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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Sunday was a rainy,windy, stay in and watch Hallmark movies and football kind of day.  It also was a day I wanted a good dinner, but didn’t want to slave over a stove.  So I made Pumpkin Turkey chili in the crockpot.  I found the recipe several months ago and set it aside for a day like this.

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I had no desire to run to the store for  missing ingredients so I improvised.  The real recipe is below.  I only had yellow peppers and I didn’t have any garlic cloves so instead, I used garlic powder.


1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 cup chopped yellow pepper

1 clove minced garlic

1 1b. ground

1 14.5 can diced tomatoes

2 cups pumpkin puree

1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. pepper

dash salt

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

Onions and Peppers

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the peppers and onion.

Add Ground Turkey

Add ground beef to pepper and onion mixture. Cook until brown.


Put entire mixture in the crockpot. Add the diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree and seasonings. Cook in the crockpot on low for approximately 4-5 hours.


Serve with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top. Add a slice of crusty garlic bread and a glass of wine and it’s the perfect meal for a Fall day.

Do you have a special winter meal?

I’m linking up to the comfort food party at Centsational Girl.


Before & After Dollar Store Pumpkins + Kitchen Table Gone Fall

I finally gave in and turned on the heat.  When the sun goes down, it gets just a bit nippy.  We still have sun and the days are beautiful so I’m really not complaining.

Whenever I get a few minutes here and there I do a bit more Fall Decorating.  At the rate I’m going, I’ll be sharing it with you for the next month.  And then it will be time for Christmas.  OMG!  That’s a scary thought and a whole different reason to mess up the garage again (she said as she laughed out loud).

I picked up some pumpkins for a 1.00 each at the Dollar store, then grabbed come Rustoleum spray paint from my 52 can collection and some decorative ribbon tape from my craft room.  Voila!  Before and after decorated pumpkins.

Dollar Store Pumpkins

Dollar Pumpkin Collage After

Also, here’s a peek at my kitchen Fall table.  The setting is simple and natural.  I picked up these cute live pumpkin trees and greenery in the floral department at Albys, aka Albertsons.

Full View

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Kitchen Fall Collage

Lastly, one random item.  Do you watch The  Voice?  I love those guys!  Happy Tuesday!


** I’ve changed my blog name to Lattenene Chat. If you do an internet search you will still find posts from it’s previous name, Lattenenes Cup of Chat.

Fall Floral

Happy Friday everyone.  We made it through another rainless week in the Northwest.  I’m okay with the cold mornings and mid to high 60’s by afternoon as long as the sun is shining and my drive home from work requires sun glasses!

I’ll be sharing lots of Fall decorating next week but just wanted to give you a hint of it today.  My dining room table arrangement centers around a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a candle + container from my adorable niece/God Daughter.  I hosted a bridal shower for her last weekend and she gifted me.  How sweet is that?  I’ll share more about the shower in future posts.

Bt these flowers, beautiful, right?  The shades of orange are so bright and send such a warm feeling.

Shower Bouquet

Bridal Shower Collage R1

Do you have any bouquets of Fall flowers in your house?


The Update of the Porch Update of the Porch Update

Did you follow that?  Hello!  I have tweaked my front porch 3 times this season.  First, it was the celebration of F’all Y’all Porch Update and some pics were shared.

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Then, I tweaked it for Halloween just a little bit by changing the welcome sign and adding some pumpkins loaded up in an old box full of straw stuff and sitting on the porch. I forgot to take pictures so you have to trust me.  I would take pictures now but I packed all of the Halloween decor away.  I Dang it! I do have a picture of the welcome sign and a pumpkin or two that I incorporated in the new look.

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Okay, so this past weekend I packed the Halloween decorations away, tossed the dead Mum (that way because I didn’t water it) and added a bit of Turkey day decor.I did leave a few of the orange faux pumpkins but put the black ones away.

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There ya go.  The next time I update I’ll be getting my “Ho, Ho. Ho” on!

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Fall Door Deco

Yes, Yes, I know it’s a bit late in the day to be hooking up to Rhoda’s Fall Door Decor Linky Party.  But it was a very hectic morning and I was on the road to work by 6:00 A.M. and just did not have time.  Rhoda is sharing her door decor savvy  at her Southern Hospitality Blog and I’m hooking up to show you what I did to my front door for fall.  Well, actually, I used the space to the left of the door. 

It’s really very simple and okay maybe a bit lazy.  I love front Front door welcome signs for every occasion.  I probably have too many.  Here’s the one that’s hanging right now…

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As it gets closer I’ll change to a Halloween theme…

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and as it gets nearer to Turkey day ….yep, another welcome sign..

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Next week I’ll be hooking up again with the Fall Y’All party to share a decorated porch and some simple crafts.


latte Lattenene

Fall Deco

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Hi All – Thought I would link up to Fall Y’all.  Layla at The Lettered Cottage is hosting the first of four link parties. So today I’m sharing a little fall deco in the family room.  That would be the room that has the fireplace and the same room that the TV and speakers are above the fireplace.  That means not a big opportunity to decorate for any holiday but I always try to give the mantle a tiny bit of the season.

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I also added some fall flavor to the iron rod table to the right of the fireplace.

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A few close-ups…a cute wood pumpkin I’ve had for a very long time.

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and a few fall leaves added to some greenery.

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The weather has changed in the Northwest quickly in the last couple of days.  I think our surge of 80 degree days are gone, we’re bypassing the 70’s and were in the 60’s.  It’s got me thinking about the upcoming FALL Y’All linky party being sponsored by:

Layla @ the Lettered Cottage

Rhoda @ southern hospitality

Kate @ centsational girl and

Sarah @ thrifty decor chick


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I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and here’s just a few I came up with that even I can do! 🙂

Create a leaf lantern by putting leaves in a jar, plus some Modge Podge and tiny tea lights.  Inside or outside, it would look awesome!  Original idea from 5 orange potatoes.


Yum Yum!  Fall snackies, perfect for a football game get together.

Now lets get down to some simple easy decorating thought…



Thanksgiving table 

Autumn Decorating  Natural Autumn Entry

Autumn... a Thankful Tree  add a pumpkin

If you need an invitation to join Pinterest just send me an e-mail and I’ll be happy to provide.

So tell me, what kind of Fall decorating thoughts do you have?


latte Lattenene

P.S – I promised you a project update for the spare room project today, but it will be tomorrow instead.  C’ya!