Monday, November 18, 2013

Catching up...

Happy Monday! Can you believe there are only two weeks left until November bites the dust? I'm into the Autumn vibes in a big way - pyjamas on the radiator, corn on the cob and hot camomile tea before bed time are just a few of the things that keep me going through these dark months.

I've got lots of cosy, festive cakes, bakes and crafty DIY tutorials to show off over the coming weeks but as usual time seems to be running away from me and there are plenty of things that I haven't got round to yet...

Preserving, for example, is pretty high on my Autumn bucket list but somehow it just hasn't happened this year. The thought of a whole Winter with no home made jam to brighten it up is a sad one indeed so I'll be getting stuck into some Wintery preserves that if, like me, you're running a tad behind schedule you're sure to love! Think caramelised onion jam, apple butter and spiced pumpkin chutney!

I'm also feeling in need of a bit of fresh air and am going to have to make some time to get outside and walk amongst the trees whilst they're still beautiful and golden! There is so much about this time of year that is worth savouring - sometimes it's hard work to fit it all in but it's worth it! That reminds me - Chestnuts! Have I missed them? Have you managed to forage any? Better add that to my list.

In other news I picked up this beautiful bouquet of ranunculus at my local florist on Saturday. They're just about my favourite flower and they'll be coming to a florist near you from now until Spring (keep an eye out for them in January when they're at their best). This particular bunch was a gift to my lovely friends Anna and Andy who have just become engaged! Big congratulations to you both! I'm looking forward to being a bridesmaid again and can't wait until Summer 2015!

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