If you couldn’t already tell by the slight chill in the air as the wind blows, the changing color of the leaves on the trees, or the variety of pumpkin-spice flavored goodies you can now find at coffee shops and stores, fall is officially upon us. As the sweltering heat of the summer starts to cool down, we begin to remember why fall is 33% of American’s favorite season. There’s an array of ways to enjoy this season, including baking, watching seasonal movies or shows, and outdoor activities that are only offered around this special time of year. Here is a collective list of ideas and activities to get even the summer lovers in the autumn mood.
-This is one of the best times of the year for fun outdoor activities. Over the summer, we find ourselves at the pool or inside escaping the heat from the scorching sun. But fall temperatures, ranging between mid-50 to 70°F, make it the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities without sweating your cinnamon buns off! This season takes us on journeys to apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and hayrack rides. There’s also nothing quite like sipping hot chocolate while watching a crackling bonfire, snuggled up in a warm blanket. Put on your favorite sweater and gather your friends & family to indulge in any of the festivals and traditions autumn has to offer around your city.
-If experiencing fall from the comfort of your own home sounds more appealing, not to worry! There are plenty of enjoyable things you can do right at home to set the mood for fall. Certain movies and T.V shows do a great job of capturing the energy of this time of year. Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are just a few noteworthy examples of series’ that take place in small cozy towns during autumn. Any Halloween themed movie is also a great choice to watch if you want to start feeling the spookiness of the season. Try queuing up Hocus Pocus, Dracula, or Corpse Bride to name just a few. Light some vanilla or caramel apple scented candles while you watch to really amp up the fall vibes in your home.
In the kitchen:
-Apples and cinnamon and pumpkins, oh my! These three flavors rule the recipe game when it comes to seasonal baking; pies, muffins, cakes, and all of the yummy and warm desserts we love to enjoy as the weather gets colder. If you are less of a Betty Crocker and more of a Bobby Flay, try whipping up some delicious fall staples for dinner. Such as butternut squash bisque, pork chops with cranberry sauce, or homemade chili. Say “see you next summer” to that vinaigrette salad, and “hello” to apple cider glazed chicken!
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