Posts Categorized: 31 Days of Fall

31 Days of Fall: Pumpkin Patch

I didn’t quite make it apple picking this weekend, or even to a proper pumpkin patch but I did finally manage to walk down the street to this adorable pumpkin stand that popped up a few weeks ago! They have a great selection of fall decorations including pumpkins, gourds, flowers, and corn! A little while after I got there a few different families arrived with their kids, all the kids were so excited to pick out their pumpkins and talking to each other about how they were going to be carving them!

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

A little while after I got there a few different families arrived with their kids, all the kids were so excited to pick out their pumpkins and talking to each other about how they were going to be carving them! My sister and I used to love that when we were little, carving the pumpkins every year was always a family affair, we’d do it on a Saturday afternoon or one night after school. I have so many fun memories of my family sitting in the kitchen (I never understood why we carved the pumpkins inside, it just made for a lot of extra clean up for mum!) carving our, usually, elaborate patterns. Inevitably Alli and I would get frustrated by the one we chose and hand it over to my Dad to finish. He is the best pumpkin carver! I am a little bummed that I don’t have any outside space because I would have loved to pick up a couple of these full size pumpkins to carve or paint, or some of the gorgeous mums they had!

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

I did manage to snag a few of these super cute little ones to use to decorate the house a little bit! It was such a gorgeous day, I really wanted to head out of the city and do some apple picking but there’s only so much you can do in a weekend and between homecoming and my trip to Eastern Market, I was absolutely exhausted so this was a nice substitute! I’m hoping to make it apple picking next weekend instead!

What did everyone do this weekend?

31 Days of Fall: Trip to Eastern Market

I love Eastern Market, it might be my favorite spot in the city actually, and it’s even better in the Fall, just one more reason I love this season! I look forward to these days, the cool, crisp air, a cup of hot apple cider and apple and pear samples for days. I love heading over there and wandering around for a couple of hours and having brunch or lunch outside, it’s the perfect thing to do on a Saturday or Sunday in the fall, if you’re visiting DC I would highly recommend incorporating the market into your itinerary or if you’re new to the area and haven’t wandered over there yet head over and let me know what you think!

Eastern Market

There are drool worthy boxes of apples, pears, pumpkins, squash, the juiciest tomatoes and I’ve ever seen every other kind of produce imaginable everywhere you look. The best part is, each stand cuts up samples of everything for you to nibble on as you wander!

Eastern Market

If you’re a foodie like me then you will love wandering through the produce stalls piled high with the freshest fruits and veggies you can get in DC! And if you head inside there are some of the greatest fish and meat stalls imaginable, I have still not found better ground beef than the stuff I get at Eastern Market.

Eastern Market

This time of year I always start at the same spot, the very first produce stand always has homemade hot apple cider, on a cool day there are few things better than walking around outside with a cup of hot cider! After that a wander through the outdoor market and nibbling along the way followed by poking my head inside to grab some fresh flowers and mage some meat or cheese is the best way to go!

Eastern Market

This time around I was there around lunch time so I headed to one of my favorite hole in the wall spots, Tortilla Cafe, for some pupusas and carne asada.

Eastern Market

Finishing up the trip with a tour through the flea market to listen to some live music, and take a look at all the amazing art, jewelry, clothing and all the other little treasures you can find, its the perfect way to spend a fall day in DC!

Have you been to Eastern Market, what’s your favorite part?

Friday Five: Fall Weekend Reading

Happy Friday! What are y’all doing this weekend? I’m pretty excited because it’s Catholic’s Homecoming weekend so I’ll get to see a bunch of people from school who don’t live in DC anymore and spend some time on campus! I’m really excited, it’s going to be a great weekend! There’s a ton of stuff going on in and around the city too this weekend, it’s going to be a very packed weekend but should be a fun one! Here’s some fall weekend reading for y’all, bonus: today you’re getting some fun things to do in DC and a few links that have been on my radar this week!

31 Days of Fall: Fall Weekend Reading

1. Drive-in at Union Market, this is something on my 101 in 1001 that I’ve been really wanting to go do, if it’s nice tomorrow night I may have to check it off the list! There’s something about a drive in theater that sound so fun!

2. Apply for National Christmas Tree Lighting Lottery! Last year I was lucky enough to go to the tree lighting and it was absolutely miserable, it poured, and it was freezing. Non-stop freezing rain and sleet, by the end of it I was soaked to the bone and shivering for days. Hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to go again this year and the weather will be nicer! The lottery for tickets opens up tomorrow so I will be entering myself and everyone I know in the hopes I can score a couple of tickets!

3. Take a walk down on the mall to see the foliage, it definitely doesn’t compare to New England but walking around the Tidal Basin this time of year is certainly pretty!

4. Enjoy a cup of hot apple cider while walking around Eastern Market. On a crisp fall morning tree are few things better than walking around the market, picking up some fresh produce and wandering the flea market for some vintage and unique treasures!

5. Apple picking! Grab a few friends and head outside the city a little to do some apple picking! I’ve been trying to make it the last couple of weeks but haven’t quite been able to do it. I’m hoping to escape the city this weekend and get some apples that I can turn into delicious baked goods next week!

Now for a few weekend links!

1. Another amazing juice company in DC that I’m falling in love with! Stay tuned for a review!

2. A video of two kangaroos fighting in the street. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s too good not to!

3. Garlic Rosemary French Fries? Yes please.

4. This woman is pretty amazing, I love her story!

5. This coffee table book looks amazing, I am going to have to scoop one up for when I eventually get a coffee table in my living room!

Hope you all enjoy your weekends! I’d love to see what’s on your radar too, share your fall weekend reading links in the comments for me to take a peek at!