Happy Friday & happy FIRST DAY OF FALL!
I am so pumped because it is OFFICIALLY FALL. And, in honor of it being the first day of fall, I thought what better than to do a Friday Favorites post: Fall Edition!
We LOVE fall at our house and although it still feels like 7000 degrees here in Austin (for real, current temp: 94 degrees) we are super pumped! The house is decorated, I’m currently drinking my second Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, I’ve pulled out all of my boots, scarfs, plaid, etc. and the Texas State Fair is less than a week away and that can only mean one thing . . . HELLO FALL!
I'm so excited to share all my favorite fall things with you today! Now sit back, relax and let's talk fall.
- Pumpkin Bread -
Growing up my mom made pumpkin bread every year and I loved it. It would always be such a treat when she would make it and now I have begun to make it for my my family, aka Taylor ;) This recipe makes A LOT of bread, so if you’re like us and only have two people, than be prepared to give some away otherwise you’ll be up to you ears in pumpkin bread. #dontsayididn’twarnyou
I’m sharing my mama’s cherished recipe that I oh so adore – she also happened to mention that she thinks the recipe came from pillsbury . . . So if that is true, well than thank you pillsbury for the years of delicious pumpkin bread - regardless of who created it, it is delicious and you should make it!
Mama's Pumpkin Bread Recipe
15 or 16 oz can (2 cups) pumpkin
3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2/3 cup water
3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (not oil) and flour bottoms only of two 9 x 5 or 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Beat for 1 minute a medium speed. Add remaining ingredients; blend at low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute.
Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes.
- Fall Candles -
Okay if you know me than you know that my bathroom closet looks like a Bath & Body Works store - It’s a borderline problem. A couple of years ago when I was nannying in Florida the mom always had a Bath & Body Works candle on her counter and her house always smelled SO GOOD. It didn’t take long after that for me to buy my first candle from there and become totally and completely obsessed.
I buy candles for every season and I have racked up quite a collection. Every season they come out with new candles and y’all, they are just so pretty and they smell oh so good.
I also buy their hand soaps and lotions, because they are all just so stinking cute and they smell so, so, so good too!
QUICK TIP: I NEVER buy anything full price here, because they have sales ALL THE TIME. So my word of advice is to wait until a sale comes along, because I’m not even kidding when I say that have sales all the time. Some sales are better than others, but they often do a $12.50 candle deal (50% of their regular $22.50) and then every once in a while they will have a buy two candles (full price) and get two free. So just wait for the sale – sign up for their email list and you’ll be right in the loop!
Lord help me when they bring out their Christmas collection . . .
- Fall Decorations -
Our house is all decked out in fall and it is just so fun! I don’t have one specific place where I buy all my decorations, but some of my favorites are Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Target!
I've gathered up some of my favorite fall decorations to show you - I snagged these sparkly white pumpkins last year at JoAnn’s Fabrics and they have become a fast favorite in our house! And then this Apples/Cider/Pumpkins sign is from the Target dollar section! I mean seriously, what a STEAL! The little white pumpkin in the picture is from the Target dollar section also!
Oh how I love Target. And Hobby Lobby. And Home Goods. And TJ Maxx.
Oh heavens, I just love them all.
- Fall Clothes -
I love the transition from summer clothes to fall/winter clothes and this year is no exception - bring on the boots, scarves, vests, sweaters and plaid!!!
I've compiled a list of some of my favorite fall must haves for this fall season.
Plaid Button Downs
Colored Pants ( I have several different colors - red, green, black & white)
Vests ( a definite must!!)
And finally, boots. Oh I love boots. Hunter Boots (pictured) are my absolute favorite - Like most of what I buy, I don't get my boots from any one place, I shop the sales and look for deals. I have a couple pair from Target, a few from Nordstrom, one or two from Macy's and definitely a few from garage sales or the goodwill.
- Hallmark Movies -
Hallmark movies, need I say more?
Hallmark movies might possibly be my favorite part of the holidays all together . . . I simply can't get enough of them!
I was excited for the fall lineup, but they just released the Christmas line up and now I'm just overwhelmed with excitement.
It's simple, really. All I really need is a good glass of red wine, some pizza and a Hallmark movie and I am good.
Go & check out the #fallharvest Hallmark Movie lineup here!
And if you love movies like we do, comment below with your favorite holiday movies!!
And that's a wrap, friends!
Let the fall season begin! Now if only Austin could get on board with their weather . . .
- Stay tuned for Monday when I'll be recapping our 3rd marriage lesson -
- XO -
I'm Emilee. Twenty-something. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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