Posts Tagged ‘fall’

What are Your Favorite Fall Activities?

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2011 | 9 comments

For some reason, I’m able to slow down just a little bit more during the fall months. Maybe it’s because I know a long winter is just around the corner so I better make the best of these last few sunny days, or maybe it’s the cooler weather that I’m so thankful for after a very hot, sticky summer.

Whatever the reason, here are a few of my favorite Fall activities. I’d love to hear some of your favorites too!

Disposable Decorations for Fall

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2011 | 4 comments

Disposable decorations are items you can find for free or relatively inexpensively in your yard, around your home, or at a local grocery store. Then, after the season or holiday is over, you can simply throw the decorations away {or compost them}.

By using mostly disposable decorations, I hardly have to store any decorations, yet I’m still able to keep our entire house “festive” all year long.

How Are You Welcoming Fall?

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2011 | 9 comments

Yesterday was the first day of the Fall season — which means it was the first day of my FAVORITE season!

I suppose if you don’t live in a state with cool weather and as much beautiful Fall color as Michigan, you might not understand my obsession… but, as I have mentioned before, I love everything about fall.

And even though Fall has only officially been here for 24 hours, I’ve already been doing a lot to get ready.

Quick and Simple FALL Cleaning

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2010 | 3 comments

Yup, that’s right — it’s fall and I’m doing my spring cleaning and organizing! Now, I’m not talking about my “speed-cleaning-because-company-is-coming-over” cleaning. I’m talking about the “we’re-moving-and-we-need-to-clean-this-house-really-well” cleaning!! Oh, and if you’re wondering why I would “waste” my time cleaning a house that’s already sold, it’s because part of our selling agreement was that we could stay living in our house {rent-free} provided we keep the house clean and the yard maintained. So, I’ve been choosing one job and tackling it every few days — […]

Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2010 | 6 comments

It’s that time of year again… time to start preparing my home and garden for cold West Michigan winter. This is not necessarily something I look forward to — but it saves me lots of time the following spring when I want to get outside and start planting flowers. The whole process really isn’t THAT bad, and we spread it out over a few weekends. Need a few ideas to get started? Here are a few things we do to prepare […]

Favorite Fall Foods

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2010 | 5 comments

I know I’m bias, but I am willing to bet that West Michigan is one of the prettiest places to live in the fall. The colors are absolutely beautiful right now…and the sun just continues to shine! It’s still warm enough to open the windows for a few hours in the afternoon {which is not normal for October} and it’s cool enough to have the oven on all day. So I’ve been baking up a storm and stocking my freezer […]

Food Preserving Resources

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2010 | 3 comments

I’ve been in a major food preserving mode lately. Partially because I’m teaching a workshop on the subject in less than 24 hours, but also because the weather here in West Michigan is just screaming “Fall” — and fresh produce is aplenty! I’ll be the first to admit that food preserving CAN BE overwhelming. I’ve been preserving {either by myself or helping my mom} for over 15 years and I still fell a bit of anxiety when I know a […]

Peaches, Pears, and Apricots

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2010 | 2 comments

I don’t think there is anything more delicious than opening up a can of homegrown, home-canned fruit in the middle of winter. There is just something about it that tastes even better than fresh fruit — but that might be the added sugar! If you’ve never tried to can your own fruit, now is a great time to start. There is still plenty of time to pick up some fresh produce from a local farmer’s market or u-pick farm — […]

Berry Jams = ‘Berry’ Delicious

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2010 | 8 comments

Berries are my favorite foods to preserve each year. And I can’t think of a better way to preserve delicious sweet berries than homemade jams and jellies — can you? Not only are jams and jellies relatively quick and easy to master, they are also inexpensive to make, and far superior to any variety you can buy at your local store {if you’ve never had homemade jam, you’ll just have to trust me on this one!} Every year, I make […]

Apple Butter

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2010 | 12 comments

Have you ever tried apple butter? If not, you are missing out on one of life’s greated condiments! OK, well maybe that’s a little extreme, but take it from someone who loves apples as much as I do — which is a lot — this recipe is to die for! If you’ve never tried apple butter, let me inform you about it’s deliciousness: To date, this is the best recipe I’ve found. There is no butter in Apple Butter! Apple […]

Simple Fall Decor

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2010 | 4 comments

I’m a big fan of decorating with disposable items; mainly so I don’t have to store them all year round. Since fall is my favorite season {I live in Michigan — it’s gorgeous!} it would be so easy for me to accumulate gobs of fun decor items, but I don’t. I only allow myself one (yes ONE) small tub. Honest! If you really think about it, I should have no trouble decorating with items from nature such as fruits, gourds, […]

Canned Tomatoes

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2010 | 9 comments

If you are new to canning, tomatoes are a GREAT way to start. They are so quick and easy. They don’t require any special ingredients {just tomatoes and salt}, and you can usually find them for FREE this time of year! I promise…you can totally do this! I’ve been canning tomatoes for several years now and the who process only takes me about 1 hour from the time I get everything out until the jars are in the canner. Are […]

Simple Roasted Chicken

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2010 | 10 comments

About two months ago, I met a lovely woman who — on top of being an amazing wife, a wonderful mother to 4 young boys, a homeschool teacher, and an exceptional chef — also happened to raise organic chickens! She is one busy lady, so she hired me to create a little more organization in her life…and then sent me home with one of her prized birds. I put it in the freezer because we’ve had such a hot and humid summer […]