Monday, August 19, 2013

It's almost Fall y'all!


Fall is almost here!  I know some of you are dreading the end of summer but based on feedback I get, most of you are ready for the seasons to change and fall to arrive.  

Today, I thought I'd give you a little fall preview of some of the things to come this season, plus, give you some pantry items you should go ahead and start stocking up on.

It's my favorite time of year...

We're going to be making more s'mores this season!  Go ahead and buy some marshmallows and chocolate...I am going to share several new twists on an old classic.  The s'more is a staple during fall!

My S'mores Cookies from two years ago are still a big hit in our house!


My oh my!  My slow cooker has been working overtime lately getting ready for the yummy suppers of colder days.  I'm whipping up some new and simple slow cooker recipes sure to make your house smell yummy and your tummy full.

This White Chicken Chili is simple, yummy and made in the slow cooker.


Pumpkin is the star of fall which is good because I'm pumpkin obsessed!  From breakfast to desserts and even soups and entrees too...pumpkin will shine this fall in my kitchen!

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies  are made from scratch and they're so simple, so decadent and so special for an autumn dessert.


Casseroles reign supreme this time of year in my house.  My absolute favorite meal is a casserole, salad and bread (with dessert of course!).  Enough grilling...it's time for casserole season!

 Tomatillo Spinach Enchilada Stack  is such a crowd pleaser!  This is my go-to casserole for busy weeknights! 

Apples always remind me of  the beginning of fall.  One of my very favorite things to do when we lived in Michigan was go to a cider mill.  

Apple Spice Cobbler will not only taste delish but it will make your house smell so yummy too!  And it's so simple!


Soups and Stews are essential for fall!  This year, I'll have even more soup and stew recipes for your family to enjoy on cold nights.

 Chicken Fajita Soup is hearty and full of yummy veggies!


Breakfast is just so much more fun in the fall, right?  We love to wake up on Saturday mornings and eat breakfast in our jammies while watching college football.    These are some of my very favorite memories!

Chocolate-Cinnamon Roll Casserole will be waiting on you on a chilly fall morning.  You will love this recipe.  Love, love, love it!


So, what should you stock up on the next time you're at the grocery store?  Here are my pantry suggestions...


1. A new box of baking soda.  When was the last time you changed yours out?  Don't remember...change it!  I change mine at the beginning of fall and the beginning of spring.  Buy a box next time you're at the market.

2. Cake mixes...you should have at least one yellow and one spice cake mix in your pantry this fall.  They work perfectly for cakes, cupcakes, cobblers, crisps, muffins and cookies.

3. Apple pie filling.  I love apple pie filling for cobblers and turnovers.  Plus, it's great stirred into oatmeal too.

4. Can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!)...basic Libby's canned pumpkin.  Buy a lot of that stuff!  I make pasta dishes with it, desserts with it, even pancakes with it.  It's fall...you should buy it in bulk!

5. Refrigerated pie crusts.  I love having these on hand for quick desserts or quiches.  They're easy to work with and yummy too.

6. Cinnamon!  When was the last time you replaced your bottle of cinnamon?  Do so now.  Cinnamon sprinkled on anything is yummy.  Buy yourself a new bottle for the freshest taste.

7. You need several cans of cream of chicken/mushroom soup too.  Casseroles and soups are perfect in the fall with a little cream of something in them.  My friends and I joke that you know it's fall when there are 4 cans in your cart every time you visit the grocery store!

8. Slow cooker liners are a lifesaver!  You can find them right on the foil/baggie aisle of your grocery store.  Once you try using them, you will not go back! (Go ahead and buy two boxes!)

9. Graham crackers, chocolate bars, marshmallows...need I say more?


School is starting, Labor Day is approaching...it's time to think about Fall you guys!

And PS: I don't like the word y'all (which is shocking considering that I'm a Texan!) but I felt I needed it in today's title...perhaps the first time in 6 years I've ever used that word on my blog :).

I'll just go ahead and use it twice...

Happy Fall Y'all!


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21 comments:

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Such a good post! My goodness it has me excited about cooler weather. And I love all of your pantry tips!

Tamara @ The Workout Mama said...

Love the tips! I am excited for anything and everything pumpkin flavored!

Melissa H. said...

I love this post! I really enjoy looking over your recipes. Have you considered putting together a recipe book?

Carmen said...

Ooo the decadence of those chocolate pumpkin brownies!! Must make!
Where I live we tend to fall out of Summer weather straight into Winter...makes the Winter feel soooo long! So I've found it helps me to mentally 'plan' a Fall season...3 months where I embrace all things Fall, from decor to food, and it makes the long Winter so much more bearable!

Thanks for all the inspiration, Shay!

kristinwithani said...

My word, I'm so ready!!!

My Crock Pot crashed to the floor this summer in to a bazillion pieces. Time to replace it. Soon!

Question. Last week in Andrew's Q&A, he mentioned eating 6-7 meals a day that were pretty much all lean protein. Does he eat all this yumminess you cook? I know both of you are avid exercisers too.

Oh, and to guarantee a hot spell in the Metroplex area in late September, I'm heading there to visit my BFF. Every time I go there is an unexpected heat wave. So, sorry in advance.

Susan said...

I'm ready for FALL too!! can't wait to see what you have in store. Love all things pumpkin!!!!

jen said...

Oh, this post has me excited! I cannot wait to see what you have planned. I am planning to decorate my house for fall Sept 1! Please share our fall decor too! Please :) Yall is big here in NC...I say it all the time!

Mel Tales said...

Those pumpkin brownies are making my mouth water! I must make soon!!!

LOVE this post. I am so ready for fall!

Leslie said...

I love fall too! I'm stocked up on pumpkin candles and pumpkin lotion! Now I just to stock my pantry!! Love your blog!!

Angela Ellingson said...

This post makes me feel so warm and cozy! Pretty sure I will be making all of those recipes in the near future!

Amy said...

I am actually not a big fan of the crock pot liners. The tip I use for easy clean up is spraying it with Pam before I add my ingredients. Also, you should check out thepioneer woman's chicken tortillas soup. It's really good and I cook it in the slow cooker. I just throw everything in the pot. I can't wait for fall!

Jaren said...

I LOVE fall! I love it when I'm at Wal-Mart and I see they have set up a whole special baking section! Halloween to Christmas is so much fun!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

I may cry because you have the exact same friendly village dishes as my mom. Those are the dishes I grew up using and I feel nostalgic every time I see them. My parents still use them every day ;)

Kellyann Rohr said...

How in the world do you and Andrew stay so fit when you make such yummy goodness!!!??? My pants are getting tight just reading the recipes! They all look and sound so good and I cannot wait to get cookin'! Your pantry tips are so helpful - thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for fall and all it brings with it either! Your list of pantry must haves is very helpful:)

MelanieL

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Fall is my FAVORITE!!! I am seriously obsessed with it. I should have been born in New England, not California. Yay FAll!!!

Leigh said...

How did I not know about crock pot liners?????? Must buy some immediately! I don't use the word y'all either and I'm from Alabama. No one in my family uses it.

All of your recipes look so good! I may have to make some for me and the hubby sometime. My son is allergic to a ridiculous amount of foods so he really can't have any of it. :(. We all typically eat the same thing but me and the Mr really miss "normal" food!

Anonymous said...

Just want to "thumbs up" your comment about the slow cooker liners.I LOVE to cook with a slow cooker but sometimes would choose not to because I hated cleaning out that "big ole thing". Someone introduced me the liners and oh my goodness, They are so wonderful! Cant say enough about them. If you don't have any RUN get some. My favorite are sold at Bed Bath and Beyond in the small appliance section. They fit the pot perfectly!

Paula said...

Fall-apples-pumpkin-s'mores-I am in head first! Love fall!

Paula said...

Fall-apples-pumpkin-s'mores-I am in head first! Love fall!

Cathy and Marshall said...

I made the s'mores cookies for a dinner with friends and received rave reviews! Thanks for the idea!

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