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The Cultured Circle

October, 2016

The Cultured Circle

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Photo: Adam G. Ishaeik

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. As the cooler weather arrives I look forward to preparing flavorful, comforting, cool-weather favorites with root vegetables, crisp apples, pumpkins and a variety of squashes. My friends and I gather around the fire pit to enjoy spirited conversations, cocktails and fall themed desserts.

As I mentioned, roasted root vegetables are a staple on my fall menu. I love kaleidoscope carrots, so of course I planted some in the spring and had a great harvest. Kaleidoscope carrots are sweet, pretty and perfect for roasting. Roasting carrots intensifies the flavor by caramelizing their natural sugars. They are not only healthy, they also make a delicious side dish. I am pleased to share one of my family favorites, Roasted Kaleidoscope Carrots.


Roasted Kaleidoscope Carrots

What You Need

ƒ2 pounds kaleidoscope carrots

ƒ2 tablespoons olive oil

ƒ2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning salt

ƒFreshly cracked black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees F

  2. Scrub carrots, then pat dry with paper towels. Photo: Michaele C. Samuel

  3. Spread carrots on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

  4. Season with all-purpose seasoning salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

  5. Roast carrots for 15 minutes. Toss carrots around on baking sheet, then

  6. roast for an additional 15 minutes.

  7. Remove from oven and serve.

Fall Decor: Color Means Something to Me

I embrace fall decorating with warm fall colors. I love a cozy, sophisticated, festive but uncluttered look-a beautiful wreath on the front door and pumpkins and mums on the front steps are quite welcoming. I adorn the chairs and sofas with beautiful pillows and throws in colors of rust, yellow and orange. I extend the fall theme to my dinning room with a festive table scape.

I purchase a lot of my home decor items at the end of the season in preparation for the following year. I usually buy them at 50-75% off. People who know me well know how much I like a good bargain. Thanks to my aunt Janie, who loves to shop as much as I do. She has taught me well, very well.

The key to any decorating project is planning. Get inspiration magazines or model homes and incorporate aspects of the decor that resonate with you. I hope you have as much fun with your fall decor as much as I do!


Fall Activities for Kids

Apple picking is one of my family's tradition. Our son loves running through the orchard and

sampling the delicious fruits. He is also learning about where his food comes from. We use our harvest to prepare apple pies, cinnamon apple as a topping for our pancakes and waffles and even apple cider.

Petting zoos and fall festivals are also fun activities for the entire family, and of course fall photo shoots. With so many colorful leaves on the ground, fall is perfect for photo shoots. As a photographer, I love capturing images of my son among the fallen fall foliage.

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Photo: Michaele C. Samuel

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