Fall Bucket List & Halloween Home Decorations

You’ve probably already noticed, but fall this year has looked a bit different than it did last year. Last year I decorated for Halloween on September 22nd (the first official day of autumn). I made cookies, macarons, and stuffed jack-o-lantern peppers, went trick or treating in Disneyland, picked pumpkins at a pumpkin patch, and even visited an apple orchard. I watched a Halloween movie every night of October and even made a drinking game to Hocus Pocus. It was so lit. I loved every second of it.

This year things haven’t really played out the same way. I have more on my plate this time around and can’t devote the proper amount of time to ghoulish baking and celebrating. It makes me a bit sad, sure, but I know that all the things I’m actually devoting my time too are also important so I don’t dwell too much. The apartment is still decorated (pictures below!), I’ve picked up our carving pumpkins, I’ve made a few pumpkin spiced treats, and I’ve already watched the halloween highlights (Hocus Pocus, Addams Family, and Nightmare Before Christmas). I’d say I’m doin’ pretty good, all things considered.

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But no matter how busy things are, it wouldn’t feel right to go through fall without a seasonal bucket list. So here’s mine:

  • Bake a pie
  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Make an at-home pumpkin spice latte
  • See fall foliage (and wear a sweater and boots!)
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Watch Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter, Corpse Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Addams Family
  • Listen to a Halloween themed playlist
  • Make a creepy cocktail (coming soon!)
  • Drink apple cider
  • Make caramel apples

I know I’m missing a few things. Do me a favor and comment your favorite fall activity (if you’re so inclined) so that I can add to my list!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

Heyyy, remember me?

It’s been a while. I’ve been busy living life and studying chemical reactions and celebrating two brides this season. I haven’t felt like cooking or baking much (this is a lie- I missed it a lot but just didn’t have the time.) I’ve barely celebrated fall. I haven’t even watched Hocus Pocus yet (I have watched all the Harry Potters and Nightmare Before Christmas, though). I waited until October 11th to decorate. Who am I, right?!

Anyway, edging my way back into blogging with a simple and not at all time consuming recipe for pumpkin spice syrup! yeyyyy.

You’re either in Pumpkin Spice Latte Camp, or you’re not. I know many people who aren’t, and whatever, I respect your decision I guess. I’m firmly in it. I could be camp counselor. Give me a whistle and a pair of cargo shorts and I’ll make pumpkin spice themed activities for all campers for days.

I digress, lol.

Anyway, this syrup has canned pumpkin, some water, some maple syrup, and some spices in it. That’s it! So you can add some to your morning latte and not feel kind of guilty for consuming 100000 grams of sugar, ya know? And maybe you slip it into some coffee you make for one of those PSL haters you know, and they say “whoa, this is delicious, what did you do?!” and you say “you’re one of us now” and then slam dunk a pumpkin and walk away.

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What you need: 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree // 1/2 cup of maple syrup // 1/2 tsp cinnamon // dash of nutmeg // dash of ginger // dash of salt // 1 cup filtered water

What you do: Add all ingredients to food processor and process for a few seconds. Transfer contents to small saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Bring to simmer and then remove heat. Pour through a fine mesh sieve and transfer into a mason jar. Store in fridge for up to 3 weeks (it won’t last that long).

For a PSL, add two tablespoons of syrup to your mug, then pour over two shots of espresso and some frothed milk. Yum!

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This little Halloween friend of mine couldn’t resist the yummy syrup either 😉 That’s really similar to what I look like before I’ve had my morning cup, come to think of it…

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Enjoy!