Pumpkin Patches And Why You Should Visit

Pumpkin patches are a fun activity in the fall. Picking your own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch, no matter your age, gets you in the fall spirit. If the pumpkin patch is a charity, that fall spirit can be doubled.

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a visual treat.  The rows and rows of orange orbs is a delight for any eyes. It is a lot more fun to buy your pumpkins at a pumpkin patch and not in a pile at the grocery store.

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As Summer Folds Into Fall-Texas Falls into Autumn

There is a mixture of summer and fall today. As one season folds into the next, blending the best of both seasons and creating this golden, colorful fall day.

 

Yes, Fall is in the air this morning. She came to Texas a few days ago and I am welcoming this long, lost friend. Fall only comes for short visits in Texas, and most years, is the last guest to sit at the table. Some years, fall misses Thanksgiving dinner altogether and skips right into the Christmas season. Rude.

As Summer Folds Into Fall-Texas Falls into Autumn

Not today, today is a fall day in Texas.

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Six Fun Activities For Exploring Your City On An October Day

We love to travel and walk a new city.  We never know where the day will take us. You don’t have to go out-of-town to have this adventure.  Exploring your city, finding new things to do and making new memories, all in your own backyard. October is a great month to start exploring your own city.

Many times we travel and explore but do we take out and explore our own city?

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Fall Grocery Store Finds-Decorating For Fall

As I was shopping today at my local grocery store, I realized what a great resource it can be. Decorating for fall with grocery store finds can be a natural way to add the look of fall to your house.

If you are just starting out, as a new home owner, or any type of dwelling, you can decorate your entire house using grocery store finds.  There is a bountiful amount of ideas to decorate for fall.

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Five Great Smelling Pumpkin Candles For Fall

Fall feels include fall smells. Fall brings to mind wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen of something delicious baking. Sometimes these delicious smells come from pumpkin candles.

In the fall, like all year long, I burn candles throughout the day.  I love the way they make my house smell.  Fresh. Clean. And sometimes, like something is baking.

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Fall Mums And How To Care For Them

Fall mums are a beautiful symbol of fall. With their rich colors that let you know autumn is here, or is on its way. Fall mums have colorful domes of blooms in the golden jewel-tone hews that look perfect on your porch, alongside your pumpkins or alone in your flowerbeds.

Fall’s favorite flower, otherwise known as chrysanthemums.

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Fall At Magnolia Market- Why This Is A Perfect Time To Visit

Anytime is a good time to visit the silos, but fall at Magnolia Market is a pumpkin-perfect time to come to Waco and visit the market.

Fall at Magnolia Market is special to me because two years ago, I met Joanna and interviewed her before the silos opened, before the first Silobration. (read about it here) Fall At Magnolia Market- Why This Is A Perfect Time To Visit Fall At Magnolia Market- Why This Is A Perfect Time To Visit

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So This Is What Fall Feels Like?

So this is what fall feels like?

Today, in Waco, there is no fall in the air.  Today, there is a temperature of 81, high humidity, rain in the forecast and it is squashing my fall feels. I won’t let this happen.

So This Is What Fall Feels Like?

I will transport my mind back to an October day that I cherish. In New York City.

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When I Think Of Fall, I think Of Pumpkins

When I think of fall, I think of pumpkinsPumpkins make me happy with their imperfect, round bodies, full of awkward flaws, sometimes damaged, broken and having shoddy exteriors.  And yet, we decorate with them.  We adorn our front porches with the imperfect orbs of fall.

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Not everything in life is perfect and sometimes the imperfect can be beautiful.

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The mere smell of fall

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” -Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

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That is the way I want my house to smell in the fall. Cinnamon, cloves, apples, oh my!

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apples, cinnamon, cloves and whole all spice

I light candles—pumpkin candles, vanilla candles and cinnamon.  But nothing is better than smelling something cooking in the kitchen.  Something sweet.

“The mere smell of cooking can evoke a whole civilization.”- Fernand Braudel

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If I am on a diet, which I always am, or I don’t have the time to bake, I fake it.

  • Cinnamon sticks,
  • all spice
  • cloves
  • star anise
  • vanilla, from Mexico

All these wonderful spices, simmering on the stove, in two cups of water, make the whole house smell of wonder.

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apples and cinnamon simmering on the stove

And if I have an apple that has gone bad, I throw that in the pot, as well.

Throw caution to the wind and add some apple cider or apple juice. Experiment with different concoctions until you find your favorite.  Remember to simmer, and keep an eye on it.  Don’t want the liquid to boil over or dry up! Ew.

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apples

You can also do the same thing with lemon, rosemary and vanilla, simmering in water and you will get an entirely different lovely smell.  William Sonoma uses this to entice people when they shop in their stores.  And I believe it works.

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lemons and rosemary

Hope your house smells like all things fall!

love and blessings~dd