Our Harvest Backyard Festival 23…


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I love Gilmore Girls and espcecially all the Fall episodes with the small town flair and their very cute Fall festivals at the town square so I decided to go all out this year and make our own Fall Festival with Fall boths and lots of different Fall themed foods.

Seems like a fairly huge task for only one person but to be honest it was easier than I anticipated. The main word here is preparation. It is key to focus on the tasks you need to get done first and then prepare task after task after task. So the first thing I started with was the drawing of the Fall boths.

How to make your own Fall booth

I am going to spare you of my drawings cause no other than me can decipher anything on this small piece of paper, instead I am sharing all of my knowledge on here. Half of it is from Pinterest which always inspires me a lot. First of all I am have planned two Fall booths and one photo station. 

The first booth is really really easy. It is just a taple top on hay bales covered with a gingham tablecloth. Et voilá. Now add a ton of pumpkins and some good food and you are already done.

Now the second booth is a little trickier. I went on ebay and got two palettes for free from someone who doesn´t need them anymore. They are a little worn off but that is not important cause I have painted it in a dark brown wooden color and added so much decor. 

Since this is more like a bar area I wanted it to be a little higher and and closed on top so I built around the two palettes which also gave me the opportunity to add even more decor and also string lights.

Most of the decor is from a very cheap store (Tedi) cause it is very likely that it doesn´t survive this so I did not want to spend too much money.


Fall Photo Corner

First of all I wanted to have a cozy and comfortable corner to sit in and second of all a photoworthy spot to comemorate our first Fall festival ever. After I combined these two things I was very pleased with myself for having such a great idea. It was one of the prettiest spots. We took lots of photos here and the kids loved the bench to climb up and down the whole time.


Fall Foods for our Fall Festivals

– pumpkin bread

– pumpkin pie

– apple pie

– pumpkin soup

– quiche

– DIY pulled beef burger

– flatbread with sweet potatoes and onion, bacon and sour cream

– BBQ meatballs (Crockpot)

– caramel apples

– Fall sangria


– Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

– Beef Stew

– Any kinds of rolls or bread with dips



Soup Sunday Recap – Tomatoe Soup, Potatoe Soup and Tortellini Spinach Soup…


Fall time equals soup time. The rainy days and cold evenings definitely long for comfort food. I have always loved soups and especially acknowledged and increas during Fall time so for this year I started a new series – Soup Sunday. I am sharing all through September and October and maybe November a new soup in a reel every Sunday. So if you are interested definitely head back to my Insta on Sundays. I have already posted three soups and wanted to recap them really short on here. 

Soup Sunday 1 – 3

Tomatoe Soup 

– 4 apples

– 4 onions

– some olive oil

– about a litre of tomatoe sauce

– 2 teaspoons of vegetable broth

– water 

– 300 grams of cream cheese

– salt and pepper

– toast, cheese and a lot of olive oil

– saute apples and onions in olive oil

– add vegetable broth and cook for about 20 minutes

– add tomatoe sauce and seasoning and cook for another 20 minutes 

– add cream cheese and puree

– enjoy with or without the grilled cheese sandwich


Potatoe Soup

– potatoes (about 2 kg)

– one leek

– diced bacon as much as you like

– sausages

– water

– chicken broth two tablespoons

– some oil or fat

– saute the bacon in the pot until crisp

– add the potatoes and the leek and cover with water

– add the chicken broth and stir

– let it cook for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft

– mash potatoes

– cut sausages and add topping if you like

– enjoy


Tortellini Spinach Soup

– tortellini (about 800 gr)

– tomato sauce (about 500 ml)

– chicken broth 500 ml

– cream cheese 

– frozen spinach 

– garlic / salt / pepper / oregano (a teaspoon of each)

– put everything (except the spinach) into the CrockPot and set on high for 3 and 1/2 hour 

– add the spinach during the last hour 

– enjoy




Food Friday – our favorite awesome pumpkin pie recipe….

Happy Friday guys,
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I am sharing my most loved (by myself and Florian, my mom somehow hates the consistency and the taste – guess she is not fall fan after all) recipe on my blog today. This pumpkin pie has been my go-to pie for nearly every fall and winter ocassion and I just adore it and it is so simple.

And even simpler if you are in any area where you can get pumpkin puree in a can. Unless you don´t have one like me you have to make it by yourself.

So here is what you need:

For the pastry:
– 250 gr. of flour
– 75 gr. of white sugar
– 125 gr. butter (softened)
– 1 egg
– 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

I put all the ingredients in the mixer and wait unitl it look dry, then I pour the dough onto the countertop and kned it until it is one big and nice ball

After that I try to roll it out as flat as possible and then I put it into the pie form spreading it as far in every corner as possible so that you can go up the edge for a nice border of your cake

Now I set it aside and make the filling.

For the filling you´ll need:
– 350 gr. of pumpkin puree
– 150 gr. of brown sugar
– 3 teaspoons of pumpkin spice mix
– 3 eggs 
– 200 gr. of sour cream (you can also use heavy cream but this changes the consistency of your filling since it isn´t as thick as sour cream)
– I cute the pumpkin into small pieces and let it bake in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes until it is soft enough to be removed from the peel by a spoon 
– then I puree the pumpkin with a half cup of water 
– mix the other ingredients of your filling into the bowl with your pumpkin puree and stir until you have one evenly batter
– pour it into your pie form with the pastry
– bake for 45 minutes at 180 ° (350 Fahrenheit)
I already made it about three times this fall and I am going to make it as one of the two Thanksgiving desserts. 
So delicious you guys. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and just enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.

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Food Friday – homemade apple cider for fall festivities…

Happy Friday you guys,
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as fall is my favorite season in terms of weather, clothing and food on weekends you can find me glued to my kitchen counter and trying out new recipes. I don´t care if it is a hearty dish, a sweet treat or even a drink.
So since there isn´t any hot apple cider available in Germany I made my own. 
So here is what you need:
– 12 apples – obviously (I mixed sweet and sour)
– 2 oranges
– cinnamon 
– cloves grounded 
– sugar 
– water
– whiskey or bourbon if you like
– peel and cut the apples and put into a huge pot
– peel and cut your orange and add to the pot
– add the spices and the sugar to your fruit in the pot

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– let it cook for a short time and then let it simmer at a medium temperature for about two hours
– be sure to have a look and stir from time to time
– puree everything in your pot and let it simmer for another 45 minutes
– serve hot with a stick of cinnamon (and additional a shot of whiskey or bourbon)

I am going to serve this as an aperitif for our Thanksgiving dinner. It is the perfect fall drink.

As always thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.

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