It's that time of year I love so much... where the air becomes so crisp and fresh and the slight cold sends chills enough for warm cozy sweaters, warm boots, and nights by the campfire roasting up some smores and sharing stories around the fire with family and friends.
Nothing like the beautiful leaves changing so many bright and brilliant colors. A peacefulness every where you walk....
One of my favorite fall essentials is a warm, fall, fleece blanket that I bring out. This year Kathleen is already enjoying curling up in it all snugly and reading her books.
I also love the fall, where our home is slightly cooler and at night it is so nice curling up into fresh, warm, luxurious bed sheets; just makes a long full day complete. Like this comfy Venice sheet set from Parachute. It looks like it would be a welcoming addition to any bedroom. I also love that this bedding company gives back to a good cause, with purchase they will donate to Nothing But Nets organization.
**Photo credit from Parachute website**
Another fall essential is warm, delicious drinks of all kinds! I was going to feature one of my favorite teas for the fall weather, but when we were out at Bob Evans for lunch the other day, Kathleen ordered hot cocoa. Of course it had a big mound of delicious whipped cream, but she ate it too quickly, lol. A large favorite mug filled with tasty, warm goodness, whether it's tea, hot cocoa, coffee or cider..... it says fall to me.
Essential fall decorating with more gourds, these ended up in our mini bird bath on the porch. :-)
I absolutely love birds and finding different ways to attract all kinds to our back yard. One of my favorite magazines with a lot of great information is Birds and Blooms. This is the time of year we are cleaning their feeders, the bird baths and getting ready for the winter time.
I also love the beauty of mums to enjoy through the fall season, these are already blooming brightly in my front yard.
Another fall essential is pumpkins and we have plenty from our garden :-) Such a blessing we don't have to buy them this year. So we will have pumpkin decorating and pumpkin goodies.
I love candles every day of the year, but a warm glow on a cool autumn night with a delicious pumpkin fragrance makes everything just right. This candle is amazing! We bought it a couple years ago at a craft fair and the people who made them were going out of business. We bought a bunch of their items and sad we won't be able to get them anymore.
And of course we can't forget the warm soups and stews and crock pot meals. :-) I always seem to remember a picture AFTER we all have eaten, lol. So here's what's left for Jerry's lunch and the recipe is below.
Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped potatoes
1 cup celery chopped
1 onion chopped
8 oz. mushrooms
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, thyme, oregano,marjoram, and basil.
4 cups water, 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Chop chicken, carrots, potatoes, celery and onion. Place in crock pot. Pour mushrooms on top. Sprinkle on seasonings, pour in water and lemon juice. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.