Though the fall season won’t officially be here until September 22nd, (6 days away!) it seems everyone has already entered into pumpkin spice mode and I know several family members who started decorating weeks ago. I have to say after our brutally hot and humid Tennessee summers, I’m usually quite ready for fall, my favorite season. The only “hint” of fall I’ve seen here is I’ve noticed the deer who come traipsing through our yard are losing their red summer coats and getting their gray winter coats already. And THAT is the ONLY sign I’ve seen. We did have a few days and nights a week or so ago where our humidity let up some, but IT’S BACCCKKKK!!!! I just can’t decorate for fall when it’s still so hot out and until the calendar tells me it’s officially fall! I’ve been browsing fall catalogs like a wild woman! I usually just browse, though, as there is nothing in this world I need in the way of anymore fall decorations. In fact, I told my husband and sisters if they so much as see me looking at anymore pumpkins or scarecrows to bonk me over the head!! But I do love looking through fall catalogs. It gets me in an autumn mood. I saw a sign today that said, “Autumn is My Favorite Color” and I thought yeah, mine too!
Here’s a few things I’m loving these days.
1. Pumpkin Biscotti, Pumpkin Bread, and Pumpkin Butter
My sister was on a recent trip to visit her daughter and brought me home these pumpkin goodies from Trader Joe’s. Oh, how she knows how to make her pumpkin-loving baby sister happy! 🙂
I’ve been having the pumpkin biscotti with either hot lemon tea or a cup of coffee in the morning and it is delicious! I absolutely love this stuff!
2. Goat Milk Lotion from Syman Says Farms
I mentioned this goat farm in my last Things I’m Loving These Days post. They are in Connecticut and I’ve been buying their products since the winter. I’ve been using both the Oatmeal Milk & Honey Lotion and soap and I just love the scent. The lotion is so creamy and smooth and the scent is very pleasing and yet, not real strong or overpowering. Hubby even loves it too and I’ve caught him using it a few times. I gifted some of the oatmeal milk & honey soap and lotion to my mother-in-law and my father-in-law told me he is using it. He told me he really likes it and it was helping the dry skin on his arms.
Recently I ordered a couple of bottles of the pumpkin Goat Milk Lotion. I can’t wait to try it! These lotions might be a tad pricey but they are worth every penny! Goat milk lotion is supposedly good for dry itchy skin, eczema and psoriasis, acne, and other skin conditions. Hubby swears it’s making the little crusty keratotic lesion on the side of his face disappear. I think he’s right.
If I ever travel to Connecticut, Syman Says Farms is definitely a place I would love to visit. I admire the love these people have for their goats and the wonderful care they give to them. It warms my heart. Watching their YouTube channels calms my soul, makes me laugh out loud, and educates this goat loving gal. Goats are just hilarious! I can’t tell you how much I have laughed watching this channel and their videos. Hubby will holler and ask from the other room, “What in the world is so funny now?” I’ll answer, “Just the goats again, honey.”
3. These Food Storage Containers from Anchor Hocking
I came across these food storage containers at our Publix grocery store. I love the mineral blue color of the soft lids. They seal airtight and are easy to open. Anchor Hocking has never let me down and these are no exception. Last night I had to laugh when a girlfriend messaged me with a picture of these and told me to check them out at Publix, that she and her mother just loved them. Her mother is 87 and very arthritic and has trouble opening containers but could easily open these. So my friend bought a set of them on Amazon. I laughed while telling her I had already discovered these and purchased some. I took some banana pudding to my mother-in-law in one and she really liked the container, so I bought her one too.
4. Velvet Pumpkins
I’ve been seeing these in the stores for the past three years or so and I think they are so pretty! They seem to be very popular. My sister is trying to find some pastel colored velvet pumpkins and I’ve been helping her look and we’ve learned these are very pricey! Most are made with real dried harvested pumpkin stems. Aren’t they beautiful?
5. French Country Rooster Mason Jar Lamp
I have this little lamp on a table in my living room. I’ve used it all summer and it will be perfect for fall too. My sisters don’t know it yet (they don’t read my blog), but I got one for each of them too. Our mother collected chickens and roosters and had a chicken/rooster kitchen so rooster decor is a little sentimental to all three of us. This LED lamp is so pretty and colorful at night with the lights out. They must have been pretty popular as they sold out.
I know I’m 6 days early, but happy fall season to all!