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Photo by Matt Duncan

I feel as if I blinked and somehow September turned into November and now the Holidays are upon us. The pressures of deadlines- work, gifts, events are starting to mount and I can feel the pace picking up as we move towards the end of the year.

But despite the sprint ahead, I am really looking forward to enjoying the upcoming festivities and can't wait to fully celebrate Thanksgiving & Christmas this year. It is always tempting to get a head start on decorating but I like to fully celebrate and decorate for each season so will wait until Black Friday to officially welcome in Christmas.

As I sifted through photos on my phone, I realized just how quickly the seasons come and go. Life lately has been simultaneously uneventful yet eventful this past month or so. Food (as always) was a big theme.

Welcomed in fall with pumpkins & gourds and swapped out what was left of summer flowers for some seasonal mums. I love how the deep ruby color plays off of the black planters.

Baking season commenced and cookies were made and wrapped up for friends to enjoy. I always like to wrap up treats with some type of seasonal greenery and these pretty goldenrods were cut from the side of the road and tied up with parchment paper & twine.

And of course it's not Halloween without a haunted house visit.

Morning walk views. The water was so glassy and the trees just starting to show off.

Finally got back to one of my favorite tiny NYC neighborhood restaurants for the first time since before the pandemic and it was incredible. A celebration that required chocolate soufflé.

A quick weekend stop in D.C. and Northern Virginia. Two of my favorite monuments that never get old- especially on a perfectly warm and sunny day.

Tried out a new speakeasy in Old Town and have since become obsessed with the idea of engraving my own ice cubes.

Had way to many delicious dishes at Ada's and left dreaming of the tuna tartare and steak.

Love a good Georgetown gas lantern and porch situation.

My $14 orchid from Trader Joes. I don't often go because of the crazy long lines, but when I do the orchids are a must.

Back Upstate and did a little Saturday browsing. Loved all of these beautiful gin bottles I have never seen before. Would be a great bar cart addition.

Found many treasures but both the iron horse heads and the monkey oil painting were calling to me. Let's see if they are still there when I go back.

A decadent Saturday night cooking adventure: re-creating the steak inspired by Ada's.

Decided to really just go for it and end the night with a bang with the Double Chocolate Mocha Pudding Pie from Half Baked Harvest. Have been testing out several new desserts and this was a win.

Found more incredible flowers at Trader Joes and was inspired to make a darker November arrangement- will post the full details here soon.

And that's a wrap!

Beautiful weather, fun escapes, pretty flowers, interesting finds and way too much food.

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