The Perfect Fall Weekend: Food, Friends, Family + More Food The Perfect Fall Weekend: Food, Friends, Family + More Food | Corinne Bowen

The Perfect Fall Weekend: Food, Friends, Family + More Food

by Corinne on September 24, 2012

Fall Decorations | Wreath

2012 marks the first year I’ve embraced holiday decorations. Whether I’m picking up a dish towel with a pumpkin on it, ordering a foliage-filled wreath or snagging a few gourds at the grocery store, I’m in the Fall spirit. I don’t care if the neon orange towel doesn’t match the paint color–the house feels cozier, happier and welcoming. Is Halloween too early for unearthing our fake Christmas tree?

Crazy Sexy Kitchen's French Toast

I kicked off Saturday morning with Crazy Sexy Kitchen’s French Toast (get the recipe instantly here). This is my favorite French Toast recipe…ever (my husband and daughter love it too!).

Dinner Ingredients

Pre-mamahood, I didn’t think much of grocery shopping. But now, going to the grocery store alone is like going to the spa. The kiddo stayed home with her Dad and I spent a leisurely hour wandering around the produce section and strolling up and down the aisles at Whole Foods. When I arrived back home, I was ready to start cooking up a meal for our dinner guests.

Tiny Sous Chef

Luckily, I had a tiny sous chef by my side.

Crazy Sexy Ktichen's Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Crazy Sexy Kitchen‘s Roasted Brussel Sprouts couldn’t be quicker to prepare and more delicious. (Sorry folks, this recipe isn’t in the sneak peek–you’ll have to wait for the book!) My dinner guests devoured them.

Chloe Coscarelli's Penne a la Vodka

For Saturday’s feast, I also cooked Chloe Coscarelli‘s Penne a la Vodka. Even though everyone raved about the penne, it was the garlic bread that stole their hearts (to-die-for). These are both perfect for wowing omnivores and vegans alike. Lastly, I baked a double batch of Chocolate Covered Katie’s Secret Peanut Butter Cookies. Best. Cookies. Ever.

Madeira Peppercorn Tempeh with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Sunday was another kitchen-filled day and I savored every second. Audrey and Steve watched football while I made Crazy Sexy Kitchen‘s Madeira Peppercorn Tempeh with gravy, plus (more) Roasted Brussel Sprouts! Even though we felt quite fancy eating dinner that night, it wasn’t a difficult meal to put together and I’m sure it’ll be even easier the next time I make it (and the time after that).

Weber's Cidermill Pumpkin PatchWe also made it to Weber’s Cidermill on Sunday afternoon and left with the perfect pumpkin and a jug of Honey Crisp cider. Even though the summer is over, this season brings so much joy to the table (and delicious food!). It’s also an excuse to indulge–in delightful novels, holiday music, comforting recipes–and to show the people you love even more generosity and kindness.

It’s time to slow down. To savor. To enjoy.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jess September 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I love reading your posts! I’ve been craving french toast, and I’ve already signed up for the sneak peek, gotta read back over those recipes and whip it up this weekend! We had a busy week last week, preparing for my son’s birthday party. But this week I plan to take it slow. Today was a good start – we spent the morning playing at the park and lying in the grass, basking in the warm sun.
I’m ready to pull out all our holiday stuff too and dig into the colder weather.


2 Corinne October 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hi Jess! I hope you went ahead with your plans–sounds like heaven. How did you like the French Toast? xo


3 Jodi September 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I have completely embraced this new season this year. “It’s time to slow down. To savor. To enjoy.”… my thoughts exactly!


4 Corinne October 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm
5 Jaime K September 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

That photo of her in the apron is too much! So sweet. I cannot WAIT for the new book, by the way.


6 Corinne October 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Her grandpa just got her an Audrey-sized apron. Pictures to come! xo


7 Wendy Irene September 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I’m totally with you on the fall decorating. Your foliage-filled wreath looks beautiful. My orange autumn towel is out in the guest bathroom to greet friends and I have pumpkins piling up. Pumpkins are my favorite decoration. They are beautiful and natural. Every recipe you shared looks wonderful. I’d like to try each. Wishing you a beautiful fall day!


8 Corinne October 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Thank you! The wreath makes me so happy:) Decorating really does make a difference. I can’t wait to pull out our faux tree!


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