Sunday, October 1, 2017

September Favorite Things

I have some favorites to share with you. September is a great month to find new favorite things. And to re-discover old favorite things.

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Harley and I attended the Kansas State Fair in September. That is an old favorite thing. But I did find that since I am getting older all the walking is much harder than it used to be. But sitting on the benches and watching people is still a favorite thing to do in September. And Harley was a good companion for 'people watching'. The real reason I wanted to go to the Fair was to make it into the Grandstand building and visit the Dairy Bar. The Dairy Bar is the oldest vendor at the Kansas State Fair. It opened in the 1930's when you could get an ice cream cone for a nickel. This was the first year of the newly renovated Dairy Bar and it looked fantastic. But the main reason I wanted to visit was not for an ice cream cone. But to buy a bag of the famous Alma Cheese Curds. Fresh from the Alma Creamery in Alma, Kansas. It is the only time I buy them. And they are simply delicious. Do you like cheese curds like these?

Another favorite thing for this time of the year is making my house smell delicious. I bought some was melts from Walmart and they are simple mouth-watering. Also, they are only $2.00 each. Much better than what I usually spend on my Scentsy wax melts. However the throw isn't as good as Scentsy they are still wonderful. My favorites this time were:



Pumpkin Maple Syrup 
Better Homes and Gardens







Banana Pumpkin Bread
Better Homes and Gardens







Pumpkin Apple Muffins
ScentSationals





All of these have left me hankering for some really good fall pumpkin food. But that isn't the only way I like to 'smell the place up'. Bath and Body Works had some of my favorite candles on sale. And who can pass up a good deal? I bought some candles and got some of my favorite show gel and body cream free!!


 White Barn's Spiced Coconut Milk has notes of warm toasted coconut, fresh cream and ground nutmeg.

Marshmallow Fireside is a pretty popular one. It has notes of toasted marshmallows, smoldering wood, fire-roasted vanilla, crystallized amber. You can really close your eyes and think you are sitting at the campfire with a marshmallow on a stick. Yum!


But my very favorite of all of them is Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. It's notes are harvest pumpkin, spiced clove, vanilla cream, and brown sugar. Oh my gosh! And the lid to this was is beautiful.





While we are still talking about the wonderful smells of fall I got a new gift set from Grove Collaborative. It is the Apple Cider scent for the kitchen. Let me tell you if you like the smell of apple cider you will love these products. I can't clean the kitchen often enough. This set also came with a soy candle and a hand towel. I love their towels so much. For all 5 pieces it was a steal at $22.59. And free shipping. Do any of you use Grove Collaborative? Love them! They have the best walnut scrubbers pads!

This is the model I bought
I think I have told you that I bought myself a Keurig! And I am loving it. I also got a little reusable filter so I can just buy regular coffee and it won't be so expensive. But who can resist an occasional splurge on those adorable little K-cups in a variety of flavors. I am in love with the Chai Lattee for a late afternoon 'pick me up'. 

Another of my September favorites is Sonic Corn Dogs. They were on sale September 27 for $.50 each. We stocked up on some for the freezer. They won't last long since Harley likes them for her snack when she gets out of school.

And last, but not least was my favorite book of September. I purchased Hillary Clinton's book What Happened on Audible. I loved it. Of course I really like and admire Hillary Clinton. She is a strong independent woman. One who has been through a lot in her life. And yet she is still a strong woman. She talks about the 2016 campaign and what she thinks went wrong. She takes the blame for the things that she feels like she had control over. I especially loved chapter 13 where she describes a typical day on the campaign trail. She talks about having regular visits with her hairdresser, Santa. I feel strongly about the sexism and misogynistic beliefs that cost her election. How people could listen to the 'Billy Bush tapes' where Donald Trump brags about sexually assaulting women and then elect him to the highest office of the land will remain a mystery to me. And to Hillary! I agree with her saying "sexism is so pervasive that we stop seeing it" and I agree that the only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics. I loved the book. I recommend it to all. (And yes, I know that not all of you were a fan of hers but this is my blog....)


Happy October folks! I wonder what this month will bring us. Do you have any favorites you discovered in September?

26 comments:

  1. You had so many wonderful favorites in September! All wonderful scents it sounded like to make your house smell so delightful! I just can't believe it is October.

    betty

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    1. Got to find happiness where you can get it :)

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  2. Hi Paula - cheese curds I've not come across ... but they look good. So glad you had a happy time at the Fair with Harley ... and were able to indulge in a few things ... and yes October = time for change ...cheers Hilary

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  3. We need 'smell-a-blog'. Bath and Body Works is one of my favorite shops.

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  4. Lots of favourites there and although I'm not a great lover of biographies I might just give that book a read.

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  5. My favorite find for October happened yesterday, October 1st, when I went to Sam's club and found of box of McCafe Pumpkin Spice K cups. They are really good ! I have had cheese curds as they were a favorite of my oldest son. The were a bit rich for me, but they are good. I'd probably enjoy the book about Hilary too. I have been a fan of hers for a long time. I need to get some new fall candles and do love the White Barn ones. Will be definitely be looking for that Pumpkin one you mentioned. Hope you have a wonderful October and a very happy Monday!

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    1. I haven't tried the Pumpkin Spice yet. I don't like the one they have at Starbucks that everyone raves about. Hope you find yourself a lovely candle Ma!

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  6. Cheese curds 12 months a year! My Hillary is still in the box, but on top of the pile.

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  7. We can be Chai Latte buddies. Luv 'em! Luv cheese curds, too, though I buy a bag of mixed white and yellow. I am maybe on the unusual side, but I can't do much for scents in my house. I get a sore throat and my nose burns from most scented things. I haven't enpven been able to wear my favorite perfume in years. It think the change came as a result of my Bell's Palsey episode. Unfortunately, GN has to limit her use of ssented products, too. Poor girl. I feel bad about that. Your Keurig looks pretty sleek. I had a favorite movie and it was "The Visitor."

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    1. I haven't tasted the white ones but I have seen them! It is unfortunate you can't tolerate the smells. I have a cousin with that problem. I'm thankful I can enjoy them. We should have a Chai Latte out by the back fence sometime!!

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  8. One of the members of my book group chose Hillary's book--I can't wait to listen to it!

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  9. I've never tasted cheese curds, but people-watching is my favorite!!!
    We don't have a Scentsy or burn candles so much anymore ...vet said it was possible that our burning candles all the time contributed to Caraleigh's respiratory distress. ANYway, I'm looking for something inviting - but subtle - to use after the first of the year when we put our house on the market.

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    1. That would be awful if I couldn't burn my candles or my Scentsy! You should be okay with an essential oil diffuser. Right now I am smelling the slight scent of peppermint from mine!

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  10. Ah yes, pumpkin is everywhere. Enjoy.

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  11. Hey Paula,
    Happy October! Loved your Favorite September Things post. The state fair sounds so fun. I have incredibly fond memories of the Clearfield County Fair in Pennsylvania that I went to every summer as a kid. And I love cheese curds! I have some in my fridge right now. I have a dogsitting customer who always brings me back cheese curds when he goes to Wisconsin. They are fabulous. I had never had cheese curds before until he introduced me to them. I don't know where to get them here in town. I've never seen them at the grocery store so I really enjoy them when I do get them.

    I love the Fall scents. I have never tried the Bath & Body Works candles. Are they strong? I love Yankee candles and have so often been disappointed by other candles because the scents don't seem to be strong enough.

    I can't wait to read Hillary's book! Or maybe I'll get the audio version. She's coming to Austin for a book signing at great local bookstore and I got the email notice and immediately went to purchase tickets and it was already sold out. Within minutes! I was disappointed for sure but it is just a signing: she's not doing a talk. But I sure would've loved to meet her. You're right: she is such a strong woman and a great role model. I'm still pissed and dismayed that more people didn't go out to vote because this monster who is in the White House now is sending our country backward. The strides that our country had made over the last decade are being turned back at horrifying speeds and EVERY DAY finds me saying What the f*** is happening here??!! Anyway...enough of that!

    Just escape and get lost in your autumn scents...Enjoy.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Michele I always love your responses. They are so chatty and detailed! Yes, I love Yankee candles too. Bath and Body works 'throw' depends on the candle. Usually I can smell them throughout our house. Do you have Audible?? Send me an email, if you do. I think I can send you my copy of What Happened!

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    2. Thanks Paula. I don't have Audible...yet. Been thinking about it though. Did you finish Hillary's book? Have you read Elizabeth Warren's book "This Fight is Our Fight"? It just came out a few months ago. I bought the Kindle version but haven't started it yet. I'm in the middle of reading "Suspect" by Robert Crais. Very good book about and LAPD K-9 officer and his German shepherd.

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  12. We cannot tolerate any fragrance at all. I saw Hillary on TV selling her book, I suppose she had to do something besides speak at events to keep her busy. I wonder how much of her book is truthful ? :)

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