FALL IS HERE!

I cannot contain my excitement for the fact that it is now fall in Boulder, Colorado. ATTENTION EVERYONE! WE HAVE ENTERED INTO THE GREATEST SEASON OF ALL TIME. From pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon flavors, changing of the leaves, to my favorite sweater weather. Fall is the blissful season before the cold, cold winter with 3 feet of snow that we will have to walk through to get to class. Fall is the sunny but a little chilly weather where taking a walk in your sweater is prime temperature. My birthday is also in September so I have a prejudice against it but besides that point, it is absolutely amazing. I have come to appreciate everything that has anything that has to do with fall: pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, beautiful leaves, scarves, boots, candles, comfortable, calm, thanksgiving and halloween, family, and just love. If you can’t sense my excitement for this season then I do not know if I can make it any clearer that I am obsessed with this weather! Here are some fun fall activities and foods you can make this season with family, friends, or by yourself.

1. Pumpkin carving, duh

If you think fall, the first thing that comes to your mind should be pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. When stores bring out the fake pumpkins, you know that fall is approaching. Now this is a traditional activity done in this season usually with friends to make jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. There are ENDLESS amounts of things you could carve into a pumpkin, seriously, you could carve anything you want. It can intricate and incredible like this:

Chique and adorable like this:

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Or even just simple for those where art may not be their strong suit (me):

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BUT THE BEST PART WITH PUMPKIN CARVING: not only do you have an extremely fun activity to do where you end up with an adorable decoration for your house but you also can use the pumpkin seeds to make a snack! This just keeps getting better and better! You can really put any seasoning onto these pumpkins seeds to customize it but my favorite is to put salt on it and bake it in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Here are some other ideas for how you could season your pumpkin seeds! These snacks are not only healthy but delicious and helps to use the entire pumpkin without wasting anything!

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http://www.appleandeve.com

2. Going to a haunted house!

I personally hate being scared so haunted houses are definitely not my thing but it is still a very fun fall activity! It is also nice that going to a haunted house is an activity that you can do with anyone from your parents, friends, significant other, or kids! The best haunted houses near Boulder are “Terror in the Corn” which takes place in an actual corn field (which is terrifying) and the haunted house at Boulder High School. If you have a chance or love the thrill of going to a haunted house then I highly recommend you check those out!

3. Fall baking

Honestly what is better than baking fall foods?! There are endless ideas from pumpkin muffins, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cookies, cinnamon crumb cake, ginger snap cookies, pecan pie, pumpkin pecan cobbler, pumpkin bread, baked apples…the list is honestly endless. Get in the kitchen and start baking pumpkin, pecan, apple, cinnamon, pecan everything! Just look at these fall sweets below! (My mouth is already watering looking at these)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins (Are you kidding me right now?)

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Caramel Apple Sheet Cake (Oh man…)

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Caramel Apple CUPCAKE (WHAT?!)

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Vanilla Chai Latte Cupcakes….I am going to make these right now

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http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/vanilla-chai-latte-cupcakes/

Excuse me while I head into the kitchen to make some festive fall foods! Hope you can enjoy these fall activities and make this season the best yet!

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