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03 September, 2014

10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Bring on Fall!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Bring On FallIt’s almost September so I am officially declaring it fall! This is my favorite season and I want to squeeze every minute out of it that I can! But here in the South, the temperatures are still in the 90s and fall can seem a loooog way away. So what do I do to get an early start on my fall fun? Here are 10 things you can do right now to hurry it up a little!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Bring On Fall 1. Burn candles that have a fall scent. This is my new favorite…Bath and Body Works Heirloom Pumpkin. My whole house smells heavenly!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Bring On Fall 2. Add some fall mums to your home. Home Depot already has oodles of them in the garden department…and in all sorts of wonderful colors! Small yellow mums star in this fall centerpiece.

Starbucks 3. Head on over to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. They are bringing them out early this year! Yum! (2016 update...McDonald's is bringing theirs back at the end of August!)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Bring On Fall 4. Go to a near-by pumpkin patch…and take the kids! Our favorite in the north Georgia mountains opens at the end of August!

Boiled Peanuts 5. Eat some boiled peanuts. OK…this one may be a Southern thing, but they are so yummy and they just taste like fall to me! I am lucky because the best boiled peanuts anywhere are sold at a little farm stand about 10 minutes from me. Raw peanuts should be available soon, if they are not already, so you could even make your own using the simple recipe found here. 

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shirt Pumpkin Pillow 6. Add a little fall to your décor. Even if you aren’t ready to go full-blown fall, just few additions, such as my shirt pumpkin pillow and no-sew shirt pumpkins, will suggest that fall feeling!

Baby Kitty And if you are lucky enough to already sport the appropriate fall colors like Baby Kitty, you can just relax on that one!

Apples 7. Go apple picking. Local apples are available right now in the north Georgia mountains. If you live in this area, you will find a list of harvest dates by variety here. Make a day of it and take the kids!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Bring On Fall 8. Add a fall wreath or basket to your front door. Hey, you don’t have to do your whole porch…no pressure!

Corn Maze 9. Go to a corn maze. Yep…the one near me opens for business the fist weekend in September...but you might want to wait a little while for that one. It's still too darn HOT down here in the South!

Spicy Pumpkin Bread 10. Bake something pumpkin-y. It will makes your whole house smell soooo good…and it’s yummy, too! If you are looking for a variety of recipes, you will find some here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Porch Tour And just in case you are in the mood for a little more fall, here is my fall porch tour from last year. This year’s is still at the “wreath only” stage for now.

And finally, here’s a peek at my home all decked out for fall last year. I have some ideas cooking and I’m in the planning stages for this year…just need a trip to the pumpkin patch to get started!
And that's it! Before you know it, the real deal will be here and it will be double the fun!

Note: None of the companies mentioned compensated me in any way. I just like their stuff!

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my ideas for bringing on fall! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for the Show and Share Party , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays ,   French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. Thanks for the inspiration.I am in a Fall frame of mind, just wish the weather would comply :)

  2. Great inspiration, Debbie! I got started over the weekend; and lighting a pumpkin scented candle just set the mood. It may still be in the 90's outside; but, it's Fall indoors! Lol!

  3. Debbie, those are so e great choices!

    I love, love, love your cute pumpkins you made! And yes about Starbuck's! Yum!

    I am going to run by B&BW and. Heck out the pumpkin scent. I love the scents of fall!


    Sheila :-)

  4. Debbie, Come and decorate my house anytime and you can also leave some pumpkin bread...I wouldn't mind.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration. Just got my hands on most of my fall décor and need to get a move on making changes.


  6. all great ideas.. I stuffed some sweater pumpkins over the weekend.

    just one more " feel like Fall tip" to add..

    I have the air turned down on 62 and 3 mega turbo fans going on in the family room where I sit in my flannel jammies with a hot cocoa flavored coffee.. feelin sorta like fall in here as long as I don;t look out the window.

  7. I'm proud of myself, I placed a wreath on my porch wall and nothing more. There are sings of Fall on the trees here in N. Michigan but that's it. It's supposed to be in mid 80's and muggy tomorrow, so as much as I want Fall to be here I can't get in the mood until it feels like it outdoors. IFor me until the daily temps have to dip into the low 60's and the night lows dip into the 40's which will be this coming weekend according to the Mr. Weatherman. :) I also have to smell someone's woodburning stove, LOVE that smell!! Thanks for the tips, I will slowly hopefully be checking them off my list the start of this weekend :) Happy Fall!! :) -Bev

  8. I love this post! I'm going to light one of my pumpkin candles as we speak. =)


  9. Debbie, Thanks for all the Fall inspiration. I really need it. :)...All except the boiled peanuts. I'm headed back to your post for more inspiration.

  10. Deb all wonderful ideas and I will soon be embracing some of them. Great post!

  11. great inspiring post. We took a road trip thru Ellijay and the area around there last year and loved it. Makes me want to go back for the Granny Smiths the end of September.

  12. Debbie,
    As much as I love cooler weather, I'm not ready to see summer go yet. How did it fly by so fast this year? Of course, it was right at 100° here today. So, the temperatures still say summer. Maybe October will bring cooler days. Then I will be in the mood for some of your great fall ideas.


  13. Pumpkin is the magic word when it comes to fall! I'm so ready for cooler weather, but until it comes, I think I'll stay inside and bake something pumpkin!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie