Today I went shopping at the store I work at, to purchase the rest of the Christmas ornaments I have been eyeing for the past week and a half, since we got them in stock.
I started buying the ones I like last week and picked up the last few I liked today. I might as well pick up the cute ones while they are in stock, before the mad rush for Christmas everything happens, and all the ones I like sale out.
Beings that my store is in the same complex as a mall that has a yankee candle store I decided to walk down to the Yankee Candle and at least smell the candles. I found one scent I actually like, which is the apple pumpkin. They were having a sale, the small jars were buy one get one free so I got two of the apple pumpkin candles.
On my way home I had stopped at new seasons and picked up a couple boxes of my favorite Steven Smith tea maker tea – no. 47 Bungalow.
While I am working to live a more minimalistic life, having a few things to make my future house a home. Besides just the fact that I enjoy Homemaking, hospitality has also been on my heart. Whether it is extending friendship and an open door to young women in college who are away from home and need that support system, a listening ear of someone who has already gone through it, and a home cooked meal every so often. Being that someone who helps them make their new home feel like home because they will be there nine months out of the year for at least four years. As well as young women who are through school and starting out on their own, and maybe moved someplace new for work and trying to figure out the whole adult with a job thing. Starting college and new jobs are always hard, and it is even harder when you move someplace new to do that, and pursue your dreams. I have been there, I have been through it. Being able to be there for other young women who are going through similar situations I have been through and be able to open my home to them to help ease the transition is something that is on my heart.
Sunday afternoon I was really wanting some chocolate chip cookies, but didn’t have chocolate chips. I made a run to the grocery store to get chocolate chips so I could bake a batch of cookies.
That is one of the few things I like about living in the city, the fact that the grocery store is still open at 6 pm on a Sunday evening.
When I got back from the grocery store I made a batch of gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookies.
Making a quick trip to the grocery store because I needed one thing, and the fact that the grocery store is just the road, makes life easy. It got me thinking about living in a small town or out in the country, where making a quick trip to the grocery store in the evening isn’t an option, making sure I have Baking basics, including chocolate chips on hand for those times I feel like baking cookies one evening. It’s always nice to have ingredients on hand to make some staples on a whim.
Yesterday after I got home from work I felt like baking. Beings that I didn’t have to work today, I had the time to bake.
Now that autumn is finally here, as well as the fact that I love pumpkin food, and the weather is cool enough to actually warrant baking, I am back in my element. I love cooking and baking.
A couple weekends ago I made split pea soup, and this past weekend I made Chili.
Fall is definitely my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, pumpkin scents, pumpkin food, hot tea, the changing colors of leaves, I love the fall colors anyway.
I am actually excited that summer is over, and on to cooler weather.
I have wanted brownies for the past couple of days, so I finally made some today. I had today off so it was a perfect time to bake brownies.
While I love baking all year round, I love it even more when the weather is cooler, and now that Autumn is here and today has been in the low 60’s, it was a perfect day to do some baking.
I used a package of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie mix and a stick of earth balance vegan butter alternative. I did use eggs this time because I wanted the brownies to turn out right.
This past weekend I had gone out to the stash tea store in Tigard.
Beings that Fall arrived quickly and working a new job where I work at night, having a variety of tea, but caffeinated and decaffeinated / uncaffeinated was critical. I picked up two more boxes of English Breakfast Tea as well as a variety of other teas, including Acai Berry herbal tea, cranberry pomegranate herbal tea, raspberry and white decaf tea, Christmas Eve herbal tea and Christmas Morning black and green tea blend.
Besides the fact that the Stash English Breakfast Tea is my favorite English Breakfast Tea, Stash is also a local company. It is based in Tigard, Oregon which is one of the suburbs of Portland.
I am all for supporting local companies. I like keeping my money in where I live. By buying local I am supporting my community and those who live and work here.
While at the Stash store, I also purchased a hydro flask travel mug, for my tea. While I have several travel mugs, none of them are really insulated. So they would burn my hand while allowing my tea to cool off really fast. I have found in the few days I have had my hydro flask, that I can make myself tea at 10:45 at night (before I go to work) and it is still hot at 6:00 am the next morning. I like having hot tea throughout my shift.
I got thinking recently of how little I have used my Scentsy warmers and wax in recent weeks and months.
This summer was so hot, it was often too hot to have my window open to help with air flow, and it was super smoky this summer to boot.
Since the weather has changed, I have been sleeping during the day, and for the few hours I am home and awake before I leave for work, it has been late, so I haven’t used any Scentsy in weeks.
Beings that I have been up this afternoon and don’t have to think about going to be again to be back up at 10:30 pm to go to work since I have the next couple days off as well as the weekend, I am enjoying my Scentsy warmer and warming some Apple S’mores. Apple S’mores is one of my favorite scents, especially for fall. It’s sad that Scentsy only sells it during the spring and summer, because it is more of an autumn scent to me.
Today I stopped at Joann’s, and picked some more fall decorations.
Over the past several years I have been working on my stash of fall decorations.
My goal is to keep my fall and Christmas decorations to two plastic tubs a piece, including seasonal Scentsy warmers. Once I am able to get a place of my own again, I really want to organize my fall and Christmas decorations and Scentsy warmers, and try to condense as much as possible. Once I am able to move again, I also want to go through my stuff, especially from college and see about donating some of the stuff that I haven’t used in 7.5 years that I don’t want or need again for a place of my own (like cookware, dishes and furniture). I know there are boxes full of clothes that no longer fit or are my style.
I am really trying to find the balance of living simply, without too much in the way of material things while balancing making wherever I live feel like a home. I have totally been inspired by those who live in off grid cabins or build their own off grid home on a homestead.
I went back and watched one of the first Pure Living for Life videos where Alyssa was talking about why she was selling her relatively new Subaru and that she and Jesse were in the process of moving to their 5 acre property, and were working on doing it debt free. The point she made was pretty much that for many people we go to jobs that we may not necessarily like, to pay in the debts so we can have the things that on the social level we are expected to have and congratulated on. She had also stated that when she and Jesse told people about them going and living off grid and building their own house, and doing what they are doing now, everyone they knew told them that they were in essence crazy.
While I don’t know that I want to totally go off grid, the idea of building my own house (with help of course), and living on some property, and live debt free is the kind of life I want to live. Being able to live in a house I helped build from the ground up, and be able to entertain, and enjoy the house and property, and share that with others is something I am working toward.