Autumn is my favourite season, and it seemed only right, to share my autumn bucket list here on the blog, to show what I have planned for the next month or so!
I don’t have much planned generally for October, but there are a few things I would like to do! So I created a bucket list at the beginning of the month, knowing ahead of time, it was one of the prompts for Instagram…
Before I get to my Autumn favourites, I thought I’d explain a little….
I thought I would do something a little different this month, and try Blogtober, now technically that means 31 days of posts, but posting every day, and working is a little much for me.
I will be posting every day on Instagram, but here on the blog there will be more content, and some extra fun things throughout the month, from crafts and decor ideas, to getting out and about and enjoying more of Autumn!
So as a bit of an introduction to the season, I thought I’d share some of my favourites…
So we’re all back to normal after the April A-Z Challenge, but of course things for the last few weeks things have been far from “normal”. To begin, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to any keyworkers out there, whether frontline NHS and medical staff, or those working in shops and other businesses keeping us, our families and friends all safe and hopefully healthy. My heart goes out to those affected by the coronavirus, whether literally, or in terms of stress from the lockdown, working from home, home schooling, or those who are lonely and isolated. We are all in this together!
I confess, the situation has been quite bearable here, the A-Z challenge has been something of a blessing really in terms of avoiding the weekly posts of what I’ve been up to! There is only so much you can really say considering I last worked on the 23rd March! So, here we are at the beginning of May and while I haven’t been up to much, I thought I’d share what has been going on this April!
March! It’s been a fairly quiet month again this month, mostly because we’ve been really busy with work, though we have had a little down-time here and there, so here’s a bit of a catch up!
We’ve not had any events in March, which means it’s been fairly quiet generally, we did enjoy a day out in St Ives (which you can read all about here)! That’s about the extent of our going out this month, the joy of how days off have come up recently, coupled with some rather hit-or-miss weather!
We had a bit of fun this past weekend, something neither of us has done before, but we thought we’d have a bit of fun and blog about it!
It’s St Pirans Day today! A day to celebrate all things Cornwall, and though I’m not Cornish, and many would say Stu isn’t either (you have to be born here apparently!) we thought we’d have a go at making proper cornish pasties!
I make a bunch of Christmas stuff every year, and one of the things I make is of course Mince Pies!!
Usually I buy pre-made pastry (from the fridge or freezer section) because pastry is a bit of a faff and quite hit-or-miss to make properly – though here is an easy recipe just in case you fancy making your own from scratch –
275g Plain Flour and some for flouring surfaces/rolling pin
200g Unsalted Butter and a little to grease your baking tin
100g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs (beaten)
1 Jar of Mincemeat (Does anyone ever make their own?!)
Place flour and butter in a bowl and rub together until it’s all crumbly
Add sugar and about half the beaten egg, and mix together
Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together, careful not to over work
Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for 10 mins
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 4
Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick.
Using a round cutter (about 8cm), cut out 12 bases and place them into muffin trays. Put 1½ tbsp mincemeat mixture into each.
Brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg.
Re-roll out the pastry to cut 6cm lids and press them on top to seal. Glaze with the beaten egg, sprinkle with caster sugar, then make a small cut in the tops
Bake the mince pies for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Leave to cool before releasing them from the muffin trays and dusting with a little more icing sugar before serving.
I actually top my mince pies with stars, but the principle is the same!
Do you do any Christmas baking? Let me know in the comments!
If you liked this recipe, check out the other Christmas Baking posts here: