My kitchen smells like a collision of fresh coffee and pumpkin spice this brisk October afternoon.

Right now, I’m wrapped in the warmth of a favorite fleece shirt, wafts of fragrance from my still-hot oven, and the flickering glow of the little pumpkin tea light candles I whipped together this afternoon (similar to these).

Lest you get the impression my life is all glows and fragrances, I’ll peel the pumpkin right now:

My week has been a whirlwind of trying to finish up our twelfth week of homeschooling (which we did, thankfully), nourish my eight-year old through a stomach bug, keep my other four kids (and myself) well, prevent my house from dissolving into chaos and pack for a week-long trip out of state.

All that was enough to make me want to sit back with a cup of coffee and just enjoy some October chit chat with my friends (you)!

October Chit Chat
Me and my eight-year old, who I’m glad to say beat the stomach bug in record time. Gelsemium is a great homeopathic remedy to keep on hand for flu symptoms.

I’m expecting company tomorrow night, then heading out-of-town for a minister’s conference with my husband and kids.

In fact, by the time you read this, I’m sure our family will be heading down the highway.

I’ll very likely be sitting in the passenger’s seat beside Jeremy, munching on some sort of snack and wracking my brain trying to remember if I forgot something important.

Like my tooth brush.  You can’t very well go to a minister’s convention for a week without a tooth brush, now can you?

For now, I’m relaxing in the tranquility of my cozy dining room, and putting off the fact that I still have a few things to pack into the two-hundred-gallon suitcase at the end of my bed.

That will have to wait until Baby C finishes his nap in my bedroom.  So, while he snoozes, I made a double batch of Trim Healthy Mama approved pumpkin brownies  and stashed a pan of pumpkin fudge in the freezer.

You  know what they say: When life gets busy, bake, blog, and enjoy something pumpkin.

And speaking of pumpkin, my five pumpkins are enjoying the autumn-ish weather we’re getting right now here in Texas.

It’s definitely felt like summer around here the last few weeks, so it’s kind of nice to wear our scarves and fleece without breaking a sweat.

Miss A and Miss E all dressed up for a harvest festival today.  Miss E wanted me to mention that she was only PRETENDING to be a hillbilly.
Miss A and Miss E all dressed up for a harvest festival today. Miss E wanted me to mention that she was only PRETENDING to be a hillbilly.

Since I’ll be a tad busy this week, I’ll be featuring a few posts from my pastor’s wives series last year. 

If you’re new here, stick around and keep reading.  I hope you’ll find something encouraging at the blog this week.

If you’re an old friend, well, I hope you’ll stick around too!  I’ll be back next week with some new content for our 31 Days of Grace for the Pastor’s Wife series.

Thanks for your feedback and comments so far. I love hearing from and connecting with you.

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Have a blessed week, my friends… and enjoy a little pumpkin-something with me, okay? 

A favorite photo of my pumpkins from last year...
A favorite photo of my pumpkins from last year…

 A few yummy pumpkin recipes:

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4 thoughts on “October Chit Chat & Pumpkin This & That

  1. Enjoy your week! We will have some pumpkin soup sometime this week!

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    1. Mmm,pumpkin soup sounds delicious, Melanie!

      Posted on October 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm
  2. Have a wonderful week, Kristy! I’ll for sure join you in indulging in pumpkin! 🙂

    Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:48 am
    1. Thank you, Jill! Pumpkin is one of my favorite things about this season!

      Posted on October 14, 2014 at 8:05 am