Oh, Horse Apples! (A Tablescape)

Are you running behind for Fall?  Now that it IS officially Fall, I guess it’s time to make a few changes.  Open a drawer and pull out some warm-tones of golds, reds, browns, and greens.

This has been the week for eating soup.  I made Cool Snap Chili and vegetable beef.

Soup/Pasta Bowl

HH loves any type of pasta, so for a change from soup, tonight we’ll have pasta.

Fall Pasta

I bought these pasta bowls a long time ago at William Sonoma, along with the serving bowl to match.

Pasta Serving Bowl

They remind me more of summer, but we don’t eat pasta often during hot weather.  It’s so heavy.

I’m making chicken pasta tonight.  Relax, Pox…not you.

Pox Rooster

We don’t do anti-pasta here, just regular.  Artichokes are used mostly for decorating.  And pears.  I collected what I could reach from the pear tree and made my annual batch of Pear Relish recently.  (Hear that HBD?  Come for a visit – we’ll share it.)

Artichokes and Pears

I also collected horse apples from the tree line.  That’s the fruit from Bois d’arc (pronounced bow-dock) trees, which are strong and hardy and narly, but resilient over time.

The Bois d’arcs were planted many years ago as fence posts.  Since they’re indestructible, farmers never had to replace fence posts, only string new barbed wire occasionally.

Horse apples are poisonous for human consumption, but horses and cows are known to eat them.

Horse Apples and Sour Apples

They’re not fit for drying, either, but they add some nice lime coloring.

This is my favorite candle, perfect colors for Fall.

Fall Candle

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick branches contrast well with dried hydrangea blooms.

Harry Lauder's Walking Stick Branches

I guess you noticed the votive garland at the windows.

Votive Garland

I’ll add tea lights and light them for dinner tonight.  Won’t that be nice (and different from the norm)?

Two weeks ago, I had my priorities right.  I bought all the bags of candy corn I could find at Wally World.  I mixed them all together for eating displaying.  OK, both.

Candy Corn

They’re especially good with peanuts added, too.

I stopped at Kroger for some squash on sale this week.


See?  Collecting Fall things happens gradually in The Land of Making Do.  Nothing sudden or dramatic.

Bird plates aren’t Fall necessarily, but the orange, gold, and green ones spoke to me.  We have cotton bolls in the fields all around us, so I added some to the dried flowers for a little fun.

Bird Plates and Cotton

I bought three leaf place mats on T. J. Maxx clearance last year – all they had and not all matching.  Thought I might run across a fourth, but that didn’t happen.

It’s so early into Fall, I wasn’t in the mood for the full tablecloth yet.  The leaf mats make a nice mat for the center collection.

Fall Table

The leaf coasters help drive the point home.

Leaf Coasters

It helps your mood to bring out your Fall.  The leaves are barely starting their coloring here.  Soon, they’ll bring out our Fall on the outside, too.

I’m ready for it, are you?







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  1. says

    Ahh this looks great! I do like that pattern on the WS dishes- kind of a classic! I like the things you’ve added for fall. The pasta sounds great- my husband loves pasta. I always tease him because he orders pasta dishes at restaurants frequently. I like the leaf placemats – I’ve never seen them before. I first saw those crazy looking apples on the internet a few years ago. They have a great texture! I remember seeing them for sale on Ebay but I thought it was too outrageous to pay for them!
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    • says

      Thank you, Liz. I hope the dishes are classic – because they will be here forever, classic or not. I’ve searched the internet for a way to preserve horse apples, but all I read is that you can’t do it. They rot very quickly and ooz a sticky creamy-white liquid. I won’t leave them in the bowl more than a few days. Hey, did you find real (preserved) ones for sale on Ebay, or fake ones?

  2. teresa says

    Love the candy display. Never heard the term Horse Apple; we call them osage orange around her. i collect them from the street and use them in my amethyst Blenko bowl. The color combination is outstanding, although i haven’t seen that many here this year. Maybe the polar vortex affect them. The Native americans also used them for their arrows since the wood is so strong.

    You set a very welcoming table.

    • says

      Thank you! I saw the osage orange on line, but the bush it referenced as the source isn’t full-size tree like the Bois d’arc. I wasn’t sure they were the same size, either. The wood from the Bois d’arc is so strong, you could use it for anything! Hope you have a great weekend, Teresa.

  3. says

    You’re so lucky to live where you have access to so many fruit trees. I’ve had to order my hedge apples from Ebay. Maybe you should consider selling them too!

  4. says

    I think the WS dishes can swing either way. I can see them in summer with lighter accessories, but they are just as comfortable on a fall table in my eyes. Pasta, soup…perfect for it!

    The little touches you have added throughout the house bring fall in without slapping people upside the head. I love that! Using organic elements is always a great way to give the house a feeling of fall. Nothing says fall like horse apples! I wish there was a way to dry or preserve them. They’re so pretty.

    Happy Fall, Kim!

    • says

      Thank you, Alycia! Guess what? I found a way to preserve these. I’d seen them called Osage apples before, but the tree they come from are a different name didn’t seem to be identical. I guess maybe they are one and the same, though. I’m following the procedure for drying them, so we’ll see in a while whether or not it works for these I have. I hope things are going well for you these days!

    • says

      Thank you! I wish I’d added greenery around the horse apples. They are stunning with flowers and leaves! I hope the drying technique works that I’m trying. :-/