Fall Decor Tour Part 2

As promised, Part 2:

If you missed part one of my autumn decor, click HERE. Happy weekending!


Mini Pumpkin Croissants

Sometimes I deviate from our whole/clean/no-pre-packaged foods policy around here because, well, it’s just yummy. Especially when I see a new seasonal recipe that is screaming my name. Case in point: these little bites of delight originally from the blog Shaken Together. Allow me to pique your interest and get your mouth watering with a few photos…

Can’t you just smell their pumpkin-y fall-ish goodness? This recipe does, however, come with a warning:

Making these delicious little unassuming croissants may be hazardous to your self control. They will call to you from the cooling rack, the counter, and the fridge. They will not allow you to stop at just one, nor will they leave your mind for more than a couple of seconds each day as long as they remain in your house. But it’s not the end of the world…since they’re low-fat. 🙂

Consider yourself warned.

Mini Pumpkin Croissants

1 tube of reduced fat crescent rolls
1/2 block of neufchatel (low-fat cream cheese) (about 4 oz.)
1 cup of canned pumpkin
1 – 2 T pumpkin pie spice** (depending on how spicy you like things)
3 – 4 T sucanot (or granulated sugar)

**if you don’t have any on hand, scroll to the bottom of this post for an easy mix-your-own recipe

For topping:

4 T sucanot (or granulated sugar)
1 T pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 375. Beat together the cheese, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and sucanot until fluffy and creamy. In another small bowl, combine the two topping ingredients and set aside.

Unroll the crescent rolls and cut each triangle in half longways to form mini-crescents. Place a generous dollop of the pumpkin mixture on the fat end of each triangle, spread a tiny bit up the pastry for “glue” and roll up starting with the fat end. This part will be a bit messy :-). Dip each mini crescent into the topping mixture to coat (I left the bottom coating free), and place on a baking sheet or stone.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until done. Store in the fridge.


I hope you enjoy these little gems of fallish goodness! They are perfect for breakfast, dessert, and especially anytime snacking. Not that I’d know anything about that… 😉

Would you like to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice? Just combine:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

You can double/triple/quadruple the quantities as desired depending on how much you need! Tip: Try sprinkling some on top of your coffee grounds before you run your coffee maker for a yummy fall treat!

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Fall Decor Tour Part:1

So I started wandering around my house taking photos of my fall decor. I reallllly toned things down this year in the quantity department (if you can believe that), but I still find myself with a ton of photos to share! So I’ll break this into a Part 1&2, with Part 2 going live over the weekend. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into what things look like around our place in the autumn-time.

Thanks so much for joining me on the first half of the tour! See you tomorrow with the most adorably delicious fall recipe! You won’t want to miss it…

Have you decorated for the season yet?

An Outfit and “I Believe…”

First: the outfit. I like the girly/sweet feel of this combo. Straight legged jeans, a pleated feather-patterned shell, and a vintage pointelle sweater with a skinny belt and flats. Simple, comfy, feminine.

Last week Erin from Living in Yellow hosted an “I Believe” link-up, and (as usual) I’m late to the party. But I so enjoyed reading some of the entries that I was inspired to write one of my own – late or not – so here you go:

I believe…

…that each day is always fresh – with no mistakes in it (yet)…
…in the necessity of lap time…
…that it’s never too late to start following your dreams…
…in lazy mornings, long snuggles, and big breakfasts…
…that life is too short to “settle”…
…in savoring each moment we are given…
…that the those we surround ourselves with can either make us or break us…
…in trying new things…
…that true friendship is a dying art – people are far too self-absorbed these days to really invest in loving other people – and that makes me so sad…
…in fighting the epidemic of busyness…
…in being the exception to the rule…
…in eating dessert before dinner…
…that date nights are a worthy investment of our time and money…
…that travel helps open our eyes to a world much larger than our tiny bubble of existence…
…that God allows both sunshine and rain into our lives to mold us into who He created us to be: deep, rich, beautiful souls…
…in the power of a vanilla espresso cooler to make any day sweeter…
…that love, vulnerability, and honesty are perhaps the greatest virtues…
…that fireplaces are one of the coziest things on earth…
…in keeping snail mail alive…
…the best place to be after a long day is in my husbands arms…

What do you believe in?

A Few of My Favorite {Fall} Things…

 Happy Monday to ya! How was your weekend? I hope all of you participating in the Fall Friendship Swap have made contact with your partners by now and are busy shopping/creating/brainstorming! Remember, packages should be mailed by October 1st. 🙂

You know how there are certain smells, flavors, colors, music, etc. that you associate with a certain time of the year? Those special seasonal things that make you want to haunt the stores everyday until they magically appear back on the shelves?! Well here’s just a very small sampling of some of the things I look forward to each and every fall!

Favorite Coffee: Pumpkin Spice from TFM
Favorite Candle: Autumn Wreath by Yankee Candle
Favorite Nail Polish Colors: Brown Pearl and Vintage Boutique by AVON
Favorite Music: Smoky Mountain Sunrise
Favorite Tea: Apple Cider by Bigelow
Favorite Hand Soap: Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin by B&BW
Favorite Marshmallow: Gingerbread

What are some fallish things that you look forward to each year?

On the Menu

This week continues our nose dive (literally) back into the blissful world of comfort food. 🙂

Bring. It. On.

Making appearances on our table are:

Country Captain’s Chicken Stew (seriously…if you haven’t tried this recipe yet…well, there are simply no words…)
Crockpot Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
Wheaten Bread
Fall Omelets
Pumpkin Crescent Rolls
Sweet Vegetarian Chili
Pumpkin Granola
Roasted Vegetable Galette
Pumpkin Smoothies  ala The Pioneer Woman

P.S. Do you follow me on Pinterest? That’s where some of these gems were unearthed!

What’s cookin’ at your place this week?