There was a chill in the air last night. As I set out for a run outside, I quickly swapped out my tank top for a thicker running shirt and was glad I did. Fall will be here before we know it!
As much as I would love to bask in summer weather and weekends by the water all year long, there is something about the fall season that takes over my heart. Ever since we moved up to Michigan, fall has become my favorite time of year for several reasons.
It’s cold enough to bundle up with a sweatshirt and accessories like scarves, hats, and boots, but warm enough to leave the winter coats at home. I love the autumn hues in the trees, and can’t ever get my fill on hot apple cider and donuts. Running becomes something I look forward to, and I have to actually try to break a sweat. It’s chilly enough to crack the windows and shut off the air conditioning. And, last but certainly not least, we finally get to break out the fall inspired scents and flavors. Hello, pumpkin everything!
• roast pumpkin seeds
I roasted a batch of pumpkin seeds last year, but I don’t think I ever posted a picture or blogged about it. I’m pretty sure it’s because I did a great job burning them and then banned myself from the kitchen.
Don’t you just love roasted pumpkin seeds? If you ask me, it’s the best part about carving pumpkins. I’m looking forward to roasting and (hopefully) sharing variations of roasted pumpkin seeds on the blog this year!
• go apple picking
I finally went apple picking for the first time last year. It was neat to be able to go in and pick exactly what kind of apples I wanted right from the trees they grow on. Talk about fresh!
The mill we went to last year had everything a fall-loving girl could ask for including hot apple cider and donuts, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and even a corn maze! We’ll be back this year. No doubt.
• clean out all of the closets, one room at a time
Gah, isn’t this one that could be on everyone’s fall or spring time to-do list? We’ve already tackled the master bedroom, but there needs to be some serious organization and purging done to the rest of the closets in the house now. My goal is for us to hit one every other weekend!
• make hot apple cider
I’ve already enjoyed my first hot apple cider of the season, but I’d love to actually spice and make my own!
My mom was in town for Thanksgiving last year and pulled out the crockpot to heat up and spice cider we brought home from the cider mill. I’m thinking this needs to become a regular occurrence around here!
• have a scary movie marathon
I am a sucker for movies, especially when it’s chilly out. This will only solidify my grandma status, but one of my favorite things to do after a long or cold day outside is to change into sweats, bundle up in a blanket, and watch movies with a hot beverage. I also love scary movies. It’s hard for me to tear myself away from movie marathons when they appear back-to-back on television in the week leading up to Halloween. Who’s down for movies and popcorn?
• visit a haunted house
I hate to love haunted houses.
I hate them because I’m not a fan of being scared or jumped at, but I love them because I enjoy getting into the fall and Halloween holiday with a trip to haunted houses. I can’t ever be the one leading the group into the house, I have to hold onto someone the entire time, and I rush through as fast as I possibly can, but yet… I still continue to go to them.
One of the first things Scott and I did after we moved up to the Detroit area was visit one of the scariest haunted houses in America. We’ve also been to HalloWeekends at Cedar Point, and we have tickets to go again next weekend! I’m sure it will be interesting…
• try painting with a twist
There’s just something about the season of fall that brings out the crafty side of people. My biggest guess is the anticipation of the arrival of the holidays. Nobody has time for many DIY projects closer to the end of the year, so fall is the perfect time to make a new wreath for the front door or construct a new centerpiece for the kitchen counter.
This year I’m dying to finally try Painting with a Twist. Is there some kind of watercolor and wine inspired outing near you?
• make a new recipe with squash and/or pumpkin
It’s no secret that I’m a lover of all things pumpkin. This year, I’m hoping to master a few new recipes in the pumpkin and squash categories. Well, technically, pumpkins are squashes, but you get what I’m saying.
My favorites always include soup and baked goods!
• try a new fitness class
I’ve been stuck in my running and workouts at the gym routine for a while now. I miss taking barre and yoga classes, and I have wanted to get back to discovering new types of fitness classes in my area. There’s finally an Orange Theory Fitness near us! I think it’s time to test it out and see what all of the (orange) fuss is about.
• decorate a pumpkin
Whether it’s carving or decorating, I always try to do some kind of fall pumpkin-ing.
We carved one last year, but it turned into a fail that only lasted a couple of days before I had to get rid of it. I think it’s time to make a solid effort!
Thanks for popping in to read about some of my favorite things about fall. I’ll see you later this afternoon!
Questions of the Morning
• Is the weather starting to cool off around you?
• What are some things on your to-do list this fall?