Fabulous Fall

I have mentioned many, many times on this blog that fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love everything about it.

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Today was a glorious, sunny day and I wanted to find some activity to get outside and enjoy the weather.  I have been noticing that several of my neighbors have been very creative in their fall decor so I decided to snap a few pictures and share some of the eye candy with you.

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Are you inspired yet?  Have you done any outside decorations at your house, if so send me a picture!  If you need additional inspiration, here are some links to fall related items that I have done in previous years.

October

Pumpkins and Mums

It’s Fall, Y’all!

It’s beginning to look alot like….

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Pumpkins and Mums

The Mr and I had a goal of cleaning out our basement storage area this weekend so of course we tried to think of as many things as possible to do in an effort to prolong the start of that fun task.  I did manage to drag out my bins of fall decor and looked through them but I just did not have the motivation I needed to start decorating.  At a minimum I wanted to purchase some pumpkins and mums thinking that would inspire me. As I was contemplating our shopping destinations I remembered the Fahrmeier Farm produce stand that we visited a couple of years ago.  A road trip on this beautiful fall day was just what I needed.

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Fahrmeier Farms is located about 45 minutes east of Kansas City in Lexington, Missouri where my parents grew up and where I spent several weekends and summers when I was young.  Fahrmeier Farms is a family run farm started almost 70 years ago and currently operated by three generations of the family.  Although they do provide produce to farmers markets and deliver weekly CSA shares  in the Kansas City area, they also host many regular events at the farm as well as run a produce stand.  When we visited two years ago we stopped in for some wine tastings at the vineyard.  I wrote about that visit here.  Today was all about the mums and pumpkins.

One thing I LOVE about Fahrmeier Farms is their heirloom pumpkins, so much more interesting than the orange globes available everywhere.

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We had a wonderful conversation with Farmer Brett who told us about several of the unique varieties of pumpkins and squash and gave us a tour of the mum selection.  I was enjoying myself so much I only took a few pictures.

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Here are the pumpkin varieties I brought home.

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Fahrmeier Farms is located on Highway 24 between Lexington and Wellington.  During the month of October they have events each weekend including a “press your own cider” day.  That sounds like my kind of day!   See these vines below?

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Next July they will be bursting with blackberries, ready to be picked.  This is your notice to mark your calendars to visit Fahrmeier Farms next summer.  They have also recently planted 9000 strawberry plants for a late May or early June harvest.   No doubt that I will return!

Fall Inspiration

It is starting to finally feel like fall around here and I could not be happier since this is my favorite time of year!  These are the things I love about fall….

Lovefall

I will soon be decorating the house and planning for our annual fall festival so I turned to pinterest and my own fall pictures for some inspiration.  I thought I would share some of them with you.

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Have you started decorating yet?

Linking to Between Naps on the Porch

Bits and Pieces

Time for another installment of bits and pieces.

  • We traveled to Houston (third time in six weeks) over labor day weekend to see Levi baptized and have some more OMA/OPA time.  He had gained a few pounds since our last visit and definitely was starting to focus on objects, including my camera.

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  • This past weekend we went to a beautiful wedding for a family friend.  At our tables were the most adorable favors, pretzels rods dipped in chocolate and decorated like a wedding gown and tux.  They were so, so cute and I found out that the mother of the bride and a friend made everyone of them!

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  • It was SO much fun to be a Chiefs fan again this weekend!  The Chiefs looked amazing in their first game of the season.  Our new quarterback looked great but the day was really all about the defense.  I really hope the Chiefs are for real…..and not just because the Jaguars were so bad. 🙂

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  • I found a new recipe I want to try for Pesto.  My basil, although plentiful, is looking a little sad.  I was thinking I would like to make some pesto and freeze it so I found this recipe on skinnytaste.com.  Pesto is usually high in fat content with all the pine nuts and olive oil, but this version has been lightened up and made weight watchers friendly.   Can’t wait to try it!

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Skinny Basil Pesto

  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 T olive oil

Directions:
In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing. Store in a sealed container and refrigerate until ready to use or you can freeze this in ziplocks bags to use at a later date.

Makes 5 tablespoons. 1 Serving=1 tablespoon=2 weight watchers points

  • I am looking forward to fall, especially the cooler temperatures.  How about you?

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It’s beginning to look alot like….

This past weekend I planted a few mums, picked up a few pumpkins and brought out my fall decor items.

If I haven’t already mentioned how much I love the wooden dough bowl my brother-in-law made for me last Christmas, let me tell you now.

I LOVE MY WOODEN BOWL!!

Last Christmas I used it for candles and also for holding fruit.  This summer I piled all my CSA vegetables in it every week.  For fall I have added three small pumpkins and some garland I bought at a craft sale last year.  To read more about my wooden dough bowl click HERE.

I also pulled out all my fall candles and candle holders.

There are so many things I love about fall; cooler temperatures, warm cider, hot soup, bonfires, quilts, brilliant colored foliage and the upcoming holidays!

Do you love fall as much as I do?