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Bacon Green Beans and 12 More Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Bacon Green Beans and 12 More Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes


This year, add extra flavor to your Thanksgiving side dish of green beans with bacon and onions.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Of all the holidays that we celebrate, Thanksgiving is probably the one most focused on traditions.  From the meal you enjoy to the people you have around your table and the way you spend your afternoon, practically everyone has a set plan of how the day will go.


In my family, Thanksgiving dinner has always been held at my mom's house although the guest list has changed through the years.  And as far as I can remember, the menu has always been the same.....A golden roast turkey, homemade sage stuffing according to grandma's recipe, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh squash and cranberry jello salad.
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focusing on the details when decorating for fall

focusing on the details when decorating for fall


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



It is that time of the year where home tours have been popping up across blogland for the fall season.
With each one that you see, it is easy to start feeling like you've got to do more for your home to be good enough.  Everyone seems to have a house full of new decorations without a thing out of place.  Sometimes you can fall into the trap of second guessing each decorating decision that you've made or trying to replicate what you see without much success.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Don't get me wrong....I love seeing what my friends and favorite bloggers are doing in their homes each season.  But I've been trying to do my best to remember to find each as a source of inspiration rather than a source of frustration.  It is important to focus more on enjoying both what you've created as well as the process of putting it all together in whatever way makes you happy.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



When my friend Kendra from Joy in Our Home asked me to join in her Fall Festival tour today, I was excited for the chance to share just one decorated area....my fireplace mantel.  Amidst all of the whole house tours, it is nice to focus in and really notice the details of a single space or display.


 All this week, some talented ladies have been sharing simple vignettes, front porches, tablescapes, and yummy fall-flavored treats.  There has really been a lot to be inspired by.  For the final day of the tour, it is all about mantels.  Links to everyone's blogs appear near the end of this post.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



As I placed touches of fall one by one onto my mantel, it dawned on me that decorating can be something you just go through the motions of doing or it can be an activity that you immerse yourself in.  Are you thoughtfully arranging treasures with meaning in your home or are you simply filling spaces just to empty your fall storage boxes?


For me, decorating is really all in the details and taking the time to reflect with each item I place.  Sure, I want to end up with something that looks pretty.  And since I'm sharing it here on my blog, I want to make it photo-worthy.  But it is those small moments in a vignette to catch your attention that make your time well-spent.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Nestled among a few white pumpkins and some burlap for texture are some of my favorite things.....


This pumpkin that I picked up a few years ago at Target reminds me of my luck at being able to find some myself after seeing them on a favorite blog.  With no Target close by, I normally miss out on these special items....but I really wanted some of these pumpkins!  (Read more about these rustic pumpkins.)



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



The acorns, leaves, and berries scattered across the mantel were gathered from an afternoon walk during this stretch of amazing fall weather we are seeing here in central PA.


Oak trees are my favorite as they stand tall and strong in the woods and I always seem to include acorns and oak leaves in my fall displays.  I really love how they look when they are dried.         

    

See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Because I love the symbolism so much, I also added a printed image of a watercolor oak leaf to a fancy carved frame I picked up recently.


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And the berry garland that is wound through the vignette makes me think of the sweet lady who owns the shop where it was purchased and how pleasurable she makes everyone's trip through her store.



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



In addition to the fall touches, I like to include some of my favorite items that I decorate with all the time....


Stacks of vintage books add a little height.


An old clock adds a hint of the currently popular copper color to my display.  (Shop for a similar copper clock.)


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



And the tall gray lantern anchors the decor on the mantel, gives some height, and holds three candles to add light to everything in the evening.   Even though they are battery operated, the "flame" on the candles is very realistic when turned on as the sun fades.  I love seeing them flicker together and highlight all the touches of fall.  (You can buy them at Hobby Lobby.)



See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



While I hope that today's post may have given you a little inspiration for your own fall decorating, my bigger message is to remind you that your home should be filled with the things you love displayed in a way that brings you some joy.  Really take the time to be intentional with your decor and see each piece as more than just something to fill your own mantel or tabletop.


See the special details included to create a beautiful fall mantel.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



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The next stop on today's tour is at Personally Andrea.  She has done an incredible job at capturing the beauty of fall on her mantel and tells you exactly what you need to do to construct your own vignette!  Please take a moment to see what she has designed and visit some of the other talented ladies in this week's Fall Festival tour.






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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VISITING TODAY.  NOW BE SURE TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE OTHER INSPIRING FALL IDEAS....



Fall Festival Blog Hop with 30 bloggers featuring inspiring vignettes, porches, recipes, tablescapes, and mantels.




FALL VIGNETTES 




FRONT PORCHES 



FALL RECIPES



FALL TABLESCAPES



FALL MANTELS











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fall porch tour

fall porch tour


See how to transform your porch for fall using pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



It has definitely been feeling like fall around here the past few weeks.  The weather has become crisp and the leaves have started to turn from green to various shades of orange, red, and yellow.  I'm always a little sad to see summer end, but I try to remind myself that autumn brings its own beauty and promise.  And knowing the suffering that is going on in the south from the recent hurricanes, I am grateful for the weather I am seeing.
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pumpkin ginger molasses cookies

pumpkin ginger molasses cookies


A quick and easy recipe for a delicious fall cookie - Pumpkin Ginger Molasses Cookies  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



When fall arrives, it sometimes seems like everywhere you look is another recipe or product for something involving pumpkin.  I know there are those of you who adore finding a new way to add this fall flavor into your diet.  And then there are those of you who cringe at the thought of seeing anything else involving the orange gourd.  If you fall into the later camp, today is not your day.  But be sure to check back tomorrow to see how I decorated my front porch for the season!
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rustic apple-cranberry pie

rustic apple-cranberry pie


Learn how to make an apple cranberry pie that is bursting with fall flavor.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Stop for just a moment and breath in....can you smell that?  That's right......Fall is in the air.  The weather has already started turning cooler here, school is back in session, and with the Labor Day holiday this weekend, we can officially say that the summer is over.  (Insert sad face here!)


Although I'm very much a summer girl loving the hot weather and sunshine, I also readily welcome the start of autumn.  After the rush of a season filled with activities, vacations, and working outdoors, it is nice to slow down and do a little exploring.  I enjoy seeing the vibrant colors and adding layers and texture back into my home and wardrobe.  And there is nothing like the scents and flavors that accompany the season.
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tips for choosing the best cucumbers

tips for choosing the best cucumbers


Learn how to choose the best cucumbers at the market and how to store them once you bring the fruit home.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



July is the month you really start seeing fresh cucumbers available at local farmer's markets and in your own backyard garden.  These fruits (yes, like tomatoes, cucumbers are a fruit) taste their best when eaten soon after being picked and you can pretty much trust that they are ripe and juicy when buying them directly from the person who grew them.


But what if you don't have access to fresh-from-the-garden produce or you are buying the cucumbers outside of the growing season?

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