Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Must Haves

Thank goodness it's October.  That means September is over.  With the last month being one of the most stressful I've had in a long time, I'm glad it's behind me.

Even though fall has started, the summer weather is reluctantly leaving us here in the Northwest.  In my part of Oregon, we were very fortunate to have an extended summer with warm, dry days throughout the last month.  I think that's one of the things that helped me get through starting my new job.

For Monday Listicles, Stasha assigned us the topic of ten things we must have for fall.  Or autumn.  Whatever you call it.

Ten Fall Must Haves

1.  Leaves turning on our dogwoods and falling to the ground, creating a crunchy blanket to walk on.

2.  Brilliant reds and yellows on the deciduous trees.

3.  Wear a jacket in the morning weather.

4.  Hot apple cider.  A teacher in my school has the scent of apple-cinnamon coming from her classroom and even though I don't drink it very often, I crave a cup whenever I walk past.

5.  Drinking tea with my husband before bed.  It's been our nightly ritual during the cool weather months for the past several years.  In fact, we're having our first cup tonight.

6.  Wearing my fleece pullover before bed.

7.  Giant pumpkins which become...

8.  Jack o' Lanterns.

9.  Soups and stews made in the crock-pot.

10.  Thanksgiving.  Family, food, relaxation, appreciation.  It's one of my favorite holidays.

What is one of your must haves for fall/autumn?

P.S.  I actually like the word 'autumn' much more, but I've always called it fall and people in my region call it that, too.  Maybe when I have more energy and time I'll start a campaign to switch.


  1. Come to think of it...we call it Fall here too although I remember calling it Autumn in elementary school. I really need to get myself a crock pot.

    Your list makes me feel all cozy and warm. :)

    1. I heart my crock pot. We have a bigger one now, which is great, but I still haven't let go of my smaller one, even though both of the handles have since come off. :)

  2. I am all over soups and stews that fill my house with yummy smells and hot, freshly baked bread and butter to go with them. I am soooo ready for Fall!!

    1. Mmmmm...you're making me hungry! One of my favorite meals to make in the colder months is some version of a chili and cornbread. I loooooove cornbread. My husband was baking bread for a while, but he's too busy for that now. It was really delicious, though! Do you make yours in a bread machine or just in the oven?

  3. Awe I love that you drink hot tea at night with your husband. We often do the same thing while catching up on shows from the DVR. Although the other day we had hot apple cider :) And its really be an AMAZING autumn here this year!

  4. Oh man, I need to get better with my crock pot - I LOVE having a nice warm meal that seems to be magically ready at just the right time. :)

  5. Crock pots rule. Love the idea of nightly tea, sounds so sophisticated, yet homely.

  6. Ooh, I love apple cider. It always smells so homey and welcoming. The nightly tea sounds like a lovely bedtime ritual too.

  7. Mmmm, fleece! I am a cold weather kind of girl and LOVE winter/fall clothes! Hot chocolate is a must now that my little girl is a lover of it and I agree, whats better than soups and stew, along with a grilled cheese sandwhich along with it =)
    Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Leibster Blog Award! You can find the details here! http://takeitlikeamommy.blogspot.com/2012/10/mia-but-still-here.html

  8. Fall is always my favourite time to break out all of the yummy hot beverages, like hot chocolate, pumpkin lattes, apple cider and yes, tea as well!