Thursday, October 29, 2009

Let's get Cozy

Relaxing Setting of Bushel of Apples on Table Along Fireplace

I always feel so "nesty" in the fall. It's nice to enjoy the cool weather and change things around to match the change in seasons. Here are a few things that I do in the fall to make us feel nice and cozy.

Buy fall scented candles. I'm currently burning one called "cinnamony vanilla" that smells delicious. I also make homemade "potpourri" by simmering orange and apple peels with some cinnamon on a back burner.

Make soup. A big pot of soup is so comforting on a cold day. One of my favorites is curried split pea soup.

Drape some soft throws over your living room furniture. Be sure to take advantage of them at least occasionally by snuggling underneath one with a good book and a hot cup of vanilla caramel coffee while you listen to some old-fashioned music.

Dig out the flannel sheets, warm PJs and fuzzy slippers. At the first hint of a cold night I'm ready for my favorite pair of plaid PJs.

Keep a small tube of your favorite hand lotion on the nightstand. My hands get really dry when the weather turns cooler and I like to have some scented lotion to use right before bedtime. It's always nice to smell good when you get into your bed at night. :)

Bake bread

Polish my few pieces of heirloom silver and set them out to sparkle around the house and kitchen.

Stock the pantry with flour, sugar, yeast and spices to be ready for all the baking coming up over the next few months.

Start listening to Christmas music. Yes, I know it's ridiculously early, I just can't help myself.

Splash in the puddles, jump in the leaves, drink hot chocolate, take an afternoon nap, watch a sappy old movie, and generally enjoy the season with my family.

"The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on."
- Emily Dickinson


ChaChaneen said...

I decorate for this season during Labor Day weekend. I lurve it! I just made soup yesterday and am loving the leftovers. It is a grand time to enjoy isn't it!

justjoycee said...

Just reading this made me feel like getting cozy too....the only problem is that I am in Miami, were we are still at 90 degrees, with the A/C going, wishing for some cool weather.....all of your ideas sound great!!!!

Sandy said...

I'm coming to your house! It sounds so cozy! :)

Livin' in the Sonshine said...

Cinnamony Vanilla!...I'll be looking for that one!


Lovely blog! I'll visit you again. Have a beautiful day!

grace said...

I love fall, except this year we are living n Texas and lots of rain. I love to make soup , make our home smell wonderfully. I do not burn candles like I did in my twenties, maybe will start again.
wonderful post

Salehi Family Four said...

Beautiful blog! We seem to enjoy the same things. :)

Miss Go Lightly said...

Sounds like a wonderful plan! Loved this post, thank you :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE fall! I love the sights, smells, colors...*sigh*

The only thing I don't like is that it's followed my winter which is my least favorite season,LOL! But I love that here in New England we (usually) get to experience all four seasons :)

I ready my house on the Autumn equinox typically. I wash all of the curtains and so a full "fall cleaning" just like I do in the spring. I decorate for fall rather than Halloween (even though I love Hallowen, fall decor is much more versatile), I stock up on baking supplies, hot chocolate, marshmallows and make sure everyone has plenty of warm pj's for the coming months. I also spend time canning homemade soup,fruits and veggies.

Dutch said...

We love split pea soup and I think I am going to try that recipe. Thanks.

Barb J. said...

I know what you mean. If I didn't know better I would have thought I was pregnant the way I've been "nesting" lately, lol. But it's the fall weather.

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

I love your suggestions! I love lighting candles before my husband comes home. It makes the house feel more homey and romantic. :)

Young Wife said...

I don't think it's too early for Christmas music! My mother and I started making hand scrubs this week to give as Christmas gifts.

Kate said...

Hi there
just popped over from somewhere I can't remember which blog I was reading, what made me laugh was the Christmas music I drive my family mad, Nov 1st halloween gets packed away and Christmas cd's come out.
Have a great week

Lucie said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I just ADORE it! Can't wait to have a good look around the site. I shall be back soon. :)
Lucie x

Acnehorror said...

Beautiful blog! loved this post! Thanks fort sharing this post!

Luna de Sorrow said...

Anyone lucky to be a guest in your house is blessed indeed! I love fall and admit I try to incorporate these suggestions year round . . . thanks for sharing!