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The last couple of weeks since the autumnal weather has arrived, I have been getting back into the kitchen and baking. I always forget how much I enjoy it. Maybe it's because the washing up takes forever but I still love it. There is something so comforting about making some baked treats from scratch and sharing it with everyone. So much more satisfying than buying something from the local bakery. It's perfect for when you want to warm yourself up on a Sunday afternoon and then you have dessert ready for the evening.

Spiced flavours are my favourite, something with a kick and a hint of sweetness. So I'm already all over pumpkin spiced lattes and craving cinnamon buns on a daily basis. I was at home a few weeks ago and fancied baking something cinnamon flavoured. I had a look in the cupboard to see what baking supplies I had, looked for some recipes online and settled for some simple cinnamon muffins. They hit the cinnamon spiced spot and so easy to quickly bake.

Now that we are right in the middle of autumn, I'm sure I will be baking a lot more, my apple tree in the garden has some big apples hanging so I think a couple of apple crumbles are to come. Seasonal and delicious.


Ingredients 
Makes 10

Muffins 
1 and a 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 mixed spices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
1/3 cup melted butter

Topping 
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, mixed spices and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then add the eggs, milk and butter and stir in well until moistened. Spoon in the mixture into muffin cases. Bake at 170 degrees celsius for 20 minutes of until done. While in the oven, mix the topping mixture into a cup and after 10 minutes in the oven, take out the muffins and sprinkle the topping mix evenly. Once finished baking, leave to cool and enjoy.

What do you love to bake in autumn?

Cinnamon Spiced Muffins

14.10.17


The last couple of weeks since the autumnal weather has arrived, I have been getting back into the kitchen and baking. I always forget how much I enjoy it. Maybe it's because the washing up takes forever but I still love it. There is something so comforting about making some baked treats from scratch and sharing it with everyone. So much more satisfying than buying something from the local bakery. It's perfect for when you want to warm yourself up on a Sunday afternoon and then you have dessert ready for the evening.

Spiced flavours are my favourite, something with a kick and a hint of sweetness. So I'm already all over pumpkin spiced lattes and craving cinnamon buns on a daily basis. I was at home a few weeks ago and fancied baking something cinnamon flavoured. I had a look in the cupboard to see what baking supplies I had, looked for some recipes online and settled for some simple cinnamon muffins. They hit the cinnamon spiced spot and so easy to quickly bake.

Now that we are right in the middle of autumn, I'm sure I will be baking a lot more, my apple tree in the garden has some big apples hanging so I think a couple of apple crumbles are to come. Seasonal and delicious.


Ingredients 
Makes 10

Muffins 
1 and a 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 mixed spices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
1/3 cup melted butter

Topping 
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, mixed spices and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then add the eggs, milk and butter and stir in well until moistened. Spoon in the mixture into muffin cases. Bake at 170 degrees celsius for 20 minutes of until done. While in the oven, mix the topping mixture into a cup and after 10 minutes in the oven, take out the muffins and sprinkle the topping mix evenly. Once finished baking, leave to cool and enjoy.

What do you love to bake in autumn?


It's now officially the first day of autumn. To be honest as soon as September arrives I start getting into the autumn mood. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year, everything begins to die but it is when I feel like I'm more alive and joyful. I begin to think about autumn days from the last few years and it always brings back some of the best memories.

Last year I went to Amsterdam for the weekend, one of the most picturesque places at this time of year and I fell in love with the city. The year before I met D and he asked me to be his girlfriend, we spent the day in Lincoln, another lovely place to explore during the autumn months. I wonder what this season will bring me this year and how I will feel when I look back in 12 months time.

These are memories I will never forget and as wonderful as they are, there is nothing better than the little things and the simple every day moments. It makes autumn what it is and the season even more joyful. There are some things that feel quintessential autumnal. I wrote a to do list of all the things I want to do over the next few months that get me into the autumn mood.

10 things to do this Autumn


Bake a pumpkin pie
When I think about autumn, pumpkins always come to mind and what is more autumnal than baking something pumpkin flavoured with all the warm spices? And then you can carve pumpkins while it is baking.

Wrap up in a blanket while reading a book
Now that is is a little colder it's the perfect time to get cosy under a blanket and read a book in the evenings.

Light a sweet and spicy candle
The other week I went a little crazy and bought three new candles from TK Maxx, they had so many delicious scents like caramel pumpkin and frosted leaves. I can't wait to start lighting them in the evenings now it's getting darker.

Drink hot coffee outside in the morning
In the mornings when it's a little cold and you need something to keep your hands warm, a hot cup of coffee is all you need.

Go on a scenic foliage walk and pick up forage finds
I love going for walks all year round but at this time of year when the leaves are changing colours, pine cones and conkers on the ground it feels even better. Beautiful views for a beautiful time of year.

Wear boots, scarves and cosy jumpers
I've already started wearing boots and I won't be able to stop until it gets warm again. Wearing something soft and layering with scarves and knitwear makes autumn the best time of year for clothes.

Cook a warm and comforting meal from scratch
I really want to try and make a vegetable crumble from scratch soon with root vegetables, they are so wholesome and in season.

Sleep in and stay in pyjamas all morning
Why can't it be a Sunday morning every day? Sleeping in, waking up feeling rested and pottering around the house in pyjamas is what cosy autumnal mornings are for.

Create an autumnal playlist
Peaceful acoustic songs is all I want to listen to at the moment. Lucy Rose and The National are my favourites at the moment.

Sit by a fire in the evening
This is what the hygge feeling is all about, warming up by a fire in the evening, watching it the sparks and hearing the cracks and pops.

What do you do during the Autumn season?

An autumn to do list

22.9.17


It's now officially the first day of autumn. To be honest as soon as September arrives I start getting into the autumn mood. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year, everything begins to die but it is when I feel like I'm more alive and joyful. I begin to think about autumn days from the last few years and it always brings back some of the best memories.

Last year I went to Amsterdam for the weekend, one of the most picturesque places at this time of year and I fell in love with the city. The year before I met D and he asked me to be his girlfriend, we spent the day in Lincoln, another lovely place to explore during the autumn months. I wonder what this season will bring me this year and how I will feel when I look back in 12 months time.

These are memories I will never forget and as wonderful as they are, there is nothing better than the little things and the simple every day moments. It makes autumn what it is and the season even more joyful. There are some things that feel quintessential autumnal. I wrote a to do list of all the things I want to do over the next few months that get me into the autumn mood.

10 things to do this Autumn


Bake a pumpkin pie
When I think about autumn, pumpkins always come to mind and what is more autumnal than baking something pumpkin flavoured with all the warm spices? And then you can carve pumpkins while it is baking.

Wrap up in a blanket while reading a book
Now that is is a little colder it's the perfect time to get cosy under a blanket and read a book in the evenings.

Light a sweet and spicy candle
The other week I went a little crazy and bought three new candles from TK Maxx, they had so many delicious scents like caramel pumpkin and frosted leaves. I can't wait to start lighting them in the evenings now it's getting darker.

Drink hot coffee outside in the morning
In the mornings when it's a little cold and you need something to keep your hands warm, a hot cup of coffee is all you need.

Go on a scenic foliage walk and pick up forage finds
I love going for walks all year round but at this time of year when the leaves are changing colours, pine cones and conkers on the ground it feels even better. Beautiful views for a beautiful time of year.

Wear boots, scarves and cosy jumpers
I've already started wearing boots and I won't be able to stop until it gets warm again. Wearing something soft and layering with scarves and knitwear makes autumn the best time of year for clothes.

Cook a warm and comforting meal from scratch
I really want to try and make a vegetable crumble from scratch soon with root vegetables, they are so wholesome and in season.

Sleep in and stay in pyjamas all morning
Why can't it be a Sunday morning every day? Sleeping in, waking up feeling rested and pottering around the house in pyjamas is what cosy autumnal mornings are for.

Create an autumnal playlist
Peaceful acoustic songs is all I want to listen to at the moment. Lucy Rose and The National are my favourites at the moment.

Sit by a fire in the evening
This is what the hygge feeling is all about, warming up by a fire in the evening, watching it the sparks and hearing the cracks and pops.

What do you do during the Autumn season?


It feels like quite a long time ago since I began saving for a house. Well it was only at the beginning of last year that I started to be more conscious about saving money towards buying a house so in the grand scheme of things it's not that long at all.

The other week, D (my boyfriend) and I went to get some advice from a mortgage advisor so that we could get a better understanding of the house buying process and a soft assessment of what we can afford to buy. It went better than we expected. We now know what we can afford to buy, a rough idea of what the monthly mortgage cost will be and that we are in a good position to start looking for a house to buy (yay!). It all started to feel a little more real after that meeting and very grown up.

We decided to go for a drive around a few towns and villages to get a feel for them and see if we like the areas. We will both be moving away from where we are currently live so we are starting from scratch. Our mission is to find a place that is affordable, commutable to work/good job prospects and is an all round nice place to live. After we stopped in one of the places on our list we began to really love it. It has everything we were looking for and it just felt right. Now we are playing the house waiting game.

Now that we are financially ready to buy a house I thought I would share a few things that have helped me save money. I did this while enjoying my life, I went on holiday, bought new clothes and had great experiences. In my opinion, there was no point sitting at home unhappy just so I could buy a house a little sooner. It also gave me some insight into being a homeowner. I now have a better understanding of how I can still do amazing things, treating myself every now and then while paying the mortgage and bills.  Of course, I still did what I could do to save a few extra pennies along the way. So if you are about to start saving for a house or currently saving I hope this gives you some ideas.

Eight things to do when saving for a house


Do your research
You don't have to dive into pages and pages of websites with advice about buying a home but it helps to understand what costs are involved when buying a house. There is the house deposit, legal fees, surveyors fees and a lot more other little things. It is also good to have an idea of where you would like to buy, you can have a look at Rightmove and see what the average house prices are for a particular area. That way you know how much you need to save.

Write down your goals
Once you know how much you will need to save, you can then set yourself some goals. It could be anything from how much you want to save each month, when you want to start the house buying process or maybe you need to get a new job to help you save more money. Whatever you need to do to help you save as much as you can, set a goal and work towards it.

Open a savings account
One of the easiest ways for most of us to save money is by opening a savings account or ISA. I opened a Help to Buy ISA, it does limit you to saving £200 a month but the bonus at the end is beneficial. I keep the rest of my savings in my current account but if you feel like you would struggle not to touch it then open up a separate account, set up a direct debit and hide the bank card.

Set yourself a monthly budget
I don't have a strict monthly budget but each month I try to make sure I have money leftover. One day I wrote down my monthly committed spend, this includes the ISA savings, rent, bills, petrol and food shop. The rest is then for extra savings and my allowance that I can spend on myself. Sometimes I have to assess what I'm doing that month, for example I'm going on a hen party and it's my Mum's birthday this month so I will be spending more than usual. I can then think about where I can save some money elsewhere. Making a budget or at least being aware of what you're spending each month can be really useful.

Be more mindful when spending
Before I started saving for a house I tried to be careful when spending money but I also had those 'treat yo self' moments. Now I try to think a little more when I'm out shopping and stick to what I need or really want. It takes some self control but it's a good habit to get into. You also realise how easily you can live without things.

Do things that are free
You don't have to spend £100 on a Friday night to have a good time and to be honest if I spent £100 on one night it better be pretty amazing. It may sound boring but having nights in every now and then isn't all that bad. Invite friends over for a film night or cook your favourite meal. Instead of going to the gym, use YouTube videos. Take out books in the library or borrow from friends instead of buying new books. I love going out for long walks with D and getting a coffee. It's simple but it means I can still go out and have a little joy in my everyday life. Think a little smarter and find free alternatives.

Remember it takes time
I think one of the hardest things about saving money is that it takes time. It is not something you can do quickly. Even when it feels like it will be forever until you can buy your dream home, remember that each month that goes by you are a step closer to your goal.

Think about the home that is waiting for you
I can't stop thinking about the home I will one day be living in. I don't even know what it will look like yet but I can already picture it. I pin interior inspiration all the time. I think about the cosy evenings and lazy Sunday's in a place of my own. Focus on what your saving for.

What are your tips for saving money?

Saving for a house while enjoying life

17.9.17


It feels like quite a long time ago since I began saving for a house. Well it was only at the beginning of last year that I started to be more conscious about saving money towards buying a house so in the grand scheme of things it's not that long at all.

The other week, D (my boyfriend) and I went to get some advice from a mortgage advisor so that we could get a better understanding of the house buying process and a soft assessment of what we can afford to buy. It went better than we expected. We now know what we can afford to buy, a rough idea of what the monthly mortgage cost will be and that we are in a good position to start looking for a house to buy (yay!). It all started to feel a little more real after that meeting and very grown up.

We decided to go for a drive around a few towns and villages to get a feel for them and see if we like the areas. We will both be moving away from where we are currently live so we are starting from scratch. Our mission is to find a place that is affordable, commutable to work/good job prospects and is an all round nice place to live. After we stopped in one of the places on our list we began to really love it. It has everything we were looking for and it just felt right. Now we are playing the house waiting game.

Now that we are financially ready to buy a house I thought I would share a few things that have helped me save money. I did this while enjoying my life, I went on holiday, bought new clothes and had great experiences. In my opinion, there was no point sitting at home unhappy just so I could buy a house a little sooner. It also gave me some insight into being a homeowner. I now have a better understanding of how I can still do amazing things, treating myself every now and then while paying the mortgage and bills.  Of course, I still did what I could do to save a few extra pennies along the way. So if you are about to start saving for a house or currently saving I hope this gives you some ideas.

Eight things to do when saving for a house


Do your research
You don't have to dive into pages and pages of websites with advice about buying a home but it helps to understand what costs are involved when buying a house. There is the house deposit, legal fees, surveyors fees and a lot more other little things. It is also good to have an idea of where you would like to buy, you can have a look at Rightmove and see what the average house prices are for a particular area. That way you know how much you need to save.

Write down your goals
Once you know how much you will need to save, you can then set yourself some goals. It could be anything from how much you want to save each month, when you want to start the house buying process or maybe you need to get a new job to help you save more money. Whatever you need to do to help you save as much as you can, set a goal and work towards it.

Open a savings account
One of the easiest ways for most of us to save money is by opening a savings account or ISA. I opened a Help to Buy ISA, it does limit you to saving £200 a month but the bonus at the end is beneficial. I keep the rest of my savings in my current account but if you feel like you would struggle not to touch it then open up a separate account, set up a direct debit and hide the bank card.

Set yourself a monthly budget
I don't have a strict monthly budget but each month I try to make sure I have money leftover. One day I wrote down my monthly committed spend, this includes the ISA savings, rent, bills, petrol and food shop. The rest is then for extra savings and my allowance that I can spend on myself. Sometimes I have to assess what I'm doing that month, for example I'm going on a hen party and it's my Mum's birthday this month so I will be spending more than usual. I can then think about where I can save some money elsewhere. Making a budget or at least being aware of what you're spending each month can be really useful.

Be more mindful when spending
Before I started saving for a house I tried to be careful when spending money but I also had those 'treat yo self' moments. Now I try to think a little more when I'm out shopping and stick to what I need or really want. It takes some self control but it's a good habit to get into. You also realise how easily you can live without things.

Do things that are free
You don't have to spend £100 on a Friday night to have a good time and to be honest if I spent £100 on one night it better be pretty amazing. It may sound boring but having nights in every now and then isn't all that bad. Invite friends over for a film night or cook your favourite meal. Instead of going to the gym, use YouTube videos. Take out books in the library or borrow from friends instead of buying new books. I love going out for long walks with D and getting a coffee. It's simple but it means I can still go out and have a little joy in my everyday life. Think a little smarter and find free alternatives.

Remember it takes time
I think one of the hardest things about saving money is that it takes time. It is not something you can do quickly. Even when it feels like it will be forever until you can buy your dream home, remember that each month that goes by you are a step closer to your goal.

Think about the home that is waiting for you
I can't stop thinking about the home I will one day be living in. I don't even know what it will look like yet but I can already picture it. I pin interior inspiration all the time. I think about the cosy evenings and lazy Sunday's in a place of my own. Focus on what your saving for.

What are your tips for saving money?


It's almost time to say goodbye to Summer for another year. A part of me is hoping that we will get an Indian Summer so we can enjoy a few more days of hot sunshine before the darker days arrive. This Summer went slow and fast. The good days went so quick but looking back it feels like it has been a long season.

Most weekends have been full of adventures. I could relive them all again and again. Summer treated me well. Here are a few happy moments from this season.

A few Summer moments


Coffee dates with my love, my sister and my friends
There is rarely a week that goes by when I'm not in a coffee shop hanging out with my favourite people. It's where I feel most at home. I've mostly been drinking almond lattes and the odd brownie every now and then.

My first collaboration with a brand
Getting the chance to work on a campaign with a brand that has good values and quality products was a great way to start the summer. I loved how it sparked my creativity and allowed me to do something a little different. I'm lucky to have a wonderful boyfriend who helped me out.

Little picnics
On the warmest summer days I headed outside and had spontaneous little picnics. It's my favourite type of food to eat in summer. I'm going to miss sitting in the sun on the dry grass this Winter.

Citadel Festival
One of the best things about summer is the music festivals. Being outside, watching my favourite bands with a drink is the greatest way to spend the day. At Citadel I saw the beautiful Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka, Bonobo, Foals and few more new discoveries.

York
I went back to one of the most wonderful cities in England this Summer. Wandered through the streets of York all day, finding new little shops and cafes along the way. I'm already itching to go back again.

Long walks in the park
Sometimes a walk around a lake can be exactly what I need at the end of a long week at work. Breathing in the fresh air and looking out at lovely views. Sometimes I wish I could take the Summer off to have peaceful days like this every day.

What have been your favourite moments this Summer?

Scenes From Summer

27.8.17


It's almost time to say goodbye to Summer for another year. A part of me is hoping that we will get an Indian Summer so we can enjoy a few more days of hot sunshine before the darker days arrive. This Summer went slow and fast. The good days went so quick but looking back it feels like it has been a long season.

Most weekends have been full of adventures. I could relive them all again and again. Summer treated me well. Here are a few happy moments from this season.

A few Summer moments


Coffee dates with my love, my sister and my friends
There is rarely a week that goes by when I'm not in a coffee shop hanging out with my favourite people. It's where I feel most at home. I've mostly been drinking almond lattes and the odd brownie every now and then.

My first collaboration with a brand
Getting the chance to work on a campaign with a brand that has good values and quality products was a great way to start the summer. I loved how it sparked my creativity and allowed me to do something a little different. I'm lucky to have a wonderful boyfriend who helped me out.

Little picnics
On the warmest summer days I headed outside and had spontaneous little picnics. It's my favourite type of food to eat in summer. I'm going to miss sitting in the sun on the dry grass this Winter.

Citadel Festival
One of the best things about summer is the music festivals. Being outside, watching my favourite bands with a drink is the greatest way to spend the day. At Citadel I saw the beautiful Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka, Bonobo, Foals and few more new discoveries.

York
I went back to one of the most wonderful cities in England this Summer. Wandered through the streets of York all day, finding new little shops and cafes along the way. I'm already itching to go back again.

Long walks in the park
Sometimes a walk around a lake can be exactly what I need at the end of a long week at work. Breathing in the fresh air and looking out at lovely views. Sometimes I wish I could take the Summer off to have peaceful days like this every day.

What have been your favourite moments this Summer?

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