Sunday, November 17, 2013

Embracing November

Today was a beautiful foggy Saturday up here on the mountain, which only made me appreciate where I live even more! I absolutely love this in between autumn & winter weather. These days really are the best days of the year :)
Darcy checking out the fog outside

As much as I’d love to jump ahead and bust out the Christmas goodies, I am trying to hold off until after Thanksgiving (. . . or maybe Thanksgiving night?). But that doesn’t stop me from watching these amazingly cheesy Lifetime & Hallmark Christmas movies (which, I must admit, some of these are pretty damn good). And it certainly doesn’t stop me from doing some early Christmas shopping.  ;)

Just remember to sit back, relax, and enjoy these days of Autumn & embrace the season of Thanks & Grace. This is such a beautiful time of year in both season and spirit.  November is the month for expressing gratitude, so take a couple of minutes each day to think about and appreciate how lucky you really are. None of us have it perfect, but I guarantee you have it pretty damn good ;)

Happy November everyone <3 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Celebrating Autumn

You know the holidays are quickly approaching when Christmas commercials are appearing regularly on TV and your local grocery store is selling several different styles of Santa hats. I love this time of year but I hate how quickly it all flies by. Even though I can’t slow down time, I think it’s important to take the time to soak up the season. One little way of doing so is to take note of your favorite things the season brings. So here is a list of mine :)

-The smell of logs burning on the fire and the sight of smoke rising out of chimneys while you’re taking a walk outside

Aaron & Darcy on a walk last year in Idyllwild

-The crisp feeling of the autumn air and the way you can see your breath when it’s cold at night

-Fireside cuddling ;)
Darcy & Bennet nestled together by the fireplace

-Perfect soup season! And time to bust out all those comfort food recipes!
Homemade pumpkin soup with cinnamon toast

-Time for COZY. Slip on those fuzzy socks & make yourself a cup of harvest tea or hot apple cider.

-One of my all-time favorites is when the leaves turn and bright colored trees paint the town. Right now golden leaves are scattered over part of our driveway and I can’t bear to rake them up-it just feels so festive!

-Candles during this time of year are amazing! Apple cinnamon, pecan pie, fireside, autumn leaves, pumpkin, harvest pear, blackberry spice—just to name a few. I go through candles soooo fast during the fall.

-All things pumpkin!!! Trader Joe's is THE BEST during autumn. Pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin soup, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin waffle mix, pumpkin ale, pumpkin dog treats . . . the list goes on!
Trader Joe's pumpkin bread not only tastes amazing but fill the house with pumpkin spice while it bakes in the oven for an hour.

-Beautiful running weather . . . which means I probably should be running more.

Happy harvest!