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What I'm Reading Wednesday: Autumn from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!  Today I'm getting inspired by Susan Branch's beautifully illustrated  book, Autumn from the Heart of the Home.  I put together a tablescape in our kitchen based on the lovely colors in the book.



Almost everything on the table is from Pier1, and I think almost everything is still available, except:

Vase: Vintage MacKenzie-Childs
Plaid jug:  Vintage Laura Ashley
Tea light votives:  Longaberger
Pewter squirrel and branch salt and pepper:  Gorsuch, Beaver Creek, CO
"Skwash" Velvet Pumpkins:  Leaf 'n Petal, Mountain Brook, AL

Autumn from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch is filled with beautifully illustrated,  autumn-inspired recipes, activities, and memories.  Mine is the tenth anniversary edition, and it even has a pretty satin ribbon bookmark!  Some of my favorite things about the book are the decorating inspirations, afternoon tea and Halloween entertaining tips, and a recipe I'm dying to try:  cinnamon ice cream.  Tropical Storm Nate left behind lots of warm, humid air.  The cinnamon ice cream would cool us down and also remind us of autumn which will come soon, I hope!

I finally put out our glass pumpkins, and I hope to continue decorating each week for the Nancy Drew Literary Friday posts.  I think Nancy Drew will be our theme for Halloween this year because I'm hoping to decorate in red and blue for the World Series if the Cubbies win the NL Pennant!  

What are you reading today?  Have you decorated for Halloween yet?

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. Your table looks beautiful! I know I'd love your Susan Branch book. I can picture myself curled up on the sofa enjoying it with a cup of coffee.

  2. You have such a lovely way of incorporating your pastel colored MC pieces into the fall setting - I put all mine away - I just can't seem to link the pieces to fall....I have to work on that!! Susan Branch is one of my favorite authors/illustrators/artitsts....such talent!

  3. I have always wanted that book and I know they've reissued it.

    Your table is beautiful!

  4. Love your fall setting. So pretty. I love Susan Branch and have a few of her books. Happy Wednesday.

  5. Yummmmmm! Cinnamon ice cream sounds divinely inspired. This humidity is killing me and my hair.

    I will look for this book. I have a very old Christmas one by this author, and still enjoy it every year. There is a Christmas breakfast casserole with crabmeat, etc. that never gets old.

    Love your composition of Fall goodies and colors.

  6. what a gorgeous table, brings a very happy autumn vibe. Those little acorn cutouts are adorable too, did you make those Ricki Jill?
    Are you not doing Scooby-Doo stuff for Halloween anymore? But how cute to have a Nancy Drew theme though!
    Right now I'm reading 'Sleeping Beauties' by my man and his son, Owen King lol.
    Hope you have a magical day:)

  7. You’re celebrating fall beautifully. I feel like having a warm mug of tea and curling up with a good book.

  8. OH your table is dreamy Ricki Jill, and so perfect with this pretty Susan Branch book~ I don't have any of her books, but am very familiar with them, and love love her illustrations...Cinnamon ice cream sounds wonderful!

  9. I love Susan Branch. Her work, art, books, blog is addicting! Love your tablescape, you got it right, awesome! If you try the ice cream let me know how you like it. I really want to make it. Happy weekend........

  10. I love everything about Susan Branch and her books and art. She's definitely an inspiration and no more than here in your gorgeous table. What a happy, delightful spot to sit for lunch, tea, just a snack and a chat with friends! Love every photo. Beautiful.

    I just finished "Broken for You"(Stephanie Kallos--outstanding) and am almost through with "As Always, Julia," a collection of letters between Julia Child and her pen pal Avis DeVoto as she (Julia) experience life abroad and working on her "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." I love reading letters and these are great; learning loads about cooking, writing and testing a cookbook, 50s politics and friendship. But sometimes I need a break for something light and quick. (Broken for You isn't totally light, yet there is joy in it.)

  11. Lovely table setting.

  12. You did such a great job with your display. Thank You for sharing.

  13. I love your display. It is so colorful. That Susan Branch book is lovely to look at.

  14. I love Susan Branch's Autumn book! I can sit & look at it for hours. I also love your tablescape! You have such a way with making everything look so happy & colorful, yet still beautiful.


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