When I think about autumn, I always think about accessoires. I also think of survival.
In Kentucky, autumn means the hunters come out of the woodworks. Their gear is chosen to keep them warm and hidden in their deer blinds. And their focus on efficiency is something we can all learn from; nobody wants to dig through a deep bag searching for their keys when the cold wind is whipping up.
Echo Design Scotland Plaid Woven Wrap ($19.99) – The coming winter always makes me think of plaids and warm scarves.
Interstate Leather Fingerless Gloves ($6.99-$8.99) – These small gloves are cheap, so they probably wouldn’t make it through your wasteland wanderings for long, but they’re probably perfect for slipping on before you hit the streets.
New Russian Aviator Pilot Military Sports Wrist Watch ($12.59) – Two watch faces set this watch apart from the rest.
Carhartt Long Neck Wallet ($29.99) – Dual-tone leather gives this a nice autumn look while a bottle opener offers it a little extra function.
Refresh Women’s Combat-Style Lace Up Bootie ($13.99-$69.99) – This layered look will fit right in with all your autumn knits, and will carry you right through winter.
Leegoal Canvas Mini Crossbody Pack ($8.39) – This is a very small pack for carrying just the essentials.
Sterling Silver Ring with Screw Head Design ($41.39) – If you’re going to accessorize, make sure it carries on the spirit of your outfit.
Thick Slouchy Knit Oversized Beanie ($8.50) – Keep your dome toasty, wherever you may roam. This alternating knit pattern makes it warm and stylish.
Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Schnapps ($9.49 at our local liquor mart): This is a tiny bit oily and an alarming shade of orange (I honestly thought the bottle was orange and was surprised when I poured it out in the glass!) This was really yummy to me. I can’t imagine just drinking a ton of it on its own–it has that dry mouthfeel that many spice-flavoured products do–but it’s not cloying or fakey tasting. I tried dropping this in some apple cider and I didn’t love it. It tasted very buttery over the acid of the cider. I’m still trying to figure out a good cocktail to use this in. I’m going to try hot cocoa next.
Hood Pumpkin EggNog ($3.50ish at Kroger): THIS STUFF. Imagine you were making a pumpkin pie and you were like–screw it–so you put the filling in the blender with some ice cream. That’s what this is like. It’s very smooth, very creamy and very pumpkiny. It contains actual pumpkin!
Twizzler’s Caramel Apple ($3ish at Wal-Mart): The bag smelled very strongly of green apple candy, so I was very hopeful. The green twizzlers with caramel filling have an appearance that’s a little off putting. The Twizzler doesn’t have much flavour and is very soft. The caramel is soft but has a sugar crunch to it. The taste and texture is reminiscent of Cowtails. I just didn’t like these, but my boyfriend really did.
Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon Schapps ($9.50ish at our local liquor mart): Going into this stuff, I didn’t hold out much hope. Fake bacon flavour is an abomination and paired with fake maple, FOR-GET-IT. This really surprised me! The flavour leans more on maple and tastes much more like syrup than Mrs. Butterworth’s manages! The bacon is more of a smoky aftertaste. This gets a thumbs-up from me!
This morning, I was feeling a bit of remorse about how few fall-related things my boyfriend and I have done so far this season. But on reviewing the list, we’ve actually done pretty well!
- Bake all the pumpkin things! I’ve only made bread so far, and it was actually a bit of a catastrophe (the bread felt done and a toothpick was even coming out mostly clean, but when I turned it out, it just melted. Totally not done. Oops.) I’ll make more pumpkin things, so I’m fine with this progress.
- Carve a pumpkin. DONE. I did Colonel Squashbuttle, the mister did a Drunkin and my roommate made an awesome flamey-faced one.
- Visit the orchard. DONE. We got about $9 worth of apples of various varieties, mostly Cortland.
- Bake all the apple things! I made fritters, then froze the rest of the apples. I’m sure I’ll make more things with them.
- Feast! We’ve made a few great autumny dinners. Of note, we went to my parents’ house and did a glazed spiral-cut ham, stuffing, au gratin potatos and glazed carrots.
- Fire? My parents build the most amazing-smelling fire in their fireplace while we cooked the feast. So double wonderful.
- Take in all of autumn’s splendor. Well, if autumn would get on the ball, perhaps we would. The leaves have just barely begun changing, which is a bit off-schedule for this area. I’m sure they’ll turn and be on the ground in the blink of an eye, though.
How are you doing on your fall must-do list?
For those of you who asked. This is flipping delicious.
Apple Butter Stack Cake