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Slice of Life Saturday’s ~ Hello, Fall!

Hello, September. I sure am happy to see you. With you, comes cooler weather, crisp air, apples, bonfires, and all things pumpkin. I am so ready to sip on a pumpkin latte on a brisk fall morning. Is it just me, or does the air smell better in the fall? I swear it does. It smells clear and crisp–like fallen leaves and hints of pine. Maybe it’s my mind playing tricks on me, I dunno.

I hope you guys had a fabulous holiday weekend and, best of all, short work week. Short work weeks are the best, and I could definitely use more of ’em. I think the subject of short work weeks should be brought up with the authorities. Really, should we be working more than resting? I think not. Let’s devise a plan to pickett. We’ll create some big, tacky signs, slap ’em on a stick, and march through the streets chanting.


You guys, I did absolutely nothing over the weekend… Not one fun thing. I sat on my couch and watched classic movies all weekend. Let me tell you, it felt so good. There were no pool parties, bbqs, bonfires, fancy cooking, or soirres of any sorts. Just me, Julia Roberts, and a few glasses of wine. I sat on the couch in my jammies and watched movies until my eyes burned. The only time I got off the couch was to refill my wine glass and grab some snacks.


Lately, I’ve been trying to go green. I’ve been making my own laundry detergent, fabric softener, body wash, face wash, etc. I’ve also been trying to make less waste by using unpaper towels and reusable bags. While perusing Etsy (my fav place to shop for all things cute) the other day, I came across reusable swiffer mop pads by generation me. This is a genius idea. I have gone through boxes and boxes of pads over the last few years, and those things aren’t cheap. Well, problem solved. Now I’m green and saving money. Win-win.

My week in photos:


My muffin has gone rogue, so it’s back to the gym for me.


Iced cawfee all day, every day.


Organizing September pumpkin posts. Excited?


Homemade vanilla syrup is my life right now.


I jumped on the fall bandwagon a little early this year and busted out my fall decorations the day after Labor Day.


Fall scents to make my house smell delicious.


The last of the peaches…or maybe not. Learn how to freeze peaches and summer produce doesn’t have to end just yet.


Big ol’ pots of mac and cheese in my belly.

I’m a pinning FA-reak:

Bourbon Blackberry Lemonade from Baker Bettie
Zesty Corn Bell Pepper Relish from A Zesty Bite
Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce from The Comfort of Cooking
Apple Cheesecake Bars from Crazy for Crust
Homemade Samoas Cookies from Sweet Tooth

Look what I made:

Green Chili, Chicken, and Bacon Mac and Cheese from Picky Palate: All I have to say is this mac is the bomb diggity. My tongue had no idea what to think. Well, okay, it thought, “Keep shoveling that delicious mac into your face, please and thank you.” Squirrel and I ate the entire pot. Yup, two people vs. one big ol’ pot of mac. We won!

Smothered Pork Chops from Tyler Florence: I’m not a huge pork chop fan, but these made me change my mind. The gravy is thick and creamy. The pork chops are tender and juicy. The only thing I did different is substituted half & half for the buttermilk and added onions to the gravy. So good!

10 Responses to “Slice of Life Saturday’s ~ Hello, Fall!”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Fun post, Jennie! I’m with you…I just adore fall. Love that you’ve got the fall decor goin’ on along with the fall scents! And…I, too, am planning out all of my pumpkin recipes…apples, too. Thanks for sharing your snapshots and have a great weekend!


    • Jennie replied September 10th, 2013 at 8:43 am

      I can’t wait to see your fall recipes. I’ll be ready with my fork.


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — September 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Oooh that does sound like fun-I love getting to just chill and watch the classics :)

    I gotta say I disagree on fall though (I know that I’m like, alone, in hating it)-I think it smells dank and like death like leaves rotting and rain and blechy lol

    BUT I have to say that um that vanilla syrup needs to get in my life :P


    • Jennie replied September 10th, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Eww, rotting leaves. That does sound bad.


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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — September 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Your weekend was a blast!! I would love to just veg out and watch Julia all day long. I can never get sick of that movie :). Maybe my Sunday should be dedicated to just that :0


    • Jennie replied September 10th, 2013 at 8:42 am

      I could watch Pretty Woman over and over. Thanks, Zainab!


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 8, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I so wish every week was a short week! I think it would actually make me more productive!


    • Jennie replied September 10th, 2013 at 8:41 am

      I would be so much more productive. Working all week is tiring.


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    shannon — September 10, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    you just basically wrote the post i should write about my own self. bring on the fall! bring on the coffee! apples! ALL THE THINGS!! my muffin has gone rogue too, so i’m back to working out as well. Operation: Critical. i wish we lived closer so we could be workout buds/coffee partners.


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    Anita at Hungry Couple — September 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    OK, OK, now that Labor Day weekend is over, I am all about fall. Ah, smell that crisp air. Oh, wait, it’s 95 degrees and humid today. Soon, though. ;)


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