All Things Fall (Cozy, Warming, Delicious) | Fresh Fridays, October 14

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It really, really feels like fall here in Colorado. The leaves are falling, the mornings are crisp, afternoons warmup and the evenings chill down; for what I call — fabulous sleeping weather! Ahhh, I sleep so much better when I am cozy, but it’s chilly in the house.

What better way to greet the middle of October (already?!?!?), than with some of my favorite cozy, warming and delicious fall recipes!

Fresh Fridays Logo new 2022.

I started this week at the hospital, where my sweet Momma had hip replacement surgery. She did amazing! Home the same night, seriously!! They sawed a bone out, put in a replacement and hours later she’s walking up stairs! Unbelievable!

Your prayers would be appreciated as she’s navigates her recovery — good days and harder days! Read to the end for a fun picture.

What’s Cooking in my Kitchen

New this week are a couple new recipes you are going to love!

Cold Buster Tea

First up is a recipe I’ve been making for years and have finally made the time to photograph and get it on the blog. It’s so great for what ails you, brings soothing, warm comfort to a sore throat. It’s a copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea recipe, from the secret menu — that’s not so secret anymore.

Starbucks Copycat Medicine Ball tea in a pretty ceramic mug with a wheel of lemon.

Apple Cider Bourbon Smash

We’ve got a little theme going here, warm, soothing fluids! This one has a bit of a kick from the bourbon, but oh so delicious. A quick and easy fall cocktail made with apple cider, oranges, apple butter, bourbon vanilla extract and balsamic vinegar! Don’t knock it.

Great for game day parties, fall parties or to grace your Thanksgiving dinner.

Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail in pretty glass with garnish of apple, orange and rosemary.

Broccoli au Gratin

Not just for Thanksgiving, this broccoli au gratin is quick and easy and a great way to get kids to eat their broccoli! This kid thinks it’s the best! 😉

Be sure to bookmark or print the recipe for Thanksgiving, you will be the hit of your celebration!

Broccoli au gratin recipe in gratin dish with fork.

My favorite fall recipes

In the fall these recipes are often on repeat in our house. Cozy, warm and inviting aromas waft through our home.

Six different warm and comforting fall recipes from The Fresh Cooky.

Our Fall Favorites

Reader Testimonials

Thank you to all of you who take the time to write comments, not only do your kind words make my day, BUT it really helps my blog authority on that big wide, world web!

I don’t think I’ve ever left a review on a recipe blog before, but I’m just not over how good these cookies are yet. I made these pink sugar cookies last Sunday, and they were SUCH A HIT! Everyone who tried them was obsessed, and I’m making them again today with a fun Halloween theme. These are 10x better than the crumbl cookie, and I’ll be making these again and again!!!
~ Taralynn
I made this recipe tonight and I asked my husband thumbs up or thumbs down. He said a way 2 thumbs up! We really liked it.

As promised a picture of me and my beautiful mom, just post surgery!

My mom and me after her hip surgery.

Weekly Inspiration

FUN FACT | I used to work for MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers); as a contractor I helped them develop their product line and would travel to conferences and set up their bookstores. This inspiration is from Elisa Morgan (former MOPS CEO) from the Our Daily Bread Devotional, October 10th.

“A study by psychologist Robert Emmons divided volunteers into three groups that each made weekly entries in journals. One group wrote five things they were grateful for. One described five daily hassles. And a control group listed five events that had impacted them in a small way. The results of the study revealed that those in the gratitude group felt better about their lives overall, were more optimistic about the future, and reported fewer health problems.

Giving thanks has a way of changing the way we look at life. Thanksgiving can even make us happier.

The Bible has long extolled the benefits of giving thanks to God, as doing so reminds us of His character. The Psalms repeatedly call God’s people to give Him thanks because “the Lord is good and his love endures forever” (Psalm 100:5) and to thank Him for His unfailing love and wonderful deeds (107:8, 15, 21, 31).

As the apostle Paul closed his letter to the Philippians—the letter itself a kind of thank-you note to a church that had supported him—he linked thankful prayers with the peace of God “which transcends all understanding” (4:7). When we focus on God and His goodness, we find that we can pray without anxiety, in every situation, with thanksgiving. Giving thanks brings us a peace that uniquely guards our hearts and minds and changes the way we look at life. A heart full of gratitude nurtures a spirit of joy.”

By:  Elisa Morgan

May you have a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving this week, this is something my husband and I are intentionally working on each and every day! And daily, I thank the Lord for each and every one of YOU!

With love and an increasingly grateful heart,

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About Kathleen Pope

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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  1. Reading your weekly newsletter has become one of my favorite things about Fridays, and I always look forward to your new recipes and encouraging words. Thank you for all of your amazing work to share these wonderful meals, ideas, photos and stories. I’ll be praying for your sweet mom’s perfect recovery.

  2. Prayers for your mom as she recovers from surgery. There are sunny days on the horizon. I read your blog as much for the inspiration as the recipes. Both warm my soul.