Fall at last! Fall at last!

Mini Apple Pies

Today is the Autumnal Equinox: the first day of autumn, astronomically speaking. Hooray! That means that even here just south of the Mason-Dixon, summer’s days are numbered. (Feels like 52 in the morning, with a forecasted high of 80 degrees? How do you dress for that?!)

Historically, this is when my baking and crafting wheels crank into high gear — except for last year because all my body wanted to do was sleep and avoid vegetables. But the bug is back. My hands are itching to start making wonderful things: breads and pies and soups and scarves and festive decorations.

This year, I’m excited to be one of three food and craft contributors over at Funtober. If you’re a fan of fall (and Halloween in particular) be sure to visit! This week, I showed how to make dip-dyed pine cones and mini apple pies in muffin tins.

The fall and Halloween invitations at Paperless Post make me want to have a party.

Remembering our trip to Vermont last October, we’re still secretly plotting how we can move to Burlington.

As I’m cleaning out my fall/winter wardrobe, I’m looking for easy ways to reuse those unwearable but beloved sweaters: how about votives, gift wrap, or a tote?

Plaid makes it feel like fall all year ’round, and so it will always have a special place in my heart (and home and wardrobe…).

Illume Boulangerie candles in Sweet Vanilla & Cinnamon make the house smell like fall baking, even on a busy weeknight.

What gets you excited about fall?