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How to Create a Fall Charcuterie Board

Fall is here! The air is crisp and fresh and the beautiful fall colors are starting to come out. Embrace the season with an autumn inspired charcuterie board! 

Maybe you have last minute guests arriving? The kids are bored? Or you just have the itch to express your love for the season? 

Grab your pumpkin spice latte and let’s create a masterpiece!

*First, start out by looking for your canvas. Look through your kitchen cabinets for your charcuterie board, a wooden cutting board, a large plate, platter, tray, etc. Also, look for small bowls, small dishes, etc. in the event you want dips, jams, spreads or to keep smaller food items. You may even want little forks and knives depending on what you want to serve. 

*Second, think about what type of goodies, colors and moods remind you of fall. Apples, caramels, candy corn, pumpkins, maple, spice, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, red, brown, and orange hues, etc. Moods usually are warm, cozy, crisp, abundant, plentiful, etc. Jot down your ideas! You can even look at images on Pinterest for inspiration. 

*Third, now that you found your canvas, settled on your mood and have a list of what items you want on your board, it’s time to shop! Look for all the goodies and garnishes you plan to use. Visit your local farmer’s market, the grocery store, a nearby cider mill, etc. I actually found a bunch of items at the Dollar Tree!

*Fourth, now that you have all your supplies it is time to assemble! There is no wrong way to do this. Go where your creativity takes you. Arrange items on your board and be sure to fill in all the gaps. Example, place items around small bowls and such to make it look full and plentiful. Make sure the colors are distributed evenly. You can add some garnishes to decorate and enhance the look too. Some examples could be little pumpkins, gourds, cinnamon sticks, dried apples, pinecones, fall flowers, etc. Once you have the look you want, add any utensils you may need.

*Fifth, admire and enjoy! I say admire because you need to step back and applaud the beautiful work of art you created!  And see the look on your guests’ faces when they look at this showpiece! Make sure to take photos because this jewel will not last forever! It’s beautiful, but it is edible. Devoured in no time!


**Helpful Information**

Below is list of goodies I used:

*Brach’s Candy Corn – found at local grocery store (seasonal)

*Brach’s Mellow creme pumpkins – found at local grocery store (seasonal)

*Brach’s Autumn Mix – found at local grocery store (seasonal)

*Maple Creme cookies – found at the Dollar Tree

*Caramel Apple Chips – found at the Dollar Tree

*Cinnamon Apple Chips – found at the Dollar Tree

*Drizzled Popcorn – Pumpkin Spice – found at the Dollar Tree (seasonal)

*Drizzled Popcorn – Candy Corn – found at the Dollar Tree (seasonal)

*Apples – found at local grocery store

*Mini doughnuts – I used Hostess Old Fashioned

*Caramel candies – found at local grocery store

*Caramel Dip – found at local grocery store (seasonal)

Below is a list of garnishes I used:

*Cinnamon sticks

*Anise stars

*Small pumpkins

*Fall flowers

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