Decorating, Living Beautifully

Transitioning Your Home to Fall (Part 2)

Fall is officially here, so take a few moments to appreciate the beauty of the season and how you might bring that rich warmth inside your home.  Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Decorate with nature. Gourds, apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, dried leaves and fall flowers like mums – whether fresh or faux, are easy to find –are everywhere right now. Shop farmers markets, craft stores, groceries and even your own backyard for great fall décor.


Bring out your favorite throw blanket. Nothing is more inviting than a beautiful throw draped over a sofa or your favorite chair.  Keep extras handy and on display by folding and stacking on a bench in your family room for guests to enjoy on movie night.

 Garden Planters and Urns.  Bring the outdoors in by filling garden planters and urns with branches and dried flowers and placing a pair of them on either side of your mantel or by the front door.  Smaller urns filled with fruit or gourds can be put atop a side table or used as a dramatic dining table centerpiece.

Candles & Candlesticks.  Candles add ambiance to any room, so have plenty of candles on hand for when the days get shorter.  Candlesticks made of iron, reclaimed wood and bronze are timeless, and mix in with almost any decor.

Change out table linens and dinnerware.  Bring fall color into your tablescape by replacing lighter summer table linens and dishes with richly colored placemats, tablecloths, dinnerware and pottery in tones of gold, bronze, rust, and eggplant.

Don’t forget your powder room.  Adding beautiful fall guest towels, a fall scented candle and a small fall floral arrangement is a nice seasonal touch to welcome guests.


Enjoy your kitchen again. Now that cooler weather is here, there’s nothing more satisfying than reuniting with your kitchen and filling the room with the delicious scent dinner cooking on the stove. Nothing says fall like a comforting pot of soup, a hardy stew or chili.  Relax and savor the opportunity to enjoy indoor cooking again!

 Your favorite slippers. As the weather cools, one of the best things to come home to is your favorite pair of slippers. You’ve worked hard getting your house dressed for fall, so why not treat yourself to a new pair for a job well done!


Appetizers, Cooking & Entertaining Ideas, Recipe of the Week

Easy Entertaining… Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Herb Jam Tart

Easy and elegant… go to our Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Herb Jam Tart for a quick appetizer or addition to your brunch menu.


Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Herb Jam Tart

1 Pie/Pastry Crust Dough (use our recipe below or grab on from the grocery store refrigerator section)

½ Jar of Terrapin Ridge Farms Balsamic Herb Jam* (room temp)

2-3 Fresh Pears, peeled and sliced thin

4 oz. Goat Cheese (or Bleu Cheese if you prefer)

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Roll out dough to fit into a fluted tart pan. Trim or pinch edges.
  • Spread herb jam over crust, and lay pear slices over jam.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top with crumbled goat cheese – then put back in oven for another 5-6 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting into thin slices.

*Find Terrapin Ridge Farm Balsamic Herb Jam at `a la Maison in Baldwinsville or call 315-440-6637 to order.

My Gluten-Free Pastry/Pie Dough

¾ cup Tapioca Starch

½ cup Oat Flour

½ cup Brown Rice Flour

¾ teaspoon Salt

8 tablespoons of COLD butter, cut into 12 pieces

1 large egg white

2-3 tablespoons of water

In your food processor, combine the dry ingredients (including salt) and pulse to combine.  Add the cold butter and pulse until the pieces are small (pea-sized)

Add the egg white – pulse to combine.  Add the water, one tablespoon at a time and pulse until the dough starts to come together.  Transfer to a board and gently knead into a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Roll out dough in between two pieces of parchment paper until it’s slightly bigger than the opening of your tart pan (about 11 inches).  Remove top parchment paper, lay the tart pan on top and flip over.  Remove last piece of parchment and gently push the dough into the pan.  Trim and flute edges… read to use for your recipe of choice!