Tag Archives: Autumn

Pumpkin Carving

I have been loving the alternative pumpkin carving that has been around this year. When I saw a competition at my new local cafe I couldn’t resist.

Challenge: easy
Time: 2 hrs (hard to tell as I was also baking some biscuits at the same time)
→ Pumpkin!
→ Sharp knife
→ Paper
→ Pencil
→ Tape
[→ Hammer,  Cookie Cutters]


1. Draw design on paper to size that fits your pumpkin.


2. Cut off top of your pumpkin about 1-2 inches from stalk. Try to slant your knife so the lid fits nicely on top and doesn’t fall inside.

3. Scrape out pulp and seeds. [Separate seeds, toss in extra virgin olive oil and roast in oven for 20mins at 180c, season with salt, pepper and spices~ eat and enjoy as you carve].


4. Tape design to pumpkin and trace around gently with knife. Remove design and carve. To get different light tones for your design detail, cut off skin of pumpkin. 


5. Light tea light and place inside. Enjoy!

Tip: You can hammer cookie cutters into pumpkin for pretty uniform shapes.

♡Let me see your designs!♡

Autumn Leaves Canvas Picture

This morning I suggested a walk and my little minou responded with “the wood where we had a picnic?!” Great idea. Perfect autumn weather and a chance for us to hunt out some pine cones, acorns and conkers to paint, decorate and create into a lovely garland.

So we packed up a picnic of wholemeal bread, ham, plums and cheese. Two flasks of warm milk (one with a sneaky mocha added) and we were set.


Whilst eating our picnic we made friends Sammy and his owner who informed us that the conkers and acorns had fallen early this year and pine cones may possibly be found a long way down the track. We said a quick hello to Harry the dog with a stroke and rub and then we were off on our nature hunt. Alas an hour in and no pine cones to be found.


However, the trees were gorgeous, leaves turning copper yellow and wine red. We collected handfuls, stuffing them in our pockets.


I couldn’t believe how long my tiny little minou had walked for and it was only in the last 10 minutes that we snuggled her into the back sling. Inevitably she collapsed into a sweet exhausted sleep the minute the car ignition turned.


I am loving my slow cooker at this time of year. We got home to the smell of olives, mushroom and tomato chicken. Yum.

After a hearty dinner we got out our autumn bounty and had a look. It was decided that instead of a garland we could up-date our ‘season’ picture with a heart collage. The most fun part was drying the leaves with a hairdryer! We then simply laid out the leaves without glue (I hope they don’t shuffle down during the night)
☆[edit. They did! Do glue them if you make one! ]☆


Anyway I will leave you with a perfect autumn poem:

Quand Automne en Saison Revient

Quand automne en saison revient,
La forêt met sa robe rousse
Et les glands tombent sur la mousse
Où dansent en rond les lapins.

Les souris font de grands festins
Pendant que les champignons poussent.
Ah ! que la vie est douce, douce
Quand automne en saison revient.

SAMIVEL (1907-1992)

naomi ♡