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)!
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.
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.
Have a blessed week, my friends… and enjoy a little pumpkin-something with me, okay?
A few yummy pumpkin recipes:
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Spiced Pumpkin Muffins
- Pumpkin Freezer Fudge (Trim Healthy Mama approved)
- Pumpkin Crumble Bars (featuring coconut flour)