A few November favorite things.

A few November favorite things.

I’ve been keeping a running list of fall favorites. Not all of these rank saving-my-life-right-now status but they are helping to make my November a little lovelier.

1. Rishi turmeric ginger tea. I am happily addicted to this sweet and spicy cult favorite. A nice cuppa helps the chilly fall days feel cozy instead of oppressive.

raking leaves

2. Raking leaves … which isn’t typically one of my favorite things, but a friend of mine told my kids to try raking their leaves into mazes, and they’ve been doing just that all month. Hours of entertainment.

(That doesn’t help us much with getting the leaves into the yard waste cans, but at least they’re outdoors and happy.)

3. The Overcast app. I’ve always listened to podcasts using my iPhone’s native app, but I recently converted to this free app and am loving its multiple speed settings. (It offers many more options than just 1.0, 1.5, 2.0.)

bouquet of pencils horizontal


4. The holy grail of pencil sharpeners. Last month finding a single sharpened pencil was a major early mornging headache. Now my kids are happily sharpening everything.

5. Gregory Alan Isakov on spotify. Just the right amount of mellow beautiful for fall, especially if I’m writing.

6. Apple cranberry crisp. My 10yo has been making this a few nights a week for a month now. (She uses the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe, halves the topping, and adds in a cup of cranberries.) At a certain point I stopped tweeting “leftover crisp makes the best breakfast” because it was getting embarrassing. (Not that I stopped eating it for breakfast.)

my desk home office

7. Orange thyme and cardamom candles from the Grove collective. These smell amazing, especially for this time of year. Available exclusively through ePantry. (New customers: use this link to get a $10 credit plus a free orange thyme and cardamom candle with your first order. Current customers: use this link to get a candle for half off regular price.)

8. A good book series. I love Harry Potter, but I tuned out on Rowling’s adult novels after I heard The Casual Vacancy wasn’t very good. But recently I kept hearing great things about her Cormoran Strike series, and listened to The Cuckoo’s Calling on audio.

I finished it last week and started The Silkworm (in hardback) that night. And then I stumbled upon Career of Evil (which strikes me as an exceptionally odd title) as a 7-day checkout from the library … and sometimes a reader’s gotta do what a reader’s gotta do.

I thoroughly enjoyed these, which surprised me a little because they’re awfully grisly in places, especially books 2 and 3.

9. This pork tenderloin recipe. This was a total winner at my house: delicious and easy, and 3 of 4 kids even ate the chipotle cranberry sauce.

I’d love to hear what YOU are loving lately. Do you have a few fall favorites of your own? Please tell us about them in comments. 

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  1. Laura says:

    I love Gregory Alan Isakov! This fall I’m taking lots of walks in the leaves and enjoying the cooler weather, snuggling and nursing my baby, and drinking coffee.

  2. Jamie says:

    Going to steal that leaf-raking maze idea.

    Really enjoying the kitchen right now – changes in weather inspire me to try different recipes. Tonight was Roasted Acorn Squash. I feel fancy.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Maybe someone has said it already but JK Rowling was featured on an interview aired on Pop Culture Happy Hour, discussing her crime books. I picked up a copy after the interview because her thought process and research game was on point in my mystery loving mind.

  4. Lindsey Back says:

    Here in Brisbane Australia jacaranda trees are in blossom everywhere and the flame trees are just beginning to show their flowers. Bougainvillea blossom is everywhere too in every colour imaginable. It is just beginning to heat up with 35 deg c forecast on the weekend so I think the pool will be in use. So different to your picture of fallen leaves.

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