A Hint of Change

October is here, and even though the weather has not resembled fall, those of us living in Tennessee know that we are soon to see it! Recently, while in a store, I spoke with a lady about fall decorations — I asked her for tips on when to start decorating for Halloween. I told her that with an overwhelming to-do list, I just couldn’t fathom decorating. She gave me the most simplistic advice that makes the most sense. She said, “Just start decorating when you start to feel like it is fall. You don’t have to incorporate everything into your house at once. You can do it slowly.”

I’ve never been one to do things slowly.

When I’m ready to complete a task, it is my soul’s mission to accomplish just that. But with new advice from a stranger, it started to sink in. It’s ironic that this stranger’s statement resonated so well with me, but it did. And honestly, I have been making it a part of my way of life.

I’ve started to think of ways to slowly incorporate things into my life to make me feel like fall.

While the fall season has just begun, it’s never a bad idea to make your house cozy. While at work most of the week, it’s hard to feel like I am making the house a home, but the will to do so is strong. So I’ve started a simple list which has helped make my house cozy without much effort: smell-good candles, eating corn, washing extra throws, looking through family pictures, and trying out my soup recipes. 

Let’s face it: it’s fascinating to see how our senses bring life to our world.

How the warm cotton throw makes your feel complete. How a simple whiff of something can make you freeze in time. I love taking the time to let my son, Orion, smell things. When we are outside I show him how to sniff flowers. When we shop, we go through a whole aisle of candles and soaps, smelling every single one of them.

It’s always my desire to make these senses come to life. Without altering your whole house, soup is a great way to make a home cozy. Below you will find a light recipe that will help your family sink into fall. I hope you enjoy. If you have a soup recipe, or something you do during the transition to fall, please share below!

SWEET POTATO & PARSNIP SOUP, recipe from The Ultimate Soup Bible


1 tablespoon sunflower oil

1 large leek, sliced

2 celery sticks, chopped

1 pound sweet potatoes, diced

8 ounces parsnips, diced

3 3/4 cups vegetable stock

salt and pepper for taste


  1. Heat the oil and cook the leek, celery, and sweet potatoes gently for about five minutes or until browned.
  2. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. 
  3. Enjoy your house feeling warm and your belly full. 

What helps you transition into fall? Share with us by leaving a comment!

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2 Responses to A Hint of Change

  1. Rachel DeAngelis October 10, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    I love this advice! Holiday decorating can be overwhelming, but it’s SUPPOSED to be fun and festive! It makes sense to just do what you feel led to do, and not give in to that obligation to get everything done all at once. And I love that you’ve applied that rule to other areas of your life as well!

    • Nadine Benjamin January 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm #

      Thanks Rachel! Sorry for the delayed response. But, I agree! I hope your holidays were lovely, and your able to stay warm in this cold weather!

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