Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year. I enjoy preparing the house and my workplace for it every year. I begin arranging early. The last week of August and all of the month of September, I use lots of colored leaves in my arrangements; October brings pumpkins to work into the mix and November must have the added turkey. (I will post another blog showing the transitions.)
In a recent article I noticed that David Bromstad of HGTV's Color Splash fame gave us the go ahead to mix in some new colors this fall. The colors he mentioned are some of my favorites, so I ran into Wal Mart and picked up some color samples for you to view. (See Pictures above.)
"...hottest fall colors for your home will be vibrant lemon and curry yellow, all shades of purple, dusty pinks, turquoise and grays," said Bromstad. The grays include dove, cloud and charcoal. And he announces that muted greens are the new neutrals. (I could have told you that five years ago. Look for #627 Dried Grass at Wal Mart. It's the greatest neutral green ever! Have used it and it's darker brother, Swallow's Nest forever and recommend it highly.) It's also an extremely durable paint. It looks great with ANY color. (Dried Grass is the top left color in the top picture.)
I also tried a new recipe that I'd like to share: Peking Roast (also from the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, MS.) Particularly easy if you use a Crockpot and marinate the night before.
Take any cut of beef & use a large knife to cut slits into the meat. Insert slivers of garlic &/or onions into slits. Pour 1 c. vinegar over the meat, cover and refrigerate 24-48 hours. Before cooking, brown the meat in oil until it is very seared (or brown). They cooked theirs on top of the oven in a black iron pot, but I used my Crockpot on low. Pour 2 c. strong black coffee over the meat. (They added additional water (2 c.), I just added maybe 1/4 c.) If cooking on top of oven, add water periodically.
Very juicy and tasty! Have a good weekend. Let me hear from you. I love to read your comments and they have been sparse this week!