My favorite season is back! Here are 10 reasons why I love this season so much, as well as different activities that you can do to make the most of it. Enjoy!
1- Cold air and warm drinks
The first thing I love about fall is the cold and crispy air. I like taking long walks outside breathing in the cold air and enjoying a warm drink at the same time. There is something very enjoyable in this cool-warm contrast that is unique to this season.
2- Pumpkin flavor
Pumpkin bread, pumpkin latte, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, there are just so many things you can do with the pumpkin flavor! Moreover, fall is probably the only season where we get to eat pumpkin, so why not go all in? You can purchase ready-to-use pumpkin puree in the grocery store, which is what I like to do, or make your own.
If you want to add a little pumpkin flavor to your morning coffee, what I like to do is to put a little bit of pumpkin puree in my hot milk as well as cinnamon and maple syrup. Then I use the milk frother and add the mix to my coffee. Delicious!
3- Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls is a popular TV series that can be found on Netflix. The production that started in 2000 has now seven entertaining seasons. The story follows the day-to-day life of Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory Gilmore in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
What I love about this TV show are the characters that are so funny and the close-knit community that is so endearing. This show is so heartwarming and gives some cozy vibes, so this is why I love to watch this TV show during fall.
4- Changing leaves
I think we all agree that this is what makes this season so unique and beautiful. Every year, I am grateful to have the chance to live in a country where I can admire this beautiful natural phenomenon. I especially love hiking during the fall season as I think that it is the best way to appreciate fall foliage.
5- Coffee shop
Another thing that I love about fall is coffee shops. I know they are open all year round, but there is something so cozy about going into a coffee shop during the cold season. Whether it is for studying or chatting with a friend, going to coffee shops is a great activity to do. Even better if you encourage a local one that sells homemade products. My favorite coffee shops in the area of Quebec are ES Café and Stockholm café.
Isn’t fall the season with the best clothing? Warm colors such as brown, black, burnt orange, forest green are the best to wear, and let’s not forget mustard yellow. All those fall colors are so great to wear and easy to match.
Fall is also the best clothing season because of the type of clothes: cardigan, wool sweater, big socks...if it is comfy it is perfect for fall!
Tea is a great alternative to coffee if you are looking for a substitute but still want the energy boost. For fall, I prefer the taste of black tea. Note that Pu’er and black tea are the kind of tea that contains the most caffeine, and white tea is the one that has the lowest. The longer you steep the tea, the higher the caffeine level of the cup will be, but for most tea, 4 minutes is just perfect.
8- Fall scents
I am not a fan of home fragrance stores, but when it comes to fall, I love bringing the unique scents of this season into my living space. Some people prefer fresh fragrances such as fresh balsam or fresh crispy leaves, but I prefer sweet fragrances like cinnamon pumpkin, candy apple, or caramel.
If you want to put a fall scent in your home without buying a home fragrance product, there is a thing called Potpourri on the stove. To do so, you simply have to put some water in a small cooking pot and add spices or fruits of your choice. For example, to create a simple fall fragrance, you can combine cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple slices. Then you let everything simmer for a few hours or until you have the desired scent.
9- Fall food
Fall food is a synonym for comfort, and who does not like comfort food? I think that we all have a different meal in mind when we think of comfort food. For some people, it will be beef stew and for others, it will be chicken pot pie or cassoulet. What is your favorite comfort food? Let me know in the comments section.
In Quebec, we have what is called Paté Chinois (Chinese Pie), which is kind of a shepherd’s pie but made of creamy corn, ground beef, and mashed potatoes. Since there is no link with Chinese food, the origin of the name is still a mystery, but there are some theories.
10- Hygge season
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that hygge is one of my favorite topics. Hygge is a Danish word that stands for the feeling of coziness, wellness, and also safety.
For example, if it is cold outside, but you are inside your home with a good cup of tea, your favorite pair of comfy socks, and with your family, this feeling can be described as hygge. Hygge can be felt in every season of the year, but I feel like fall is the most hyggelig.
In the hygge manifesto, atmosphere, presence, pleasure, equality, and gratitude are some important points.
There are honestly so many things about hygge, so if it is a topic that you are interested in learning more about, here is the link to my favorite book: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well.
This is it for this post! I hope you enjoyed it, and it inspired you to make the most of this beautiful season that is coming up. As it is getting colder and colder, and it is getting darker sooner, I want to conclude by saying that fall is also a reminder to slow down and take care of ourselves.
Have a beautiful and peaceful fall!