Happy fall, friends!
It’s no secret that autumn’s my favorite season. This time of the year is tailor-made for the wearing of your coziest sweaters, curling up in front of a roaring fire, and sipping on something hot (preferably hot chocolate or that seasonal standby the pumpkin spice latte). Throw in a few gray skies and a good book or craft project, and you have what I consider to be the plan for a perfect fall day.
But they say that plans that aren’t written down are just dreams, so I’m taking this opportunity to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, as it were) to document the eight things I’m excited to do this fall.
Knit a sweater (or five)
They don’t call fall “sweater weather” for nothing and, in my case, that meant setting an ambitious goal to knit a few sweaters to get me through until the arrival of spring. I’ve already started on this delicious pattern (courtesy of my faves at Rowan) and have a few more pieces I’ve earmarked to keep my hands busy through winter.
Perfect the perfect soup recipe
Soup and stew season is upon us, and–for pity’s sake–it’s time for me to expand my repertoire beyond the spicy chili recipe I’ve been making for years. I’ve been a bit obsessed with a local grocery store’s black bean and lentil soup, so I went searching for–and found–an alternative to prepare at home. Three months is plenty of time for me to get the recipe just the way I like it.
Go apple picking
When you live in Washington state, it’s pretty much a given that you have to go apple picking, so it is with deep shame that I confess I haven’t done that…yet. This is the year I make this time-honored fall tradition happen and–who knows–maybe there’ll be a few apple-themed food posts coming your way soon.
Design fall-themed floral arrangements
Ever since taking a floral arrangement workshop during my recent glamping weekend, I’ve been aching to try my hand at creating something on my own. Luckily there are plenty of tips available for finding ways to incorporate flowers into your home decor in the fall and winter months.
Bake seasonal cookies
One of my favorite autumn memories has to be the time I made fall-themed spicy sugar cookies and turned them into pretty packaged gifts for my colleagues. During the past few years, I’ve gotten away from baking, but I hope this fall presents an opportunity for me to re-incorporate it into my life.
Read some books
As a child, there was nothing I loved more than a rainy Friday afternoon because it meant a trip to the library and borrowing as many volumes as allowed. As a busy professional (who now has to hold books out to there just to read them #oldeyes), I’m trying to rediscover the joy of simply relaxing with a good read. If you have a book you recently read and loved, please let me know and I’ll add it to my Goodreads queue.
Upside of living in Washington state? Amazing and plentiful hiking trails. The downside? Everybody else knows it too, so the trails are often crowded during the warmer summer months. Once the weather turns cooler, however, the crowds thin and solitude is so much easier to find. Plus, all that foggy, misty loveliness is so very Insta-worthy.
I’ve written before about how much I love Vancouver; since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I’ve visited the city at least once a year. Since my last visit was in summer 2017, that means my next trip north is long overdue. Always on my list for Vancouver: a walking tour of Gastown, checking out the exhibits at Vancouver Art Gallery, and a wander through the Granville Island Market. And then, there’s the food. Need I say more?
What’s on your fall checklist this year?