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How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving & Christmas

Simple tips on how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas using rich textures, neutral colors, and cozy elements.

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Tis the season for all things holiday. Well…almost! We are coming up on the most magical time of the year but also the busiest, right?! There is so much to do for the holidays from shopping & baking to parties & festivities. It can get overwhelming at times with everything we have on our list of things to do.

But, what if I could help you check one thing off your list by sharing how to style shelves in the kitchen for not one, but two upcoming holidays?!

How to Style Shelves

Last week, during one of our many rainy days lately, I challenged myself to style the shelf in our kitchen with décor that could easily be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wanted to create a look that was neutral, natural, cozy, and collected that could be used for multiple holidays. Surprisingly, I think I may have achieved that by using items we already had in our home!

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Let’s take a look at how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through the new year. Leaving you with more time for your other holiday activities!

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The Basics of How to Style Shelves

There are a few basic tips to remember when styling a shelf for any season or holiday. Use these simple tips as a guide when beginning to pull objects together to place on a shelf.

  • Stick to a color palette.
  • Use a combination of old & new objects.
  • Include natural elements.
  • Use items of varying heights.
  • Add layers to create depth.
Kitchen Shelf Décor

Choose a Color Palette When Styling Shelves

This might be the most important step when deciding to style shelves with décor for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I decided to stick to a neutral color palette utilizing shades of white, cream, green, and tan. Each of these colors together are warm & cozy, and could easily be used for one or both holidays.

Kitchen Shelf Décor

How to Style Shelves Using Old & New Objects

One of the things I love to do when decorating is to shop our home! As I said before, almost all of the objects I used on our kitchen shelf were pieces we already had in our home. The white plates, bowls, and mugs were stored away in our pantry, so I brought those out and stacked them on the shelf to add layers and create depth.

Farmhouse Kitchen
How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The white ceramic houses were a gift from Dave a few Christmas’s ago. I use them in our Christmas décor each year. Not only do they have special meaning to me, but I love the cozy charm & character they add to the décor in our home.

White Ceramic Houses

These ceramic houses are no longer available however, I found this ivory ceramic Christmas village set from Pottery Barn that is beautiful, or this more smaller, more affordable white decorative ceramic village set from Target is cute too.

Stoneware in the Kitchen

The only new object styled on our kitchen shelf, is this deer stoneware pitcher. I found this while researching my favorite Christmas décor finds for 2022 and had to have it! I think it looks so cute hanging here and although it has a reindeer on the pitcher, I felt it did not necessarily scream Christmas.

Farmhouse Kitchen

How to Style Shelves With Natural Elements

No matter the season or holiday, I always love to have fresh natural elements in our home. It adds beauty and coziness!

Pitcher of Eucalyptus

I had to think a little bit about which natural element would work best here for two holidays. The answer…eucalyptus! Fresh eucalyptus is a great year round option as a filler for flower arrangements, but also placed in a vessel all on it’s own.

Natural Elements on a Shelf

On our shelf, I filled a white pitcher with water and added fresh eucalyptus stems with small leaves. These small eucalyptus leaves reminded me of rosemary and pine stems that most of us use in our holiday décor, so I thought it was the perfect natural element to add here.

How to Style Shelves

How to Style Shelves With Height

Add items of varying heights to the shelf. This allows the eye to move from item to item on the shelf, creating visual interest.

The white pitcher filled with eucalyptus was a little stout for the shelf, so I simply placed the pitcher on a stack of dishes. It instantly made the pitcher appear taller, and added the right amount of height to the center of our shelf.

How to Style Shelves

Don’t forget to make sure the items on your shelves look balanced! For instance, don’t place all of your tall items on one side of the shelf. Mix items of varying heights throughout your shelf for a cohesive, balanced look.

How to Style Shelves

Add Layers for Depth on Shelves

Layers add personality and coziness to your shelves!

One of the ways I like to add layers to a kitchen shelf is by stacking plates, bowls, and mugs.

How to Style Shelves

Layers can also be created by placing items in groups of odd numbers. I created a group of three objects on either end of the shelf using the ceramic houses, a faux potted evergreen, candle, and a stack of bowls.

Kitchen Shelf

Adding layers to your shelf will prevent it from looking flat, dull, and boring.

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

Final Thoughts on How To Style Style Shelves for Thanksgiving & Christmas

With a few pieces you most likely have in your home you can style your kitchen shelves for not just Thanksgiving but Christmas too!

  • Use neutral colors such as varying shades of white, cream, green, and tan.
  • Display your holiday china that may be sitting in a pantry or hutch.
  • Decorate your shelf with items that have special meaning to you.
  • Bring in the outdoors with natural elements.
  • Add height and layer items for depth and visual interest.
Kitchen Shelf Décor
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DIY Antique Mirror

DIY Antique Mirror Tutorial

Create your own antique mirror with this simple & easy DIY antique mirror tutorial.

Antique Mirror

Do you love the look of an antique mirror but have never found one that you really love? No worries, you can create your own DIY antique mirror with this easy tutorial!

Antique mirrors are one of the many things I search for when we go thrifting. You know the ones that have the beautifully distressed mirror framed in a gorgeous old, vintage frame? Needless to say, my searches have never yielded me the antique mirror I’ve had pictured in my mind. So, instead of continuing my endless search, I decided to make my own…with the help of hubby of course!

Antique Mirror

To start, I found an old framed piece of art at our local antique store. I fell in love with the frame, but the art not so much. I knew the frame and the glass would fit perfectly in this little wall in our entryway. I purchased the framed art for about $20.

Farmhouse Entryway

For this project, If you have a frame you love, but no glass. You can purchase a piece of glass cut to fit your frame from a local hardware store or glass company for this project as well.

DIY Antique Mirror

After doing a little research I found a simple & easy method to transform glass into an antique mirror.

What You Will Need to Make a DIY Antique Mirror

Items to Turn Glass into a Mirror

Steps to Make a DIY Antique Mirror

1. Prepare the Frame & Glass

We peeled the paper backing from the back of the frame very gently. The frame we purchased was old, so we were careful not to damage the frame. We removed the matting, artwork, and glass.

Vintage Art

At this point, you could paint the frame if you like. Or, you could add a little Rub n’ Buff if you wanted a metallic frame but purchased a brown wooden one like mine. I loved the warm brown tone of our frame, so we opted to leave it as is. We did wash it carefully with just a little soap and water to remove any dirt & debris.

Clean Glass

Then we cleaned the glass we removed from the frame. You could use Windex or vinegar to clean the glass. Just make sure there are no streaks on the glass as this will affect your finished product.

2. Spray on Black Paint

On one side of the glass, paint it with the black spray paint. The black will show through all the semi-transparent spots so make sure you give the glass a nice coat of black paint (not too thick though). Allow the black paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

3. Spray on Vinegar

Once the black spray paint is dry, flip the glass over.

Vinegar on Glass

We purchased a spray bottle (with a fine mist) and sprayed a mist of distilled white vinegar on the glass. I focused the vinegar mist on the outer edges for a realistic antique mirror look. I also added some random, larger droplets throughout. I made sure the vinegar spray looked natural and organic (the mirror should look like it was aged naturally).

DIY Antique Mirror

Dab any droplets that are too large or that you don’t like with a lint free cloth. Or, wipe the entire surface of glass to remove all of the vinegar, and add your spray and droplets again.

4. Spray on Mirror Paint

Spray the mirror paint directly over the vinegar, with several thin coats making sure all of the glass is covered.

This paint has a very strong smell, so make sure to do this in a well ventilated area or wear a mask!

5. Dab the Vinegar

This part of the antique mirror process goes really fast, so it was nice that Dave and I worked on this together.

Mirror Finish

The mirror paint dries very quickly, so give it a couple of seconds to dry, and then using a lint free cloth, lightly dab up the vinegar on areas where you want to distress the mirror paint. This is the tricky part! Dabbing the vinegar immediately on wet paint removed the mirror effect completely and dabbing the paint too late leaves a spotty finish.

You may need to try a few times to get the antique mirror result you like (continue reading for how to remove the mirror finish). It took us 4-5 tries to get the antique mirror result we liked.

Removing Mirror Finish

If you don’t like how the mirror finish turned out, redoing the same piece of glass is easy! Spray the mirror side of glass with a decent amount of Windex. Then scrub the finish off with paper towels, working until all of the mirror finish is removed. Again, we did this 4-5 times and the mirror finish came off the glass easily each time.

DIY Antique Mirror

6. The Final DIY Antique Mirror Step

Once your DIY antique mirror is done and you are happy with the result, it’s time to hang it!

Now, you could hang your mirror from a normal everyday sawtooth hanger but I decided to add a fun, whimsical detail to our mirror by hanging it from ribbon. I love using ribbon in our home décor, it adds another layer of depth and texture that I just can’t get enough of.

DIY Antique Mirror

To hang your mirror from ribbon, add eye hooks to the top left and right sides the mirror. Eye hooks simply screw into the wood frame, so they are very easy to use. Grab your favorite ribbon and thread one piece through the left eye hook and another ribbon through the right eye hook, then tie the ribbon in a knot around the eye hooks.

Meet the other ends of the ribbon in the center of the mirror and tie into a knot (make sure the knot is centered otherwise your mirror will hang crooked). Hang the ribbon from a nail.

Then take another length of ribbon and tie that into a bow around (and covering) the nail. Trim the ribbon tails so that they are at your desired length. How pretty is that?!

Decorative Mirror

Don’t forget, you could change the ribbon seasonally…which is exactly what I will be doing!

Antique Mirror

This DIY antique mirror was super easy, inexpensive, and honestly I wish we had done it sooner. The entire project took us about an hour from start to finish and was easier than we anticipated. The result is a gorgeous DIY antique mirror that looks like it’s been around for ages, and I love having a mirror hanging in our entryway.

Why have we not hung one here before?!

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Oven Dried Oranges

Oven Dried Orange Slices

Oven dried orange slices are beautiful, easy to make, and are a great addition to fall and holiday home décor.

Oven Dried Orange Slices

It’s become an annual fall tradition for me to make oven dried orange slices in preparation for the holidays. I love the look & smell of dried orange slices. They look beautiful in a Christmas garland or hanging on the Christmas tree as an ornament. They are also a great addition to stovetop potpourri for a delicious citrus scent.

The options of what you can do with oven dried orange slices are really endless!

Oven Dried Orange Slices

You may be thinking it’s a little early to be planning Christmas décor when fall hasn’t even officially begun?! You may be right (you guys know I started decorating for fall August 1st, right?). However, properly dried oranges can last for years, so getting a head start on these now, helps me later when the craziness of the holidays begins.

And…I have a couple of new ideas on how to incorporate beautiful oven dried orange slices into fall décor. You can see those ideas, here!

Oven Dried Oranges

How do you dry oranges in the oven?

The great thing about drying or dehydrating oranges is that you do not need to invest in a dehydrator.

Oranges can be dried in the oven by thinly & evenly slicing the oranges, placing slices on a parchment lined baking sheet, and drying in a 200 degree oven for about 4 hours.

Oven Dried Oranges

Steps to Drying Orange Slices in the Oven

1. Heat Oven to 200 Degrees

The most important step is to heat your oven to the proper temperature.

If your oven can go to a lower temperature, you can dry oranges at 170 degrees. You will achieve the same dried citrus results, however drying time will take a little longer.

Oven Dried Oranges

Convection ovens (or convection toaster ovens) are great for drying fruit. The convection oven fan helps to evenly circulate the steam, which is perfect for drying citrus. The moisture is evenly removed making the drying process move along faster.

2. Line Baking Sheet With Parchment Paper

Place orange slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. This will help prevent the orange slices from sticking to the baking sheet.

Orange Slices

3. Thinly & Evenly Slice Oranges

Thinly and evenly sliced oranges are the key to perfectly dried fruit. A mandolin is a great kitchen tool to achieving thin, even slices. A knife will also work, however you will want to make sure that the oranges are sliced evenly.

I sliced a combination of navel and mandarin oranges.

Orange Slices
Slices of Oranges

4. Oven Dry Orange Slices

Once the thinly, evenly sliced orange slices are placed on a parchment lined baking sheet (about 1/2″ apart between slices), add the baking sheet to the oven.

Orange Slices on a Baking Sheet

Bake the orange slices for approximately 4 hours (exact drying time will depend on oven, size of fruit, and thickness of slices). I flip the orange slices and rotate the baking sheet in the oven once every hour. This helps the fruit to dry evenly.

Remove the orange slices from the oven once they are completely dried and all moisture has been removed.

Oven Dried Orange Slices

How can you tell when dried orange slices are done?

Orange slices are done drying when the pulp of the orange appears glassy, similar to a stained glass window. If the orange slices are still tacky, it may need a little more time in the oven. Remember, the larger the slice, the longer it will take to dry in the oven.

Dried Oranges

How to Store Dried Orange Slices

Properly dried orange slices (all moisture removed from slices) can last for years.

Dried orange slices can be stored in a baggie or air-tight container in a dark, cool, humidity free location in your home. This allows the orange slices to last longer, and the slices will keep their beautiful, vibrant color.

Oven Dried Orange Slices

What kinds of citrus can be dried in the oven?

Any citrus can be dried in the oven. Drying times will vary based on the size & moisture content of the fruit.

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit
  • Cara Cara Oranges
  • Navel Oranges
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Blood Oranges
Oven Dried Orange Slices

What to do With Dried Orange Slices

There are so many ways to utilize dried orange slices. They can be used as a garnish on food or drinks, eaten as a snack, or placed in a bowl for décor. Here are a few of my favorites…

1. Christmas Garland

Citrus & pine are a beautiful combination for the holidays. I loved the coziness this garland added to our kitchen window last Christmas.

Christmas Garland

2. Stovetop Potpourri

Last year I created homemade Christmas gifts for friends & family by combining dried fruit, evergreens, and seasonal spices in a mason jar for dried stovetop potpourri. This gift was a great way to share the coziness of our home with others!

Homemade Christmas Gift

3. Gift Tags

Dried orange slices are a beautiful, organic, and unexpected touch as a gift tag when added to Christmas gifts.

Christmas Tree

Check out this blog post for a new take on orange slices & candles!

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How to Style a Dresser in the Living Room for Fall

Let me show you how to style a dresser in the living room for fall. I think you’ll find it’s easier than you think!

How to Style a Dresser in the Living Room

I think I may have won the lottery when I recently spotted this antique dresser for sale on Facebook Marketplace! I’d been on the hunt for an antique dresser like this for years, and to finally have found what I was looking for was like…the skies parting and angels singing Halleluiah.

That’s a bit dramatic but, you know what I mean! To finally find something you’ve been searching for, for so long, is exciting!

Antique Wooden Dresser

I’ve dreamed of adding an antique piece of furniture with loads of character to this exact spot. Do you remember the glass cabinet that was here previously? If not, check it out here. Although we loved the glass cabinet, it always felt a little cold and lacked the character I wanted in our living room. By removing the glass cabinet and adding the wooden dresser, I think we have added the warmth and coziness I was craving to this space.

How to Style a Dresser in the Living Room

Can you put a dresser in the living room?

I know what you must be thinking, “Can you really put a dresser in the living room?”

Dressers are typically found in the bedroom, however they absolutely can be used in any room in your house including the living room. Dresser drawers are great for storing frequently used items like board games, blankets, books, toys, electronics, etc.

Wooden Dresser

How to Style a Dresser in the Living Room

Once the antique wooden dresser was in place, my mind began to swirl with ideas on how to style a dresser in the living room for fall. Lately, I’ve been decorating our home with intention and trying (trying is the key word!) to keep the décor in our home simple, beautiful, and meaningful. I approached styling this dresser the same way.

Curious about what I mean by decorating with intention? You can read more about it in this blog post.

If you have a dresser or are thinking of adding a dresser to your living room, here area few tips to style a dresser for fall. All you need are a few pieces to create a beautiful, intentional, and meaningful space!

Living Room Décor

Hang a Mirror or Artwork on the Wall

I was lucky enough to have the mirror we hung on the wall behind the dresser in storage. I bought it years ago to place on our fireplace mantle, but unfortunately it was too tall. So, off to storage it went. Fast forward to now and I am so glad I never returned or sold this mirror! It fits perfectly in the space between the dresser and the ceiling.

Dresser in the Living Room

The wood tone of the mirror frame matches perfectly with the warm tones of the dresser. And, I love how the scallop detail at the top of the mirror mimics the scallop detail at the bottom of the dresser. It’s like they were made to be together!

This mirror is still sold at Target, you can shop it here. We actually have the smaller sister mirror in our upstairs bathroom. Can you tell how much I love the style of this mirror?!

A large piece of artwork would also look great above a dresser in the living room. Or a gallery wall would look really nice too!

Vintage Dictionary & Candles

Place an Anchor Piece on the Top of the Dresser

I talk about anchor pieces quite often when sharing how I style a shelf, table, or counter. Styling the top of a dresser is no different. By adding a larger item (the anchor) you can add smaller décor around that to create a cohesive group. The anchor piece holds everything together and helps to create balance.

For the anchor piece on the top of the dresser I added an old, vintage dictionary. Old books add warmth and character to fall décor, and are fun to read curled up on the couch on a cool autumn day. I placed the dictionary with the weathered pages facing out for extra texture & character on top of the dresser.

Dresser Top Styling

How to Style a Dresser With a Group of Candles

On top of the vintage dictionary, I added a group of three candles. I loved the simplicity of this grouping and the ambiance of the light reflecting off the mirror.

Group of Candles

The gold candlestick holders are simple and beautiful and were the perfect height for stacking on top of the dictionary. I added basic ivory taper candles to the candlestick holders to add a lighter color among all of the brown and tan hues.

Vintage Dresser

How to Style a Dresser With Garland

I always love to have an element of the outdoors in any space I style. This faux bay leaf garland added that element here.

The faux garland on the dresser is actually a happy accident! When this garland came in the mail, I tossed it on top of the dresser to get it out of my way. As I continued to walk by the dresser with the garland haphazardly placed on top…I thought, I actually like how this looks!

Vintage Wooden Dresser

This faux bay leaf garland was very easy to work with and manipulate with it’s wire base and flexible leaves. I just kept bending and fluffing the garland on the dresser until I was able to achieve the look I wanted. Faux florals & greenery should always appear real. So, I styled the garland to look organic and natural. Free-flowing up and over the dresser.

Here are a couple other garlands I am loving for fall:

Wooden Dresser

How to Style a Dresser With Ribbon

And finally the cherry on top…a satin ribbon tied in a bow!

I think I would tie a bow on anything and everything if I could. It adds the cutest, whimsical detail! Thick, brown, satin ribbon is my current favorite for fall. It adds the perfect pop of brown, and I think it could also work in Christmas décor as well (hmmm…you may be seeing this ribbon for quite a few months in our house!).

Brown Satin Ribbon

To create the prettiest, coziest bow, tie large loops in your ribbon that are floppy and leave long ribbon tails. You don’t want a bow that looks too structured & harsh. Instead, you want a bow that is flowing and blends in with the décor it’s accenting.

Finish styling your bow by folding the end of the ribbon in half (lengthwise) and cutting an upside down “V”. This creates a beautiful, finished edge to the end of the ribbon tail.

Ribbon Tied on Dresser

What looks good on a dresser in the living room?

There are so many ways to decorate the top of a dresser in the living room. Here are a few other ideas for accent pieces that would look great styled on a dresser.

  • Framed Photos
  • Decorative boxes
  • Vase With Fresh or Faux Stems
  • Potted Plants
  • Stack of Books
  • Basket or Tray With Collected Items
  • Cloche
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Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Mini apple pies with puff pastry are a delicious handheld after school treat.

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

It’s officially back to school for us this week. It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer went by and even harder to believe our youngest is now a sophomore in high school! Having a high school age son who is growing like a weed, means our house must always be stocked with snacks or goodies for him to quickly grab and munch on when he gets home from school.

Anyone else have teenagers with bottomless pits for stomachs?!

Back to School Treat

As a busy working mom, I am always looking for quick, easy, and delicious ways to feed William after school or any time of the day.

These mini apple pies with puff pastry are the cutest, handheld after school treat especially during the fall season because of their adorable apple shape. What fruit reminds us of fall more than apples and which dessert screams fall more than pie!

Mini Apple Pies

Not only are these mini apple pies with puff pastry adorable (who doesn’t love food in miniature size?!), they are super simple to make with help from the grocery store. Sure, I would love to make everything from scratch but my days are busy, so I welcome the help wherever I can get it!

Back to School Snack

Apple Pie Filling

To keep this recipe quick and easy, I opted to use a can of apple pie filling. You could certainly make your own apple pie filling from scratch, but in a pinch a can of filling will taste just as delicious!

Feel free to add ingredients to your store bought filling to make it your own. Here are a few ingredients that would be a delicious addition to these mini apple pies:

  • Craisins
  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Pecans
Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

The Crust for Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Instead of using a traditional pie crust for our mini apple pies, I decided to use puff pastry. Puff pastry dough is light, airy, and buttery. When baked it’s crunchy on the outside and soft & doughy on the inside. It’s delicious!

I like to use Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets found in the frozen section of the grocery. One box includes 2 square sheets of puff pastry dough. Defrost your puff pastry sheets on the counter for about 1 hour before assembling your pies.

Tip: Keep your puff pastry cold, it’s much easier to work with.

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Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry Ingredients & Supplies

  • Apple pie filling
  • Puff pastry
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Water
  • Apple cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Rolling pin
  • Brush (for egg wash)
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Knife
Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

How to Make Mini Apple Pies with Puff Pastry

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Make an egg wash by cracking an egg into a bowl with about a tablespoon of water and whisk. Set aside. Fill another small bowl with cold water, set that aside too.

Puff Pastry Dough

Flour a clean work surface and place one sheet of puff pastry unfolded on top of the flour. Take a floured rolling pin and roll out puff pastry dough to about 1/8″ thickness.

Cut out dough with an apple cookie cutter. Remove excess dough from around the apple shapes and set aside. One sheet of puff pastry should yield 8 apple cut outs (the amount of cut outs will depend on size of cookie cutter).

Apple Pie Filling

Place about a tablespoon of apple pie filling (amount of filling will depend on the size of cut out) into the center of 4 apple cut outs.

Apple Pie Filling

Take the small bowl of water and dip finger into the water and trace that along the edge of the apple pie filled cut outs so edge of cut out is moist. Place one of the apple cut outs on top, lining the edges and pressing with finger to lightly seal the edges.

Sealing Mini Apple Pies

Take a fork and press down around the edges of mini pie to seal.

Mini Apple Pies

With a sharp knife, cut three slits into the center of the pie. This allows air to escape and will prevent the filling from oozing from the edges of the pies.

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Place pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Mini Pies

Once all pies are assembled, brush the top of each pie with egg wash.

Bake pies in the oven for about 15 minutes or until pie crust is brown & flaky and filling is warm & bubbly.

Mini Apple Pies

Allow pies to cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

Apple Pie Filling

How long will mini apple pies with puff pastry last?

Mini apple pies are best when served immediately after baking. If you happen to have leftovers, store the mini apple pies in an airtight container or on a dish covered tightly with plastic wrap.

The pies can be stored on the counter for a day or two, or they can also be refrigerated. We like to warm our leftover pies in the microwave for a few seconds to soften the puff pastry and warm the filling.

Fall Back to School Treat

Other Mini Pie Ideas

These mini apple pies with puff pastry are so fun to make and could easily be changed by simply swapping out the filling. How delicious do these filling ideas sound!

  • Blueberry pie filling
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Raspberry jelly
  • Peach preserves
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Milk chocolate

A savory filling idea…chicken pot pie!!!

Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Back to School Meal Ideas

If you’re looking for easy weeknight back to school dinner ideas, I’ve got you covered there too!

A few weeks ago I shared one of my families favorite comfort foods, meatless baked ziti. This Asian pasta salad can be made a day ahead of time and is delicious served for lunch or dinner. And, this butternut squash soup is so warm and comforting for fall.

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Mini Apple Pies With Puff Pastry

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

Mini Pies
Preparation Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

15

minutes
Calories

235

kcal
Total Time

30

minutes

Apples nestled in puff pastry and then baked to perfection. These mini apple pies with puff pastry are a delicious handheld after school treat.

Ingredients

  • 21 oz. can Apple Pie Filling

  • 17.3 oz. Puff Pastry Sheets

  • Flour

  • 1 Egg

  • 2 tbsp. Water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Make an egg wash by cracking an egg into a bowl with about a tablespoon of water and whisk. Set aside. Fill another small bowl with cold water, set that aside too.
  • Lightly flour a clean work surface and place one sheet of puff pastry unfolded on top of the flour. Take a floured rolling pin and roll out puff pastry dough to about 1/8″ thickness.
  • Cut out dough with an apple cookie cutter. Remove excess dough from around the apple shapes and set aside. One sheet of puff pastry should yield 8 apple cut outs (the amount of cut outs will depend on size of cookie cutter).
  • Place about a tablespoon of apple pie filling (amount of filling will depend on the size of cut out) into the center of 4 apple cut outs.
  • Take the small bowl of water and dip finger into the water and trace that along the edge of the apple pie filled cut outs so edge of cut out is moist. Place one of the apple cut outs on top, lining the edges and pressing with finger to lightly seal the edges.
  • Take a fork and press down around the edges of mini pie to seal.
  • With a sharp knife, cut three slits into the center of the pie. This allows air to escape and will prevent the filling from oozing from the edges of the pies.
  • Place pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Once all pies are assembled, brush the top of each pie with egg wash.
  • Bake pies in the oven for about 15 minutes or until pie crust is brown & flaky and filling inside is warm & bubbly.
  • Allow pies to cool for several minutes and then enjoy!

Notes

  • Keep your puff pastry cold, it’s much easier to work with.
  • Mix craisins, walnuts, raisins, or pecans into the apple pie filling for texture and crunch.
  • Cut slits into the top of the pies before baking. This will allow warm air to escape preventing filling from oozing from the sides of the pies.
  • Store leftover pies in an airtight container for 1-2 days.

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Countertop Décor for Fall

Countertop Décor for a Cozy Fall Kitchen

Countertop décor in the kitchen should be intentional, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.

One of the largest pieces of real estate in your home is your kitchen countertops. Countertops and what might be on them are the first thing someone sees when walking into a kitchen. Kitchen countertops serve so many purposes that they can easily become cluttered and unorganized. Let’s organize & style our counters and take a look at a few tips for adding the perfect countertop décor for a cozy fall kitchen!

Kitchen Counter Décor

Labor day is this coming weekend marking the unofficial start of fall. Can you believe that?! To get you in the spirit of fall, I am joining a few blogger friends to bring you inspiration for the upcoming season (keep reading to the end of this post!).

Fall Blog Hop Inspiration

If you are coming here from Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, welcome! I love how Marty easily transitioned her beautiful guest bedroom from summer to fall. Marty included so many great ideas in her blog post! I’d also like to thank Pasha from Pasha is Home for including me in this fall inspired blog hop!

View of the Kitchen

If this is your first time stopping by Eleanor Rose Home, hello! I’m so glad to have you! You can learn more about me (Hi, I’m Heidi!) and Eleanor Rose Home, here. And…don’t forget to download your copy of my eBook, “How to Style Shelves Like a Pro“!

For even more inspiration, continue to the end of the post for links to additional fall inspired blog posts from my talented blogger friends.

Fall Countertop Décor

Countertop Décor for a Cozy Fall Kitchen

You guys know I love fall décor and adding that to our kitchen countertops is an absolute must! I’ve had so much fun styling our countertops lately since we installed quartz counters with a bead board backsplash.

If you’re new here, check out our old counters and backsplash. Big difference, right?! Our kitchen is so much lighter and brighter now!

Farmhouse Kitchen

When organizing, styling, and choosing what stays on our kitchen counters, I like to ask myself these questions. This helps me decide what can stay on the counters and what has to go.

  • Is this something that we use daily?
  • Does this have a home somewhere else?
  • Will keeping this item on the counter affect the functionality of our kitchen?
Fall Kitchen Décor

Once you know what can to stay on your kitchen counters, you can begin the fun part. Styling your countertops and adding seasonal countertop décor!

There are three things to keep in mind when styling kitchen countertop décor; intentionality, functionality, and aesthetics.

Fall Kitchen Décor

What is decorating with intention?

You are probably asking yourself, what does she mean decorating with intention? Decorating with intention is simply decorating with purpose. Choosing pieces that bring out the purpose of the room to create a cozy, authentic space that reflects your personality and home.

That’s it!

It’s something I have started being more mindful of when decorating our home and when making home décor purchases.

Farmhouse Cottage Kitchen
Kitchen Counter Styling

Tips for Styling Kitchen Countertops

For this blog post, I want to share with you the countertops in this corner of our kitchen and the tips I use to add countertop décor to our counters for fall or any season. These tips are universal and can be applied to any kitchen countertop including the kitchen island.

Kitchen Counter Décor

Start With a Base for Countertop Décor

When filling empty counter space (like this corner of our kitchen) or creating a vignette on your countertop, start by choosing a base or anchor piece. This could be a cutting board, bread board, basket, or even a large platter. The base you chose should be an item that you would use in the kitchen. Remember, we are decorating with intention!

Fall Kitchen Décor

By adding countertop décor to a base, your décor will look collected & cohesive instead of messy & cluttered.

On our kitchen counter, I chose a marble & wood cutting board as the base of the vignette. I then added items to create a group on top of the cutting board. I love how the texture of the wood, marble, and silver create visual appeal and depth to this corner of our kitchen.

Cozy Kitchen Corner

Bring in a Little Nature

Mother nature makes everything feel just a little cozier! I always love to have a bouquet of flowers or cut stems from the yard in our kitchen to create a warm, welcoming space.

Faux Olive Stems

Faux or dried stems are another great option to add a little nature to countertop décor because they last so much longer (especially in a kitchen corner)! For fall, I love to fill vessels with faux olive branches. The muted green leaves with the brown olive berries are the perfect transitional stems from summer to fall.

Fall Kitchen Décor

I love how these olive stems are flowing out of the vintage silver trophy. It looks organic and adds a little brightness to an otherwise dark kitchen corner.

You could also add a bowl of seasonal fruit or pumpkins here for a little touch of nature too!

Kitchen Countertops

Add Seasonal Pieces

Seasonal countertop décor can be fun and also functional.

Countertop Décor for Fall

I love ironstone all year long but for fall, I love to include antique brown transferware ironstone pieces into my décor. Here, I placed an old ironstone soup tureen. The dish adds vintage coziness and a little pop of brown to the countertop décor. With the lid off the soup tureen could be filled with apples, pumpkins, artichokes, the options are endless!

Vintage Ironestone
Fall Countertop Décor

For another seasonal touch to our kitchen countertop décor, I added my favorite fall sign from Joyfully Said. It fits perfectly under our kitchen cabinets. I simply leaned the sign against the wall behind the cutting board. This square Plaid About You sign would look beautiful as countertop décor, this We Love You Fall sign is adorable, and how gorgeous is this Fall Floral sign.

Kitchen Countertops

Love those fall wooden signs as much as I do from Joyfully Said? Use code eleanorrosehome at checkout for 15% off your sign purchase!

Cozy Kitchen

The last seasonal piece I added here was a cream colored ceramic pumpkin. This is one of my most favorite fall pieces I have ever purchased! Target no longer carries this exact ceramic pumpkin however, they do have this large cream ceramic gourd or this rust ceramic pumpkin both of which would look really pretty styled on a kitchen counter as well!

Ceramic Pumpkin

Instead of ceramic pumpkins you could also add a faux pumpkin (see some of my favs here) or a real pumpkin once those are in season.

Fall Décor in the Kitchen

Group Objects Together

For visually appealing countertop décor, group objects together. This tip can actually be applied to any area you are styling whether it’s countertop décor, a shelf, mantle, or even a tablescape. Our eyes are drawn to groups of odd numbered objects. I like to group things in groups of 3’s or 5’s but any odd number of objects will work.

Seasonal Décor

On the cutting board base, I added three objects (salt shaker, pepper shaker, & ironstone pot) and grouped them together. The salt & pepper shakers are used everyday in our kitchen so by adding them here we are decorating with intention.

I added the old English ironstone pot to this group because I loved the contrast of the ironstone with the wooden shakers.

Cozy Kitchen Décor

Keep Countertop Décor Minimal & Functional

Remember to keep your countertop décor minimal and functional! Your kitchen countertops are valuable real estate and the décor you add to your counters should not interfere with the functionality of your kitchen.

Corner of the Kitchen

Be intentional with what you leave on your kitchen counters. Keep items you use all the time on your countertops and remove what you don’t.

Removing clutter from your counters and adding intentional, seasonal, beautiful countertop décor will make your kitchen feel organized and cozy.

Fall Kitchen Décor

More Fall Inspiration

Now that you’ve added cozy fall countertop décor to your kitchen, head on over to Truemans Treasures for 10 fall decor ideas for your entryway. Kylie’s home is beautiful and I know you will love her ideas for styling your entryway for fall.

Countertop Décor for the Kitchen

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Early Fall Inspiration from 17 Talented Bloggers

Fall Décor Ideas // My Sweet Savannah

Beautiful Early Fall Décor Ideas with Queen Anne’s Lace // Open Doors Open Hearts

15 DIY Pumpkins Ideas for Fall // Tater Tots and Jello

7 Simple Ways To Transition From Summer To Fall Décor // Midwest Life and Style

Four Fun Ideas for How to Decorate for Fall // Pasha is Home

5 Cozy Farmhouse Console Table Décor Ideas for Fall // She Gave It A Go

Early Autumn Decorating Ideas for Your Porch // Simply 2 Moms

15 Ideas for Fall Decorating Outdoors // The Ponds Farmhouse

How to Make an Easy Fall Lantern // Cottage in the Mitten

17 Fall Décor Accessories for Your Home // Robyn’s French Nest

Early Fall Décor Ideas Before Pumpkins // White Arrows Home

7 Easy Ways to Transition your Home to Fall // A Life Unfolding

Easily Transition Summer To Fall – Guest Bedroom // A Stroll Thru Life

Countertop Décor for a Cozy Fall Kitchen // Eleanor Rose Home

10 Fall Décor Ideas for your Entryway // Trueman’s Treasures

How to Create a Beautiful Lakeside Fall Table Setting // Peacock Ridge Farm

6 Easy Ways To Transition Your Porch From Summer To Fall // White Lilac Farmhouse

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Fall Scents in the Kitchen

Crock Pot Potpourri With Fall Scents

Crock pot potpourri is a simple way to add the warm, inviting scents of fall to your home.

Crock Pot Potpourri for Fall

Fill your home with the delicious scents of fall with potpourri made right in the crock pot. Fall potpourri with fresh fruit and warm spices is an inexpensive way to make your home feel cozy on even the coolest of autumn days.

Aromas of Fall

As I’ve been bringing out totes of fall décor, and styling our home for the upcoming season, I’ve had our crockpot simmering away with fall potpourri to infuse our home with the scents of fall while I decorate.

The smell of fall is one of my favorites. I love this potpourri because it brings that warm, cozy fall feeling to our home with fruity apples, oranges, and cranberries mixed with warm cinnamon & spicy cloves.

Fall Potpourri

Creating your own seasonal potpourri in the crock pot (or on the stovetop) is a great way to permeate your home with aromas you love and make you feel cozy. It’s a fantastic, less expensive alternative to candles with scents that are natural, organic, and not overpowering to the nose.

This crock pot potpourri is warm and comforting. Exactly how fall should feel!

Ingredients for Fall Crock Pot Potpourri
Apples & Cranberries

Ingredients for Fall Crock Pot Potpourri

How to Make Crock Pot Potpurri

How to Make Crock Pot Potpourri

Cut apple into slices and orange into wedges.

Fill crock pot or slow cooker about 3/4 of the way full with water.

Pour vanilla extract into water. Add apple slices and orange wedges. Then place cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries on top.

Potpourri in Crock Pot

Turn the temperature to high leaving the lid off.

Check crock pot every hour or so to adjust the water level.

When done with potpourri for the day, place lid on pot and leave on counter. Potpourri will last about 3-4 days before it’s time to refresh with new ingredients.

Crock Pot Potpourri

Fall Crock Pot Potpourri Variations

Create your own fall crock pot potpourri by adding or substituting some or all of the ingredients. Other natural ingredients that will add the aroma of fall to your home:

  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Star anise
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • Nutmeg
  • Almond extract
  • Pears
  • Juniper berries
  • Apple cider
Fall Potpourri
Apples, Cinnamon, Cloves, & Cranberries

Shop Small Crock Pots

I love having both a large crock pot as well as a small crock pot in our kitchen. I use each crock pot many times throughout the year depending on what I am slow cooking. If you don’t have a small crock pot, here are a few favorites that you can shop online.

Crock Pot Fall Potpourri