I brought out more fall decor, have you?! I didn’t go too crazy, but the inside of the house has pumpkins plopped all around 😀 I am sharing small glimpses with you today along with an amazing recipe that is super easy, utilizes your abundance in garden veggies, and your family will love it!
First, I have to show you my new fuzzy wool pumpkins. I need to figure out how to make velvet and cozy sweater pumpkins, they are so cute! They fit the description of Simple Cozy Charm, don’t they?
You probably figured I would showcase some sort of bouquet 😉 These gorgeous fall zinnias are from Nettie’s Petals. Visit the Paxton Farmer’s Market, you are missing out if you don’t! They provided the perfect pop of inspiration for the transition into fall decorating.
If you aren’t on Instagram, you missed how Lauren solved my sofa dilemma. I had a throw pillow catastrophe, and well, she swooped in and saved the day with her amazing design details <3 I’ll be sharing on the blog soon, there are many ways to style your pillow back sofas!! My gather pillow fit in just perfect, and styling a dough bowl is a new favorite of mine.
Ok, so, does anyone else have zucchini and tomatoes coming out their ears? This recipe may be coming to you a little late, but there is still time to enjoy it and another option to prevent your garden harvest going to waste. I have grown to love canning with my mom. I’ll admit, I have canned with my mom and dad since childhood, but it’s only been in the last 10 years that I have grown to appreciate it and actually look forward to it. All these years I have always just canned at my mom’s house, but this year we made the plunge into my kitchen. It was so fun, but I have an electric stove, so there was a learning curve. My brain was fried by the end of the day. With that being said, it was a success and I feel all the more confident.
I received lots of interest via my Instagram stories on sharing our recipe of Ratatouille 🙂 It’s a great meal to prepare fresh and in recent years, we have started canning it as well.
Preparing it fresh
- 1 pound of ground beef
- Two small or one medium Zucchini
- One large green pepper
- One medium onion
- One quart and a half of tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon basil, thyme, oregano
- 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
Don’t cook the ground beef first, just mix in ingredients and simmer for half an hour. Serve over rice.
You can also pressure can this, read your canning manual for specifics. Wonderful to pull out in the winter months; warm it up on the stove, add your ground beef, and serve over rice.
I don’t change things up completely when decorating for specific holidays, just subtle changes here and there. I love using fresh produce and flowers when available. The pear tree at my parents’ farm is abundantly producing this year. They taste good and look pretty in a bowl too 😉
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you change it up and want to share, please do! I want to give a big thank you to my mom for countless hours of teaching me the ropes and to my sister for editing this blog each week. I am nearing my one year anniversary since stepping out with Simple Cozy Charm; wow, it’s so hard to believe! As a thank you to all you who have supported and encouraged me this year, I will be announcing a giveaway soon! Stay tuned <3
Author and Photos- Martha Knake
Chief Editor – Emily Schunke