It doesn't feel like fall here in Austin yet, but I enjoy welcoming the season into our home, bit by bit, knowing the temperature will follow suit eventually.
Here are some of my favorite "fall-ish" things right now:
current favorite oil blends in the diffuser:
- orange and eucalyptus
- eucalyptus and peppermint
- orange and clove
vanilla + sandlewood soy candles
homemade granola—I made my favorite recipe, just with cashews added and without the flaxseed or puffed rice since I didn't have it on hand
current favorite supper: broiled grass-fed beef burger + munster cheese over a bed of lettuce + sweet potato fries on the side
little pumpkins, scattered around the apartment. I'm avoiding the fall decor sections of stores, since I'm prone to impulse buy seasonal decorations. I'm sticking with fun, seasonal ones that we won't have to store. :)
admiring your friend's adorable home and fall decor
eucalyptus in a big, glass jar
wearing a diffuser necklace from this shop
rearranging the pillows/blankets in the living room
wearing a birthday (gift) flannel from Nicholas, a day early
Sock knitting (it's the comfort food of knitting). That might be too many mixed metaphors, but I still think it's an apt description.
stovetop-warmed apple cider with a dash of cinnamon
chocolate-covered cocoa nibs
How are you enjoying fall? :)
P.S.— this is also a season where I take occasional pictures with my "real" camera, but mostly I'm embracing grainy, low-light iPhone pictures.
I love baking. I truly do. The difference between a bad afternoon and a good one can be as simple as a baked good. I love the slow process, the premonition of preheating the oven, sometimes playing around with different flavors. My favorites are your typical "home bakes," nothing couture. Cakes, cookies, brownies, etc., are all my go-to baked goods to make in my own kitchen.
Some projects come along at just the right moment, and this shawl is one of them. After several rather hectic months, I wanted to get back into the rhythm of knitting, but wanted a fun, low-pressure, but still creatively inspiring project. I love knitting socks, but I wanted to knit something with more colorplay and this shawl was just the thing.
It's that time of the year when typically, as a born-and-raised Northerner, I'd be yearning for spring. That yearning isn't quite so pronounced here in Austin, but nonetheless, February is a month of almosts. Winter is almost over, spring is almost here, etc. And so it has been timely for me to indulge in a few self-care practices (and treats) while we're living in the almosts.