Fall Favorites!

Fall Favorites!

My summer lovin’ ways have definitely succumbed to the enjoyment of all my fall favorites!

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Each season brings with it the colors, tastes and traditions that we so dearly cherish about them!

Fall Colors Are My Favorite!

For me, the richness of all the fall colors are sort of like a big, warm bear hug!

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Colorful chrysanthemums and a variety of gourds always welcomes fall so perfectly!   

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I love to take leisure evening walks or Sunday afternoon drives to see all the beautiful autumn leaves!

Fall Flowers www.mytributejournal.com

Something as simple as putting a small bouquet of fall flowers in a pretty vase is a great way to set the mood for a new season!  This unique, gem glass vase is from Anthropologie and is very reasonably priced.

Fall Pillows and Plaids Are My Favorite!

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Crate & Barrel plaid pillow www.mytributejournal.com

I love to put a few decorative fall pillows here and there to help bring a little touch of fall inside my home!  The fun plaid pillow is from Crate and Barrel.    

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A classic plaid stadium blanket is the perfect thing to use to keep warm this time of year, whether you’re going to a football game or just snuggling up to read a good book.  Elliot-HeathDesigns is one of my favorite Etsy Shops that carries a wide assortment of vintage seasonal and holiday pillows.

Fall Pant from The Limited www.mytributejournal.com

I love that patterned pants are part of the fall style trend this year–this plaid pair from The Limited are my favorite.  I’m probably aging myself a bit when I tell you that these pants and shoes are very similar to ones I wore in high school!  I just love it when what was once old becomes new again, then I can tease my daughters and tell them that they are now as cool as I was back in the day!  Ha!  

Fall Decorations Are My Favorite!

My granddaughters have made putting up Halloween decorations and planning my Grandma’s Halloween Festival some of my very favorite things to do!

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I tend to go more for the quirky Halloween decorations, rather than the freaky ones–mainly for MY peace of mind!?  

Halloween witch costume www.mytibutejournal.com

Considering my cute Marli witch, how can all things Halloween NOT be my favorite!  More ideas for seasonal house décor is coming soon on a new “Creating Your Home Sweet Home” post.

Fall Flavors Are My Favorite!

I have heard that food is memories…and this is the time of year that the memory flood gates seem to burst wide open!

Galzed donuts www.mytributejournal.com

Whenever I have fresh farmer’s market apple cider and soft glazed donuts, I’m always reminded of the refreshments that were served at my grade school fall carnivals.  There are some things that are just meant to go together!

Candy Corn M&M's www.mytributejournal.com

My granddaughters and I discovered these little Candy Corn M&M’s a few years ago–and now we can’t wait to buy a few bags whenever Halloween candy hits the store shelves!  These M&M’s are truly a sweet blessing straight from candy heaven!     

Speaking of candy…I saw a sign the other day that said, “Halloween scares the diet right out of me!”

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Bite-sized candy is just so much fun to eat!  Don’t you remember dumping out your candy loot after trick or treating and sorting through it to pick out all your favorites.

Peach cobblers, apple crisps, they all say fall eating–but one of my favorite things to make this time of year is my homemade granola recipe.

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Honey Nut Granola

4 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats

1 cup sliced almond     1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup raw sunflowers seeds

1/3 cup canola oil 

1 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts and sunflower seeds together.  Stir in oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon.  Spread the mixture on a large cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and stir.  Continue baking granola until oats are a light golden brown, about 10 more minutes.  Spread warm granola on parchment paper and let cool completely before storing.  I like this granola sprinkled on yogurt or in a bowl by itself with fruit on top.

For our family, pumpkin is another favorite fall flavor–pretty much pumpkin anything!  In fact, I chuckled when my daughter, Mandi, sent me this picture of her recent grocery shopping excursion…

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 Looks like a bunch of fall yumminess to me!  I’ll be posting our family’s favorite Pumpkin Roll recipe later this week!

I’ll confess that one of my favorite things of fall isn’t my husband’s love of deer hunting.

Anthropologie novelty dishes www.mytributejournal.com

However, I did humor him recently when I bought these novelty deer plates for us to use when we’re enjoying a favorite fall snack.  A big advantage of being down to just the two of us is being able to buy a few extra eclectic dishes since we only have to purchase a couple of them.

My absolute favorite fall favorite is…

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  …enjoying time spent with loved ones this special time of year!

What defines fall for you?  Please share a few things that make the cut for some of your fall favorites.



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