Each season, I love to count ways to make the most of and enjoy the current season at hand! It helps me collect my thoughts, to gain a certain anticipation for the next few months. I’ve shared lists for spring and summer thus far this year, so this is my list of fall favorites to enjoy!
I am pretty sure that most people love fall and don’t need any convincing of its loveliness. But, no matter, here are some ways I plan and hope to enjoy fall this year! Would love to know if you plan do some of these too!
Cold Weather Veggies
The last few months of summer, we neglected our garden. Eventually, the tomatoes, squash, and peppers petered out so that we have nothing growing anymore. But, we plan to plant greens and cold weather veggies soon. We grew cabbage, broccoli, and collards at the very end of winter earlier this year, so I am looking forward to planting more of those as well as other leafy greens: kale, spinach, and cauliflower!
And this year, I will be sure to put plenty of apples aside to make delicious apple crisps! I recently found a gluten-free apple crisp recipe. I tried it this summer, and it is divine. So, we will have that on repeat through the fall.
My sister and I went apple picking with Benji last year. And I’m pretty sure I ended up eating all the apples I picked that day without making much with them! Now that Benji is older, he would enjoy going – we will probably have to keep him from eating rotten apples off the ground! But there is nothing more quintessentially fall than to go apple picking!
My 28th Birthday!
I turn 28 at the beginning of October. I honestly don’t think all that much about age. In some ways, I’ve waited all my life to be at this stage in my life, not just because I am married and having babies, living a dream I always hoped for. But, I remember being a young girl, seeing college girls come home and noticing how much more sure of themselves the seemed.
Of course, once I got to college and was that age myself, I realized they didn’t have it all together. But, with age comes the opportunity to know yourself better. And that experience makes me eager in some ways to grow older. Childhood and the younger years of life are fun and have their beauty, but I think to grow older, to mature into oneself is a true gift, and I look forward to doing just that. Becoming more and more who I was made to be. So, here’s to 28!
Two words: sweater weather!
Unashamedly, last week, I googled “2017 fall home trends” to gain some inspiration for how to change up our house for fall without having to buy seasonal decoration. I wanted to use as much of what I already have to change up our house a little bit. Well, velvet pillows was on that list. We have one velvet pillow cover we bought at Ikea last year, and I wish I had gotten five of them. It’s my favorite – the color, texture, everything! So, it is my hope to incorporate more velvet pillows into our life this fall. Ikea has a couple options; H&M has a large selection. I’m sure they are a bunch other places. Be on the lookout for more velvet pillows around here!
Jesse and I graduated from Clemson University and were both raised Clemson fans, so last year was pretty exciting when Clemson won the national championship. So, it will be fun to see how they do this season!
Whether cozy knit clothes or a big warm blanket, I love the coziness a knit adds to an outfit or room. One day, I’d love to learn to knit and make a big blanket myself or even knit sweaters for myself and the kids. (Jesse is too hot natured to wear sweaters. To knit him a sweater and make him wear it would basically be to wish him to die of a heat stroke! So, we will avoid that!) Anyway, knits – they’re great!
Last year, I bought a pair of lace up ankle boots at Target. They had zero support but were super cute – I wore them constantly! Until one day, I realized I needed more support (because hip problems that require shoes with a removable footbed). So this year, I plan to get a good quality pair of chukka boots that will carry me through the fall.
Again, in my search for fall trends, I learned that woven texture is great to incorporate. I have some baskets I’ve been planning to hang on the wall somewhere. I don’t know that it will actually happen, because while I love the look, it never looks how I want it to in my own house. So, for all of you basket wall people out there, enjoy! Otherwise, get a basket or a wicker chair or some other sort of woven texture.
If you look around our house, you quickly notice that blue and green are some of our favorite colors. However, this fall, I want to turn that up a little bit in the dark green department. Not go crazy of course, but dark green is a rich fall color that smoothly transitions from the brilliance of summer to the celebration of the holidays. What a wonderful time of year!
What is your favorite cold weather drink? I love warm apple cider, but my absolute favorite is a chai latte. Lately, I’ve gotten it made with coconut milk instead of half and half. It isn’t as creamy, but it is just as warm and cozy plus dairy free! I highly recommend running to your closest Starbucks (or whatever coffee shop you like best) and trying a chai with coconut milk. Bonus: adding some pumps of pumpkin spice is delicious!
A neighbor invited us to a soup swap a few weeks ago. We weren’t able to go, but I love the idea of it, especially as a way to get together with neighbors!
Perhaps it is because I’ve spent the majority of my time over the last few years with children (first as a nanny and now as a mom), but I think I become more aware of the seasons as I get older. Their coming and going becomes more familiar and rythmic, like welcoming an old friend and remembering all the marks of it. The light has already started to soften the last few days, and soon enough the leaves will change and fall to the ground. I’m hoping we can go for some hikes or at least get outside while the weather is cooler and it’s so beautiful.
Speaking of getting outside, we live in the foothills of the mountains, so a few trips to nearby mountain towns would be fun this time of year. It’s fun to poke around in antique shops and enjoy a leisurely day away from home.
Modern Mrs. Darcy Fall Book Club
One of my favorite sources for book lists and finding what to read next is Anne Bogel, Modern Mrs. Darcy. She has a book club on her website. Technically, to be a part of the official group discussions and all the perks, you have to pay to join. I am not an official paying member of the club, but Anne shares the book club choices so that anyone can join in. So, I decided to read along, because I always enjoy her book selections! In September, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner is the book of the month. Then in October, we will read Young Jane Young, and in November, L.M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon. She adds additional complementary reading too which I plan to do some of the months. Join in if you are looking for good reads for fall!
With the cooler weather, we have been opening windows throughout the house almost everyday. It’s so nice to not need the air conditioning or the heat. Can’t it be temperate all year round?!
Benji’s 2nd Halloween
We don’t go crazy with Halloween around here, but it will be fun to put together a little outfit for Benji and do Halloween. Now that he is more aware of what’s going on around him!
This time of year is a good time to transplant plants and do some landscaping. When we moved into our house, we transplanted plants from our rental to the house without knowing much about the way the sun hit the yard through the year. Now that we have a better grasp on how the sun hits our house as well as the different plants’ needs, we need to transplant most of our plants. I love the opportunity to get outside, dig in the dirt, and cultivate our yard a little more. Of course, it all dies soon afterwards, but it adds to the fun of it all blooming in the spring and summer!
A Year in Our House
It’s almost been a year exactly since we closed on our house. I can’t believe it’s been a year already, but maybe we will do something special to celebrate! Last year at this time, we were going through the process of buying it. Though it was a lot of work to get the house move-in ready, this house has been such a blessing to have. And we couldn’t have asked for a better realtor to make the process a breeze!
I have been looking forward to fall for a good long while now, and am eager to welcome it with open arms! Do you have any other ways you like to enjoy the season? I’d love to hear what you plan to do to enjoy fall!