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Today is the day! My favorite season is here! I love the fall season. Maybe it’s because I got married in the fall or that my family loves football and I can finally stop sweating at the Panthers games. Everything just feels and looks better during this season.

I put together a “Top 10” list of what fall means to me. Perhaps you can add to the list…

10. The beauty of the season is in the color palette.
9. Football season is in full swing.
8. Certain things like candy corn don’t taste the same in other seasons.
7. Time to wear our favorite sweaters.
6. Who doesn’t love a cozy fire?
5. There’s a chill and crispness in the air that feels good.
4. We break out favorite recipes.
3. Pumpkins and Mums.
2. Anticipation for the upcoming holiday season.
1. Thanksgiving is simple: it is all about the food, fellowship and football!


Here’s a new recipe I found that we can try together. Let’s see if it’s a keeper!

Pumpkin Alfredo
20 minute prep time; 4 servings
1 lb fettuccine cooked (reserve 1 cup of pasta water)
6 tablespoons butter
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cup half & half
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Cook the pasta according to directions. Cook until al dente
Melt butter over med heat. Stir in garlic and cook for about a minute. Stir in half & half, Parmesan, pumpkin and nutmeg. Stir until heated through and cheese is melted. Stir in reserved pasta water about ¼ cup at a time until you get the desired consistency and it is thick and creamy.
Add the cooked pasta and cook a few minutes until sauce is smooth and pasta is coated in sauce
Divide into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley and more fresh grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
Recipe courtesy of

It’s fall y’all!!



Shelly Henderson
Shelly Henderson
Shelly calls herself a “Charlottean” because her family has been there since her elementary school days. She serves as Henderson Properties’ co-founder, along with her husband Phil, managing the day-to-day operations, social media branding and leadership development. She is proud of her athletic accomplishments in golf both at the collegiate level at Appalachian State and for a short stint on the LPGA Futures Tour. Her different life experiences, both positive and challenging, earned the title to her first book Starting From Scratch. Shelly has a servant’s heart and leads her company with purpose and passion. She is mom to two sons who continue as young adults to make her heart swell.