Fall is quite possibly the best time to be pregnant. The cooler weather lends itself to spending some time indoors, nesting and otherwise preparing for baby’s arrival, or snuggling up with a cozy blanket and binging on your favorite shows. It also is not a bad time to be outside, enjoying the slightly crisp air and not feeling like you’re boiling in the sun or going to turn into a pregnant popsicle!
Here is our list of favorite indoor and outdoor fall activities, and read to the end for a super easy recipe for a yummy fall treat.
Best Outdoor Activities
If you’re looking to get out of the house, try a few of these favorites:
Memphis Botanic Garden – Right now the Botanic Garden is hosting the Big Bugs, a traveling showcase of giant wooden sculptures featuring 8 different bugs. The garden also has some cool related activities, like Creature Features, if you want to learn more about the specific bugs. I just checked out their calendar and see they’ve got an October 28th showing of Hocus Pocus coming up, too!
Pumpkin Patch – Would fall really be complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch? Choose901 has a great list of patches and corn mazes. I’m too chicken to try out a haunted corn maze, but if you go, tell me all about it!
Shelby Farms – With over 40 miles of trails to walk on, Shelby Farms Park is the best place in Memphis to enjoy the fall colors. If the thought of walking is too much, you can still drive through, and maybe even catch a glimpse of buffalo.
Memphis Zoo – My family loves visiting the zoo in the fall. The cooler weather means the animals are all more active, but it also means the zoo is less crowded with humans. Win-win!
Best Indoor Activities
If you’re looking to get out of the house but also out of the weather, visit one of these Memphis staples:
Brook’s Museum – Have you seen the cool new mural that was painted “live” in the museum earlier this year? It’s pretty impressive!
Have you been to Crosstown Concourse yet? There is a TON to do there, and a lot of it is even free. Check the Concourse events calendar to discover something new to do, or even just take a tour of the totally renovated building. The new restaurants on the ground floor also have something for everyone.
Fun at Home
Don’t feel like going out? Pregnant bellies usually appreciate treats (at least, mine always did!), so try out this Scotcheroo recipe.
Scotcheroos were a Thanksgiving staple in my home growing up. Now that I’m an adult, I realize I can make these any time of year (HOORAY!) but they still feel like a special fall treat to me.
Scotcheroos are super simple to make, not healthy at all, and in the unlikely event you have extras left over, bring me a couple!
No-bake treat! Scotcheroo Ingredients
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup light Caro syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 cups crisped rice cereal
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
Over medium-low heat on the stovetop, use a large heavy pot and melt the peanut butter and Caro syrup together. Once the peanut butter is all melted, add the sugar and stir thoroughly. Be careful the sugar doesn’t start to caramelize or boil – use just enough heat to keep everything nice and liquid.
Turn off the heat and stir in the 6 cups of cereal. Keep stirring until all the cereal is coated with the sugar syrup. It will start to get really hard to stir, and it will seem like you have too much cereal, but I promise it will work, and it’s totally fine if some of the crispies get smushed.
Spread the mixture into a large, rimmed baking sheet. Push the mixture down so that it’s relatively smooth across the top and uniform in thickness through the whole baking sheet.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together until smooth and totally melted. Run the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, to avoid scorching the chocolate.
Spread the chocolate-butterscotch mix evenly over the cereal mixture. It’s totally OK to sneak a few warm sugary cereal bits at this point, then stick the whole thing in the fridge for at least an hour or two to allow the bars to cool and harden.
Eat and enjoy! Maybe pack a few for a snack while you’re out visiting Shelby Farms or, if you’re getting close to your due date, pack some for your hospital bag.
Do you have a favorite treat that always makes you think “fall”? Share with us so we can expand our recipe books!