Seasonal Things To Do During Autumn


Hello everyone and Happy Monday! How have you been?

The darker evenings have arrived, and the orange vibrancy of leaves surround us as they fall from the trees to the ground. Pumpkin spiced lattes populate café tables as the morning air hints an earthly aroma. There is no doubt that Autumn is here! However, despite the comforting homeliness of Autumn, the rainy weather and shorter days may understandably take a toll on our mental wellbeing! So, I have created a list of things to do in Autumn and I thought I would share it with you! I hope it will inspire you and help you to enjoy the autumnal atmosphere.

HAVE A COSY, AUTUMNAL NIGHT IN
A roaring fire with a silky hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, wrapped around a fluffy blanket in cosy pyjamas. Spend your autumnal night watching your favourite movie or reading a good book. Relax, switch off from life’s busyness and embrace the autumn season from the comfort of your own home.

EMBRACE NATURE
Go on a leisurely stroll, either alone or with someone. Nature is so beautiful, particularly during this time of year! I often switch off my phone during these kind of walks as it feels so refreshing and enriching to live in the present moment and absorb natures beauty. From the changing leaves to the fallen conkers and the crisp, morning air – an autumnal walk does the mind a world of good!

PUMPKIN PICKING
What better way to spend an Autumn weekend?! Wrap up warm, find a local pumpkin patch and pick out some pumpkins with family or friends. It’s a great activity for Autumn and is a great excuse to get out of the house.

PUMPKIN CARVING
Lighting the fire, with a cup of tea nearby whilst creating potential shapes and faces to carve into your pumpkin – you can’t beat it! My family and I often have competitions for ‘who can carve the best pumpkin’ and that makes it really fun.

BAKING
There’s something so warming about baking during this time of the year, filling the kitchen with freshly baked goodness. Carrot cake, apple crumble/pie and cinnamon rolls are all perfect bakes for Autumn, so definitely look into some recipes!

So, there are a few of my suggestions for activities to do during this time of the year. I hope it’s given you some inspiration to plan a few things over the next couple of weeks.

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Homemade Banana Bread


Hi guys, how are you doing? I hope you are all safe and well.

From spending all this time at home, I have begun to appreciate the comforting scent of a freshly baked cake straight out the oven. Baking has always been a hobby of mine – there’s something so satisfying about turning a buttery, sugary mixture into a fluffy sponge of goodness. Last week, I was passing time and decided to bake a banana bread. I followed an old recipe from ‘River Cottage,’ but I altered it a little bit. It turned out super delicious and so I thought I’d share it with you!

You need:
100g unsalted butter (I used salted and it was fine!)
125g light brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 ripe bananas
100/125g raisins/apricots/chocolate (anything you fancy, really!) – measurements are quite general for this because, in my opinion, it’s up to you how much filling you want to put in. I used raisins as we didn’t have any apricots in
200g self-raising flour
Lemon/orange (for the zest – not essential!)

Method:
Method is super simple!
Begin by mixing the butter (softened) and sugar in a bowl to form a creamy mixture. Then, crack the eggs into the bowl and mix again. Then, mash the banana’s into a paste and also add them into the mixture. Follow this by adding the raisins/apricots/chocolate (whichever filling you prefer) and mix well. Then, grate the lemon or orange zest into the bowl and mix! Then, it’s time to sift the flour and mix again. Pour the batter into a prepared tin and place in the oven for about 50 minutes (keep an eye on it though) on 160ᵒC.

Its really easy and it’s absolutely delicious – I’ve used the same recipe since I was young, and it’s never failed me!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx