harvest_salad_recipe1photo via Camille Styles

When it comes to fall, weekends at home watching football, Hallmark movies, napping, and seasonal recipes are never far from our thoughts. As the weather cools, we’re eager to gather with family and friends in cozy environments, and often, good food and conversation are at the center of it all. We don’t mind lingering in the kitchen just a little bit longer, so it’s the perfect time to try new recipes and prepare something everyone will enjoy. Hearty, delicious, comfort food simply can’t be beat during this season, and that’s exactly what I find myself gravitating toward. Here are seven recipes I’d love to try this fall:

  1. Simple Turkey Chili
  2. Crockpot “Baked” Sweet Potatoes
  3. Cauliflower Chowder
  4. Apple & Stilton Harvest Salad
  5. Almond Butter Pancakes (or Classic Buttermilk Pancakes)
  6. Brie, Apple, and Honey Crostini
  7. Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

sunroom picIt’s beginning to look a lot like Fall, friends! September arrived and like clockwork, I was ready to put out all the pumpkins and fall decor. Small accents here and there. Cozy blankets placed. Marshmallow pumpkin latte-scented candle lit. I love this time of year.

Here are just a few ways I’m embracing the season at home.

cozy blanketcozy plaid blanket by Martha Stewart

pumpkinmarble pumpkin from Homegoods

pumpkin pillowpumpkin pillow cover from Potterybarn

pumpkins tabletopmercury glass pumpkins from Potterybarn (old, similar here)

kitchen towelskitchen towels from Homegoods

scarecrowscarecrow luminary jar, a craft fair find

give me Jesusprint by Lindsay Letters

How do you welcome the season into your home? Have you set out any fall decor yet?

reading chairHi, friend! I hope wherever you are, your weekend is off to a pleasant start. I am in the middle of a long weekend, which is proving to be wonderful, despite staying put in my hometown instead of traveling as I initially planned to. I am very much enjoying the time off.

How do you spend your Saturday mornings? Breakfast with family? A trip to the Farmers Market? Brunching? Lounging? Yard work? If I’m not working on a Saturday, I like to enjoy a big (i.e. different from the usual) breakfast – biscuits, sausage or bacon, eggs, or maybe even pancakes or waffles. Having the luxury to lounge about and soak up some quiet time at home is one of my favorite things. Anyway, lets catch up!

This past month has been full of excitement. There have been hurricanes and flooding and fires, and the devastation has hit very close to home. I lived in Texas for several years, and my dad and sister are still there and remained in the Houston area during Harvey. Thankfully they are safe and their homes spared, but so many others (some friends there, too) are dealing with the aftermath of flooding and storm damage. Then came Irma, and now our Florida neighbors and friends are dealing with the same devastation. As someone whose home was once flooded and who dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I know all too well that these storms change things and we lose things that cannot be replaced. The good news is there is hope! It has been amazing to see the helpers and heroes and communities pull together to help and serve those in need. It will take months to recover and rebuild, but there is strength in community.

A family friend and professional painter is coming over this morning to check out the master bedroom because… it’s time to paint! Remember me mentioning a bedroom update? Currently my room is a light blue (and I’ve loved it for four years!), but I’m ready to bring it back to some kind of white, and I’ve narrowed it down to three colors. More on that later.

Fall. We are less than one week away from the official start of the season, but Fall is already in the air. We had a mini cold front roll through that stayed around for about a week (later, humidity!), and now there are talks about a colder fall and winter in New Orleans (cue happy dance!). I’m not a coffee drinker, but have PSLs returned? I’m already thinking hot chocolate and beignets over here. Pumpkins and foliage and sweater weather are the best, which is probably why Fall is my favorite season. My favorite TV shows return for an all-new season, and people are starting to talk about the holidays! Okay, I may be getting too ahead of myself here, but can you blame me? This time of year is simply the best.

Emily Ley recently released her new Daily and Weekly Simplified Planners for 2018. I decided on the Gold Dot Daily for next year and love it! One of my favorite features  of the new planner is the stickers. So fun! The Simplified Planner has been my go-to planner for several years now, and I’m certain I’m sold on it for life. It’s minimal in design, has a super clean layout, and is easy to use. All holidays are listed. There is a full calendar spread for each month. It’s a great tool to have. Emily also provides awesome tips on how to use and make the most of your planner (including the option for cute accessories that are available in her shop) and has built an incredible community in the process. If you haven’t already, check out the new planners. They are gorgeous! P.S. If you are interested in one of the Weeklies, more will be available in November, so mark your calendar.

Happy weekend!

xo,

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

Craving FallWith August nearing its end and school back in session, I am craving fall like nothing else. Honestly, once July 4th is done, I become anxious for the season and all its golden splendor. The crisp, cool air that warrants a cute sweater or scarf and affirms that it’s officially okay to have that hot cocoa. The happy pumpkins on doorsteps and porches. Decorated business doors and windows that celebrate with warm colors and gilded accents, and only heighten your excitement. Fall brings its own kind of magic.

Today, I’m sharing a few items I’m eyeing for the season.

I’ve already purchased the pumpkin pillow cover, and it is even more beautiful in person! This will be going in my sunroom. I also snagged the leopard scarf (a great neutral for fall!), the black bell sleeve top, and the bell sleeve cardigan (love the color so much!).

What styles and decor are on your radar for fall?

Shop the post:

leopard scarf / classic jeans / wool hat / bell sleeve top / 3-wick candle / bell sleeve cover-up / gilded pumpkin pillow / Signet flap bag / leopard mules

saturday-series-oneHi, friends! I’d like to introduce you to the first post of the all-new Saturday Series. My Saturday Series will feature updates and highlights on what’s new and current from life and at home, and everything in between. I’ll get a little more personal here and hope that you’ll feel welcome to join in on the conversation, too.

Let’s talk!

Summer. Lately I can hear the neighborhood kids two doors down having fun in the pool. Their voices carry over, and it’s a nice, comforting reminder of what summer is all about. Lazy, crazy days with friends. Bike rides. Playing tag. Sleepovers. S’mores. Pool parties. Kids should get to enjoy the simple things in life as much as possible, and while they still have the freedom and time to do so. I can’t wait to have my own kids enjoying the same moments in life (and re-live all the fun with them!).

I’m hooked on an old – but new to me – series on Netflix, Hart of Dixie. I cannot get enough of the small-town fun and drama. It reminds me of everything I love about the south: tradition, close-knit communities and neighbors, charming towns and history, good food, familiar places, and… Burt Reynolds? Hart of Dixie is my latest obsession.

Bedroom Makeover. This is a goal I’ve set, and I’m determined to pay for the update without adding debt to my name. It requires me to set aside a little bit of money each month (which means I’m constantly budgeting, balancing my checkbook, and allotting funds), but I’m doing it and have felt such a great sense of pride and accomplishment for staying the course. New paint, nightstands, quality (cozy) linens, and a couple decor pieces are all part of the project, so this is a worthwhile pursuit for me.

We celebrated my brother’s birthday in June. Just a small get-together with close friends and family, but such a treat. I was so excited to give him this ukelele! My brother is a musician, and I thought this would be a fun pastime for summer and beyond. Sure enough, he loved it!

Fourth of July is just days away, and it is one of my favorite holidays. I love the pomp and flare and fireworks and patriotism of it all. I love getting dressed in my best red, white, and blue; and I look forward to savoring a few American classics – a hot dog or hamburger, Lays potato chips, sliced watermelon, and an ice-cold Coca Cola (please, and thank you!). It’s an all-around great day to celebrate the freedom we are so privileged to have in America.

On a final note are these words that a friend shared this week:

“Never is a woman so fulfilled as when she chooses to underwhelm her schedule, so she can let God overwhelm her soul.” – Lysa Terkeurst