The weekend is almost here.

I know this weekend, I am going to spend time with my family and of course, all the babies, really absorb the beauty of the fall colors {yes, the photo below is the picturesque setting I wake up to these days}, walk through the last farmer’s market for fresh produce, make a cocktail and enjoy a latte while I stroll into the local boutiques. I hope you get a chance, even just a minute, to enjoy the smell of autumn, and take in the beauty of the season. And, if you are up for it, here’s some things we recommend you add to your itinerary this weekend.

1. Make this delicious recipe for your family {or just for you}. I make it frequently and love it! Made it last night with a Sesame Soy salad, and I savored every bite of the meal…the kiddos and husband did too.

2. Bring the beauty of the warm, fall colors inside. Whether its several twigs, a bunch of berries, or single leaves, find bottles and vases to put on display.

3. This is a beautiful, thoughtful DIY wreath I want to make and hang on my door. It’s a lovely way to welcome guests, and it warms the home to the cold season ahead.

4. Be kind to others. Teach your children to be kind. For some inspiration, read this.

4. Fall is here, and one way to get in the autumn mood is to make a Spiced Apple Cider, by the fabulous ladies of A Beautiful Mess.

{image via Tutto Bella}

pumpkin dip

If you’re looking for that easy, no-bake, semi-healthy appetizer for this year’s Thanksgiving party, snack for the kiddos or even a treat to share at the office this week, look no further. This pumpkin dip is delish.

Pumpkin Dip
recipe adapted from friend and former colleague, Elizabeth

1 8oz package cream cheese
1 can {15 oz} pumpkin puree
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ginger

 Serve with ginger snaps, apples, graham crackers and pears.

{images via Tutto Bella}

pumpkin cheese ball

I just realized that Thanksgiving is almost one week away. For some reason, I thought it was the 29th this year…I’m blaming it on my mommy brain/fog. So, now I am frantically trying to get all my fun and festive Thanksgiving ideas to you throughout the next week – everything from recipes to favors – we hope to share it all in time for this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Today, an easy and yummy appetizer…and an upgrade from your standard cheese ball.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball
recipe by friend, Bean

16 oz cream cheese
1.5 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons of minced onion
3 tablespoons salsa {whatever kind you prefer}
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons minced jalapeno {canned or fresh}

How To
Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl.

With your hangs, shape ingredients into a ball.
Crush Nacho chips in a plastic bag and lay out on counter top.

Roll cheese ball in crushed Nacho chips on counter.

Make indentions around the entire cheese ball with a finger to look like a pumpkin.

Cut the stem of a green bell pepper and place on top {to look like the stem of a pumpkin}.

Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
Serve with either tortilla chips or crackers.

My mommy brain also spaced taking a photo of the app served with its accompanying crackers…mama mia! Use your imagination. All you really need to know is that its cute, delish and super easy.

{images via Tutto Bella}

vintage halloween wedding inspiration

Happy Halloween.

This year, since the holiday falls on Wedding Wednesday, we made today all about a Halloween-themed wedding. Only its not the traditional orange and black color scheme – it’s vintage. You know us, we love vintage. And no vintage, Halloween-themed wedding would be complete with a black and white checkered dance floor, black goblets, Anemone flowers in antique vases, antique flea market brass candlestick holders, amber candles, chandeliers, black lace, caramel apples, love potion favors and earth-tone apothecary jars with soft pink, white and ivory flowers.

{images via: beautiful bride jacey with black sash on vera wang dress {featured on damsel in dior, photographed by Lauren Ross Photography}, black and white stationery {featured on Style Me Pretty, photographed by Liz Banfield}, black goblets {} antique candlestick holders {Ruffled}, chic and vintage mismatched centerpieces {Elizabeth Anne Designs}, love potion {Darling Darleen}, caramel apples {featured on Tutto Bella, photographed by Jalapeño Photography}, black and white dance floor {Estate Weddings and Events}, candles and pumpkin on black, vintage furniture and anemone flowers in vintage brass goblet {Style Me Pretty}, elie saab spring 2011 couture line black gown {OneWed}, chandelier with black draping {Tutto Bella, photographed by Betsey Holley Photography} and mcqueen pumpkin {sweet paul}

top 10 halloween cupcakes

We have to bring dessert to this year’s Halloween bash. Jenna is making our delicious, homemade caramel popcorn, Jodi is making caramel apples and I’m bringing cupcakes. Here’s my top 10 after some very important research…

1. Witch Cupcake Toppers, Better Homes and Gardens

2. Halloween Hoot Owls Cupcakes, Catching Fireflies

3. Cupcake Liner Witch Hats, The Cake Blog

4. Monster Cupcakes, Bonjour Blog

5. Fake Cupcake with Boo Banner, Msapple
{obviously, I can’t serve fake cupcakes, but I LOVE the BOO banner} 

7. Candy Corn Cupcakes, The Girl Who Ate Everything

8. Polka Dot Halloween Cupcakes, Better Homes and Gardens

9. Pumpkin Cupcakes, Better Homes and Gardens

10. Yummy Mummy Cupcakes, Better Homes and Gardens

{images via Delish, Better Homes and Gardens, The Girl Who Ate Everything, Catching Fireflies, The Cake Blog, Bonjour Blog and Msapple}