I can hardly believe that fall leaves, pumpkin patch and apple picking season is upon us. Here in the South, it’s still pretty hot and muggy so it will be another few weeks before you see any pumpkins at my place. However, to ease ourselves into the swing of autumn, I did go ahead and set up a Sunday morning brunch on the porch of baked cinnamon donuts and a reprise of our favorite apple cider bar from Thanksgiving 2014.
There’s no place I’d rather be this time of year than on our porch. The mornings are especially lovely and even crisp, before the heat of the afternoon sets in.
Last year I invested in a huge thermos for things like our apple cider and hot chocolate bars. We used it A LOT, carting it to tailgates when it was chilly out and for serving hot chocolate at both of the littles’ school holiday parties. It wasn’t cheap, but it’s very nice and keeps beverages hot for hours.
Toppings for our apple cider bar include thinly sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, caramel sauce and whipped cream. I love to remove less that lovely labels from things like sauces when serving. Another trick is to wrap your bottles in scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or kraft cardstock. A bottle of Apple Jack is great to have on hand for when company comes!
One of our all time favorite breakfasts consists of Baked Cinnamon Donuts with coffee, apple cider or hot chocolate. You can find the recipe and my tips and tricks here.
As we move from fall into Halloween, I will update our little porch sideboard with spooky accents (HERE), and as Halloween turns to Thanksgiving I swap out the apples for pumpkins (HERE). And we end the year with a hot chocolate bar (HERE).
I’d love to invite you to hop on over to all of the other inspiring ladies participating in the Autumn Gatherings Fall Blog Hop!
9/9: Dixie Delights & Slightly Coastal
9/10: That Southern Chick & The Pink Clutch
9/11: Heathered Nest & Southern State of Mind
9/12: Laura’s Little House Tips & C’mon Get Crafty
9/13: Countryside Heirlooms & Love My DIY Home
9/14: Dandelion Patina & Love of Home
Happy fall, y’all!
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED