It’s mid-November while I’m writing this, and I still haven’t completed my Autumn Bucket List, mostly because there’s a pandemic going on. But I tried! I finished most of the list, so I think that counts for something. This post is just a recap of all the items I’ve completed from my list:
Try a new hot chocolate recipe
I’ve lost count of how many hot chocolate recipes I tried in October, but I still haven’t found the best one. So far I have two favourites, a vegan hot chocolate made with almond milk, cocoa and maple syrup, and this super unhealthy one by Tasty, made with cow’s milk, heavy cream, sugar and dark chocolate.
Carve a pumpkin
I loved carving my pumpkin, although I regret not going for a more complicated design. I’m proud of myself for choosing the right pumpkin since last year I selected one that was impossible to carve. This one was sturdy, clean and medium size. It looked great next to the smaller pumpkins. You can read more about the carving process here.
Buy cosy scented autumn candles
After spending too much time on Etsy trying to find the best candle to go with my autumn theme, I ended up buying a Pumpkin Spice candle from this shop. I also bought a Gilmore Girls themed candle from another Etsy vendor, but I haven’t received it yet.
Host a Harry Potter marathon
Rewatching all the Harry Potter movies for like the hundredth time is one of my favourite autumn/winter activities. There’s something very comforting about the wild British scenery, and the witchy wintery aesthetic. If there were a movie that I could live in, it’d be Harry Potter.
Bake a pumpkin pie
I didn’t bake a pumpkin pie, instead, I made pumpkin pie bites using the guts from my carved pumpkin. I also added one sweet potato to give it more taste. This was my first time eating a pumpkin pie, but sadly, I don’t think it’s for me. I’m not a pie person so I don’t know why I thought I’d like pumpkin pie. Can I be a true Autumn girl if I don’t like pumpkin pie?
Go on a nature hike to see the autumn foliage
Autumn is the best time of the year to go on walks. I like visiting my favourite parks and escape the city centre where I live. I wouldn’t call my walks a “hike”, but without being able to leave the city because of the lockdown, these parks were the only way I got to see the autumn foliage change this year.
Read three books set in autumn
I had a list of books I wanted to read in October, but I went rogue last minute and decided to read two Summer books by Jenniffer Lynn Barnes, and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy saga. Which technically starts in autumn and the fourth book is set in Russia during the winter, so I guess that counts?
Watch three Halloween movies
I did better than just three movies, I decided to watch one Halloween movie a day during the whole month of October, and although I ended up skipping a few days, I watched most of them. Here’s the Halloween calendar I made.
Bake Halloween cookies
I don’t think I’ve ever baked as much as I did in October. I baked two types of cookies, cupcakes and brownies. Some of the Halloween treats were better than others, but I like the results. You can read more about it here.
I’m already planning my Bucket List for Winter. I’ve found some suggestions on Pinterest, but I’m trying to be realistic about the things I add to the list. Most of the typical winter bucket lists include cute stuff like building a snowman, but guess what? I live in the only city of England that doesn’t get snow, so I’m trying to find exciting things to do that are relevant to winter that don’t depend on snow or breaking lockdown rules.