Fall is one of my very favorite times of year. As the season changes, we make several changes and preparations in our home.
Home organization and scheduling: Fall is always a time for organizing around the house and overhauling the calendar in our home as we start a new school year and new schedule of activities. New routines must be established, chore charts updated with new responsibilities, closets and drawers cleaned out and organized for a new season’s clothing, and bookshelves stocked with new books for the school year. Cooler weather means I can hang more clothes on the line and keep the windows open instead of running the air conditioner.
Food: Over the summer, we can or freeze some of the fresh produce we get from our veggie coop. They are perfect for the soups and stews I add to our menu plan as the cooler weather arrives. Fall always puts me in the mood for baking. Muffins and quick breads are perfect for the season and go well with the soups and stews. Pumpkin bread is one of my favorites…I’ll be sharing that recipe later this week.
Decorating: I like to add a few special touches around the house to get us into the spirit of this beautiful season. I have two glass pumpkin jars that I like to fill with yummy candy corn (I especially like the candy corn pumpkins). I have several autumn themed baskets that I fill with mini pumpkins and gourds…one serves as a dining table centerpiece and a couple more are arranged in the living room. I even have a wooden “Fall Harvest” sign for the garden and Indian corn to decorate the front porch and door. Candles are a must for me in the fall. I absolutely love the fall scents…cinnamon, gingerbread, apple pie, pecan, caramel, and spices…the list of delicious fall scents is endless. I treat myself to several of my favorite soy candles each fall to rotate and burn them nearly every day. Something about the good smells of muffins baking, soup simmering, or a spicy candle burning just set the tone!
Don’t miss the Fall Festival of Fun, Food, and Friends blog carnival going on all week long! Today Hoosier Homemade is hosting, so visit her to see how others are preparing for fall.
What do you do in your home to prepare for the season?