Gearing Up For Fall!

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Although I love summer, I always look forward to Fall. Idaho has four distinct seasons and Fall is one of the prettiest here.  The grass is still green, the sky is a clear blue and the trees burn with gold, red, and orange leaves. The change of the seasons brings other changes too. This is how I get ready for fall.

Change your wardrobe -I trade out my spring/summer clothes for fall/winter. For me, this means swapping closets for all the hanging things. Yes, I have filled an entire closet with each season–don’t judge. Next comes boxing up my shorts and tee’s and unboxing  my sweaters and leggings. I also switch out my sweatshirts and dig out my winter coats. Put away the sandals and flip flops and bring on the BOOTS! Although I tend to think of this as a chore, it usually only takes an hour or so and I always discover some treasured piece I had forgotten about.

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Change up your makeup – most people need a little more coverage in their foundation and a heavier moisturizer. Berry lips, dark vampy nails and jewel-toned eye shades rule for Fall. Also on trend for Fall 2015 are bronze smokey eyes.

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Decorate your home for Fall – this doesn’t have to be expensive. Just adding a few grocery store mini pumpkins can add a festive touch when strategically placed. I have a fall wreath I pull out every year and add a few fall flowers around the house. These are some fresh cut zinnas form my garden I put in a blue mason jar I got at Michael’s for $1.49. Candles are also a great way to change decor with the seasons and fill your home with the scents of fall!

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Fall baking!– Be it cookies, pies or cakes, there is nothing like the smell of pumpkin and spices! I have a great recipe for you from a friend of mine. I was working for her husband and they lived across the street from our workplace. One fall day, J came to the office with these awesome Pumpkin Bars and after that we became quick friends!

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These are so moist they are more like a cake and the creamed cheese frosting is delish! I like to put a pecan on each square sometimes too or sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. Warning: this is NOT a diet recipe!

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teas baking powder
  • 1 teas baking soda
  • 2 teas ground cinnamon
  • 1 teas salt

ICING

  • 1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350º
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10×15 inch pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool
  4. Frosting: cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in the vanilla. Add confectioner’s sugar a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly on cooled bars. Cut into squares.

How do you get ready for fall? Please share your tips!

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Comments

  1. Yes. Pumpkin spice all the things!!!! 🙂 I’d love to (finally) get a poncho this fall season.