Fall Farmers Market Menu + CONTEST

I love the farmers market. Plain and simple–I just love it. I love the friendly people, I love meeting the people in my neighborhood at the market on our park. I look forward to it in the late spring early summer when it gets started and I dread it coming to a close each fall.

But(!), before it does come to a close, I love getting inspired by all the farm fresh fall flavors. (Try saying that 5 times fast.) I wanted to share a menu I put together that was inspired by the local goodies I picked up at my local market (which is sadly now closed), and hopefully you can pick up some fresh goodies to do your own farm fresh menu from your local market. We have a few others in neighboring hoods that are still up and running

Fall Farmers Market Menu 1

Savory Bacon & Brussel Sprout Galette. Modified from a sweet galette recipe from Bon Apetite, I used gluten free all purpose flour and walnuts for the crust and replaced the cinnamon with a savor spice blend. For the filling, I used a little spread of ricotta on the base (don’t get carried away here, it’s just to add some depth and because I love ricotta), layered on TONS of shredded sprouts and then snipped a few pieces of bacon over the top. It was so good, it was hard not to eat the whole thing.

Fall Farmers Market Menu 2

Italian White Bean & Kale Soup. I love a good soup in the fall, and it’s especially good if you can dump everything into the crock pot in the morning and come home to dinner. For this recipe, I used white beans, pink kidney beans and great north beans (1 can of each), dumped into the pot with their juices (more flavor) a few cloves of crushed garlic, a diced onion, and corn…now the corn you can use farm fresh if you have access, or canned (drained) or frozen will work just as well. Add either chicken or veggie stock to make sure you have enough liquid in the pot to cover and then some… after all this is a soup. When you get home, add in some hand torn kale and let cook til bright green. When you serve, shred on some fresh parm for extra flavor.

Fall Farmers Market Menu 3

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Garlic & Mushroom Cream Sauce & Asparagus. For this dish, I roasted my squash (you can use whatever your fave fall squash is) in the oven with just a drizzle of oil and salt. At the same time I put one head of garlic in the oven to roast (wrapped in foil with the top cut off, and a little oil drizzled on top) with a dish of mushrooms to roast as well. While that was all cooking away I made a rue on the stove as a base to the sauce. Once the mushrooms came out of the oven I added them to the rue with all their juices to really create a sauce. When the squash comes out pour the mushroom heavy super flavorful sauce on top and dive in… it is so good… I could’ve eaten the sauce with a spoon.

Fall Farmers Market Menu 4

Garden Variety Pepper Meatloaf & Smashed Potatoes. For this loaf, I used a bunch of random peppers from the market, more flavor than spice, but get what you like. I diced everything up to the same size including an onion and then mixed with ground turkey, worcestershire sauce, one slice of gf bread (pulsed in the food processor to create crumbs), and an egg. I didn’t have a clean loaf pan, so I used a large baking dish (like 9×12 ish) and it made for a really skinny loaf…the pictures make it l But, because it was so skinny, it was so good. The flavors were amazing..seriously, I want to make all meatloaves in an over-sized pan now.

I only did four dishes, we like to have at least one night of leftovers and one date night every week so for us, four is good… for a fifth, you could always do a huge fall salad with some grilled chicken or fish on top.

Now to the contest portion of the post. See those awesome chalk board placemats pictured in the posts? Well, I won them in a contest a while back, but had been eyeing them up for quite some time before then too. I use them all the time and think it is such a fun way to add interest to your table. You can leave sweet messages for loved ones, use it as shown to let people know what they are about to feast on, or use it to write up your daily to-do list while having your breakfast.

They are fun when you are hosting as well–use them as an alternate to placecards. Or for the holidays, imagine having the kids do hand-traced turkey’s on them for Thanksgiving…how cute would that be?! Or even leaving greetings of gratitude for your guests? Well you are in luck! I pitched the idea to Chalk Lots that we do a little giveaway of their placemats and what my idea was and they so generously offered to supply the placemats, and they came out with a gorgeous new color just in time for you to select your finish when you win!!

To enter, simply follow @designbykrystle and @chalk_lots on Instagram, leave a comment below telling me how you would use your new placemats and what color you would prefer (black licorice or graham cracker) and I will announce a winner on Monday. Please make sure you follow us both on Instagram and leave your account name in your comment for confirmation, contest closes at 11:59pm ET on Sunday.

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Cashmerette’s Appleton Dress | The Joys of Having a Mom Who Sews |Contest

Many of you know, and some of you don’t, that my mama is a sewing blogger. She has been sewing for my whole life and probably longer, and has been blogging for at least a decade over at GMarieSews.

Cashmerette Appleton Wrap Dress

When I was little, my mom made us clothes until we got to that middle school or high school age where it became so embarassing to not have the same style/type/brand of clothes that everyone else had. So I missed out on hand made goodies for a good stretch of time, but in the last several years, my mom-made wardrobe has been increasing.

When we were back in Seattle visiting over the summer, my mom had me try on a few things she had been working on and I came home with not one, but two(!) Appleton Wrap Dresses! If you are well immersed in the sewing blogging world, then you are likely familiar with Cashmerette and her fabulous and fun blog, that is fun to read even if you don’t sew. She just launched her first pattern, the Appleton Dress, and I am so glad that I got to be one of the first to be wearing it!

Of all of the things I have that are mom-made, I don’t think that I have received more compliments than I have on these dresses. I love how they fit and they are quite flattering where the wrap hits. I don’t know much about sewing and all the things that the sewing blogosphere looks for in a pattern (you can head over to GMarie’s blog for info on the pattern and process), but I can tell you that this pattern is so easy to wear and from what I’ve seen so far from Cashmerette and all the people who’ve sewn it up already, the Appleton wrap looks good in so many different patterns and styles! (Jenny even has a little mood board for inspiration over on her page.) Of my two prints in this dress, I love the versatility. The dress easily goes from brunch on the weekends to work on the weekdays, On Monday I wore the graphic print with a pale pink blazer to a client presentation to look a bit more professional. I can’t say enough good things about wearing this dress.

It’s times like these that I wish the things my mom has made for me were available off the racks so that everyone I knew could go buy the dress! The good news, though, if you or anyone else in your life is a sewer, get excited because I’ve teamed up with GMarie to give away a digital pattern for the Appleton Wrap dress! All you have to do to enter is follow DBK on Bloglovin and leave a comment on this post letting me know if you sew and what types of projects are your favorite to work on? When I do sew, I work on home dec types of things, but i haven’t made a thing requiring sewing in years! I have a few projects on my list though!

What projects inspire you to begin a new craft or hobby? Are you a secret fashionista desperate to start sewing?? Cashmerette and GMarie are two great bloggers to follow if so, and through them you will be linked over to many, I have a few more favorites, but I won’t bore you.

This contest is not sponsored, simply inspired by this sweet dress and made possible by the support of Jenny, who has agreed so generously to donate the digital pattern, and my mama, who whipped up these beauties. Please make sure you do leave a comment below with your contact info so that we can get in touch with the winner. Contest closes Sunday night at 11:59pm Eastern, winner will be announced on Monday morning, so check back to see who wins!