9.13.2021

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Fall Homemaking: Cook, Clean, and Decorate with Me



Autumn Slumber 
By Jennifer L. Scott 

Autumn slumber 
Awakens dreams 
Of misty meadows 
And winding streams
 
Mundane is bland 
The season stirs 
Cozy abundance 
Harvest prefers
 
Prepare the home 
Pumpkin custard 
Spode Woodland beauty 
Steak with mustard 

Cozy mysteries 
Folding clothes 
Guessing whodunnit 
I think I know 

Maple candle 
Cardamom dream 
Fall is in the air 
Topped with whipped cream 



Welcome back to The Daily Connoisseur. Fall is in the air and even though it is still warm outside, I can sense the air shifting. There is a crispness in it. I like to mark the change in season in various ways… in the way I dress, in the way I cook, in the way I decorate… and, of course, in the china cabinet. 




Spode is one of my favorite brands of china. Their Woodland line was first created in the 1980s and features a wide variety of woodland creatures. 



I was doing some research on the world’s most collectible china and Spode Woodland comes in at number 4, right behind Spode Blue Italian… Interesting… I truly enjoy styling this china cabinet and I know… when the china changes… the season is officially celebrated in our home. 

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I bought some purple mums at the garden center for our outdoor table. But first, I need to wipe that table down. I love spending time out here and will take any excuse to come and sit on the patio. We’ve been regularly stocking our bird feeders. Word has gotten around in the neighborhood and the most marvelous little (and sometimes big) birds come to call. I like to make hummingbird nectar from sugar and water too and oh, how they love it. Now that the table is wiped, it’s time to place down the mums. Are mums the official flowers of fall? If not, they should be. 



I wanted to show you my Carl Larsson windowsill, which is coming along beautifully. I modeled this after Larsson’s famous painting, Flowers on the Windowsill, from 1894. I have a geranium, various cacti, some chives, and even a Venus fly trap. This cozy ledge brings me so much joy. 




I love burning fall candles too. This one is Cardamom Milk by Otherland. It’s a subtle, fall scent, that is reminiscent of chai tea. 

 Time to change the tablecloth and sweep the floor. What I like most about the blue cabinets in our kitchen is that they transition with all the seasons beautifully. Fall and Winter colors look equally good with spring and summer ones. This tablecloth has taupe and woodland colors. 

It’s a new day and I’m going to make a pumpkin custard. Here is the printable recipe card for your convenience:

Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

Ingredients

Custard
  • 1 15 oz can pureed pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
Garnish
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Extra chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In your mixer bowl, combine all of the custard ingredients and beat until well-blended. Pour the custard into greased individual oven-proof dessert ramekins. Place the ramekins in a larger 13 x 9 baking pan. Fill the pan with hot water, one inch high. 
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, assemble the topping. Mix the brown sugar, pecans, and melted butter together. After the custard has baked for 20 minutes, add the pecan topping on each serving. Place back in the oven and bake another 40 minutes, or until the custard is fully cooked through. 
  5. Please note: if you bake this in one large dish like I did, the bake time will be much longer. It totaled nearly 1 1/2 hours for me. 
  6. Serve warm or chilled. Top with whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon and extra pecans. Enjoy! 




Time to cook up some dinner to go with our special dessert. I have two large steaks I’m going to sear on the Le Creuset grill and then finish off in the oven. If you watched my What’s for Dinner? Video last week, you saw the parsley caper compound butter I made. I’m going to use that here on these steaks and also on our baked potatoes… or jacket potatoes as Ben calls them. Served with some streamed vegetable and topping the potatoes with chives… this is a hearty fall supper.



And now time for that delectable pumpkin custard. I am spooning out the custard into individual dessert bowls, topping with whipped cream, a few more chopped pecans, and cinnamon. Completely delicious This would make a great dinner party dessert as you could make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge before serving. I hope you enjoyed today’s fall homemaking video and that it got you in the mood for the cozy fall days ahead. 

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Autumn Slumber is an original poem by Jennifer L. Scott. All rights reserved. 

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5 comments:

LW said...

Jennifer, another lovely video. I wondered what you do about your china cabinet when you have guests and want to use the Woodland china from the visible part of your cabinet on the table. Do you put other dishes in the cabinet so that it is not showing bare during the meal? Or do you have an extra set for display in the cabinet?

Thanks, and Happy Autumn.

Ann said...

Such a cozy post ! Love that you change out your china...I sort of do the same. Now that we have downsized I keep our white wedding china in ( luckily I can use it too as we have service for 12) and add accent plates. I do switch out for Christmas dishes. Your post about mums, custard, and just the cozy feeling of settling in for the colder months was perfect!

Susanne Sutton said...

Hi, Jennifer. I love Geraldine McEwan, too. You might be interested in the BBC series "Mulberry," in which she plays a crochety spinster who hires a helper who turns out to be . . . you'll have to watch to find out! The series is quite expensive on Amazon, but you can often find it at good prices on Ebay. Every blessing, Susanne

The Daily Connoisseur said...

LW - That's a great question! If I deplete the china cabinet by using the displayed china and we are having company over. I replace it with a different set so we aren't looking at a display that is incomplete.

Ann- Thank you so much! Your china sounds lovely.

Susanne- Yes! I just finished watching Mulberry. It's free on YouTube. I was so disappointed that the series was cancelled before it could be resolved. I adore Geraldine McEwan and it was a wonderful show. Thank you.

TexasStardust said...

Miss Jennifer, .... I do so look forward to your posts , and reading your blog, ...I shared that lovely recipe with one of my daughters, who loves anything pumpkin that is ...cooked, ...baked... drinkable... lol...
I wished to inquire as to getting your permission to either print out ( or, I can write it myself, via my Calligraphy) that sweet poem, to frame for my kitchen, I just loved it .... ! Giving credit to you, its Author, of course ! Thank you for the many ways you bless... inspire... promote graciousness.... I too, feel as it's a lost art in this day and time .. ( I am in my 60's)... things are much " too casual " for my liking , and I believe it is important to preserve a lot of things that you speak of, and share , and not allow " progress " to take away the very things that are the fabric of being Gracious, ...Poised....Classy... Kind. Caring.