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Ideas, tips and recipes to help you enjoy a warm and cozy fall season with friends and family.
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"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!" Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery


Do you love October as much as I do?


This year in the media, it's all about Hygge - the word Danish people use for cozy, comforting - or "taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things". Honestly, I've always embraced October and the great excuse it gives me for a soothing cup of tea by the fire and a chance to get into the kitchen to bake up a storm.

From the glorious golds and oranges of turning leaves, to the crunch of the cold ground underneath my feet as I walk in Berkshire fields and woods, to the warming smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves wafting through the house, I adore fall sights, scents and smells.

The arrival of fall, with its promise of cooler days and the joys of the holiday season to come, is always a time of reflection and renewal for me. I find myself 'fall cleaning' and doing a lot of nesting - getting the house and family ready for the season to come. 

Whatever it's like this time of year in your little corner of the world - and of course if you are in the southern hemisphere it will be all about renewal and the joys of spring - I hope will grab a cup of tea and join me as I share what's been happening on AprilJHarris.com. 
 
Curried Mango Chicken
A warming and comforting family favourite.
Make It Now!
Warm Wild Rice Salad with Sausages & Apples
A warm fall salad the whole family will love.
Make It Now!
Old-Fashioned Applesauce Pecan Brownies
Quick and easy to make, a real fall treat!
Make Them Now!
I love cooking and baking with seasonal produce and fall has such an abundance of lovely fruit and veggies!

My friends Sandi of Fearless Dining and Linda of Meal Planning Maven have featured some great fall roundups.

Click on the photos above for Sandi's Apple Recipes and Linda's Pumpkin roundup.
Step by step instructions for a delicious, comforting Chocolate Cherry Loaf Cake.
 

The Quest for Perfection

 

I attended the BlogHer Food '16 conference in Austin recently and one of the most important tips I picked up was this -


Good enough is okay. No matter who we are or what we do, many of us are constantly seeking perfection in our lives and in our work. Often our vision of the result we want is almost beyond attainable, yet we berate ourselves when it doesn't happen or we don't reach our goals.

I also learned that perfectionism is safe. If we can't attain our (sometimes very unrealistic) goals, we have a great excuse not to move forward. We need to persist and continue, and that can sometimes mean releasing our work into the world, even when we don't see it as perfect. Good enough is okay. It has made me very nervous, but I've been trying this in my own life and seeing great results.


How about you? Do you struggle with perfectionism? Would you be willing to allow yourself to accept things that are less than 'perfect' or release your work into the world before it's perfect - when it's just good enough? Hit reply and let me know! 
Are you following me on Facebook? My AprilJHarris.com page is a great way to keep up with the latest! 

Coming soon - more fall recipes, great travel tips, a new series on health and beauty and last but not least, my 14th Blogiversary! 

 

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