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Fall Faves- What I am Looking Forward to this Fall

I know, fall doesn't "officially" begin until September 22, but let's face it- after Labor Day, it is fall for all intents and purposes.  We might as well celebrate it! 

Make no mistake about it- I am a warm weather girl and part of me mourns the end of summer each year.  But I must say that Fall is probably my favorite season.  It is still warm enough that I can usually get by with shorts and a T-Shirt during the day (I wear flip-flops until almost Thanksgiving!), but not so warm that I "glow".  (Every Southern woman knows that "horses sweat, men perspire and women glow!").  The leaves start to turn glorious shades of color and we get to enjoy our beaches, museums and other attractions without so many tourists. (Bless their hearts- we love to see them come and we love to see them go!)

But what I am I looking forward to this fall?  Well let's see- 

Warm fuzzy socks! I might wear flip flops during the day, but once fall "officially" begins later this month the nights start getting chilly and nothing makes me happier than cute fuzzy socks!  I found these cute ones at Bath and Body Works and they are shea infused. Super soft! 




Fall Magazines- I know, this was one of my fall faves last year too, but I love to look at the beautiful photographs of fall and holiday celebrations that begin to appear in magazines this time of year. Some of my favorites are Country Living, Food Network and Sandra Lee.  



But what am I really reading?  



What can I say- a girl's got to keep up! 



My Thirtieth College Reunion! It's hard to believe but I graduated from college thirty years ago!  It will be fun to go back and hang out with some old friends, see what's new around campus and see an awesome football team in action.  Go Dukes! 

Bonfires and S'mores- There is nothing better than a bonfire on a chilly fall evening complete with campfire favorites- s'mores. I love these square marshmallows I found at Target.  I found some special s'more recipes I hope to share later in the season. Stay tuned! 




Candy! 

Every Easter and every Halloween I look forward to Cadbury Eggs! 



For Halloween they are called "Screme Eggs" and they have a different color inside! 

And Candy Corn! 



I confess- I prefer the pumpkin version of candy corn- the Mellowcreme Pumpkins- but I hid them from myself to keep from eating them all at one time. I can't remember where I put them!  

And my favorite thing about fall? 





Pumpkins! 


A perennial favorite, I love almost anything pumpkin. 



Beginning in early September (too early?) I love to fill my home with scented pumpkin candles.  This year's favorites are a spiced pumpkin candle that I found at TJ Maxx (already sold out at my local store!) and this Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath and Body Works. They are giving the smaller size candles away for free with coupon until October 1! 



My daughters love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes and found these Via Instant packets an acceptable substitute at home.  While I am not the biggest fan of pumpkin spice lattes I do love pumpkin muffins and donuts. I was given this pumpkin muffin recipe years ago, I don't remember who gave it to me, but baking them might have been one of my assignments as a room mother. I just don't remember what year, what school or for which child, but they are super moist and delicious! 





Pumpkin Cakes

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs 
2 cups pumpkin
3 cups flour, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl, mix the sugar and vegetable oil together until creamy.  Add the eggs and pumpkin, stirring until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until combined.  

Divide into cupcake tins which have been greased or lined with cupcake cups or pour into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan.  Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes or the bread for 35-40 minutes.  

Print Recipe Here 

I recently got the news that my local pumpkin patch is not opening this year.  After many years, the owner has decided to retire.  This makes me very sad. I can't tell you how many times we searched for the perfect pumpkin in their field and how many miles we traveled in their hay ride every year beginning when my children were very small.  So this year I also get to look forward to find a new favorite pumpkin patch!    

I hope you have lots of wonderful things to look forward to this fall and enjoy everyone of them!  

Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia









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