Happy Tuesday and welcome to the first (long overdue) collection of monthly favorites, the Sweet September edition.

Lake SunsetBack when I conducted my reader survey, I received requests from many of you to periodically publish some of my favorite finds from around the web. Then, I selfishly ran away to France for a month, got distracted by our move to a new city, and the dog ate my homework.

Moving on from my excuses, I’m excited to (finally!) share a few of my latest favorite things with you.

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Every sunset outside of Ben’s parents’ house (they live on a lake outside Milwaukee). The photo above is express from my iPhone #nofilter (for real). For even more lakeside beauty, check out my Instagram feed.

Mighty Maple Peanut Butter from Peanut Butter & Co. A big spoonful + my oatmeal makes for merry mornings.

Essie nail polish in Ruffles and Feathers. If ever I’m truly down day, I treat myself to a new color of nail polish and repaint my toes. It never fails to brighten my mood, is cheaper than therapy, and doesn’t require discussing my childhood.

A Generic College Paper, via McSweeney’s. Hilarious!

The Misto. I finally bought one and am finding every available excuse to use it.

All of these quotes from Julia Child, via Willow (I know it’s way past Julia’s birthday, but I just re-read them, and they are as relevant to me today as they were in August).

These butternut squash pancakes, because I not-so-secretly want everything in my autumn life to be made out of butternut squash.

Made these slow cooker stuffed bell peppers for dinner last week, swapping sorghum (a lovely whole grain) for the couscous. Keeper.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cake. Prized childhood cereal, turned dessert.

For the egg on top.

Any favorites of your own? Feel free to share links in the comments section below. I’d love to see them!