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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?

Fall Bucket List #7: Drink Warm Apple Cider

When I created my Fall Bucket List back in October, this was one of my favorite items on it. The lovely Maria of kitchen/closet/heart hooked me up with an amazing spiked apple cider recipe and this weekend I finally had a chance to make it. The recipe is simple and combines Goldschlager, Dark Rum and a variety of spices (orange and cinnamon to name a few). You can view the original recipe here, but I’m reposting ingredients and directions here for convenience. Instead of serving this in mugs, I chose to follow Jen’s instructions for apple cups from her blog, Pearls and Lace. It doesn’t get more fall than spiked apple cider served in apple cups!

1/2 bottle dark rum (I used Cruzan)
1/2 bottle Goldschlager
1 qt apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
6 whole allspice
10 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into slices

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

The recipe says to leave this on the stove for 1-2 hours and then transfer to an insulated punch bowl, but the first batch I made a lot of the liquid evaporated as a result of being on the stove this long. For the second batch, I only let it “cook” for 30 minutes which resulted in a slightly stronger and much yummier cider.

What’s your go to drink for fall?