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#write31days ~ day 7: our favorite autumn activities {7QT}

1. baking
It probably comes as no surprise that my favorite autumn activity is baking. In my food blogging days, I think my greatest collection of recipes was during the fall months. The spices used, the warm foods with the onset of cooler weather, the delight of turning the oven on when the house isn’t already a toasty 85 degrees.

rolling out dough

Here is a collection of some of my favorite autumn baking recipes:

pumpkin pecan scones
chai spiced granola
pumpkin gingerbread cookies
soft ginger cookies
mendicino pumpkin muffins
pumpkin chocolate chip cookies 
pumpkin crunch granola
coconut chai coffee cake
pumpkin protein bars
apple cider donuts
pumpkin spice donuts

2. Apple Hill
If you are not in close proximity to Apple Hill {or a place like it}, I’m sorry. There is nothing quite like this location of all-things-apple that affords you the ability to go apple picking, munch apple donuts dunked in a cup of warm, fresh cider, pull apart a gooey apple cinnamon roll or fritter, or sip a glass of cool, crisp cider {of the alcoholic variety}.

apple hill treats

It is an annual tradition we’ve been doing since I was a tot with my grandparents and are now passing on to the next generation.

{I’ve got a great collection of apple recipes for you here if you like that kind of thing. ;)}

apple picking

3. breaking out the warm drinks : alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike

I drink tea year-round, but the delight factor is turned up a notch of that first cup in the morning when you wake up to the chill of an autumn morning. The chai comes out more often too.

cloves

oranges and cloves

My husband has a knack for making some wonderful libations in the fall/winter months as well. He’s especially good with glühwein {mulled wine}, which we like to fill our thermos with and take on a walk through the golden, rouge leaves falling. 

In preparation for the holidays, we begin testing out our eggnog making skills. We can never get enough of this smooth drink.

4. pumpkin picking at a farm {or enjoying our homegrown ones!}
Of course, the fall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a pumpkin patch or two! We like to visit Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm in our area. There are so many great activities for the kids, including a trampoline covered in hay, a petting zoo, and a train that takes you on a tour around the farm. The hay ride out to the patch and back for your pumpkins is a huge highlight of the day.

pumpkin picking

This year, we grew some of our own pumpkins too which we are very excited to finally display {they’ve been chilling in the linen cupboard since early August due to mama’s too-early plantings}. We just took them out yesterday to add to the fall decor on our porch. It’s so much fun for the girls to see the pumpkins they grew from seed. They are very proud!

5. decorating
On a related vein, I can’t wait for the opportunity to pull out all the warm colored decor to sprinkle all over the house. Our resident porch scarecrow is a favorite, and we enjoy picking out various squash, gourds, and Indian corn for a natural display at home.

porch scarecrow with pumpkins

6. hiking
We are fortunate to live in an area with hiking trails aplenty. Fall is my favorite time of the year to go meandering through the hills, observing the changes of the season.

hiking on the trail

taking a walk

7. watching fall sports : futbol and football

Both Steve and I were soccer players growing and intend to introduce our daughters to league play when they are old enough. {If they decide to take it to the next level will be determined by their interest.} The family enjoys going out to watch other family members play. This year our nephew is playing and being coached by his dad and uncle. We watched his first game a few weeks ago.

We are fortunate to have FC that started her a few years ago, the Sacramento Republic FC. Steve went with a few of my brothers to watch one of their first games, and we’re hoping to go together soon on a date night.

College football viewing runs deep on both sides of the family, with the biggest rooting happening behind USC, Stanford, and Notre Dame. It makes for some exciting Saturdays during these fall months.

playing in the leaves

 

What are some of your favorite autumn activities? 

{Linking up with Kelly this week over at This Ain’t the Lyceum. Go there for more of 7QT!}

Southwest Junior Rowing Championships 2016

It was the oddest of junior rowing champs. This weekend is notorious for being 100 degrees with a blazing sun beating down. This year, rather, we were toting umbrellas and adding extra layers for warmth.

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

Our main focus was my brother, Raphael’s, race. He was with Capital Crew’s JV Men’s 8, in the first wave.

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

They were speeding down the course in 3rd most of the way. You can see how close everyone is here.

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

The intensity of that drive!

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

Hardly a moment for recovery.

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

Those last 250 meters or so another boat made the final push past. They were nearly seat to seat crossing the finish line. It was a hardly a second between them that meant a 4th place finish for Captial’s boat. Top 3 went to finals. Gah! So close.

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

southwest junior rowing championships 2016 men's jv 8

cheering in the rain

Raphael’s cheering squad braving the rain. 🙂

Southwest Junior Rowing Championships Regatta {7QT}

A series of quick takes in photos from the regatta last weekend:

at the catch

At the Catch

recovery

Recovery

flying

Flying Down the Course

digging in

Digging In 
cheering crowd

Cheering Squad

babes at the beach

Babes at the Beach

joy of the waterThe Joy of the Water

 

 

Linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum for 7QT. 

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