojo sauce
Potato and plantain chips


Dessert first! .99 waffle cones at TCBY on the way home from dance!

Buttermilk fried chicken with southwest cornmeal waffles


Bracciole - yummy braised, stuffed beef roll ups with tomato gravy (in the crockpot)
Mashed potatoes
Green beans


Family Fun Night!
Make your own nachos
Pineapple soda floats


Baked potato soup
Homemade rolls


Pesto spinach lasagne (in the crockpot)
Homemade parmesan garlic breadsticks

Recipes to follow next week. Breakfast will be back then, too.  Have a great week and happy eating!


  1. Beautiful! I will be back for the recipes too! Thanks for following me on my site!

  2. What a beautiful and festive table setting. I'm following you from MBC and would love for you to follow me back at


  3. a most beautiful layout there! WOW! I'm not able to be nearly so decorative this year (slowed down a bit by whiplash) but I am inspired! We have Thanksgiving this coming Monday.

    new follower from MBC! Glad to find you!

    ~ Sweet Mummy
    It's OK to be WEIRD!

  4. beautiful autumn dining room decor! The fall is my favourite time of year too. I also have certain recipes that I save just for the fall. I actually recently did a blog post on my fall recipe favourites on one of my blogs.

    Your week sounds delicious!


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