10 Things to Try This October

10 things to try this October … from delicious recipes to fall activities, these fun suggestions are the perfect way to shake up your everyday routine!

10 Things to Try This October | Hello Little Home

I love learning and trying different things. It keeps everyday life a little more exciting, know what I mean?

In that spirit, I’ve started a monthly series, 10 Things to Try. Each month this year, I’ll share ten seasonally appropriate ideas (recipes, crafts, decor ideas, and more) that are worth trying that month. If you’d like to play along, take a pic of something new you’ve tried, then post it on social media and tag it with #HLH10Things … sound like fun?

10 things to try this October

1. Make a Big Batch of Chili

Warm up with a bowl of this delicious Three Pepper Vegetarian White Bean Chili! | Hello LIttle Home

It’s National Chili Month! Celebrate the cooler weather by making a big batch of your favorite chili.

I love warming up with a bowl of chili at this time of year … the spicy flavors are perfect for chilly fall days.

Here are some of my favorite recipes for you to try:

2. Celebrate the Spookiest Holiday

Free Printable Halloween Boo Banner ... decorate for Halloween the easy way with this cute banner that comes in two sizes! | Hello Little Home

Halloween is just around the corner, and I like to celebrate all month long!

This spooky holiday is the perfect excuse to get crafty! Gather your friends for a Halloween craft party … these DIY Mummy Cards and Mini Witch Hat Headbands would both be fun to make.

Decorate your home with this free printable Halloween Boo Banner or Sugar Skull Print.

Craving some spooky treats? Try my Orange You Glad It’s Halloween Float or Halloween Cake Pops. Then, use up all that extra chocolate from trick or treating to make these Thick and Chewy Candy Bar Cookies. Yum!

I’ve also got a bunch of fun Halloween costume ideas to inspire you (Beverly Goldberg might be my fave!).

Looking for more ideas? You can check out all of my Halloween crafts and recipes here.

3. Go Green with Spinach

Quick Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Spinach ... a delicious, fast, and easy vegan weeknight meal recipe! | Hello LIttle Home

It’s Spinach Lovers Month … who knew?

I love spinach. It has such a mild flavor that you can sneak it into all sorts of dishes. Picky eaters will be none the wiser!

Here are some of my go to recipes featuring spinach that are perfect for fall:

4. Check Out the Fall Leaves

Come explore NYC with me and check out fall in Central Park! | Hello Little Home

There’s nothing better in fall than taking a long walk on a beautiful and enjoying the colorful fall leaves!

Do you have a favorite place you visit every fall? I absolutely love Central Park in fall.

It’s so beautiful and feels like an escape from the bustle of NYC. And although I won’t be headed there this year, I can’t wait to return on a future fall day.

Wherever you are, plan on spending a day or a weekend relaxing and taking in autumn, because it goes by too fast!

5. Enjoy Your Favorite Comfort Foods

Plate of Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells | Hello Little Home

It’s still pretty dang hot here in Texas (upper 80s this past weekend), but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying my fall faves.

I’m craving comfort food … casseroles, pastas, soups, and more. The cheesier, the better!

Need a little a little inspiration for your fall cooking … you can check out all my favorite comfort foods here.

6. Make a Plan for the Rest of the Year

Selfie inside the Troops Quarters in Castillo San Cristóbal, part of the San Juan National Historic Site and one of the best things to in San Juan, Puerto Rico! | Hello Little Home

It’s hard to believe, but there are only three months left in 2017 … where did the time go?

Before the days run out, take time to think about what you want to accomplish in the remaining months.

Do you want to take a trip? Read a few books? Visit your family over the holidays?

Whatever it is, make a plan to do these things now before the rest of the year passes you by!

7. Enjoy a Homemade Pizza

Grape, Feta, and Pesto Pizza recipe! Treat yourself to a simple, yet creative pizza ... this homemade vegetarian pesto pizza recipe is packed with flavor and yummy ingredients. It's the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors! | Hello Little Home

October is a great month for a lot of reasons (fall, Halloween, etc.), but it’s also National Pizza Month. And no other month can claim that! 😉

Pizza is one of these foods I could live on pretty much exclusively. There’s so many ways to make it, I don’t think I’d ever get bored.

Want to try some new pizza recipes this month? Start here:

8. Decorate for Fall

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings ... this easy fall craft is a fun way to dress up a seasonal or holiday table! | Hello Little Home

I’m not one to go over-the-top with fall decor, but it’s fun to add a few touches here and there.

Last fall I picked up a couple mini white pumpkins that lasted all season long … and beyond. I actually felt bad throwing them away when winter arrived!

Decorating for fall doesn’t have to mean anything crazy. Add some comfy pillows and throws to your couch or create a display of colorful leaves and acorns (or use the acorns to make these Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings). Print and color this Happy Fall Y’all Coloring Page, then pop it in a frame.

Check out these DIY Fall Decorating Ideas for even more inspiration!

9. Warm Up with a Hot Drink

This Salted Caramel Affogato is a delicious end to a great meal! | Hello Little Home

Long fall walks on chilly days are the perfect excuse to warm up with a delicious drink once you return home!

I’m all about spiced cider, hot chocolate, and steaming cups of tea at this time of year.

Here are some of my favorite hot drinks to try:

10. Treat Yourself to Popcorn and a Movie

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn Recipe | Hello Little Home

October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and that is a weird holiday that I can get behind!

As the temperature drops in October, sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch for a relaxed movie night with a big bowl of popcorn.

I’ve been making this Parmesan Pepper Popcorn for years, and it’s my favorite. Once I’ve made my fave popcorn, the only challenge is what movie to pair it with!

What is something new that you are inspired to try this October?

P.S. Remember to hashtag your photos on social media with #HLH10Things so I can see what you are up to!

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