Fall Bucket List Recap

When Fall arrived, I put together a list of things I wanted to accomplish before winter set in. While I’ve actually crossed a ton of things off the list, I’ve totally failed as a blogger and have kept forgetting to actually blog about each of them. I thought I’d post a recap of the list here and catch up on all of the things I’ve crossed off the list so far.

  1. Visit a haunted house. 
  2. Carve pumpkins with John and decorate our house for Halloween.
  3. Try a pumpkin spice latte.
  4. Read 5 new books. On my list: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner and The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.
  5. Make a pumpkin pie. 
  6. Dress up for Halloween with John.
  7. Drink warm apple cider.  Done! Read about it and get the recipe for spiked cider here.
  8. Have a scary movie marathon.
  9. Make our own Thanksgiving turkey. 
  10. Go to a pumpkin patch. 

#1: Visit a haunted house
Before this year, I had never been to a haunted house in my life, so I had NO idea what to expect. I’m one of those people who loves scary movies but actually hates being scared, if that makes any sense at all. But this year, I decided to face my fears and visit a haunted house for the first time. John and I settled on A Petrified Forest, an outdoor haunted house. As a result of deciding to go so close to Halloween, we ended up getting tickets to their glowstick night aka walk through the whole thing in complete darkness with only a glowstick to guide your way. The haunted house was complete with clowns, psych ward patients, creepy kids and of course a man with a chainsaw chasing you to the end. It was a perfect first haunted house experience and I wish I had photos to share!

#2: Carve pumpkins with John and decorate our house for Halloween
halloween01 halloween02I also made some great painted pumpkins for inside, which you can see and read about here.

#5: Make a pumpkin pie, and #9: Make our own Thanksgiving Turkey
thanksgivingI would have taken a picture of the pie, but it got eaten so fast that I could only take a picture of the last slice. And while we opted not to make an entire turkey, we did tackle making a full Thanksgiving dinner together and it was a blast! Here are links to everything I made:

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary
Rachael Ray’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

The stuffing was from a box so it doesn’t count, and the pumpkin pie is a slight variation of the recipe from the Libby’s canned pumpkin.

#10: Visit a pumpkin patch
pumpkins03 pumpkins02 pumpkins01John and I definitely had our challenges finding a pumpkin patch, but we eventually settled for one near our house. Unfortunately for us only GIANT pumpkins were left. We could barely carry them to the car!

What fun things have you been doing this fall?

23 thoughts on “Fall Bucket List Recap

  1. Rachel

    Your photos are so gorgeous- the lighting, the color, everything! This makes me realize how few things I crossed off my “summer bucket list” haha oh well!

    1. twenty-something Post author

      I know, aren’t they ridiculous? The day we went to find pumpkins John was on call for work and everytime we were about to get to one he got a call. We finally got to this patch and only gigantic pumpkins were left. They cost us $40!!! But we had to carve pumpkins so we sucked it up and bought them anyway.

    1. twenty-something Post author

      Trust me they were a total PAIN to carve. They were super thick and the carving knives we had were too short to make it all the way through! But they came out good so I guess that’s all that matters right?

  2. AJ

    Love your list and your pictures! You MUST try the pumpkin spice latte soon (I do a chai latte because I don’t drink coffee). And let me know about those other books. I’m getting to the good part of Gone Girl, YAY! 🙂


    1. twenty-something Post author

      Yes I definitely need to get one asap! Ever since I got to the good part of Gone Girl it’s been nonstop action/suspense. I’m almost to the end now and I don’t want it to be over. 🙁

    1. twenty-something Post author

      Me too girl! I feel like there’s never enough time in the day anymore, especially since my boyfriend and I have the puppy to take care of now. She takes up a lot of our morning/evening time!

    1. twenty-something Post author

      You could always take a vacation to Florida. I don’t mean to brag, but, I still don’t have to wear a coat or any kind of jacket outside 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you put on your winter bucket list!

    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thanks Yi-chia, I’m pretty proud of myself for actually accomplishing so many things on it. I doubt I’ll get to finish all 5 books I wanted to read before winter starts but I AM reading Gone Girl right now so I guess that’s a start. Have a good weekend!

  3. Pearls & Lace

    Love your photos as usual! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t accomplish everything on my fall bucket list! Maybe we were both a little too ambitious this year 😉

    xo jen


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