Fall Bucket List
Hello, my dear readers,
Welcome to my favourite time of the year, when there’s always a candle burning in our home and my baking hobby comes back in full force. I get to pull out my wool socks and warm turtleneck sweaters from storage and savour that crisp morning air in the backyard with a cup of coffee and a book. I’m a creature of comfort, so you can imagine that I thrive in the season of hygge.
One of my favourite things to do before a new season starts is to create a bucket list of activities that I want to do during that time of the year. Today, I’m sharing with you the things I’m looking forward to crossing off my list this fall.
Go apple picking.
I’m here to confess that I’ve never done this before and I’m excited to visit an orchard, pick apples and then come home to bake them into a pie. Alex and I will be visiting the Brantview Apple Orchard this weekend and I can’t wait. I’m bringing one of the woven baskets that I purchased this past summer and will be filling it to the brim with seasonal apples. Should I wear plaid too, or is that too much?
Every year I bake a pumpkin pie, but this fall I’m excited to try my hand at making an apple pie too (here’s a recipe I’m thinking to follow). There’s something about the delicious, warm smell that fills up the entire home when you’re baking, and the joy that comes with savouring the pie with the people you love, and a scoop of ice cream!
Decorate your space for fall.
I know that a new season can be a perfect excuse to get in your car and drive to HomeSense to buy the right shade of orange throw pillow and 12 candles. I can understand the temptation, but before you do so, try and find ways to incorporate fall colours and textures into your home in a more wallet-conscious way. One way I do that is through paint. I found this gorgeous, vintage-looking bar cart tossed on the side of the road and it’s become my new project. I want to clean it up, sand it down, and paint it a lush, rich sage colour. Something so simple and inexpensive will bring me so much joy and will definitely bring an air of fall in our space. Something else you can do is visit the thrift store and look for pillow covers. Wash them well, change out your existing couch pillow covers, and voila - seasonal pillows! The last thing I like to do is to bring nature inside by collecting fallen pine cones, chestnuts or colourful leaves on our walks. Make a creative arrangement with your finds and you’ve got yourself a fall-inspired centrepiece for your dining room table. And speaking of bringing nature inside…
Buy flowers from the roadside stands.
I’m so thankful to live in such close vicinity to a rural area because this time of the year farmers will cut down sunflowers and other flowers from their land and sell them on the side of the road. Leave some coins in your car and the next time you’re driving out in the countryside, pick up some flowers for your home. This way you’re supporting a local farmer and also bringing some fall colours into your home.
Go on a hike or on a road trip.
I spend more time outdoors in the fall months than I do all summer, which I know is silly, but I don’t like the heat. Come fall, I button up my jacket and take to the trails. This year I wrote down that I want to hike through Belfountain Conversation Area and Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. I’m very excited to spend time in the forest, breathing in that fresh air, enjoying the silence and watching the trees change colour. As for a road trip, fall is the perfect season to get in the car, press play on your favourite seasonal playlist (here’s mine!) and go on an adventure. This year I want to drive through Forks of the Credit on my birthday. There’s a cute coffee shop where I’ll drink a pumpkin-flavoured coffee and I’ll be sure to peek into the antique store in town too!
Ever since Alex and I first moved in together over two years ago we’ve hosted Friendsgiving, and it’s become an annual tradition for us and our friends. We make it a potluck so it’s low-stress and everyone can bring something they love to eat and want to share, sit around the table and share stories. It’s such a great time and something I look forward to every year, especially because Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of them all.
Watch the Thanksgiving Day parade.
And since we’re on the topic of Thanksgiving, something I’ve done since high school is going to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade downtown. Since Alex and I started dating, I got myself a cozy date as well! Every year we bundle up, leash up Bandit, grab a coffee from our favourite coffee shop downtown and watch the parade go by. We finish off the experience with pretzels, of course!
Re-watch Gilmore Girls.
I don’t know what it is about Gilmore Girls, but I think it makes for the perfect show to watch in the fall months. I think it’s my seventh or eighth time watching the seasons start to end, but I can’t wait to cozy up with Lorelai and Rory and drink coffee, coffee, coffee (if you know, you know)! What is a show you like to watch in the fall months?
That’s my fall bucket list for this year and I’m so excited to make new memories during my favourite time of the year. What is something that’s on your bucket list for fall?
Until next time,