Entering October | A Rose in Bloom
Hello all, have you welcomed my favorite month with an open embrace? For me, there is something so charming about the crisp winds blowing wisps of hair in my eyes, the smell of clean air, and leaves crunching under my boots, all of which are happening right now in my city. I have noticed that I seem to follow a fall checklist without even knowing it - things I want to do as soon as October 1st comes knocking on my consciousness.

Getting pumpkins

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There is just something so special about picking your pumpkin each October. Examining all the shapes, ridges, and bumps to determine your favorite perfections and imperfections. Don't worry about shelf life - they last a while un-carved. In fact, you can even carve it up a little early if you follow some of these tips.

Baking something

Who doesn't love the smell of baked goods in a hot oven? Not only does it help warm your home, but the tantalizing aroma of spices sweltering in the oven makes the season feel all the more cozy.

Watching seasonal tv

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Who doesn't want to watch a million episodes of The Twilight Zone or blast The Rocky Horror Picture Show as soon as October 1st rolls around? Please say it's not just us.

Making a pot of chili or soup

I don't know about everyone, but there is something so calming about hot soup on a chilly night. This past Saturday, I could not resist letting something simmer on the stove for hours on end while the temperatures slowly decreased throughout the day. Plus, soups and chili are an easy way to get plenty of vegetables, and chili traditionally goes well with football, if you or your loved ones are into that.

Make a fall garland

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Not only does seasonal decorating indoors really put me in the spirit, but there are so many ideas for this one! Last year, I followed this tutorial using pine cones and baby Indian corn. So far, I have yet to decide if I want to recreate that, or try this one using leaves!

Enjoy fall produce

Now is the time to stock up on delights such as edible pumpkins, squashes, and sweet potatoes. Try a new recipe or an old favorite, and welcome the season. Maybe learn to make your very own pumpkin spice lattes, or a new take on butternut squash soup. Either way, be sure to savor each bite, being thankful for what is available to you.

Bundle up (if it's chilly)

I guess I am a snow miser, because I love the cold. Well, maybe not polar vortex cold, but 40 degrees, yes please. It's time for tights, jackets, scarves, and beanies. What is there to dislike?

Tell me, what is your favorite way to welcome October?

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  2. I love making apple pie (well, trying to make apple pie lol), just went apple/pumpkin picking yesterday and am so excited to carve/bake with them!

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

    1. Oh, I do love to make apple anything. Baked apples with raisins, honey or molasses and cinnamon is an especially good treat for us!

  3. I love fall baked goods and pumpkins! Such good stuff:) Happy fall Elizabeth!

    <3 Daisy
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  4. All of them sounds like a great idea! I want to make soup as soon as this heat wave in LA go away.. :) xo akiko
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    1. Oh yeah, my dad is currently in LA too... super warm!

  5. Warm soup on a chilly night is my favorite....hooray for fall!
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  6. I love October!

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  7. I am all about pumpkins, fall, and all of the fall treats!


  8. love all these things about fall! especially making chili/soups :) makes the house so cozy


  9. Pumpkin pie is definitely the highlight of Fall!

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  10. Yes to soup! I'm ready to pull out the crock pot!


  11. Everything on your list is perfect!! October is one of my favorite months! It's cool but not too cool, you can go apple picking, carve a pumpkin, enjoy all of the Halloween movies, and see the leaves change! I love soup so much, so I've been enjoying all of the soups lately!
    Sincerely, Sara

  12. love this post! really nice

  13. Lizzie, we're thinking the SAME thing! HaHaHa That pumpkin patch is gorgeous. My mom and I are going to be fixing soups and freezing them. I want to make that pine cone garland. I love this time of year.

  14. Pumpkin everything! Yum! I can't wait until I have another pumpkin spice latte!

    xo T.

  15. Such a great post full of awesome ideas to get in the fall spirit! :)
    xo Erin


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