Anyone else feel like September just flew by? I cannot believe that it’s already October and officially the Fall season. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll definitely say it again – I absolutely love the Fall. Just the thought of a new season has me giddy with excitement. Here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to this week:
1. Fall Scented Candles
To get in the Fall mood, I decided to break out the candles. There’s a couple of favorites that I try to go back to every season, but there’s one that’s been a consistent favorite.
I absolutely adore the Sonoma Autumn Hayride from Kohl’s. It just has this spicy, earthy smell that instantly takes me back to a memory of leaves falling in North Carolina. It’s not overly sweet nor intoxicating, but has just the right balance. And the best part? It’s currently on sale!
2. Pimento Cheese Dip + Dilly Beans
I’ve been missing home lately, and whenever this happens, I end up cooking some of my favorite dishes. My Gammy and I love a good Pimento Cheese Dip with a side of Dilly Beans. While I don’t have a specific recipe I follow – I usually just eyeball the amounts and add the following: Duke’s mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pimentos, cayenne and Worcestershire. The great thing about the dip is that you can eat it hot or cold and add in any additional mix-ins.
A Dilly Bean is a fancy name for pickled green beans that usually has dill, garlic and hot peppers as seasoning. I love dilly beans because they pack such a great crunch and flavor that makes it the perfect snack! You can usually find these at your local farmer’s market.
I love to change up my phone’s digital wallpaper every few weeks. It’s a simple way for me to make a change and bring something new. I’m absolutely loving the Breast Cancer Awareness ones that May Design’s just released.
As a lover of anything pink, it’s the perfect transition from my bright summer look to a more calming one. And I can never turn down a free-download opportunity.
To kick-off the start of Fall, I recently made these melt-in-your-mouth bites. I found the recipe on Southern Living, so of course, I knew it was going to be a good one. The recipe is super simple and delicious – just the way I like them to be. I hate overly complex desserts because I usually don’t have the patience. I may have sampled half the tray to make sure they were okay before bringing to work.
5. Chuy’s Tex Mex Happy Hour
As a graduate student on a budget, I love to take advantage of any opportunity to save money. That’s why I’m all about Chuy’s Happy Hour (weekdays 4-7pm). It’s typically confined to the bar area where customers can enjoy the free nacho bar + half priced margaritas. It’s the best combination! And the nacho bar is legit – comes with unlimited portions of chips, queso, seasoned ground beef, salsa and more. While tequila and I aren’t the best of friends, we make it happen when the margs come out to $4. If you’re in the Gainesville area and looking for a dining companion – I volunteer!
What are some of the things you’re looking forward to this week?