Fall To-Do List

by - October 06, 2017

Bella in the woods, photo taken October 23, 2015

K, Bella and I started our weekend early this week and left this morning for a long weekend get away to the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.  We are celebrating our first wedding anniversary, wild how time flies.  The plan is to hike the Kaaterskill Falls, have a romantic evening at a local restaurant (we haven't decided which one yet), enjoy the colors of fall in the mountains and cuddle up in front of the fireplace.  We're bringing Bella because we prefer to bring her on trips that aren't a five hour plan ride or more (she's flown to Chicago before and she'll be flying to Florida this January).  With the excitement of the seasons changing and fall finally arriving this trip fits in perfectly with my Fall To-Do List.  Fall is such a delightful time of year, kind of like a breathe of fresh air and sometimes it goes by way too quickly.  I'm trying to take advantage of fall as much as possible this year and really enjoy it, before you know it there will be snow (yuck).  So I've put together a feasible list of things I plan to do to soak fall in.

Get Outside and Enjoy the Weather
I could check this one off today with our trip being all about hiking but I won't.  I'll leave it unchecked so that I continue to get outside.  Morning walks are my favorite this time of year, I suggest them to anyone.  It's calm and chilly and the sun is bright, it's a great easy way to ease into the workday and wake up.  The crisp air and morning coffee (pumpkin spice, of course) or tea is such a relaxing combo, one could almost forget to go to work, almost (ha!).

Drink Tea or Wine with a Good Book
Fall is a great time of year to get back into reading or to refresh your reading list. I'm currently reading Gone by Cathi Hanauer, which had been sitting on my bookshelf for a bit, I think I picked it up at a used bookstore a year back.  It's an interesting, easy read about a relationship between and husband and wife. Most nights before bed I'll make myself a cup of tea, Tazo is my favorite or have a glass of wine (Pinot Noir or Malbec) while I read for at least 45 minutes.  The next two books I plan on reading are, Crazy Rich Asians and The Couple Next Door.  This article from Entertainment Weekly rounds up a fall must read list, which looks pretty good.

Image Via: Entertainment Weekly

Go Apple or Pumpkin Picking
This is a must for families, the kiddos get such a kick out of apple or pumpkin picking.  I don't have kids but I have two nephews who are 3 years old and love activities like this.  Or really any activity where they can run wild picking things.  I can just imagine them picking out huge pumpkins, boys will be boys.  I'm hoping within the next couple years I'll be able to take them both apple picking at my local orchard, before they get too big and start thinking that I'm their crazy aunt.  You may remember from this post, that K and picked peaches over the summer, hopefully we'll return in the next couple weeks to pick apples.  Getting lost in the orchard is romantic and fun.

Cook, Cook and Cook Some More Fall Recipes
This is a given.  Give me all the pumpkin and butternut squash recipes!  Heres' a couple that I'm already planning to cook;
Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
Brie + Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble
Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze
Sweet Potato and Cilantro Quesadilla with Fried Egg and Cumin Oil
Squash Toasts with Ricotta and Cider Vinegar

Image Via: Smitten Kitchen

Gather with Family and Friends
Hello Thanksgiving!  To be honest I could have dinner with family once or twice a week and never get sick of them.  I LOVE to host.  I love to welcome my friends and family into my home and make them feel treated, like 'hello, press her for champagne and press here for doggie cuddles".  Fall is just a great time to sit around a table for hours sharing food, drinks and most of a laughter, even if they're laughing at me, I love it.

Reminisce About Summer
Looking back at lovely summer memories when you are cozied up on the couch with your loved one or ones is such a great, loving feeling.  Reminiscing also excites me to make more memories or to plan fun vacations.  I find that when you share your memories with others you tend to remember things otherwise forgotten and you tend to create new memories from those moments.  K always seems to remember details I forgot from ur summer fun and I always remind K of specifics, like hotel names or the name of a tour guide.

Mykonos, photo taken July 14, 2017

Enjoy a Date Night at Home
I'd like to say that I'm a pro when it comes to date night at home.  Maybe this is because I'm still a newlywed or because I've spent too many nights at the club, single, who knows.  First things first we turn off the TV, or actually never turn it on.  Sometimes I'll put on a cute dress and put out appetizers or snacks (usually cheese and meats), pour some wine, put on some music and just start conversation.   Sometimes we start a puzzle and go late into the night trying to put it together, sometimes we spend the evening looking at pictures or planning something in our future, but before you know it I'm tipsy and it's bedtime and we are both sleeping with smiles on our faces.

Image Via: Cooking Channel

Enjoy at Date Night Out
There's not much more to say about that.  If you have kids get a babysitter or family member to help out.  Just go out get some time alone with someone else cooking and serving you.  Going out does wonders to a relationship, especially in the fall, when you go into a restaurant and its light out and then you come out when it's dark, it's romantic.  Fall evenings are romantic.

Tulum, photo taken March 13, 2016

I hope you all enjoyed today's post!   Have a lovely weekend,

xxoo Sharon

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