Fall Decor Galore

I love fall.

It has always been my favorite season.

Pumpkins, Gords, Cider, Ghosts and Ghouls.

Sweater Weather

Football

Colorful leaves

Soup

Halloween!

Our neighborhood goes crazy on Halloween. Neighbors set up a huge Bouncy House,  show Horror Movies in the Driveway,  there’s an outside bar for parents where they can grab a roadie while the trick or treat with the kids.  I have a ton of people over, swing open the front door, order a ton of pizza and stock the bar and everyone uses our house as home base.

              Last year we went through 18 pounds of a candy.

This year I jumped the gun a bit on the decorating and had the house done by October 1st.

Perhaps I was rebelling against the heat wave outside hoping that the thermometer would dip below 70.

I hit the bank busting Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and the galley of paparazzi waiting to catch a celeb buying a pumpkin.

It’s a bit over the top.

But Caroline loves it and so do I.

And yes, I bought a $50 pumpkin.

I also love baking with Pumpkin this time of year.

I love pumpkin bread and muffins.

Pumpkin Pancakes.

Pumpkin Filled Ravioli with Fried Sage Butter.

 Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Soup.

Put a little Creme Fraiche and Caramelized Pepitas on top and it is delicious.

I also love the Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie recipe from the Seriously Simple Holidays Cookboook.

You can find Pumpkin Ice Cream seasonally and as soon as it has hit the freezer I create a reason to make this pie.

It is so easy and so simple.

Just like a lazy fall day.

How do you celebrate the season?

xoxox Carrie

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Cabin Fever

It’s a rainy day in February and I figure there is no better time to plan a summer get away. I can’t wait.  We are going with my sisters and their families to one of our favorite places on earth…Wisconsin.   Yep, it’s true, Wisconsin.

We have been going to the same place and staying in the same two cabins since were kids. Nothing has changed, especially the routines.

Mornings begin on Adirondack chairs sipping strong, freshly brewed coffee under 50 year+ Hudson’s Bay Blankets, no one talks until bellies start growling. We then venture off to pick wild blue berries for muffins or pancakes and wild flowers for the dining room table.  Days are spent swimming on the crystal clear lake, fishing, canoeing, the kids run free through the woods and only show up for food.  Evenings we sit on the old porch swing enjoying cocktails while watching the sun set, play family games such as Sardines, Charades or Scrabble, and when the cocktails have been plentiful, full on renditions of old camp songs start. Just before bedtime we will venture down to the dock to gaze at the amazing constellation of stars, often sharing the moment with a family of deer drinking from the lake. It is magical.

I can’t wait to go back to a place were simple things still exist and cell phone towers don’t.


What are your summer plans?

Photo 1, 2, 3, 6, & 7 from my camera Photo 4: dann-online, Photo 5: And All The Trimmings Blog