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Fall into Fall!

Wow, it's Fall! When you live in Southern California, the weather doesn't always indicate this change of seasons, but you can feel it in the air. Does anyone else think this change of seasons shows up as a slap in the face when you walk into the drug store and see Halloween (and even Christmas) decorations the day after Labor Day? Me too!

Every year without fail, Fall arrives and surprises me. I usually end up behind  in  getting the kids organized with school stuff, and I yearn for those unstructured Summer days that ended a minute ago.

Well, friends, not this year! I've resolved to embrace Fall with open arms and enjoy the change of seasons. Here's what I'm going to do:

Image: Pretty Designs

1. Break out the sweaters and boots- I am looking over all of my sweaters/coats and jackets and weed out the ones I don't use for the donation bin. For the sweaters that are still wearable but pilling, I have a fabric shaver that I use to refresh them (you can get one too on Amazon). A fabric shaver is awesome for removing all the extra fuzz and pilling on the surface of your sweaters. I also look over footwear and dust off the boots, and get them resoled and spiffed up at the shoe repair in advance of the cold weather.

Image: Smitten Kitchen

2. Try some Fall recipes- I have a roundup I've been collecting of comforting and heartier recipes to try this fall- do you have any great Fall recipes to share? Here are the ones I'm trying:

Sweet Corn Chimichurri Butter Shrimp with Polenta: by Half Baked Harvesthttps://www.halfbakedharvest.com/chimichurri-butter-shrimp/

Bacon Corn Hash (for brunch) by Smitten Kitchen https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/07/bacon-corn-hash/

Balthazar's Cream of Mushroom Soup by Smitten Kitchen: https://smittenkitchen.com/2007/01/balthazar-cream-of-mushroom-soup/

Tangy Spiced Brisket by Smitten Kitchen: https://smittenkitchen.com/2010/04/tangy-spiced-brisket/

Image: Pinterest

3.  Incorporate fall flowers and decor into my home! I like these fall color combinations.

Image: Lizmarieblog.com

4. Plan ahead to incorporate Thanksgiving rituals for my family gatherings. Now that my kids are older, I'd like for them to have some reflection on Thanksgiving and gratitude when we get together for Thanksgiving. Do you have any family rituals you'd like to share?

Well, that's about it.....now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to wear my coziest sweater, sit on the comfiest corner of my couch, drink some coffee and read (there may be a Pumpkin Spice Latte in my mug).

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