Fall Activities and Recipes

Social Distancing Edition

Katie Flanagan

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October 9, 2020
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In a world full of masked faces, six-feet apart signs and canceled plans, it seems that every good thing has come to a pause. But there’s one thing that quarantine can’t stop from coming… Fall! Yes, it’s that time of year again! The time when the leaves turn orange and families start whipping out their old fall cookbooks. But even in these days of social distancing, there are a variety of ways to sit back and enjoy fall without breaking the rules.

Drive-In Movie

Can you be social while also maintaining social distance? The answer is yes. During these times of socially distancing, drive-in movies have made their comeback. So cozy up in plaid pajamas, fluffy blankets and enjoy autumnal nights with friends and family. From comedy to classic, drive-in movies are a temporary escape and an opportunity to get swept up in a story. Although it may not smell like freshly buttered popcorn or have reclining theater chairs, it’s two hours of time exchanged for a relaxing fall night spent with loved ones.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yet again, the second Starbucks announced their fall menu, the world went crazy for the Pumpkin Spice Latte. What’s not to go crazy for? The beverage is thick, creamy and sprinkled with hints of spiced cinnamon and nutmeg. But why buy a $5 drink when you can make one at home? Brew some coffee, break open a can of pumpkin puree and take a sip. Follow the instructions below to taste “fall in a cup”, and don’t forget to add a sprinkle of cinnamon! And as it turns out, Starbucks is overrated!

Ingredients: 

1 ½ tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ cup (4oz / 115g) brewed coffee

½ cups (4oz / 115g) milk

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients. 
  2. Stir and bring the ingredients to a simmer. 
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour it into your mug. 
  4. Decorate with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Enjoy!

Carving Pumpkins 

Channel your inner child, whip up a batch of cookies and get carving! There’s no better feeling than getting your hands gooey with pumpkin seeds and cutting away at a potential masterpiece. If you’re feeling extra competitive, gather a few friends and host a pumpkin carving competition (while socially distancing, of course). From giant glowing pumpkins to tiny ones that fit in your palm, the options are limitless when it comes to design. Try the classic triangle-eyed jack-o’-lantern or the more difficult black cat. 

TIP: If you’re a big fan of autumnal snacks, be sure to save the pumpkin seeds – they can be roasted and salted to crunchy perfection!