There are so many things I love about the fall, just one of which is all the yummy treats that come in season. I thought I’d share a little round-up of some of my favorites that I’ve come across. What are your favorite autumn treats or flavors?



Clockwise from top left: Salted Butterscotch Popcorn with Peanuts, Maple Sugar Candies from Vermont, Miniature Grilled Cheese with Creamy Tomato Soup, Manchego Crackers with Quince Jam



Clockwise from top left: Grape-Elderflower Fizz with Concord Grapes, San Francisco Filibuster with Maple Syrup, Cognac Sparklers with Apple Cider, Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned



Clockwise from top left: Pear Tartelettes with Puff Pastry, Spiced Poached Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce, Pear Almond Tart, Caramel-Dipped Pears with Salt



Clockwise from top left: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Milk, Pumpkin Tartelettes with Meringue, Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts, Pumpkin Bourbon Tart with Mascarpone Cream

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When I came across this 1876 painting by James Tissot, I knew I had to create an inspiration board with it – I love autumn, and I love picnics, so it was perfect! I imagine an elegant picnic in a park, with piles of cozy blankets, and delicious cakes and champagne. Rich colors and textures, like ochre and gold, tweed and silk, plus polished silver pieces (borrowed from aunts and godmothers, perhaps) and gorgeous fall flowers. This would probably work well for an intimate party, but I’d love to see it as a wedding reception, wouldn’t you? Oh, and I love the delightfully unexpected black and white checks.

Mood: rich, playful, elegant
Palette: ochre, cream, chocolate, tweed

Top row from left: Holyday (The Picnic) by James Tissot at The Tate, hat with veil from Brides, yellow and white bouquet and head wreath from Martha Stewart Weddings (photo by Johnny Miller)
Row 2:
apple and prune brioche tart from Gourmet Traveller via The Bedlam of Beefy, tweed from J.Crew
Row 3:
photo with black gingham shirt by Kate Powers, La Folie menu design by Cynthia Warren, cream roses with fall leaves by Michaele Thunen, roasted winter squash soup sips from Country Living, wedding dress with silk ochre wrap from Vogue Sposa via Little Winter Bride
Row 4:
calligraphy by Plurabelle, miniature bundt cakes from Desserts for Breakfast, Dom Perignon champagne, centerpiece with cream dahlias and fruit by Amy Merrick


If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #443: Persimmons & Porcelain
Board #500: Autumn Maple
Board #291: Golden Autumn Days

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What are you up to this weekend? Tomorrow we’re taking advantage of what’s supposed to be a sunny day (after a week of rain), to cook out and watch the Blue Angels from a friend’s house. Then on Sunday I’m leaving for a much needed retreat – no phone or internet for five days! But I do have some lovely posts lined up for you, so do check in next week for those. And in the meantime some links for your weekend…

upside-down pear tartlet from Country Living


My little sister is interning at a Parisian patisserie, and she’s started a blog chronicling her adventures! (Yes, I’m a little biased, but I think she’s pretty funny.)

Apple frangipane tart sounds like a lovely fall dessert.

I love snack boxes – maybe a welcome gift for out-of-town guests?

If you have fifteen minutes, watch Steve Jobs’s inspiring 2005 Stanford commencement address

I’ve loved Peter Callahan’s tiny bites ever since I first saw them in MSW ages ago – now you can make them yourself, with his new book!

Little winter getaway cabin.

Girls who wear glasses. I think it’s time for a new pair

Bologna, then and now.

Isn’t Screen Door the perfect name for a Southern restaurant? via Sally J Shim

In case you live far away from an In-N-Out burger.

Don’t forget to vote in The Lab Event inspiration board contest! You have until 11:59PM EDT to leave a comment, and I’ll announce the winner on Monday.


Have a happy weekend lovelies, and a wonderful next week!

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