Gathering the beauty of Autumn and thoughtfully arranging it throughout your home also brings such sparkling joy to young hearts. Just the other day my daughter (age 10) said ” Mama, I am so glad you decorate for fall..it’s so fun coming home!” Hugs and kisses followed after that! Decorating for the seasons adds a merry mix of enchantment and excitement to our everyday surroundings. It creates a home that says “welcome”.
As mothers and grandmothers, we are setting the stage for a happy (or unhappy) home life. The things we do today will contribute to our family’s memories tomorrow. This quote by Gina Pearson is so thought provoking…. “It’s impossible to harvest something you don’t plant.” Gals, if we want to look forward to a bountiful harvest of joyful blessings and thankfulness, lets plant joy, goodness and a festive celebration-of-life in our homes.
“I value this delicious home feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.” ~ Washington Irving Now to continue, from last week’s post…. Blessing Your Nest….
11.) Gather your favorite cookbooks, sit at the kitchen table, pour yourself a yummy drink, and go through them, using post-it notes, picking out some new recipes to try or old favorites…..a hearty soup…smothered chicken…roasted vegetables…..snickerdoodle cookies…..pumpkin crunch bars….apple-pumpkin pie. Make up a menu and then a market list of ingredients to buy. If, after you try making it, and it’s a winner, you can make a copy of it and put it in a special seasonal recipe scrapbook, so it’s easy to find the next time you want to make it. My scrapbook is just a three ring binder with page protectors and dividers for, Everyday… Winter.. Spring…Easter….Summer…Thanksgiving… and Christmas.
12.) Clean out the refrigerator and freezer to make room for make-ahead meals, soups and Holiday cookies to freeze. Discard old salad dressings…. the jar with one and a half pickles in it….the thing that’s wrapped in foil….the bottle of mustard with one squirt left. The pantry also needs to be gone through, throw out expired goods and make room for new ingredients that are part of your autumn menu tradition.
13.) Stock up. Each time you go to the market, begin to stock up on items you will need for Thanksgiving or other gatherings…canned pumpkin….sugar….spices…flour….cranberry sauce….jugs of apple cider….hot cocoa and marshmallows. It’s also a good idea to get extra foil, zip-lock baggies and containers for holiday leftovers.
It’s much easier on the budget to purchase these items a little at a time rather than all at once. 14.) This is also a good time to clean out the medicine cabinet and re-stock it, so we are prepared to care for our dear ones when they aren’t feeling well. Make sure the thermometer is working, and you have the essentials, a fresh bottle of Tylenol or Motrin, Immodium, Pedialyte (for kids) Cough medicine, updated prescriptions. It’s so much more convenient to have these on hand, rather than having to run to the Pharmacy at 10 pm or during a storm.
I like to keep the makings for soup on hand, crackers, canned frozen juice, and Popsicles, for those unexpected bouts of colds and flu.
15. Be prepared. Keep a couple umbrellas in your car and a couple hanging in the garage or mud room so you are not caught in a downpour…I learned my lesson the hard way. A few other things we should have ready are….a First Aid kit….bottled water…flashlights and batteries….ice scraper….jumper cables. I also keep antibacterial wipes in the car. Use them especially after touching a grocery cart. I saw a documentary on what was found on the handle after being swabbed… you don’t want to know. We need to stay healthy to enjoy this glorious season!
16.) Have some Fall fun! Go on a nature walk and collect leaves, pine cones, acorns, and twigs. Enjoy the fresh crisp air. Go for a drive in the country, stop at a farm stand for a gallon of fresh apple cider.
17.) Check on the Internet for pick-your-own apple orchards, Harvest fairs or pumpkin patches near you for a family outing. They often have hay rides and other down-home entertainment. If your kids have flown the coop, take a gaggle of girlfriends with you! Take home some happy memories. “Create a memory that you will still be talking about 5 or 10 years from now.”~ John Maxwell
18.) Count your blessings everyday. I call this Thanks-living. Having joy is a big priority for me, and one of the best ways to cultivate it is to be thankful for God’s goodness and His blessings. This is something we need to think about intentionally. Deliberately.
“If you haven’t got all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have, that you don’t want”. ~unknown
19.) Tend to the five senses of your home. How do you want your home to feel, to look, to smell, to sound, and your food, to taste? Create a vision for how you want your home to be, then make a plan. Just remember, the little things you do, can mean a lot. Even if you live alone, remember, beauty inspires. Adding seasonal beauty in your home reminds us of God’s glory and His ever-loving presence…and that my dear, is so comforting. Take care of your emotional, physical, and spiritual self, as well as your family’s.
20.)The main thing is to stay balanced, stay thankful, be prepared and have fun! Make sure to keep family a priority. When you are asked to commit to something outside of your home, before you answer, ask yourself “will this benefit my family?”, if the answer is no, then your answer should be no. (Our children are with us such a short time, and we can’t get that time back. ) For harmony in the home, I have found that mornings run a lot smoother when you prepare the night before…lay out clothes… backpacks…papers….even set the table for breakfast if it will help.
Now, come and take another peek at my Harvest Home…..I’ve got some Caramel Apple Cider steaming and a slice of homemade pumpkin pie with a dollop of fresh whipped cream….come on in…make yourself at home….
I found this armoire very inexpensively at a local antique store in Ozark. The doors were removed and plank shelves installed. Just what I needed to showcase treasured family photos.
I used ground coffee to stabilize the candle…whole coffee beans works too! The hurricane candle holder is from Wallmart! The little Choir boy in the corner is one of my favorite finds,( about 20 years ago), I was told he belonged to a whole choir of boys for a Christmas store window display for a large department store, possibly Macy’s. On his back it looks like he might have worn angel wings. I like that. Lamplight always creates
a soft cozy glow
This is actually a pretend pumpkin pie…I just bought it this past week at a darling shop in Springfield, Missouri called, The Thicket…they were having their fall open house…I couldn’t resist….it’s so cute.
I also found this fun chalkboard, you can tie any color ribbon on top. The polka-dot pumpkin idea came from the ever-adorable Paula Deen! The fall issue of her magazine has it pictured. Next year I think I’ll try painting white dots.
“The cheerful joyous season,
The dark brown candle holders
Oh, it sets my heart a-clickin’ like the tickin’ of a clock,
(I had to look up “fodder”, it means coarse food for cattle and horses, like cornstalks, hay and straw and “shock” means a rounded heap, a number of grain sheaves, as of corn or wheat stacked together on end to cure and dry...( okay, now I get it!)
My little Pilgrim Folks are having one dandy Hootenanny!
They are called Turkey Creek Township / Canterbearies
by Demdaco,you can find them here.
My sister Sherry from Prairie Home made me this adorable collage,
the spoon stand came from the Anthropology store.
What a cutie-boy! Oh Honey!
Candle in a fry pan!
One of my favorite things…my cottage-style fireplace..built by my Dad.
Would you ever think a Rocket Scientist could build something so cute?
I am so proud of my Dad,
He helped to design the
Tomahawk Heat-Seeking Missle
used in the war. He is a genius.
I get to walk by this cozy fireplace everyday,
down the hall to my bedroom.
It warms my heart. Everyday. Thank you Dad!
by changing the stems in the urn (I had white flowers before)
… new fall folliage and berry garland…Michael’s craft store, 40% off!
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord”
Thank you for stopping by for some more Autumn pie!
Thank you so much for the abundant and wonderful comments,
they mean more to me than you will ever know. Really.
From my home to yours…Happy Fall Y’all!