Fall is one of the things in this world that makes my heart the happiest. My friend Jenna, our former Retail Specialist, perfectly summed up my feelings in the following words from her blog: “Temperatures dipped into the 50s today and I basically wanted to slam dunk a pumpkin. This rocks. Long live Fall!” When I read this for the first time, I knew we’d be great friends.
(Me trying to stay chill as I sit in pumpkin heaven at the Dallas Arboretum)
My love for Fall was definitely passed down from my mom. Since I was little, she’s been creating traditions and memories that I will forever treasure. From back-to-school shopping, to decorating the porch of our house with hay bales, pumpkins and cornstalks, to soups on the stove and muffins in the oven, to orchard visits and pumpkin carving, she knows how to do Fall and I'm glad she passed that on to me!
In honor of this wonderful season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite traditions with you!
- Visit a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard, or fall festival of some kind. If you’re near Dallas, the Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is not to be missed!
- Carve a pumpkin with a friend. Whether you're going for a sweet or spooky Jack-O-Lantern, you'll have fun in the process. There's something about getting messy and pulling out all the pumpkin "guts" that brings our your inner child! Click here for some fun ideas to you get inspired!
- Make a pomander by studding an orange with dried cloves and set a few out in a bowl. These fragrant decorations date back to medieval times but still look fresh with modern-day seasonal decor. You could even set out the supplies in your kitchen and have friends and family work on them while you’re cooking.
- Burn a fall candle. I suggest the Orange Cardamom or Spiced Pumpkin candles by P.F. Candle Co. Your home will feel cozier in no time!
- Take a walk (or a drive) by yourself, crank up the music, put away your phone and look around you. Enjoy the changing leaves, the pinecones and acorns on the ground, the blue cloudless sky, the cool air...just take it all in.
- Pumpkin Muffins. I learned this recipe while on Weight Watchers a few years back. They're only one point per muffin because there are no eggs, sugar or oil added. Stir together one box of spice cake mix and one can of pureed pumpkin. Spoon into muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until firm.
- Autumn Panzanella. This recipe by Napa-based chef Michael Chiarello is a bit more challenging and time consuming, but oh, so worth it!
- Apple Cider Float. Pour cold apple cider over a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. An autumnal twist on a classic sweet treat!
- Chili. Everyone has a favorite recipe, so it’s hard to go wrong. I like mine beanless and topped with shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled Saltine crackers! Yum!
- Hocus Pocus - A fun, family Halloween movie starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. I still look forward to watching this every year.
- When Harry Met Sally - One of my all-time favorites with so many great lines! Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at their best.
- Harry Potter Marathon - Chilly, overcast days are perfect for binge-watching Harry Potter movies!
- Football game. Watch from home with a bowl of chili or wrap up in a cozy sweater and cheer on your favorite team in person.
I hope these things will help to get you in the spirit! After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year! If you have any suggestions of things to add my list, I'd love to hear. Leave a comment below to share. :) Happy Fall!xo,
Jennings Ross, Creative Manager
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