Hello, October

Hello, October!

Oh, October...how I love you.
You are my favorite month.
 October is the gateway to the holiday season.
Once October arrives, that means it will soon be Halloween, then Thanksgiving & then Christmas.
My heart sings a little song once October arrives. 
Although this week because of what happened in Vegas, my heart is very sad & not signing like it normally does in October.
This is also the first October that Grammy isn't here with us.
Grammy's favorite season was Fall & her birthday was in October, so this time of year always reminds me of her and I'm just sad she's not here with us anymore.
I've been in a Fall Funk this week & haven't been inspired to bake or decorate when usually the first week of October I am gung-ho everything Fall and get it decorated as soon as it hits October 1st. 
I finally snapped out of it yesterday and decorating my house & baking is making me get back in the spirit of Fall.

October means that Fall is finally showing it's face California.
October means leaves are starting to change & the air is getting crisp.....this is my neighbor's tree. I am obsessed.
October means Mums & Pumpkins on my porch.
October is Fall & Harvest Decorations
And Fall wreaths on my doors....
 October also means my pantry is stocked with canned pumpkin & making everything pumpkin. In 2009 or 2010 there was a canned pumpkin shortage....do you remember that? Ever since then I stock up on canned pumpkin :)
October means I start saying "Happy Fall Y'all" (it's the only time I say y'all). My kids love it when I say this. NOT!
 How perfect is this banner?
One of my friends gave me this cute sign a couple years ago:

I keep my decorations pretty simple. Yes, I am boring, but I don't like a lot of clutter.

October means filling up my glass pumpkin up with candies!

 This year I added candy corn, candy corn pumpkins, Peanut m&m's and Reeces pieces.
I only fill it up one time...when it's gone, it's gone until next October :)
October means baking pumpkin bread (Recipe HERE) & Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (Recipe HERE) weekly:
October means watching Gilmore Girls. I watched it for the first time in October 2014 and It was love at first watch. I like to re-watch them in the Fall.
  October means Casseroles, Crockpot/Instant Pot meals & Soups for dinner.

 Taco Soup is one of our favorites...YUM!
Earlier this year, I converted my taco soup recipe to an Instant Pot recipe (and made it with chicken instead of ground beef. 
 It's SO easy & so good! Recipe HERE.
October means it's Boots & Jeans Season! Cooler mornings & crisp air. Love!
Shirt (Stitch Fix ) // Jeans // Booties
October means getting Boo-ed and Boo-zed by friends! 
Of course, then we love Boo-ing (and Boo-zing) our neighbors & friends in return! 
Here is what we usually use to Boo people...I love boo-ing with cupcake (or cookie) mix, so that families can bake together :)

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The adult version of boo-ing......Boo-zing!

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It's so fun to Boo friends. My kids love it! 
We got Boo-ed earlier this week and we can't wait to Boo & Boo-ze people this weekend!

October means going to the pumpkin patch & seeing all the varieties of pumpkins & gourds....they are so photogenic!

I love you, so!

What do you love about October?

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  1. Love the smell of pumpkin bread baking while it's cold outside. And I love all the fall colors!

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  2. We will make a southerner out of you, yet! I have to admit, when I listen to my recorder after an interview, I want to crawl out of my skin after hearing myself say y'all. I try to limit it in a professional setting but sometimes it slips out. #tennesseean I am right there with you on the gateway to the holiday season, although Labor Day is my gateway, even when it is 85 degrees outside, like it is right now!

  3. Oh taco soup ... yesss! With this pregnancy I am craving ALL the soups & this one is top of my list! Happy Friday, girl!

  4. I love everything in this post! Fall is the BEST time of year! I've never heard of the "You've Been Boozed" thing, but I love it. I would look forward to that one a little more than getting something sweet (I'm weird, I know). Your Taco Soup looks divine as well!


  5. I'm right there with ya! I LOVE everything about October! It's may favorite month! I too decorate Oct 1 but just haven't been able to do it yet. Hoping for some actual cooler weather...it's 80* in Santa Barbara today!

  6. Ha! I have that same Trick or Treaters welcome here sign! :)

  7. The pumpkin bread looks amazing! I always like to re-read the Anne of Green Gables series in the Fall. But I might add in watching Gilmore Girls. I've been meaning to watch it for awhile now.

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