Welcome to fall!
Though I’ve been celebrating autumn for a few weeks, it’s exciting to be officially here.
Speaking of fall… if you’re an oatmeal fan, you really should try our Amish Baked Oatmeal recipe. My parents are visiting this week, and I’ve made it twice already. They love it that much! With its almost bread pudding-like texture, it’s packed with apples and raisins and nuts and oats and cinnamon… everything we love about fall flavors.
And best ever… it’s a great candidate for a make-ahead breakfast. While we love it warm from the oven, it’s incredibly creamy and delicious straight from the fridge the next morning. And the next, and even next.
But back to welcoming autumn.
After a warm and dry summer, with raging firestorms in the Northwest, the rain and cool weather we’re experiencing in Seattle feels like a gift!
With the advent of fall — there’s so much to look forward to and even celebrate.
Oktoberfest celebrations, Rosh Hashanah (ending tonight), game days, fall festivals, and the holidays to come.
Our calendars can be full to overflowing. In a superbly good way.
And just in case you need a little inspiration… here are some free and inexpensive ways to celebrate fall:
28 Ways to Celebrate Fall
1. Go to a pumpkin patch.
2. Make a list of things you’re thankful for.
3. Pick apples.
4. It’s not just for summer. Make s’mores with a Friday night bonfire.
5. Go to a free Fall festival.
6. Collect canned goods for your local food bank.
7. Take your family holiday card photo.
8. Do a corn maze.
9. Decorate with DIY fall wreaths.
10. Rake leaves.
11. Take a hayride.
12. Take photos of the changing seasons.
13. Clean out your closet to make room for sweaters.
15. Make a cozy and warm soup.
16. Go for a drive to see the Fall foliage.
17. Light pumpkin-scented candles.
18. Make leaf rubbings.
19. Go to a football game.
20. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
21. Throw a potluck Fall harvest dinner party.
22. Make a corn-husk doll.
23. Bake a pumpkin pie.
24. Eat candy corn.
25. Roast pumpkin seeds.
26. Make apple butter.
27. Watch the harvest moon.
28. Curl up by the fire with a good book.
If your calendar is full and obligations are pressing, the last thing you want to read is a list of 28 additional things to do.
I completely understand. I feel it too.
Let me just say this… some things are worth the interruption, the added line on the calendar.
Because truly, it isn’t about the doing, it’s about the who you’re doing it with. It’s about the making and the experiencing– about setting aside the duties to be present with the ones you care about.
It’s about making the memory while it’s there to be made.
Mark Twain once said,
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
I hope you see a falling leaf this week.
Hug your loved ones’ extra tight and–
Have a beautiful day!
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