Make your own pumpkin spice latte.
You could spend $5 at Starbucks, or you could brew a homemade, extra creamy pumpkin spice latte at home.
- In the fall, many grocery stores carry pumpkin spice teas. If it’s not on the shelves yet, order it from Amazon.
- Heat four cups of whole milk on the stove. When the milk begins to boil, turn off the stove and pour two steaming mugs of milk.
- Place one tea bag in each mug, and let it steep for 2-4 minutes. The milk will turn brown-orange.
- Stir in sugar to taste. For an extra kick of flavor, add whipped cream or chocolate chips.
Thrift for scarves.
The best part of thrift-shopping is finding unexpected treasures, and the best part of fall is bundling up in heavy scarves – combine the two to stay warm and fashionable! You get bonus points for finding a matching hat and gloves.
Knit your own socks.
Knitting may look like a complicated process of weaving and knotting, but it’s much easier than it looks (and some people say crochet is even easier than that). You and your girlfriend can snuggle up while learning to knit. You’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Yarn is super cheap, so experiment with bundles of different colors; you can buy rainbow yarn, ombré yarn, pattered yarn, blanket yarn, camel yarn, cobbler-colored yarn and even yarn that looks like an Istanbul mosaic.
Knitting a pair of socks may take up to a month, but if you’d rather crochet, that only takes a few hours.
Become a tea connoisseur.
Plain black tea gets boring fast. Have you tried honey lavender? Or ambrosia plum? Spiced apple chai is great with a dollop of honey and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.
Buy a tea sampler of selections from around the world. Learn to brew Chinese tea the traditional way, savor the rooibos teas that are popular in South Africa, and make traditional Moroccan mint tea after dinner. If you buy a French press, you can make loose leaf teas and Argentinian mate.
Take a break at the beach.
This might seem counterintuitive – shouldn’t you celebrate autumn by leaping headfirst into a pile of leaves?
Yes. But after you’re done jumping in leaves, savor the last bits of summer by making a sandcastle. Head down to the coast with your girlfriend and several friends, and crack a cold drink while soaking up the sunshine. Split a plate of chili cheese fries. Wade in shirtless. You’ll be the only ones in your city with a September tan.
And afterward, go make yourself some pumpkin spice lattes.