3 In Nesting


Nesting - fall dining room decor with chalkboard that says "hello gourd-eous", rustic lanterns, pumpkins in basket.

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Nesting on this chilly September Sunday morning.

I’m just gonna say it. Meg Ryan is officially the queen of fall. You know how we coined Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep as the ultimate coastal grandmother? Well Meg Ryan is the queen of fall and I’m here for the Meg Ryan Fall Aesthetic.

Danny Pellegrino on X: "👑Meg Ryan, queen of holding a single pumpkin. 🎃 https://t.co/BvnLGhY0Td" / X


Meg Ryan fall: The TikTok trend is inspired by Meg Ryan's movie style

This week NSYNC officially announced what all fans were secretly hoping for and reunited for a new song. Does this mean that a comeback concert is happening? I saw this thing that said “if your year of birth doesn’t start with a 1, I’m gonna ask that you just sit this one out and allow us to live out our fantasy” and I completely agree!

I used to have a jean skirt just like this and I’m pretty sure it was from the Delia’s catalog. It looks like they are making a comeback. Are the 90’s back???

It’s the start of apple picking season and can I just say apples and brie is one of my favorite combos?

I’ve got an apple and brie recipe coming up next week so stay tuned if that’s your thing!

Speaking of the blog, this is what’s been happening lately:

I shared my recipe for these pie crust cookies with apple pie dip.

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip

I started a new weekly segment called Monday Must Haves. You can see all of last week’s finds here.

These puff pastry egg muffins are a great make ahead idea for week day mornings.

I shared these 13 best movies to get you in the mood for fall.

My picks for these super cute and fun Halloween pajamas for the kids on Amazon.

I also shared my easy homemade pumpkin spice creamer recipe. It’s way healthier than the stuff you buy at the store.

Nesting - how to make homemade pumpkin spice creamer

What I’ve been watching and reading.

Season 5 of Virgin River is back and I’ve already binged the first 10 episodes. There’s more to come right in time for the holidays.

Hidden Pictures – a suspenseful read that I finished in 2 days!!!

Hidden Pictures

Haunting Adeline – this is the first in a two part series and comes with a very strong trigger warning. It’s dark, sensual and graphic.

Haunting Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet Book 1)

Here are some of my favorite finds on the web this week:

This chai zucchini loaf looks incredible doesn’t it?

chai spice zucchini bread sliced on transfer ware platter.

We’ve talked about drying your hydrangeas for fall decor but this hydrangea garland is just beautiful.

I saw this on Instagram and thought it was the cutest way to upgrade a family photo for Halloween.

family photo and painted over bodies with ghosts for spooky Halloween art

This is a fun way to make pizza for a Halloween party.

And last but not least, here is your cue to host a fall bonfire party.


fall bonfire party with s'mores, blankets, and lanterns

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8 In Lifestyle

13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood

13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood. Sitting on couch, watching fall scene in When Harry Met Sally.

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As the leaves start to change and the weather gets a little cooler, it’s the perfect time to curl up in a comfy blanket and have a movie night or afternoon.  There’s no denying that autumn just evokes a certain feeling. I’m sharing 13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood.

Cozy up with a mug of my pumpkin spice hot chocolate (linking the recipe here) and get streaming.

13 movies to put you in a cozy fall mood

You’ve Got Mail – Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” This one is sure to make you feel all the autumn nostalgia especially with Meg Ryan’s cozy wardrobe.

Danny Pellegrino on X: "👑Meg Ryan, queen of holding a single pumpkin. 🎃 https://t.co/BvnLGhY0Td" / X

When Harry Met Sally – Practically every scene contains the golden colors of fall foliage as Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal walk through New York. This movie is a whole autumn aesthetic with the smooth jazz in the background.

Hocus Pocus – this is a family classic featuring the famous Sanderson sisters in Salem, MA.

The Craft – a group of high school girls in Los Angeles form a coven and grow rich with their powers. Ultimately, their powers lead them to suffer some consequences.

The Craft (1996) - IMDb

Practical Magic – 2 sisters and witches (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) live in Massachusetts with their witchy aunts. The scene where they are drinking margaritas at midnight and dancing in the kitchen is my favorite.

Autumn in NY – the title says it all. This one stars Richard Gere and Winona Ryder and is a story about how an older man falls for an younger woman with a chronic illness and their affair lasts the season.

Twilight – Vampires, warewolves, a tale of romance and a darker aesthetic make this a great choice for a rainy afternoon.

Mona Lisa Smile – This one takes place at Wellsley College in the 1950’s, giving some true September back to school feels. This one stars Julia Roberts as the new art history teacher who brings along some progressive ideas that will challenge the girls about feminism.

Harry Potter – the Halloween feast at Hogwart’s with all the floating candles and jack o lanterns will put you in the mood for the Halloween season. Binge the whole series.

Good Will Hunting – Set in Cambridge, MA at an ivy league college, and the famous scene where Matt Damon says “how do you like them apples?” It’s only right to watch this movie as the leaves begin to change and during apple picking season.

12 classic autumn movies you need to watch - UtahValley360


Sleepy Hollow – Whether you’re in the mood for a spooky movie or just to stare at Johnny Depp, this one is about a police officer who is sent to Sleepy Hollow, NY to investigate a string of murders by the Headless Horseman.

Little Women – Between the fireside, snug tweed outfits and the bonds between the four women, this will make you feel all warm and toasty inside.

The Sixth Sense – If you’re in the mood for suspense and a psychological thriller this is a classic. Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who helps Cole, a young boy who can see dead people.

The Village – this one is for lovers of a good thriller. An Amish style community doesn’t dare enter the woods that borders them for fear of “Those we don’t speak of”. But when a young girl becomes ill, the man who loves her takes a risk in hopes of getting her medicine.

If you have a favorite fall movie that’s not on this list, let me know in the comments!!


Must haves for the perfect cozy fall vibe

Monday must haves sherpa pumpkin pillow on amazon black glass candle warmer rabbit fur sandals chunky knit gray blanket glass etched coffee mug with gold spoon

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2 In Amazon/ Lifestyle/ Monday Must Haves

Monday Must Haves

Monday Must Haves - brown nail polish for fall, candle warmer, sherpa pumpkin pillow, vest and soup crock

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Happy Monday!!! And welcome to Monday Must Haves! A new weekly segment where I will share some things that I recently bought and am loving or things that are currently in my Amazon shopping cart.

It’s been in the 90s and muggy here but my finds are all fall inspired!

Monday Must Haves

This nail polish – I love this color for fall! The shade is called “That’s what friends are for.” Have I mentioned before that I think it would cool to have a job where you just come up with names for nail polish colors?


Monday Must Haves 0 brown nail polish by OPI "That's what friends are for"

Vest – This is such a great layering piece for fall or winter. A hooded vest lined with fleece and it’s reversible too! Available in several colors.

monday must haves long sherpa vest

Candle warmer – Not only is the really pretty, but you don’t have to worry about an open flame.  Creates a cozy ambiance on your counters, in your bedroom, on your desk, wherever.


black glass candle warmer

Sherpa pumpkin pillow – these are so soft and plush, and are so cute for decorating your home. Plus my furbaby loves to curl up right in them.


Monday must haves sherpa pumpkin pillow on amazon


These soup crocks – Bring on Souptember or Souptober, whatever you want to call it! These crocks are perfect for chilli, soups, mac and cheese and cozy comfort food. Sharing some of my favorite soups – Crock pot butternut squash,or my chicken noodle soup.


Monday must haves soup crocks for french onion soup


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27 In food/ Recipes

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip

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If you love apple pie or have leftover pie crust, you are going to want to make these easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip!

When I think of fall, I think of going apple picking, helping my mom make an apple pie and then going outside to play in a big pile of leaves while the pie bakes in the oven. This recipe makes me so nostalgic for a simple and cozy fall. I was so honored when the ladies from the Handcrafted Society asked me to join them for this month’s blog hop, all about leaves. I knew exactly what I wanted to do! I think you all will love this recipe as much as I do!

If you are coming from Diane at South House Designs, thank you so much for popping over! I hope you will stay awhile! How pretty was her modge podge decor?

Now scroll on down for my easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip recipe.

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip

Refrigerated pie crust is cut out into leaf shapes and basted with cinnamon and sugar to make a simple yet sweet cookie. Apples, more cinnamon and sugar are cooked until tender in the crock pot to not only make your house smell amazing, but it makes a great dip for your cookies! You can use any dip you like, I also like to do a pumpkin dip (recipe coming soon!) But this apple pie dip is my favorite!

Ingredients: For the apple pie dip

  • 6 medium apples, peeled and cored. (I used pink lady but honeycrisp or granny smith work well too!)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • slab of butter

For the leaf cookies

  • Refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water or milk
  • pinch of cinnamon and sugar


1.) In a crockpot, add the butter, chopped apples, sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir well.

Chopped apples in the crock pot with cinnamon and sugar to make apple pie dip for easy pie crust leaf cookies

2.) Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. 3.) While the apples are cooking, start to prepare the pie crust cookies. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 4.) On a lightly floured surface or on parchment paper, roll out the dough. 5.) Using some cookie cutters or a butter knife, cut out your desired leaf shapes and place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip

6.) Prepare an egg wash by whisking together 1 egg and 1 Tbsp of water or milk. Sprinkle in some cinnamon and sugar.

7.) Using a basting or pastry brush, lightly brush the egg wash mixture onto each cut out cookie.

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip

8.) Place in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip

9.) Scoop the baked apple dip into a bowl and serve with the pie crust cookies. Enjoy!!!

Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip Easy pie crust leaf cookies with apple pie dip


Store cookies in a ziploc bag and the dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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Next head on over to Susan and check out her fall mantel banner using leaves.

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