Fresh Fridays, September 25

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Good morning, dear friends and welcome back to Fresh Fridays!

And just like that, we slip from summer into fall; are the leaves changing where you live? The trees are starting to change here in Colorado, after our first snow (yes, snow) a few weeks ago, we are right back up in the 80’s and low 90’s. I admit I am ready for the slower, cooler weather of autumn, and to decorate with the warm, natural colors of fall.

fall table scapes, three images using natural and organic items to decorate for fall

Crisp weather re-energizes me; I tend to walk a little faster, look up and around instead of at the ground, and it drives my desire to make cozy, slow-cooked comforting recipes.

Charlie Brown Quote, learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

It’s been a hard week for our family, a dear friend brightened heaven with his presence this week. Our families have been in a small group since our kids were little, intertwined in one another’s lives. Grief is so crazy, everyone does it differently, there is no right or wrong way to grieve, but it is so important to grieve.

Admittedly, sometimes I stumble when I love, but as you probably know, my love language is food and so I naturally gravitate towards making a warm meal and delivering it with a hug, tears, love and oodles of prayer.

I made a large and quick batch of my Easy Chicken Noodle Soup, and because of time constraints I bought some Cheesecake Factory Rolls (have you had them? Oh my!), but if I had time, I would have made either this warm Russian Black Bread or these Copycat Cheesecake Factory Rolls.

Believe it or not, I have been recipe testing holiday recipes for the past month! Holiday recipes, gift ideas, decor, and DIY have been trending since August! Uncharacteristically early — hmm might have something to do with this crazy year we’re experiencing.

This week, I have a brand new recipe for you; I think you are going to love it and it’s not only for the holidays, make a half recipe and serve as a side dish anytime!

What is a Cheesy Potato Casserole? Only the best potato side dish on the planet, okay maybe I’m exaggerating, maybe I’m not, up to you to decide. Find out what I did to make these different…better! Just follow the link above or below.

These are my FAVORITE baking casserole dishes, it comes with two bakers; they clean and bake beautifully!

I’ve also been doing a bit more baking lately, like my favorite Banana Bread, these simple, but game-changing Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats and another Pumpkin Spice Honey Bun Cake! Drool!

That’s about it, I hope you like my new email format, I’d love for you to comment below and tell me what you love about fall and your favorite comfort foods.

Oh and I am thrilled to announce the “grand opening” of my Amazon Shop!! Pop over and browse through my favorite kitchen tools, small appliances, cookbooks, gift ideas and more! Never at any cost to you!

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As always, I am honored you allow me in your inbox each week! Take care and God bless you!

signature, Love, Kathleen
Kathleen Pope, The Fresh Cooky.

About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

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. Sending a hug and love your way Kathleen! It’s never easy to lose those we love.💗

    Loving the new email and Amazon shop ~ you always give me goals!

    Fall arrived in full force this year in the PNW and we’ve had rain, rain, rain so I haven’t really observed if the colors are changing yet! It does typically get very beautiful here.