I love October. There’s something about the changing of the seasons and the arrival of the first frost …and the very, very first beginnings of the whisper of Christmas (I know, I know!! I can’t help it).
Here are some of the things we’ve been upto;
Making yummy gingerbread ghost cookies with some spooky Halloween cutters (recipe here). I made and froze some extra batches of gingerbread to use at Christmas. The smell of it – melted butter, ginger spices, caramelising sugar – is just divine.
We used the cutter to cut the same shape out of rolled fondant icing and then added googly candy eyes for maximum effect. Almost – but not quite – too good to eat.
And then outdoors, planting bulbs for the springtime. We jammed large terracotta pots full of these feathered tulips bulbs from Amsterdam (my favourite!).
…and then hyacinths too; I hope these ones will flower in time for Christmas. We’ve popped them in the shed to kickstart them in the damp and dark before bringing them in in December.
We’re revelling in a change of pace with half-term break this week, but before that there was a scramble for finishing homework and spellings and projects like this one; the brief was ‘make a Paddington Suitcase out of a shoebox’.
Hmmm. Quite possibly one of the messiest things EVER, but a very cool result. I might jettison my reliable overnight bag and take this little number next time I’m travelling with work;
And finally, baking chocolate brownies! Because this season of jumpers and jeans and big boots and soft scarves can hide a multitude of sins, and there’s no time like the present to begin..
(Our favourite recipe for the choc-raspberry brownies is here…)
Have a lovely week, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!