Your Complete Guide to Fall

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(Photo by Ed Schipel)

Dust off those sweaters, bring out those knit scarves and enjoy a warm cup of pumpkin spice latte because it’s fall, baby! We’re lucky to experience fall in the City because you get all the perks of the season without having to rake a lawn full of leaves every week. It really is the best of both worlds. Now that you’re pumped for one of the best seasons of the year, we’re going to help you celebrate it properly. This is your guide to all fall festivities.

Food and Beverages

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Starbucks’s trademark fall beverage had a bout of controversy this year when a Change.org petition asking to make it vegan-friendly was created. So for all those who signed the petition, we found a vegan-friendly recipe of the holiday treat. For everyone else who just doesn’t want to make the trip to Starbucks or are tired of being called Seamus when your name is Sean, here’s a high-rated recipe so you can replicate the treat at home. Make it for your next holiday party and your guests will be convinced you’re a beverage guru.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups hot whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 ounces double-strength brewed coffee
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream
  • 3 pinches pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Combine the hot milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender; blend until frothy. Pour the mixture into 3 coffee mugs to about 2/3 full. Pour 2 ounces coffee into each mug. Garnish each mug with whipped topping and pumpkin pie spice.

Cinnamon Cookie Recipe

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These cookies are the best complement for your homemade pumpkin spice latte and they’re easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • cinnamon sugar

Directions

In a mixer bowl, cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture. Blend well. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or ’til firm enough to roll into balls. Shape dough into small balls about 3/4-inch in diameter. Roll in cinnamon sugar to coat. Set cookies 1-inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or till the edges are lightly browned. Cool slightly on pans, then remove to racks to cool completely.

Dickson’s Farmstand

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If you’re not feeling like Suzy Homemaker and are too impatient for the kitchen, you can still get your fancy grub on and/or cater your upcoming fall event by ordering from Dickson’s Farmstand. Their natural and human-raised artisanal meats will pair well with your homemade cinnamon cookies and pumpkin spice latte.

Entertainment

Now that you’re full and your house smells amazing from all the yummy treats you’ve been making, it’s time to watch something while your stomach settles. With Breaking Bad finale comes an emptiness that we’re sure you’re eager to fill. These are just some enticing shows we think you should turn your attention to debuting this fall, including some of the shows that held your attention last fall.

Sleepy Hollow

Described as a “modern day twist on Washington Irving’s classic short story,” this show takes place in the present where Ichabod Crane involuntarily time travels 250 years to unravel a mystery as old as the Founding Fathers. His partner is Lt. Abbie Mills, a snarky officer is one week away from joining the FBI when she decides to stay to help solve the numerous unsolved murders of Sleepy Hollow. It airs Mondays at 9:00 pm ET on FOX.

Scandal

Kerry Washington stars in this political thriller as Washington fixer Olivia Pope. Scandal will be in it’s third season this fall and will be returning to an army of committed fans who live tweet every episode. The show is so popular that it has continually broken records for tweets per minutes. It airs Thursdays at 10:00 pm ET on ABC.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This hilarious take on the (sometimes) stale cop drama format stars Andy Samberg. Samberg plays the role of a laid-back cop who clashes with his strict captain, resulting in comedic confrontations. It premiered on September 17th to 6.17 million viewers. It airs Tuesdays at 8:30 pm ET on FOX.

Activities

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When you decide to step away from these addicting sit-coms and enjoy the outdoors, here are a couple of activities that encompass fall.

Apple Picking

Visiting upstate New York to pick apples will provide you with a much needed mini-vacation from city life. Plus, you get to hand-pick the ingredients for your old-fashioned apple pie.

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NYC Halloween Parade

Unfortunately, last year’s Hurricane Sandy canceled the annual event. But this year it is in full swing, so come out an support a cherished New York event clad in your most outrageous costume.

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Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival

Who knew you could make so many things out of apples? Well, at the Apple Harvest Festival you can experience the treats of over 100 vendors. Apples will not be the only item on the menu, kettle corn, pumpkins and wine will also make an appearance.

Of course, sometimes all you need to do to appreciate fall is to walk into Central Park and jump into a pile of leaves. Just make sure that you’re jumping into a pile of leaves and not an elaborate cover up by a dog-walker who forgot to bring a baggy.

Do you have any recipes or event information that you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments!

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