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.
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.
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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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.)
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