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We love Fall.  That pretty much goes without saying.  And now that the lovely month of October is officially upon us, we can’t wait to pull out those cozy sweaters, warm up that hot chocolate and take long walks through a canopy of changing leaves.  (Magical.)  In fact, we love Fall so much that we couldn’t resist celebrating with a little something extra special, aka, a dazzling Fall-inspired recipe contest courtesy of SMP at Home.  Think your favorite Fall goodies, pretty images to match and a whole lot of yummy.  This is going to be soooo fun.

Yep, that’s right.  We want to hear all about your fave Fall recipes and we want to see that yumminess in its full glory.  I’m talking fab drool-inducing photos straight from your kitchen to ours.  Not an expert photog?  No worries.  We’ve compiled a list of easy peasy tips on capturing that food magic with any kind of camera, iPhone included.  Did I mention this was going to be fun?!?

CONTEST: Best Fall Inspired Recipe… from signature cocktails to tasty sweets (and everything in between), this is about you and what makes you the happiest now that the leaves are turning and the air is crisp.

SUBMISSIONS: All submissions should be received by Friday, October 5th at midnight EST. We are only accepting entries through our submissions tool which you can find right here. Emailed submissions won’t be accepted for now. Please title all posts RECIPE CONTEST. Our submissions server requires 15 submissions. Feel free to include step-by-step shots or if you don’t have enough, not to worry, we’ll still get it as long as it’s titled RECIPE CONTEST.

PHOTOGRAPHY: We wanted to mention photography for a moment. The best submissions are those that are photographed in a clean, simple way that allows the food/drink to take center stage. While the photography that we normally feature on the site is done by pro’s, there are a few simple ways to make any photo sparkle using an iphone or a simple point and shoot camera. Here are a handful of posts that give some great tips:

Food Photography Basics via The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Food Photography with an iPhone via Oh My Veggies
Taking Photos of Food here and here via Pioneer Woman
Food Photography Tips w/o a Fancy Camera via Huffington Post
Food Photography via A Beautiful Mess

WINNER: Our editors will choose our 10 favorite projects and put them up on the blog for you guys to vote!

PRIZE: A $250 gift card to Crate and Barrel to which you can spend on anything you want! We’re partial to this, this and maybe a little of this… but hey, it’s not our mula!  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!  We can’t wait to see your entries! xoxo

In case you missed any, here are all of the pretty posts from the week…

fabulous home tour
beyond gorgeous kitchen tour
uber-fun DIY rope vases
sweeter than sweet Charlottesville wedding
stunning Brooklyn soiree
breathtaking Palm Springs affair
fabulous Biergarten Inspired photo shoot
fun-filled New Hampshire wedding
stunning Rancho Santa Fe affair 
day filled with seven gorgeous weddings
pretty, pretty Camarillo soiree
fabulous NYC wedding
glorious Healdsburg affair
breathtaking Santa Barbara photo shoot
drop-dead gorgeous Washington soiree
stunning Santa Rosa affair

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members…

ACKgiftbags
Workhorse Printmakers
The Balcony on Dock
My Darling Heart
SG Mobile DJ Service, LLC
Rockstar Catering Company
Shannon Schultz Events
Restoration Rentals
The Sweetery
Luxe Catering and Events
Crowning Celebrations
Vinewood Events
Di Fiori
Moving Presentations
Just Invite Me
Ruffles & Rouge Event Design
Belle of the Ball
Person + Killian Photography

To apply to become a member of our LBB click here. We’d love to hear from you!

And, last, but not least… we have some winners to announce!

Congrats to Trena, the lucky winner a “Lilian” robe from Doie Lounge!

The winner of a Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery 21 Piece Set from Macy’s is Jessica L H!  Congrats!

Have a happy, happy weekend, lovelies!  We’ll see you back here on Sunday morning! xoxo