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Autumn has arrived, and I am in need of cozying in and finding comfort. The pumpkins take pride of place at the local markets, and the parks and yards and gardens have begun to shift into their showtime performances we have long awaited.
Today, discover 15 ideas for savoring and cozying in after the summer season from food and baking ideas, sartorial inspiration, books to read and activities to immerse yourself.
1.Enjoy an aperitif with a nutty cow or sheep’s cheese paired with what you harvest in your vegetable garden or pick up at the local farmers’ market.
2. Lose track of time and wander about in a garden awash in autumnal hues
3. Enjoy the comfort of someone else baking amazing creations while watching the new season of GBBO (The Great British Bake-Off) each Friday night, running into mid-November.
4.Add an authentic olive oil soap from Marseille to your beauty routine – Traditional Marseille Soaps – Savon de Marseille
David Lebovitz recently wrote a helpful, deep-in-detail post on the history and what constitutes a true Savon de Marseille and how to distinguish from want-to-bes. One of the companies you can shop that ship to the states is Savonnerie Marseillaise de la Licorne. I just placed an order for a couple of their traditional Marseille cube soaps (must be made of 72% olive oil) as well as oval soaps for the shower in one of their many scents (lavender was my preference).
5. Speaking of the skincare and beauty routine, soak in a bubble bath and stock your supplies for time spent immersed amongst the bubbles (my favorite is from L’Occitane).
6. Plant out daffodil and muscari and any other spring bulbs you wish to see in your garden in five to six months.
7. Enjoy the final fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden (or can them, or turn them into jam or jelly or your favorite spread)
Currently my blackberries and strawberries are begging to be picked, and I will be indulging them to either enjoy on the spot or prepare them for jam or freeze them for winter enjoyment.
8. Watch Milan and Paris’ fashion weeks
Paris Fashion Week begins today and runs through October 5. Follow my favorites here on Pinterest.
9. Read a lovely book to celebrate the season – Autumn: A Novel by Ali Smith
Ranked as one of the ten best books of the year 2017 by The New York Times, a Man Book Award Finalist: Autumn: A Novel
10. Make a large batch of Morning Glory Muffins and freeze most of the batter to be enjoyed later in the season when schedules become a bit busier and mornings need a delicious (and healthy!) boost.
A simple recipe that continues to be my favorite muffin-to-bake in my kitchen.
11. Speaking of baking, stock up your freezer with homemade croissants and pain au chocolat!
I just tended to this task myself and made a full batch of both, freezing them so that each Saturday night, I can pull one or two out, defrost in the fridge, and then, let them rise Sunday morning (for three hours in a proofing oven), and bake for a warm, delicious Sunday morning breakfast.
~recipe is here and soooo simple to make
12. Make plans to enjoy your local performances as they begin to resume
I recently restarted my donation/subscription to our local symphony and cannot wait for the first performance since March 2020. Wearing a mask will be more than worth the opportunity to hear the music of the talented volunteer musicians in person.
13. Add a candle or two to your candle cupboard ideal for fall
An investment but a lovely one might be from Trudon – Solis Rex (Versailles Wooden Floors).
14. Create a cozy sitting area in your home (or tidy up your already created space).
Recently, my fireplace was retiled (check out September’s A Cuppa Moments video chat to see how it came together – a post with a detailed tour is coming soon), sconces were added so I can read and write during the winter, and now I am looking for proper pillows as well as coasters to complete the space.
15. Preorder a much-anticipated book from Instagram Influencer Paula Sutton – Hill House Vintage
Being released on October 19th! Preorder here.
More posts for celebrating Fall’s arrival . . .