About That Bucket List

A couple of months ago, I shared some of my hopes for the fall season. I figured it only fair to share a little update now that most people have made the shift into the more wintery holidays. Christmas, I’m looking at you.

As per, well, always, things didn’t go completely as planned. But you know what? It’s been a great fall anyway. So, without further ado, here’s how it went.

(1) Visiting an Apple Orchard – SUCCESS (technically)
(2) Completing a Corn or Hay Maze – FAIL

I am combining these two because the apple orchard we went to also happened to have a corn maze. Unfortunately, we didn’t really get to enjoy much of either.

As any good mother out there will tell you, having a sick kid sucks. Life with a healthy kid is hard enough, but add to that sniffles and coughing, a need for much more attention and affection (okay, that part’s not so bad), and the torture of trying to administer any kind of medication? You can forget all other aspects of life for a few days.

So, imagine our delight when we woke up on apple orchard/corn maze day to find our sick kid seeming much better. Yeah, his recovery lasted the car ride and about 20 minutes. We tried to make it work, apple cider donuts and all. But about halfway through our hay ride around the property, we knew it was time to head home.

I’m going to give us half credit for these two. We had the plan and gave it all we had…some things are just out of our control.

(3) Making Miles his Halloween Costume – SUCCESS

It would just figure that Disney Junior would premier an adorable new cartoon a couple of weeks before Halloween. And of course Miles would fall head over heels for one of the characters. I was planning on making Miles’ costume anyway, but the fact that there is literally no merchandise available for PJ Masks yet meant that I had to get extra creative.

I am by no means super crafty…or a seamstress…but I’m really proud of how it turned out. It helped my ego a little bit that the kids in Miles’ class all recognized him right away.

I definitely get full credit for this one.

(4) Baking a Pecan Pie – SUCESS (mostly)

I’m not quite Suzy Homemaker, but I can read a recipe with the best of them. So, my usual M.O. is to do a lot of research (Pinterest and AllRecipes.com are my favorites) and find recipes that sound both tasty and as simple as possible. And that was definitely my plan for this.

After looking at about fifty options, I went with this recipe from Gimme Some Oven. It seemed easy enough, and we already had most of the ingredients on hand.

It was definitely tasty. So, why the “mostly” in the header? Well, I overfilled the crust a little…and it overflowed into my oven. Yuck! On top of that, there’s a chance that I ever-so-slightly burned the half of the pie you can’t see in the picture above. All in all, a successful venture anyway.

I’m already thinking about next fall, and all the new things I want to try…like maybe a pie involving chocolate or some cute decorations like the banner at my parents’ house.

What about you? How was YOUR fall? Any fun ideas for me to try next year?

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