My Go-To Autumn Hostess Gift

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It has been a glorious autumn weekend here and I have been out enjoying every minute of it.  I went back to work last Monday after being on a 6 week medical leave.  It was hard!!!  Even though I wasn’t feeling great when I was home, I was still home – enjoying puttering around, nesting, blogging, relaxing, and reading. Now that I am back to work – “my time”  is limited.  Since it was so nice my hubby, Ed and I biked about 24 miles on the Perkiomen Trail yesterday.  It runs north of Philadelphia along the Perkiomen Creek.  If Ed were alone he would have made it all the way to Valley Forge, but since I was with him, we didn’t go the entire route.

Trail Bike Riding

It was so nice to get outside and get fresh air in my lungs. My legs were a little wobbly when we got back to the car to load the bikes, but other than that it was a perfect way to spend a beautiful fall day.  This photo is taken pre-helmet head.

Riding My Bike

I took lots of photos along the trail…

Bike Riding on the Perkiomen Trail in PA

And we even made the acquaintance of this cute little kitty.  Isn’t he the perfect autumn colored kitty?  I wanted to put him in my bike basket and take him home, but we figured he belonged to the owners of the house where he was playing.

Fall Kitten

Today brings another aspect of autumn that I love – Football.  Ed is a huge fan and I just love hearing the game on TV – it brings back fond childhood memories being all cozy and snugly waiting for a Sunday dinner or the ultimate cozy holiday- Thanksgiving. We live near the local high school and every Friday night, we can hear the cheers and the band playing at halftime.  We can always tell if the high school is winning by the roar of the crowd. I also love packing the car with tailgating goodies to go to homecoming every year at my husband’s Alma Mater, the US Naval Academy.  To me, Fall would not be the same without football and the partying that goes along with game day.

Football games also bring neighborhood get-togethers and I am going to one this afternoon.  We will be inside a friend’s home this evening. It is a cool crisp day and I am sure their fireplace will be burning, just adding to that perfect autumn ambiance of comfy cozy – the best way to spend an autumn Sunday.  I always like to take something to these get-togethers. My go-to hostess gift is simply placing some mums in a brown paper shopping bag with the sides rolled down filled with some yummy Panera bread, a pretty hand towel or napkins, and a bottle of wine.  Plus, it serves another purpose – the perfect centerpiece for the buffet table.

Falll Hostess Gift Idea
Photo: Southern Living


Now I am off to watch the Eagles beat the Redskins.


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  1. What a gracious guest you are! Also, those were beautiful pictures from your bike ride.

  2. I wish we had a bit of autumn here again. Just when I thought it was cooling off we were hit with an awful heatwave (110 degrees). Yikes!!

    If you like autumn kitties, I have 2 of them at home. :)

    Shasta (a tortoise hair) and Pepsi (a calico). They are sisters and I adopted them from the local shelter 5 years ago.

    Katharine @ Kat’s AlmostPurrfect World

  3. Marilyn Holeman says:

    Lovely shots of the bike ride, and I LOVE your hostess gift! So pretty.

    Glad you’re feeling better!

  4. Love the beautiful bike ride photos. We just moved to a place with lots of bike trails, and I look forward to many walks and bike rides. My dad is a retired football coach, so I know what you mean about fall being football time. It brings back lots of great memories with me as well.

  5. Hey Diane! Love your fall shots, you look great! Glad you are doing so well :)

  6. Diane- Please feel free to drop in for any game. However, expect to hear a LOT of noise from these Packer Fans! You might want to bring a set of ear plugs as my own are all used up.

    I see that you live in PA. I was born and raised up near the NY state border. Beautiful country. We could see seven counties from our house..we sat on top of a mountain. I do miss the mountains and the Susquehanna River. It looks like you had a wonderful bike ride where you were.

    Glad you are well enough to be back at work but I also know how much you must have loved having some home time too. Hope the rest of your Sunday is wonderful- Hugs- Diana GO PACK GO… (ps..we won today-by a measly two points) scary…

  7. Wow Diane, I would love to be your hostess. What a lovely gift. And kudos to you on such an amazing bike ride. I wish I enjoyed outside and nature more often. Happy Sunday, GO CHARGERS!

    1. Hi Lilianna Grace-

      I hope the Chargers won. Eagles lost! I love giving gifts and coming up with practical, uselful, and pretty ideas to give people.
      I love packaging. I probaly should have been a package designer! In my next life.