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Tuesday Treats: Fall Prep

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Can you smell it in the air?  Cozy candles?  Pumpkin Spice Lattes?  Cooler temperatures?  I can, and I'm ready to embrace the season!  Here are some of my favorite fall treats...

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Coffee Assortment

I always treat myself to an assortment of fall-flavored coffees for my Keurig.  It's so fun to enjoy all the tastes of the season and they smell divine!  It's also a great way to sample lots of flavors and find some new favorites.


Cozy Cardigans

I've mentioned these before, but I seriously wear one of these every day in the cooler months.  Here in Colorado, the mornings and evenings are cool even on warmer days, so these lovely cardigans keep me happy!


Tea Towel

You know I love a fun tea towel and this one is just perfect to cozy up your kitchen.


Happy fall y'all!

Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off

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One of my favorite girly pleasures is to have lunch at a department store.  I frequent The Nordstrom Grill near my home and while traveling I love to eat at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, etc.  I think it's just too fun to do a little shopping and then pause for a ladylike meal. Our Denver Neiman's does not have a restaurant, so whenever I'm near one that does I try to stop in for a popover and a glass of their delicious spiced iced tea.  


Years ago I scoured the internet to find a recipe.  I don't have the original source I used, but a recent search shows many similar versions are floating around Pinterest now.  I tend to make this in the fall so I thought I would share it with you.  I've modified the quantities of the recipe I originally found because we tend to drink iced tea by the gallon.


I was surprised to find the secret ingredient is Tang!  If you ever have an astronaut over for dinner, you could really dazzle them with this one. Ha!  A dear friend brought me the tin of tea from London.

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Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off
A homemade version of the department store favorite from
  • 12 inches worth Cinnamon Sticks
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 8 English Breakfast Teabags
  • 1/2 cup Tang
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • Orange Slices for garnish
Pour 13 cups of water into a large pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add teabags. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add Tang and almond extract. Let cool then refrigerate. Enjoy over ice, garnished with orange slices.
Yield: About a gallon

While I'm not a fan of knock-offs when it comes to handbags or Southern accents, I do love to recreate restaurant favorites that aren't available to me where I live.   I'm a Dallas native living in Denver, so this tides me over between visits to Texas.  Now if I could just nail down the Houston's spinach and artichoke dip, I'd have it made.  We do have a Hillstone here, but I don't get there enough!

Movie Night: Teacher's Pet

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Around here, Friday night is movie night.  It's something we look forward to all week.  The start of a new school year inspired this movie selection, Teacher's Pet


I always decorate the house a little for "back to school" so I pulled from those items for the table.  I love the thought of freshly-sharpened pencils, new school supplies, and the primary colors associated with a new school year.  Teacher supply stores are a great place to find decorations like this.  I think my little school bus flower pot is from Zulily.


These pencils are actually Christmas ornaments that live in my school decor stash.

As for the movie, it was a silly one.  The kids loved it.  It's not exactly destined to be a cherished family favorite, but fit the bill for a relaxing movie night after our first week back in the grind.  We all got a kick out of it!

In the coming weeks I'll share how I plan our movie nights, find family-friendly movies, and why it's so important to us.  Spoiler alert... it's all about keeping it simple and fun.