Pam-perings: The October Edition

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭73:26‬ ‭

Without reservation, October is my favorite month of the year!  We welcome a refreshing break in temps, the colors transform into natural hues of umber, sienna, and ochre, and lastly…it’s the month I was born!  In the words of Anne of Green Gables “I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”.         We, along with the pumpkins, mums, and asparagus ferns, welcome you to our kitchen porch! The stack of pumpkins sit on a vintage churn found at a junk store years ago and the crotons fill a small wooden wheelbarrow…making this space one of my October favorites! I love sweet potatoes.  You can bake ’em, roast ’em, fry ’em…you can even casserole ’em…any way you can think of!  But my very favorite is sweet potato cobbler.  On my birthday my Mother would always make my favorite dessert which was Sweet Potato Cobbler or Hummingbird Cake…but I usually didn’t have to choose…she made both!  Last weekend I made the cobbler for myself!Since I have basically retired from decorating and designing, I often travel with Butch across the Southeast on his business trips!  We were in Kentucky on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Riding shotgun with him, talking, listening to music, and taking in the scenery is at the top of my list! During cooler months, most days I enjoy an afternoon snack…or as I call it a pick-me-up!  It’s something I always look forward to!  My favorite is an espresso and one square of dark chocolate.  It is hard to limit myself to only one square, but most of the time (wink) I succeed!   I realize that Halloween hasn’t even arrived but everyone seems to get a jump on Christmas.  Every year I am excited when I receive the annual “Christmas with Southern Living” in my mailbox.  This tradition started with my Mother over 30 years ago.  I have her collection and I keep adding to it yearly.  The book is full of holiday inspiration – party menus, decorating ideas, and mouth-watering recipes.  This year, I received my book early and I pulled it out this past week!  I love thumbing through all the old editions and once again, read the recipes and ideas from many years ago!  The collection brings back many wonderful memories!

What do you love most about October?  Is there a favorite memory?  I love hearing from you and read every comment!

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  1. Kim says:

    Beautiful kitchen porch and what a wonderful welcome home! My favorite thing about October is a relief from our heat…a close second is all the fall baking. Are you going to share that sweet potato cobbler recipe, or do I need to come sneak it away from you? If looks and sounds divine! It really amazes me how similar our lives are, Pam. I travel with my husband on business trips, too. It’s nice to be with your best friend every day – a big bonus with marriage.

    I stopped taking the SL Christmas books a few years ago…the shelf was full. And, there’s so much inspiration in my old editions that I look back through them occasionally, and I’m inspired all over again!

    • Kim, our lives are very similar. Unfortunately, I don’t have my Mother’s recipe for the cobbler. So much of her delicious food was prepared without recipes. I made it as close as I could remember. I should have paid closer attention. But, I thought I had plenty of time. I love looking through the old SL editions and I see things I don’t remember seeing before…makes it feel new! Nothing like spending time with my husband! Blessings for your Thursday!

  2. Judy says:

    I am a fairly new subscriber to your blog and love seeing all you do. Love the porch. Your scripture references are always uplifting and such a blessing.

  3. Lindsey says:

    I love October as well, It’s uplifting and refreshing. Your photos are gorgeous, especially the chocolate and espresso. (Wink!) Visiting from Saturday Sparks.

  4. Your entrance is so welcoming Pam, I believe there’s no such thing as too many pumpkins! Looking forward to that chocolate square would definitely keep me motivated! I love the Southern Living books, what a treat and great way to pamper yourself!

  5. Rhonda says:

    There are two things I really love about fall… pumpkin and sweet potato anything! 🙂 Your cobbler sounds and looks so yummy! I’ve had sweet potato casseroles and pone, but never cobbler. Will have to try one! Your porch looks lovely! …and Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your travels! ~Rhonda

  6. Dawna says:

    Love your porchway lined with pumpkins! and those leaf dishes are great for the autumn season. Stopping if from Show and Share and hope you will visit the country as well. Take care

  7. There was so much to see in your post! I love your Fall entry and the Sweet Potato Cobbler. I am a huge fan of Southern Living…but I do not get the Christmas books. Looking at yours, I may start! Thank you for all the inspiration and I hope we see you again tonight at for the Friday Favorites Link Party!! Hugs- Christine

  8. Jann Olson says:

    I love sweet potatoes, but have never had sweet potato cobbler. Sounds yummy! I love thumbing through Christmas books and getting inspiration. I am excited to start decorating, but will wait a few weeks longer. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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