cookies and crunchy leaves.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesOver the weekend, I was struck by the sudden urge to bake. This often happens when I’m feeling stressed, very happy, hungry or especially seasonal, as the case was this time. We had just come back from a family trip to the park. It had been a little bit chilly outside. Andy had fired up the grill for a burger and brat lunch. I was drinking a Sam Adams Octoberfest. Football had been on the television all day. I think we all know where I’m going with this…it was the perfect fall day. So I pulled out the ingredients to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod. Yes, I do have ingredients like canned pumpkin, ground cloves and multiple sticks of butter just lying around. And you should, too, if you want to be able to whip up this awesome autumn cookies at a moment’s notice. Madeline got to try her first taste of a chocolate chip, which, curiously, I found her eating around, then picking out of the cookie and setting aside on her tray. I guess she just preferred the delicious, soft, cake-like pumpkin spiced cookie? I’m not gonna hold it against her. She’ll learn. Oh, she’ll learn alright.
             Madeline tasting cookies
           My little taste tester.
First chocolate chip cookie
First chocolate chip cookie- pumpkin spiced.

The recipe yielded so many cookies that I packed up a few plates and dropped them off on our neighbors’ doorstep, while on a late afternoon stroll with Maddie. She spent the walk picking up crunchy leaves, which she presented to Andrew when we got home. Cut from the same cloth, I tell ya. Spreading the joy of fall to all!


Let me know when it’s too much. xoxo

awareness: CFD.

After publishing my last post, my friend Shelby, who is studying to be a PA, sent me a message. She was worried about me. The gist of it was that she thinks I might have CFD. At first I thought, “Who is she to tell me I have CFD? She’s not even a PA yet!” But after watching the below PSA, I realized I couldn’t deny it. She was absolutely right. Somebody get that girl her degree, stat!

My name is Allison Wilhelm and I have CFD. I’m not ashamed to say it. In fact, I’m proud to have Compulsive Fall Disorder.

#iloveautumn #brbgoingouttogetaPSL #hopeisteponacrunchyleaf #butternutsquashsoupfordinnereverynight #pumpkinspiceeverything #wishilivedinanappleorchard #imallergictorawapples #applecrispforall #jackolanternsmakeahouseahome #tistheseaosontobechilly #fall

i’m in an upstate new york in autumn state of mind.

Although temperatures are still rising into the 80s most afternoons, it is officially autumn at the Wilhelms.
our house on Fort BraggWe’ve completed the fall clean-up outside, planted our mums, hung our stellar leaf wreath, put out some straw bales and our mini pumpkins. We’re drinking our PSLs, eating our pumpkin scones and apples dipped in caramel, pinning pumpkin recipes and burning our autumn scents. We’re even wearing long sleeved tees and jeans, which has my neighbor shouting, “THIS ISN’T NEW YORK!”

pumpkins and hay bales

mums in a whiskey barrel
Little does she know, you can take the girl out of Upstate NY in Autumn, but you can’t take the Upstate NY in Autumn out of the girl. Amiright?? I was born and raised for this time of year. Now could someone please point me and my family in the direction of the nearest apple orchard, pumpkin patch and corn maze? NORTH, you say? If only…

Cue Billy Joel’s NY State of Mind and the completely self-absorbed mini-montage below for a taste of what autumn looks like to me.
In an apple tree in Upstate NY
In a pumpkin patch in Colorado
In an apple orchard in Colorado
Andy and I in a corn maze in Georgia