I know it’s not Fall yet. But here’s the thing. I love fall. I got excited about PSL season way before it was a thing. Now we’ve got hashtags and t-shirts. What a wonderful world we live in! With the first gust of cool wind, I am ready to pull out every single sweater I own. The sad thing is that we live in Tennessee and it doesn’t exactly get super chilly until like November. But you better believe, I am ready for my sweaters, boots, scarves, and of a course Pumpkin Spice everything!
Life right now seems to be hitting us at neck breaking pace, so my husband and I are trying to be intentional about planning time to breathe and enjoy things that matter to us. We both love Fall and decided to go ahead and get some of our favorite activities on the calendar. That’s when I had the idea to come up with a bucket list of everything I want to do this fall with my husband and the kiddos.
The list just makes me so happy! I’d love to hear what’s on your family’s fall bucket list!
Here’s our family’s spin on the Bucket List I created.
- Go Apple Picking– In the past we’ve gone to a smaller family owned orchard about an hour-ish away. When we got home, we made apple pie and dumped the rest of the apples in the slow cooker to make apple sauce. This year I am definitely going to make this crockpot apple sauce recipe since you don’t have to peel the apples.
- Tailgating and Football-We plan to take our kids to our local high school’s football game. My son thinks our town’s mascot is way cool, so it should be a lot of fun. I doubt we make it past half time, though. My kids still go to bed pretty early.
- Have a Bonfire-There is a farm near by that rents out picnic space and preps your bonfires for you. It’s not expensive and so much fun. One of my friends arranged it for dinner club last year and it was a total blast. We played some crazy card game complete with accents, laughed a ton, and made our food over the fire. Everything tastes better cooked over a fire!
- Have Friends Over for Apple Cider– We did this last year too and it was one of our favorite hang out times. I just made a big pot of apple cider and then whipped up some homemade whipped cream in my Kitchen Aid. I sprinkled nutmeg on top. It felt super fancy but was really easy. The kids played on our play sat and enjoyed their sippy cups of apple cider why we actually got to talk.
- Go Camping or Hiking-This is one of the few things I’ve actually already planned. Well, sort of….. my sister made the reservations for me! We are going to the Ozarks to spend a weekend celebrating my Dad’s birthday. We got a cabin this time. The only time I’ve gone camping with kids was when Henry was one and I had just found out I was pregnant with Ella!
- Go to a Pumpkin Patch: This is pretty self-explanatory, but we love it! It’s fun for the kids to see where the pumpkins come from! A lot a places around here have an entrance fee and everyone leaves with a pumpkin, which leads to my #7.
- Hay Ride– A lot of the pumpkin patches include a hay ride. It makes for a perfect day!!
- Go on a Leaf Walk-My kids love collecting leaves and any chance they get to paint and glue is welcomed. Right now we are reading The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature and we are reading about the seasons. Both of my kids LOVE this book, so we will go back to the fall section. I also plan on reading aloud Miracles on Maple Hill to my four-year old. It was one of my favorite books growing up and feels so fall!
- Carve a Pumpkin– This is so easy to do, but some years go by and it just doesn’t happen. I plan on doing it the day before Halloween to help minimize the holiday crazy.
- Make a Thank You Tree– We did this last year for free! We went around the back yard and the kids gathered twigs and put them in cute clear vases we had. We then listed our favorite things on paper leaves. Super fun! If DIY isn’t your thing, I think these Leaf Shaped Sticky Notes for Thankful Tree will make the craft fail proof!
Of course, I probably should have added fall baking to my list, but something tells me that will happen regardless of whether I plan it. Priorities, right? These pumpkin muffins were such a hit and packed with protein. It’s a snack I feel great about giving my kids.
- 1 cup of old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup of almond flour
- 3/4 cup of coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 3/4 cup of avocado oil
- 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend oats in a high powered blender or food processor to make oat flour.
- Combine ingredients.
- Spoon mixture into lined muffin tin (I prefer parchment) and bake until golden about 25 minutes.
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