When the temperatures start to descend and the air gets so crisp you can taste it, all I want to do is be outside. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks -- they are all outdoors as long as possible. To celebrate the falling temperatures and the garden harvest, I put together a little "muffin bar". Won't you join me in a celebration of Fall?
- Aluminum Cake Pans
- "Zinc" Pots with Burlap Tag - Large
- "Zinc" Pots with Burlap Tag - Small
- E6000 (optional)
- Gold Cupcake Liners
- Acorn Stickers (LOVE these stickers -- really beautiful!)
- Small Decorative Acorns (You could use real ones too!)
- Various harvested, dry seeds from the garden (I used chickpeas, fava beans and lentils)
- Various breads, muffins, cakes, etc
- Parchment Paper and Baker's Twine for Packaging
To assemble your display, the main players are the cake pans, zinc pots and then an assortment of decorative items. You can make the tiered stands permanent by adhering the metal pots to the cake pans with E6000, semi-permanent by using a couple dabs of hot glue to secure around the rim or simply stack them and skip adhesive! If you use hot glue or no adhesive, you can reuse your cake pans as actual cake pans. if you decide to make them permanent tiered stands, you might want to get your cake pans cheap from the thrift store. On my largest tiered stand, I used simple wood coins (cut from a dead tree branch) stacked and glued together.
Once you have the basic structure of the display, it is time to make things pretty!
These little acorn stickers are absolutely beautiful and perfect as accents.
Harvested and dried seeds and these cute little decorative acorns make up the "bedding" in the cake pans. If you don't have a garden, dry lentils, chickpeas, fava beans and various other beans are easy to find and VERY cheap in bags at the grocery store. No shame in purchasing them!!\ (PS - You CAN eat or plant these seeds after using them! Simply give them a wash in a colander and they are good to go!)
Load up your pans with freshly baked goods, wrapped in parchment paper (a cheap must-have for the kitchen and gifting!)
and secured with a little baker's twine! (I got this set of four colors that covers fall and Valentine's day :)
Now get baking and harvesting! Fall is only here for such a short, sweet time!