Fall Has Made Its Presence Felt

Fall has made its presence felt!  I am thrilled to finally be able to welcome fall in with open arms, doors and windows!

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Although fall officially began yesterday, its long awaited arrival is perfectly timed for optimum enjoyment of the season’s first cold front, a hot cup of tea, and warm carrot apple muffins.

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My eye was immediately drawn to the color palette in this bedroom featured in Traditional Home.  This palette choice hits a decorative high note with warm tones, a balance of traditional decor, and a tip of the hat to two orange and brown.

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I snapped this colorful reminder of seasonal things to come from our backdoor Saturday morning.  The rain soaked patio is the remnant from the heavy rains that fell over the weekend.  I didn’t mind the rain at first, knowing full well it was the trade off for the cooler weather we would wake up to on Sunday morning and the first day of fall. I had to keep reminding myself of that as I drove in the storm to pick up a stranded Dave the Builder.  Dave’s back tire chose to blowout right as he topped an overpass. The rain was so heavy it was difficult to see three feet in front of you.  Believe me, it was not our idea of a fun Friday night.  We’re dry and safe, Dave’s truck is outfitted with two new tires, and fall has arrived. Blessings!

fall is here

Have a great Monday and enjoy the fall of it all!

Must Love Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake

The calendar officially reads September.  I don’t really need to consult a calendar to know a change is in the air.  A glance out our kitchen window in the late afternoon gives it away.  As the dog days grow shorter and first signs of changing colors make their presence known,  thoughts of fall naturally come to mind.

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If you’re a fall baking enthusiast like me, now’s the  time to take inventory and stock up on the essential seasonings of the season.  To know me is to know my number one fall baking requirement- must love cinnamon. This leads me to my second fall baking requirement- September is time to bake something, anything, that includes this most delicious fall baking ingredient. Let me introduce you to the recipe for Must Love Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake.

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Must Love Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake


1 cup quick cooking oats

1 ½  cup boiling water

1 ½  cup all-purpose flour

2  teaspoons ground cinnamon

½  teaspoon nutmeg

1  teaspoon baking soda

1  teaspoon sea salt

½  cup shortening

1  cup granulated sugar

1  cup firmly packed brown sugar

2  Tablespoons dark Karo syrup

3  eggs

For topping:

1  stick butter

1  cup shredded coconut

3/4  cup packed brown sugar

2-3  Tablespoons milk

1  teaspoon vanilla

1 cup pecans, chopped



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or spray with cooking spray a 9 X 13 baking pan.

Combine quick-oats and boiling water together in a small mixing bowl and let stand 20 minutes. In a separate mixing bowl combine the  flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and sea salt.  Using a whisk,  blend the dry ingredients together to eliminate lumps.


In a large mixing bowl add together the granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar and the shortening.  Mix ingredients together on medium speed until combined.  Add in eggs, one at the time.  Beat in the oatmeal.

creamed sugar

Gradually add flour mixture to the wet mixture, beating until well combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

cake batter

Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes, or until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

For the topping:

coconut topping

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine 1 stick butter, coconut, 3/4 cup brown sugar, vanilla and  milk together.  Stirring constantly, cook mixture until it boils.  Stir in chopped pecans.

brown sugar

Pour topping over the cake and spread evenly over top of cake.  Allow cake to cool before serving.

must love cinnamon oatmeal cake