Good morning Fall!

Summer isn’t the only season for adventure. Today we’re saying good morning to Fall and embracing cozy layers, new backpacks, cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice everything with a visit to a new-to-us coffee shop in Chinatown, Raw Sugar Café.

herschel good morning

herschel raw sugar sign

herschel going into cafe

herschel display case

What to have? Everything looks so good.

herschel cookies

herschel james cookie

hershel inside backpack

My kids don’t go anywhere without their backpacks. I like how Herschel has thought to include a cute and practical spot inside where you can write your name so it doesn’t get mistaken for someone else’s. (Note to self: write James’ name inside!)

herschel lily reaching for cookie

herschel laptop case

And my padded laptop sleeve means I don’t have to worry about my computer getting dinged up in our travels.

herschel nadia owner

Owner Nadia Kharyati was baking some fresh treats when we arrived.

herschel peanut butter rice crispy treat

herschel inside raw sugar
Like Fall, Raw Sugar has plenty of charms. Nadia spent years collecting just the right mix of boho chic furniture and accessories before opening the cafe in 2008.

herschel baileys

herschel looking at lego magazine

We’re going to hang out here for a while longer. Can I get you anything?

I partnered with Herschel Supply Co. for this post, however the ideas and opinions are my own. I love sharing my favourite products with you!

Pumpkin pudding

pumpkin pudding

So it’s the beginning of a new week and you’ve got a million things to do, but trust me when I say you’ll want to find some time to make this pumpkin pudding. It is ridiculous, mes amis.

pumpkin pudding

The recipe’s from my dear friend Carolyn (check out her fab fashion blog!), who loves to curl up with a big bowl or two this time every year.

Make it for a get-together or a night at home with the fam. You’ll thank me. And Carolyn! It is that good.

pumpkin pudding

Pumpkin pudding

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp of room temperature butter
1 cup (I use half a cup, it’s plenty!) + 1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup of pure pumpkin
1 cup of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves (I use 1/2 tsp cinnamon plus 2 heaping tsps pumpkin spice instead of the nutmeg and cloves)
1/4 cup raisins
1 2/3 cup of boiling water
1/2 cup orange juice

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

Cream together 1/2 cup of butter and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Beat in egg and pure pumpkin.

In a separate bowl, stir flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Gradually stir into the pumpkin mixture. Fold in the raisins.

Spoon batter into prepared baking dish . Sprinkle 1 cup of brown sugar over the mixture. (I use half a cup and it’s deelish!)

Combine 1 tbsp of butter, boiling water and orange juice in a bowl. Pour slowly and evenly over the entire mixture (this will look weird but it’s right).

Bake for 45 minutes.

Serve warm and top with whipped cream.

Five things

How were your first few days of Fall, everybody? Do you welcome the season in your decor? I spend most of my time in the kitchen, so I love to pile a bunch of gourds on a cake plate and admire them throughout the day.

gourds square

Aren’t they gourd-geous? If you hop on over to So Fawned, you’ll see what I did with these babies.

gourd soup

Here’s a little peek. (I couldn’t resist!)

you are nice dad

You know I love a good kitchen gadget. This week we made some special personalized cookies using these cool cookie cutters. (On clearance at Winners for $5! Woot!)

cactus at market

Cactus at the farmer’s market yesterday morning. Maybe my favourite thing all season!

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Do you crush on pretty stationary too? I am loving my Kate Spade planner and notecards from Chapters. Almost too pretty to use!

And only three more days ’til Blissdom! Woot! What are you up to this week?

Fall is for…

I love Fall. I’ve mentioned this, yes? I love the cooler days, the cozy layers, the crisp crunch of a new apple and a cute pair of ankle boots. It’s my favourite season, and (for me) the one that seems to fly by too fast.  I want more Sunday mornings at the farmers’ market, more walks in the leaves and more time to curl up with a blanket and a book. Here’s how I want to make the most of Fall.

Happy Handmade Home

Eating / Apples, squash and pumpkin everything.

Drinking / Tea and hot chocolate.

Practicing / How to write without over-thinking too much.

Mastering / Hmmm…. nothing really, but I would like to train myself to stop snacking after dinner (but Twitter parties make me so hungry!).

Learning / More about SEO (I really have to get on it!).

Trying / To get the the gym every other day.

Playing / With my kiddos after school (now that they’re no longer at daycare, I’ve got them from 3:30 on).

Finishing / My Christmas shopping (yeah I’m one of those).

Reading / A Beautiful Mess Happy Homemade Home and a couple of books I didn’t get to over the summer.

Remembering / To be easier on myself.

Wearing / Cozy layers.

Cooking / Applesauce, soups and stews in the slow cooker.

Working / On more DIYs for So Fawned (including some fun Halloween themed ones!) and my blog’s Crafts and Style & Decor sections.

Traveling / To Blissdom ’14 (I hear Mississauga is beautiful this time of year) and maybe to Montreal to visit an old friend.

Wanting / To meet some of my favourite bloggers at Blissdom and be inspired!

Happy Handmade Home 2

I’m terrible for setting my expectations way too high, so I’m trying to be a little more reasonable for Fall. Here’s how I did with my Summer list:

Eating / Strawberries we picked ourselves. Check.

Drinking / More of these strawberry watermelon daiquiris. Ditto.

Practicing / How to write without over-thinking too much. Still working on it.

Mastering / Video Games on the ukulele. I didn’t pick up the ukelele. Not even once.

Learning / How to improve SEO. Zero progress here either.

Trying / To make jam. Tried and succeeded!

Playing / With my camera. Yep.

Finishing / A bunch of projects around the house. Starting them too. Didn’t finish (or start!) any of the projects I’ve been meaning to get to, ‘tho I did do six DIYs for So Fawned: puzzle piece drawer pulls, personalized pillows, wooden spoon dolls, a ring toss game, a back-to-school chalkboard sign, and puzzle piece hooks.

Reading / Picture Perfect Social Media and A Beautiful Mess Happy Homemade HomeHappy Handmade Home just came in the mail, so I’m just starting it now.

Remembering / Naps are good. Oh yes they are.

Wearing / The heck out of this Joe Fresh skirt. And my gold flip flops. Yep.

Cooking / More recipes from How to Feed a Family. No, but I am planning to make the authors’ squash soup.

Working / On being less hard on myself. Still working on it.

Traveling / Nowhere especially. But the kids would love to go back to Mont Tremblant. No Tremblant trip (the kids would still love to go!); stayed close to home.

Wanting / To make lots of happy memories with my kiddos. And this Kate Spade planner from Chapters. I die! Yes, we had lots of fun times. And my mom bought me the planner!

How will you make the most of Fall?