I’m so excited to enter into my favorite time of the year! The older I get, the more I’ve come to love the slow, coziness of autumn and winter. Here are ten fall hygge ideas to help you make the most of the season:
1. Have a bonfire.
Host a bonfire. Make smores and serve apple cider.
2. Go apple picking.
Nothing says fall more than the smell of ripe apples. Make apple pie, apple dumplings, applesauce, or candied apples.
3. Make mulled cider or wine.
Mulling cider or wine on the stove gives your home a spicy, wonderful scent.
Easy 4 Ingredient Mulled Cider Recipe:
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 allspice berries
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 orange, sliced thin (optional)
4. Visit a pumpkin farm.
Every year we take our daughter to a local pumpkin farm. It is amazing! They sell all types of heirloom pumpkins. The pumpkins come in all shapes and colors, from blue Cinderella pumpkins to tiny black bat pumpkins. They also sell apple butter, cider, and mums.
5. Go for a walk.
Enjoy the crisp fresh air, the smell of fallen leaves, and the rich warm colors of autumn.
6. Make soup.
I love making soups in the fall! Some of my favorites are broccoli cheese soup, tomato soup, good old-fashioned chicken broth, and pumpkin soup.
Pumpkin Soup Recipe
- 2 leeks, washed and thinly sliced
- 4-5 cups pumpkin puree (real, not canned)
- 1/2 tsp butter
- 3 turnips peeled
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 1 small peeled potato
- 1/3 cup milk
Instructions: Warm the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and saute for 15 minutes, or until the leeks are very soft. Add the turnips, pumpkin, potatoes, and chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Cool slightly and transfer to a blender or a food processor. Puree until smooth. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the milk. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add salt to taste. Yield: 4 servings
7. Go on a hayride.
Check your newspaper for local farmers who will host a hayride and bonfire for a small fee. We did this one year and it was so much fun!
8. Preserve or can local food.
It’s that time of year again when we start preserving everything from the garden. Carrots, peaches, spaghetti sauce, and more. No garden? Make a trip to your local farmer’s market! I love how the sparkly jeweled jars look, all lined up in a row.
9. Knit or crochet something.
Now is the perfect time to start making something warm for winter, whether it’s a blanket, a sweater for you, or a sweater for your mug!
10. Jump in the leaves or make artwork with them.
I will always remember how much fun I had as a kid jumping in leaves and how excited I was to share this with my daughter. Beautifully colored leaves are perfect for artwork. I often use upside down maple leaves for ballerina skirts. Check out Mother Natured’s inspiring book with 30 + Nature and Art Ideas. (Affiliate link.)
What are your favorite fall traditions? Share in the comments!
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