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Fall Favorites

Hey friends!

In honor of October being just upon us, I thought it was time for me to post about ALLTHEFALLTHINGS. Like many people, Fall is my absolute favorite season and I get so excited about it. I love the weather, the beautiful colors, anticipation of the holidays, and just all the coziness and loveliness of the season! I grew up in Virginia, where Fall is particularly spectacular. It’s great in Tennessee, too, although it has been unseasonably hot lately! I can’t wait for things to cool down and the leaves to change.

Anyway, I thought I’d post about some of the simple things I’ve been doing lately that make me feel little more cozy and in the fall spirit!

Decorating

Since moving out of my parents house 6 years ago, I’ve only lived in dorms or apartments, so I don’t have many decorations for any holiday. I wanted to get some festive things this year, despite not having much storage space. I went to Target (duh), but I’ve heard Michaels and Walmart also has some great stuff right now that is inexpensive.
I may make a run to Michaels to try to find some fake fall flowers!  Here’s a picture of what we did to our kitchen table.

 

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I bought this cute gold leaf runner (had to fold it so it fit my tiny table), and accented it with some cute baby pumpkins from Trader Joe’s, a burlap pumpkin from Target, and a couple orange and white doilies from the dollar section! I also found that jar in the dollar section and filled it up with Candy Corn! There are two kinds of people in this world-people who hate candy corn, and people who love it. I unforuntaely fall into the latter. AND that cute “gobble gobble” sign is ALSO from the Dollar section. That place is gold, I’m telling you. Other than the table, I got a new throw pillow for the couch that says “Thankful” in gold lettering, some fake acorn vase fillers, and another cute little sign from the dollar section that says “Happy Fall”! It was definitely a good amount of stuff without feeling like I went overboard for a small apartment (but honestly, I don’t think you can really go overboard with fall home accents. Do I sound excited?

Food

One of the greatest parts of Fall is, of course, the food. I’ve already started Pumpkin-ifying (yes, that’s a word) everything. Here are some examples: I made up this chili for Pumpkin Chili/Stew and it was a hit even with my bean-hating husband! I just blended up a can of Great Northern beans with a can of pumpkin, and put it in a pot with the following:

Cooked Ground Turkey

Sauteed onion and pepper

chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt, Bay leaf (all to taste)

That’s it! So easy to customize, filling, hearty and tasty! Pumpkin is delicious in chilly, and the flavor is pretty neutral when it’s blended with other things like beans or broth. My mom has been making chili with pumpkin for years and it’s always a favorite! Plus, it definitely boosts your nutritional benefits. Lots of fiber!

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I’ve also been loving this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte from Eating Bird Food, and I make it on any morning I’m not crazy rushed. It’s easy and fast to make and a lot healthier than one from Starbucks with all the crazy ingredients (but those are delicious too and if you haven’t had one, you should probably get on that). She also has a killer recipe for Pumpkin Spice cookies! I also made these flourless pumpkin chocolate chip bars last night and they’re delicious! I’m definitely in the Pumpkin craze and can’t wait to experiment with other recipes!

Getting Outside

I went for a jog the other night around the river right by our apartment, and it was so gorgeous. As the temperatures lower and the colors change, there’s just nothing like it. I definitely want to be more intentional about getting outside and go visit Radnor Lake, have picnics in the park, etc.

So, that’s what I’m up to Fall-wise lately. I’ve been calling it “Fallifying” my life. Yes, I’m a bit of a fanatic, but it’s just so darn pretty and cozy! I can’t wait to go to a Pumpkin Patch and wear sweaters and boots on the daily. It’s the best time of year! Let me know what kind of Fall fun you’re up to or any ideas you have! Leave me a comment 🙂

Caitlin

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