Homemaking in Autumn is still something new to me. Having grown up in the tropics without this season, there are many parts of it that seemed so foreign. What was the big deal about pumpkins, flannel, and baking? Now that I have been in the states and married for a few years, I am finally beginning to see the beauty of this season.
My baby girl was born last fall and although I was determined to decorate and do all of the fall things, it wasn’t reasonable. I am super excited this fall season to truly experience autumn as much as possible in my home!!
Here is an autumn homemaking guide that I have put together of all the fall things so that I can make my home super cozy and autumnal. It includes things like decor, baking, and how to make your home smell like fall.
Come join me in this adventure as I learn to include fall in my old fashioned homemaking journey!
Cozy Autumn Decor
I have a few fake pumpkins and copper painted things to pull out of storage, but I need to get a few more things to add an old fashioned fall touch. Perhaps, I will make a few things, but the plan is to go for natural decor that just needs a little rearranging or help.
Cinnamon sticks in a mason jar is a nice simple touch. I just need to remember to get real ones and not ones that are for decor. The difference is that the ones labeled for decoration might be sprayed with chemicals to keep the bugs away, but the real ones found in the baking section of most stores won’t be.
This way you can have some for decor, and also for cooking or baking, too. You also won’t have to worry about it if your little ones get a hold of them and try to eat them. You know they will!
I might have to settle for store bought acorns since we don’t have any oak trees around here. I’m going to watch the squirrels though. Sometimes, they bring some into our yard.
I love the light neutral tan of wheat! My home has a lot of dark wood so a few pieces of wheat will really stand out. I may just settle for dried flowers though and make do.
There is nothing more cozy than snuggling under a throw blanket and sipping some hot chocolate. I’m making it a point to add more throws this year on rockers, beds, and anywhere else that would benefit from a cozy touch.
Although I have fake pumpkins, I’m going for real ones this year, too. Perhaps I will decorate the front porch and back patio area with a few. Maybe even bring a few inside. This way I can have fresh pumpkin to bake with.
If you haven’t yet, you should try making your own candles this season. It’s so fulfilling to make your own and very easy, too.
I love making beeswax candles simply for the look of them and they have a slightly yellowish tint which is perfect for fall! They also naturally purify the air.
I have an abundance of sunflowers growing in my teeny garden. I planted both yellow and the colorful ones so they will add some pretty yellows and reds to my home.
Last year, I wasn’t sure what wreath I wanted, but it wasn’t the season to try to make one. In the end, I simply bought a cheap one. Perhaps, I will make one this year.
After I have put all these things in their places, there might be some spots that simply need something more. The colors Im learning that are perfect for fall are…
Something I have done in the past is take a few thrifted glasses or glass items that I like the shape of and paint them with copper paint. This is a great inexpensive way to add a little more to spots that are just not right.
I’m thinking I will make a simple tablecloth with a cute ruffled edge. Sure, I could probably buy the exact thing I want, but making it myself is more fun. It’s a good chance to practice my sewing skills, too.
Festive Autumn Treats
The next category that my home needs this fall is some festive autumnal treats. With the cooler weather coming in after a hot Oklahoma summer, my oven is begging to be turned on.
The best part is that my home will smell delicious with all these desserts and treats! I’m thinking of doing…
- All the pumpkin desserts I can think of!!
- Apple/Pear Butter
- Homemade Marshmallows
- Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
- Apple Pie
- Pear Cake
This fall season is going to be the best!! I have been gluten free for so long. Sure, there were gluten free substitutes, but they are expensive and not that great for you. I messed around with different gluten free flours, but nothing tasted the real deal.
Recently, I have been working on healing my gut through Pro Metabolic Eating and I am at the point that I can tolerate gluten if it is fermented.
This means that I can make or bake pretty much anything with gluten this fall season without it making me sick! I am so excited to bake all the things!!
Satisfying Autumn Meal
There is nothing like a hot meal on a cool day! It’s simple and very cozy.
A few cooking skills I am planning to continue learning this fall are making…
- Meat Pies
You name it! I will probably make it.
You are probably wondering why I am going a little crazy with the cooking and baking, but the truth is that I have been dieting for several years. This has really affected the way I make food for my family.
Although there were some health benefits from all the different diets, it has not been healthy to be on a restricted diet. It’s hard to even simply enjoy food, but this fall is going to be different.
I’m learning to let go of the restrictions in a healthy sustainable way. Already the changes have been amazing! I’m looking forward to enjoying all the fall foods that we were intended to eat and to flourish while doing so!!
If you have been on a diet or had dietary restrictions, you know that festive times are stressful. You want to eat that roll or that cake, but you know that it has gluten in it that could make you sick. It’s sad, discouraging, and not fun at all.
This was my story, but this year, it’s different. I know that I can now go into our annual thanksgiving get together and enjoy the food. Sure, I might have to make the rolls myself, but they will actually be rolls and not some unhealthy substitute.
I don’t think I can talk enough about the goodness of real food and I am thrilled to enjoy the full Thanksgiving dinner this year! Who knows, my gut may be healed enough to even enjoy some cake even if it is not sourdough!!
Simple Autumn Scents
Fall is also all about scents like pumpkin spice, apples, and cinnamon, etc. To incorporate these wonderful smells into my home, I am planning to bake a lot, but also to do things like…
- Homemade Cinnamon Candles
- Apple/Pear Butter
The pear butter is my husband’s request. I have never made it before, but that is one of the things that makes fall for him.
I know fall isn’t here yet. Maybe it is by the time you are reading this, but I am so excited for this autumnal season! This year, my home is going to fully experience fall.
It was a struggle to figure out how to do that in the previous years, but the pieces are falling together. The concept of fall was foreign to me, but the idea of it all is finally taking form in my head.
Our home is going to feel like fall, smell like fall, and we are going to enjoy eating all the fall things. Follow along as I explore what it really means to flourish this fall.
You’ll want to pin this for later so that you can come back and check out some new things I will be adding like recipes and more ideas that I am discovering.
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