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Staying In Is The New Going Out - 4 of My Favorite Fall Themed GNI Activities

I don’t know about you guys, but ever since COVID happened, I’ve turned into a major homebody. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good Friday night out, but lately I’ve found myself choosing a cozy night in over the usual GNO more often than not. Here’s a list of my personal favorite fall themed activities for the best night-in ever!

#1 Spooky movie marathon

If you’re anything like me, you LOVE a good scary movie. One of the best ways to spend a fall night-in is making some delicious kettle corn, warming up some chai tea, and cozying up under a fuzzy blanket for a scary movie marathon. Here’s a list of the best, most haunting movies of all time..
  1. Hereditary
    It takes a lot for me to admit that I was actually scared by a movie, but hereditary is creepy beyond belief. The entire movie left me on the edge of my seat, but the last 30 minutes were especially horrifying, and off the rails in the best way!

  2. Get Out

    Get Out sheds light on racial issues in the U.S. in ways that are gruesome, uncomfortable, and especially sinister. This film is a must watch if you haven’t seen it yet!

  3. A Quiet Place

    Not only is this a great movie because our favorite guy, Jim Halpert plays one of the leading roles, but it also has such a gripping plot that you’ll be holding your breath the whole time. This movie is 90 minutes of pure muscle clenching tension.

    For those of you who want some October themed movies, but are not so into the spooky stuff, the Harry Potter series, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands are all fantastic options too!

    #2 Make Fall themed cocktails

    While the PSL holds its place as THE signature fall drink, I think this delicious Caramel Apple Pie Martini might just give it a run for its money. If you’re in the mood for a desert in a glass (much like the PSL) with a spicy twist, you’re reading the right blog!

    • 2 ounces apple pie vodka
    • 1 ounce kissed caramel vodka
    • 1 ounce Velvet Cinn Horchata
    • 1 ounce half & half
    • Caramel sauce and crushed graham crackers for garnish
    • sprinkle of cinnamon - optional


    1. Rim a martini glass with caramel sauce; then dip the glass in crushed graham crackers. Set aside.
    2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine both vodkas, horchata, and half & half. 
    3. Shake vigorously and pour into prepared martini glass. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top.

    #3 Bake some Apple Cider Donuts

    I absolutely love baking, but those Halloween themed sugar cookies, and pumpkin pies are a bit overdone in my opinion. That’s why I love this recipe for baked apple cider donuts! And the best part? These couldn’t be easier to make!

    • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) apple cider
    • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)*
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice*
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 large egg, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk, at room temperature*
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


    • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice*
    • 6 Tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, melted

    • Reduce the apple cider: Stirring occasionally, simmer the apple cider in a small saucepan over low heat until you’re left with about 1/2 cup. Start checking at 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, etc until you have 1/2 cup (120ml). Mine takes about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
    • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
    • Make the donuts: Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
    • Whisk the melted butter, egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together. Pour into the dry ingredients, add the reduced apple cider, and whisk everything together until smooth and combined. Batter will be slightly thick.
    • Spoon the batter into the donut cavities—for ease, I highly recommend using a large zipped-top bag. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling about halfway.
    • Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the edges and tops are lightly browned. To test, poke your finger into the top of the donut. If the donut bounces back, they’re done. Cool donuts for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Re-grease the pan and bake the remaining donut batter.
    • Coat the donuts: Combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice together in a medium bowl. Once cool enough to handle, dunk both sides of each donut in the melted butter, then generously in the apple spice topping.
    • Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    #4 Bonfire & Stargazing

    Is there anything better than cozying up to a fire with lots of blankys  and a hot cup of cocoa? No. The answer is no. Grab a few of your warmest and comfiest pillows and blankets to make yourself a little outdoor bed, start a bonfire, maybe grab that Caramel Apple Pie Martini, or some hot cocoa, and spend the night stargazing and sharing spooky ghost stories with friends!
    weather you're going out, or enjoying some of these night-in activities, I hope you babes are staying warm, staying safe, and enjoying all things fall!

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