We’re two days into winter and when the temperature gauge consistently reads below 15 degrees in the mornings now, no one needs to tell me twice to raise my happy flag to full mast and freak out.
We’re saying goodbye to autumn and welcoming our coldest months of winter, filing away our autumn memories for another year. So we’re wrapping up our top 11 ways to celebrate autumn today before we move on to our winter bucket lists of apple picking in Stanthorpe and building snowmen at our annual Winter Festival.
Seasons make me happy.
These treats are reserved only for the autumn months in our family. Warmed up and served with apple juice or hot cocoa, they make the perfect “It’s Autumn” experience.
Bake Pumpkin Bread
Making a batch of pumpkin bread was a total hit this year.
We followed this recipe, substituting quite a bit of the sugar with healthier options like applesauce and stevia and using home cooked pumpkin instead of canned and it was delicious – it’s all about the spices and they were a perfect mix. Nothing opens the autumn floodgates like a batch of pumpkin bread. Bake one loaf for you and another for a friend – we gave a second batch to a good kindy mum friend with a side of Happy Autumn!
Toasted Marshmallow Nights
Perhaps Ella and Billy’s most favourite cold weather thing ever.
Add a glass of red for you and settle in for one cosy night.
Autumn Scavenger Hunt
Make a list and check it off, or just go out and collect whatever nature-y stuff catches your children’s eyes. Make up silly names for them. Like these Prickle Cones, officially classified by Ella.
Anything to spice up the autumn vibe, I’m a fan of, and this is another favourite thing the kids love to do – paint autumn leaves, stick glitter on them, make them into posters.
Thanks to my friend Kate at Kate Veronica Photography, we’ve found the coolest Brisbane autumn spot on Albany Creek Road near the cemetery.
Red and orange falling leaves, piles for jumping and a fun little picnic spot if you block out the cars going by.
Boots, tights, heavy dresses, knee-high socks, warm vests, suspenders. Tell me these things make your heart a-flutter, too. I basically dress them in this get-up the minute I detect even the slightest breeze despite the fact they’re sweating profusely under the layers and have to eat ice blocks to cool down but whatever, it’s fun so yay me.
Quilts & Movies
Another official autumn flag raiser around here are quilts. On beds. Thrown over couches. I have a million of them and they instantly make things cozier. Add early baths and full length onesies and a movie and it just feels all homey.
Another exciting cold weather thing. We turn the lights out and crank the heater in the bathroom and light candles and the kids just think it’s the best thing ever.
Make Caramel Apples
A fun after-school treat to surprise your children with.
Invite some friends over and turn it into a party.
Past Autumn Photos
Start a little autumn file on your computer and each year, go through them and choose some to display on your walls to enhance that chilly season vibe.
See, doesn’t it make it even chillier and cozier just talking about it?
Thanks Autumn for your memories and your traditions. Until next year!
“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
― Stephen King.