How to Feel Festive for Fall (when you’re stuck on Oahu)

It’s late October, in Wisconsin that means temps around the 40s/50s… But as you know, I’m not in Wisconsin anymore.  Here in Hawaii it is still 85 degrees daily.  Everything is still green, there are still gorgeous flowers blooming, and every now and then there is a nice rainfall.  Basically, it still feels like summer here.  Because of this, it’s been hard to get in the mood for fall.  So, here’s a few things we did recently to feel a little bit more festive for autumn.

If you’re stuck on a tropical island as well, you could do these activities too!

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  1. Go to a pumpkin patch
    • Luckily, there is a pumpkin patch on this island.  T and I visited it last weekend.  Aloun Farms was having their annual Pumpkin Festival.  They not only had pumpkins to self-pick, but also a field of beautiful sunflowers.  We each got a pumpkin, and T picked me a sunflower!  This little outing only cost us $19 in total, and it was definitely worth it! Going to a pumpkin patch even made me feel closer to home.
  2. Carve pumpkins
    • With the pumpkins we picked, T and I grabbed a carving kit from our local Target, and carved them while enjoying some wine.  It was a great day-date-in activity when we both weren’t feeling too hot after our busy week.  IMG_20171021_194718.jpg
  3. Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte from your favorite coffee shop
    • As you all know, I love coffee a little too much (if there was such a thing), so on the way to pick up our carving set, we stopped for some pumpkin-y beverages.  Gotta enjoy all the pumpkin spice while I still can! x
  4. Make roasted pumpkin seeds
    • While carving our pumpkins, I made sure to save the “goop” and seeds from inside.  With this, I knew we could roast our seeds to make the heavenly snack that I have enjoyed since childhood… However, I didn’t know how exactly to do that.  After a brief text conversation with my mom, I sorted the “goop” from the seeds, then washed our seeds off, and soaked them in cold water overnight.  The next morning, I dried the seeds, and poured a good amount of melted butter over them.  I also added plenty of garlic powder and salt.  Baked them in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes (flipping them halfway through).  The result were some crispy, buttery, salty, delicious pumpkin seeds!     IMG_20171022_094505.jpg
  5. Bake pumpkin cookies
    • While my seeds were roasting, I also made some yummy pumpkin cookies (if you haven’t picked up on it yet, I love all things pumpkin!).  The recipe I used is one that I have used in the past, and the boys eat them up quick! Because of the pumpkin, the cookies are really soft and moist.  You can find the recipe I used here.  IMG_20171022_092720.jpg
  6. Watch a fall/scary movie
    • While carving our pumpkins, T and I watched a random scary movie we found on Netflix.  Since I’m not a huge fan of scary movies (especially blood and gory ones), we watched one that was more based on paranormal-activity.  Cuddling while watching a movie will always be my favorite.

Doing all of these fall activities certainly put me in the mood.  Even though it’s still incredibly hot here, and I’m surrounded by palm trees instead of oak and maple ones, I’m definitely more ready for the future holidays that will be here before we know it!

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