Thursday, September 3, 2015

Welcome, September!

Welcome, September!

It feels like a 'Welcome Back' is in order too, as I took several weeks off from blogging this Summer to spend time with my little ones and family . . . and to tend to some health issues.

There are times in our lives when we need to cut back on 'activities' and re-prioritize so that we can spend extra time on (and with) what really matters . . . and that's what I had to do over the Summer months. I'm so grateful for the loving support of my mom, mother-in-law, husband, and kids, as I worked on gaining a better understanding of a recent diagnosis that has drastically changed my diet and daily activities.

I feel like I had a nice 'break' . . . and I'm ready to get back to blogging about my favorite things again (BIG smile!) . . . and sharing bits and pieces from my home and family life.

Today is our 6 and 7-year-old's first FULL day of school.

So as I write this post, my littlest and I are baking Pumpkin Spice Browned Butter Cookies.  We thought it would be fun (and special) to surprise them with cookies when they come home. Our home smells like the best of Fall!

My littlest spotted these pretty orange spray roses at our local WholeFoods market. I wanted to buy sunflowers, as they remind me most of late Summer . . . but she insisted on 'the orange ones.'

I think they look quite pretty next to the apples I bought for the kids to enjoy with their school lunches.

I've slowly been adding early Fall touches ~ here and there ~ to our home.

I love all the sights and smells of this beautiful season! Don't you?

Although I haven't been blogging, I've still been baking and cooking . . . and, of course, taking photos!

So I thought it would be fun to share what will be on the blog next week (and in the coming weeks) . . . I hope you come by again and visit! Until then, have a great week!

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cilantro lime roasted chicken
with root vegetables
pumpkin spice browned butter cookies
cinnamon apple dutch baby
soft spiced pumpkin cookies
caramel & spiced pumpkin cookies
SLOW cooker pumpkin & caramel bread pudding
with pumpkin caramel sauce
a Fall dinner . . . Indian Masala Chili
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LET'S STAY in touch!
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Thank you for stopping by!
I love reading your comments and appreciate them so much!


  1. I was thoroughly enjoying your post, with the pretty decor pics...then those yummy cookie pics...then stop! PUMPKIN CARAMEL SAUCE?Whay have I never heard of this. I'm going to TJ's this weekend for sure!

  2. apples ... orange roses ... yummy cookies ... looks like fall to me!

  3. Beautiful pictures. Your littlest did a wonderful job picking out the flowers ;-). Hope you are feeling well.

  4. Wow beautiful pictures and now I'm really ready for Fall. I think today I'll get me some orange spray roses if I can find some. I love coming over here it just makes me smile.

  5. Your post always brings a smile to my face -- I really feel as if we'e having coffee/tea together and just chatting. Your photos are simply stunning and tell your little one that the orange tea roses were just the thing -- it's almost as if I got them on my birthday which is today. This way they never wilt and I can look at them again and again. I hope you'll be able to resolve your health issues :-( Be will, be safe and have a great Labor Day Weekend. I can't wait to get the recipe for those cookies. sending Big Hugs your way!

  6. Praying for your health, Suzanne. As you mentioned taking care of ourselves and our family is what's most important. Your pictures look beautiful as always. Looking forward to your upcoming posts.

  7. Good to have you back! Your beautiful pictures put me in the mood for fall, and I'm really looking forward to your upcoming recipes. Sorry to hear about your health! I actually have a post in the works about a health issue I've experienced, so I know it's no fun to deal with those things. I'm glad you have lots of support, and I hope everything goes well! Have a great long weekend!

  8. Well welcome back! I feel like I've been MIA, too. Life, right? So what's the new diagnosis?!?!

  9. LOVE the way you welcome Fall...but reading this made me sooooooo hungry!!

  10. Welcome back Suzanne. You are so right in saying that sometimes we need to take a brake to concentrate on what truly matters, Blogging is wonderful but it does take lots of time away from our loved ones. I was just having that conversation with my husband. Family, health and our homes are priority over all. Glad you took the time to rest, heal and spend quality time with your family.

    Your photos are stunning. And I am drooling over all the delightful food here, Everything looks delicious.

    Have a blessed week,


  11. Everything you make it always so amazing! I just wanted to let you know your pumpkin spice cookies are being featured at the Something to Talk About link party today! Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo

  12. All your fall recipes look delicious Suzanne! Thank you so much for sharing them! I am featuring this post tonight at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I hope you will join us again, the party starts @ 8 EST. I hope you are having a wonderful week. Take care, Tara

  13. Oh my goodness, your photography skills are ahhhhh-mazing! Teach me your ways!


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