We’re officially in Autumn. The leaves are changing colour from green to reds and oranges. Conkers are falling from trees. It’s sunny, and there’s a nice chill in the air – even though I’ve still yet to bring out a coat, put on the heating, or walk around in anything more than shorts and a t-shirt 90 per cent of the time.
I love Autumn. It’s the cosy time of year featuring scented candles from Homesense and TK Maxx (anything that smells remotely popcorn related and I’m sold), fleece blankets, comfort food and reruns of my favourite tv shows and films. There’s just a feeling about Autumn that makes me want to be as snug as possible on the sofa, with a hot chocolate and a good cuddle. If that doesn’t sell you on Autumn being the most wonderful time of the year, maybe these things will.
Any type of dessert is a British staple. I’m a sucker for any pudding that allows for a 50/50 ratio of dessert to custard. Sticky toffee pudding is my all-time favourite pudding, but at this time of year, an apple crumble is a must-have. It’s even more rewarding on a Sunday night after having a day at home to chill and catch up on life jobs such as washing. At this time of year, apple crumble a warming dessert to have, which is why you’ll usually find one stashed away in the freezer for a rainy day. You never know when you’re going to need that hit of sweet caramelised, cinnamon fruit with a crumbly top and a bowl of custard to round off a weekend.
Time to get the slow cooker out of the cupboard, casserole season has arrived. I always get mocked at work for how many times a week I eat casserole and whether there’s any other food in my diet, but I don’t care. Sausage casserole is the preferred choice, but I won’t say no to a chicken or beef one if it’s on offer. It’s a warm hearty meal to have ready and waiting when you get home from the office on a dark evening (4pm). Served with some veg, rice or even sweet potato and you’ve got a recipe for a very happy belly.
Stay with me here, but bright lighting is a big no-no. Lightboxes, candles, uplighters and fairy lights are what Autumn nights are all about. Whether that be with your partner, your friends or a romantic night in for one, lighting makes a big difference for cosy nights in. The softer the lighting the cosier the room feels. Get rid of those harsh bright white lightbulbs that make your selfies look ‘amazing’. Warm tones are the key to that Autumn ambience.
Reruns and binge-watching
If you’re a TV nut like myself and love your American dramas, your Autumn should shape up pretty nicely as all the classics return from their summer hiatus. However, if you need something cosy to watch, now is the perfect time to rewatch your favourites for the ultimate homey feeling. I’m currently rewatching One Tree Hill and Charmed, and it’s giving me all the snug feelings – especially on a Friday or Saturday night when there’s a non-alcoholic beer in my hand. The same can be said for films too. Some films have that cosy feeling without even trying. It’s usually romantic comedies or seasonal films. Need some ideas? You’ve Got Mail, Stepmom, Bridget Jones’ Diary, When Harry Met Sally and The Notebook immediately spring to mind.
Of course, all of these things can be topped off with a fleece blanket or dressing gown, your favourite pyjamas and a comfy sofa. Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year, and I have every intention of making the most of it by putting a Caitlin shaped bum print on my sofa for the foreseeable.