Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumn, things to do on a budget

As we are finally starting to creep into autumn/winter I thought I would share some of my favourite things to do this time of year, on a budget. It’s not as easy to keep yourself entertained on a budget when it’s pouring with rain out or cold, but if you can face some of the more brisk weather there is plenty of great things to be done this time of year.

Explore the countryside and national parks

This time of year is particularly beautiful in woodland areas and parks. Why not visit your local national trust area, or get a membership online and travel to somewhere new. Explore amazing woodland trials, walk through towering beeches and ancient oaks and enjoy the tranquil areas bursting with autumn colours and wildlife, a yearly membership starts from just £30.

Homemade Hot chocolate and winter pudding

Why not have a go at making some homemade hot chocolate or your favourite winter pudding? I can’t resist Rhubarb crumble and custard this time of year! Here’s a Hot chocolate recipe to try, pop your feet up and watch a movie with this and your cosy winter evening is complete!

Real hot chocolate, made with dark chocolate and whole milk. It’s like drinking chocolate pudding.

You will need

· 8 ounces, weight Chocolate (preferably Dark)
· 3-½ cups Whole Milk
· ½ cups Heavy Cream
· 3 teaspoons Maple Syrup Or Natural Sweetener Of Choice
· 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
· ⅛ teaspoons Salt


1. Chop chocolate very finely.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring milk and cream to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally.
3. Add chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has melted. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, whisking constantly.

4. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is almost here, why not grab a Pumpkin from your local supermarket and get creative! If it's a bit too early for Halloween festivities why not just use the seasonal fruit for some baking! Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin soup, the list goes on! I can't wait to start some festive baking!

Movie night

There's nothing better after a cold autumn day than having a movie marathon, scary movies are particularly good this time of year, or why not just re-watch your favourite Harry Potter films! They're sure to get you in the winter mood!

Charity shop books

Take a trip to your local charity shop and grab a selection of books to keep you busy on the cold days & nights! With books usually starting at £1 , you could be kept busy all winter. You can read in your local coffee shop with a hot beverage or just at home in comfy clothes!

Winter walks & cycling

On a nice day, autumn can be beautiful with clear skies and crisp days. Make the most of it by visiting a new city, local forest or even cycle to your local pub for some wholesome winter grub! Why not grab some mulled wine or cider whilst your at it!

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