Can you all believe it’s October and the holidays are right around the corner? Seems like we were just talking all things summer. At least we had a wonderfully warm summer here in the Willamette Valley, so I’m ready for some cozy fall days snuggled under a throw in front of a warm fire (which you know we will all be very tired of come spring – such is life, unless you live in places of perpetual sunshine, that is – then everyday is either hot summer or slightly cooler spring!).
Here’s what’s been blooming in my yard for, oh, the last month. I love this combo of purple asters and pink anemone and how long they bloom. The anemones will actually bloom until frost cuts them down – and they started in August. Love. And who said fall gardens need to be full of hot colors like oranges, reds, and maroons? Not me. I’m a pastel girl through and through – with a little yellow thrown in for fun (can you spot it in the photo?).
As for how we’ve been enjoying our unusually warm fall here (sorry if I’ve gone on and on about it – remember Oregon is usually synonymous with rain…), we’ve been eating outdoors a lot. It’s funny how your mindset changes when you know something’s ending soon – I want to eat every meal outside, work outside and take walks when just weeks ago at the height of summer I was like, “whatever. It’s kinds hot.” Ha.
So – on to updated photos. I’m pretty excited to share this batch of recipe updates with you because these are some of our family’s absolute favorites. And I found an easy diy project that had been buried on the blog so far that I had even forgotten about it! Lastly, I’m sharing the new pinnable graphic I created for my review of using a hand-held paint sprayer because it makes painting furniture and doors SO much easier and I want everyone to know about it – so pin away. 🙂
Baked Maple Mustard Chicken – amazing flavor, trust me. Just make it.
Greek Tuna and Tomato Salad – so refreshing and wonderful made with heirloom tomatoes, but also good with any tomatoes you’ve got.
Cinnamon Zucchini Freezer Muffins – a new pinnable graphic for my favorite way to ‘preserve’ zucchini. These we eat – the baggies of frozen, grated zucchini I think I’ll use? Not so much.
DIY Painted Burlap Table Runner – a long lost diy post (on the blog that is, we still use this all the time on our table) on how to make an almost no-sew burlap runner and create a faux grain sack look with paint and a sharpie. Also recently featured on BobVilla.com!
How to Paint with An Inexpensive Handheld Paint Sprayer – have you used these to paint? I was always told they didn’t work very well, so I set out to see for myself since they really weren’t that expensive (and this is NOT a paid review!), and well, you can probably guess what I thought. 😉
That’s it for this month’s Friday Photos, friends – hope you all have a great weekend!
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