Outdoor Fall Decor

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Happy first day of Fall!

I love fall. I love the leaves changing colour, the crispness in the air, and the fact that I can wear long pants again.

I also love outdoor decorating, but I must admit that I don’t go all out in the fall like I do at Christmas or in the summer. I usually just grab a mum from the grocery store and toss it in a planter.

I am hoping to up my game this season and to get inspired I went through several blogs to get some ideas.

I am sharing my top ten with you today.

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This beauty is from everythinggl.com. I love a good place to relax outdoors in the Fall.

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What an entrance! If I had the room on my front steps I would definitely try for this look which comes from homestoriesatoz.com

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My husband will tell you that I am currently obsessed with gold so this is by far my favourite outdoor look. It is from damaris-daria.blogspot.ca

lanterns

Sometimes simple is the way to go. If my steps weren’t so narrow and if I had a front porch you can bet I would have these beautiful lanterns from cottagemarket.com

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This one comes from Better Homes & Gardens. The wagon is a bit much for me but I love the writing on the pumpkins.

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I love this because it would actually be feasible for me. It is simple but still elegant. From worthingcourtblog.com

mums

Mums are a cheap and easy way to decorate for fall and they look fantastic placed in crates and planters. This look comes to us from budgetdecorating.com

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If you love decorating for Halloween but aren’t a fan of zombies, skeletons or witches then check out this front porch from theperfectpallete.com

planters

I am smitten with these planters from dirtsimple.com! They are breathtaking.

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I am loving this candle holder made from a tree branch from weddingomania.com. It would be beautiful to use on a crisp fall night.It won’t be warm enough to eat outside for much longer so we should take advantage of the weather while we can.

I hope you were inspired by these blogs and are ready to get outside and decorate! I know I am!

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

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I cannot believe it is the first day of school today. It is so hot here that I am still convinced it is August.

I am trying to be more organized this year since the kids are going to a new school which starts 10 minutes earlier and is now a 20 minute walk away. The old school was about a 30 second walk which I much preferred.

So in order to not have early morning freak outs about making lunches I have started to pack things like crackers, cookies and fruits for the week in individual containers so I can just toss them in. It is much faster than cursing for several minutes while looking for things to feed my kids.

One back to school staple that my kid’s cannot live with out is chocolate chip cookies. Trouble is they never last long enough to make it into their lunches. They are so delicious and chewy that no one can resist them.

This year in an effort to keep myself from being a glutton I made them and individually packed them and then tossed them in the freezer so I won’t be tempted. I take them out at the beginning of the week and I only take out one for each of the kids.

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Here is the recipe:

2 cups all purpose flower

3/4 cup melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 white sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Combine butter and sugars until blended

Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until light and creamy

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Add in your dry ingredients and mix until it just starts to cling to your mixer’s paddle. If making by hand mix until just blended.

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Add in the chocolate chips and mix for a few seconds

I use a tablespoon to measure out my cookies. I do this for two reasons. First,  is a perfect portion size so I can eat 6 cookies and not feel too guilty, secondly all the cookies are the same size so they bake evenly.

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Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they are a nice golden brown.

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This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies and is a perfect after school snack with a glass of milk.

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Enjoy!