Ladies, it’s time for another Girlhood Home Companion giveaway (it always makes us happy to give The Girlhood away!) The entry rules are as follows: Please tell us what you love best about the fall season! Do you have memories of this time of year from when you were a child? Do you have any specific memories of your mother, father, or grandparents? What kinds of memories are you making with your own children? Do you have a favorite fall recipe – main dish or desert that you love to make? Do tell all! We’d love to hear.
Contest ends the 16th at midnight. Enter today!
Jill Novak & Family
My favorite fall memory is going on hikes with my father and admiring the all the colors in the changing leaves. We would bring a thermos of tea and have wonderful talks.
I love fall because it reminds me of my Grandma L, who passed away 6 years ago from Lou Gehrig’s disease. She loved everything about fall, the cooler weather, open windows, fall leaves,Thanksgiving, scarecrows and pumpkins. Her birthday is coming up, the 19th, and we would always have ice-cream on her birthday. We still do, even though now she celebrates in Heaven, a little better than ice cream, I’d say! I remember her collecting beautiful leaves and taking pictures of them. Once I remember going outside at sunset haveing a photoshoot of my brother and I in the fall leaves. Grandma used to say the trees were God’s artwork during fall time. She even wrote poetry about her favorite time of year! Fall is even more special to me because of the memories it reminds me of.
Thank you for the chance to enter this contest, and thank you for the nice trip down memory lane it has given me!
I love the cooler weather, wearing sweatshirts, opening windows with cool breezes, and the changing leaves! We’ve been going apple picking and freezing apple pie filling and making apple peel jelly. So fun! Picked 100 pounds this year!
Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. But I’d have to say my favorite memory is growing up on the farm and all the winter preparations. From butchering with my dad and grandpa, to canning with my mom and grandma. But just the memory of knowing that hard work paid off in the cold freeze of the winters here in NY.
I love autumn altogether. The changing leaves, the crisp air, the frost, the coziness of the season! It really is helpful to my mental health to slow down and this is when it begins.
My favorite thing about fall is the smell. It’s crisp and earthy. The air doesn’t smell so good any other time of the year. I guess my favorite memory is of playing in old tractor tires after dried crops had been cut down. Our neighbors would come over and we’d take turns rolling each other around inside a tractor tire. Kids don’t do that much anymore, but I remember that night fell all too quickly, and it was time to go in. The tire would be waiting the next day, along with some other new adventure-like building our own tight rope, but that’s another story!
Living in a place where Autumn is different to Summer has been a treat for me. The kaleidoscope of autumnal colours and the cooler temperatures,the harvests, particularly of my favourite fruit: the quince, and the smell of wood smoke as people begin to fire up their wood heaters all contribute to one of my very favourite seasons.
I love the cooler (sweater) weather! :), picking apples, baking pumpkin bread and pies, and looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with the family!
Growing up in same-temp-all-year San Francisco, we didn’t have the traditional falls … yes, we did bobbing for apples, dressed up for Halloween, and learned about apples and changing leaves in school (a fact I never quite believed).
My favorite fall memory than is my first year after college … my dad had been transferred to D.C. and since I didn’t have a job (who does after undergrad?), I moved back east with them. That first glorious Fall … with Virginia pulling out all the stops to show me the glory of Fall, the Blue Ridge lit with the fire of the changing of the leaves, the crisp sunny days leading one into another …
Those jigsaw puzzles of fall leaves were true!
The crisp air, changing colors, cider on the stove, and crackling of the fire – I love the smells and sounds of fall. We have a ‘thanksgiving tree’ that we put out. We have slips of paper available to write the things we are thankful for. It is a beautiful visual to see this tree full of our blessings. (Resembles a Christmas tree full of ornaments).
Thank you for this fun way of thinking ahead to our fun traditions!
Autumn is such a glorious time of year! I always say that God smiles His widest during this season. 🙂 One of my favorite traditions that I’m missing this year, moving away from my mother, is the leaf walk that she would always take my children on. She would take lots of pictures of them, then they would go to her house for a leaf-throwing party. Simple pleasures that make lasting memories!
A favorite autumn dish is apple crisp with ice cream.
Autumn is my favorite season.
I love it all! One of my favorite things about autumn is how it brings people together- there are fall festivals, school starting, and events. But it doesn’t even have to be those- in the autumn, people start, again, getting together just because they want to- meeting for apple cider or hot chocolate, watch movies, and whatever they want. I’m so excited for Sunday- my friends are coming over and we’re going to have lunch, make silly props and go to the park to take pictures of eachother and God’s awesome creation!
I love the look of fall- the beautiful changing leaves, the pumpkins, the moon and sunsets.
I love the smells- that spicy but warm scent.
I love the weather- that coolness that makes you love jeans, tights, and sweaters all over again.
I love the tastes- my mom’s fall foods are AMAZING: pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread (with frozen blueberries from the summer or chocolate chips inside), apple crisps, ice cream, apple cider, granola, cookies… Its all so good!
I love everything about fall- how it brings people together, the scents, weather, foods, smells… everything!
Awww, fall…I remember viewing the changing of the colors of the leaves…roasting pumpkin seeds…making jack-o-lanterns…smelling cinnamon apple cider on the stove…and so much more. Thanks!
Incredible, vibrant, brilliant colours – who else but God!
Having grown up and lived in California for all my life, falls are pretty mild. However, regardless of whether we have been in Northern CA or Southern CA, I have always enjoyed apple picking season. When we lived in Sacramento, we would visit Apple Hill near Placerville, CA. There were so many apple farms to visit and wonderful fairs to visit at each. Here in Southern CA, we have been to Yucaipa and it’s apple farms. Fresh apples off the tree can’t be beat. Cider and apple cider doughnuts are just so yummy.
I also love seeing the colors change. Sacramento had beautiful colors. There are so many trees there. We live on the desert now, and while most of the desert doesn’t have many trees, we live across the street from the Mojave River, and trees! We get to watch the colors change.
I live in Florida and the summers are long and hot so I dream of Fall for months-it’s my favorite season of the year. I love the crisp, cool weather, seeing pumpking patches everywhere, and getting ready for Thanksgiving. Autumn just feels cozy to me. My favorite thing to do is to go up to the Smoky Mountains and see the beautiful oranges, reds and yellows that the leaves turn this time of year. I love pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee and search the refrigerated section of the grocery store every time I go waiting for it to come out each Fall. I love that my daughter and I can spend many gorgeous days curled up with a good book in the back yard reading together.
Thanks for the giveaway! My daughter would love to win this!
I have wonderful memories of fall from when I was a child. My mother would take us to this huge park where there were lots of trees. She’d rake and rake and rake leaves and we’d jump in them and bury ourselves in them. Such special memories!
Fall is my absolute favorite season! Everything about it leads us to think of home, family and our many blessings. I love the beautiful golden Aspens here in the Rocky Moutains. I love the sound of Canadian Geese calling out to each other as they pass my bedroom window each morning. I love the wonderful smells and tastes of apples, pumpkins, crock pot meals and spices. I love celebrating 3 family birthdays in the Fall, as well as, Halloween, Thanksgiving and most of the Christmas season. I love pulling out family movies, classic movies and handmade quilts. I love trips to the pumpkin patch and harvest festivals. I love pulling out the soundtrack of Little Women, listening to American folk music and lovely medleys of hymns.
Since we are short on trees here in the mountain valley, I will drive over to a nearby office building that is surrounded by huge trees. The kids and I will pull out 4-5 trash bags and fill them up with golden leaves to take home for our own leaf pile. My 5 children LOVE jumping in all those fantastic leaves.
Here’s a Gooseberry Patch recipe that we’ve just added to our Fall favorites:
Applesauce Cookies (from “Taste of Autumn” by Gooseberry Patch)
1 c. applesauce
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. chopped nuts
12-oz pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Blend applesauce and baking soda together; set aside. In a 2nd bowl, combine shortening, sugar and eggs; set aside. Blend together flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl; blend in shortening mixture with flour mixture. Add applesauce mixture; stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets; Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 2 to 3 dozen.
The Adirondack General Store sits on the edge of Schroon Lake, NY nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. My family and I would roll out of bed, throw on some casual clothes, zip up our vests and drive along the lake under falling orange and red leaves to our favorite breakfast spot on Schroon Lake. As you enter this cozy general store, you are greeted by friendly owners, a warm stove, and a lazy dog sitting in front of two rocking chairs. While waiting for breakfast and sipping on hot coffee, you can hear the birds outside and gaze out the windows…and your heart becomes filled with the pleasures of fall.
I love the fall season. As a child, I remember my mom sharing a poem by Helen Hunt Jackson called “September.” She would quote it each fall and she told us that it was a poem she learned in school. She is now 70 and still quotes the poem to us.
We love to make pumpkin bread, get apples, go on hikes and look for all the lovely things we can find in our yard and on nature trails. We are truly blessed here in this part of the south to enjoy the fall season.
I think the wonderful smells in the home during the fall season invite comfort and joy to all — from apple cider to cookies or pies. I just love fall – it is my favorite time of the year.
I love the fall. It is my favorite time of year. The weather gives us cool nights everyone comes in earlier and we eat together those great fall foods soups chillies with deserts of course warm honey bun cake yummo! I also love the warm colors (yes I am a red girl) love reds oranges greans and golds. I keep these colors yr round in my home. love hayrides with my children and now even more with my grandaughters (You see I have 3 boys but God gave me 2 grandaughters!!!!!). I now enjoy quilting and sewing for them and they like to be right in the middle of it all! My youngest granddaughter is 3 and she is all about picking out the fabric she loves to make a dress ( we may have trouble in her teen yrs. She knows what she likes). I hope I am helping to make memories with them. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to post and think of all Gods greata blessings we have to be thankful for!
Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. I have always loved the beautiful colors our Father has chosen to paint the trees and the skies during this season. Every year His palette never ceases to bring awe and wonder to my eyes. The Octobers of fall have a special place in my heart and always will. 27 years ago my husband and I exchanged our wedding vows in the splendor and beauty of one day in October. Every year we share together is much like the ever changing colors of fall bringing a new appreciation of what God has done.
I love the smell and cosiness of fall!
Fall, for me, is a rest time. After cleaning up after perenials and roses, I can enjoy seeing my trees shed leaves. I enjoy the cool, crisp air and apple time. My husband and I have raised five sons-many days of raking leaves, warm cider, roasted marshmallows over the fire. Now, we have five grandbabies to enjoy this with. Life is going full circle!
FAVORITE MEMORIES ARE RAKING FALL LEAVES
I love fall, it’my favorite season. One of my favorite memories takes place in the fall. It was the year before my grandpa died, he was walking me around the farm. Telling me all about the different wildflowers, trees, and most importantly he told me that God had created all of it and that if he could put such mysteries and beauty inside a little plant, then I must be so precious to God. Then we went inside to find the house smelling sweet with the smell of fresh apple pie. Grandma was just pulling an apple pie out of the oven. That is why I love fall, now as I look back and I remember the last fall that I spent with my grandfather, I realize what a wonderful time that was, and I have never looked at a plant the same way since then.