Simple home decorating for fall

Simple home decorating for fall

Simple home decorating for fall

Our wonderful five years living in Colorado made me fall in love with fall! What’s not to love about the mountains, aspen trees changing colour, pumpkin patches, blue skies and crisp sunny days! So it’s time to bring all that nature has to offer outside, into our homes and embrace the warm colours, smells and cozy feel.  Luckily for us, there are so many simple home decorating ideas for fall. From doorstep displays, seasonal smells in candles and handwashes, to adding touches of autumnal colour in every corner of our home.   Keep is simple, understated and natural and you’ll find yourself loving this season best of all…

Set the fall entrance

A few twigs of berries, a handful of crab apples or a warm-coloured pot of chrysanthemums.  Put a few of these on a small display table, either side of the front door or on your porch and you are already inviting fall through the door.

simple home decorating for fall - outdoor
Fall flowers

Fall flowers

Fill a trug with those end of season flowers. Pick burnt orange, dark red and sage green colours as well as berried branches and hedgerow pickings and bring them in to enjoy putting some seasonal displays together.

Not just flowers

A handful of dark red windfall crab apples make a perfect seasonal decoration in a simple glass bowl. You could try store bought red apples in a tall cylindrical vase as another option.

Simple home decor for fall - crab apples
simple home decorating for fall in the bathroom

Fall, all over

Don’t just stop at the entranceway or hallway table. Why not bring fall right inside and spice up the bathroom, guest bath, or even your kitchen sink? Swap out your hand wash for one with pumpkin spice scents and change your kitchen cloths and hand towels for ones in seasonal colours.

Clever books

Change up your living spaces cost-effectively by changing up or bringing in some seasonally coloured books. This lovely collection of books in orange and green tones, adds a subtle autumnal feel.  Add a fall candle and you’ve got a perfect combination. No appropriately coloured books? If you have kids, do they have any you can borrow? If not it’s a great opportunity to look around the thrift or charity store.

Simple home decorating for fall - Autumn decor with books
Seasonal seeds

Seasonal seeds

Let’s make the most of the seasonal seeds in the garden, hedgerows or on our walks.  The soft muted browns and greens of the seed pods mixed with their effortless architecture make for pretty displays.  Pop some seed pods in a ceramic or metal tumbler or jug to decorate a side table, footstool or your work area. 

Autumn flowers
outdoor berries
Autumn candles
Lemon and Oregano Dressing

Lemon and Oregano Dressing

Lemon and Oregano Dressing

About this Recipe

Lemon and herbs are wonderful when combined in this Lemon and Oregano dressing. It’s a zesty, summery dressing with a lovely tang from the pepper and mustard. Blending the dressing gives it a beautifully thick and creamy texture which coats salads perfectly. Oregano gives a fresh and earthy taste and smell, perfect as a combo with fresh lemons. Whizz up a batch and keep it in the kitchen in a glass bottle to make mealtime salads quick and easy to prepare and delicious to eat. It’s ready to drizzle over any salads or try over the top of smoked salmon or shrimp dishes.

Lemon and Oregano Dressing in bottle

Ingredients for Lemon and Oregano Dressing

 Yield: 1 small bottle

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tsp honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp dried oregano
Lemon and Oregano Dressing ingredients

Step by step instructions for the dressing

Step 1

Add all the ingredients to a nutri bullet or blender and whizz up until it looks nice and creamy. You could mix all the ingredients up by hand, but just mince the garlic first.

Step 2

Store the dressing in a glass bottle or lidded jar to use throughout the week as a ready made dressing!

Try the dressing in my delicious gut healthy kale, apple and fig salad. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

About this Recipe

Once you make your own homemade taco seasoning, you will never look back. It’s easy to mix up and you can adapt the recipe until it’s perfect for your family. Keep it ready to go in the store cupboard or make spice jar gifts for a hostess present or stocking filler. This taco seasoning is so versatile, you can use it in all your favourite Mexican recipes, as a rub or add it to a homemade soup!

Homemade Taco seasoning in jar

Ingredients

Yields – spice for one family meal

  • 1 – 2 tsp chili powder (depending on the strength of powder and how hot you like it!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

Simply mix together, taste and adapt as you like. Store in small glass jars to prevent stains on plastic containers.  This recipe is roughly the equivalent of a single store-bought packet of taco seasoning, but feel free to make a larger batch to scoop and use whenever you like or to increase or decrease depending how many you are cooking for. Make a large batch and use it for spice jar gifts too. Spice jars make perfect Christmas presents or hostess gifts and will be a big hit in a student care package!

 

Why homemade taco seasoning?

Better for you and your family

With homemade seasoning, you cut out all the additives, preservatives and coloring. You can keep salt / sodium to the level that you are happy with for your family too. If you don’t like too much spice, you can keep down the chilli quantity and make a milder taco seasoning. Prefer a more smoky seasoning? No problem – just swap the salt for smoked salt or increase the quantity of smoked paprika.

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