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Autumn Tablescape *plus* a Warming Chili Recipe

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Happy Thursday, My Lovelies!  We've been fluffing our home for autumn, and I must admit I miss our cooler temperatures from last week because it's flipping hot here today!

Let's take a look at my latest tablescape for autumn:

These napkins match the rooster table runner.

I've been collecting glass pumpkins for years.  The three glass acorns from Pier1 are my newest additions (new this year).

Here are a few of our glass pumpkins from around the house:

I like the Halloween-inspired votives on our mantel.  I found these at Leaf 'n Petal.

Autumn votives in the art studio

Plush pumpkins!

As promised, here is a wonderful recipe featured at The Fresh Market this month.  I followed the recipe as written.

Mole Style Chili

1 lb. ground chuck
1 c onion, chopped
1 clove garlic , chopped
1/3 c Starborough Sauvignon Blanc
1 oz Scharffenberger 99% unsweetened baking chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
1 c water
2 tbsp chili powder, substitute 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder if you prefer (I did!)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt & pepper
sour cream and cilantro as garnish

Cook beef in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until browned, stirring using a wooden spoon to crumble. Drain, if necessary, set beef aside and return pan to heat.  

Lowder heat to medium and add onion and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until tender. 

Add Starborough Sauvignon Blanc and use a wooden spoon to scrap up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add Scharffenberger baking chocolate, tomatoes, water and bring to a simmer. Add cooked beef, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper; cover and simmer 20-25 minutes. 

Serve hot topped with a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Serves 6

This is an easy chili for a busy weeknight!

Have a cozy evening!  
Come back tomorrow for Literary Friday and next week for Halloween decor!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Your home looks beautiful, I love the glass acorns and the plush pumpkins!!
    I would love to try this's 'cooling off' here and anything other than 110 is chili cooking weather haha!

  2. Very Fall! Loving all your pumpkins glass and cloth!

  3. BEAUTIFUL tablescape!!!!! I love your fall decorations!

  4. Beautiful fall touches around your place, RJ. Love those McK-C votives. I've not seen those.
    Love that cute plaid container filled with blooms too!

  5. Everything looks beautiful, RJ. Those glass pumpkins remind me of Cinderella. xoox Su

  6. Your table is lovely, Ricki Jill! I adore the glass pumpkins.

  7. Love your table and all the Fall decorations. Thanks for the chili recipe. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  8. That chili recipe sounds divine! Miss Angie bought me a lovely ceramic pumpkin this year, and I feel like I'm well on my way to having a decent pumpkin collection. Yours is inspiring me!


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