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Falling for Fall

by Anna on September 21, 2016

in College Life,Extracurricular

As I write this, we are just TWO days away from fall (although with the temperatures, it’s hard to think about)!  Can you believe we’re already back at this point?  It feels like we just started 2016 and now we’re moving into the final quarter of it!

Coming in at a very close second to winter, fall is my favorite season.  I love almost everything about it — the beautiful color changes in the trees, the cooler nip in the air (jacket season!), the yummy treats we can bake, and the fun fall activities going on around Fontbonne’s campus and in the area.

Since I drive to school every day, I get to look forward to enjoying the gorgeous reds, yellows, and oranges explode in the next few weeks.  Hopefully we have some great colors this year…they provide awesome photo opportunities!  And of course, what’s better than a fall hike to enjoy the foliage at a slower pace?

What are some of your favorite fall treats?  I’m a huge fan of apple-anything — you name it, apple pie, apple bread, apple muffins, apple cake, even just an apple by itself!  Its flavor rockets to the sky with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.  Another great “fall ingredient” is the infamous pumpkin, although I’m not as big a fan of it.  But I’ve got some great recipes that use both apple and pumpkin, so undoubtedly I’ll be making them in the next few months — yummy!  I have a captive audience at home with my always-ready-to-try-what-I-fix family, too! 🙂

Finally, what’s fall without some old-fashioned family fun?  Hayrides, bonfires, apple-picking, corn mazes, and much more abound in the area.  In just a few weeks (October 7), Fontbonne itself is sponsoring a trip to Eckert’s for just $10 per ticket…including food and transportation!  What a great way to get into the fall spirit — embrace it fully!

Happy fall!

~Anna

P.S. — What’s the one thing I don’t like about fall?  The diminishing daylight — it makes it hard to get things done outside in time!  Nevertheless, though, I really do love fall!

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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.

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