Autumn Crafts & Recipes for all the family – ideas to inspire you.
I love autumn and as I have stated many, many times on my blog it is my favourite season. I love the colours associated with it all around me in the trees and landscapes, the conkers and acorns that fall from the trees, along with the multi coloured leaves. I love the sound of sticks and leaves crunching under my feet, and the rays of golden sun that shine through on a lovely warm autumn day.
Once you make a Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, you will ever want to roast or boil one ever again!It is so easy to do and once cooked, you can try this tasty mid week family meal.
With autumn in full swing now, and the nights drawing in dark thanks to the clocks going back this weekend, it is definitely slow cooker/crockpot time and there is nothing better than leaving something cooking away while you go about your daily routine, and then have it ready to eat when it is meal time. One way of saving time, is to cook a Slow Cooker Butternut Squash in your crock pot and then use it in meal for your family.
This Spiced Apple Crumble Traybake is a great way to combine a cake and a crumble in one easy bake, and the apple make it lovely and moist too.
At this time of year, cooking with apples is a good idea, because there are so many windfall ones lying around, and therefore, they are free to a good home …. or bake! Often while out walking, we find some that have fallen off a tree and I do not think it is stealing to help ourselves to a few if they are outside of someones garden? My Spiced Apple Crumble Traybake is perfect for using up apples that you might find while foraging, and is very easy to make too. Read More
If you have any pumpkin flesh leftovers at Halloween, why not use them up in this delicious Pumpkin Traybake with a Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting.
With Halloween fast approaching, homes across the land will be busy carving out pumpkins for their children. this means that there will also be an excess of pumpkin flesh left, which rather than throw away can be used up in soups, bakes and other meals. There are so many ways of using pumpkin in baking, but this Pumpkin Traybake with a Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting, is very easy to make and tastes delicious too.
I dont remember an autumn which lasted for so long or looked as stunning for as long as this one. Maybe its because usually we get a late warm spell and then go straight into wind and rain so the trees are not full of autumnal leaves for very long, or maybe its because we go from a rubbish summer into a rubbish autumn, i.e.. lots of rain and wind, and therefore the trees shed their leaves quicker??? I dont know, but for the last couple of months I have soooo enjoyed seeing the many shades of autumn and going on nature hunts with the boys, I will be sad to see it disappear.
Last Sunday was a beautiful day: blue skies, the sun was warm and bright making the colours of autumn really stand out on the landscape. Not to be wasted we made our way to Whistlandpound, a reservoir on the edge of Exmoor, which is about a mile and a half all the way round and is perfect for cycling or dog walking.
We took our bikes and cameras and we, mostly my OH as he has the better camera, captured some beautiful shots of the boys set against the amazing scenery and colours of autumn. It was almost magical *sighs* – the shimmer and sparkle of the suns rays across the reservoir, the green moss suits modelled by the trees and the brown and orange leafy carpets laid down for us to walk over. Plus in the back of my mind, knowing that this could be the last chance to see this wonderful season before it ends and the bare branches of winter appear again (which funnily enough has no happened thanks to torrential rain and wind we have had since the middle of the week), I really wanted the couple of hours we spent there to be special.
My beautiful boys set against the backdrop of my favourite season 🙂
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