Falling Fast

Welcome, fall! It was wonderful this morning, taking the dogs out in the crisp, cooler air.

This fall is going to be a busy, but very exciting one. I'm looking forward to attending my very first bachelorette weekend in Chattanooga celebrating one of my best friends. October sees two home football games for Georgia Southern, including homecoming which happens to fall on the weekend before my birthday--happy birthday to me! Of course there is the fair on the week of my birthday, which is one of my favorite fall-time traditions. A family wedding, and my best friend's wedding all happen within the next month, too.

November brings Christopher's birthday, Christmas preparation, and wedding crunch time! I need to send out save the dates, order invitations, settle on flowers, and so much more. More weddings come in November, as well as the beginning of family-focused holidays.

Through it all, I want to make a conscious effort to take a moment each day and appreciate this exciting stage of life I'm in, and those who are along for the ride. And to also bake lots of pumpkin bread, topped with lemon curds which is like my favorite fall food...besides a Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks!

Happy fall, y'all!

Shower the Home

Woohoo! Hello, world! I'm finally done with my second of two annual fundraisers that I coordinate at work for the year. I can breathe again! And what better way to celebrate the success of an event with another event that involves presents and cupcakes?!

Saturday saw the last of Niki's showers leading up to her wedding. Her mother, my future mother-in-law, hosted a Home Shower at the family church in Dublin, Georgia. It was a sweet, intimate gathering of family and friends.

The invitation featured a recipe card on the back, and all guests brought a favorite recipe with them to give to the bride. I included the recipe for my favorite Kahlua cake, which can be found here. The most prized recipe was Niki & Christopher's aunts' egg rolls from the Philippines. I hope to be blessed with that deliciousness once I officially join the family, too!

Niki's favorite cupcakes, red velvet. 

Monogrammed acrylic recipe box to hold the recipes
brought by guests. 

My gift to Niki which was the trifle bowl she had registered for,
with all the ingredients to the Kahlua cake inside,
as well as a Georgia-themed cookbook and fall tea towels. 

Home themed gifts 

Me with both my mothers! 

I've never seen such joy over a trashcan before!


Next weekend, we'll be heading to Chattanooga for Niki's Bachelorette weekend. Can't wait!