The first day of fall was yesterday!
It’s crazy to imagine how fast the year starts moving once it hits August. At least for me that is. I went to a store today and the Christmas stuff is already making its way out. Dog Christmas gifts were taking up a whole section at the store. Why would you buy dog treats so early anyway? I guess they’re made to last, but it seems pretty gross to buy a dog cookie and wait three months just to give it to your pouch.
Anyway—fall traditions can be a ton of fun. There are a lot of food traditions you can have too! My parents and sister have moved away and my grandparents on one side have passed on now, so we’ll have to start creating some family traditions of our own as well as continue some of the old.
Here are two traditions that I plan on continuing and two ideas I’ve had to start:
Pumpkin patch—I can’t wait to take my little one to the pumpkin patch. I have great memories of going to various pumpkin patches when I was little and I hope the joy will pass on to her. There are a lot of great little patches in Southern California and in particular Bates Nut Farm. It’s a real, functioning farm that also has a petting zoo, and a shop that sells fudge, nuts, etc. I used to come here for field trips back in elementary. If you haven’t been you should really check it out!
Julian—Julian is this quaint little town in the mountains within San Diego County. It was a gold rush town back in the day and is now known for its cute shops and apple pies. Some of the old mines can still be toured if you’re interested, and some places have fun little trains that will take you around their property.
Sending cookies—Since a lot of my family live elsewhere; why not send cookies and/or another type of treat? This would be a new tradition I would start. I think it would be fun, and who doesn’t like receiving goodies in the mail? I’ll have to have a baking day (or weekend) and just crank out a bunch of treats and prep them for mail. Pinterest will be my friend in figuring out a nice way to wrap them!
Boo your friends/neighbors—I saw this on Love From the Oven and thought this was a brilliant idea! The idea is to leave a gift box/bag of treats for your friends or neighbors and inform them they’ve been “booed.” Once booed, they need to pass it on and put up a sign that they’ve already been booed. It’s like an annoying chain letter but with treats. So of course that makes it all better. Check out Love From the Oven for instructions as well as printables!
What fall traditions do you have?