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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

25 autumn activities to do that don't cost very much

To celebrate my most favourite season I thought I'd comprise a little list of autumn activities that don't cost very much. Here we go and feel free to add any ideas you may have in the comments!

01. Host an autumn harvest potluck at you house. Feature foods that are in season- apples, pumpkins, squash, cranberries.
02. Go for a walk in the great outdoors. Bask in the warm sun and breathe in the crisp air.
03. Make these pumpkin muffins for breakfast or to pack in lunches.
04. The next time you make cofffee....try cinnamon coffee!
05. Create a fall nature display. Collect items on your walk and display them in your house.
06. Press colourful leaves between a heavy book and then use them to decorate your house.
07. Make place settings for your guests when they come over for your harvest dinner.
08. Light candles at dinner time. Carve out a small whol ein the top of a mini pumpkin and put a tealight candle in it.
09. Have a picnic outside while the weather is still warm enough.
10. Make a big batch of chili and freeze the leftovers into smaller containers. Makes for a great emergency meal. Same goes for any casserole, make enough to have an extra one and put it in your freezer, you'll be thankful later for an easy home cooked hot meal.
11. Gear up for Thanksgiving (Canada's is much earlier than in the US) and go around the dinner table saying one thing that you are thankful for.
12. Use up those apples! Make apple cider, apple crisp, apple pancakes, apple sauce! Yum!
13. Go for a country drive, look at all the beautiful colours!
14. Set aside some time to put away those summer clothes and get out the fall and winter clothes.
15. Have a clothes swap with friends. You never know, one person's trash is another person's treasure.
16. Go watch an outdoor football game (even if it is just the local high school's game). Sit on the bleachers and bring a thermos of hot chocolate.
17. Splurge (just this once) and buy yourself a bouquet of beautiful fall flowers. Sunflowers are my absolute favourite.
18. Start up a walking club with friends or neighbours. This forces you to be accountable and allows you to catch up with the girls over a brisk walk. Tea afterwards is always an added bonus!
19. Buy some pumpkins (often very inexpensive) and place them around your home.
20. Decorate the front of your home or a window if you live in an apartment so that people passing by can enjoy the view!
21. Enjoy a favourite seasonal drink, like a pumpkin spice latte.
22. Watch a Halloween movie, like It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (the Disney 1949 version is the best!)
23. Take out a book of ghost stories from the library.
24. Go to your local farmer's market for a taste of the "end of the season" crops.
25. Get out your cozy blankets, warm sweaters, wooly socks and lovely's time to be warm!

Do you have any fun ideas to add to the list? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
ps. All of these pictures were taken on Sunday when we went for a little drive.


  1. Oh Johanna! What beautiful pictures and great ideas. I'll keep them in mind for next autumn :) Some of them can be undertaken any time 'though. Going away interstate for a little break. Will miss your posts :)

  2. thanks for inspiring me to buy myself a bunch of flowers!

  3. I miss fall football games so much! Come September, my bum has evolved genetically to sit upon cold bleachers. And now, it has not that purpose to fulfill.

  4. I love this list!! And obviously I have taken advantage of number 9!! :) Hugs to you! xo

  5. what a great list and a fun all of it too...

    so HAPPY to see you today, my friend
    i am off in search of Fall flowers...
    and i LOVE your new header..perfect.

    sending love today,


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