Autumn French Lifestyle

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Today is one of many days off that happens to be pouring down with rain. Since the Bristol’s sky has decided to left me with nothing else to do than staring at my laptop, I felt inspired to write about all the good things coming with the Autumn season. 
Chances are you are already picking up overtime shifts to bank extra cash for Christmas, and the days are becoming darker and gloomier. Hence why you absolutely need to treat yourself and indulge now. Get winter ready and appreciate the journey. 
 
Get Cosy 
• I like to change the house décor slightly with each season change, and I’m not on about spider webs and ugly skulls. Time to light up some candles, as many as you can. Scented candles are a given, but I have enjoyed melting candle sticks over empty wine bottles. The result brings some rustic charm to your place. 
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• Get all of your blankets and throws out, roll them and place them in a cute basket. Your guests can them pick one up and cosy up. Great if you have a garden and people around for bonfire night! 
• Fav playlists to chill at the moment are: 
https://open.spotify.com/user/nouschti/playlist/23YVgi22p2LL2SvAnO0cf0?si=rvtS9HjcRLuhv480pjGjjQ 
https://open.spotify.com/user/1182575539/playlist/3vOpxeX5WBUBKTKHvMDOoF?si=d_KQxOvxTZyb5s_3jMgFng 
These are all the soundtrack of an old French TV program my mum used to love. A few celebrities get invited by a journalist in a stunning country house and they all get to know each other and share personal stories around the firepit. Most songs are in English I promise, and it is just the perfect combination of chill songs for this time of year. 
• Lastly, start running nice baths again. This summer has been so hot I cannot remember the last time I had a bath. But today is definitely the day to take out a nice Lush bath bomb and warm up with bubbles and an audio book. Favourite scent is the Twilight collection but this is obviously very personal, hence why they have so many scents to choose from.   
 
Get cooking  
• Pumpkin puree 
A staple to keep in your fridge, ready for your pumpkin spiced lattes. 
Cut a small pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, wrap in tin foil and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Once done, scoop the flesh into a blender. Add 4 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of ground nutmeg, 1 tsp of ginger, ½ tsp of allspice and ½ tsp of ground cloves. Add a bit of honey or maple syrup to sweeten to taste. Et voila! 
• Pumpkin pie 
Preheat the oven to 200°C. 
Make the crust by mixing together 1/5 a pack of Graham crackers (Tesco) or equivalent digestive biscuit, 1/3 cup of sugar, and 150g melted butter in a blender. Press the mixture over the bottom and the sides of a pie pan. 
Beat 2 eggs (with ¾ cup of brown sugar, optional). Stir in 1 cup of your pumpkin puree and 1 cup of condensed milk. 
Pour the filling into the crust, sprinkle with allspice and cover with tin foil to keep the crust from burning.  
Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven to 180°C and bake for another 40-50 minutes. 
 
Get out 
If you happen to have a sunny day off, then you ought to make the best of it as sunny autumn days are just the best, not too hot or too cold. 
Put on comfy clothes (oversize cardigan, long sleeve tee-shirt, skinny jeans, Hunter wellies and socks, cute beanie and scarf). 
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• Go pumpkin picking to your local farm, this is a great activity with kids or friends. 
• Go for a National Trust walk and end up for drinks and/or roast at the local pub. 
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out  
• Find a spot to pick chestnuts and roast them in the oven after slicing them open. The whole house will smell of Autumn deliciousness.  
 
For party goers  
One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is probably to get social and surround yourself with great company. So here are a few things I love to do with my friends and family this time of year. 
• The obvious Halloween party and Bonfire night... Comment below if you’d like a special post. 
• Have a movie night and pop open a bottle of wine. The yearly most watch for me are Hocus Pocus https://amzn.to/2IYp9qT and Harry Potter https://amzn.to/2Ek5Ny0 ...  
• Get your boardgames out. Easy and casual but guaranteed fun. 
 
Hope you all now feel warm and cosy as much as I do. Any other autumn films and series suggestions, please comment below!  
Flo x

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