Happy First Day of Autumn!

Y’all, I’m so excited! Today is the first day of autumn. Here in Kansas, this season means crisp temperatures, sunsets painted of pinks and oranges, vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow leaves, and more time spent outdoors. As I stepped outside last night, I breathed in deeply. It’s that unmistakable autumn smell of someone burning leaves. I praise the Lord for His amazing gift of seasons. “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons … ” (Daniel 2:19-20).

I’m deep in editing my new book. I am grateful for your prayers as I press toward the end. God has been abundantly gracious to me during this busy season!

With autumn also comes cozy times of baking. Why not spend one-on-one time with a little and bake chocolate chip cookies together?


The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yields: 20-22 cookies

3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°. Beat room temperature butter for 1 min. Then add brown sugar and cream with butter until light and fluffy. Then add milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl and then mix into butter-sugar mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 7-12 minutes until the desired doneness. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing to cooling racks. Enjoy!

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to
divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for
seasons, and for days, and years.”
Genesis 1:14

35 thoughts on “Happy First Day of Autumn!”

      1. I was going to comment on these too! So, thank you so much for sharing. Did Anna Marie make them? I love the print – really cute!


  1. Oh how I miss Kansas autumns! Here in southern Arkansas, we have more pine trees and not as much variety in color. And as far as temperatures go, it’s not unusual to have the windows up during Christmas dinner. We do get our share of cozy weather, it just doesn’t last as long.

    1. Then you must have lived in Kansas for a while. How long? How many years away? For several years, we were on the road in the fall, and we missed this part of Kansas’ seasons.

  2. Happy 1st Day of Autumn to your family! This has got to be my favorite time of year!

    So glad to hear an update on your book! It is highly anticipated in our house!

    Yum! Those cookies sound amazing! And having an adorable assistant is always the best! I might just have to round up my little sister for a cookie mission!

  3. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Now that it’s getting cooler where I am (Pennsylvania), I’ve been wanting to bake cookies, and I love trying recipes that people are really excited about 🙂 “The best chocolate chip cookie” certainly sounds like a solid recommendation to me!

  4. We have used your recipe here for quite sometime now, since we read the Moody book that it is in. Can’t remember which one now. We’ve never frozen any though. Gonna definitely do that.

    Cute cute cute matching aprons!! Love those.

    We spent 2 1/2 years in the Kansas City area. Coming from the heat here in Texas I absolutely Loved!! the Midwest! Wish I could have brought the weather with me when we came back home.

    Thanks for the cute post

    1. We so enjoy having frozen cookie dough balls available. When our house was being roofed, I took a dozen and baked them up for the roofers. When we had Melanie and her children over for dinner a night Nathan worked late, I baked some up for dessert. I wish we had known you when you lived in Kansas City and we could have met each other!

  5. Rescipe sounds delicious!
    Definitely going to have a go at making them with the family.
    Thank you.
    Yes the autumn days can be lovely, a little cooler and just pleasant!
    Although raining hard this morning in the U.K.!
    Sending our love to you all

    1. I hope it’s okay if I chime in: I have had good luck subbing oil (olive or coconut) for butter/margarine in cookie recipes (when I’ve been out of butter!), but oil will make the cookies crispier/crunchier. Because I prefer a chewy cookie, I usually stick with butter, but if you like crispy cookies it should work fine.

  6. I just wanted to thank you all. I get so much pleasure from reading your articles and blog posts.
    For the last 4 years I have been wheelchair bound and rarely leave home.
    I miss Christian fellowship. Bible study and prayer I can do at home, but your blog fills my need for fellowship with other Christian women.
    This is the first time I have posted a message, but I’ve been reading and feeding my soul here for a while.
    Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Hi Mel, so happy you posted, and even happier that we could fill a need in your life. I am sure it would be very difficult to be wheelchair bound and have so much less ability to get out.

  7. Isn’t fall a wonderful time of year? I enjoy your family blog so much. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me.

  8. Happy fall! It is my favorite season, right now though we are still dealing with 90 degree temperatures. It should cool down soon.

    I can’t wait for Sarah’s book to come out!

  9. Lucky y’all with the autumn weather. In la it’s still almost 90 degrees sometimes. Feels more like July than October lol.

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