My humans reminisce on an Autumn day not too many years ago. TOOOT! Continue reading Long Autumn Shadows at Tea Time
For some of you humans, Labor Day is officially the end of Summer, which among the humans in the Hamptons also means it’s the last day to wear white until Memorial Day. However, officially Summer continues until around the end of the third week of September. My humans and I always like to observe this official version of the change of seasons with a nice toast of the teacup. And that means steeping up some tea with great Fall flavors. There are quite a few from which to choose. TOOOT! Continue reading Toasting the First Day of Fall with Tea
The greens of Summer are plentiful, from the leaves on trees and bushes to the grasses and other plants growing on the ground. They give way each year in many parts of our country to a much showier color display. Some of you even take the time to go on “leaf peeping” tours, starting in places like Vermont and Maine where the trees turn on that show sooner in the year and going across much of the country where the change starts a bit later. Hitting the peak color time can be tricky, but even if you’re a bit early or late, you’ll enjoy the show!
How to know where to go:
Bringing these colors into your home is easy to do and lends a really cozy feel to what is undeniably the coziest time of year. First, we wanted to show you that color palette in photos from nature and the seasonal harvest, and then, we show you some examples of working those colors into your décor and even your Autumn menu!
Autumn Colors in Nature
We compiled this slideshow from various images found online that seem to represent a full array of the colors and images typical of Autumn. From pale golds to rich dark browns, plus bright reds and oranges and, yes, some green.
Bringing in Autumn Colors to Your Cozy Space
You’ve seen the colors from nature above. Now see how they can fit in your home for that Autumn cozy feel in this slideshow:
Whether you do it with foods, plants, or furnishings, your home will be even more cozy this Autumn when you add in those wonderful colors.
© 2017-2021 The Cozy Couple photos and text
When it comes to cozy Fall recipes, you can’t beat some of these that we found online. They are typically thought of as “comfort foods.” But the whole idea of cozy is comfort and a total lack of discomfort. So what is better than a satisfied feeling after a nice helping of one or more of these?
Pasta dishes are hearty and satisfying. Of course, pasta by itself is a bit bland and needs to have a few things added. One of the favorite things to add is cheese. Another is chicken. So here is a recipe for each.
A lush version of this classic pasta dish, featuring Swiss, Monterey Jack, sharp Cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses plus sautéed garlic and onion in a heavenly creamy sauce. A little liquid smoke adds the perfect Fall touch.
You can simplify the preparation by buying a rotisserie chicken and jarred Alfredo sauce from your local grocer. Serve your family this comforting chicken casserole in less than an hour. A nice sprinkling of fresh basil leaves on top adds a wonderfully cozy aroma!
There is such a range of soups, from mere broths and consommés to ones that are just short of qualifying to be stews. Ingredients also vary from strictly vegetable to ones chock full of various meats. This time of year, it’s good to feature a seasonal favorite: butternut squash. But don’t forget venison and other meats such as turkey that tend to be more common during the Fall.
Simplicity itself! Dusting off that barely used crockpot will be the hardest part. Some butternut squash combines with onion, garlic, chicken broth (you can substitute vegetable broth for a truly vegan version), and various spices. Top with toasted croutons as shown here.
Deer hunting seasons vary around the U.S., but you can always use what you froze from last year! Use up some of that venison in your freezer and give your Dutch oven a bit of a workout (or you can you a large saucepan). The hardest part is browning the meat. Add in your spices, vegetables, and water and let your stovetop do the rest.
The Fall is known for the many harvests that go on. And apples are a key crop. They are also such a versatile fruit, stirring the imaginations of generations of cooks. Here are a couple of simple, delicious, and totally cozy recipes to try!
Paula Deen epitomizes that cozy Southern vibe. And she is right on the mark here with this recipe featured on FoodNetwork.com. The key here is being careful how you core the apples. The unusual thing we saw here was the mint leaf garnish. A rather interesting touch!
Pork loin roast is a great cozy meat dish, and this apple compote adds lovely fruity touches as well as a nice juiciness to that meat. Prepare the compote while the pork is roasting.
What would life be like without chocolate? Definitely UNcozy!! So we wind things up with these two recipes that are true classics.
A bit of a challenge for those of us who don’t do a lot of cooking from scratch, but well worth the extra effort. Think of this special treat for your next gathering of friends and family. Or you can make it for just yourself.
Another baker’s challenge. But we’re sure you’ll manage and be very glad you did! Don’t be surprised if neighbors you barely know come ringing your doorbell.
We hope you’ll try some of these recipes and let us know how it goes.
© 2017-2021 The Cozy Couple photos and text
There’s a lot to love about Autumn. The cooler temperatures that bring relief after Summer’s heat. The lower humidity level that makes that cooler air seem refreshing. And the colors. Especially the colors. So why not bring that indoors to your Autumn tea table? One great way is with a dishware pattern. There are tons to choose from, but these seven caught my eye. They show the variety that’s out there, mainly featuring colorful Autumn leaves but also a classic design with a very plump turkey – we had this pattern (#7 in the image below) as kids and ate our Thanksgiving dinner off of them every year. Just the sight of them can make me start salivating for my mom’s cooking. Continue reading 7 Dishware Patterns for the Perfect Autumn Tea Table
There’s no wonder that at this time of year, people across the country are exuding harvest time hurrahs. Harvest is an important time in the lives of mankind. It means food, drink, clothing (cotton, etc.), and just about everything around us. Continue reading Harvest Time Hurrahs!
[Note: most of the photos here are from other sources and are for illustrative purposes only.]
The season of festivities is quickly approaching. Halloween parties are sure to pop up all around. This is a fun festive recipe sure to delight all who eat these mini tea pumpkin cakes – a delight for sight as much as for the taste buds.
Autumn is close at hand. But the craving for those comfort foods that are especially popular at this time of year seems to be a bit ahead of the calendar. And tea time is when that craving really kicks into high gear. Time to go exploring and see which of these will satisfy your craving.
As the temperatures go down, the call from within us for hot tea is even louder than ever. The month of November in the Northern Hemisphere is certainly a time of those cooler temps and therefore a time when more people enjoy hot tea, switching from their favorite iced tea and sweet tea. Certain teas seem to be more appealing during this time of year, partly due to the weather and partly due to holiday events, especially Thanksgiving in the U.S. where tea can be an important part of that traditional gathering of family and friends. These ten teas have an especially broad appeal, meeting these desires among tea drinkers. Continue reading 10 Top Teas for November
by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)
Woohoo! Par-TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEA time with your fave little teapot and two fab teas. I know I promised these for last Friday, but heck, my humans were extra thirsty and needed me for other tea steeping duties. And anyway, what better way than this to start your Monday? You might want to review all the preparations for this event that took place. Setting the mood was the key. Mr. Bobblehead Kitty had other plans and couldn’t attend (he was represented by Mr. Kitty Cream Pitcher). But since the teas had already been selected, we needed to go ahead as planned. My humans forgot the candle, but otherwise they did pretty well. Continue reading That Special Fall Tea Time Is Here!!