Forcing that fall feeling

We have been having gorgeous summer-like weather – which is nice in one way, but not when you want to do fall stuff and it just doesn’t feel like fall at all. (What if it just jumps right to winter and we have no fall at all?! The horror!)  Luckily, we actually had some cooler fall weather this past weekend.  (Although it is 70′ again today, sigh.)

First, I made a wreath for the front door.  I looked at quite a few on Pinterest and based mine on this one.

WreathAll of the supplies came from JoAnn Fabric – I lucked out and they had all of their fall floral supplies on sale that week.  I used less than one bag of assorted mini pumpkins and gourds, and three mini bunches of berry branches.  Cut apart the berry branches into smaller pieces and hot glue them all onto the wreath of your choice! (I liked this more unusual style of wreath but they have traditional grapevine wreathes as well.)

I baked a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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One of the things I’m most excited about with our new house is the fireplace (yay, knitting by the fire!) and the opportunity to decorate the mantel.  I have a general non-seasonal display that I usually have up there but I’ve been looking forward to changing it for all of the seasons and major holidays.  This is the fall display I put together.

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(Funny story – my 4 1/2 year old nephew was over visiting my mom while she was housesitting for us and he told her he loved our decorations. Except he didn’t get the mantel display – it looked like a pile of decorations to him and he kept suggesting to her that they should help me to finish decorating by spreading them out around the house. Luckily he can’t reach the mantel yet. )

My friend Kate and I had planned a weekend visit to do ALLTHEFALLTHINGS.  We…

went apple picking

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Bought mums and pumpkins and decorated the front of the house

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Ate all the fall foods – Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes (I suggest cutting down the liquid – we had to add extra ice cream because they were too thin), apple cider doughnuts from the orchard, the first Pumpkin(s) Stuffed with Everything Good of the season,

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Apple Crisp, and Hard Cider Macaroni & Cheese (featuring chunks of apple and Cabot artesian reserve cheddar!)

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This was incredibly good. Really, really amazing! Make this. (We used a full 16oz bag of pasta, and a Kendall apple we picked.)

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