Happy Fall Day! - The Surznick Common Room

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Fall Day!

A few years ago, Nick and I started what is now an annual tradition that we like to call Fall Day (very creative). The concept is really simple. One day every fall, we set aside work, cleaning, and all un-fun stuff we don't really like to do. Instead, we spend the entire day doing all of our favorite fall things. We pick pumpkins, carve 'em, watch scary movies, eat pizza, and drink pumpkin-y, cinnamon-y libations all day. IT'S MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Seriously, if someone were to ask me what my favorite holiday is, I'd say Fall Day. I just love it so much. So this year we documented the whole thing to share with you, in case maybe you'd like to incorporate a Fall Day into your autumn agenda. Here it goes!

We wake up nice and early and have a delicious breakfast. Nick made us tofu scramble burritos - so good! Then we made some pumpkin spice lattes to go, perfect for heading out to the pumpkin patch!

We go to Pumpkinland at Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse each year to pick our pumpkins. It's about 40 minutes west of Pittsburgh, so not super close, but it's our favorite. Pumpkinland has a corn maze, petting looking zoo (seriously - they changed the name this year to "looking zoo"), haunted barn, and of course pumpkins! You take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch where you can pick any pumpkins or gourds of your choosing.

We had a great day to pick pumpkins this year, besides it being a bit chilly. Janoski's is usually packed with families, but I think yesterday's cold and wind kept people at home, so it wasn't too busy. It was nice to walk through the corn maze without a big crowd!

Janoski's also has an awesome farmer's market, bakery, and gift shop. A local winery, Volant Mill, has a store in the shop that we like to stop in for some samples and to purchase a bottle of their delicious Cocoa Vino (tastes 100% like a red Tootsie Pop!)

On our way home we stopped to pick up our favorite vegan pizza from Spak Brothers! Once we get home we crack open the Cocoa Vino and settle in for some pizza and a movie. This year we decided to keep it classic and watch Halloween 1-5 (excluding 3, obviously).

Once our bellies are full, it's carvin' time! I think my favorite part about carving pumpkins is that I get to roast the pumpkin seeds. If you haven't roasted pumpkin seeds before you MUST do it! I try to rinse them as best as I can in a strainer and once they're clean, I move the wet seeds to a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. While the seeds are wet, I sprinkle seasoned salt on them, toss them around a bit, and sprinkle a little more. Bake them at 300 degrees for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. They're so tasty!

After our pumpkins are carved, we spend the rest of the day snuggled on the couch, watching movies, and sipping some drinks. Our favorite Fall Day drink is warm apple cider and rum, but we also made some pumpkin spice white russians, which are becoming a new favorite around here.

Last night we clocked out midway through Halloween 6 (which stars a young Paul Rudd by the way!), but not before taking our pumpkins outside to see how they turned out. What do you think?! I tried to make mine Jack Skellington.

So that's it! Another successful Fall Day in the books! The best part is that fall is most definitely not over and we still have Halloween to celebrate too!

Do you have any annual fall traditions? Be sure to let us know in the comments! We hope you all had a great weekend!

Sarah & Nick

P.S. My sweater is from Oasap and I LOVE IT!


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