As we all know 2020 has been a very difficult and stressful year to say the least. Since lockdown is still an ongoing restriction in most parts of Ontario. I wanted to do a list of things that I’ve done this Fall to
Visit the Local Pumpkin Patch
What better place to pick a pumpkin than at the pumpkin patch. It is one of the most exciting fall things to do for families because most producers also include other activities, such as hayrides, to enhance the experience. The best time to arrive is 15 minutes before the gates open so as not to have to wait in a long line or arrive too late to pick the best pumpkins.
Carve a Pumpkin
The fun of scooping out pumpkin guts is as good as it gets as far as fall activities are concerned, but you need to pick the right one. These days some producers have removed some of the guesswork by labelling ‘pie pumpkins’ and ‘carving pumpkins’. However you can find the right pumpkin for carving by tapping it and trying to hear a hollow sound, choosing one with a consistent coloring and making sure it sits flat. Once you’ve found the right pumpkin, push your creativity to the limits by carving out different designs from Jack O Lantern to spooky bats. Add candles on the inside and enjoy the sweetness of the light.
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Have you fleshed out your pumpkin? Don’t throw away the seeds! Just toss a cup of whole pumpkin seeds with some olive oil and salt, then place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes and you have the perfect snack for the season.
Go Apple Picking at an Orchard
Visits to orchards are a typical fall thing to do, and there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as heading to the outdoors for some apple-picking fun. Colors can range from dark green to orange, bright pink and even a combination depending on the variety. Plus, each will have different flavor profiles. Be sure to ask the farmer at the orchard to tell you what the characteristics of the different varieties are, then you can decide what to do with them
Get Cozy By a Wood Burning Fire
Autumn is the right time for warmth and relaxation—just imagine yourself in front of a log fire watching the dancing flames while sipping on a glass of wine or warm apple cider, rain outside and your faithful dog sitting beside you. To enhance the experience add some scents to the fire place. For instance, dried apple for a fruity scent, lemon peel for a sweet fragrance, cinnamon sticks or pine cones to bring the spirit of a pine forest to your home.
Complete an Autumn Craft
Looking for fun fall activities to keep the kids busy? Just pick up pine cones, autumn leaves and anything else in nature around you and let your children use their imagination to create anything they desire from gold-plated leaf bookmarks to arty leaf prints. Go to Pinterest and YouTube for plenty of ideas.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
Take a break from your hectic lifestyle and practice a bit of mindfulness to appreciate the simple things in life. And there’s nothing more ideal than choosing homegrown produce offered by farmers themselves at a Farmer’s Market. Going from stall to stall, you become more appreciative of the produce that comes from the good earth.
Have a Scary Movie Marathon
Nothing says Halloween more than indoor fall activities, and a scary movie marathon may be just the thing to take your mind of real-life scary problems knocking at your door.
Go Hiking at National Park
Find a sunny fall day for a road trip to a national park. Enjoy the golden colors of the countryside and mountain air. Pack a picnic hamper and don’t forget your camera because you’re bound to see some Instagram-worthy natural wonders.
Burn Fall Candles
There’s nothing to inspire feelings of contentedness than candles releasing scents of apples, pumpkins, cinnamon, amber and spice around the house.
These are just a few things I’ve done in the last few weeks to fully enjoy Fall well it lasts! Let me know what fall activities you lovelies have been doing this fall!
Thanks for all the support, as always!
Remember to always follow your passion! xx