Take the chill out of the ‘Ber months with these cozy outdoor furniture concepts!
Time to welcome shorter days and fluffy fur blankets! Make these brisk evenings and chilly nights all the more memorable with outdoor furniture & recipes made for lingering amidst the leaves.
1. Gather Ye Apples While Ye May . . .
Fall’s bright crisp air, crunching leaves, and bright slants of sunshine beg to be enjoyed in every backyard, and what better way than in a comfy Amish Lawn Glider, complete with a table to hold your warm apple cider? Here, we’ve added an Eco-Friendly Apple Basket to collect your afternoon’s tasty finds, and an Eco-Friendly Storage Basket to give your arms a rest after collecting wood for the evening’s roaring fire.
Now, about that cider . . . why not be a little decadent about it?
Hot Cider Nog
In a heavy saucepan, whisk together2 cups half-and-half 1 cup each milk and apple cider 2 large eggs 1⁄2 cup sugar 1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1⁄8 tsp. each salt and ground nutmeg
Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat. Top each serving with sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and apple slices, because it’s extra festive and why not?!
Makes: 5 1⁄2 cups of warm, creamy goodness.
2. Enjoy the Fruits (and Vegetable) of Your Labor!
Desert at dusk! We think it’s mandatory to welcome the shorter days with al fresco candlelight evenings — starting with seconds, just as the sun wraps up for the day. Pick a few pumpkins up from a local farm, a few ears of calico corn, some cornstalks, and fresh cider (if you didn’t want to make your own from the above nog recipe!) and head out to your deck, your dock, or your patio to spruce it up while your deserts are baking. Then, relax into these Amish Made Poly Comfo-Back Adirondack Chairs, set your cider and first pie course down on the Daisy Amish Round Poly Pub Table, and keep an eye on the cooling pie — just an arm’s length away on a smaller side table, like the Amish Poly Bistro Table.
Now, we wouldn’t dream of messing with anyone’s apple pie recipe (yikes!), but pumpkin pie? A totally different story. From fresh to canned pumpkin, homemade or store-bought crust, pecan or whipped top . . . pumpkin pie is kind of anyone’s game. So we’ll throw our favorite out there, recommend your favorite homemade crust and fresh steamed (plus drained) pumpkin, and urge you not to forget the last ingredient — it’s our little Amish secret!
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup brown sugar
11/2 cups homemade pumpkin puree (or 1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin puree, if you must)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
***2 tablespoons molasses***
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Have pie crust for 9-inch deep-dish pie ready. Mix all ingredients together and beat until smooth. Pour into waiting pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 350 degrees for 45 minutes. It is done when you can insert a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
Makes enough to fill you up 🙂
3. A Cup to Build A Dream On
We’ve been known to DIY some seriously impressive fall decor — after all, the entire outdoors is decorated for the season! Whether it’s tall, fallen branches artfully arched in large vases; scarlet and golden leaves scattered across a dining table; or groups of gourds piled on on the porch, Mother Nature showers us with inspiration each time we step out the door. So after you spend a sunny September day collecting the autumnal awesomeness in a basket like the Amish Eco Friendly Large Handbag Basket, let the charm of wreath-covered Amish Arbor invite you to enjoy your surroundings for a moment before tackling the arrangements. The Amish Patio Recycled Poly English Garden Chair is the perfect fit for your environmentally-friendly decor approach, and the Round Poly Pub Table is its perfect match!
We suggest some super-special coffee to fuel your decorating desires, so have a few cups of this dreamy take on the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte in your crockpot, ready to go!
Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Add to your crockpot:10 Tablespoons of pumpkin puree
5 Tablespoons of vanilla
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
4 Cups of strongly brewed coffee
6 cups of whole milk
7 Tablespoons sugar
Cook on high for two hours; top with whip cream, and a cinnamon stick.
Now bring on the beauty of the season! This recipe was our fans’ favorite last year – Happy fall, everyone!
- 2 cups half & half
- 1 cup each milk and apple cider
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. each salt and ground nutmeg
- Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat. Top each serving with sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and apple slices, because it’s extra festive and why not?!