Hello! It’s been a long while since I actually sat down to write anything. I hit a pretty large mental block about what to write for Summer and Fall, so completely neglected the blog and social media accounts. Sorry about that!
Since I’m tentatively creeping back in, I thought maybe you’d like to know what I’ve been up to since my last post. I’m not going to lie, I have shiny object syndrome. I get obsessed with several things at a time, and the rest of my life goes on the back burner until I can pull myself out of the rabbit hole.
The latest obsession has been checking out Zillow for suitable properties for The Husband and me to build our house on, finally choosing a house plan that we’re both happy with, researching immigration procedure, and pinning on Pinterest with the level of enthusiasm of a suburban soccer mom chugging Pumpkin Spice Lattes and walking around Target while her kids are at school. (Total generalization. I don’t know what the popular moms are up to.)
I also dove headfirst into following homesteading Instagram accounts and blogs and learning everything there is to know about gardening and chicken care. Oh yes, it’s happening! After our move and the major build, we’re getting a flock of chickens and setting up my raised bed garden. I can’t wait!
Anyway, while I was neck deep in my Pinterest haze, I found a ton of awesome STEM projects that I thought would be amazing for Fall. The next post is going to be all about Fall STEM!
Today though is just a short list of my favorite things about fall.
1. Fall décor
I have a very soft spot for farmhouse chic style décor; rustic tables filled with pumpkins and other gourds, candles in glass candleholders wrapped in plaid fall toned fabrics and cozy knit blankets.
2. Apple cider and donuts
Michigan has THE BEST EVER apple cider in the fall. Pair the cider with cinnamon sugar donuts and I’m in heaven.
3. Crunchy autumn leaves
The sound of the leaves crunching underfoot and seeing all of the trees change color before winter hits.
I love seeing the kids excitement for all things Halloween related. Halloween is not my favorite holiday, but it’s the best for watching (slightly) scary movies in the dark while watching your kids get creeped out at every little noise outside. I also get to dress up like a princess or a witch in public and not get side-eyed, so that’s a bonus.
5. The smell of fall
Fall has its own, amazing smell. I don’t know what it is, but the crispness of the air mixed with the scent of spices and pine is fabulous. It seriously puts me in the mood to cook hearty meals, bake lots of quick bread, and make jam.
6. Being able to crochet & knit without getting sweaty
I love to make projects out of yarn, but trying to do these things in the spring and summer just ends up with me becoming a hot, sweaty mess.
7. Planning Thanksgiving
When Fall hits, I bring out my cookbooks and start planning Thanksgiving months in advance. Honestly, I rarely try new recipes for Thanksgiving, but I like having a look nonetheless. My mom and I talk about our respective menus and alert each other to new things each of us might like. Yes, American Thanksgiving can be an overblown affair, but it’s a chance for me to actually get my family to the table to discuss what we’ve been thankful for over the course of the year. The rest of the year we’re usually camped out in front of the tv with our dinner plates because we all eat at separate times.
8. Pumpkin everything (except pumpkin spice lattes)
I really love pumpkin. Whether it’s used in a display, as jack o lanterns, or in food, I really can’t turn away anything actually pumpkin. I have a great pumpkin cream cheese swirl quick bread recipe I’ll be sharing soon! But, I don’t get the hype of PSL. I tried a PSL once and honestly it’s kinda disappointing. Sorry, girls.
9. Fall nature walks
I like to take Punky on fall nature walks through the woods. We gather up pinecones, acorns, red and orange leaves, and twigs to use in our craft projects. It gets us out of the house for a few hours, and we talk about plant lifecycles too. Educational exercise at it’s best!
10. Visiting a pumpkin patch
I haven’t done this in years. 11 years, in fact! The last time I visited a pumpkin patch, The Husband and I were newlyweds and he’d never been to one. I can’t wait to take Punky to his first pumpkin patch to pick out the one he wants to carve. It’s such a great experience for kids and adults alike and not one I want to avoid!
There you have it. What I’ve been up to since the last post and my 10 favorite things about fall! Keep your eyes peeled for 20 Amazing STEM Projects For Kids!