Fall table setting. Bohemian Cottage

Fall Tablescape Inspiration

Fall is slowly creeping up on us here in the Rocky Mountains. The air is crisp in the evenings and mornings, the first touches of changing leaves are showing on the trees and the pumpkins are getting big in the garden. We recently cleaned the back yard up really well and set a nice fall table for Sunday taco night. I made baked tilapia for fish tacos and had a bunch of different toppings cut up and ready. I also had the Shiner Bock Rubyred Summer ale to drink. It was really good!

To help get your fall table set, I curated some ideas from around the web, and also wanted to share our first of many fall table settings with you. (read more)

MelindaFall Tablescape Inspiration

Smoked Gouda, Avocado and Tomato Panini

Smoked Gouda, Avocado and Tomato Panini...with a Stella

Smoked Gouda, Avocado and Tomato Panini…with a Stella

This simple meal really hit the spot on a Friday evening after a long work week. The girls were with their Dad, and it was time to unwind and relax. Makayla was the one who originally made this yummy sandwich for her home economics class last year. I happened to have a good crusty loaf of Italian herb bread and the other  ingredients on hand. We have one of those little indoor grills that works great as a panini maker. You could add bacon to this to make it more decadent, or keep it vegetarian, which is what I did. Pair it with a nice cold beer and you have your own little happy hour of peace and quiet…ahhhh… (read more)

MelindaSmoked Gouda, Avocado and Tomato Panini

Beer Glazed Sausage, Apples, Cabbage and Beans

Beer Glazed Sausage, Apples, Cabbage and Green Beans

With fall in the air and the new October issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine to peruse,  inspiration was struck. The Cooking with Beer feature was just the thing to help use up some of the last cold hearty veggies from the garden, and of course enjoy some of my favorite beer. I did of course take some liberties with the recipe, omitting the crushed red pepper (didn’t have any) and adding more veggies (had a ton of those) . I think the results were both pretty on the plate and lovely for the palate as well. The kids thought I was crazy cooking with beer, but they actually enjoyed this dish quite a bit. (read more)

MelindaBeer Glazed Sausage, Apples, Cabbage and Beans