Hi guys! So there’s this point when one season ends and another begins–when they’re teetering back and forth a little–that I get cranky. It’s almost like I can feel the push-pull of nature and I just feel unsettled. That’s the space I’ve been living in the past couple of weeks. School started and buses came rumbling through the neighborhood on August 19, but it was still 96 degrees outside! The pool was still open, the air conditioning was running non-stop, and yet fall was being thrust upon us whether it felt right or not. And then something happened. It was ever-so-slight, but a shift did occur. The humidity dropped. The evenings got cool enough for a sweatshirt and we could open the windows for the first time in months. And just like that, it all felt right.
Now that I’m ready–really ready–for fall, I can’t move fast enough. I’m ready to throw away my burnt looking annuals, buy some mums, make something out of apples, and a whole litany of other things that will help my family and me get the most out of autumn.
Here are some things to do in the fall to get your home ready for the season.
Pull dead or dried-up annuals from your containers and replace them with hardy potted mums. Before the ground freezes, transplant them to your garden, cut them off and cover with mulch. I’ve had great success with mine coming back year after year by doing this!
Make pumpkin pancakes! This recipe makes a ton, so I freeze them to enjoy all season-long. I even pack them in our daughters’ lunches.
Add some baked apples to your repertoire. One of my favorite fall meals on a Sunday afternoon spent raking leaves is a roast that’s been in the oven all day with mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and these. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering!
Fill your home with the scents of fall with a cozy, simmering pot of potpourri right on your stovetop.
Freshen up your home decor with a fall trend or two. Try adding textures or a new color to your typical mix to give your house a cozier feel.
Clip some leafy boughs for large vases on your mantel or an entryway table. They add so much color and drama!
Cover some of your existing throw pillows with easy-sew sweater pillows that will add a ton of texture to your couch!
Collect some new soup recipes! I rely on crock-pot soups in particular, especially on weeknights and Saturday afternoons watching Buckeye football. This chicken taco soup is one of our favorites.
Finally, stock up on firewood to use in the firepit throughout the fall, and for the fireplace after the snow flies. Here are two variations of s’mores to enjoy around your fall campfire.
So, what do you do to get your house ready for fall? Don’t be shy! Leave me a comment! Until next time, enjoy that chill in the air!