pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins

lately, i’ve been talking a lot about the “changes”. as many of you know, there have been a lot of changes over here on the blog. this summer jr. style joined us as our new cameraman and videographer.  he’s helped me revamp our YouTube channel. we’ve introduced several new series, including fashion flash, style secrets, and fashion squared. my daughter in law, kelly, has also joined the blog and helped redesign our aesthetic across all of our channels. but as you know, although change is good, it can be exhausting. thank goodness it’s Fridays with Oscar! so let’s all kick back, relax, and jump into fall with pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. hop into a comfy fall outfit and enjoy a  pumpkin spice cocktail and savory pasta with Oscar and me.

fall fashion:  outfit of the day

the weather in Athens is finally turning. after a record heatwave, we’re headed into a cool(er) weekend. since it’s Friday—and since the name of the game is to relax—i’ve chosen a comfy halogen sweater purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July. similar sweaters are available here, here, and here. fall fashion and style is just as much about comfort as it is chic elegance. 

to offset the length of the sweater just a smidge—and to keep my lines clean—i’ve chosen a pair of high-rise toothpick jeans from J. Crew.  you can see the same denim styled differently here and here.  

animal prints are in this year in a big way. anyone who follows this blog knows how much i love them. and i’ve given the outfit a little oompf by pairing it with a pair of laney wedges from Talbots (see how i’ve worn prints this year here and here.) wedges are a great alternative to heels as they give height but also have extra support for your tootsies.

denim | similar sweater | similar sweater |similar sweater | shoes

tablescape: pumpkin patch

last week, i refreshed my porch for fall. if you missed it, you can catch it here.  today, i’m moving inside. i put together a tablescape for fall inspired by a pumpkin patch.  i hope that it will get your creative juices going in preparation for Halloween and Thanksgiving. 

notice that i’ve mixed glass and steel pumpkins with fresh ones i picked up from Trader Joe’s.  much like floral design, mixing synthetic with organic creates visual interest.

how fun are these pumpkins?  you can pick up a similar mercury pumpkin here and here and a similar glass one here and here

and these place settings just the cutest? fall cannot be complete if your home and wardrobe are not replete with plaid. you can find the placemats and napkins at Pier 1.

similar pumpkin | similar pumpkin | similar pumpkin | similar pumpkin | placemats | napkins | bee glasses | silverware | plates

entree: pumpkin alfredo with butternut squash ravioli 

kelly chose our entree this week.  it’s a pumpkin alfredo with butternut squash ravioli.  i picked up the pasta from Trader Joe’s.  (stay tuned for my upcoming post on how much i love, love, love TJs.) but the alfredo sauce is totally homemade.  and it is d-e-l-i-s-h.  

i can tell you with certainty that of all the recipes we’ve rolled out over the past few months, this one was the biggest hit with my kiddos.  my oldest could not get enough.  he ate more than his share, and is asking for more next week! 

Pumpkin Alfredo with Butternut Squash Ravioli
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (9-oz.) packages refrigerated butternut squash ravioli
  2. 2 tablespoons Spectrum® brand Organic Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil (+ extra for drizzle)
  3. 6-8 fresh sage leaves
  4. 2 tablespoons butter
  5. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  6. 2 tablespoons flour
  7. 1 cup half and half
  8. 2 cups chicken broth
  9. 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  10. 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  11. 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  12. 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  13. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  14. 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  15. salt and pepper to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon of each and taste to see if you need more)
  16. 1/4 cup each; crumbled goat cheese, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts and pecans for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, reduce to medium heat and add sage leaves. Fry just until oil stops bubbling around leaves, 10 to 15 seconds (try not to let them brown), then remove carefully with tongs and set aside to drain paper towels.
  2. Add butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Then add garlic and saute it start to turn yellowish. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking frequently, for 3–5 minutes, or until bubbly and fragrant.
  3. Next, add half and half and 1 cup of chicken broth. Whisk until combined and add pumpkin, Parmesan, minced parsley, minced sage, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Use the remaining cup of chicken broth to thin sauce as needed (I ended up using all of the remaining cup, by adding a little at a time).
  4. While sauce is simmering cook ravioli according to package directions.
  5. Drain ravioli and gently stir into sauce.
  6. Plate and top each serving with a drizzle of olive oil, crumbled goat cheese, dried cranberries, and nuts. Enjoy!
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white dinner platesbee water glasses | similar kate spade casserole dish

cocktail: the white pumpkin 

in case you missed it, last week i made an apple cider mojito. in the spirit of fall—and pumpkins—this week i’ve got something totally new and totally fun: a white pumpkin cocktail.  this is a rum based drink with almond milk as a mixer. (but you can imagine substituting the almond milk for regular milk and/or cream.)

The White Pumpkin Cocktail
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  1. 1½ ounces white rum
  2. 3 ounces unsweetened vanilla/almond milk
  3. 1 tsp. honey
  4. Pumpkin spice - a teeny, tiny dash
Instructions
  1. Pour 1½ oz. white rum and 3 oz. vanilla/almond milk into a shaker with ice and add 1 tsp. of honey. Shake vigorously and pour into a frosted coup glass. Sprinkle with a teeny bit of pumpkin spice. Garnish with a lovely, delicate, wispy flower sprig.
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coupe glass| cocktail shaker

 this cocktail looks almost as good as it tastes.  it’s 5PM somewhere, isn’t it?    

 

all right, gang!  that’s a wrap for this week.  it is my hope that with all the changes you may or may not be going through this fall, that you too are finding some time to relax.  carving out time for ourselves is important.  what does that look like for you?  do you throw on a movie or pull out an old book?  do you go for a hike in the park near you, or do you prefer a friday afternoon cocktail?  let me know in the comments below. 

oscar, jr. style, kelly and i wish each of you a lovely weekend! cheers to friday.

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31 Comments

  1. Joyce wrote:

    Love your photos of “Oscar” and always enjoy your posts. Staying busy is therapeutic ❤️❤️

    Posted 10.4.19
  2. AMY CRABTREE wrote:

    Beth,

    You look great in this outfit… I too have a shepherd who is always with me!

    Thank you for your posts and hoping you are doing better each day…

    Amy

    Posted 10.4.19
  3. Cathy wrote:

    Do I see Chair Whimsy chairs at your table?? I love the chairs she creates! Please take a shot of those chairs so all of us can see them! Love your blog and the improvements! So good to hear that your family is involved in your blog!

    Posted 10.4.19
  4. Linda wrote:

    Hello! Your blog is one of my favorites! Your picture with Oscar is so precious. I would frame that one and put it on the family gallery wall😊. I love your hair and I’m trying to be brave and get mine cut very similar. Have you always worn a short hairstyle?

    Posted 10.4.19
  5. Rita wrote:

    Love some of the changes, but using gray for the text makes it difficult to read. Sorry for the complaint, but would love to still be able to see what you say without straining!

    Posted 10.4.19
    • Sharon Mulliken wrote:

      I agree about 5he gray print. I have been struggling with reading the blog texts lately and thought it was my eyes. Now I realize the real reason. Thank you for mentioning. I wonder if anyone else is having the same struggle?

      Posted 10.4.19
      • Wanda wrote:

        Yes! The lighter text is difficult to read for my 70 year old eyes.

        Posted 10.4.19
  6. Lindsey wrote:

    Reading is what I choose probably 80% of the time when I want to relax. Otherwise, going for a walk (if I’m at our mountain cabin), watching a movie, or going out for a glass of wine.

    So ready for autumn and loving the fall style these past few weeks.

    Posted 10.4.19
  7. Katherine Estes wrote:

    Love it! It’s finally blustery cold up here in New England and it’s Peak Foliage Week! Can you tell me about your beautiful dining room chairs?

    Posted 10.4.19
  8. Trisha Lee Eldredge wrote:

    Where’s your sweet Ollie? I’ve missed seeing her on Fridays along side Oscar. The way he eyes her is priceless!
    Your “new” take on the blog is refreshing. I enjoyed the old format, too.
    Beth, you are a wonder to your followers. You have met your success and adversity with such grace. We should all emulate your example.

    Posted 10.4.19
  9. gai wrote:

    Love that sweater–I would get one in every color available!
    Oscar is such a handsome boy!! Hope he gets extra treats for being so charming on camera!

    Posted 10.4.19
  10. Jo-Ann Mazliach wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    It’s a chilly fall day in my area of Illinois.
    Love your OOTD ~ the sweater is awesome!
    Looking forward to to trying the two recipes.
    Making the white pumpkin cocktail tonight 🍸
    Have a great weekend.
    Jo-Ann

    Posted 10.4.19
  11. Jeannine wrote:

    Hello Beth,
    I LOVE the new layout of the blog. Elegant and simple. Well done! 💐 That recipe I’m anxious to try…it’s all pumpkin here at the Warner household for the next month or so. Those photos are fabulous as well. I agree about framing the one of you and Oscar. Seeing Oscar makes me happy…I miss my German Shepherd boys, Brady and Natan, so very much. Thank you for the inspirational kick-off to my weekend. 🎃

    Posted 10.4.19
  12. Shannon Johnson wrote:

    Hi Beth, the changes you are making to all the platforms are really good & I am excited to see where you take us in 2020. Will be holding you and your family especially close in prayer and thought all through the upcoming holidays. Hugs from St. Simons Island GA☺️

    Posted 10.4.19
  13. Janet wrote:

    Love this outfil!! You look fabulous! And I am going to try your recipes – so ready for fall. Cooler weather makes me want to get out & enjoy the splendor of fall.

    Posted 10.4.19
  14. Pam wrote:

    Hi Beth – it’s still close to 100 degrees here in Phoenix – so, you give me hope that fall truly is coming. Love your outfit and decorations. Thank you for all you do. Inspiring as always.

    Posted 10.4.19
  15. Becky Watts wrote:

    OH Beth, the two pictures of you and Oscar are FABULOUS! You both have the same expression!!! I LOVE IT!!! I so enjoy your videos and blogs. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Posted 10.4.19
  16. Wanda wrote:

    95 degrees here in South Texas, bit we’re headed to Vermont next week to enjoy the fall foliage. Agree with other comments about the lighter print. A bit of a strain for my 70 year old eyes.

    Posted 10.4.19
  17. Christine wrote:

    Hello again …
    Your message today is all about 🍂 the
    seasonal magic of Autumn ! You have me
    wanting to try the recipes , decorate and dress for fall weather .
    The temperature in Maryland is beginning to
    cooperate … finally !
    Weekend plans include meeting friends tonight, going to see “Judy” , attending a wedding , reading , and hopefully , I will get to TJ’s soon to find the butternut squash !
    Thank you for the uplifting post !
    Warm Regards !

    Posted 10.4.19
  18. Cindy wrote:

    I love decorating for the seasons, particularly fall and Christmas, and Pier 1 is a favorite! The sweater and shoes are on my list!

    Question: I have never had it at a brunch, but do you think the pasta would be appropriate? I am having friends in next Sunday, and it looks delectable! Since I too am a widow, I would only make something like that when entertaining. Plus, it wouldn’t quite fit the healthy-living menus I try to adhere to.

    Posted 10.4.19
  19. Susan wrote:

    Beth I love everything today! Would love to see some Fasterwaytofatloss recipes.
    I joined on your recommendation, and love it! I have had no dairy or gluten for almost three weeks and am doing the IF!
    Just finished my 24hr. fast yesterday!
    Have a wonderful fall weekend!

    Posted 10.4.19
  20. Terry wrote:

    Beth,
    I am enjoying all the changes that are taking place on the blog. We were at 95 here in the foothills of
    NC today. Tomorrow’s high is only 70! Hopeful that fall is finally on its way. Always look forward to reading your blog, but probably more so now that I just had a complete hip replacement on Monday, and have another three weeks of rehab here at home. I’ll try not to bother you too much!
    I loved the yellow tunic that you wore in NYC. Still praying daily for all the family.

    Posted 10.4.19
  21. Suzanne Contois wrote:

    Fabulous casual outfit! Great photo of Oscar as well:) Always look forward to the inclusions of Oscar and Ollie (who looks like my Riley:) Happy Friday Beth!

    Posted 10.4.19
  22. Marilyn Bornstein wrote:

    I end my week with a wonderful and relaxing ride on my trainers dressage horse!

    Posted 10.4.19
  23. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Sounds delicious. I’ll have to pin it. I have very similar pumpkins here–I got a few as gifts one year, and bought one myself…and I always love the white real ones, too. They’re elegant to me. Fridays for me lately have been reading like crazy–I have a kindle and it’s great because I never have to go book-less! As soon as I finish one, I can figure out what I want to read next. I’ve already got the next one lined up. Have a great weekend–hope you get to relax some!

    Posted 10.4.19
  24. Sally wrote:

    Where are the white candlesticks from?

    Posted 10.4.19
  25. Cynthia Johnson wrote:

    It is great to hear that your family is supporting and rallying around you. You are in my prayers.

    Posted 10.5.19
  26. Bonnie Abrams wrote:

    Hi Beth…you look great as always but I have to tell you that today’s first photo of Oscar is absolutely beautiful. He is such a handsome devil! I’ve admired your strength in your recent trials and am glad also to see how your kids support you.

    Posted 10.5.19
  27. Lyn wrote:

    Beth,

    I love your spirit and zest for life. You are a strong and amazing gal. Love the sweater! I too love TJ’s. It’s always an adventure to shop there. My eyes teared up a bit reading this post – you are so resilient.

    Posted 10.5.19
  28. Linda Allen wrote:

    I so enjoy all of your posts! Including your family and fur babies is definitely a must. Have a great weekend!

    Posted 10.5.19
  29. Robin Entress wrote:

    That color sweater looks great on you!

    Posted 10.6.19

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