12 Charming Fall Decor Items

sugarandcharm-12-charming-fall-decor-itemsFall is almost in the air, so we had to pull together these 12 charming fall decor items!! Although, in Southern California we still have one more month of extreme heat (yuck), but I can still feel the vibe of fall around me. Around this time of year I always get a little envious of those who have seasons and that crisp fall weather! But, adding a little pumpkin spice flavor to my latte every morning helps and of course, breaking out the fall decor welcomes the season too. I’m currently loving these charming fall decor items which will surely bring a little bit of autumn into your home!! And since we’re on the topic, here are 10 easy ways to bring fall into your home.

12 Charming Fall Decor Items

Amaranth & Protea Wreath

Hexagon Pot

Woven round basket

Pumpkin Candle

Faux Deer Antlers

Woven bowl

Golden Pumpkin

Brass Lantern

Espadin Pillow

Faux Magnolia Lamb Pouf

Mini Pine Cones

San Pedro Throw

White Bean and Prosciutto Crostini Recipe!

White-Bean-and-Prosciutto-Crostini-6smWhite-Bean-and-Prosciutto-Crostini-4smWhite-Bean-and-Prosciutto-Crostini-2White-Bean-and-Prosciutto-Crostini-3sm Anjanee from Fig & Honey Co. is sharing a delicious party appetizer for white bean and prosciutto crostini!

One of the most classic appetizer combos is beautifully fresh Italian bread, topped with creamy melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto. And nothing tastes better with a glass of Prosecco (not that you really need to make Prosecco taste any better!). However, if you want to spruce things up a bit, marinated white beans make this classic even better. The sweet and tangy marinade really compliments the creaminess of the beans. The only downfall is trying to avoid making this your dinner and not just your appetizer! Enjoy!

White Bean and Prosciutto Crostini
1 baguette or Italian loaf sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp shallot, finely chopped
2 tsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp capers
2 tsp basil, freshly chopped
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 can (15oz) cannellini beans, drained
6 oz slices proscuitto
basil chiffonade to garnish

Preheat the oven to the grill at 550°F. Lightly brush the baguette slices on both sides with olive oil. Place under the grill for a couple of minutes on each side until lightly browned and crispy.
In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil, shallots, red wine vinegar, honey, capers, basil, salt and pepper, using a small whisk to combine. Add the cannellini beans and using a large spoon, toss all of the ingredients together.
Place a slice of prosciutto on each crostini and top with a spoonful of the white beans. Garnish with basil and eat immediately. Makes 15-20.

See more if Anjanee’s recipes below!

Cilantro Apple Salsa & Shrimp Squares

Eggs en Cocotte Recipe 

Curried Corn Tartlets 

Parmesan Ricotta Tarts

Recipe and Photos by Anjanee of Fig & Honey Co.


33 Gorgeous Wallpaper Designs

SAC_Wallpaper_V1b That’s right, we’ve joined the wallpaper bandwagon! Yippee for wallpaper! We gathered 33 gorgeous wallpaper designs that will add a little charm and color to your home! Goodbye all white walls!! I’m SO ready for some color and patterns in my life! It’s funny how trends recycle throughout the years right?! I literally remember ripping down wallpaper in my bedroom as a child so I could paint instead AND look where we are now. Once again, it’s all about wallpaper! I’ve actually always admired a classic wallpaper and the design element it brings to a room and I can’t wait to design the nursery in this one! These days, there are so many brands and designers coming out with their own wallpapers, it’s hard to keep up! We hope these 33 awesome wallpaper designs inspire you!!

33 Gorgeous Wallpaper Designs

1. Cross Grain
2. Quilt Celadon
3. Andanza Copper
4. Contour Metallic Gold
5. Deco Palm
6. Forest Floor Ebony
7. Marble
8. Marble Ocean
9. Speckle

10. Wild
11. Hop
12. Talavera Turquoise
13. Pineapple Welcome
14. Peonies Copper
15. Flamingos
16. Coral Dashes
17. Gram
18. Dahlia

19. Ohoy
20. Dark Floral
21. Herringbone
22. Foret Midnight
23. Classic Dino
24. Farrow and Ball
25. Kaleidoscopic Crest
26. Paradiset
27. Herringbone

28. Watercolor Cactus
29. Nana Blue
30. Majorean Garden
31. Domestic
32. Bellewood
33. Bamboo

Cast Iron Olive Oil and Apple Cakes

OliveOil_Apple_CastIronCakes_2OliveOil_Apple_CastIronCakes_1OliveOil_Apple_CastIronCakes_3 We’re dreaming of fall apple picking with these cast iron olive oil and apple cakes! We’ve made an incredible olive oil cake recipe before and it turned out so good!! So we’ve slightly altered the recipe, adding pressed apple cider (can’t wait to make a trip here again!), and baked sliced apples inside the cake! It was originally adapted from this delicious recipe from Food52, but baking it in a cast iron skillet adds so much rustic charm and tastes even better….  such a delicious recipe, perfect for this time of year. The olive oil makes the cake so moist and without heavy frosting, you feel like you can eat the entire cake! Also, for a fun entertaining idea, we divided the batter into four mini cast iron skillets. I use these ones and love them. If you prefer, you can make one large cast iron cake too. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and it’s good eatin’!

Cast Iron Olive Oil and Apple Cakes (serves four, 6″ mini cast iron cakes)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups olive oil
1 cup whole milk
3 eggs
1/2 cup pressed apple cider
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
4 red apples, sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients into a medium bowl and set aside. In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment add all of the wet ingredients and beat until smooth. On slow speed, add in the flour mixture and orange zest. Beat on high for a few seconds until smooth. Don’t over mix.

Pour the batter into 4 mini, lightly-greased cast iron skillets. Arrange sliced apples in each pan. About 1 apple per pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until done.



Stay Cool with our Frozen Peach Bellinis!

Since it’s peach season, and still extremely hot outside, we made some delicious frozen peach Bellinis to cool down with! I love this Bellini recipe because it’s not too sweet and simply refreshing to drink! This peach Bellini is such a super smooth frozen cocktail that you’ll want to enjoy the entire batch, with your guests of course! Also, I’m going to start slicing and freezing some of my peaches just so I can have them on hand to easily make these frozen peach Bellinis! So easy!! Cheers!!

Frozen Peach Bellinis (Serves 3)

1 cup frozen peaches

2 fresh, juicy and ripe peaches – peeled and pitted

1 cup sparkling white wine or Champagne

1 ounce vodka

3 tablespoons sugar

juice of 1/2 large lime


Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender until smooth! Serve in glasses with charming straws and enjoy!

The Best Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe!

I’m so excited to feature this raspberry swirl cheesecake ice cream recipe today! Last week I took my family to the farm for a little outing! We picked fresh raspberries and the entire time I was thinking about what I could do with them. Tarts are great and I thought that would be delicious, but I also really love making homemade ice cream. Finally, after picking countless raspberries off the vine, the idea of a fresh raspberry swirl cheesecake ice cream sounded so good! So I altered my favorite recipe and made the most incredible cheesecake ice cream with fresh raspberry swirls! The recipe is pretty easy to follow too. Yay! It takes a little time, but it’s so worth it and you can clean as you go, making it easier when you’re finished. We topped the raspberry cheesecake ice cream with crushed graham crackers and it was heavenly! Enjoy and stay charming!

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe
(Ice cream base adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream)
2 cups + 1 tablespoon whole milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
11 ounces cream cheese, room temp and softened completely.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Raspberry Swirl Sauce
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch of salt

Whip the cream cheese in a large bowl until completely smooth… no lumps at all. Mix in the salt.

In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon whole milk and mix until combined.

In a heavy sauce pan, combine the whole milk, heavy cream, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil on medium heat, then boil for 4 minutes, exactly. Remove from heat, add in the smooth cornstarch and stir until totally smooth.

When the mixture is hot, slowly pour it over the cream cheese, whisking as you go so there are no clumps in the cream cheese.

Put the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes until it cools.

Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to directions.

While the ice cream is freezing, make the raspberry sauce by adding the raspberries, 1/4 cup water, sugar, lemon juice and a medium sauce pan and simmer. Add the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and stir until smooth. Then add to the raspberry mixture and boil until the juices are thick.

Strain the juice in a mesh strainer to remove the seeds. I use a spoon to stir and I push the mixture through the mesh strainer.

Refrigerate the sauce until room temp or cold.

When the ice cream is almost done freeing, add in the raspberry swirl sauce.

Usually you can tell when the ice cream is done when it pulls away from the sides.

Pour into an ice cream container to freeze for a few hours. I like using these.

Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

RedMoonOverManhattanCocktailRecipeThe Manhattan is one of the finest and oldest cocktails around. It’s a classic and sophisticated cocktail. For this Red Moon Over Manhattan cocktail recipe, we’ve added a twist to it by incorporating red wine! Much like vintage libations, red wine cocktails are also seeing a huge spike in popularity. And while a red wine Manhattan may sound unique, it’s really tasty with a great flavor combination! It’s the perfect cocktail to get ready for all of that fall entertaining you’ll hopefully be doing! Enjoy and stay charming!

Red Moon Over Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

2 ounces red wine

1/2 ounce bourbon

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1 large round ice sphere

3 gourmet maraschino cherries


Shake all of the ingredients together with ice for 20 seconds. Rub orange peel around the rim of the glass. Add in the ice sphere and strain the cocktail over the ice. Scoop one cherry to place inside the drink and add two more on a twig or cocktail stirrer to garnish the glass! Enjoy this new classic!

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Easy Entertaining: DIY Pom Pom Placemats!

DIYPlacemats_1DIYPlacemats_2DIYPlacemats_3DIYPlacemats_5DIYPlacemats_4 These adorable DIY pom pom placemats add a fun and charming touch when setting the table and they’re incredibly easy to make! Easy entertaining at its best! I found the chic fabric and pom pom edging at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and sewed them together! You can add a lining if you want, which will make your pom pom placemats a little more sturdy. Enjoy and stay charming!

Supplies: 2 yards of your favorite patterned fabric, 4 yards of pom pom edging, a sewing machine, white thread, ruler, fabric scissors.

Directions: Measure and cut the fabric to 13 x 17 inches. If you’re doing a lining, cut that as well and sew them together, with the outside of the fabrics facing out. Then cut the pom pom edging to fit each side of the placemat and sew along the edge, overlapping on the blue fabric to cover those edges. That’s it!!

Indoor S’mores and Marbled Marshmallow Recipe!

HersheysSmores_13HersheysSmores_1HersheysSmores_3HersheysSmores_2HersheysSmores_6HersheysSmores_8HersheysSmores_15HersheysSmores_10HersheysSmores_11HersheysSmores_14HersheysSmores_9SAC_Marshmallow_v2We’re so ready for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to start! This year, Hershey’s is an official sponsor of Team USA so we’re celebrating with a homemade S’mores station while rooting on our favorite athletes! The Olympic Games conjure up the best nostalgic memories for me. Gymnastics was always my favorite sport, and I can still remember watching Kerri Strug stick her painful landing, then limp off stage, only to take gold for USA! And I love that HERSHEY’S announced their sponsorship of the U.S. Gymnastics team earlier this year.

As a family, we NEVER missed the Opening Ceremony either, and followed each of our favorite athletes throughout The Games. I revered them and the drive and passion that got them to The Olympic Games! Definitely inspiring to say the least. I’m excited to introduce my son to the games this year!

To help encourage all these U.S. athletes on their journeys to hopefully win gold, HERSHEY’S introduced a new campaign in Rio. Use and tag on social to join us in the Olympic Movement by creating a meaningful, shared moment of connection with Team USA, family and friends.S, send your ‘hello’s’ from home

If you’re entertaining for the Opening Ceremony, try setting up a festive USA S’mores station with these delicious homemade marbled marshmallows, HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars and some sort of cracker or cookie base! We also love using this electric S’mores maker. It is pretty awesome and uses hot air to toast the marshmallows. I actually never knew that it existed until I tried this one and was super impressed. So fun to have a little S’mores station inside and obviously a hit for kids and adults!

For the homemade marbled marshmallows, we made them in red, white and blue to show our support for Team USA! I finally have the perfect marshmallow recipe and some good tips for making these giant homemade marbled marshmallows! Topped with a classic HERSHEY’s Milk Chocolate and instead of a traditional graham cracker, try a thin cookie instead… you can’t go wrong! And National S’mores Day just happens to be August 10th! You know we’ll be breaking out our ingredients and making this American treat to celebrate Team USA!

This post was created in partnership with The Hershey Company.

Easy Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits!

These easy coconut chia seed pudding parfaits are the perfect healthy treat and look pretty darn cute too! If you haven’t made chia seed pudding before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple and delicious it is! When soaked, chia has a similar texture to boba (tapioca), so it’s soft and chewy tiny bubbles! Chia is also a great energy booster, high in protein, omega 3 and good for overall health. But the best part is that this recipe actually tastes good!! The pudding is coconut milk-based, so it has a nice subtle hint of coconut to it. We layered in peach and strawberry Greek yogurt and topped it with coconut shreds, strawberries and peaches to make the most delicious and refreshing chia see pudding parfait. If you’re having guests over, you can quickly make the pudding the night before, let it sit in the refrigerator and then serve it in the morning with the Greek yogurt and fruit! Enjoy!

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 cup sweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey
shredded coconut
pinch salt

In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, the vanilla extract and a pinch salt. Add in the Chia seeds and whisk until combined. Let it stand 30 minutes, then stir to distribute the seeds. Cover with wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Layer the chia pudding with different flavors of Greek yogurt, top with shredded coconut and enjoy!


How to Frost Charming Pineapple Cookies

PineappleCookies4PineappleCookies_1PineappleCookies3 We’re so excited to show you our latest video on how to frost charming pineapple cookies!! The art of frosting cookies can be a difficult one. Especially those beautifully outlined and detailed sugar cookies people spend hours making! That’s why I love playing around with easy piping tips because once you find a good technique, there really isn’t an easier way to frost a cookie. Okay, you could just use a knife and smother the frosting on… but let’s be honest, this isn’t 3rd grade anymore!! So, show people how talented you are at cookie art with this SUPER easy, fun video tutorial on how to frost charming pineapple cookies!!

You’ll want to use the buttercream frosting recipe below, because you need a thick frosting. You’ll also need a leaf piping tip and piping bags.

Pineapple Buttercream Frosting recipe

2 sticks butter, room temperature

1 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature

8 cups sifted powdered sugar

5 tablespoons of whole milk

3 teaspoons pineapple extract

Yellow and green food coloring


Whip the butter and shortening until they’re smooth. Add in the sugar, 2 cups at a time and continue to beat. Add in the milk in between alternating with the sugar. Beat on high until the frosting is fluffy. You want it to be thick, but not too thick where it won’t pipe smoothly. Divide the frosting up into 2 bowls to add food coloring to each of them. We used a tiny bit of gel food coloring to get the desired green and yellow we wanted. Watch the video and get frostin’!!

The Best Ginger Caipirinha Recipe!

GingerCaipirinha_1GingerCaipirinha_2GingerCaipirinha_3GingerCaipirinha_6SAC_CandiedGinger_v1GingerCaipirinha_4We’re so excited for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio!! If you’re hosting an opening ceremony viewing party, we have the perfect cocktail for you to serve! In honor of Brazil and the host city Rio, we’ve added a delicious, gingery twist to their most popular libation, the caipirinha. For this Ginger Caipirinha, we used Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer with lime, sugar and the Brazilian liquor cachaça and then garnished it with homemade candied ginger! It’s a refreshing cocktail that’s so easy to make, guests can even do it themselves! You can also serve Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer over ice with lime wedge too!

For the serving tray, we used this round yellow one to represent the rings of the Olympics! We also used it for our pool party! It’s my new favorite tray because of the size! Set out some lime wedges, sugar, cold Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer, candied ginger and cachaça and you instantly have a fun drink station!

For decor, I added some tropical flowers to the table because even though I’m not physically in Rio, I can only imagine the lush beauty of it! Flowers are ALWAYS going to be at any party I host regardless! We also hung some tropical ferns on the wall and used a few colorful, Olympic-colored coasters. Let the games begin!

Ginger Caipirinha

6 chunks of limes

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 ounce cachaça

2 ounces Crabbies Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer


Muddle 6 lime wedges (1 1/2 limes) in a glass with 1 teaspoon sugar.

Add in 1 ounce cachaça and 2 ounces Crabbies Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

This post is in collaboration with Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer!

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