I LOVE fall. I always have. It’s my favorite season, by far. Well, the warm part of fall is. Once it gets cold, you can have it. I love the scent of pumpkins, apple cider, and the crisp breeze in the air as the leaves change colors reminds me of the beginning of school years, which in turn reminds me of fresh starts, new beginnings, and, well, school supplies. I love to make the inside of my apartment look like the outside with its colorful leaves and garlands, pie scented candles and potions, and comfort food. Here’s some tricks I’ve learned along the way to make this seasons even more enjoyable.
Home Made potpourri: My mother used to take a small pot, fill it with water, and add sliced oranges, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and simmer it on the stove on low. It made the whole house smell delicious.
Make these neat felt coasters, using the colors of your choice for next to no money, with directions from my girl Martha Stewart. Go crazy and make matching placemats or a quilted table runner.
How simple is this? Get some leaves (real or fake) and a little twine or ribbon, and you have a fall decorated votive. (Wrap around glass holder, not candle. Of course.)
Decorate On A Dime: Scour the local Dollar Tree for fall garland, candles, baskets to fill with apples and pumpkins, and fall colored floral arrangements. I love to go to the pumpkin patch and pick up a bunch of small pumpkins to decorate with. Why save your clear christmas lights for christmas? Wrap them around a fall wreath or intertwined in some fall garland placed on top of kitchen cabinets for some sparkle. Google “fall weddings” for tons of good decorating ideas. Go to the local party supply store and get orange and yellow table cloths, silverware, and different colored plates to layer for place settings.
BEST RECIPE EVER: Betty Crocker knows her stuff. She has the recipe for the most simple pie ever. (3 ingredients in the crust? OK!) Most people who cook or bake have all of these ingredients in their house, sans apples. Go get yourself 6-8 Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold apples, (hit an orchard or farmer’s market for freshness) and rock THIS RECIPE out.
Fresh Cider: A friend of mine used to have an old fashioned apple press that ground the apples in a little box, and dropped them in a drum. From a small hole at the bottom of the drum we used a funnel to put the juice into gallon jugs. We then took the cider, and boiled it, strained it, cooled it, then it was ready to drink! It was a small fee for the apples, but we had amazing cider to drink cold, or have warm with some spiced rum. Learn how to make your own press HERE!
My fall fashion Icon, Keri Russell. She looked smashing pregnant, long hair, short hair, summer, winter… This girl is the definition of casual chic.
Fashion: If there’s one thing I love about fall, it’s the ability to layer, layer, layer. And it’s easy too, even if you don’t know what you’re doing. Hit the local thrift stores for cardigans, belts (that you can always punch extra holes in to fit a waste), boots, and dresses. Cut a long flowy dress to just below the knee to show off some cool boots. Belt a sweater over that dress. Look for cool vintage jean jackets to wear with a blouse and skirt. I love to browse Polyvore and In Style Magazine’s sites for ideas, then create them myself. Have fun with it!
Cocktails: Why wouldn’t I mention cocktails? Come on. Ok, enough thinking I’m just some drinky crow that goes home and watches re-runs of Sex and the City with a box of wine and a carton of bon bons. Fall is a great excuse to have a delicious cup of hot spiced cider or red wine sangria. Mix something up yourself for low cost with ingredients found at the grocery store. My favorite red wine sangria takes about 3 ingredients and is delicious!
- Red Wine Sangria: Mix 3 parts red wine (try a Pinot Noir or Merlot) to 1 part apple juice, (or more to taste) a splash of orange juice, add sliced apples, pineapples, and strawberries. Done!
- Hot Spiced Cider: Simmer apple cider on the stove with 1 oz of Spiced rum for every 10 oz of cider. Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.
- Champagne Cocktails: All you need here is a bottle of champagne, a splash of Chambord for a rich blackberry taste, and some blackberries or raspberries to float for garnish. This is a great part cocktail. Yum!
I hope these ideas kick-start your Fall season, and make you a little less reminded that winter is on the way. Happy Autumn!