Fall favorites

13 Nov

Did you know that there’s a difference between autumn and fall?

Here’s what my cousin Kelly says:

Autumn is when the last days of summer turn into beautiful crispness that invites you to put on boots and some layers. The trees start their transformation into fiery fabulousness and apple cider starts to warm the soul. There is a feeling of excitement in the air for the new season and a breath of fresh air.

Fall is when the leaves start falling from their now cold branches. The air is no longer a crisp excitement but a constant chill that requires jackets and adds extra blankets to the bed. The smell is not of apples, cinnamon, and pumpkins but dirt, crunchy leaves, and acorns.The energy in the air is no longer about the season and more about the quickly approaching holidays.

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Pumpkin patches?

Apple pie?

Changing leaves?


Sweaters and scarves?



Drinking hot chocolate and knitting?

There you go.  Now we’re talking.


  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 c. powdered soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
Mix all ingredients until well incorporated.  Boil some water – I found that about 2 tablespoons of mix to 1 cup water works well, but it’s up to you.  If you’re one of those people, who, as a child added an extra packet of hot chocolate mix just so you could get those delicious lumps of chocolate in your mug, then go ahead and add some extra.  I’m not here to judge.
Side note:  This recipe works perfectly to layer up in jars and give as gifts, with personalized tags.  ♥

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