Even though the weather in our neck of the woods isn’t consistently cool yet, I’ve enjoyed cozying up our house a little as we go along. Mostly, I’ve done this in our kitchen by hanging baskets on the wall, incorporating touches of darker colors as well as the occasional pumpkin, of course!
A friend made this wall hanging for me to hang in Benji’s big boy room. However, progress is slow on that project, and so I hung it in the dining room just for fun. Well, now, it lives in the dining room because I love it so much. I had to ask my friend to make a second wall hanging that will actually stay in Benji’s room.
The side of our fridge is a natural and easy place for me to hang prints I like as well as display pictures of family and friends. I like the mix of words and images, memories and meaning it adds to the room.
Last year, I started collecting baskets to create a grouping of them to hang on the wall. I had them by the front entry for a short time. But then they didn’t have a home for a long while.
We plan to get Benji a wooden kitchen for Christmas this year, so he can cook alongside me. So I went ahead and cleared the area where it will go which opened up the perfect spot for the baskets! After Christmas, we will keep the high chair in the dining room, and the play kitchen will fill the area under the baskets. I can’t wait!
When we updated the kitchen, we decided to keep the original light fixture since it didn’t need to be replaced. I’m so glad we kept it! I love the nod it gives to the retro vibe we worked to reinforce with the subway tile backsplash and penny tile floor.
Favorite Fall Breakfast Recipe
Lately, I also started making a fall-inspired oatmeal for breakfast. It all began one morning when I didn’t have eggs in the fridge. So, instead of scrambling a few eggs for Benji, I whipped up a batch of oatmeal. It has quickly become a favorite of his!
I had a friend in college who made the best oatmeal. I always used the packets whenever I made oatmeal, so whenever I went to her apartment for breakfast, I’d watch her make the oatmeal to learn how she did it. Because her oatmeal was always delicious! She used a banana and almond butter to sweeten it and make it creamy. It was delicious every single time!
And so I’ve always aspired to make a bowl of oatmeal as good as that. And I think this oatmeal recipe comes close!
Gluten-Free Apple Spice Oatmeal
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups water
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp apple spice seasoning
(One morning, I didn’t have butter so I substituted the butter with coconut butter. It thickened the oats the same as butter, but provides a vegan option if you so desire.)
Mix oats and water together in pot. Cook on medium-high and bring to a boil. Let the oats thicken to your liking. Lower the heat to low or turn off completely and mix in the rest of the ingredients. I sprinkle chopped pecans on top for an extra crunch.
What are your favorite mix-ins to add in your oatmeal? I’ve been thinking about trying a pumpkin spice flavor oatmeal too!