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Monday, September 26, 2016

My Fall Bucket List

Fall has finally arrived and I couldn't be happier about it! I almost didn’t publish this post today, because one of the bloggers I follow and love just wrote a similar post this weekend and I didn’t want to come across as a copycat, but then I realized that this was just about the silliest reason to not post something... and so I decided to go ahead and ease into blogging again with a list of all of the things I hope to do this fall.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year and I’m not afraid to admit my love for cozy sweaters and scarves, pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and taking way too many pictures of colorful fallen leaves. The weather in Germany is still quite summery, but I’m already looking forward to bringing my Hunter Boots and Trench Coats out of their hibernation again and to sip many cups of steaming tea as the evenings grow shorter. I feel very thankful for living in a region of the world where the four seasons clearly show and I’m trying to become ever more mindful of appreciating each one for its own unique characteristics and so I hope that this seasonal bucket list will help me make the most out of fall!

1. Visit the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival. Going to this event is quickly becoming one of my fall traditions and I'm excited about going every single year! I have set a date for a visit with some friends already and I'm sure it's going to be a blast. You can check out the post I wrote about the festival last year here.

2. Make Pumpkin & Apple Pie. Believe it or not, but I have never made proper American-style Pumpkin or Apple Pie before! I don't own a pie dish yet - they aren't exactly standard kitchen fare in Germany - but this is something that I've been wanting to do for ages, so I'm going to force myself to actually make it happen this year. If you have any recipes that you love (especially for Pumpkin Pie!) I would be really thankful if you could leave them in the comments below!

3. Cook a large batch of my favorite Pumpkin Soup and share the recipe on my blog. And while we're at the topics of pumpkins: Pumpkin soup is one of my favorite things to eat in fall and I probably have it at least once a week in some shape or form. I never got around to shooting my favorite (Asian-inspired!) recipe last year, but I want to challenge myself to create more food-based content for my blog in the future and this would be a fun and tasty way to get started!

4. Buy a new bed. After almost five years, my trusty IKEA bed is on the verge of collapsing (I might be slightly exaggerating... or am I?) and so it’s about time I buy a new one. And since I'm ready to mix up the design of my apartment a little bit again, I also want to use the opportunity to get some pretty new linens and decorative pillows, because nothing can change the look of a room quicker!

5. Start Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Challenge. I’ve been going on and on about how I want to get into fitness again and therefore I want to start Jamie Eason's LiveFit plan again once I return from my trip to the Peak District next week. I have done this program when I lived in Norway and achieved some great results back then and so I hope it can help me get into a workout routine and make me feel excited about weight-lifting again.

6. Start Planting An Herb Garden. This might sound like a strange goal for fall, but apparently there are some herbs that can last through the colder times of the year and since I do love having fresh herbs for cooking, I want to give "gardening" on my balcony a go again and see if I can manage to care for some thyme and sage without accidentally killing one of the plants.

7. Buy some succulents for my apartment. I love having fresh flowers at my apartment, but in the spirit of seasonal living it seems a bit too decadent to do so in fall (at least as often as I want to!) and so I figure that getting a few succulents is the best way to ease into caring for potted plants and to add a little bit of much-needed greenery to my place.

8. Go On A Forest Walk. I haven’t gone for a walk in the forest in a really long time, but I always love getting out into nature and fall is obviously a particularly amazing time to head into the woods. I definitely plan on taking a lot of pictures of colorful leaves and picturesque paths, so get ready for a repeat of this post sooner or later!

9. Prepare A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast. Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Germany, but it’s one of my favorite memories from the year I spent living in Canada and so I want to cook up some dishes this year for old times' sake and to remind myself to be thankful for all the great experiences of the past year. I do love a classic roasted turkey with all of the trimmings, but since my boyfriend is a vegetarian, I'd like to go for a stuffed pumpkin like this one instead.

10. Buy A New Cozy Scarf. I don’t buy a ton of new clothes all the time - I'm one of those weird people that doesn't really enjoy shopping unless it's for food - but I always like to get a cozy new scarf in fall since they are lifesavers during the German winter! Asos always has a nice collection of scarves and I already have my eye on some of them.

What are your plans for fall? Are you as excited about the new season as I am? 


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