There are officially 23 days left of summer and don’t hate me for stating that fact! For many, school has already started and for others it starts next week. The days are getting shorter, you most likely can hear crickets at night and you have probably started wearing a light sweater in the evenings.
Where I live I have not seen a dreaded leaf fall yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time.
I love Autumn, as do many, but for some it’s just a sign that winter is around the corner. This however, does not mean it’s time to huddle inside. It’s still the season to get outside and enjoy.
There are so many ‘summer activities’ you can and should still be doing through the entire fall season.
Here are my top 5 fall activity picks:
You may be sick of burgers (or not), but to fully enjoy barbecuing in the fall means switching to more comfort foods you can grill… delicious whole roasted chicken, rosemary pork tenderloin or spiced butternut squash. These dishes are cozy with the hardy herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage) and spices (cumin, paprika, oregano) and provide that comfort feeling you want from fall, but with the amazing taste only the BBQ can provide.
My favourite BBQ cookbook is Ainsley’s Ultimate Barbecue Bible. I’m a sucker for all of his recipes, but Ainsley’s Cumin Crusted Butternut Squash has to be the one I have made most over the years. Check out this video for the recipe…
I personally prefer hiking in the fall. The days are sunny and the temperature is perfect for walking. The colours of the trees are changing, which is great for those perfect photo moments.
Everyone may be getting back to the routine of work and school, but dedicating time to finding a hiking trail and breathing in some fresh air will make you feel like you did something great with your weekend. And, hey – coming home to have a BBQ afterwards is perfect too!
For those who live in Canada, because of Canada’s 150th birthday, don’t forget that Parks Canada has free passes all year.
There are so many beautiful hikes you can experience with your family or friends, and no matter what your fitness level is there’s something for everyone. So, get outside and enjoy!
Instead of turning the TV on after dinner, go outside and set up a bonfire (in a safe pit of course). We are all creatures of habit and on many occasions we just don’t think about changing our evenings up. Who says bonfires can’t happen on fall week nights? After all, don’t roasted marshmallows and S’Mores taste good all year long?!
If you don’t have a bonfire pit, but still want that yummy S’Mores treat, try these recipes:
The avid gardner loves fall time and has good reason to. You can pick up perennials for a fraction of the cost. It’s also a great time to plant bulbs for daffodils, tulips and crocuses, which will bloom the following spring.
A true sign of fall coming are the chrysanthemums (aka ‘mums’) that pop up in the local stores. Chrysanthemums are also a perennial, so after you enjoy them in the pot, plant them in your garden so they can be in full bloom again next fall.
Adding mums as well as pumpkins to your garden decor is the perfect way to embrace fall.
Fall is also an ideal time to split perennials that are getting too large. You can plant in different spots in your garden or give away to friends and family. Planting perennials in the fall is still enough time for the plant to root before winter comes.
Grab a light sweater, an extra cozy blanket and get your picnic planning started. After finding the perfect picnic spot here are some items I recommend bringing along on your fall picnic:
- Hot chocolate in a Thermos. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
- A jar of homemade jam and some crusty bread.
- Red wine and cheese.
- Farmers market fruit and veg or whatever you’ve harvested from your own garden. Add some hummus for the veg and enjoy the fruit on its own.
- …and if you have some left over S’Mores treats bring that along too!
Seeing the beauty in the differences of our seasons is special. Instead of longing for summer to come again or not being happy that it will be cold soon (depending on where you live), shift your thinking and celebrate what’s in season now. I promise — it will make you smile 🙂
How do you embrace your love for summer when it gets cooler? What fall activities will you be doing? Let me know in the comment section below.
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