This year is like no other, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the Fall season with your loved ones. Have you thought about how you want to create memories this year?
Well, if you haven’t given it much thought yet, look no further! I’ve put together some fun ideas for families to do that will help you social distance and still feel the comfort, joy and gratitude that this time of year brings. Whether you’re outdoorsy, indoorsy or somewhere in-between, there’s something on this list for everyone!
Here are my TOP 10 Fall season bucket list suggestions for you:
- Decorate the House. Nothing shows the fun changing seasons like holiday décor. Whether you choose hay bales, corn stalks and pumpkins, or something a little creepier with spiders, ghosts and skeletons, there are plenty of decorations to choose from at the store. You can go together as a family to choose your décor and decorate together or put your creative juices to use and make your own decorations. There are great ideas on Pinterest on how to make your own.
- Set the Mood. Here are some fun essential oil blends to use in your diffuser at Fall time. They are
also great blends to combine with homemade DIY beauty products like body butters, sugar scrubs, soaps, and perfumes.
- warm chai: cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and ginger
- mulled cider: orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, & clove
- autumn wreath: white fir, juniper berry, & clary sage
- sweater weather: eucalyptus, juniper berry, & clary sage
- a walk in the woods: arborvitae & cinnamon
- autumn breeze: orange, patchouli, & clove
- pumpkin pie: cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, & nutmeg
- fall retreat: orange, cedarwood, & ginger
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch. Some of my fondest memories with my family is going on a hayride to find the perfect pumpkin to bring home and carve or decorate. If you decide to carve, then you can use the pumpkin seeds to make a yummy, seasoned treat. Or just grab some paint and brushes and let your creativity ignite as you bring your pumpkin to life with images painted on it.
Pumpkin Seeds Recipe. Ingredients: 3 drops Cassia, 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, 3 Tbsp raw honey, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, ¼ cup salt, cooking oil. Directions: Soak seeds in Cassia essential oil, salt and water (1/4 inch over seeds) overnight. Drain water from seeds. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir pumpkin seeds, cooking oil, honey, cinnamon and salt until the seeds are evenly coated. Pour seeds onto a greased baking sheet with sides. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or until golden and crunchy.
- Watch a Halloween Movie. There are many Halloween-type of family friendly movies you can watch with your kids. Here are a few suggestions: Hocus Pocus, Casper, Beetlejuice, The Corpse Bride and The Addams Family. Enjoy some hot cider and flavored popcorn as you snuggle up together in front of the television. Or, if you have means to a projector, take it outside in the backyard and project it against the house or hang up a white sheet. Add smores and a fire to the mix for the perfect Fall night.
Popcorn Recipe with Flavor Options: Ingredients: 1/2 cup of un-popped popcorn (12–16 cups popped popcorn), 1/8–1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, 3–6 drops essential oil of your choice, Sweetener such as honey or maple syrup to taste, Salt to taste. Directions: Pop popcorn kernels, and then place popped popcorn in a large bowl or brown paper bag. Heat coconut oil and sweetener over low heat until well combined and liquified. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple minutes. Stir in essentials oils. Pour coconut oil mixture over popcorn and stir or shake to combine. Add salt to taste.
- Sweet Spice: 3–4 drops doTERRA’s OnGuard Protective Blend (can replace with 2 drops clove and 2 drops orange essential oil) and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil with 2 Tbsp. maple syrup.
- Cardamom-Honey: 1–2 drops cardamom essential oil with 1–2 Tbsp. honey and salt to taste.
- Lemon & Browned Butter: Brown 6 Tbsp. butter (instead of coconut oil) in a saucepan; add 2–4 drops lemon essential oil.
- Coconut-Lime: 4–5 drops lime essential oil, 1–2 Tbsp. honey, and salt to taste. Add shredded coconut if desired.
- Extra Idea Options: Throw in some other food items such as coconut flakes, cinnamon powder, sugar, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, sesame seeds, bacon, etc.
- Visit an apple orchard. Hand pick fresh apples and go home and make caramel apples together. You can even make an apple bar for a special treat. Slice up apples. Melt caramel and chocolate in separate melting pots. Add a little Wild Orange, Cinnamon or OnGuard Blend for additional flavor and immune boosting benefits. Have dishes with crushed up sweets, like Butterfinger, Oreos, nuts, marshmallows, brown sugar, sprinkles, etc. Or you can play the game, “Bobbing for Apples” with the apples you pick. So fun!
- Go Leaf Hunting. Find beautiful fall leaves in your backyard or take a hike in the mountains. Then go home and put them in a Fall-Themed Book that gives your family time to write about their favorite Fall adventures. What a great way to explore the outdoors!
- Escape a Corn Maze. Can you believe I’ve gotten lost in a corn maze with my family? I thought we’d be adventurous, and well, I succeeded. I suggest grabbing a map of the maze if they provide one. Let your kids have a turn to decide which way to go. They’ll feel empowered!
- Give a BOO Gift. A Halloween BOO is a little gift or treat left anonymously by a friend or neighbor. You can choose the lucky neighbors and put together a festive bag or basket to leave on the doorstep, ring the bell and run. Just Google “Halloween Boo Gift” and you’ll get so many ideas on what to put in the gift basket, as well as a cut-out and instructions on how to gift it.
- Play Halloween inspired games. Truth or Scare with Halloween truth or dare questions. Halloween Would You Rather or Guess the food game (Halloween Style). It’s always fun to blind fold the kids and let them feel the different textures of food, like wet spaghetti for zombie intestines, peel the skin off of grapes for eyes, mashed up bananas for zombie brains, etc.
- Make Pumpkin & Spiced Flavored EVERYTHING! Sugar scrubs, cookies, pancakes, drinks… There’s no limit! You can enjoy time together making the recipes, using/eating them, or even better, gifting them to a neighbor! Here’s a couple of recipes to try:
DIY Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub. Mix together and store in an airtight container the following: 1 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup oil (use any natural oil you prefer: sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and fractionated coconut oil all work great), 2 drops cinnamon essential oil, 2 drops clove essential oil, 2 drops ginger essential oil, 2 drops cardamom essential oil, 2 drops nutmeg essential oil. Directions: Scoop out with clean spoon, making sure to not get water into the container. Apply a generous amount of sugar scrub to wet skin. Massage sugar scrub into skin using a circular motion to help exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Rinse well. Pat skin dry.
Fall Bubbling Bath Salts. Ingredients: 2 cups Epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch, 2 Tbsp fractionated coconut oil, 8 drops Wild Orange, 8 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Clove, 2 Tbsp of SLSA (it creates amazing bubbles in the water), 1-2 tsp witch hazel, 1 tsp of rubbing alcohol. Directions: Scoop about 1/4-1/2 cup of bubbling bath salts and put in tub under running hot water for a regular size tub. Run your hand back and forth in the tub water to agitate the water which will help dissolve the Epsom salt and it will also help make more and bigger bubbles.
Glazed Spicey Sweet Potatoes. Ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter, melted, 4 tablespoons honey, Juice of 1 lime, 2 teaspoons ground allspice, 8 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch thick slices, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish (optional). Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat large baking dish or roasting pan with oil. In large bowl, stir butter, honey, lime juice, allspice, and Cinnamon and Ginger oils together until blended. Add sweet potato slices and toss to coat before placing on baking pan in a single layer. Arrange the slices in a single layer in prepared dish or pan. Season potatoes with salt and pepper. Bake the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes and then stir to coat with glaze. Continue baking another 10–15 minutes or until tender and slightly caramelized. Transfer to bowl and garnish with fresh thyme leaves, if desired.
Pumpkin Cookies. Ingredients: 1 cup canned pumpkin, ½ cup non hydrogenated vegetable shortening, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops Ginger, 1 drop Clove, 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, ¼ cup oat flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, optional: 1 cup pumpkin seeds. Instructions: Reduce pumpkin by placing in a saucepan over medium heat for 30–45 minutes. Stir often until pumpkin has reduced to ½ cup. Set aside to cool. Cream together shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in cooled pumpkin, vanilla, and oils. Sift remaining dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Place onto baking sheets. Flatten tops with a spoon. Arrange a few pumpkin seeds in the center as garnish. Bake 10–12 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheet for two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Pumpkin Smoothie. Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice), ½ cup pumpkin puree, ½ cup vanilla yogurt, 2 frozen bananas, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning, 2–3 drops doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend, 1 cup ice. Directions: Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. If desired, add some whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 drop Cinnamon Bark, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1 c milk, 1 c pumpkin puree, 2 large eggs, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, butter, for cooking. Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and pumpkin puree, then add eggs and stir in vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When butter is foamy, reduce heat to medium-low and ladle pancake batter into skillet. Cook until bubbles start to form in batter and pancake is golden underneath, about 3 minutes then flip and cook the other side until golden, another 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with butter, maple syrup and toasted pecans.
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