Last year at this time, we were breaking ground. It feels so good to be settled into our house, and I’ve been looking forward to Fall here since we first stepped foot on our lot. It’s even better than I dreamed of, especially because we’re blessed with the best neighbors. A few weekends ago, it was cold enough to sit outside by the fire, so I made a fun fall-inspired charcuterie board to bring over for the evening. Charcuterie boards are so easy and quick to put together. It’s fun to pick out snacks for the board, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that there’s a right and wrong way to do a charcuterie board. Some people may fall over after eyeing candy corn next to cheese and meats, but I absolutely love it. And Milk Duds? A fall must! The main rule is to have fun with it! Pick out foods that you love, seasonal selections, and leave out the ones you won’t eat. You’ll never see an olive or mushroom on my charcuterie board 😆
I also made sangria-inspired spiced wine for the evening. I say “sangria-inspired” because I left out the added sugar and brandy that you would typically add to a sangria recipe. We didn’t want to get too turnt up during a relaxing night by the fire. Kyle and I had lunch at Reid’s Fine Foods earlier that afternoon, so I picked up some specialty items in their market on the way out. Reids has a counter dedicated just to make the perfect charcuterie board. I quickly got overwhelmed by watching people order things like “seafood salad” and types of meats and cheeses I’d never be able to pronounce correctly. And the seafood salad wasn’t what I was expecting. It looked like mini octopuses and naked calamari. Although I’m sure it tasted amazing and made the charcuterie board more sophisticated, I went with the candy corn route instead.
While I was there, I picked up some crackers, dried okra (yum!), pepper jack and habanero cheese, cheddar, salami, prosciutto, dry coppa, sweet soppressata, milk duds, date and nut goat cheese, fig jam, and a French baguette. I added dried and candied orange slices and pumpkin seeds from Trader Joes. I candied the walnuts with butter, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice. And for the candy corn trail mix, I added a bag of candy corn to cashews, almonds, cranberries, and pecans. In two large bottles (from IKEA), I added two cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and orange slices to the bottom. In one, I poured Chardonnay, and in the other, I poured Pinot Noir. It’s delicious when you let the wine chill overnight with the fruits. The flavors were so good, and the hint of spice from the cinnamon was perfect for Fall. My cute little cheese knives and gingham leaf plate are from Hobby Lobby. The candles are also a fun touch for a charcuterie board! The best part is that it only took about fifteen minutes to set-up! It’s perfect for any last-minute party, and the leftovers (if there are any) are always just as good the next day. The coziest night with neighbors! ♥️ 🍂 Can’t wait to make another board and watch Hocus Pocus (yes, again) by the fire!
.Questions for you!
- What do you put on your charcuterie board?
- Are your leaves starting to change where you live?