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10 Ways to Enjoy Autumn

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Every season has its special, unique things. Fall is no different. Make the most of these unique things with these 10 simple ways to enjoy Autumn.

Yellow leaves on a tree branch with text overlay.

Gather Rose Hips

These fruits are some of the most amazing (and most often overlooked) parts of fall. They’re healing and tasty. Dry them for use in tea, turn them into jelly or syrup.

Preserve Winter Squash

Winter squash is a notoriously long-storing vegetable. There’s no need to create extra work unless one starts to get soft. However, they tend to be large and finding ways to use the extra bits is always a good idea. Freeze leftover winter squash and use it for a pumpkin pie inspired smoothie. Dehydrate it into pumpkin pie leather.

Finding joy in Autumn even in the short daylight hours can be achieved by following 5 simple guidelines for intentional, seasonal living.

Roast those Squash Seeds

Don’t let those winter squash seeds go to waste. Roast some. Do it simple – preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with some salt. Roast for about 40 minutes stirring now and then being careful not to scorch. Remove from the oven when they get a light brown and crunchy texture. Let cool and then store in airtight container. Seasoning choices are endless go with your favorites.

Dip Leaves into Wax

Melt some paraffin or beeswax in a double boiler. Dip colorful leaves into the wax then hang the leaves from a string (over some newspaper) and let it dry. String the leaves together for some colorful garland. Write names on the leaves before dipping and use them for place cards. Use the dipped leaves as part of a table centerpiece around some candles.

Dig Up Some Medicinal Roots

Fall is a great time to dig up medicinal roots. This is the time of year that plants put their energy into the roots, making them chock full of beneficial properties. Dandelion root tea can help cleanse the liver. Make a tincture of echinacea roots to boost the immune system during a cold. Create a spicy tonic with horseradish root and other vegetables. Use a tincture of valerian root to ease insomnia.

Make the most of fall's healing roots by making dandelion root infused honey to help the body flush toxins and aid digestion.

Save a Few Seeds

Gather a few seeds from a favorite flower, vegetable, or fruit and save it for next year. Start with easy things – marigolds, calendula, peas, and beans for example. Keep and dry a few seeds from a favorite winter squash variety. This doesn’t have to be enough to fill a full garden, but having a few to plant next year or give away to gardening friends is always a treat.

Make Applesauce

Fall is apple season. Applesauce is one of the easiest things to make and it takes nothing more than apples and water. Cook until soft, mash or puree and done. Applesauce can be canned or frozen to eat later. It’s worth having some in the pantry for snacking and baking.

Jar of applesauce surrounded by fresh apples and cinnamon sticks.

Plant a Tree or Perennial

This is a great time to get deals at the local nursery or greenhouse on plants. Take advantage of a sale on a tree or perennial and plant it before the ground freezes. Planting now gives the plant time to establish strong roots so that it can bloom and fruit better in future seasons.

Fall truly is the ideal season for planting trees and the fact that many go on sale makes it a bit easier to get a home orchard established.

Go See the Color

Take the drive, go for the hike, or simply stroll around the neighborhood to take in the fall foliage. Be in awe of nature’s wonders. This simple, unplugged activity can do wonders for the body and the brain. Take it all in, before the colors disappear for a year.

Make the most of the season with these simple and fun ways to enjoy Autumn through crafts, nature, food, community, and more.

Take in the Community Events

Go to the harvest festivals and drink copious amounts of freshly pressed cider. Do the corn maze. Take the hayride. Pick apples at a local orchard. Save and preserve what is available. More importantly, make connections that build a stronger community into the future. Talk with the farmers and other patrons, get to know to neighbors and other community members to build a town that is strong and friendly.

As the seasons change and Autumn works its way to winter, be sure to take it all in. Enjoy Autumn by just getting outside and taking advantage of the foods and pleasures that are unique to this season.

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Denise

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

I love your idea of dipping leaves in wax and using for decorations. When I was a child, we put colored leaves between sheets of waxed paper then ironed the paper to melt the wax and seal the leaves in.

Tessa

Thursday 28th of September 2017

This is just lovely! Don't you have a book with some of these ideas in it?

Helena

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Oh goodness, I can't wait. We've been getting hints of almost autumnlike air (drier and relatively cooler), and it's been lovely. Not quite cool enough to convince my husband to open the windows yet, but we'll get there. Almost time to put in the fall garden, too, just have to finish outside post-Irma cleanup first. Then bed prepping and planting. My daughter was outside the other day cleaning up her butterfly garden and planting some more flowers--love to see her enjoying it!

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