Fall Bucket List Wrap-Up

With the official start of winter right around the corner I thought it was time for our Fall bucket list wrap-up. Over the weekend we crossed off two final activities on the list:

  • Drink apple cider
  • Roast s’mores in the fireplace

…two things that go perfectly well together!

Spiked apple cider

Prepare the cider by simmering a half gallon of apple cider with a few tablespoons of mulling spices for about 20 minutes. Remove the spices and serve the hot cider in mugs…or “holiday it up” and serve it spiked with a jigger of brandy, rum or bourbon! This is a winter favorite at our house, I love sipping on this drink while relaxing in front of a fire.

Saracider

Roast S’mores in the Fireplace  

While we were enjoying our mulled ciders we also indulged in S’mores, but not just any S’mores, we made them with Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of the usual chocolate squares!

Smores

Nickroasting

The extra chocolate and hint of peanut butter made the S’mores so delicious – I may never go back to eating them the traditional way!

Saraeating
And with that we’ve come to the end of our 2012 Fall Bucket list. Here’s how we did:

  • Attend a fall festival or Oktoberfest: We had a great time attending the Annapolis Fall Festival.
  • Carve a pumpkin and roast the seeds: We had a spook-tacular Halloween and carved jack-o-lanterns and roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Go camping. We did some cold weather tent camping at Catoctin.
  • Go on a fall picnic. We had a picnic in the park after attending the Annapolis Fall Festival.
  • Roast s’mores in the fireplace.
  • Bake pumpkin bread. We whipped up two Pumpkin Recipes, a three-ingredient bread and curried soup.
  • Go on a hike and enjoy nature. We spent a weekend enjoying the outdoors with a 8-mile hike around Cactoctin Mountain Park while Camping.
  • Try a new hearty soup or fall recipe. We enjoyed a hearty fall meal by preparing a classic Pot Roast.
  • Drink spiked apple cider
  • Run the Turkey Trot 5/10-mile – WOMP! This is the only item on our bucket list that we didn’t successfully complete. So here’s our excuse, we were really aiming to run the 10-mile, but when we put the list together in September we failed to account for the time change and it getting dark earlier in the evenings, which made training on weeknights all but impossible since we run on an un-lit hike/bike trail. The good news is that after a long, hot summer of very little outdoor running, having the race goal inspired us to do a lot more running this fall, so I don’t consider it a complete failure 🙂
  • Drink a pumpkin beer: We toasted fall with a Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter on One Drink Wednesday.
  • Create a fall mantel. We did some seasonal Fall decorating with gourds, leaves, and pumpkins.

So while we weren’t entirely successful at crossing everything off our bucket list, we had a lot of fun completing the activities this fall and that’s all that really matters!

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