Having lived in Arizona for twelve years, I happen to be the kind of girl who knows her way around a margarita. I’m a margarita purist who knows that unless it includes tequila, orange liqueur and lime, it’s not a real margarita. There are, of course, countless ways to add personality and seasonal flavors to margaritas and my mixologist-inclined husband is a pro at doing just that. Cocktail concoctions are his specialty but when it comes to his margarita creations, this one reigns supreme as my personal favorite. Each sip of this drink brings together all the best flavors of fall. Like most of his margarita recipes, this one is relatively strong (mostly because we both appreciate stiff drinks) but can easily be toned down with the addition of extra lime juice and simple syrup. Whether you enjoy your drinks kicked up or kicked back a notch, I implore you to make this harvest spice margarita before September ends. I bet you ten bucks that you’ll want to drink it through November — best to start now.

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BBQ chicken stuffed sweet potato casserole

What’s your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes? When I was young, I think we only ate sweet potatoes once each year. Every Thanksgiving we’d dump the canned variety into a casserole dish, sprinkle them with brown sugar, top them with mini marshmallows and pop the whole thing in the oven. Pretty much anything topped with melted marshmallows is good but now that I’ve learned my way around the kitchen, I’ve learned that sweet potatoes are far more versatile.¬†One of my favorite ways to eat them is baked and stuffed with shredded BBQ chicken. The baking of the potatoes can be a lengthy process, though, so I recently developed an Instant Pot version of one of my favorite meals and I’m sharing it with you today. This BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato Casserole is a hearty comfort food dinner that’s perfect for fall, or any season of the year, really. It combines tangy pulled BBQ chicken with tender sweet potato bites and savory melted cheese. This is a quick and simple meal that you can easily have on the table in under an hour.

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Fall decor ideas | How to decorate for fall with neutral colors

Some people count down the days until summer. And others wait wistfully for spring with its gardening and fresh blooms. I’m a fall girl, myself. The crisp autumn air breathes life into my soul like nothing else can. It brings cozy sweaters and colorful leaves and warm baking spices — all my favorite things. Of course, I can’t let so glorious a season pass without ensuring that my home is decked out accordingly. Even more than I love decorating for Christmas, I love dreaming up the best fall decor ideas and creating cozy corners all through the house. The best thing about fall decor is that it’s ridiculously easy to do. Faux pumpkins, chunky blankets and cute pillows go so far in making any space reflect all the best parts of autumn. I waited as long as I possibly could to implement my fall decor ideas and today, my friend, I’m so excited to take you on a fall home tour of my modern farmhouse-style home.Fall decor ideas | How to decorate for fall with neutral colors

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