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It is barely September but the weather is already teasing fall. And fall is great. I’ll admit, summer is my favorite month – I love the sun and don’t mind the heat (or really just hate being cold…and it doesn’t take much for me to get cold). But I do look forward to fall for many reasons. What are your favorite things about fall??

Pumpkin everything.

I don’t care if it’s now trendy or cliché, I was on the pumpkin bandwagon before there was a bandwagon. I love everything pumpkin.




Nothing really needs to be said….boots make an outfit even better



So maybe my team isn’t the best but I will cheer them on no matter what. And yes, SEC football is better football. Period.




I’ve recently made an effort to purchase some statement necklaces….but in general, my go-to accessory is scarves.




I love soup, but I just can’t eat soup in the summer. Mayyyybe in the office where it is always frigid, but in general I don’t want to eat something hot that will raise my body temperature 20 degrees. So I save my soups for the fall and winter. They’re easy, I do most of them in the crock pot, they make a lot, and I have a good variety. And soups are good freezer food. Check out some recipes I’ve already posted and I’ll be sure to throw in some new ones this fall!




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E. Michigan Tailgate

#52 on the 101 list is to take a different item to every football tailgate. Saturday, Vandy played Eastern Michigan. It was a night game…a.k.a. alllll day to tailgate. Although it was a hot day in mid-October, we set up early, ate some delicious food, played a little cornhole, and hopped around to visit friends in different tents. This is my favorite time of year because what does fall mean? Pumpkin. And I never get tired of pumpkin recipes. Perfect for tailgating were Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and they are to die for.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

1 egg

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. milk

1 cup chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla


1. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, add pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg. Stir.

3. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda mixture. Mix well.

4. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla.

5. Spoon onto cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until done.