Happy Weekend, my friends! And for those of you who share my love of  obsession with the Halloween movies...Happy Halloween Movie Day! I have loved the original Halloween forever and have waited for this movie just as long. Marian is coming up for the weekend, and yes, I have a party planned and t-shirts purchased. What can I say? I'm weird like that.

It is all fall ~ all the time ~ around here.
I broke out the boots for Mass last weekend.
My sweet bloggy friend Danielle posted almost the exact same picture on her blog right here!

Mocha picture. Because. Cute.

Peyton and Flynn baked a fun fall cake.

And Madison made some yummy pumpkin waffles.

More Mocha pictures.
Because. A puppy in a Halloween sweater.

I bought myself a present.
It makes me happy.

Wasn't I just teaching my girl her numbers?

And finally, this is good.
And I don't even like Greek yogurt.

Have a cozy, festive fall weekend, my friends.
Thank you for visiting!

Autumn Mornings

           Early mornings
            Steaming Pumkin Spice
            Soft throw~warm fire
           Two snuggly puppies
           So quiet

Pumpkin Patch 2018

Last weekend, we loaded up the cars and headed to the pumpkin patch! We visited the one we have for the past several years, even though it meant driving a bit farther, because you know me...tradition and memories, right? We were so happy my mom was with us, and we also picked up our dear friend Mary for the trip too. It was also Nicolas' first time at a pumpkin patch!

Pumpkin Patch Crew

It was fun to decorate our new home for my favorite season!

Happy Happy Happy
Pumpkin Time, my friends!!!


Welcome to the weekend, friends. While here we are enjoying the beautiful autumn days, our thoughts and prayers are with those devastated by the hurricane earlier in the week. I hope you are safe and sound and looking forward to a cozy autumn weekend. 

An October Afternoon Walk

Take a walk today, my friends.
Tuck these beautiful October days into your heart.
Soon they will be but a memory.

Favorite Fall Recipe Number Two ~ Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

This is one of our very favorite autumn meals. I have posted this recipe many times before, but in case you have missed it, here it is. Please don't be afraid of the pumpkin. It is so subtle but adds just enough to make these shells even more delicious.

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells
  1. 1 box pasta shells, cooked, drained, and rinsed in cold water
  2. 1 can ( 15 oz. ) Libby's pumpkin
  3. 2 cups ricotta cheese and yes, use the whole milk ricotta : )
  4. 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese...and more to sprinkle on top
  5. 1 egg
  6. 3 garlic cloves, minced or the garlic powder equivalent if you forgot to buy them like I did.
  7. Dash of salt and pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  9. 1 45 oz. jar of pasta sauce. We use Tomato Basil.
  1. Cook shells according to directions...and then drain and rinse.
  2. Grease two 13x9 baking dishes and pour some sauce on the bottom.
  3. Mix pumpkin, cheeses, egg, garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  4. Stuff each shell with pumpkin mixture and place in baking dish.
  5. Cover with remaining sauce.
  6. Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
  7. Uncover, sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese, and bake for 15 more minutes.


A Touch Of Halloween

Halloween has arrived in our new home for the very first time. I am finally able to bring out the decorations I bought back in July! It was a cool, rainy day when we added a touch of Halloween to our cozy home. Exactly the way it should be.


Are you just loving these October days, my friends? We sure are. Although, sometimes I have to remind myself that these are the days I wait all year for. I get so wrapped up in the day to day routine that I forget to take note of the glorious shades of orange the leaves are beginning to display. I don't want these days to pass by without filling them with all things autumn and Halloween. But first, a wrap up of the past week here in our cozy home!

A Few Special Favorites

Today I am sharing a few of my very favorite things. I am a fairly simple person, but I do splurge on a few things every now and then. These are some of the items I really love, and are actually really good for my skin and for my well being too! I discovered these products at The Canyon Ranch Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada.

10 Things To Do in October

1.  Bake Pumpkin Bread

2.  Visit a local pumpkin patch

3.   Read Big Pumpkin and drink orange cocoa

4.  Drive around looking at decorations while listening to Halloween music

5.   Go on a leaf walk together

6.   Watch Halloweentown during family movie night

7.   Carve Jack o' lanterns

8.   Burn a Halloween Candle

9.   Make Candy Corn Pizza and orange Kool-Aid for dinner

10.  Snuggle under a cozy throw and sip pumpkin spice tea

What are your October plans, my friends?

P.S. Click on the BOLD words for links. : )


Welcome to the last Friday of September, my friends. I love September. It is the calm before the storm. September allows the first taste of autumn splendor, a chance to relax and enjoy the new season before the flurry of upcoming holidays begins to occupy our minds.

This is Flynn. I play a game called Club Penguin Island and called CPI or CP Island. You are penguins and you can be your favorite color and you can dress up make your own Igloo and you can have friends. We have Animal Jam and you can be your favorite animal and dress it up and play games and have your own den and you can have friends on that game too.  It is very fun. I have Block Craft and you level up and when you level up you get to build new stuff and you can look at other people's lands. Mine is called Cookie Landing and all of these games are VERY fun.

( I start them young around here! Lol! She actually typed that all by herself, and we used it as a learning tool to practice sentence structure and punctuation. Winning! )

Favorite Fall Recipe Number One ~ Quick And Easy Chicken Soup

Fall! Yay! Also...Fall Food! Yay! Here is an easy recipe for some delicious chicken soup for you and your family to enjoy on a cozy autumn evening.

Cozy Chicken Soup

  1. Rotissierie chicken carcass
  2. One stick celery, chopped
  3. One onion, chopped
  4. Two 32 oz. containers chicken broth
  5. One teaspoon salt
  6. One teaspoon poultry seasoning
  7. One eighth teaspoon pepper
  8. One container water~fill a broth container with water
  9. One large bag Kluski noodles, cooked and drained
  1. Put chicken carcass in large pot.
  2. Add celery, onion, chicken broth, salt, poultry seasoning, pepper, and water.
  3. Cook at boiling, covered, for one hour. Remove any foam.
  4. Meanwhile, in separate pot, boil noodles. Then drain and set aside.
  5. Drain bones, fat, and veggies until only broth remains.
  6. Add cooked noodles, heat, stir, and enjoy!!!!

This is a great recipe for the day after you have a rotisserie chicken dinner.
Simply wrap the chicken carcass in foil and place in the refrigerator.
Also, I use two chicken carcasses and three containers of broth for our family, and we have some leftovers. : )