house warming ~ little luxuries for autumn

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~Make cider floats! Pour real apple orchard cider over cinnamon ice cream

~Harvest grapevines and make homemade wreaths for Christmas gifts…here’s a new twist on this idea.

homemade grapevine wreath

~Go to a grape stomp or participate in a grape harvest at a local vineyard.

~Host a harvest party: plan a hayride, have a campfire, toast marshmallows

~Use a new rag rug, or hand hooked rug as a tablecloth

~Decorate with rusty stuff

rusty carousel

rusty leaf garlands over doorways…

or bunched up in baskets

~Watch bald eagles in Red Wing Minnesota

~Fondue for 2

~Plant bulbs for spring

~Create a weekly menu written on pretty stationary and display in an ornate frame on your sideboard

~Candles, candle chandeliers, and fireplaces

jeweled faux apples

~Decorate with apples real and faux.

~Leaf shaped plates, bowls, and platters

leaf shaped platter

a pretty hutch you can decorate for every season

~Visit your favorite pumpkin patch and apple orchard

~Bake a pie or make apple donuts

~Make cider stew in a pumpkin

~Collect autumn leaves and strew them all over your house

~Make “Chocolate Covered Salted Nut Roll Mix”~ Combine chocolate chips, candy corn and dry roasted peanuts in a candy bowl.

~Enjoy tea time in the afternoon. Make a pot of my favorite tea for autumn, Mrs. Kelly’s Minneapple!

~Make a big batch of apple butter in your crock pot

~Knit sweaters, scarves and slippers for Christmas presents.

What are your favorite house warming luxuries for autumn?


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  12 comments for “house warming ~ little luxuries for autumn

  1. September 28, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Pumpkin Butter! I found it at a tiny grocery store, and I keep going back to buy every jar they have on their shelf and stock up! It’s quite possibly better than Nutella… even though I feel guilty just saying that! If you don’t have this in your area, I will send you one… yes… it’s THAT good! Also, I was just reading this list the other day, though I love the pictures of your stuff illustrating that you don’t just suggest it, you actually do it!
    As always, love reading your inspirations and ideas!
    XOXO Kristina

  2. admin
    September 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    OOh! The pumpkin butter sounds wonderful. Is there a specific brand I should be looking for? I know I’ve seen pumpkin butter at the apple orchards and grocery store. Thanks so much for offering to send me a jar though! 🙂

    Thanks for the compliments, and once again for being such a great ambassador of ChinDeep.

    A big X and O,

  3. September 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    What I have is Dickinson’s Country Pumpkin Butter… and it’s DIVINE!

  4. admin
    September 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Ah, yes! Dickinson’s. I know exactly where I can get a jar! Thanks for the tip.

  5. Kimber Dunn
    October 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Baking is something I always remember my mom doing, and I’ve never been interested in it before this year. I usually buy my baked goods, and I don’t know if it’s my age or your inspiration, but I’m finding myself wanting to bake now. So far all I’ve done is start collecting recipes and drooling over them. LOL

  6. admin
    October 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    for me baking is a relaxing ritual. Especially baking yeast breads that take all day. There is something meditative and sacred in this ritual for me. Something that connects me to the generations of women before me. Love it.

  7. Sandy
    September 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Just pulled out my Gooseberry Patch book last night and some others to display somewhere. Working on those pumpkin, apple and fall leaf aprons now…But, can’t forget Viking and Packer aprons too…

    • Melissa
      September 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Sandy, Love my Gooseberry Patch books! The aprons sound so cute. Do you sell quite a few of the football themed ones?

      • Sandy
        September 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

        Yes! Can’t make enough especially Green Bay Packer aprons…Also, John Deere and Farmall aprons for some reason. I have every different design anyone wants to match a kitchen to a collectible to whatever. If I don’t have and apron or the fabric in stock I can get it or at least..Do you know that Obama fabric is even available…Not that I want any since I am still sitting with Democrat fabric over the Republican fabric.

        • Melissa
          September 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

          LOL 🙂

  8. chantelle
    September 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Spicy scented candles and digging out the sweatshirts and blankets. 🙂
    What a gorgeously decorated home! So cozy and inviting….wish I was there! 🙂

    • Melissa
      September 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Chantelle! Wish you were here too! 😉

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