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Friday, October 19, 2018

Fall Tour & Dinner Party

Hello, dear friends.  Can you hear me now?  This post is one of the past.  I needed to run something to see if this dumb old email is fixed.  Unfortunately, I had no post in the wings so I am posting this from last year.  I knew you wouldn't mind.

This post began as a Fall Tour of the house, and then I added some pics of a dinner party that we hosted recently.     





This year we decorated with mums, pumpkins just large enough for Chowdah not to fit into his mouth, scattered gourds that were strategically placed out of Chowdahs reach, and cabbage.  We usually jump the gun and plant too early.  By the time Halloween arrives everything is a depressing shade of brown surrounded by rotting pumpkins.
  


This year we planted a little later, and we are just going to make it to the finish line.




I took these pics over the course of a couple of weeks with different cameras and exposures.  Not because I wanted to experiment - I am just unorganized.  Ask my husband, Felix Unger.





Can you spell H-A-M?



He wasn't even offered a treat for these "candids."



This year, for the mantle I used Baby Boo pumpkins which are homegrown.  Not really - just wanted to see if you are paying attention.  I also incorporated scented pinecones, which, incidentally, does an amazing job camouflaging the scent of wet dog.



I also threw in some unpolished silver for a kind of a rustic look, or maybe I was just lazy.  You decide.








Lots of mums and my MC pumpkin that my buddy, KTG gifted me years ago.





I like to use cranberries and apples to freshen up the dining room.  Plus, I felt I was starting to overdo it with the mums.



This pic does not do them justice, but I found the prettiest tangerine colored linen placemats during my bi-weekly inventory inspection at Homegoods.  I also bought some burlap-looking napkins to go with them.  Again, carrying through on that whole "rustic" theme or maybe I bought them because they didn't need to be ironed.  
You decide. 








Enough with the table... on with the food.



Appetizers included the Mister's favorite tart shells with pork belly, caramelized pear, and blue cheese.




Also assorted sausage with dijon aioli and pumpkin hummus with pumpkin seeds and toasted Naan.



The chef spinning his magic and getting impatient with his gorgeous, younger-than-Springtime trophy wife for taking too many photos.



The entree was roasted chicken, creamed corn polenta, with oven roasted brussel sprouts, baby carrots, shitake, and prosciutto cracklins. 

Btw... am I the only one who has never heard of prosciutto cracklins before this post?






Why is dessert always my favorite?
The piece de la resistance was a caramel apple cobbler with a side of vanilla gelato topped with toasted marshmallows.

Nothing like a light, low-calorie meal to give you a good night's sleep. 

If you don't mind, I am trying this again.  If you are a subscriber, can you leave me a note if this appears in your mailbox?


Until next time...








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I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

43 comments:

  1. Your home, inside and out, is so classically beautiful, Katie! I am inspired. -Jenn

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  2. Love all your Fall décor! And that meal looks RIDICULOUS!!(my word for something over the top good). Since I am new to your blog, are you guys gourmet cooks and interior designers??!!

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  3. Your window boxes have me like, WOW! Love them. And is your Mr. for hire for his catering services? Sooo good! Hope your weekend is as awesome as you are!

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  4. I totally love those window boxes. I would love to decorate our home like this!

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  5. Katie, your home is so pretty! I just love how classic your style is. Seriously, magazine worthy.

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  6. I received it Katie. Now for your beautiful home that is so classic and gorgeous, I love the autumn accents that you have incorporated. Wow, the meal looks fabulous, how do I get an invitation? Happy Friday to you and enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Oh Katie....such a beautiful home you have and lovely, lovely fall decor....the dinner party is just beyond grand and sophisticated! You are blessed beyone measure!

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  8. We subscribe & read your blog.
    My mommy doesn't comment often
    but she like your pretty home
    Your post came in our e mail box today.

    Linda C in Seattle

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  9. Sorry you are having issues. I am still finding unpublished comments that I never got an email for on my blog. I am trying to remember to check the Comments Awaiting Moderation link! Love blogging but it can be frustrating every now and then.

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  10. Yes, in my morning email! Have a great day. Sending soggy hugs from Texas! ☔️

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  11. Got it ! Love the decor ! Simply gorgeous

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  12. Your meal looks and sounds delicious!! Love the decorations too. I'm sure this year's are just as beautiful!

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  13. um yes I will have what she's having! Okay the porch looks amazing, the food looks amazing! laura

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  14. Great Decour! I am so jealous… I love your home! Every part looks so amazing… So tastefully decorated! You have wonderful style -hugs

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  15. You know---somethings are just worth repeating---and this was one of them. Love it-always have. I hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

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  16. Post received via e-mail. Looks like you are on the air again.

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  17. Ok I have two things to primarily say 1. please adopt me as your sister and 'teach me your ways' in cooking and home décor - free board in return for polishing the silver? I actually spent a lot of time doing this as a child, and as punishment at school when I had to polish brasses so I am quite good hah! Your house is a dream and I could eagerly buy a book about your home, cooking and décor style - I would love to borrow more from the US Style with the colours you use and so on. The blue and tangerine is delightful. I will be borrowing the idea for the sausages with the alioli mustard dip (I am a huge alioli fan and my boys love all types of sausages). Wonderful post as always! Joanne x

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  18. Just read this for the "first time" (don't remember it from last year). Love your blog posts- always a highlight for me!

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  19. Received this post via email.

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  20. got this post via email---and I'm happy to revisit this one. I love the season and your house is so pretty dressed for autumn.
    Hope your blog delivery system is fixed.
    Happy Saturday.
    Karen

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  21. Received. Loved. Have you ever considered sharing some of your hubby's amazing looking recipes?

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  22. I, for one, do not mind admiring your festive interior and exterior fall decorations again. Beautiful.

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  23. I can hear you now, loud and clear..

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  24. Still getting it. Thank you for your blogs.

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  25. I love revisiting your beautiful fall decor. xo Laura

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  26. Received it and love your fall tour!

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  27. You have a beautiful home and that food looks delicious, especially those appetizers. Yum!

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  28. I love your blog and look forward to reading it. I know we would be friends if we lived near each other but I will be a web friend for now. Thanks for a little fun each day.

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  29. I got it! I always look forward to your posts.

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  30. got it just fine by email. I get all my subscribes a day late. but I GET THEM!
    I love your posts. old or new. I only gained 7 pounds from this one. the picture of gelato would have added the usual 3 pounds.

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  31. Lovely post and received in email.
    Phyllis

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  32. I love that you named your dog Chowdah. From one South Shore gal to another.

    Patty
    GoodBetterBestFood.blogspot.com

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  33. Love your home and . fall decorations. I thought that Paul Revere silver bowl on your mantle was mine...equally in need of a polish !!

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  34. I received this post through email.

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  35. Although I'm late your post was awaiting me in my email. Enjoyed the tour, never tire of seeing your beautiful home..........

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  36. New to your blog, love it! Beautiful home decorated so festive for fall.

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  37. You have done a really nice decoration, home is looking beautiful, keep posting more.

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