{Hello, Fall}

Pumpkins and mums are showing up on front porches. The air has a cool crisp to it and apple pies are gracing our kitchens. (Well, for some of us!) This all can only mean one thing...it's officially fall! I really love the beginning of a new season. It's a fresh start and with each season brings exciting traditions. For us fall means a trip to the apple orchard, carving pumpkins and our annual Halloween party with neighbors.

I normally shy away from all things Halloween because I really don't like anything scary. But I just can't help celebrating each holiday. I definitely find joy in creating decorations and even though Halloween isn't my favorite, we've gotta acknowledge it's presence. After all, who doesn't love seeing their kiddos all dressed up?! This year we will have a tiger, a princess and a lady bug.

Below are a few scare free Halloween decoration ideas and some fall goodies we recently made with our apples from the orchard.

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I made a 'Boo' banner recently (See picture above) that took me all of 10 minutes to create. I printed off the letters from a website I found via Pinterest. I used some twine and black glitter and 10 minutes later...a banner was hung! I bought some bats from Michaels and also hung the bats on the banner. The kids got a kick out of the bats...added bonus to creating decorations...they sometimes entertain the kids for a long time. I never imagined that paper bats would be such a huge hit.

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We also made an apple pie. I normally make one apple pie every fall, after that...nada. I joke with my husband that making one pie usually drains all the baking abilities I have for the entire year from me. (Poor husband.) I said I like decorating, baking...eh...another blog post for that one perhaps! ;) Below is the link to a recipe that is very similar to the one we use every year. It's simple, simple and really good. You really can't go wrong with pies! Click here for best pie ever: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-crumble-pie

 

Last but not least is our little stoop all decked out for the holiday. We plan on going to the pumpkin patch later this month for Sophia's birthday...so add a few more pumpkins and the outside decorations will be complete! I hope you all are enjoying fall as much as we are. God bless!

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