While the children were at school yesterday, I dug out the fall decorations---new and old---and began embracing the upcoming season. The near 90 degrees outside reminded me that it is still officially summer, but in my kitchen, it looks and smells like autumn.
Keep in mind that this 130 year-old farmhouse is a work in progress.
Our free time is limited, but I do what I can to spiffy things up here. These wooden-wick candles really do crackle when they burn, making the kitchen smell like fall spices and sound like you've got a campfire going.
With a household of seven and only one closet in the house, much of our stuff is on display.
Like this little stand that holds our phone books, schedules, and numerous papers that come home daily that I have to sort through. For lack of a better place, all of the lunch bags tend to get stashed here too.
My dinner menu chalkboard hangs here, but it's also holding fall leaves for the time being.
I'm not sure how many days we'll get through before someone spills chocolate goat's milk all over the new table runner. There's a good reason why my decorations come from Kohl's, Michael's, and even Dollar General. My sanity remains somewhat intact if a $6 item gets ruined, as opposed to something much nicer that requires dry cleaning.
I still haven't done anything with this kitchen corner. Instead of a secretary's desk, I think I need a corner hutch more, but I feel like we really must refinish the floor in here first.
My kiddos tend to eat more fruit when they're out on display like this.
A few years ago, I was ready to get rid of our electric stove/oven and replace it with a wood-fired one like the Amish have.
What was I thinking?
We do have this wood/coal burning stove that not only keeps the house warm in the winter, but it also serves as a backup for cooking if we lose power---which happens quite a bit. It gets hot enough to simmer soup, boil water, and fry some eggs.
But it seriously needs cleaned and polished several times a year.
I don't know about you, but this is making me feel like warming up some spiced apple cider and baking some apple crisp or pumpkin cobbler.
Thanks for meeting me today in our not-so-preppy farmhouse kitchen.