linda’s pumpkin dip & fall decor

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LindasPumpkinDipAndFallDecorFunny story… this morning I wrote about how I had a crazy packed day and that I came to a peaceful acceptance of this fact. Well, it seems like the moment that I welcomed the busy-ness… it all faded away. A few appointments and consulting sessions got rescheduled, and suddenly my day is far more open than expected.

The second part of the passage I shared mentions that if you surrender to what you have, “more will rush your way.” Perhaps my acceptance of being busy actually allowed things to open up?

Or maybe I’m looking into it too deeply? Either way, I’ll take it.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. I’ve been tweaking things a bit in our living room to honor my favorite season: fall.

(Sidenote: Over the years, I have noticed people usually love their birthday season the most. So considering that my birthday coming up in October, I feel like it is inevitable that I should love autumn.)

Anyways, here’s what I’ve changed:

The pillows. Since I went neutral in the living room, it is pretty easy to adjust the room for the seasons. I swapped out the coral pillow for an old orange pillow cover along with a grey textured one that I use in the winter, too.


If you can ignore the dozens of cords snaking down the wall, you’ll see that the plaid blankets, pumpkin, and owl add a little fall to the bookshelf.


I kept things simple on the fireplace mantle by pairing an old grapevine pumpkin with a mini pumpkin.


And of course, the fall wouldn’t be complete with out my mom’s trusty pumpkin dips.

Healthy or unhealthy, you have a pumpkin dip to suit your needs.


  • One 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg will work in a pinch)
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • Gingerbread men or graham crackers
  1. Thaw cool whip. Mix pumpkin, dry vanilla pudding mix, and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Fold in thawed cool whip and serve.


  • 4 C confectioners sugar
  • 16 oz canned pumpkin
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Gingerbread men or graham crackers
  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.



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  1. That pumpkin dip sounds amazing. I’m having a dessert social (makes it sound like it’s 1910) at my place Friday evening and I think this pumpkin dip will need to make an apperance.

  2. Nikki

    What a coincidence! I went looking for these dip recipes on your website this past weekend and made the healthy version (with a tiny bit of cream cheese added in! I couldn’t resist.) on Saturday. It was so good!

    1. That’s awesome to hear! I think the cream cheese adds a lot to the dish, so I heartily agree!

  3. Gillian

    I love this post! I’m a Libra and October is my absolute favorite time of the year–autumn decor, pumpkin treats, and Halloween!

      1. Gillian

        The 16th… no wonder you seem like a kindred spirit. 🙂

  4. chantelle

    Jess, do you buy new pillow covers to switch out each season? I want to update the ones on my couch and in the bedroom, but buy more pillows gives me anxiety. I already don’t know where to store the ones I have, and I’m a neat freak.

    1. I love buying pillow *covers* because they are inter-changeable and don’t leave me with closets full of pillow inserts.

      I don’t usually go out to get holiday specific ones, but over the years items like the gray and orange one have come into my life and now I rotate them depending on when they look best. However, I don’t really change up the one’s in the bedrooms (although… I am thinking about using the living room coral pillow in the writing room just to change it up…).

      And if I don’t like one anymore, I’m quick to donate it rather than let them stockpile in any closets unnecessarily.

  5. jillian

    YUM!! i want that dip! i love that you posted two versions too 🙂 AND i love the way you decorate for the holidays…little touches but not overwhelmingly kitchy. you have inspired me to pick up a few mini pumpkins 🙂 xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate the compliment on the decor, particularly. I do try to keep things relevant to the season without crossing the kitchy line.

      I suppose the owl might kinda be borderline, but he was something I had from a few years back (during an owl decor trend) and decided to keep as a holiday item rather than use him year round or exfoliate him.

      Enjoy your mini pumpkins! Those are my favorite decor item of all!

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