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Autumn Decor and Peer Pressure! *plus* a Fun Autumn Treat Recipe!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Everyone is cheerfully decorating their homes for autumn except me, or so it seems.  Summer finally arrived here in Alabama last week.  We haven't had much of a summer with all the rain, so I'm reluctantly looking forward to fall.

I decided to decorate our breakfast room table with a fall transitional tablescape and treat.  Really the only thing on the table that is truly "fall-ish" is the treat.

My sorority sister Fran sent the recipe to me for this cute autumn snack:

Aren't the little acorns cute?

Here's a look at our table:

The table features reds, creamy whites, browns, mustards, and French blue.
Alstroemeria and roses make a simple flower arrangement.

I love the little rooster on the runner!

The tiny demitasse cups blend nicely with the runner.

My version of the candy acorns
The pattern for the compote? Fran!  (like my sorority sister)

Ricrac napkins, napkin rings, wooden chargers, pillar candle holder, candle (winterberry scent, my favorite) and runner:  Pier 1
Mini compote, pie bird, and vase:  Taylor series by MacKenzie-Childs
Plates, cups, and saucers: Rae Dunn by Magenta

Chocolate Kiss Acorn Treats


ROYAL ICING or Decorator's Frosting (recipe follows)
HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candies
Mini vanilla wafer cookies
REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips or HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips

1. Prepare ROYAL ICING and place in pastry bag with small tip. Remove wrappers from candies.

2. Place mini vanilla wafer cookies on tray or plate with flat side of cookie toward the top. Squeeze small amount of icing onto bottom of candy piece. Immediately press candy bottom onto vanilla wafer cookie. Allow icing to set.

3. Place small dab of icing on bottom of peanut butter chip or butterscotch chip; immediately attach to top of cookie to finish acorn.

ROYAL ICING: Stir together 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon warm water and 1-1/2 teaspoons pasteurized dried egg whites (meringue powder). Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until spreadable. Add additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to get desired consistency. Transfer icing to pastry bag with desired tip. Cover icing and tip of pastry bag with damp paper towel to keep icing from drying out. About 1/2 cup icing.

NOTE:  I used what I had on hand....small Nilla Vanilla Wafers, Herchey's Dark Chocolate Kisses, Publix Butterscotch chips, and Betty Crocker chocolate cookie icing in the tube.

Thanks, Fran, for sending me the recipe!  

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. You succumbed! So glad you did, because these are so darn cute and I can almost taste them!

  2. What a cute idea for a fall treat! Love it, thank you for sharing!! :)

  3. Looks lovely chez toi!! As always of course. I love the little demi-tasse cups!

  4. I love the fall reds in the runner; they do make the whole table look like you're ready for autumn. You acorn treats are tempting! I'd better go look under the old oak tree and see if I can find some that don't have as many calories! A beautiful table!

  5. Those little acorns are so cute, and they look tasty too!

  6. What a lovely table! And those snacks are just too cute! I hope I try ...

  7. Oh this treat is so cute!!!
    I love your tablescapes and how you do fall in a country chic way.
    It is very warm in color but lightened with the patterns.

  8. Those acorns are adorable! Thank for sharing the how-to with us. Your table looks beautiful, Ricki. You always have such a pretty blend of colors & patterns, which I know is not an easy task to put together, but you make it look effortless!

  9. I love the idea of the acorns. Fun! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  10. Your table is just beautiful, and colorful...I knew I could expect that from you!! :) Thanks for including the recipe for the acorn treats...I can't wait to try them!


  11. Your table is lovely and the little rooster is so colorful and cute! I think Fall colors are the prettiest! Sweet hugs!

  12. Love the table. You must have major patience to make the acorns!! Very cute.

  13. Those chocolate acorns are so darn cute. I love them.

    By the way, I can see what you mean about you liking to mix different patterns together. Your table setting is so pretty and so you.

  14. Darling! I love those plates!!! And the little candies look fun! :)

    I saw Austenland! LOVED IT!!!!!!


  15. So, you just whipped up the acorn cookies and decorated the table in between driving shifts and art?

    It all looks great.

  16. You always set such a beautiful table! It's been in the 80's here, so we don't feel much like decorating for Fall, either. Good job!

  17. Your table is so pretty! Love the cups.

    Well you know it's not fall here.

  18. I can't wait to try these cookies they are so cute
    Hope they turn out as adorable as yours
    Thanks for the recipe

  19. Pretty tablescape RJ. I love the rooster on the runner and the demitasse cups - they look like Anthropologie to me. I made those little treats last year and posted about them. I used Nutter Butter bites and pretzel sticks. Yours look better than mine. I'm kind of embarrassed now...

  20. Those flowers are really pretty! I have a thing for pretty flowers :) (As you probably have noticed on my blog)

  21. Your table is lovely...I know bloggers tend to rush the seasons. It does feel like fall here in Ohio so I am ready! Hope things are going well with your health!


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