Hmm …autumn, what is there not to talk about for this season and the city of St. Louis?! Honestly. I love living here in general but when fall comes around, my heart just flutters with joy because of all the color around to see! The trees are changing, as well as falling, the temperature begins to drop and take a change of course, more family events and dinners occur – which means much more family bonding of course!! As well as my birthday and my sister’s birthday since we share the same birthday month, that of being October. Now sadly October does not have a special background of origin as compared to January, February, March, April, May, June, July or August basically.
Going back to what I was saying about the several kinds of trees in St. Louis…where can I even begin?! There are so many colors that I see just from my drive to and from campus each day! There are several trees in Forest Park – which I used to know the exact number of how many different kinds of trees but much more than I would ever know. I know that certain things that make St. Louis so great in the fall would be the little events and traditions that go on that some of us may not even be aware of. Such as the “Best of Missouri Fest” that takes place at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where several companies come together to share some of their products for possible customers to purchase. I know that whenever my family attends, we come home with 3-4 caramel apples from our favorite little shop. Also there is pumpkin picking at Eckert’s Farm, where you can choose any pumpkin of varying sizes to take home and then carve for Halloween.
Now I will say that I am beginning to love hiking though it depends on where. My boyfriend and I actually love taking walks outside in the neighborhood, now sure, that is not the same as hiking, but we make sure to go for bike rides on Grant’s Trail through the city as well as county. Bonfires, now those are the best! A group of friends of mine have been planning on meeting up a few times each month just to go outside and have a bonfire with this horrible cold weather coming upon us, so we must make the best of it! Roasting marshmallows and creating the best s’more possible!
I will say that fall traditions vary from person to person but making sure to share those traditions with others makes fall even better, because there are more opportunities to spend amounts of time with friends in one of the best seasons possible for this city. There is so much color and beauty out there – so make sure to spend time exploring it while you can as well as creating more memories with friends along the way!
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.