Around the Homestead

It’s Fall…

Without the hassle of cooler weather or misty, rainy mornings! It’s officially fall!!

Everyone around here is just trying to stay cool and survive.


The girls and I have decided that regardless of the brutal upper 90s-100 degree temperatures and the endless drought, we are celebrating fall. I have Cozy Cabin from Edens Garden diffusing, pumpkin spice hand soap in the dispensers, and a batch of hot cocoa mix ready and waiting.

Foam Soap:

3 T. Seventh Generation Dish Soap, Unscented

2/3 cup water

10 drops essential oil

Mix together, do not shake, pour into foam dispenser.

Pumpkin Spice (diffuse or hand soap)

5 drops cinnamon

2-3 drops orange

2-3 drops clove

1 drop ginger

I also whipped up some of this cleaner to spray the dining room table and counter tops.

Our library books are stacked high because we don’t intend to be outside in the afternoons unless we absolutely have to be out in the heat.


Cocoa Mix:

1 cup gentle sweet or lakanto

1 cup cocoa

3/4 cup powdered milk

1/4 t. salt

Mix together in a glass jar. Store in a cool, dry place.

To enjoy, add 2 tablespoons to a mug, pour hot water over, stir to mix. Add Dandies (marshmallows) or fresh whipped cream with a splash of maple syrup if desired.

Aspen & Laila

It’s time to celebrate. We have one single pumpkin purchased so far, afraid they will rot in the blazing heat. But today is the day we will bake something warm and delicious and curl up with a autumnal book and a cup of something warm. Hope everyone enjoys the first day of fall and create your own rhythms and traditions wherever you live.

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