The air is starting to get crisp, the leaves are beginning to turn colors, football season is starting, which means one of my favorite times of year is quickly approaching. Fall in Minnesota is the perfect season between the scoring summer heat and humidity and the cruel freezing winters. Here is a short list of some of my favorite fall activities to get you in the spirit. This post contains affiliate links.
Attend a Football Game
One thing that I love about the fall is that football season means during the weekends there is always a football game to watch. If you don’t have a professional or college team to watch, check out your local high school team. There is something special about taking in a football game on a crisp fall evening and a cup of hot chocolate between your hands keeping them warm.
Visit an Apple Orchard
There is nothing more quintennially fall than a visit to your local apple orchard. I loved the season trip with my family, climbing apple trees, eating apple strudels with cinnamon ice cream. Not to mention, playing in the corn maze or taking hayrides around the orchard and a glass of hot apple cider. Here in Minnesota, you can find hundreds of apple orchards within a short driving distance.
Cozy Up by a Fireplace with a Good Book
There is something about cracking a window, starting a fire and reading a good book to make you get into the fall spirit. We have this fantastic three season porch that has the perfect reading couch. During the fall you can often find my husband and I catching up on our reading sitting out on the porch.
Decorating Your House for Fall
Fall leaves, pumpkins, anything burlap. I don’t know about you but getting the house ready for fall is one of my favorite things to do, okay second favorite to decorating for Christmas. This week I went to Michael’s and Joann Fabrics to pick up some fall supplies to make a fall wreath for the front door and some decorations for my soon to be sister-in-law’s bridal shower. I am hooked, don’t tell my husband how much I spent because he might take away my credit card!
Nothing says fall like testing out family recipes in time for Thanksgiving. I love a good apple crisp or apple pie. Apple crisp is my go to, because it is so easy to make and involves dumping ingredients together and waiting. And when cinnamon, apples, and nutmeg are cooking in my oven, I don’t mind the wait. One of my favorite is apple spiced cake. It’s the reason we picked it as our wedding cake flavor and this cheat Fall Apple Spice cake recipe is close to the real thing only much quicker to make.
Make Hot Apple Cider & Mulled Wine
This might seem simple, but there is something about the smell of apple cider simmering on the stovetop with cinnamon sticks. This is something my mom used to do and I cannot wait to do the same for my kids. If you don’t have time to make the real thing the geniuses at Green Mountain make Apple Cider K-Cups perfect for use in my Keuirg. I may be an old lady at heart but, I also love having people over and serving mulled wine- mix brandy, red wine and mulling spices together for this glorious beverage.
What other fall activities are on your list this season?
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