It can be hard to know how to dress when the seasons are in transition. Has anyone else struggled with these fluctuating temps? I’ve had to learn to layer pieces together so I don’t have to completely change outfits in the middle of the day.
I’ve found it helpful to keep some of the lighter pieces I’d wear in the summertime out to wear with warmer sweaters or jackets. Short sleeves or sleeveless tops/dresses under a heavier layer is perfect when it’s not freezing cold yet!
Today I’m sharing a video few of the outfits that I’ve worn recently to keep cool/warm as the temperature changes hour by hour.
I love wearing these light layers right now! What do you enjoy wearing while the season is changing from summer to fall?
Happy November Eve! There’s a reason I’m posting a second post on this October 31! Read on!
As we stare into the beginning of this month in which we celebrate
I thought it might be a good idea to think about how we can maximize being thankful for these thirty days! It’s too easy to jump into Christmas mode and only give a nod to being grateful for all God has given us in His grace. So, let me share a few practical ways you can focus on being thankful starting today!
I’ve signed up to join Revive Our Heart for the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge. You have to sign up before November 1! So I’m posting my blog a day early so you won’t miss out!! This will help me to really be intentional in being thankful!
Show your family gratitude. I’m re-doing something I’ve done in the past to show my husband know how grateful I am for him. I drew this simple tree on the bathroom mirror. Each day I’ll add a leaf stating one reason I thank God for him. The first year I did this my husband said he was going to Lowe’s to buy a bigger mirror! It made me smile, because I knew it had hit a chord in his heart. I love him too much not to let him know exactly why!
Chalkboards are great ways to express daily thanks. Set one on the counter of your kitchen and each day have your family write another thing for which they can give thanks.
Or you could draw a tree on a chalkboard, like my bathroom tree and add leaves of thanks, like below.
Keep a thankfulness journal in which you only write your thanks – no requests.
Let’s be intentional every single day this month to be thankful to the Lord…He is the Giver of everything and He deserves our praise!
We had our first really cold day of fall this week! It came just in time for Trunk or Treat at church, making it a fun fall activity! I made these costumes up for my husband and me. I thought since he’s my other half, it was perfect!!
Life has been so enriched with these precious little boys in our lives. They are growing and changing so much! They’re imitating…
and learning and rolling and growing…and stealing our hearts!
Fall also means Pumpkin Roll! Here was the first one of the year!
To be a part of a group of praying friends is a HUGE blessing in my life. These ladies are my prayer group. We have cried, rejoiced, laughed, and prayed so much in the last couple of years. Wow. We are rich, indeed! We got to celebrate a birthday of one of these precious gals this week. What a joy to rejoice that she is God’s gift to us as a sister in Christ, a friend, and prayer partner!
What fun activities have been a part of your week?
Do you have a group of women you pray with? I’d so encourage you to ask God to give you at least two or three!
I love hosting showers – Bridal showers, Baby showers – they’re just so much fun! It’s great to get a little creative with the display of the food, as well as the decor, but then the food can be a whole mixture of things you wouldn’t normally put on your menu, like snack foods.
I got to host a bridal shower here a couple weekends ago and using the Theme “Fall in Love” I decorated with fall items, and fixed fall-type foods. Here was the menu:
Fritos ~Hot Dogs~Crackers
Munch & Crunch Mix
Veggie Tray ~ Hummus ~ Ranch Dip
German Chocolate Cupcakes
Today I’m going to highlight and share the Crunch & Munch Snack Mix – it was a new recipe to me and I loved it! From the way it disappeared during the shower, I think everyone else enjoyed it, too! It’s another Gooseberry Patch recipe. It’s the perfect blend of a little spicy and a little sweet. It mixes up in ten minutes and takes 25 minutes to bake. I doubled the recipe, and would advise you to do the same. You have a whole bag or box of each of the ingredients; it only makes sense to use it while it’s fresh!
1 cup mini pretzels
1 cup corn chips
1 cup oyster crackers
1 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seed kernels
1 cup honey-roasted peanuts
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper – I left this out. Add if you love spicy foods!
Toss together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside. Whisk together butter and remaining 6 ingredients in another bowl; pour over snack mix, stirring to coat. Spread mix in a roasting pan; bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring after 12 minutes. Cool completely; store in an airtight container.
For the decor, I used large, square flannel scarves as “runners” and then used all my fall pumpkins, gourds, bittersweet branches and even some branches from outside. I filled a tall vase with the real branches and tied cardboard leaves on. I asked each guest to take a leaf off and write her best piece of marriage advice for the bride-to-be.
We had a great time honoring the bride and the fellowship we enjoyed around the fall foods was a special blessing!
I hope you’ll try the snack mix – it would be great for any gathering or even movie night at your house! You might make up small bags-full for your favorite Halloween Trick-or-Treaters!
If I told you the snack mix was my favorite thing I served that wouldn’t quite be true because THE CUPCAKES…Oh my! You’ll have to wait until next Monday for that recipe, though. Until then, enjoy Crunching and Munching!!
Fall brings some favorite things we don’t have the rest of the year. I thought I’d share some of the things I’m especially loving this fall (though they’re not all seasonally related). Look for the ARROW in the picture to see my favorite thing!
What are you enjoying this fall? A new product? A place you’ve visited? A person who’s been a blessing? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Have a refreshing weekend as you attend a church that preaches the Word of God in Truth! Our church will be celebrating its 61st anniversary this Sunday, so it will be a special day, and I’m looking forward to it!
I’m not sure what it is about fall and winter that bring a variety of foods to our mind, but aren’t we all thinking about comforting casseroles, warm soups, and pumpkin everything? I thought I’d gather together some of my favorites in those categories and highlight them all in one post for you today! My recipe index here on my blog could be overwhelming, so maybe this list of a few favorites will help your October to be delicious!
If you’ll be hosting any fall event, having guests over, or cooking supper for your own family and want to try something new and delicious, here’s a great list to pull from! These are some of my favorite fall foods that are tried and true!
If you need suggestions for other categories – salad, easy bread, breakfast, etc.) just leave a comment. I’ll be happy to help you!
As a follow-up from my recent video on setting the table, I thought I’d share a few photos of simple centerpieces for your kitchen or dining room table!
Are you ever stumped at what you could put on your kitchen table as a centerpiece? It doesn’t have to be an FTB bouquet to be pretty! Sometimes we just need a few photos to inspire us to pull out what we already own and make a pretty embellishment. Here are a few examples…
Look around your house for items to use for the table. Consider:
Cloth napkins or a charger for under the centerpiece
Trays – Wooden, silver, black
Stems of tree branches
Fabric pumpkins or real ones that are miniature
Tea pots, pretty jars or pitcher to hold the flowers or stems
I hope this inspires you to gather some of the things you already own and refresh your kitchen table! Even if it takes days for your family to notice, you’ll see it and it just might bring a smile to your face!
Refresh your heart by being in a Gospel preaching church this Sunday. Christ loves the church and gave Himself for it! Ephesians 5:25 Since He loves it that much, we should, too!