fall preparation

prepare your home

   Fall accents can brighten and create
welcoming spaces in your home, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. Simply changing throw pillows, adding a soft rug, or painting an accent wall can warm up a whole room. Decorate with beautiful fall leaves or branches with berries you may find around your yard or on walks. Also, it is a good idea to add a few plants indoors to keep the inside air clean during winter. Some great varieties for cleaning air are English ivy, spider plant, Boston fern, and golden pothos. Another very simple way to keep your house and inside air cleaner is to take your shoes off at the door. One can also use an air cleaning solution, made by mixing one teaspoon tea tree oil with one cup of water in a spray bottle, and spritz around the house. This will eradicate any lingering mold in the house.

organize your kitchen and pantry

   Fall is the perfect time to go through your cupboards and pantry to clean out old spices or anything expired. This is the perfect way to ensure that you have all of your essentials for fall baking on hand. It is a also a great time to arrange all of the items that have become mixed and stacked over time, preventing you from a clear understanding of what is
available. For simple, no-fuss storage, use clean, dry, emptied glass jars and add ingredients (such as dried beans and nuts) so everything is convenient and visible. Use a simple piece of masking tape to label contents as needed.  Also, make sure kitchen appliances are clean and in good repair.  Wipe them down and give them a quick test run if necessary.

eating seasonally

   As the cool weather slowly starts to set in, our bodies gradually move from craving cool, crisp foods to warm, indulgent ones. These cozy foods keep our body temperature up, and cycling in different vitamins and nutrients keep our systems strong to ward off sickness that may come our way. The Earth produces what our bodies need seasonally in specific areas. Do your best to eat foods that are grown nearby—as local, seasonal, and fresh as possible. Common fall produce in the U.S. include apples, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, eggplant, fennel, figs, grapes, kale, lettuce, pears, persimmons, potatoes, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tomatillos, and zucchini.

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