Fall is coming! Are you and your home ready for it? Here’s a fall checklist to help you get ready for a fantastic fall season!
Summer was fun, but now that we’re nearing the end of it, I am really looking forward to this fall season! Even though fall is not quite here yet, there are a few things we can do as homemakers to start preparing our home to make the most of this autumn season.
Here is a fun fall checklist to help you as a homemaker begin preparing for this next season.
Stock up on Spices and Baking Supplies
Fall is all about baking! We are finally past the summer heat here in Oklahoma, and I’m ready to have my oven on more often.
There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to bake and realizing that you’re out of the supplies you need. Don’t wait for that to happen this to happen to you! Go ahead and make sure you have a little bit of everything that you will need.
Some spices and baking supplies to stock up on are:
- Pumpkin Spice
- Real Vanilla
- Ground Cinnamon
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Baking Soda
- Organic Cane Sugar
Before you go out and buy things though, quickly sweep your pantry to make sure you don’t already have some.
If you’re wanting to start eating a little healthier, now is a great time to start making some healthy swaps. Since we tend to eat a lot of desserts and treats during the cooling season, it’s a good idea to make sure that your homemade treats are made with quality ingredients so that you and your family can digest them easily and so that you all can feel your best this fall.
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Restock Ingredients for Hot Beverages
As the weather gets cooler and we get closer to winter, it’s the perfect time for hot beverages. Some things I need to get for these delicious treats are:
- Rooibos Chocolate Chai Tea
- Organic Cocoa
- Fireside Vanilla Rooibos Tea
- Gelatin from Grass-fed Beef (for the marshmallows and bone broth hot cocoa)
- Regular Chai Tea
I love my chai, especially in the cooler months because it’s so full of spice and fits perfectly with this time of year. Since I might want to have some without caffeine for the evenings, I’m getting some Chai Rooibos Tea, as well.
These are links for loose leaf tea. Perhaps I am a tea snob, but I do prefer the taste of higher quality tea and this usually comes in loose leaf form and not prepackaged tea bags. You can get your own tea bags to fill or use a tea pot as well. Besides, its old fashioned to drink loose leaf tea. That’s the way it used to be.
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Make a list of meals/desserts to make
I am ready for all the fun fall experiments! Some things I am going to try to make are:
- Imitations of Olive Garden Soups
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Sourdough Stuffing
- Apple/Pear Butter
- Pumpkin Pie
- Apple Pie
- Upside Down Pear Cake (This a recipe from my round-up article on Summer Cakes and I can’t wait to try it this fall when pears com back into season.)
- Homemade Marshmallows
- Cinnamon Ice Cream
We just got an ice cream machine, and it will be put to good use this fall to make ice cream for the pies and definitely for a chai tea latte or Affogato.
Switch out decorations
This is the first fall that I’m really decorating for, but I am super excited to put away all the summer decor and get started!
Something I’m planning to do before I get too much decor is to go through what I have in storage and put it out.
That way, I can see what I have and get an idea of what I need to complement it. If you’d like to know more about what I am doing as far as decorations go, here’s my Cozy Autumn Homemaking Guide that has a few more details.
If you have been following along in my weekly newsletter, you know that one of my goals this year is to completely switch out all my jeans and T-shirts for dresses. It has been difficult to find dresses that fit all my requirements, but I think I have finally found some.
With the help of my sewing machine and a bit of hand stitching to make a few more dresses, I’m so excited to finally say that my closet will only have dresses in it this fall!
After getting those few dresses made or refashioned, all that’s left for my wardrobe to be complete for cooler weather is to get some leggings and boots.
The children will need new clothes for this fall and winter, too, as they have grown so much this year. A trip to Once Upon A Child and a few thrift stores should be all that’s needed, but I might make my little girl a few dresses, too.
For my husband’s wardrobe, all he needs is his winter stuff pulled out and washed.
Bring out fall scents
Cinnamon and pumpkin spice bring fall into my home like nothing else! I can’t wait to pull out the diffuser and drop some pumpkin spice essential oil into it! Such a delightful scent!
There are a few things I still need to get to help scent my home like fall. Things like:
- Beeswax (for candle making and homemade wax melts)
- Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Sticks (for potpourri)
A few more essential oil blends would be lovely, too, for when I am not baking. I just haven’t decided yet which ones I want. Have any suggestions? Leave them in the comments below! I would really love to know!
Since fall is almost upon us, now is a good time to start gathering all the things you will need to make your home warm and cozy. Things like candle making supplies and cinnamon sticks probably won’t be on sale, but you might be able to find some good deals on spices and decor if you start looking now.
I hope you found this checklist helpful in getting your wheels spinning so that you can prepare to create a place where you and your family can fully enjoy the season and truly flourish.
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