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Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetHi! It’s been a while since I did a FF. Let’s just say very few “routine” things happened from June through August. Oh, summer, you were a wild one. But here we are in September. My velvet pumpkins are on the mantel. I baked pumpkin bread last weekend, and football has started back. (RTR.) Now, if only the forecast could get the hint.

A few favorites for the beginning of fall…

Tortellini soup- This recipe comes from my friend Amber’s mom. I remembered her making it for a pumpkin carving party years ago, so I texted her for the recipe last weekend. I substituted one pound of ground Italian sausage for the chicken. (Brown and drain the sausage before adding.) So yummy for last week’s date night. (And tonight’s!)img_6960

This coffee table- So, this was a pre-referral purchase because now all our pennies are being saved for plane tickets, but we ordered this coffee table when it was on sale with free shipping for Memorial Day. I had found a similar one at West Elm that I loved, but I did not love the price. Then, I found this nearly identical one at World Market for so much less. Sold. Our favorite part is that the top lifts up, so it’s perfect for couch dates. And we can store our games underneath the top.

Uno- Speaking of games, we’ve played Uno every single night since summer started. It’s fast and easy for young kids to play. Plus, Lottie is learning her numbers! Lydia keeps track of the scoreboard and somehow has way more points than the rest of us.

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist– Oh, Shauna. You outdid yourself. I loved, loved, loved this one. Several years ago Lindsay Letters made a print from a blog post Shauna wrote with the same title, and I have it hanging in my dining room most of the year. Right now, though, it’s hanging above the mantel. (With my velvet pumpkins.)

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From Depths We Rise by Sarah Rodriguez– This one releases October 1st, but you can pre-order now. I got to read an advanced copy, and I read it in one sitting. (When my girls asked two hours into rest time if it was time to come out, I might have lied and said no so I could finish the last few pages.) Sarah’s story is captivating with an outcome that’s still hard to believe.

Falling Free by Shannan Martin– This one is still pre-order too, but it releases September 20th so not long to wait. This one smashed my toes a bit (and by a bit I mean a lot) and left me really exploring some areas of my life. This past week I read a quote that reminds me of the theme of this book, “When you have more than you need, build a bigger table-not a higher fence.” I’ll be thinking about (and acting on) this one for a long time.
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Tonight I’m baking the Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie in The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book because I’m missing Quebec and all things maple flavored. (Most of all the boozy salted maple caramel milkshakes from Le Chic Shack.)

Happy weekend!

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