For many years I thought I didn’t like fall, it wasn’t until this year that I realized I actually really like fall, I just don’t like the impending winter feeling that comes with it.
This year I decided to do things differently though and just enjoy the season.
I want to embrace fall and do all the fun fall things.
I thought it would be fun to make a list of all the fun things about fall as well as different things to do to make the most of the season.
I have come up with more than twenty things that I am looking forward to this fall. I am sure I missed a few though, and as they come to my mind I will come back and add them to the list!
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ALL THE BLANKETS, SWEATERS & LAYERS
I love pulling out all the warm clothes in the fall. All the knit things, including sweaters, cardigans and blankets. Cozy socks . . .
The blankets I like to place strategically throughout the house so whenever I get cold I have one close.
Breaking out the candles just feels fall-ish, so why not take it one step further and make your own?!
My mom gave me stuff to make some candles last year for Christmas which I haven’t used yet, this is definitely the season to do so. I plan on adding in some fall-ish essential oils to make them smell perfect for the season.
I like making stove top potpourri and this year I made the perfect fall concoction. It’s a mixture of dehydrated apples, oranges, cinnamon and cloves and it makes the house smell amazing. I’m in the process of figuring out the exact ratio and as soon as I have it I will share it here.
READ FALL BOOKS
Fall and winter are my two favorite reading seasons but if I had to pick a favorite it would absolute be fall.
I love reading books that are a little more moody in this season. Books like mysteries, fantasy and historical fiction are some of my favorites in general, but even more so in autumn.
It may sound extreme but I do think that in order to get the most out of fall one needs to make, smell and drink a good hot cider. And I’m not talking regular, boring apple cider. I’m talking about flavor-filled hot citrus cider. Don’t know what I mean? Check out the recipe here.
GO TO A CORN MAZE
One thing we plan on doing together as a family this fall is going to a corn maze! I took the kids a few years ago and they had a blast. Last year we totally intended to go and then my husband’s grandpa passed away during that time. This year we will definitely be making the corn maze a priority.
HARVEST YOUR GARDEN
Fall is the time to bring in the harvest and figure out how to use some of those easy-to-grow items (I’m looking at you zucchini!).
There is just something about having a campfire on a cool evening, it’s the perfect fall touch! If you can manage to be close to the beach while having the fire it seems all the more fitting.
GO ON A NATURE WALK
I like walking around in the fall and collecting pinecones, acorns and other seeds as well as leaves. It not only gets me out of the house it also gives my walk a purpose.
Prior to picking whatever I will find I will often take a photo of it in its natural environment before taking it home with me. I love getting good close up nature photographs in the fall.
CREATE A FALL TABLESCAPE
Once you’ve gone on your fall walk and collected a variety of things you’ll need a way to display them, creating a center piece for your table may just be the perfect idea.
Or you could use some items from the harvesting of your garden (hello, squash family).
Bread is one of my absolute favorite things to bake. I just love the whole process of it. Unfortunately, since my husband was diagnosed with Celiac disease a number of years ago I don’t bake traditional bread any more but while I haven’t enjoyed making gluten free bread quite as much there is something wonderful about eating fresh homemade bread (gluten free or not).
MAKE A SCARF
To be honest, every year at this time I make a vow that *this year* is the year I will learn to knit and crochet. Try as I might I have yet to master either art but I will continue to try each year!
If you still have some pinecones and berries left over from your nature walk, you could use them to create a fall wreath. Using some plain flexible branches for the base will give it more of a fall look while using pieces of pine branches will give it a little more of a wintry look.
I’m a big fan of homemade hot cocoa and I have the perfect (easy) recipe that can be made with or without dairy so anyone can enjoy it!
Another food that screams fall to me is chili. I started out not liking chili as a kid, learned how to make it myself an adult and tolerated it then I learned how to make it with lentils instead of ground beef and now I actually like it!
VISIT AN ORCHARD
Visiting an orchard is a great autumn activity, bonus points if you get to pick your own apples!
MAKE PASTA SAUCE
One thing I’ve done every fall for the last number of years is make some homemade pasta sauce. I love using as much of the produce from my garden as I can and the smell of it simmering on the stove for hours on end.
If you get the pasta sauce going early enough in the day (something I pretty much never do), you can make a big pot of spaghetti for supper and have some fresh sauce with it!
One tradition we’ve kept over the last few years is to carve pumpkins. We’ve tried to grow our own pumpkins a few times but between our short growing season where we live in Canada and my not-the-greenest-thumb we have yet to yield a big enough pumpkin. So we end up just buying the pumpkins we carve.
My dehydrator has been a fun addition to my kitchen this year and already feel like I am dehydrating all the things and know I will continue to do so even more throughout the fall and winter.
I’ve been dehydrating orange and apple slices for my diy potpourri, different herbs, spinach, watermelon, bananas, raspberries, fruit leather and more that I can’t even remember right now! Because the dehydrator does give off a bit of heat I try to use it on days when the house is on the cool side.
And there you have it, more than 20 ways to enjoy the season changing into autumn! As I think of more great autumn activities I will continue to add to the list.