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Monday, September 22, 2008

Twenty Little Things to Treasure in Autumn

Melissa has been sponsoring 20 Little Things to Treasure in Autumn at The Inspired Room. Though I'm late to the party, it's been fun to pull some thoughts together.

1. Autumn colors — the crimsons, yellows, and oranges that fade to russets, golds, and coppers
2. Fresh, crisp air
3. The scent of burning leaves and woodsmoke
4. Cozy bedding — quilts and fleece blankets and sheets
5. My favorite flannel nighty
6. The opening of the tree canopy revealing views lost for months
7. Long walks through fallen leaves — swish, swish, swish
8. Apples, pumpkins, and the gathering of harvest foods
9. Reading beneath a throw while curled up on the sofa
10. The slant of light that enters the house from a sun now lower in the sky
11. ***Hot drinks sipped by candle glow in the longer evening
12. Baking the first apple pie and the first pumpkin pie
13. Fryeburg Fair Day
14. An autumn picnic
15. A hayride to the top of Hall's Hill where we can view the foliage and the White Mountains while the harvest moon rises
16. Mums, glorious mums
17. Farmer Whiting's Market
18. Christmas Fairs
19. The little ones on their way to school chattering like squirrels
20. The honking of Canada geese on their way to warmer climes


Pumpkin Spice Mocha

Ingredients per cup:
* 2/3 cup coffee
* 1/3 cup cream or half and half
* 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 TBS Splenda or sugar
* 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
* Whipped cream for top, if desired

Brew coffee and add remaining ingredients. May need to reheat in the microwave for desired temperature. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Have a wonderful Monday and don't forget to visit Melissa!


  1. The only thing I have to say is YES! YES! YES!

  2. Love your list...I've found we're all so similar in our simple pleasures. The pumpkin spice mocha sounds great...hope to try it on our first cool evening. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Those were definately treasures on your list Vee! The pumpkins spiced mocha sounds wonderful!

  4. Vee, I love your fall pleasures...and the recipe sounds wonderful! I hope you have a great week and beginning of your fall season ~ (((((hugs to you))))) xxoo, Dawn

  5. I saw the splenda and knew this was a recipe for me! I love the fall and miss jumping in leaf piles before Daddy burned them...of course scattering them so they had to be raked up again. Lovely post!

  6. What a great list! I love your banner header! The fall flowers in the silver teapot are so pretty!

    Your post on Give Me Jesus, blessed my heart! I love that song! ~Rhonda :)

  7. Oh you better believe I am going to make that recipe! Thank you so much. I enjoyed reading your list and the pictures are AWESOME! Thanks for visiting me.

  8. Your entire post sounds so cozy and wonderful.

  9. Autumn picnic how fabulous would that be! beautiful pictures-
    Happy Fall

  10. Love, love, love FALL. Altho we are still having too-warm temps, I'm starting to see the sweetgums get some color and the nurseries are getting their mums in. Can't wait - full fall foliage doesn't get here till nearly my birthday or THanksgiving, whichever comes first. Have a good one! Vickie

  11. Your list is beautiful! I am not big on all things coffee but I might give this one a try! Happy Monday!

  12. Hi there,
    I love your list, especially #'s 3,6 & 15!! Thanks for the recipe...mmmm. Can't wait to make it!!

  13. Oh yes the christmas fairs. I just love your pictures, beautiful! Great list!

  14. Mmmmmmm I wish I had a cup of your Pumpkin Spice Mocha to drink while I read your wonderful list, Vee! New Yorkers aren't allowed to burn leaves in their gardens anymore ( it's all aboutcollecting them for compost these days) but I love the smell of fireplaces when they are first lit.

    I still feel like it's endless summer here -- still warm and I'm still getting tomatoes off the vine!

    I think October is the month that finally brings autumn our way.

    Those photos are stunning! It is such a pleasure of thr NE to have trees that turn such glorious colors in the fall!
    Hugs, Pat

  15. Thank you for the nice comment, Vee! Your list reminds me that I, too, love the smell of wood burning...in the crisp autumn air!Your pumpkin spice mocha recipe sounds yummie...and reminded me of a great pumpkin soup recipe I have...somewhere!

  16. Mmmm...I'll have to try that Pumpkin Spice Mocha! Love your list - fall is my favorite season!


  17. Wonderful list, Vee! I love everything about autumn ... it really is the most romantic season of all. I'll make sure I visit Melissa's blog later.

  18. Thanks for coming to visit me at my blog!!!!

    I so love your list & that pic of the blue pickup is perfect. I so want to live that life style that it evokes...you know, carefree, just living the life.

  19. What a great list!

    I need to try that mocha! I did a stint at a coffee shop just to learn to make the drinks. This one should have been on the list!

  20. Well, I'm in the mood for fall now...what with your nice list and the furnace coming on & all!

  21. Yummy recipe!! Thanks for visiting my site. Love your comment:-)

  22. Better late than not at all! I enjoyed everything on your list...:D

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Kathi :)

  23. Thanks so much for your comment on our blog - I was thrilled to find someone besides my Mom had actually visited! Your list is lovely too and I enjoyed reading over your autumn favorites!

  24. I wanted to pop back in and say thank you for your sweet encouragement. I have no plans for the post it was just on my heart. It is just an old journal entry from last year tweaked a bit for something to post today.

    Say, Vee, did you know that this is really a haven? Such a nice and welcoming place to visit, be it share a recipe, a laugh, or life in general. I am thankful that I found you my friend!

  25. Love your list and thanks for visiting my blog hope you stop by again. Have a great week

  26. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I love that you included Christmas fairs as part of your 20 - I didn't even think about that and yet I am always looking forward to popping in and out of several such fairs during this time of year!

    Kirsten of B&K

  27. I love your list. I really enjoy fall. I ythink part of it is because my birthday is in Oct. LOL...m...

  28. Don't freshly baked pies make everything ok with the world? Love your Autumn list!

  29. your site is lovely. So glad you stopped by mine, so i could learn about yours!

  30. Wonderful list, Vee! My in-laws go to Fryeburg every year. One of these days maybe they will let me tag along! Thanks for the recipe too--sounds like a yummy way to warm up after a walk among the leaves. ~Kathy

  31. OH dear Vee! This was a glorious post. How I lve the Fall!!

    The mocha sounds delicious!


  32. Great list! Oh - it's been so long since I'm been on a hayride. Thanks for evoking such wonderful memories! Thank you also for stopping by and leaving a comment! Please come back soon!

  33. Hi Vee! How are you? What a perfectly delightful list. I love it all. Pumpkin spice mocha! YUMMMMMMMY! Glad you shared! Thanks for being a part of it, I am so glad you did!

    Hugs to you!


  34. Yes I agree with most of these, all in fact except the ones that relate to your country only.

    That first pic is wonderful.

  35. I love your blog Vee! Can't wait to try the pumpkin mocha...thanks for visiting my blog! ann

  36. Love your list. The sunlight changing is a good one, that's one of the first things I notice, yet it missed my list. :)

  37. Vee, oh my goodness, from one New Englander to another: what a beautiful list! You really conjured up the beauty of Fall. We used to go camping in the White Mountains, it's so gorgeous. I loved your swish, swish, swish description of walking through the leaves.

  38. What a wonderful cozy and comfy list of treasures and it was calming just to read it. I, for sure, want to try your pumpkin spice mocha drink...thanks for posting the recipe.

  39. Thanks for visiting your welcome again - your photo of the fall colors melt my heart lovely - Kristeen - http://thegoughinn.tapepad.com

  40. Fabulous list! Weren't these lists so fun to write up? I love Autumn!

    You list made me smile!

  41. Oh, what a good list! And a free recipe to boot! It looks delicious too. Thank you!

  42. I loved your list, and the pictures you posted with it were just lovely. It really made me yearn for those true autumn days.

    Thank you for stopping by to visit my page. I hope you have a fabulous week.

  43. I've been prowling around in your archives again and love this list! I am thinking a cup of this pumpkin spice mocha might be just the ticket for a cool spring day as well! I love pumpkin spice no matter the time of year.