Happy Halloween, everyone! You may have gotten some creativity out of your system at a costume party over the weekend, but it’s not too late to celebrate in style tonight, too. Whether you’re having a quiet dinner in like us (we’re celebrating one year of engaged life!) or stuffing your face with copious amounts of chocolate you can still stick to the spirit of the season with a spooky table setting. Throw in your favorite creepy cocktails and you’re good to go for the evening!
I’m so happy that we are well into the autumn season now. The temperature has finally dropped (after a warm spell last week of 28°C/83°F in New York!), and the boots and scarves are officially on. Whilst I’m pretty sure this time of year is everyone’s favorite for many reasons, for me it’s all about the creativity it brings out in people. From decorating homes to making costumes, you get to see so much personality and flair in those around you. However, just in case you’re in need of some inspiration, check out these awesome creative (and no carve) pumpkin decorating ideas.
I’ve said this over and over recently but fall truly is my favourite time of the year—I’ve literally been counting down the days until apple picking season. Last weekend the time was finally here, after moving our outing from Saturday to Sunday due to bad weather, we ventured out with friends to Melick’s Town Farm in Oldwick, NJ. Last year we visited several farms and struggled to find any apples to pick but at Melick’s we had no problem. From Golden Delicious to Joanagold, there was certainly no shortage. This plus the incredible weather—pure sunshine with a fall chill in the air—it was the perfect afternoon.
Being from England, eating foods with pumpkin as an ingredient is still a very new thing to me. Growing up we only ever had pumpkins in our house once a year – for carving at Halloween. After trying my first (gluten free!) pumpkin pie last October I was instantly hooked – it was incredible. So this weekend I decided to try out Against All Grain‘s spiced pumpkin muffin recipe. Both gluten free and paleo, these delicious treats use almond flour with a hint of coconut flour as a base and maple syrup as a natural sweetener. Paired with a cup of coffee and a good book, these muffins are the perfect Saturday afternoon sweet for the beginning of fall. The full recipe can be found in ‘Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great‘.
I love Halloween and the creativity it brings out in people. From coming up with costume ideas to carving pumpkins, no matter what your level of creativity is, it appeals to everyone. Something I have been dying to try this year is pumpkin decorating. Mess free (mostly!), it’s a fun way of gathering up any old paints, markers, glitter or gems you have lying around the house and put them to good use.
To decorate my pumpkins I used:
Five mini pumpkins from Fallon and Byrne
Gold, white and black spray paint
Gold leftover craft paper
Pink sticker gems (I spray painted these gold)
Permanent markers (white and black)
The awesome thing about this activity is that you really can use anything you like to decorate your pumpkins with; fabric, twine, pens, lace, glitter – the list is endless but the results are great!