Adding Touches of Fall into Your Existing Home Decor

Adding Touches of Fall into Your Existing Home Decor

 

 

 

 

Greetings. It’s officially Fall. I decided to start decorating early this year to give my family the opportunity to fully enjoy the season. I myself have had such an eventful year it has really helped me put into perspective how much I have taken for granted.

Fall is a favorite for both my husband and myself.  We definitely have some must-haves we do every fall. For him, it’s roasting a pig and for me, it’s my famous Coconut Curry Caramel Popcorn. We both love watching movies by the fireside. On Thanksgiving, we have made it a tradition after dinner is served to watch “Gone With the Wind”.

How do I transition from season to season with my decor you ask? It’s simply…I usually just incorporate smaller pieces of seasonal decor into my space but keeping my main canvas timeless. I love chinoiserie patterns and I am a blue and white Belle forever, so those themes/colors are always the features of my main canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorating Tip: If you have a long table and can’t find one centerpiece the proper length; just buy multiple centerpieces and push them together. You can use the foliage to cover any gaps and also add picks for more fullness. My table is over 10 ft long so I placed together three centerpieces and added in three pumpkin picks.

Decorating Tip: I love using various textures in my decor. Here you have ceramic, velvet, and wood.

Decorating Tip: Use what you have on hand and incorporate nature. I used magnolia leaves from our yard as place cards and magnolia around the magnolia clip for a festive napkin ring.

Tip: Don’t break or damage the stem of real pumpkins and they will last longer. This are real pumpkins stacked (cinderella and two acorns)

 

 

 

 

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Here is where I plan on spending most of September and October weekends. Should be the perfect temperature for enjoying fall. No mosquitos and snakes.

I hope this read brings you some inspiration to decorate and enjoy the season even more. As always thank you for following along on my journey. Your support means everything to me. Please leave me a like or comment so I can continue sharing. Be Well-Omniley

 

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Roasted Tomato Caprese

Roasted Tomato Caprese

Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. I am happy to share with you some more Belle-approved kitchen finds: Mutti® Double Concentrated Tomato Paste and Mutti® Finely Chopped Tomatoes available at Albertsons, which reminds me of my NaNa. She was caring, sweet, but knew how to demonstrate just the right amount of sass. My PawPaw and her had a garden every year, and she loved tomatoes. You all know we plant a garden every year as well and the one thing my husband must absolutely have is tons of tomato plants. Well, fast forward to the Louisiana heat and we have lost all our crops in record time this year. That still doesn’t stop me from craving fresh tomatoes. If you are feeling the same way, I am happy to share with you my Roasted Tomato Caprese dedicated to my NaNa and husband.

 

The Double Concentrated Tomato Paste has such a rich, intense, and sweet taste; it takes 1.5 lbs of tomatoes to make each tube. I also incorporated some of the Mutti® Cherry Tomatoes into this recipe, and they are sweet, succulent and so fresh you can taste it straight from the can. Oh, and roasting them takes the bold robust taste to another level. Mutti® tomatoes are made with just two ingredients: sun-ripened Italian tomatoes and a pinch of Mediterranean sea salt. Did you know that many other brands add Citric Acid and Calcium Chloride? Be sure to check your Albertsons app for availability and coupons. I utilized the grocery pick up and it was such a smooth and convenient process. I’m sure these tomatoes and my recipe will get me NaNa’s approval too.
Preheat the oven to 350.  Drain cans of tomatoes and place in a bowl. You can save reserved contents and make a great tomato soup base.

Mix together tomato paste, half of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and sugar. Pour mixture over tomatoes and coat tomatoes.

Place coated tomatoes in oven and roast 20-25 minutes until tomatoes begin to burst. Meanwhile, cut fresh mozzarella into large chunk size pieces and place in a serving dish. Salt and pepper to taste.

Immediately pour roasted tomato mixture on top of mozzarella pieces and mix lightly. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Perfect with a crusty baguette.

Belle’s tip: Place over your favorite pasta to make this a full meal. You can also opt to serve straight out of the can and skip the roasting as they taste just as fresh.



I hope this recipe brings you as much joy as it brings my family. Don’t forget, Mutti is available at your local Albertsons. As always, thank you for following along with me as I share recipes from the soul with memories of my NaNa sprinkled throughout. Be Well-Omniley

 

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Roasted Tomato Caprese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Drain cans of tomatoes and place in a bowl and set to side.
  3. Mix together tomato paste, half of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and sugar. Pour mixture over tomatoes and coat tomatoes.
  4. Place tomatoes on a sheet pan and drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Roast 20-25 minutes until tomatoes begin to burst.
  6. Meanwhile, cut fresh mozzarella into large chunk size pieces and place in serving dish. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Immediately pour roasted tomato mixture on top of mozzarella pieces and mix lightly. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Perfect with a crusty baguette.
Recipe Notes

Belle’s tip: Place over your favorite pasta to make this a full meal. You can also opt to serve straight out of the can and skip the roasting they taste just as fresh.

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Keto Mini Pumpkin Pancakes

Keto Mini Pumpkin Pancakes

Keto Mini Pumpkin Pancakes

Guilt-free fall breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Side
Servings: 6 pancakes

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Non-stick pan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp Swerve granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • splash of kefir plain
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until a thick batter remains.
  • Let sit and thicken for 10 minutes; add a splash of almond milk if too thick
  • Heat a non-stick pan and spray with butter spray. Pour batter in pan dollar size and let cook on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with your choice of topping. I used sugar-free syrup.

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Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

I must admit the best Butternut Squash soup I have had in my life so far was at 5th & Taylor located in Tennessee while on a business trip. It was the perfect blend of sweet and savory and perfect for the November outing we were having at the time. I have been making it every fall since then and it will be making a lot of appearances in my home this fall, so I decided to share the recipe with you all. Typically my recipes have some memory of my NaNa and while this one is not directly from her; she used to make a stewed summer squash out of this world. I am still working on that recipe so for now, you have Belle’s Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.

Sometimes the easiest secrets are in the spices. I added a pinch of turmeric (for color and spice), cumin, and smoked paprika to elevate the taste of this dish.

Sometimes the easiest secrets are in the spices. I added a pinch of turmeric (for color and spice), cumin, and smoked paprika to elevate the taste of this dish.

You all should know by now I’m all about working smarter not harder, so I opted to use butternut squash from the frozen section already diced. If you have time and want that extra freshness you can dice up a fresh squash. And yes, this sage is from my herb garden. Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, sage, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, and cumin to an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Toss to combine. Close lid securely and set for soup settings for 30 minutes.

Then allow pressure to vent naturally, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped. Remove the lid. Wait for everyone to come to see what that smell is!!!

Remove and discard the sage. Stir in the coconut milk. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Taste, and season with additional salt if needed.

One of the fun things about this soup is choosing your garnishing. I’ve had it with toasted granola with pecans it was so delicious.

Serve warm, with your choice of garnishes. Topped here with pumpkin seeds and coconut milk.

This soup is perfect for a cozy meal by the fire or watching your favorite Lifetime movie. I hope it brings joy to your home this Fall. As always thank you for taking the time to follow my journey. Be Blessed-Omniley

 

 

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bag baby carrots cut in half
  • 1 Granny Smith apple diced
  • 1 bag PicSweet Butternut Squash 24 oz If you opt for fresh squash medium size 3#--peeled, seeded and diced, uncooked
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 purple onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon of tumeric
  • pinch of ground cumin
  • pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • pinch smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, sage, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, and cumin to an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Toss to combine. Close lid securely and set for soup settings for 30 minutes.
  • Then allow pressure to vent naturally, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped. Remove the lid.
  • Remove and discard the sage. Stir in the coconut milk.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Taste, and season with additional salt if needed
  • Serve warm, with your choice of garnishes. Topped here with pumpkin seeds and coconut milk.
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DIY Home Office Desk with Sawhorse Legs

DIY Home Office Desk with Sawhorse Legs

Greetings! Am I the only one looking forward to cooler weather. With all the changes going on in the world that is affected our daily living; I recently made the decision to relocate my home office space to the other side of our home. My son is 100% virtual academy and I needed a closed-off space to conduct my work and after-hours blogger job. 

I have started using design boards lately to help me recreate spaces since I’m currently working on so many projects it easier to visualize my designs especially when I’m out shopping and for accessories. I ended up having to do a DIY design on my desk because I received the desk in the design board and they shipped me the wrong color by the time I went to try and order the right color it was on backorder. I didn’t get my feathers in a ruffle, because it was actually made out of particleboard. So I took off to Lowes and a few pieces of wood, sawhorses, and paint later, And voila. 

 

 

Supplies needed for this project:

(2) 21-in W x 29-in H Wood Saw Horse

(2) 3/4-in x 16-in x 6-ft Edge-Glued Panel Spruce Pine Fir Board

(3) Krylon COLORmaxx Gloss White Spray Paint and Primer In One

(3) Krylon Lacquer Specialty Gloss White Spray Paint

(2) Krylon High-gloss Metallic Gold Leaf Metallic Spray Paint

(1) Drop Cloth

(1) Pkg 0.07-in Steel Flat Brace (I used 2 from the package)

(1) container of PrimeGuard Plus 8 x 2-in Polymer Deck Screws

(1) 6 x 9 Drop Cloth

Electric Drill with bits

Step 1: Prime and paint your wood to the color of your choice. I opted for gold legs and a white top.

There were tons of wood options at Lowes, but unfortunately, the cutting machine was down, so to minimize the time on the project I opted to get something that was already cut to a size I could work with. If you have the option to have your wood cut the wood prices are cheaper.

Board is already primer and now I am painting.

Step 2: Once boards and legs are completed dry place the tabletop boards together upside down and use the braces to hold them in place. I had already decided because the desk was so long that I was going to have multiple sitting areas, (on each end and in the middle) so plan for the placement of your legs when placing braces. I recommend at least 4″ from the end on each side.

Step 3: At this point, I recommend moving the desk where you plan on placing it. If you put it all together it could be difficult getting it through small doorframes. Once you are ready simply attach the sawhorse legs with at least 6 screws are on each leg. Do this by placing the sawhorse legs space apart where you want them and then place the tabletop on top of the sawhorse legs. I had 13 1/2″ overhang on each side of my sawhorse legs, but this number can be adjusted based on your wants and the size tabletop you choose. Minus the drying time and the time in Lowes this takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

The space still looks bare hopefully I can wrap it up before the end of the year. Yes, that’s indecisive Omniley for you. As always thanks for tagging along on this journey. Be Blessed. Omniley.

 

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Adding a new Puppy to the Pact

Adding a new Puppy to the Pact

Wow can you believe Fall is upon us? 2020 has been dishing out some events, to say the least. Many of you may have noticed a new addition to the Belle Omniley family so I felt a formal introduction was well overdue. My new four-legged friend has been with us for a little over 2 months and we finally have a routine in place and I’m here to report on the addition and the journey so far.

Why a new dog? If you remember a while back my old buddy was experiencing some health issues and the veterinarian has been trying to prepare me for the worst. Bane is so well trained a breeder and dear friend of mine recommended I get a new puppy so Bane could help train him.

Why not another Corso? So I’m a stickler for loyalty and I didn’t want to get another Corso for fear that Bane would think I was trying to replace him, so I went to do a ton of research.

Why a Chinese Shar-Pei? One word “PROTECTION” One might say because of the look, but I need a pet that earns his keep. So far he is doing just that.

When picking our new friend I wasn’t so hung up on the coat color as I was the health history (as this is a high maintenance breed). After 3 weeks of searching for a breeder, I finally narrowed it down to two. Of course, I prayed about and my husband wanted me to get a Corso, but after I got a picture of Chubbs I was sold. They called him Bear. I’m sure I drove the breeder crazy with all my questions, but I wanted to make sure we were the perfect family for Bear. 

Fast forward the day finally came for us to go get him. My son and I drove to TX and picked him up. My son held him the entire way back. The first two nights were a nightmare. A week into him being with us Bane decided to hit the road for at least 12 hours another long story. One walk into the pool and a scare snap later by Bane and he is running the house.

So far I have had to switch them to the same food because they each want each other’s food and any grains for Chubbs is a no-no. I also buy two of everything (identical) and it has helped keep the confusion down. My go-to foods are Acana Red Meat Grain-Free Acana Red Meat Grain-Free, Roam Freezer Dried treats Roam Freezer Dried treats, and Himalayan Pet chews Himalayan Pet chews.

They got off to a rocky start, but Bane is definitely doing a great job with training and looking after our new friend.

As always thanks for taking the time to follow my journey; where would I be without your support. Omniley

 

 

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