Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FABBY: A Table for an Autumn Dinner

Hello sweet friends!

        To continue with my "Autumn" decorations around the house, now I decorated my wooden bread dough bowl, for the centerpiece for a light dinner of Cream of Pumpkin and Cheese  Soup and Garlic Bread. For dessert, some Tea with Pumpkin Pound Cake. I did mention our dinners are light around here and lunch much more hardier.

This table is set for six and we can all sit whatever we like and serve ourselves soup from the white tureen mother gifted me many years ago...with garlic bread and for dessert pumpkin cake with tea or coffee.

Here it is, I hope you like it.

A very casual Fall dinner table scape and my dining table centerpiece wood bowl.

The orange cloth I kept from all the decorations from my daughter Sofia's wedding many years ago. There's also an eggplant color one I love.

I arranged my wooden dough bowl with more white gourds I painted, some orange pumpkins, pine cones, Indian corn and walnuts in their shells. Underneath it I used some dry hay, or thatch, to make it look more rustic.

At your right is the tureen for the Pumpkin Cheese Soup. The crocheted table runner was made by my mother.

The pumpkin cream and cheese soup, which in real life is a bit more orange looking.
The recipe is at the end of this post.

At your left side there's a tray for tea and the teacups.

The tray in back ready for tea. These dishes are Chinese vintage, they're bone-china, the ones you can see through them, lol!

The Pumpkin Pound Cake from great cooking blog: Mary at 'One Perfect Bite.'

I painted the White gourds, as there are no White pumpkins or anything like this around here....only in orange with greens and yellows. I love red or colored indian corn.

This side is set for serving soup.

 I did a little tweaking adding some more blue and white transfer ware on top of the artwork, which is blue, as well. I love my new acquisitions; the country couple in the carriage pulled by a horse and it's vintage Dutch Delft's Blauw; along with the pretty vintage English one with the vessel...these two are my fav ones for now.

The left side display has English, Dutch, Japanese and some plates made here, back at our Ceramic Co., Monte Turi.

Down in the wall, the pretty center pink plate is French, flanked by two Bavarian ones from my Mil, and they do remind me of her, so I added them to my Wall display, too.

I love bread bowls all decorated for Autumn, or even with just fruits and veggies in the kitchen, all year round. I also added some faux ivy greenery.

The pretty crocheted runner was made by my mother around 25 years ago. She made a set with a big tablecloth, the tray doily and even a bread basket doily as well. 

The Pumpkin Pound Cake and Cream of Pumpkin and Cheese Soup.
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Cream of Pumpkin and Cheese Soup

2 cups of mashed cooked Pumpkin, or canned
4cups water
2 medium potatoes
1/2 onion, cubed
garlic, salt, pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon of Olive oil
1/2 Cup grated fresh cheese, or your choice
1 teaspoon of fresh parsley


In a medium pot place Olive oil, onion, garlic and pepper to taste. Once the onion is transparent add the water and boil to add potatoes peeled and cubed.
Once potatoes are cooked incorporate pumpkin puree, let it cook for 10 minutes. Now add milk, let it get cool and blend.

Pour it in the pot again, heat it hot and add the cheese cubes and parsley to serve.

This recipe yields 6.

The PUMPKIN POUND CAKE recipe is from my friend's great cooking blog:  "ONE PERFECT BITE." 

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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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