October Notes

Dearest Homemakers,

Today was the first dewy morning here in south Texas. There was a heavy blanket of moisture on the grass and just a little haze around the neighborhood pond. A couple of ducks swam around to add to the autumn scene.

It was nice to go out on the patio and not feel a hint of heat in the air. I watched Mr. Smith water the garden and flowers. All the summer harvest is gone except for the okra which is plentiful.

The small beds are now planted with onions in one and garlic in the other.


The large bed has tomatoes, broccoli, romaine lettuce, onions, carrots and cabbage. We shall see what all does well in this fall garden.

Mr. Smith and I have been busy dreaming up plans for our next phase in life. The house is emptying fast of children and we hope to leave the city/suburban life behind us.

Inside I have decorated for Fall. I just add a little more each year. This year I tried to add mostly homemade items.


I made a window valance and apron to match for the kitchen. I did a slight modification on the apron so that it would rest on my shoulders instead of hanging around my neck. It’s a work in progress coming up with my favorite pattern but fun as well. I found a cute little farmhouse truck that is carrying pumpkins that goes with the fabric.

I’ve also been having fun with felt lately. I made two garlands, one with fall leaves for the living room and one pumpkin pie garland for the breakfast nook.


I also made cute little hanging pumpkins that celebrate pumpkin spice lattes and I made a simple rag wreath from scraps.


In the kitchen we have welcomed a new iron skillet last week. We have already enjoyed cornbread twice! Once alongside chili and once with a very easy soup.


The soup recipe I got from my paternal grandmother. It’s not homemade or organic but it’s flavorful and works in a pinch:

Joe’s Soup by Marilyn Woods Kent

1 can Rotel

1 can Ranch Style beans

3 cans Condensed Minestrone Soup

3 Soup cans of water

1 lbs. of ground beef

Brown ground beef, drain, add back to stock pot, then add all can ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.  We like to garnish ours with shredded cheddar cheese.

I hear the laundry is ready to be switched, folded and put away, but I pray you are enjoying the fall weather!

Humbly Yours,

Mrs. Smith

Linking to: A Wise Woman Builds Her Home 

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