Cara Pearson: Autumn’s Essential Oil: Cardamom

by Cara Pearson @ThatBedfordGal

As autumn progresses and the nights (finally!) grow chillier, I’m turning my attention to immune support and respiratory relief. I was so excited when the first chill appeared this past weekend… and then I woke the next day with barely a voice. My windows have poor insulation, so even though I sleep under several comforters, I struggle to keep away the cold air that seems to hate my throat and lungs. I’m grateful during these nights that I live in the South–where it doesn’t often dip below freezing–and not Wisconsin.

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Five Things Friday: Reasons to Love October

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Y’all may have picked up on this month’s theme: Autumn. Go figure. But, for realz. What, I’m gonna blog about the Easter Bunny? Nah. Not for at least six weeks.

As soon as the calendar turns to October, I turn to Fall. Even in the SoCal desert with it’s almost-80-degree temperatures and you-call-that-a-yard?-dirt, there’s something quite lovely about it all. Scarves come out, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are everywhere. It’s as if the Pumpkin Grinch himself dusted everything with pumpkin seed glitter.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

Last week was our first taste of autumn here in the desert. Once the high temp doesn’t get above 80, it’s time to break out those winter coats. Okay, maybe not for the rest of the country, but here we celebrate the cool breeze and the ability to not sweat off ten pounds just by putting on a jacket.

Of course, something I love all year ’round are soups and slow cookers. And when the two combine, oi vey! Look out tastebuds!

Today’s recipe brings the tangy yet sweet flavors of pumpkin and cream … read the rest. . .

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By The Pricking of My Thumb

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

August is almost over. Soon my cup will runneth over . . . with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, walks over crunchy leaves in the park, and that little tingle down my spine.

Some say it’s too early for autumn. I disagree. When that famous Starbuck’s drink rolls out next week, I’m all about the sweaters and squash.

This is the time of year my senses are heightened, waiting for that eerie carnival music to creep in at dusk, those artificially bright lights that color the dark night. Yes, y’all have heard it from me before. I’m … read the rest. . .

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The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf

One of my favorite recipes is Anna’s Meatloaf. Y’all know the story, right? Anna was my best friend in college. We worked together, hung out together, cooked together.

She would make this great meatloaf, and when I moved back home, she gave me the recipe. Like, gave me the recipe. As in, “Here. Use it, royalty free.” So I put it in my cookbook. [She did, of course, garner a free copy of The Unemployment Cookbook.]

Ever since, Anna’s meatloaf has been a go-to family favorite. Even the cats love it. [Read: “I Just Want to Eat My Stinkin’ read the rest. . .

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