I cannot believe it is already October! Time just flies by when you are having fun doesn’t it?When I was pulling up in my driveway, I was so overtaken by the beautiful fall colors in the trees. Our property has many trees so this is such a beautiful time of the year for us. As I sat in my car I thought of all the Fall things that are going on around me and I wanted to share those with you.
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So here it is, my top ten activities for October:
1.Decorate for Fall
Who doesn’t love decorating? Let’s take a moment to think about all the decorating we can do. Decorate a welcoming front door, steps or porch. Using Pumpkins, fall leaves, and other items such as squash, corn husks, hay bails, etc. Set up a little vignette and put a welcome sign right in the middle. There are so many ideas on Pinterest!
2. Bake Scrumptious Fall Goodies
Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Spice Cookies – all your favorites. Here’s a recipe from BettyCrocker.com that I like and you might too!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
1 can pumpkin
1 Egg Yolk
1 Can Evaporated Milk
1 1/4 cups Betty Crocker all-purpose gluten free rice flour blend
2 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice, Gluten Free
1 tsp salt
9 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Xanthan gum
1 tblsp Cider vinegar
6 tbsp Butter
5 tbsp Water
Blend together flour blend, 1 tbsp sugar, xanthan gum and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add butter and mix until it looks like coarse crumbs.
In 1-cup measuring cup, beat 1 egg yolk, vinegar and 3 tbsp water with fork. Blend quickly with egg mixture and process a few seconds until dough begins to come together. (Add additional water if necessary.) Remove dough; shape into pie shape. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
Heat oven to 425°F. In the meantime, make Filling in medium bowl. Beat eggs lightly with whisk or hand beater. Beat in remaining filling ingredients until well blended and set aside.
Remove plastic wrap from dough. On 12-inch square of cooking parchment paper lightly sprinkled with flour blend, roll dough into 11-inch circle. Carefully center ungreased 9-inch pie plate over circle. Turn crust and pie plate over to place crust into pie plate. Remove paper. Ease crust into pan, repairing any tears with wet fingers. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; flute as desired. Pour filling into crust.
Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake about 45 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.
3. Purchase a Winter Coat Now
You don’t want to be stuck with the first frost without a warm coat. Go pick one out now before the crowds grab them up. Don’t forget hats, gloves and socks!
Don’t forget this most important yet often overlooked task. Now is the time to cut back all your flowers and use the clippings for propagating. Do your last good weeding and trimming in time before the frost comes. When you do these things you will be so happy you did come Spring.
5. Go to Local Craft Fairs
Such a fun time to go shopping for the holidays and pick up some cute things for yourself! Also you are supporting others in their quest. You can find so many unique items at craft fairs. Check out events on Facebook in your area.
6. Watch Your Favorite Movies or Read Your Favorite Books
Curl up with a hot cocoa and turn on our favorite movies or grab a book you’ve been meaning to read. With so many options like Netflix, Hulu, Cable, Movie Theaters and Kindle there is definitely something you can find to keep you entertained.
7. Change Your Wiper Blades
Get ready for the winter snows. Fill your Water Reservoir. Clean your headlights. Put a flashlight with fresh batteries in your glove box. Do the maintenance now, you can thank me later!
8. Carve a Pumpkin
Get out the knives ladies! Draw some funny faces, be creative and carve away. Get the kids involved. Bake the seeds. Do all the fun, messy stuff! There are plenty of free downloadable stencils like this one. Click on the picture to go to the page.
9. Purchase or Better Yet Make your Halloween Costume
What is trending? Where to shop? One year when I was a kid I went as a box of Jello. LOL. My best friend and I would go to the store and buy boxes of Jello and go to the school yard and it, so hence the idea. Here are some ideas straight from today’s trends:
10. Go Trick or Treating or Throw a Halloween Party
Take the kids and have fun with them checking out all the other costumes and the Halloween decorations. If you don’t have kids – be one! Have a costume party and enjoy all the fun with your family and friends.
What was your favorite costume as a kid?
Happy Halloween! Be Safe! Have Fun!
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