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Good morning friends! Summer is “unofficially” over and Fall is upon us. The first day of Fall is actually September 22 but I think for most people once school starts and pumpkin spiced latte shows up at Starbuck’s it is Fall, no matter what the calendar says.
The weather here is changing, there is a nip in the air and I am wearing a sweatshirt on my morning walk. I am looking forward to pulling out my cashmere sweaters, my plaid throws and ticking things off of my “Fall Bucket List.” I know that summer is the favorite season for many but for me it is Fall. I love everything about it, the food, the weather, the harvest, the clothes, adventures and even daylight savings. I am ready to nest and settle in for the next few months.
Today I thought I would share 13 Fall Activities to add to your bucket list this year.
1.Go Apple Picking
Find a “you pick” orchard near you and make a day of it, then come home and make caramel apples or your favorite family apple pie recipe.
2. Go Leaf Peeping
Take a walk and enjoy not only the beautiful colors but the crunchy sound of the leaves under your feet.
3.Visit the pumpkin patch
Load up a wagon with some “baby boo” white pumpkins, pale green or orange Cinderella pumpkins some gourds and more. Decorate the house inside and out and don’t forget to get a carving pumpkin to make yourself a jack o’lantern.
4. Make Something with Fall’s Harvest
Soups made with pumpkin, squash and other vegetables from your garden or local farmers market are one of best Fall activities to do with your children or grandchildren. You can make a day of it by ticking a few items off your Fall bucket list, picking apples, pumpkins and more to bring home and spend a day in the kitchen.
5. Enjoy a Bath By Candlelight
I love the soft glow of candles on a dark day, especially if they smell like pumpkin spice, or cloves. Adding candles to your house not only brings a little light during the long Fall and winter but they also add a little ambiance to your bath. Get yourself a few candles, a book, some bubble bath or bath salts and you are ready for a relaxing respite from the day. I make my own bath salts, using this recipe, and the best part is that you can make a huge batch and then use some for homemade Christmas gifts for friends and family.
6.Make a New Fall Drink
I personally do not drink coffee so PSL is not one of my Fall drinks but I love adding the spices of Fall to my morning hot chocolate or afternoon tea. Cinnamon and cayenne in my morning chocolate, hot apple cider or even tea with cinnamon, nutmeg. There are all sorts of drinks to try this Fall, if you are looking for a few check out this post.
7. Plan a Fall Picnic
Summer is traditionally the time to celebrate with picnics but what could be more fun then loading up the picnic basket with a cosy throw blanket,a thermos of warm cider or hot chocolate, some pumpkin cookies or even the fixings for s’mores and watching the seasonal color drop from the trees?
8. Give your house a “Fall Makeover”
Start at the front door for a little curb appeal, add a few mums, some of the pumpkins that you found at the patch, a new door mat, add a wreath and you are ready for all of the guest that come for a warm meal on a cool day. Inside add cosy throws to a basket so that you are warm while watching tv, flannel sheets and your down comforter to the beds and don’t forget your favorite Fall candles.
9. Visit a Fall fair or Farmers Market
A beautiful Fall afternoon spent wandering the farmer’s market and buying sunflowers, mums, pumpkins and homemade treats is always a good idea.
10. Bake Halloween Cookies
Get out the sprinkles, frosting and of course the cookies and enjoy a day of fun with the kids, grandkids of just the “young and heart.”
11. Host a Bonfire or a night around the fire pit.
Invite friends and family to relax and enjoy music, great conversation, rooting marshmallows, weenies and a hot drink.
12. Have a chili contest.
Everyone has a bit of competitive spirit in them so pull out your favorite chili recipe and cook up a pot, invite your friends to do the same and then have a contest to see who created the best batch.
13. Make a gratitude list.
Give thanks for your family, friends, health, home or whatever else you are thankful for.
These are just a few of the things that I have on my fall bucket list, what is on your list this year?