Fall to do list!

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Here is a list of things I hope to do this fall. What are your plans?

1. Go to an apple orchard and bake a fresh apple pie.

2. Decorate pumpkins in alternative way.

3. Have friends over for hot spiced cider.

4. Go for a hay ride.

5. Collect colorful leaves and make my own wreath.

6. Go to a haunted house.

7. Have a scary movie night with friends.

8. Collect pinecones and display them on my thanksgiving dinner table.

9. Make a list of what I am thankful for.

10. Make candy apples.

11.  Go to farmers market for winter squash and make a warm soup.

12 Take a long drive to somewhere new.

13. Go to a corn maze.

14. Send homemade cards to people I care about.

15.Find the perfect pair of boots.

16. Have a potluck dinner.

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Bruschetta Spaghetti

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It’s the end of September and my garden is still exploding with tomatoes. I would say, that this is the first year that our garden has been this successful and I am so incredibly proud of all its bounty. It seems like I’ve got tomatoes growing out of my ears! These tomatoes so plentiful and so beautiful are growing in all the different colors. The gift of this harvest make me so happy. Sometimes, it feels wrong to cook them; ruining the integrity of the wholesome crop, so this recipe really helps me overcome that struggle! When I was little, I used to go get pasta with my Granny Mary at this great Italian place. Every single time, we would both order angel hair pasta topped with fresh bruschetta. To this day, my love for this dish remains unchanged. The tomatoes from my garden have come in handy in recreating this timeless, fresh dish that I adored as a little girl. I wanted to update it a little bit so I decided to add feta and obscene amounts of Parmesan to give it some creaminess.   Oh boy, was it a good choice! Ina Garten happened to have a recipe similar to this childhood favorite, so I was able to pull inspiration from her! Enjoy!

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I love all the colors, just gorgeous!

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Trend Alert

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I am currently obsessed with Zara’s fall look-book. The looks are effortlessly chic, filled with unexpected combos and classic cuts. Two trends I’m SO excited about are the punky plaids and flowing florals. The floral dresses are feminine, delicate, and not to out of the box – making it a trend anyone can rock this season. I am personally OBSESSED with the plaid. A few years ago plaid was condemned to hot topic, flannels, and Avril Lavigne fans but now it just makes so much sense. Why have we left plaid just to flannels for so many years? I love the idea of a fit plaid pant paired with ankle boots and a sleek simple top. I will definitely be wearing both this season. Which look do you love? Read more to see more photos of these looks courtesy of Zara.

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Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze

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I love scones and I love pumpkin and I love maple glaze so naturally, these scones work for me in every way. They are seasonal, festive and they are delicious. They take almost no time at all to bake, which is just another reason why I love them. Finding a bullet-proof recipe is like striking culinary gold and this is one of those recipes! These scones always comes out as pleasing to the stomach as they do to the eye. These are wonderful and I recommend you make them, NOW!

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Beet and Sweet Potato Chips!

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I must admit that I never met a chip I didn’t like. It doesn’t even matter what kind, I never discriminate. But my love for chips is plagued by calories, fat and too much sodium, so the relationship is a love-hate one. Every time I indulge in this salty snack, I am left with feelings of regret and a bellyache. However, don’t worry! There’s a healthy alternative for all of you who love chips as much as I do! They can be made at home and out of many other ingredients besides starchy potatoes. How about beets and sweet potatoes? Even for all you beet haters out there, give these chips a chance! Made with only 3simple ingredients you can indulge guilt-free, because you know exactly what you are eating. Delicious! All of the flavor, crunch and satisfaction and none of the remorse! Give these a try and include them in your lunches this week!

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In honor of Modern Families big win last night at the Emmy’s! Nathan and I went and found the house last week, so fun!

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Chicken Soup with Avocado, Lime and Feta

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 Almost nothing is better than a hearty bowl of soup on a cold fall day. I also happen to think that avocado, lime and feta cheese make any meal 100 times better. Combine these two simple truths and we get something truly divine. Chicken soup with lime, avocado and feta. Wow! It’s almost too good for words. Make the soup, enjoy the September breeze and you won’t regret it. Happy Sunday!

My Pop clearly loving it:

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