September is apple time. My apple tree is full of little apples this year. And when I think of back to school, I think of apples. September brings us warm and cozy scents, colors of reds, yellows and greens . What has all those wonderful colors…….Apples! They way they smell, the way they crunch, the way they taste and especially the way you can decorate with them. Decorating with apples is so simple, yet elegant. You can have them in a centerpiece or floating in vases. You can use them in garland and make candles out of them. And of course, we eat apples and use them in scrumptious recipes. So today I want to share the ways I grace my home using apples.My favorite way to decorate with apples is to use them in a vignette on my kitchen table. They make a colorful fall centerpiece.
I’m a green apple girl in decor! I think it is because I love green and black and white together! How about you? I bet you could recreate this early fall vignette!
After the apples have been in the vignette a little while you can use them in a recipe. Yes, nothing beats a stress reliever like a slice of apple crunch cake and a cup of coffee. My favorite apple cake recipe is below. You can also add a scoop of ice cream on top…. YUM!
- french vanillia cake mix
- • 3 eggs
- • 1 cup water
- • 1/2 cup apple sauce
- • 1 can apple pie filling
- • 1/2 cup brown sugar
- • 2 cups granola creral with almonds
- • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
- 1.line 9x13" pan with release foil.
- 2.mix cake mix acording to insturction except substitute apple sauce for oil.
- 3.use 1/3 mix to line bottom of pan.
- 4.evenly place the cooked apple filling over batter.
- 5.cover apples with rest of batter.
- 6.mix brown sugar, toasted almonds with granola
- 7.evenly cover batter.
- 8.bake 28-38 minutes @350
- 9.serve warm from oven
If you have 5 extra minutes you can make this beautiful centerpiece below. I ran out to my garden and grabbed some pretty little flowers and put just a few in each mason jar. Then spilled a bag of green apples into a basket .
And remember your front door. An apple wreath with a touch of burlap and black dresses up your entrance.
I love to core fruits and veggies and put candles in them. And apple candles lined up in a wood bowl all lit up are magical! Even if you are not a crafty, you can do this!
And of course I love the smell of apples , so I make my own simmering pot.
This is a simple simmering recipe. All you need is some apples, oranges, cinnamon and vanilla beans or vanilla extract.
Cut up your fruit and add to a small pot-you can use the entire orange or just the rind, it won’t matter. Add about a half tablespoon of the vanilla and a couple of cinnamon sticks.
Add water to cover the mixture and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and just barely simmer it. It only took about 10 minutes of simmering for our entire home to smell amazing. Add water every so often to replace the water that has evaporated.
This is just a few ways to dress up your home with apples. Please check this Pinterest Link with more ideas.