Across the country folks are beginning their fall activities with friends and family. Bonfires, leaf peeping, and hayrides.
For those of us in a hot zone, what can we do without getting heatstroke?
I’ve assessed the situation for you and come up with a few ideas. Some fall activities for the warm climates! Grab your family and friends and get to it!
Make sure you read all the way to the end of my list – there are yummy treats waiting for you!
1. Go to the beach!
I’ve lived in Florida most of my life and for some reason (I’m sure it has to do with the earth and angle of the sun- science stuff) the sky is a GORGEOUS shade of blue in October. If you say “October Sky” to us you’re talking about a bright blue sky, not a rocket movie. An added bonus is that in October we’re in between seasonal crowds. The summer tourists are gone and our Northern winter friends haven’t arrived yet. It is prime hurricane season though, so be forewarned and prepared to leave at any time.
This post was written prior to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. We are deeply saddened by the destruction that the Florida Gulf Coast and Big Bend area has suffered. That area is our home and our heart. Our prayers are with all the families impacted by this disaster. We will continue to pray for our beautiful state. #floridastrong
While restoration efforts will be a long term project for the Gulf area, our state has many beautiful beaches and natural areas along its 8436 miles of coastline. We will always be the “Sunshine State”. Not because the sun always shines, but because the resilience of our residents shines through regardless of circumstance.
2. Make pinecone bird feeders.
If you have little kids (or if you’re one yourself), it’s time to have messy arts and crafts. These fall months can begin the migration of new varieties of birds through our areas, so make them a snack. You remember how to do this! When the pinecones fall in the yard save them for projects. Take a few, smear them with peanut butter, and sprinkle them with bird seed. Hang it from a tree branch or shepard’s hook and voila! Instant bird feeder. Here’s a tutorial from Mom.Wife.BusyLife.
3. Visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze.
I know, this one is outside and it’s hot out there. Some things are fall requirements. You have to go long enough to take cute pictures to post on social media don’t you? Even in my neighborhood of Central Florida I’ve found pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Long and Scott Farms in Lake County even has a misting maze with their corn maze as a place for you to cool off. Just wear shorts, drink plenty of water, and play in the hose when you get home!
4. Make a floating pumpkin patch.
If going to a real pumpkin patch isn’t your thing because of the heat, you’ll love this! You can make a floating pumpkin patch in your pool! Buy all the pumpkins you can, rinse them off, and put them in the pool! Invite friends over for a cook out, swim with the pumpkins, and finish off the afternoon by letting your guests choose a pumpkin to take home to carve or use in cooking. How much fun is that?!
5. Bob for apples.
Dunking your head in a bucket of water will definitely keep you cool. Use a galvanized tub or a plastic kiddie pool to corral your apples. Challenge your friends to a contest. Are your friends super competitive? Put the apples in the swimming pool! Try biting an apple in a huge pool, and good luck with that!
6. Make PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE ice cream!
Here is one of my favorites! We need ice cream, but we also need all that fall time pumpkin goodness. It’s the best of both worlds, people! You can make your own puree by using all those pumpkins you had floating in the pool. All credit for this delicious recipe goes to Amy’s Healthy Baking. Show her site some love as well as on Instagram and Facebook.
In your ice cream maker you’ll need pumpkin puree, milk, instant coffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, xanthan gum, and vanilla stevia. We’re a special kind of family, so I’m going to use coconut milk and substitute Young Living Vitality oils for the nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. I’m so excited!
Try it: Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream
7. Make APPLE PIE Popsicles!
Last but definitely one of my favorites on today’s list of hot weather fall fun – popsicles! Amazing and delicious! Credit for this recipe goes to Real Housemoms so look them up. They’re on Instagram and Facebook too!
You’ll need milk, apple pie filling, applesauce, apple cider, and Biscoff cookies (for the “crust”) in your popsicle molds. Again, we are special here at Simply B&C so we’ll be using coconut milk and some sort of gluten free cookie or GF graham crackers. You’ve GOT to try this!
Yummy recipe: Apple Pie Popsicles
This is what I’ve found for fall activities in our hot weather so far. If you come up with more, please share! I’m not sure exactly when our weather will be cooling off, but it definitely wasn’t September 23, the first day of fall! It’s still in the 90’s here. So to those of you who are sporting adorable jeans and scarves, congratulations! You look great! I’m not giving up my shorts and flip flops any time soon.