Another Friday Favorites post featuring all things Fall? Yes. Plot twist: this Friday Favorites is dedicated to all the things I love to do during Autumn. I have waited all year for this!
Growing up, my mom took us every year and it’s definitely a tradition I will continue on with my own kids some day. It started out all together and as we grew older we started splitting in to teams as a competition to see who could finish the fastest, collect all the puzzle pieces, etc. Now that the two oldest of us are married, the teams typically are my mom and stepdad vs my husband and I vs my two younger siblings. It’s a great active way to spend a crisp afternoon!
Also something my mom did with us every year. Fun fact: we’re still going to the same we have gone to for 25+ years. Bonus: the same man who drove us when we were little still drives the tractor that hauls people out to the patch. We all love to spend the afternoon wandering around the fields, taking photos and buying candy at the country store on the farm. Even though I’m married and moved out now, we somehow all end up at the pumpkin patch on the same day!
We live in one of the most beautiful places in Virginia – the Shenandoah Valley. We are literally surrounded on all sides by mountains and, I’ll be honest, when we go on vacation the first thing I think about is how weird it is to not see mountains. We like to pick a weekend in October (you can actually use this site to help determine when the peak leaf times are), grab some snacks and a pumpkin spice latte and just drive.
Okay, so this one is a little weird and probably a little nervewracking for the people you end up booing, but it’s totally worth it, I promise! You basically fill up a couple bags with small candy, grab a group of people and load up in a car. Pick a house to boo, keeping the car running and have a designated runner to run up to the house, leave the bag, ring the bell, run back to the car and drive! It’s basically a friendly, festive drive by and it is so incredibly fun! The best part is, the people you boo are instructed (by way of a friendly ghost instruction sheet attached to the bag) to boo one of their neighbors, so you can end up with a whole neighborhood that’s been booed. For further instructions, read this site.
Late summer is when I start to really feel the need to stay in the kitchen ALL THE TIME. I’m always busy whipping up muffins, cookies, pies, soups and roasts to name a few. 🙂 Some of my favorite fall recipes include: White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Cheeseburger Chowder, Pumpkin Bread (duh!) and Buttermilk Biscuits (see recipe below) and Sausage Gravy.
I have been using this recipe for years without fail, but for the life of me I can’t remember where I found it.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick cold butter, cut into cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425 F and spritz a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined.
Drop butter cubes into flour mixture and lightly toss them until coated. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the mixture. Add buttermilk and, using a fork, gently fold it into the flour mixture until just moist. The resulting dough will be very sticky and lumpy.
Liberally flour a workspace and turn out dough. Fold the dough over itself a few times – it should quickly come together into a mostly smooth shape.
Pat out into a rectangle shape, roughly 1/2 inch thick. Using a knife, cut dough into 8 equal pieces and place them onto the baking sheet.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.
And that’s a wrap! What are some of your favorite fall activities?