Your go-to guide for October coziness

By: JULIA SUDOL

 

The first long break of the school year is finally here, and for those of you not going away for the week of Oct. 9-13, here’s how to make this fall break the coziest one yet.

It’s officially socially acceptable to pumpkin spice everything and anything from smoothies to waffles to your favorite mainstream sweets like Oreos and Kit Kats.

Breaks and Netflix are like a white girl and her Pumpkin Spice Latte: inseparable. Here are some suggestions as to what you should be binging this week.

If you have been living under a rock, or simply haven’t had the time to watch a series, now is your chance to enter into the world of “Stranger Things” or “Riverdale.” These mysterious dramas will keep you on the edge throughout the week.

If you want to spend your time on something lighter, curl up in a blanket, grab a mug of hot apple cider, and rewatch episodes of “Friends.” Nothing in the world could go wrong during those 23 minutes.

You can’t stay inside the entirety of break—I mean you can, but you shouldn’t. So take a hike. Go to Garland Park to see the leaves change color and hear the crunching of them beneath your feet. Take a family member, friend or a special someone to enjoy the experience with. Or go by your lonesome. If you do, don’t forget to bring your earphones. Get in the mood by listening to The xx or any fall playlist on Spotify. And don’t forget to listen to “Sweater Weather” by The Neighborhood. As much as it may make you cringe or think back to middle school, listen to it. It’s not fall without it.

This is also the time to bring back the plaids, mustard yellows and burgundy reds out of your closet. Get seasonal and get comfy!

No matter how you end up spending your time this fall break, I hope you have a cozy one with lots of Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Here’s a recipe you must try out: Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of baking powder

½ tablespoon of salt

2 teaspoons of cinnamon (or A LOT more)

¾ teaspoon of ground ginger

1 cup of puree pumpkin

2 teaspoons of vanilla

½ cup of milk

½ cup of olive oil

(optional add-ins: crushed walnuts and/or chocolate chips)

 

Baking instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Combine all of the dry ingredients

Stir in the wet ingredients

Line a muffin tin and fill in two-thirds the way full

Feel free to top it off with walnuts, chocolate chips and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Don’t forget to Instagram it!