Fantastic Friday

Fall, Pumpkins, and Friendship Tea

Fall is here and it’s time to get out the blankets and sweatpants, hot cocoa and spiced tea. It’s time to pack up the summer clothes and pull out the turtlenecks and sweaters, coats and gloves.

I just love a lazy Saturday morning when I wake up and the bedroom has just a hint of coolness to it, and the sheets and blankets are the perfect cocoon of warmth. Or an afternoon when I can curl up on the couch with a good book while my vegetable beef stew cooks in the crock-pot.

We’re less than two weeks away from Halloween—do you have at least one pumpkin in your front yard? Bought costumes for the kids (and yourself) for next week’s party?  Have you been to the corn maze?

Or maybe you have another fall favorite, like this pumpkin facial one of my friends posted on Facebook, from the Lil Spa Room in San Antonio, Texas. Follow the link to find several facial treatment recipes you can make right at home.

One of my favorite recipes for fall is a friendship tea. Make it for yourself or put it in mason jars with a decorative top. It makes a great gift for teachers, neighbors and coworkers.

Friendship Tea

½ cup instant tea powder

1 cup sweetened lemonade powder

1 cup orange-flavored drink mix

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

I put everything in a Tupperware bowl and shake to mix. Add 2-3 teaspoons of mixture to a coffee mug of boiling water.

So tell me – what’s your favorite thing about fall?