November 14, 2010

Fall Breakfast Table

Living in such a mild climate, Southern California residents miss much of the natural beauty associated with each season. Still, nature has given us some special gifts. One of them is the length of our outdoor living and entertaining season. It stretches from late April to early December - and sometimes even longer.
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Although early mornings in mid November can be brisk, most are not cool enough to keep you indoors. By 9 am the sun is out in full force and temperatures are on the rise.


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It's fool-hearty not to take advantage of the glorious weather, so this morning's breakfast will be served on the patio with Fall as the theme.
Nature's colors and seasonal foods define the design.

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The menu calls for relatively few serving pieces - a plus when the dining area is more than a few steps from the house.
A sugar bowl and creamer rest on a small bamboo tray; one filled with dried cranberries and coarsely chopped nuts, the other with maple syrup.
Lanterns, a paper garland and a few small pine cones combine to make a centerpiece that's easy to cart outside, set up, tear down and haul back indoors.

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Once napkins
find their way
onto laps . . .
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. . . leaf plates
can be moved to
the side.

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The cook announces, "Pumpkin waffles. Get 'em while they're hot."
Leaf dishes hold bacon and sliced apples.

An internet search will produce a dozen pumpkin waffle recipes. One such recipe can be found on the Betty Crocker Website. It has just enough pumpkin flavor so as not to be overwhelming. (In fact, pumpkin lovers may want to spice up the recipe a tad.)

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Dig in!

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Dinner plates, mugs, creamer and sugar: Heathware Pottery, Sandalwood, coupe design
Bamboo cracker tray: The Pampered Chef
Leaf Plates, Pottery Barn
Hammered flatware: Pottery Barn
Placemats and napkins: Sur La Table
Lanterns: Pottery Barn, Malta Lantern

18 comments:

  1. Took a little look around and you have great ideas! Love this table, love your style. If you would like, it would be wonderful if you linked this to my Thanksgiving party. And again beautifully done, the colors are amazing.

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  2. How inviting this is! I want to come and sit, feel the light breeze, and dig in to the waffles. Your table truly reflects the feeling of fall.

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  3. How lucky for you to be able to enjoy breakfast outdoors in the fall. It looks so inviting.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  4. Is this you, OA!!! I didn't know you had a blog! Welcome to blog world!
    Breakfast looks great!

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  5. You asked about special hooks to hang a wreath on a mirror. I "overheard" the decorator in the store I have on my blog telling another customer about the hooks. They can be found at Lowe's (probably Home Depot too). They are a suction cup with a large hook attached to the back that you flip down to hang the wreath on. Right now at our Lowe's, they are near the Christmas wreaths. So it is a good time to find them. I bought a bunch of them. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

    Blessings and happy decorating! I am going to follow your blog. You're invited to follow mine if you like!

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  6. Oh how I wish I could magically appear in Southern California and eat at this beautiful table!

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  7. What a beautiful breakfast tablescape! I like those green leaf plates! Those waffles look delicious! Yum!

    Katherine

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  8. Wow just beautiful!!! Your leaf plates are wonderful too!!! LOVE THEM!!! and oh how I NOW am craving pumpkin waffles! I am your newest follower, I HOPE you will FOLLOW me too.... Hugs to you, Donna

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  9. What a festivly Fall table! Looks like we should be eating breakfast at your place and then hopping over to mine for lunch! You did a fabulous job! I see you are new to blogging... I am your 6th Follower :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!
    ~Rachel

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  10. Oh how pretty and I love the outside setting. Breakfast looks fabulous. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  11. Waffles - yummy! Love your colors and the fact you get to dine outside so much. Jennifer

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  12. Oh, this is such a pretty table. I love the leaf plates and the lanterns are fabulous. What a perfect day to do a tablescape!

    XO,
    Jane

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  13. I love eating outdoors on my deck too. It all looks so yummy. I love the place mats and the candle lanterns.

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  14. Welcome to blogland. Thanks for visiting my blog & becoming a follower. I am now one of your followers, yeah! You have me starving now, your outdoor meals look wonderful & the setting is lovely. The little wood cubes for the photo cubes are also available at Michael's. I attached a screw eye in the top of the cubes & then ran my ribbon thru that. Good luck if you decide to give it a try.
    CAS

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  15. Oh my, I love this! I'm a sucker for anything Fall, and now I want waffles! Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I'm a new follower of yours! (I'm kinda new at this blog thing too.)

    Kelly
    http://crazywego.blogspot.com

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  16. Just what the doctor ordered! At the last minute, we will have the grandbabies for Thanksgiving weekend...Pumpkin pancakes and a playful setup...I now have a plan, and we will use battery candles instead in our lanterns...They always want to blow the real ones out! :o)

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  17. Dining alfresco is my favorite way to dine. We can enjoy eating on the terrace fall and spring, but summers are usually too hot here in TX.
    Your breakfast table is charming. I like the lanterns with the paper garland. Beautiful setting! ~ sarah

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  18. I like your tablescape. So inviting that I wish I was part of that breakfast meal! Anyway, Have a nice day!!

    Spandex Table Covers

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