The heart of fall is upon us, the time for warm blankets, bonfires, pumpkin everything, and cozying up in the home. The Rhapsody Collection by Hooker Furniture is a marriage of casual elegance that can make any home feel cozy for the brisk fall days and holiday season that lie ahead.
And just in time for warming up your home and preparing for the holiday season, Hooker Furniture is launching the Rhapsody Casual Elegance Sweepstakes, in which you could win your favorite piece of this luxurious but relaxed collection by entering here. One of the stars of the Rhapsody Collection is the Rectangle Dining Table, perfect for fall entertaining. The dark, rustic finish with scroll and rope twist design details make this table the perfect centerpiece to a fall evening gathering in the home. Cozy up to the table with loved ones in the plush, upholstered Rhapsody tufted dining chairs and wood back side chairs to enjoy a warm bowl of soup and a heaping slice of pumpkin pie!
For an intimate setting, serve dinner family style at the dining table and put the Rhapsody credenza to use as a bar for wine and cocktails. With a larger crowd, serve dinner buffet style on the credenza. Add a few pumpkins for a pop of casual elegance.
To complete the look for a cozy entertaining setting, light a fire in the fireplace. A fire will make the brisk fall night that much more pleasurable. Garland isn’t just for the holidays. Drape some leafy garland over the hearth for a rustic look. To add a pop of color, clip some branches from a maple tree and place them in a hurricane vase. The burnt leaves will add texture as well as bring the look of autumn indoors and brighten up the room.
What is a fall dinner party without a great dessert? Try making these Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies from the October 2014 issue of Southern Living. The taste of pumpkin will elicit the flavors of fall and the decorated cutout leaf cookies are sure to impress! To view the Southern Living recipe, visit here or scroll to the bottom of this article for the full recipe.
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Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies Recipe
COOKIES ¾ C butter, softened ¾ C granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 ¾ C plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice ¼ tsp. salt
ICING 1 (16 oz.) package powdered sugar 2 large pasteurized egg whites Food coloring (optional)
Prepare Cookies: Beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat 1 minute.
- Sift together flour and next 2 ingredients. Add to butter mixture all at once, and beat at medium speed 1 minute or until combined. Flatten dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°, with oven racks in 2 middle positions. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. (If dough gets too soft to handle, chill 5 to 10 minutes.)
- Cut dough with desired cutters, and place 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps as needed. Chill cut cookies 30 minutes.
- Bake cookies, 2 sheets at a time, at 375° for 9 minutes. Rotate pans front to back, and top rack to bottom rack. Bake 2 to 4 more minutes or until slightly golden around edges. Remove cookies to wire racks, and cool completely (about 15 minutes).
- Meanwhile, prepare Icing: Beat powdered sugar, egg whites, and 2 tsp. water at low speed 2 minutes. (If necessary, add up to 1 Tbsp. water, 1 tsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.) Divide icing, and tint with food coloring, if desired. Cover icing with plastic wrap or a damp towel when not in use.
- Spread a thin layer of icing over each cookie. For a swirled effect, immediately dot cookie with another color of icing, and blend with a wooden pick. Let base layer of icing dry 10 minutes before piping details. Let finished cookies dry 15 minutes before serving.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.