Autumn: a Step-by-Step Guide 03.10.2013

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From skinny lattes to skinny topcorn, Autumn is the time to celebrate all that is delicious, warming and comforting. Downton replaces discos (that’s what the kids are calling it these days…right?), Al desko replaces Al fresco and the idea of going out when it’s cold and rainy is downright offensive.

Our advice? Stay in, stock up on skinny topcorn, and enjoy Autumn the civilised way…through a window….

Whether you’re throwing a party, or having a quiet night in, here is our ultimate step-by-step guide.

1. Stock up on topcorn

Head over to Tesco and pick up a sharing bag of topcorn as part of the Tesco ‘Big Night In’ promotion. You can get TWO bags for £2! Or, by that maths, four for £4, ten for £10…etc. etc. #ShamelessPlug
2. BRING BACK CONKERS!

Granted, it’s a tad early for prime conker season but WE’RE JUST SO EXCITED! Plus we need to starting training, and selecting our champion conkerers…After all, the Official Metcalfe’s skinny Office Conker Championships 2013 are just weeks away…
3. Get your craft on.

There’s something about Autumn that makes us want to grab a gluegun and start customising everything in sight. Glitter, feathers…you name it. This sequined pumpkin from www.psimadethis.com might be the most glamous autumnal DIY we’ve seen so far. And it goes without saying that we highly encourage homemade Halloween outfits.
4. Make your own topcorn!

Whilst we know that our seasonings are the very best (even if we do say so ourselves…), it’s always fun to experiment with new recipes. You never know, if you let us know how it turned out, we might try popping in our flavour factory…

Here is one we discovered on www.ablossominglife.com, and it’s pretty delicious.

Image source: ablossominglife

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Recipe

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 7 mins

Total time: 12 mins

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

⅓ cup popcorn kernels

3 tbs coconut oil

3 tbs brown sugar (optional: 1 tbs brown sugar for topping)

½ tsp pumpkin spice mix

Pumpkin Spice Ingredients:

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoons ginger

½ teaspoon allspice

½ teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

1. In a medium to large saucepan, place 3 tbs of coconut oil and 3 popcorn kernels.

2. While the oil is heating up, measure out the 3 tbs brown sugar and place in a bowl.

3. Once the popcorn kernels start to pop, add in the ⅓ cup of kernels and continuously move the pan over the heat.

4. After about 1 to 2 minutes stir in the brown sugar, cover, and continue to move the saucepan over the heat until the kernels start to pop.

5. Move the saucepan rapidly over the heat (be careful) holding onto the lid until the kernels stop popping.

6. Place in large bowl, wait for it to cool a bit, and top with pumpkin spice, salt to taste, and extra brown sugar (optional). Stir.

Let us know if you give this one a go!
5. Turn on the Great British Bake Off and relax…