Autumn Bucket List - Update #2
Welcome to Update #2 of how I'm doing on my 10 Things Autumn Bucket List!
As we head into the busy (frantic?!?) holiday season, I'm again relieved that I kept this season's bucket list just a tad smaller than my Summer and Spring bucket lists. With family coming in to spend a week with us beginning tomorrow, and a slew of holiday events kicking off immediately after, it's going to be a wonderful but crazy finish to Autumn!
And just like the last time, I'm linking up with a group of other terrific bloggers to share Autumn Bucket List updates from those of us in the northern hemisphere, plus Spring Bucket Lists from the gals Down Under, so be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else is participating, and to visit their blogs for additional change-of-season inspiration.
Progress Report #1 for 10 Things On My Autumn Bucket List
- Celebrate my granddaughter's 3rd birthday! Yes! Completed previously here.
- Roast marshmallows with granddaughter. Yes! Completed previously here.
- Attend a Halloween event. Yes! Completed previously here.
- Attend an Oktoberfest event. Yes! A bit unorthodox, in that we were out of town when the big Oktoberfest festival near us occurred, so we instead bought tickets to attend an Oktoberfest-themed food pairing at our Lifelong Learning program featuring German bratwurst along with a variety of German wines. It was extremely interesting in that we enjoyed the wines on their own first, then again with a bite of bratwurst in order to compare the overall effect. We did a final comparison after adding mustard to the bratwurst, and were amazed at how the wines really rose to the challenge. Our last pairing, the dessert round, was a lightly sweet semillon, along with an amazing-on-it's-own apple struddle. So, so good!
- Make three new soups. In Process. I made this soup previously, which turned out to be a tad light in calories. This time around, I looked for a more substantial soup and landed on this FABULOUS 7-Ingredient Zuppa Toscana Soup. I first tasted this soup at my younger daughter's, who followed the recipe faithfully, and it was just delicious. However, in true fashion, when I decided to make it, I made a few changes. Firstly, I added an additional 3 cups of broth, because in my experience there is rarely enough for my preference. Secondly, I roasted a whole red pepper rather than buying jarred, because it's so easy to do so (just clean out the seeds and stem, then pop under a broiler and turn every couple of minutes until nicely soft and charred), and because it results in your roasted veggie having so much more flavor. And finally, I substituted cubed sweet potato for the gnocchi, because, well, I just really don't care for gnocchi - what I more commonly think of as soggy flour balls! And with this soup being so chock full of vegetables, I simply served it along with corn bread and called it a day. Hubby loved it, as did I, though I'm thinking the next time I make it I'll try making it whole milk instead of heavy cream, in order to cut down on the calories a bit.
- Cook or bake something with pumpkin in it. Yes! I made this incredible Pumpkin & Bacon Lasagna for a recent dinner party. So, so good, and even better, can be prepped a day in advance, leaving only the baking to be done prior to serving.
- Finish reading Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton. Yes! Finished it on Saturday, and you know what? I really, really enjoyed it! Although I followed a reading schedule to make sure I finished it in time, there were many days I read ahead simply because I was in the middle of a particularly compelling section. Ron Chernow, the author, did an excellent job of making me feel like I really knew and understood not just Alexander Hamilton, but many other historical figures written about in the biography.
- Listen to Hamilton soundtrack. Yes! I've read every single one of the lyrics, plus listened to it in it's entirety, so I think I'm as prepared as I can be. In my final Bucket List report, I'll give feedback on how I think reading the biography and familiarizing myself with the music impacted my overall experience when I see the play in person, in just three more days!
- Run the Dana Point Turkey Trot. In Process. My older daughter, her significant other, hubby, and I are all registered, but my younger daughter is out because she recently broke her foot, and my son-in-law is out because he's taking my older step-granddaughter to Knott's Berry Farm for a half day. Hoping since my younger daughter will be staying back with our little granddaugher she'll be our drop off and pick up driver . . . over 16,000 expected to run this event so traffic will be a bear!
- Take a family photo on Thanksgiving Day. Pending.
My count indicates that so far I have seven of my 10 items completed, two more in process, and just one still pending. Pretty sure I got this one nailed, but be sure to check back anyway on December 21 for my final Autumn Bucket List Update!
Did you create an Autumn Bucket List? How are you doing with it if so???