I'm a typical Great Lakes girl who loves having her four seasons, my favorite being fall. To celebrate the beginning of cooler weather and a changing menu of in-season items, here are 15 projects and recipes to inspire you.
Candy Corn Cookie Bark
What a fantastic way to use candy corns! It seems like people either love or hate this confectionery staple of October, but mixed into a delicious candy and cookie bark allows you to enjoy the treat in a new way.
Spiced Caramel Apple Latte
I'm a coffee person for sure, so I had to try my hand at a spiced caramel apple latte recipe one year - I loved the results! I hope you do, too. This post will walk you through the process of creating your own apple simple syrup for use in the latte.
Soft & Fluffy Sugar Cookies with the Best Butter Cream Frosting
Growing up, my mom and I made this very same sugar cookie and butter cream frosting recipe every October. We'd make pumpkin-shaped cookies; black cats, bats, and more. This recipe creates soft and fluffy cookies, and a butter cream frosting that is thick, versatile, and not overly-sweet.
Apple & Clove Pomander
Apple and clove pomanders were written about in my favorite book series, the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ma made these as Christmas gifts, and I've wanted to make on for as long as I can remember. Included in the link is a printable to make gift tags for giving these pomanders away.
Autumn Harvest Popcorn Snack
I created this snack mix for my daughter's October birthday. With a whole grain, a dried fruit, and a source of protein, this snack is a fairly nutritious alternative to trail mix or packaged crackers or granola bars.
This is one of the most simple, yet most original pumpkin carving projects I have ever seen. It was created by contributor Rachel Anne Jones, and is certain to be the stand-out pumpkin on your porch this year.
DIY Autumn-Inspired Mobile
This is a sweet DIY project created by contributor Jessica Rebelo. The DIY includes a printable template to guide you, and would a wonderful craft to do with children.
Stove Top Air Freshener Recipes
I love using ingredients from around the house. This post shares 8 different stove top recipes, including "Autumn"; "Orange Clove"; and "Apple Cider".
Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yes, pumpkin is everywhere this time of year, but why not? It's seriously delicious, and only adds to the vitamin and moisture content of chocolate chip cookies. This recipe produces a very soft cookie
"Gather" Wood Slice Tray Tutorial
Are you looking for an inexpensive and pretty easy DIY project to dress up your table for autumn entertaining? Give this woodslice tray a try. I use a waterproof varnish so it can be used to serve drinks (hot or cold); desserts; or warm dishes at meal time.
DIY Woodgrain Stamped Gift Tags
This project is so versatile. I show you how I make my own woodgrain-patterned stamps, which can be used to create this handmade gift tags, as well as on any other paper project you like!
Pumpkin is so nutritious, and is just as delicious in a savory recipe as it is in sweet recipes. This pumpkin pasta sauce recipe is made from pie pumpkins, and not canned pumpkin puree (although it could be made from canned pumpkin if pie pumpkins aren't available, or you're under time constraints).
I can't get enough apples in September and October. This quick and easy crepe recipe features my homemade apple syrup recipe, which can also be made for pancakes and waffles.
I created this recipe to be an extra-special, make-ahead breakfast. The cake is actually a pancake batter, cooked into cupcake cups and topped with a delicious maple frosting. Candied bacon and pecan bits replace sprinkles.
15. Whole Wheat Zucchini Cookies
This is a delicious way to add extra fiber to your diet. While zucchini are more a part of the summer harvest, it could easily be substituted with a different variety squash from the fall harvest.
+ 5 More projects and recipes you might enjoy!
16. Chai Latte recipe
17. Easy Dried Apple Chips
18. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake recipe
19. Mason Jar Indoor Jack-o'-lantern
20. DIY Neutral Tablescape