October 27, 2016

Loving Fall & Early Christmas Planning

Fall is my favorite season and it feels like it goes by faster and faster each year. As I write this post, there is sleet falling outside my window here in NJ. Today I thought I would share a few odds and ends before the season completely passes us by.
Dax has been enjoying all of the leaves this fall. There's nothing like a puppy's spirit to remind us how to enjoy every moment!
The time we get to spend in upstate NY at this time of the year is always special. I prepared for one weekend away by packing a basket of fall goodies. A candle, pumpkin pancake mix and a library book are essentials for a fall getaway.
A highlight of our time in the mountains was spending a day at the World's Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg, NY. An annual event, there are hundreds of garage sales and vendors set up throughout the town. I picked up a few items, including an old sled that I am planning to hang over our kitchen island for Christmas (if I can figure out a way to do it!). I snapped the picture below as we walked through the town. The leaves were just beginning to change and the mist over the mountains was beautiful.
I took these pictures as we walked down the main street in Chestertown, NY a week later when the leaves were ablaze in color.
We caught glimpse of a sea plane about to take off on Schroon Lake one warm afternoon. The views must have been spectacular from their vantage point.
Back at the house, it was chilly enough for a fire a few mornings. I settled in with a couple of Ellen Stimson's books. I had read her first, Mud Season a couple of years back.  She writes about her life in Vermont after moving her family there from the midwest.
Good Grief continues Ellen's story as her family of "flatlanders" settles into life in an old farmhouse in Dorset, VT. Reading her books makes me want to pack up my house up and move. A.S.A.P. So far we haven't figured out a way to make that dream a reality but we are working on it.
An Old Fashioned Christmas gives an intimate look at Ellen's family's holiday traditions and includes some great recipes. I already made her Coq Au Vin and it was delicious. I can't wait for her to write another book so I can continue living vicariously through her. :)

And so it goes that as the leaves fall from the trees, my head fills with ideas for Christmas decor. Are you planning any holiday decor or activities yet? I think my favorite part is in the planning. No stress and endless possibilities.

October 22, 2016

Leaf Peeping in Vermont & the Adirondacks

This fall has been an unusual one for our family because we were able to spend a good chunk of time in the mountains while Billy was out of work recovering from surgery. Because of the way the Jewish holidays and Columbus Day fell, the kids were also off of school a few days, giving us a couple of nice long weekends. Usually we cross our fingers and hope for some decent foliage on the weekend we go upstate in the fall. This year, we were actually able to see the peak foliage come and go. And, let me tell you, it comes and goes in a matter of a few days. Which I guess is what makes it so special. Come along on one of our fall rides with us!

October 2, 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016 - Outdoor Fall Decor Ideas

Outdoor fall decor ideas with plaid blanket, mums and adirondack chair
We have been enjoying some cooler temperatures recently that actually make it feel like fall. It is always a fun day when we hop in the car, head to the store and fill the trunk with hay bales, mums and corn stalks.
Front yard fall decor with large welcome sign, heirloom pumpkins, mums and hay bales

September 30, 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016 - Kitchen

Farmhouse sink with caged light pendant and fall wreath - www.goldenboysandme.com
Welcome to our fall kitchen. It is great to get back in the kitchen after a summer spent outdoors and cook some yummy meals for my family. Our family spends lot of time gathered around our small kitchen island. And, of course, Dax needs to get in on the action by begging for a piece of apple.

September 26, 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016 - Dining Room

Happy Monday! We are finally enjoying some cooler temperatures in NJ and it has been delightful to be outside. We added some fall decor to the outside of our house and I will be sharing that later this week. Today for the fall tour, we are upstairs in the in the dining area of our home. I mentioned a few weeks back that we switched our dining and living areas around. You see, I was very anxious about my husband's upcoming surgery and moving furniture is my therapy. Fortunately, the surgery is now behind us so the rest of the house is safe...for now.
Neutral fall dining room with DIY wood box centerpiece
I like how this set-up gives us more room in the dining room at this time of year. After lots of BBQ-ing and eating outside, it is enjoyable to have a "real" meal at the table again. There's nothing like some comfort food on that first cool Sunday evening of the season when we light the candles and sit down to dinner together.
Fall dining room with rustic wood box centerpiece and large wreath in window