Fall Bucket List Update

I can’t believe it’s less than 10 days until Christmas!  Before sharing some Holiday projects we’ve been working on, I thought I would quickly revisit the Fall bucket list that I posted here.  I didn’t get everything checked off, but here are a few highlights:

1. Savor the changing leaves.

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaf

I had an opportunity through the Dating Divas to sharpen my photography skills this fall by completing an intensive photography workshop.  One of the assignments challenged us to take several images illustrating the concept of back-lighting.  This task forced me to go outside early one morning and start looking…and inevitably appreciating… different qualities of light.  Wouldn’t you know that a strong rainstorm left this gorgeous tree without its leaves just a day later?  So glad I was able to get these images…

2. Make chili with Mom.  Done and done!

Fall Chicken Chili

3.  Make pumpkin bread and cookies.

Fall Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

I finally made Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!  I think I’ve had various versions of this cookie bookmarked for about the past 2 years.

Fall Pumpkin Cake

…. We also tested out a new pumpkin dessert at Friendsgiving.  This recipe from Kraft Foods was fantastic… I think I like it better than pumpkin pie!  It was incredibly easy to make and each layer is bursting with pumpkin flavor.  The best part?  The dessert is light and satisfies your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling stuffed… perfect for after a Thanksgiving meal!

4. Be grateful, everyday.

Always working on this concept…  I came across this amazing idea from Cathy Zielske and decided to craft my own version of 30 days of Gratitude in November.  Here’s a glimpse at my book that utilizes a mixture of her digital downloads, photos, and paper:

Fall Gratitude Book

Fall Gratitude Book Detail 2

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