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Our Fall Bucket List for 2014

Fall Bucket List 2014

The Best of Fall Fun

It’s that time of year again. The air is cooler, somehow crisper and the first day of Fall lies just two days away. We like to make a Bucket List for every season. It helps to get the most out of every minute of it. So, here it is!

FALL BUCKET LIST 2014

1. Hike some of the Appalachian Trail. We are blessed to live in East Tennessee.  A life surrounded by mountain peaks. Just a few minutes down the road is Little Wilbur Dam and Watauga Lake. There is a trail there where you can step right onto the Appalachian Trail and in the fall it is at its finest. Leaves in every shade of orange, red and yellow form a canopy above you and rustling walls around you. You stroll along the paths as through the halls of a  deciduous castle.     FendersFarm_sm

2. Visit Fender’s Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Hayride: Every year we take a family trip to visit Fender’s Farm where they have an awesome corn maze! They also have fried twinkies and fried Oreos 🙂  After you make it through, guided by clues, of course, you are taken on a hayride to a great area where the kids can play on a bouncy board or fly on zip lines. Every year before now we have stayed with the daytime trip but this year T thinks he is grown up enough to go through at night. I am not sure I am grown up enough to make it, though. At night things chase you in the corn maze and the sweet-smelling hayride transforms into a haunted hayride. They also have a new feature called, Redneck Zombie Paintball.  I’ll check back and let you know how I do…  I mean, T does.   PumpkinPatch 3. Carve Pumpkins: We have found a great little place where we like to buy our pumpkins every year. Carving Pumpkins has become one of my favorite parts of the season. You never know what T will come up with. Last year we found ourselves quite surprised when we put the pumpkins out and lit them up and realized that he had carved butt cheeks into the back of his.  Geez… Boys!  I had seen him working on one cheek and thought it was an innocent ear.   Not so much! PumpkinsCarved ButtCheekPumpkin 4. Drink lots of hot cocoa! We love hot cocoa and while we travel once a year for the ultimate hot cocoa at a little restaurant in Banner Elk, North Carolina…   We also make our own. We don’t believe in the quick microwave hot cocoa. We like it in warm milk, warmed on the stove, whisked until it is extra creamy, served with whipped cream, hot chocolate sauce, and a few mini chocolate chips and stirred with a candy cane. We also like to take marshmallows, roll them in chocolate and then sprinkle them with crushed peppermint every once in awhile.   FallCocoa FallMarshmallows    5. Spend Evenings Around the Fire Pit: There is something so soothing about sitting around the fire pit with your family watching the flames dance. We like to bring hot dogs, marshmallows and a book of spooky stories out with us.

FirePit

6. Decorate the House:  I love owning our house. We rented for a long time and I am still basking in the freedom of home ownership. I can decorate to my hearts desire. I am taking full advantage.  Here are a few pictures from last year.

FallDecor

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7.Thick Sweaters: It wouldn’t be fall without the cozy clothes. I love warm sweaters, thick, soft socks, scarves, and hats. T pretty much stays in his pajamas unless we leave the house so this part of the season isn’t appreciated so much by him, but for me…  I have decided I need this cable knit sweater to start the season with. Being from Maine, I am a huge fan of cable knit sweaters.

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8. Build a Scarecrow: We build a scarecrow every year. Not because we are actually trying to frighten the birds but just because it’s fun!

ScareCrow

8. Visit an Apple Orchard: In our part of the world Apple Butter is a common staple. When I lived in Maine I didn’t know it existed. It was such a great find and the creation of apple butter is often an event of sorts. There is a place in Telford where you can go to this big open field and take turns stirring giant kettles of apple butter. It’s a fun way to meet new people and the end result is delicious. We also take a trip every year to Erwin to visit the Apple Festival which is so much fun. This year though we are looking to expand our love of apples by heading to an orchard and plucking them straight from the trees. I have wonderful memories from when I lived in Maine going to the orchards and picking McIntosh apples. To this day, no apple has ever tasted better than those.

9. We also like to make these Rice Krispie Ghosts. They go quick but they are adorable while they last. Get the recipe here!

ghosts

Our list is not finished. We will add to it as we are inspired. You are welcome to inspire us with your favorite Fall traditions. Share in the comments below. Comments make us happy!

Autumn

42 thoughts on “Our Fall Bucket List for 2014

    1. Yay! I dug mine out a few weeks ago and they have been teasing me ever since. Can not wait! You can finally feel it in the air now. Have a wonderful season and thank you for visiting. Come back soon!

    1. Hello Kimberly! I hope I end up loving the haunted hayride. I’m easily startled to say the least! And that Hot Chocolate is delicious. You need some right away! LOL

    1. Hello Maggie! Thanks for visiting us! Those rice krispie ghosts are so good and I am a firm believer that Fall requires hot chocolate. LOL Have a great evening and come back soon!

      1. Hello Sam! So happy to hear from you. Maybe you need to start a trend! We do have so much fun with it. I hope you get a chance to come back and visit again someday! I myself would love to see England. Be well and come back soon!

    1. Yay! I dug mine out a few weeks ago and they have been teasing me ever since. Can not wait! You can finally feel it in the air now. Have a wonderful season and thank you for visiting. Come back soon!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting! We are excited too! Halloween is one of T’s very favorite times of the year! I love being able to be outside without burning up and there is so much to do to make it fabulous. Be blessed and we hope you come back soon!

    1. Thank you for visiting! My son is counting down too! So much fun! Have a blessed day and we hope to have you back you again! #sharewithme

    1. Thank you so much! These are a few of my favorites. All I needed was an apple pie pick and it would be complete! Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you back here soon! Be Blessed!

    1. Thank you so much! These are a few of my favorites. All I needed was an apple pie pick and it would be complete! Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you back here soon! Be Blessed!

  1. Life at the Little Wood says:

    Oh my, that cocoa looks amazing! Such a lovely list. I adore Autumn, and every activity that you describe! Xx #sharewithme

    1. Thanks so much for visiting! I feel the same way about Autumn. Wish it was a longer season! Thanks again and be blessed! #sharewithme

  2. Life at the Little Wood says:

    Oh my, that cocoa looks amazing! Such a lovely list. I adore Autumn, and every activity that you describe! Xx #sharewithme

  3. Oh I absolutely love the way you celebrate halloween and autumn in general in America. I came to Tennessee/North Carolina for my ex boyfriend’s cousin’s wedding a few year’s ago in November and I just absolutely loved it. We just don’t do it with such style in England! X #sharewithme
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    1. Hello Sam! So happy to hear from you. Maybe you need to start a trend! We do have so much fun with it. I hope you get a chance to come back and visit again someday! I myself would love to see England. Be well and come back soon!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting! We are excited too! Halloween is one of T’s very favorite times of the year! I love being able to be outside without burning up and there is so much to do to make it fabulous. Be blessed and we hope you come back soon!

    1. We would love to have you! We spent last night around a bonfire cooking hot dogs and making s’mores. It has begun:) I will definitely be back PoCoLo. Thanks for visiting and come back soon! Be blessed!

    1. We would love to have you! We spent last night around a bonfire cooking hot dogs and making s’mores. It has begun:) I will definitely be back PoCoLo. Thanks for visiting and come back soon! Be blessed!

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