Autumn is, for sure, my favorite season. Mainly because you get all in one where I live – sun, rain, wind, and even sometimes snow. I love everything about it, the rich colors, the smell, the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market. It’s a great time to go for a walk or hike in the mountains. And later, snuggle under a cozy blanket, tired but happy. But I think you’d agree that autumn is often jam-packed. Suddenly, we become aware that there are only a few months until the year ends. And naturally, there’s still a lot to accomplish. This is why I usually create a bucket list of all I want to do. Because every time I tick something off, I know that I’ve done my best to fully enjoy this delightful season.
And here it is, my personal ‘less, but luxe style’ autumn bucket list:
A Mountain Hike
We’re in the lucky situation, not having to drive very far to go for a hike in the mountains. During summertime, though, the easier the trails, the busier they are. The situation gets a bit better in autumn, at the end of the hiking season. Then it’s less crowded, so we can fully enjoy our walks.
Shopping at the Farmer’s Market
I love shopping at the farmer’s market year-round. My husband and I take our time to pick and choose the most colorful veggies, fresh fish or meat, and cheese. Usually, we have lunch and a nice glass of wine somewhere nearby. I love these Saturday mornings. However, now, at the beginning of autumn, they feel even more special. To see what nature has to offer this time of the year absolutely amazes me.
Capturing the Taste of Autumn
Every season has a distinct aroma. Late summer, for instance, is dominated by lavender. As autumn goes on, the smell of lavender fades, and cinnamon gets more prominent. Cinnamon seems to be everywhere. I especially love it mixed with other ingredients to create this typical pumpkin spice smell and taste. There are some good store-bought ones, but most of the time, I quickly make my own. Recipes for pumpkin spice mixtures vary, here’s my favorite:
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 0.5 tsp cardamom
- 0.5 tsp anise
Mix it all together to give your favorite cookie or muffin recipe an autumn vibe. For a more spicy variation, replace anise with ground ginger and use it with a hint of orange peel in your pumpkin soup.
Decorating for the Changing Season
The great thing about autumn decoration is that you can find most of it right at your doorstep. I usually grab a few beautiful leaves and dry them between two sheets of paper. And then I go and get some pumpkins and fresh flowers.
If you want to know more about my mindful approach to buying seasonal home decor, this article is a good read:
In the late autumn beginning of winter, the weather can get quite nasty. Then, it’s time to get cozy. Spending a late Sunday afternoon, snuggled under a blanket, reading, or hanging on to Netflix, can be so relaxing. But only when we stop worrying about our busy schedules and crammed todo lists – and truly appreciate the moment!
And there you have it – my ‘less, but luxe style’ bucket list for autumn 2020.
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