Anyone who knows me knows, I love Autumn. There so many reasons. I love: the excuse to bundle up all cosy, warm and comforting food and drink, nature is at it’s prettiest, it’s cooler but still lots of sunshine, Halloween and the air of starting fresh. I look forward to this season every year so I thought I would write down My Autumn Bucket List!
Fall-ing in love
As mother earth beautifully transforms into new beginnings, kids start new school years, I decorate and clean the house while ceremoniously lighting candles and switching on fairy lights. I always look forward to new beginnings. I’m also reminded of a time that I had a huge new beginning at this time of year. I fell in love. *vom* I know, but I did. It was this time of year Steven and I really fell for each other and it changed both of our lives. It’s really when MY life became OUR life.
Enough of the gushy stuff. Even before Steven, I loved this time of year. Ever since I was a kid, I have been Halloween obsessed. This obsession only grew after visiting the USA one summer and having my eyes opened to the real world of Halloween. They just do it so much better! I insisted I decorated the house (much to my parents’ dismay), I held Halloween parties in my Grandmother’s basement and was engrossed with idea of being a witch. Later, I would stay up all night with my Mum to watch the ‘Most Haunted Live’ show on Halloween night. I say ‘stay up’… we would both be so excited, on the sofa with cosy blankets but eventually end up falling asleep around 10:30pm only to be awoken by screaming on the TV from someone having a stone thrown at them or something. Nevertheless, I loved this tradition.
My Autumn Bucket List
By this I mean my Autumn candles, of course! I have made a habit of bulk buying Autumn candles from Home Sense every year to last me until next Autumn. Cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, sandalwood, cedar, smoky wood scents are all my favourite and that’s pretty much every Autumn candle, is it not? There’s just something magical about lighting one in the evening or in the morning while I work that soothes my soul.
Decorate the Home
Candles are a key part of my decoration but so are mini pumpkins, fake leaves and small nods to Halloween. Yes, there’s a difference between Halloween decorations and Autumnal Décor. I’m a sucker for a mini pumpkin (why are they so cute?) and I don’t know why but seeing one next to my coffee machine in the morning reminds me that there’s something to be happy about or look forward to.
Stressed, Blessed and Pumpkin Spice Obsessed
Speaking of coffee… a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is a way of life. Fight me. It’s how I usually kick off the season but thanks to COVID-19, I’ll have to wait for that pleasure this year. I know a lot of people think it’s overrated. I don’t care. It makes me happy. I’ll be damned if I am going to deprive myself of something that makes me happy to my soul because people roll their eyes at it. Go ahead and roll ’em, honey. You could use some more pumpkin spice in your life.
While we’re on the subject of spice, Autumnal baking is one of my favourite. I’m not sure if it’s better than Christmas baking but it’s up there. I love making bakes with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugars, ginger and cloves. They’re so warming and comforting. Baked goods are good for the soul but these spices make them hug your soul. Check out my Apple and Pear Crumble with Warming Spices recipe. It’s pear-fect for this time of year! I’m sorry I should be pun-ished. I’ll stop.
S’mores are the ultimate comfort food, right? Something about gooey marshmallow with melted chocolate that makes everything better. It’s not just the s’more itself but the art of making one. Roasting marshmallows over a fire is a very fond memory of mine. One where my family and I bonded without distraction. We laughed and shared stories and there’s something magical in that. Another is of Steven and I, making s’mores in the microwave (see below). However, we used giant marshmallows and they pretty much exploded in our microwave and were impossible to eat. Just us in fits of laughter, sticky marshmallow everywhere and a very hopeful dog between us.
Snuggle by the fire
S’mores are best made over a fire. There’s something about a fire that makes me feel zen. The stars above you, everything has slowed down, people sit and talk, no distraction of phones or TV. You eat, you drink, you laugh, you warm up and just BE. I think there’s something instinctive about relaxing by a fire. I don’t know if maybe there’s something still there from the caveman days that tells us fire means warmth and shelter and, ultimately, life. Also the smell! Am I the only one who loves the smell of bonfire smoke?
We go on a lot of walks. Mainly because of Cody but walks are so much more enjoyable in Autumn. I don’t know if it’s the memory of Cody being a puppy and his first ever walks around this time of year or the scenery. Walks are just so much more fulfilling and magical.
I keep using that word but it is. It’s magical. As a kid, I truly believed in magic. I was so worried that magic disappeared once you became an adult. It doesn’t but I think a lot of adults abandon it. Maybe it’s in your favourite season, your morning coffee or the twinkle in your child’s eye. The world is cruel and scary, I think 2020 has shown us that. So I refuse to let my daughter grow up in a world where there is no magic. I’ll be there reminding her, even when she can’t see it. Because magic is hope and I think we can all use some of that.
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Let me know what is on your Autumn Bucket List!