One of the many great things about fall. As a child I remember being barely able to contain my excitement before I put on my costume and did my makeup… I was so excited for that one day that you’re allowed to be anyone or anything imaginable, for just one day! Oh, and the candy… What child could NOT be excited for a holiday when you can ring all the doorbells in your neighborhood and get free candy?!
As an adult, the candy part is less tempting (okay fine, excluding Reese’s or some dark chocolate…), but the dressing up still gives me something to look forward to. Last year I walked around town with my friend and her three little girls, collecting candy and watching her adorable girls, who were dressed up as princesses, as they collected as much candy as they could before their little legs couldn’t walk anymore.
This year, I plan on keeping things simple and maybe having a Halloween movie marathon with a few close friends. This semester has hit its peak in the homework department. Anything that involves lounging around and doing just about nothing, sound fantastic to me!
Here’s a photo I snapped of the fall leaves right outside the library :) Happy Halloween, Griffins!
This past fall weekend, I decided to spend some time at home. Usually when I go home, I love to bake! I wanted to bake something that was “fallish” so that obviously involved pumpkin being a main ingredient in the recipe!
I searched on Pinterest for things to bake and came across so many great recipes! I pinned tons of them but decided to try just one. I chose to try a pumpkin cookie recipe that looked appealing! My baking trial turned out to be a success and the cookies I made were delicious!
If the thought of some pumpkin cookies are making your taste buds water, the link below takes you to the website I got the recipe from. Go check it out and try making them yourself! Good luck!
Autumn in St. Louis has treated me well so far. The trees are beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and green and the weather has been around the upper sixties and seventies, amazing! There are many fabulous things I love to do during the fall season and I am excited to share some of those with you!
1) Eckert’s Country Store & Farms: This is a large place located in Belleville, IL, only about 40 minutes away from Fontbonne. They have a variety of things to do such as apple picking, pumpkin patches, a restaurant to go to, hay rides, concerts, and a wonderful shop with great produce, desserts and gifts!
2) Haunted Houses: St. Louis has many spooky places to go during the fall! Three major haunted houses in the St. Louis are “The Darkness,” “Creepyworld,” and “The Abyss.” I went to “The Darkness” the other night and it sure was scary! It is a little pricey ($25-$35), but the haunted house was very long and worth the price.
3) Trader Joe’s: I went to the store Trader Joe’s a few weeks again with a friend and picked up a few fall favorites! I bought some of their famous spiced apple cider as well as mini pumpkins to decorate my windowsill with. Trader Joe’s always has stations to sample different types of food and drinks and they never disappoint!
4) Football Games: What better way to enjoy fall than to sit in the stands at a football game and sip hot coco! I have gone to a few football games at Washington University in St. Louis (right across the street from Fontbonne!) and watched their games. It is always fun to go with a few friends and get bundled up to watch a great game unfold while enjoying the crisp autumn air. It is a great activity for a Saturday afternoon.
My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.
My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.