I love fall. I love that fall appeals to all my senses–beautiful trees, cooler temperatures, rustling leaves, burning fields, apple and pumpkin treats!

Ahhhh!

I enjoy getting out my fall decorations, too.

We usually go to a pumpkin patch for our pumpkins. The summer rains were not friendly to the pumpkin farmers. This year we ended up getting our pumpkins at the Open Arms Pumpkin Fun Run fundraiser.

Typically, I grab some mums at Walmart or Lowe’s to set around with the pumpkins.

After the blooms have died and the cold sets in, I dump the pots in the trash. Yes, I know you can plant them. I never seem to have the time.

Well, last year, the pots never even made it to the curb! Shame!

weeds

They have sprouted lovely weeds courtesy of the wind and the birds.

There is another pot, however, that is different.

mums

It decided to root itself through the bottom of the pot!

I have mums and I didn’t even have to leave home to get them!

They aren’t the perfectly shaped kind from the store–that’s okay.

I have not bought any fancy mums from the store yet.  I may let my “survivor mum” have a chance in the spotlight this year!

I have, however,  added a few decorations to the porch. I’ll get around to the inside of the house eventually.

Don’t you love that you get to use your fall decorations for a long time?!

Happy Fall y'all wreath

pumpkins and hydrangeas

old rocking chair

outdoor fall decor

Now, go make some fall cookies or something. Here is an idea–Applesauce Cookies.

Falling Leaves Cookies

I love seeing the fall colors. We have a pretty little maple tree in the back yard that is still holding on to its leaves.

We spent last weekend clearing the yard of leaves. The next day you could hardly tell we had done any work at all.

I have many happy memories of raking and playing in the leaves. Fall is a happy time. I guess that is why I am in no hurry to get to Christmas.

autumn cookies

I had a small amount of leftover cookie dough in the fridge, so I decided to make these cookies. I was inspired by these cookies I saw on Pinterest.

I took the easy way out on the decorating. The white part is good old ready-to-spread frosting. The tree trunks are made from melted chocolate chips. The leaves are teeny tiny leaf-shaped sprinkles!

Tiny sprinkles

So cute!

a spoon full of sprinkles

They are called Micro Sprinkles.

sprinkling leaves

The girls had fun adding the leaves for me.

wind-blown cookie

tree cookies

leaf cookies

last fall leaf

Katie had a writing assignment at school around the first of October. In my “unbiased” opinion, I thought it was very good! It seemed fitting to share it along with this post.

Enchanted Place by Katie Bayer (age 12)

Being outside in fall is my favorite place to be. Here, I watch the pale morning sun as it plays golden shafts of light on the ground, livening the crisp, fall-time air. Its warm rays flow across the sap and morning dew, and they glisten on the earthen floor like spun sugar. Leaves fall like gentle rain, blanketing the ground in richness and color.

All around, nature sings its song. Leaves lazily strum the air as it passes, playfully blowing tendrils of loose hair around my face and bringing the faint, melodic call of a care-free bird to my ears.

All around me, nothing is heard except for the bird’s call or the song of the leaves rustling listlessly in the wind. They shyly twirl through the air and land softly on the crown of my exposed head. I take it off tenderly and observe its vibrant color, its fragile lace tightly webbed in between sturdy veins. I let the wind professionally claim them, the cool morning air running thinly through my outstretched fingers. I exhale, breath billowing visibly from between my lips, close my eyes, then inhale again, savoring the smoky scent of burning leaves. I smile. I am right where I want to be, my enchanted place, and I will enjoy every second that I am here.

Oatmeal Scotchies

I sent my oldest off to band camp this week. She has her standard “camp snacks” that she likes to take. (Sorry about the fuzzy picture. I guess that’s what happens when I use my husband’s fancy camera when he is not around.)

Camp snacks

Camp time is the only time I ever buy Ritz bits.

I always send a box of homemade cookies to camp as well. She almost always wants chocolate chip cookies with milk chocolate chips. She is the only one in the family who prefers milk chocolate rather than semi-sweet, so I usually comply. We had 3 bags of butterscotch chips in the pantry. There must have been a sale or something. I asked her if Oatmeal Scotchies would be okay to send.

cooling cookies

My poor children. They said they had never heard of Oatmeal Scotchies! Apparently, I am falling behind in my parenting!

The recipe I used came from a cookbook my mother-in-law gave me one Christmas. However, it is the same as the one you find on the back of the butterscotch chips package.

Trio of Cookies

They were incredible right out of the oven with a cool glass of milk!

These would be great back-to-school cookies. When I took a bite of that warm, homey cookie I could almost hear the marching bands and smell the burning leaves. They really have a nice “fall-y” flavor.

Oatmeal Scotchies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups oats, uncooked

2 cups Butterscotch flavored chips

•Heat oven to 375˚.

•Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon with a whisk. Set aside.

•Beat together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla until creamy.

•Gradually add combined dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix well.

•Stir in oats and butterscotch chips.

•Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

•Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.

snack

What kind of snacks do you send with your kids to camp?

Critics’ Corner

Chip: They were good, but they could have used less butterscotch and oatmeal and more chocolate chips and pecans. Still worth eating, though.

Megan: I was a bit skeptical at first, but these gooey little treats easily worked their way into my top 5 favorite cookies.

Katie: A little taste of fall! Scrumdiddlyumptious! : )

Hooray! I made it to Foodie Friday with BLOGtober Fest! I just want to take a moment here to thank the gals at Arkansas Women Bloggers for this fun week! It definitely WAS a challenge. I guess I need one of those every now and then. I’m already looking forward to the next ARWB challenge/event. Thanks! If you are in Arkansas and you are a Woman and you have a Blog, sign up! It’s free!

I have wanted to experiment with stamping cookies since I got these babies at the Craft Gossip get together a year ago! These acrylic stamp blocks were in the incredible swag bag we took home compliments of EK Success Brands.

We also received some cute Halloween bottle cap clings to go with the blocks. The bottle caps are cute, but I wanted to try with something a little larger.

The clings are a little on the pricey side. They weren’t out-of-this-world expensive. It’s just that I’m always looking for a bargain.

I hit the jackpot a few weeks ago when Michael’s had all their rubber stamps, including the clings, 50% off! I came home with a “few”.

These are the ones I used for my cookies this time.

I supposed I should add a disclaimer of sorts here. I have no idea if these products are “safe” to use with food or not. I wasn’t selling these cookies to anyone, so I figured it was okay to try. No one who ate the cookies got sick or died! Try this at your own risk!

The cling stamps are really cool! you just peel the stamp from the package and press it onto the block. When you are finished using it, just wash it, peel it off and store it back in the package. Cool! What I really like is being able to place my stamp in a specific spot. With the acrylic block there it no more guessing if you got your stamp in the right place.

Since the stamp I chose referred to the golden beauty of fall, I decided to try out a product I had never used before–pearl dust.

You can use the pearl dust dry, straight from the bottle. You can also mix it with a little vanilla to make a paint. The directions are on the back of the package.

I tried several different techniques. Click on the cookies below to see which method was used for which cookie.

My cookies didn’t turn out quite like I had hoped. I think I will have to give it another whirl. One thing I did discover was that the cooler cookies were easier to stamp. A little flour seemed to help some to keep the stamp from sticking on the cookies. DO NOT try to stamp the cookies when they are hot! I had the “smart” idea that that might work better–WRONG! Overall, it was a fun little experiment. I will have to work on it some more.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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