October 16, 2017

adorable fall appetizers

How do you feel about “cute” food?

I’m all over it… the cuter the better!

So today, I have a couple of really fun fall
appetizer recipes to share with you.

My friends Amy, Caran and I are hosting
a birthday party on Saturday night for our friend Heather,
so I’ll be making both of these adorable 
and easy to prepare savory treats. 

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

16 ounces room-temperature cream cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
3 tablespoons minced white onion
2 tablespoons salsa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno
1 cup crushed Cheezits or Goldfish Crackers
1 Bell Pepper Stem for garnish

With a mixer, blend all the ingredients. Place mixture onto plastic wrap and use the wrap to form the mixture into a 5-inch pumpkin-shaped ball including vertical ridges; chill at least 2 hours.

To serve, unwrap, roll in crushed cheese flavored crackers like Cheezits or Goldfish and press a bell pepper stem into the top. I like to seve this with a variety of crackers.

I plan on making the cheese ball a few days before,
so I have less to do closer to party day.

Then, on the day of the party, 
all I have to do is unwrap the cheese ball, 
roll it in the crushed crackers and 
add the stem as a garnish.

This second appetizer is really easy to make.
Just fill a hollowed-out orange bell pepper
with your favorite hummus and add pita chips.

🎃 So easy and quick! 🎃

When hollowing out the pepper, 
make sure to remove all the seeds and white ribs from
 the inside of the pepper and remember you reserve the stem
to use as a garnish for the Pumpkin Cheese Ball.

The spooky Jack-o-Lantern eyes, nose and mouth 
are easily made with a sharp paring knife.
Do this before you fill the pepper.

Isn't it great how
these two recipes work perfectly together?

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:
Food Network
Endlessly Inspired

October 15, 2017

a new book by molly sims

Oh, how I love to see inspiring
Halloween décor done right!

Isn’t this entry cute?

It’s the home of Molly Sims and right now,
I’m swooning over Molly’s overall style
and her new book entitled
“Everyday Chic”.

In it, she shares details of her own design style
and how she creates a healthy home environment for her family.
She also offers fun and helpful tips on how she manages
motherhood and keeping her family organized.

I first spotted this article in Good Housekeeping,
and I made a mental note to pick up her new book
the next time I was out.

“Everyday Chic” is just that...
inspiring ways to stay organized
with great style!

Molly's kitchen is stunning.
I love this counter to ceiling gray subway tile in her kitchen.

It's such a dramatic backdrop with all the white accessories!

I love the organic shape of the round table
and the natural woven light fixture in the dining area.

The light reminds me of an umbrella… so fun J

The tile continues all the way over into the
dining area covering it wall-to-wall
around the all white French-style doors.

But, what I really love about this book are her yummy recipes.

I'm trying this One-Pot Moroccan Chicken recipe tonight! 

Here’s a little tour of some other
favorite spots in her home…

I’ll let you know how the
Moroccan Chicken recipe turns out.

Oh, my goodness, I just realized,
we’re halfway through this month already!

Wishing you a great start to the week…

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:
Good Housekeeping
Architectural Digest
Molly Sims on Instagram
MollySims. com 
Hello Canada

October 12, 2017

halloween curb appeal

I have to admit,
I bought one more pumpkin today…

Enough already, right?
I’ve been buying pumpkins for weeks now!

Roger’s Gardens, Trader Joe’s,
Tanaka Farms, and the grocery store,
it’s hard to resist these beauties…

Well, I really did need one more
to finish off 

And speaking of Halloween porch décor,
here are a few of my favorite looks
for the month of October.

and remember.... try doing something amazing today! 

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:
DIY Network
New England Living
Ciao Newport Beach

If you get a chance, check out
a few of my fun Halloween picks
at my Blog Shop!

October 11, 2017

this halloween at roger's gardens

Halloween at Roger’s Gardens is always a treat!

How about a little peek at
what they have in store
for us this year?

"For a limited time,
it’s possible to slip behind the wall,
Harry Potter style,
into a small alley lined 

"As we walk by, we're
oblivious to the mysterious
activity surrounding us.

Only those who know can detect
and excitement in the air."

"Your number one source for rare
be found next to an apothecary
selling strange potions. "

You’ll find the perfect potion
at Morgan & Murkes Apothecary.
Loaded with skeletons and skulls
this apothecary is ready to fix what ails you.

"Magical creatures are for sale
behind windows stacked with wands
and broomsticks."

Lurking in the shadows,
Wykeham’s Wizarding Supplies

Look for the perfect wand,
browse the selection of spell books
or get lost in the gaze of a crystal ball.

And, the spooky tablescapes are to die for!

Check out what the owls
have delivered at
the Owl Post General Store!  

Be sure to visit Roger’s Gardens
and step into a world of
Magic & Mayhem,
before the door

ciao! fabiana

And don’t forget to check out
a few of my fun Halloween picks

at my Blog Shop!

photo credit:  Roger's Gardens

October 10, 2017

gold accents for the powder room

Who doesn’t need a little glitz and glam in the powder room? Gold hardware, fixtures and mirrors are a great way to update and glamorize a ho-hum bathroom. I think a brushed brass finish is the perfect solution! Here are some of my favorite looks...

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:

1,2,3 Redbook
4 Studio Lifestyle
5 Rue
6 Grazia

October 9, 2017

falling for fall

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but Fall really is my favorite time of year! I don’t know what it is. Maybe it has to do with the start of all the holidays coming up, like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It really gets me in a festive mood just thinking about it!

We had some pretty warm weather this past weekend, but that’s expected of October here in Southern California. Maybe the heat only helps the intensity of the colors of the fall leaves… I hope so! 

Pottery Barn tablescape

Last week I stopped in at Pottery Barn, and there were no signs of the Monique Lhuillier tableware yet, but they do have several pretty Thanksgiving tables set. It’s always fun to see what their inspiration is from year to year

Williams-Sonoma tablescape

Williams-Sonoma drew me in with the smell of their mulled apple cider that I could smell from across the way at Pottery Barn. They were serving that and some fresh pumpkin bread, mmmmm how can you not be in the mood for Fall with those aromas?    

table by Carolyn Zakryk Elegant Details

Look what I found on pinterest... a tablescape inspired by the “Be Thankful” Thanksgiving table I did last year for Oriental Trading. 

table by Carolyn Zakryk Elegant Details

Notice the same crossed pheasant feathers and the “Be Thankful” silver charm? It’s so nice when we can inspire each other. 

table by Carolyn Zakryk Elegant Details

I love these festive turkey plates!

table by Carolyn Zakryk Elegant Details

And the use of color in the centerpiece is beautiful.

table by La Dolfina

I think I was originally inspired for my “Be Thankful” tablescape by this one by La Dolfina. I love how she uses deep, rich shades of brown and then surprises us with the lovely pop of blue in the glassware.  

My husband’s cousin Lee created this lovely centerpiece in her Nashville home. It reminds me of my white pumpkin and Dusty Miller arrangement in a wooden flower box. Lee has such all-around great taste. She also has a line of yummy pickles and my favorite red pepper jelly created from special family recipes, called Oakley’s Southern Delights!

Making a trip to the pumpkin patch has been a family tradition for us for a long time, and Tanaka Farms in Irvine is the best one I’ve ever been to. They actually grow tons and tons of pumpkins here, in addition to lots of other fruits and veggies. Look at all these beautiful pumpkins

It’s so cute that they feature all the Hello Kitty characters here and there are lots of beautiful spots for photo ops. 

“Oh, hi there, cutie!” 

I can’t help being inspired by this season with all these wonderful things around me. Thanks for letting me share them with all of you!

ciao! fabiana

first photo credit: Traditional Home

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