After some unseasonably warm weather, Fall (aka Autumn in the rest of the world) is here, finally and for reals! The weather is cool and crisp and breezy, the leaves are rustling and rattling, and the crows are calling. We have some GIANT cobwebs in the yard and garden… I don’t know why, but this time of year simultaneously makes me want to nest, but also makes me a little melancholy… end-of-summer blues?? Or perhaps, just less sunlight.

This year we will be having Thanksgiving at our house again… I know it’s still several weeks away, but this fabulous weather has put me in the mood for fall decorating and cooking… so I am already starting to think about the menu and the table. And of course, the fact that my magazine addiction continues is helping those thoughts & plans along…. I think I’ve found a few new recipes I’d like to try…



Last year, we opted for just scattering the table with found treasures from the yard, and we mixed in some purchased flowers and silk leaves. It was simple and rustic.





Sadly, Grandmom won’t be at the table with us this year… I have been thinking about her a lot lately. Hard to believe she’s been gone for 2 and a half months now. The dessert in the bottom left of the below photo was her specialty, and my brother’s favorite. She brought it to Thanksgiving last year.




On a different note, later today my husband and I will be leaving for Houston, Texas to go to International Quilt Market. I am looking forward to catching up with friends and being inspired by all of the fabric and colors and quilts and creativity that abound there…. also looking forward to visiting our favorite Mexican restaurant while there! It always makes me want to come home and make 1000 quilts!!! ¬†You can look forward to lots of photos and inspiration when we return!

I hope you’ve been following my blog for National Cookie Month! So far I’ve shared 3 cookie recipes, the final recipe will be featured here next Monday. Then, I will be sharing Thanksgiving recipes on Mondays in November, so stay tuned (and do a few extra sit-ups!!)