Sunday, October 6, 2013

FABBY: Fall Mantel and Bread Pudding

Hello sweet friends!

    Although there is no four seasons here in Ecuador, but in the Andean region of the country where I live the weather fluctuates from warm Spring to even a cold Fall and at present we're enjoying a nice, crispy and comfortable Fall kind of climate which makes me easily believe I'm in the best Autumn season in the United States, so of course it's easy to get inspired, lol.. 

Therefore, I had some fun decorating my mantel and baking a delicious 'Caramel Apple Bread Pudding' I found at lovely Lisa's great food blog. Let me tell you it was a hit with everyone around here, as it's not soggy as Lisa's simply yummy!

I decorated the mantel in our den, with some white gourds I painted, as there are no white pumpkins around here, except for orange ones. I arranged them with some faux greenery in the beautiful Art Nuovo, turn of the past century French bowl my Mil gave us from Alejandro's father's side of the family and the engraving in it has the great-grands initials and ours too, a lucky coincidence!

I also did a small tablescape in the den's coffee table for some tea and bread pudding. I hope you like my first Fall decor.

The antique French bowl is in that pretty French aqua blue, so I displayed it with a couple of Limoges plates in the same color from the dishes mother gifted me many years ago. I also like the fact that the aqua blue pieces matched the sea and sky of the oil painting, as well.

At the right end corner of the mantel I arranged some faux flowers in  Fall colors.

This is the left end of the mantel with some Indian corn under a cloche.

I painted some gourds in white.

The antique French bowl with 'our initials' and decorated with white gourds and some faux greenery.

I tied the cute Indian corn with an orange ribbon as I also did in the flower vase.

A tea table for two with a delicious 'Caramel Apple Bread Pudding' from 'Flour Me with Love blog.'

It is really delicious with some Chinese loose tea. 

You should try it, it's fabulous drizzled with that yummy 'caramel topping' and maybe some ice cream which I didn't put it to make it less caloric, hehe..

Alejandro loved it! I must point out that I added dried cherries and walnuts and it became more elegant, which I'm even planning to make it for a dinner party's dessert...adding ice cream, of course!


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  1. It's lovely, Fabby. You've created such a warm and cosy setting for tea and cake on a fall day. I'm sure the room was full of the wonderful smell of apple and caramel.

  2. I love this post Fabby, love your home, decor, your treasured family heirlooms, and that bread pudding looks so good. xo

  3. Lovely dish, Fabby - and is that a huge cocktail trolley I spotted in the corner??

  4. ¡Bellísimo! I love the contrast between the fall colors and the aqua in the elegant porcelain pieces. Blessings!

  5. Your making me feel 'guilty' Fabby! I'm here experiencing fall and all I have are Halloween decor! Hahaha! Love your decorations dear and thanks for sharing that yummy looking pudding!

  6. I love your mantel, it looks fabulous. The beautiful aqua bowl is stunning as well as the two plates and what a fun idea to paint the gourds. Your bread pudding and tea setting look so inviting. Sounds yummy too. Hugs, Marty

  7. Your home is so pretty, love your mantel decor and of course the bread pudding looks yummy!

  8. Fabby! I love the painted gourds! Your mantel is so pretty and very festive. Bread puffing is something I make every winter. I'll look forward to trying this! xxL

  9. I love your beautiful Fall decorations FABBY and oh how I wish I had some of that bread pudding in front of me! It will soon be supper time here in Jamaica. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday and have a wonderful week.

  10. Hi Fabby! First of all I wanted to thank you for your prayers and sweet concerns about my little mother. She's just waiting for God to take her home.
    Now, I love your pretty mantel and how you've decorated it! That antique French bowl is gorgeous and the white gourds look so elegant in it. Your bread pudding looks so delish! You're the best, sweet friend.
    Shelia ;)

  11. Dearest Fabby,
    What a lovely Fall Mantel you composed. Clever idea for painting those gourds white to make them blend in perfect with the light blue.
    Enjoy the remainder of your bread pudding!

  12. Fabby,
    Your mantel looks gorgeous!! I love the bowl you have the gourds in, and the lovely floral bouquet! Just beautiful!! Have a fabulous week!

  13. Fabby, everything is so lovely!
    I love your mantel decor.
    You have great taste!


  14. Fabby-What a gorgeous mantle you have there. That French bowl is a marvelous piece. I LOVE the color of it and that is has the initials on it. It ties in nicely with the Limoges plates, too. along with the oil painting.

    I am copying that bread pudding recipe. I haven't made any of that in a long time- xo Diana

  15. ps-Your painted pumpkins/gourds turned out great. I am posting some more of mine tomorrow morning- xo Diana

  16. Every detail is lovely, Fabby. How nice to enjoy the crisp fall days. Believe it or not, we woke to temps in the 50s this morning. ;-)

  17. Hi Fabby! Your mantel is gorgeous.. I love the French blue with the pumpkins. Every year I make bread pudding for the fall/holiday season. Yours looks SO good:) and you always serve it on the prettiest plates.


  18. I love the way you decorated the mantel, Fabby. Good idea painting the gourds and love the French bowl. The apple bread pudding looks so yummy...Christine

  19. I love the way you decorated the mantel, Fabby. Good idea painting the gourds and love the French bowl. The apple bread pudding looks so yummy...Christine

  20. Beautiful room, Fabby! Great that a little paint can help you repurpose something you have into something you want.

    I am especially enamored of the wood paneling in the room. Those are the kind of walls I would like to have someday. But I just painted the living room and hallways a muted grey-green and am over more major decorating for a while. :O)

  21. Happy Monday, dear Fabby. You do have the spirit of Autumn, and your mantel looks gorgeous. I love your addition of the blues to accent the fall tones. You have such beautiful things.

    Apple Bread Pudding!!! I wish I had some this morning with my coffee.

  22. Fabby, Your mantle is wonderful. I am loving the bowl !! The aqua blue mixed with the orange items is very pretty. I see you love to entertain. The dessert and tea looks very inviting. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  23. Love your post and all your lovely treasures. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my post. I am your newest follower.
    My very favorite dessert is the bread pudding and I could eat the entire dish of it.

  24. Fabby,

    Your mantle is beautiful. I love that shade of blue.

    I noticed that you had not added a photo, so I fixed it for you.

    Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  25. Fabby, your mantel is very striking with the aqua dishes! As you know, I adore that colour! Mmm, would love a piece of your bread pudding with a cup of tea. I think I could probably eat more than one piece of it as I love it so much. It looks so good! Thank you for sharing and coming to tea.


  26. Your mantel looks gorgeous, Fabby! Very pretty fall decor. I think your carmel apple bread pudding sounds fantastic!

  27. Hello Fabby, your mantel is Fall lovely. It is very homey and so attractive in every way. So is you home.

    The apple bread pudding looks so delicious. Adding cherries and walnuts is a great idea. Mmmmmm yes, with ice cream. Smile.

    Note: I realized my mistake about your granddaughter and I was going to respond. Again, your daughter Sofia is beautiful and so is your family. You are blessed.

    xo, Jeanne

  28. Well, you did a wonderful job! Your mantel is beautiful, and is perfect for autumn.

  29. Fabby your mantle and you home are really fabulous! I love the use of aqua with your Fall decorations. Your desert table is beautiful! Your room is so elegant, yet warm and inviting! I so enjoyed this post.

    Blessings to you friend,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  30. OMGoodness that cake/bread pudding looks FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had a piece right now! Fall is my favorite time of year for sure. Your mantle looks beautiful! I thought the flowers in the BEAUTIFUL vase were real! XO, Pinky

  31. Awesome post as always Fabby.
    Love those bread pudding.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  32. Great mantel! The bread pudding looks delicious!


  33. I so enjoy seeing your lovely home!

  34. Pretty Fall Mantel ! Love the aqua touches !

  35. Everything looks beautiful as always Fabby and that Aqua Limoges bowl and plates are simply to die for. One doesn't often see china in that shade and its absolutely stunning.

  36. Lovely mantly, Fabby. I always love your console bowl, and the gourds and autumn cloche is perfect! I love bread pudding, but my husband doesn't, so I don't make it at home. Love to find it on the menu when we eat out though. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  37. You had me at caramel! lol! I think I would just love your dessert. Everything looks gorgeous!

  38. Dear Fabby, The decorations are set everything so nicely. And that bread pudding cake looks delicious. Blessings my dearest, Catherine xo

  39. Fabby, I am in love with your beautiful Limoges plates in the lovely aqua blue. They look so nice along side of the French bowl. Your handsome fireplace looks like it is now dressed up for fall. So charming. I would love to be sitting down to tea with some apple bread pudding too. Maybe I will have time to bake over the weekend.

  40. Fabby, your fireplace looks beautiful! I like the way greenery on the mantel pick up the green around the fireplace, very pretty-and that French bowl with your painted gourds is gorgeous!! The bread pudding looks delicious.

  41. Your mantle looks gorgeous Fabby. I'm a big fan of turquoise china; it might just be my favourite right now, (Until I see some fabulous lush rose And also painting the gourds white was a stroke of genius. All very lovely. Your recipe sounds like a good one. I think I'll copy and keep it for sometime. :) Hugs and have a lovely rest of the week. :)

  42. Hi Fabby. I like the use of orange and turquoise together for your fall mantel. It looks beautiful and that turquoise dish with your initials is exquisite. A lovely tea set out on the table as well. It all looks wonderful!

  43. :D Your mantel is truly inspiring, Fabby. I always love complimentary colors together, and the aquas of the pretty Limoges plates and antique French bowls paired with the orange pumpkins and bowls looks stunning.

    The landscape painting and frame is so pretty, too, and everything looks perfect together! Your living room is so pretty, and I can't imagine a more elegant setting for delicious bread pudding, one of my very favorite desserts!

    What a great addition to the My Happy List party! This post has certainly made me smile. THanks for linking-up, Sweetie!


  44. Beautiful those aqua plates...

  45. Your Fall mantle looks so festive Fabby! I just love your French piece...just beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  46. Your fireplace is gorgeous! I haven't seen it before. I love the aqua accents against that rich brown. That bread pudding look delicious, though I'm not going to make it, I'm terrible at baking :(

  47. Your mantel looks so pretty and I love that antique French Aqua bowl. It is breathtakingly beautiful.
    Everything looks so warm and cozy. The apple cake looks soooooo good, I may try that.
    Have a blessed week, Ginger

  48. Se ve buenísimo el pan, pero no veo la receta espero que si la hayas publicado y que ahorita la encuentre porque se muy muy rico

  49. Hola Fabby mil gracias por la receta. ¡Saludos!


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