Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends, I’m really glad you’re here!
It’s hard to believe we’re getting ready to say goodbye to October and welcome November, isn’t it?
My Pinterest feed has been FILLED with all sorts of holiday goodies lately.
And while I’ve been planning and preparing, I’ve also been working really hard to keep my feet firmly planted in this season.
As I look back on my journal this month, it’s filled with everything from a trip to Fall in the Fields, to our family’s annual Spooky Soiree, to an Oktoberfest party that had two epic apple tarts and an epic sunset, to attending a blog retreat to cleaning up from Hurricane Ian.
Sprinkled in between the big moments were trips to the doctor’s office, Halloween craft projects, bowls made from puff pastry filled with shrimp and grits (*see a photo below), sunny days, chilly nights, hunting for Christmas presents, finally ordering the flocked tree of my dreams, an unexpected box of chocolate-covered cherries shipped directly to our home, and lots of phone calls with my sisters about our holiday plans.
So by the time we got out of the car to enjoy the Vincent van Gogh Immersive Experience, in the middle of the morning on a random Wednesday, I freely admit, I was already tired and a little distracted.
But I was also determined to leave all the mental clutter at the door.
In the words of the author, Jeanne Stevens, as an introvert, I can all too easily get caught up in “rehashing the past and rehearsing the future instead of receiving the present.”
Yet, each day, the present is exactly where we’ve all been invited to live.
I thought I knew a lot about Van Gogh but after going through the exhibit, I realized I knew more about the myth than I did about the man.
For even a creative genius struggled at times to stay present, and motivated, to love well, to appreciate his talent, to reinvent himself when needed, to stay connected, and above all to have the courage to keep going despite his many faults and failures.
As we move forward into a fresh month that will likely be filled with hustle and bustle, mental clutter, and maybe a little rehearsing and rehashing, I want to encourage you to hang onto the things you know to be true.
- You are loved more than you can even imagine.
- You were created on purpose.
- You are filled with gifts and talents that only you possess, don’t be afraid to use them.
- You have everything you need to make an impact.
- You are a treasure like none other.
Cheering you on as you march toward November and find the beauty in perfectly imperfect days.
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web…
Another home run by the one and only Bria Hammel Interiors.
You won’t believe this tiny house shed transformation.
A holiday cottage that feels like a getaway.
The cabinetry in this home is really beautiful.
This bookstore is gorgeous!
If you’re still looking for Halloween party ideas, this post, 30 Halloween Recipes for Your Next Spooky Gathering, has loads of quick and easy ideas.
Speaking of beautiful ideas, this post is filled with lots of inspiration if you need help coming up with a color palette for your Thanksgiving or holiday tablescape.
Rachel gathered together 37 Christmas Tree Ideas and I pinned so many of them!
How cool is this closet makeover? It doesn’t even look like the same space!
There are lots of fun royal-inspired Christmas ideas at this Etsy shop!
Words to Live By…
Fourth Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- October: Celebrating Home by James T Farmer, III (this book is filled with inspiration!)
- November: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K White OR How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis
- December: The Power of One More by Ed Mylett
- Devotion: Courageous Kindness by (in)courage
On the Menu this Week…
Week of October 29th – November 6th
- 10/29 Saturday: Sausage and Apple Stuff Acorn Squash
- 10/30 Sunday: Crescent Roll Lasagna
- 10/31 Monday: 35 Halloween Dinner Ideas
- 11/01 Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl
- 11/02 Wednesday: Bacon Pear Gorgonzola Salad
- 11/03 Thursday: Insta Pot French Onion Soup
- 11/04 Friday: Spinach Artichoke Chicken Skillet
- 11/05 Saturday: Maple Mustard Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
- 11/06 Sunday: Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
Fall Neutrals and Early Holiday Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
November Bucket List…
*You can find the rest of our Fall Monthly Bucket List Ideas here
- Support Indigenous People and Organizations
- Commemorate the National Day of Mourning
- Host Family at The Cabin for the Holidays
- Celebrate November Birthdays and Friendsgiving Dinner at Bliss Barracks
- Fly the Flag and Take Dad to Lunch for Veteran’s Day
- Shop Outdoor Antique Events in the Mountains
- Hike a New Leaf Peeping Trail
- Decorate the House for the Holidays
- Craft Christmas Ornaments
- Bake a Pecan Pie with Pecans from the Pecan Grove
- Sip on Hot Apple Cider
- Try a New Seasonal Inspired Side Dish
- Finalize Christmas Plans
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
November Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month:
- 11/05 Christmas Card Contact List
- 11/12 Thanksgiving Menu/Grocery Shopping
- 11/29 Buy Christmas Paper & Gift Wrap Supplies
- 11/26 Finish Christmas Shopping/Naughty or Nice List
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 11/01 Buy Birthday and Special Occasion Gifts and Cards
- 11/06 Daylight Savings Time Ends
- 11/08 Election Day (US)
- 11/11 Veterans Day
- 11/14 International Girls Day
- 11/17 National Homemade Bread Day
- 11/19 Equal Opportunity Day
- 11/21 National Gingerbread Cookie Day
- 11/24 National Day of Mourning
- 11/24 Thanksgiving Day (US)
- 11/25 Black Friday
- 11/26 Shop Small Saturday
- 11/27 First Day of Advent
- 11/28 Cyber Monday
- 11/29 Giving Tuesday
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
**PS: So many people are asking about the shrimp and grits in a puff pastry bowl! I had it at lunch after the Van Gogh exhibit so I don’t have a recipe but I thought I would share a photo in case you’re able to make something similar at home.
Believe it or not, this was the appetizer portion with 5 shrimp – it was huge – but worth every calorie 😉