Once Upon A Cabin

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭25:28‬ ‭

With summer coming to an end and fall quickly approaching, it’s time to put those beach plans to rest and search for that perfect cabin in the mountains!  Every year around this time I start dreaming of that perfect log cabin!  Butch and I both love a mountain get away…and when you start talking about a rustic log cabin, you’re speaking our language!!  Butch just prefers downright rustic, and I of course like a little touch of elegance with mine!  We have several places we love to go for a long weekend…one being Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC with its rustic and elegant charm!  

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When I saw this log cabin nestled in the mountains of Highlands, I wanted to go into planning mode for a weekend trip this fall!  What is not to love about a 1928 log cabin in the Appalachian Foothills?  Who knows if it will happen…but at least a girl can dream!  

I can imagine a cool autumn day spent in this warm space…snuggled next to a warm fire…good book to read…and a mug of robust coffee!

This interesting stair balustrade is made of rhododendron branches!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Refreshed Garden

“Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭23:12

If you live here in Northeast Alabama, you know what I mean when I say we have had a h-o-t summer.  We have been in desperate need of rain on our dry land, and we finally got it over the past few days!

And with the rain, comes a garden that is looking lively and refreshed…perfect for a tablescape!  Although the summer is waning, there is still a trace of summer left behind…come and pull up a seat!  

I love setting a table in the garden…I just let the garden be the star!

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Perfectly Pumpkin!

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold”
Proverbs 22:1

We are one month away from the official start of Autumn, but we have been seeing fall decor in all the stores since the 4th of July!  Take a stroll through your local Hobby Lobby, and you might even spot a Christmas tree!  I am never one to rush the seasons away, but this summer’s heat and humidity has been extremely tough…causing me to look forward to that slight “nip in the air”.  Since the last few days have brought rain to our Appalachian foothills, it was perfect for a little autumn dreaming…reading my new magazines full of recipes and pinning to my Pinterest Board Foodie Presentations! I love reading recipes and all of the the tastes of autumn…with the star of so many dishes (both sweet and savory) being pumpkin! 

Although I plan to savor every last minute of summer, I am sharing some tasty recipes with you today…recipes that I would say are perfectly pumpkin! 

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Pumpkin Risotto

My first time to eat risotto was in Florence, Italy and I have loved it ever since and make it often.  During the fall season, I sometimes will add butternut squash, so I know pumpkin will be just as delicious.

Pumpkin Cornbread with Cinnamon Honey Butter

This will be added to my recipe file for sure, with its warm autumn spices. You can’t be from the Deep South and not love cornbread, and this looks amazing.  I can imagine this served with collard greens and roasted pork!

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