The first day of fall is Tuesday. Fall brings its own colors and fragrances… Red harvest apples and deep brown gingerbread. Indoors, warming spices like cinnamon and clove mimic the colors of changing leaves outdoors. Rich colors and dropping temperatures make us think of different textures. Heavier blankets of course, but also thick oil paintings from the Renaissance and brocade curtains and tapestried pillows from New England estates.

This week I have a few things for your shopping list. I’m sharing a candy recipe on Thursday, so check your kitchen for light Karo syrup (you’ll need 1/2 cup), half and half (1/4 cup), heavy cream (you’ll need 1/4 cup), and pecan pieces (optional) (2/3 cup). You’ll also need a candy thermometer or digital instant-read thermometer. Even if you don’t want candy around, consider making this for gifts and acts of kindness which you’ll read more about in Saturday’s prompt.

On Friday we’re taking inspiration from last week’s quote about a bouquet of sharpened pencils. So, as you’re going through your home this week, gather up whatever pencils you find and can spare for a bouquet or pencil craft.

Have a great week.

(Image credit: blackzheep)

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