Are you ready for autumn? I'm not quite there yet, since it's still so warm here in Orlando, but I'm working on it. My husband is going to retrieve our autumn decoration bin from storage this weekend, but in the meantime, I'm making do with what I have available already, as well as some new items. You can see what I've done for autumn in years past here: Easy Autumn Decorating on a Dime.
Today's post is a lot about autumn decorating, and a little bit about food and hospitality.
I wanted a few extras new fall pretties for my home but I don't have a lot in the budget right now. Fortunately, as I walked into Olde Time Pottery this morning, I stopped at a table outside and subscribed to the local newspaper for a low rate, and they gave me a free $10 OTP gift card as a bonus. So while I had been planning to just browse, I actually got to buy a few things!
|Other recent additions:|
The two pilgrims are from Dollar General ($1 each) and the
two small wood signs are from Olde Time Pottery ($1.50 each).
The silk flowers and flower pot were gifts.
|A closer look at the pilgrim maiden|
|The ceramic pumpkins, which hold tealight candles,|
were on clearance at Olde Time Pottery for $2.60 each.
On Halloween, we'll put them outside on our garden wall,
and light up the insides for jolly jack-o-lanterns!
|White rose petals on a drying rack.|
Two days ago, I happened to walk into the Goodwill thrift store and while my kids were trying on clothes, I sat down on this lovely chair nearby. It felt comfy, is in terrific condition with sturdy fabric, matches the burgundy and creamy yellow colors in my living room, and was only $40. Since we needed extra seating in our living room anyway, I bought it on the spot and hauled it home in my big old van. It seems like there is someone always in it doing homework or hanging out. I wish this picture did it justice. It's really pretty.
I've also got a handful of big fat acorns that I brought from Maryland. I haven't figured out how to display them on my bedside table yet, but I'll think of something.
|A happy memento of my trip...|
The Aldi store is stocking lots of yummy pumpkin flavored products this time of year. I decided to try out the pumpkin spice cookie mix, which is about $1.50 per bag. My 11 year old daughter made up two packages and baked them on pizza pans (one package per pan) for mega cookies. She cut them in to big wedges and served them warm with whipped topping. We'll definitely be buying more of these this season! They are like pumpkin pie that you can eat with your hand.
My dear friend and fellow blogger Tonya Travelstead invited me over for breakfast this morning. She made premium oatmeal cooked with apple chunks and drizzled with honey. She also served hot chocolate and apple wedges. Delicious, healthy, and so perfect for an autumn breakfast!
|Tonya loves hospitality and sets a gorgeous table.|
|Oatmeal made with steel cut oats |
- I love the hearty texture!
Tonya wrote this on her blog:
Healthy Eating: Steel Cut Oats
She says they are usually about $4 per container,
but they Aldi carries them seasonally for about $2.
I'll be looking for them!
Like food? I've got a whole bunch of recipes on my blogs. These are perfect for autumn and the holidays:
In case you missed them, I also have some posts on my main blog from my trip to Maryland last weekend with my oldest daughter and two grandsons. Real autumn colors on the trees! Take a peek...
I guess that's all for now! A happy autumn to you and yours! If you have written about autumn on your blog, leave your link in a comment so the rest of us can enjoy it!
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