The Autumn Reading Book Tag

I was planning on writing a review of Turtles All The Way Down today, but I couldn’t really concentrate on that properly, and I want to do it justice, so I decided to do a book tag! I came across this autumn reading tag the other day over at Sarah’s Chapter, and I was immediately like I should do that. So here we are. Perhaps it’s a bit late to do an autumnal book tag since we’re already nearing the end of October, but oh well!

I love autumn, I like book tags – let’s do this thing!

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An Autumnal Walk in the Woods

Last year around this time, I wrote a post about how much I loved autumn and I added some pictures I took of the autumnal colours while walking around my neighbourhood. So when my father asked me this morning if I felt like going with him to a wood in the area for a nice walk, I immediately thought “ooh, that might make for a nice blogpost.” Yep, I’m that person these days (and proud).

We drove out to the Noordlaarderbos and just started walking, stopping here and there to take pictures. There were mushrooms everywhere, in different stages of decomposition, and they were of course hugely photogenic.

It’d been ages since I had actually been in a wood, but it just reminded me of how much I love it. It has quite a relaxing effect on me and I also started to feel sort of inspired. It’s similar to how I feel when I’m at the beach.

My father and I had a great afternoon and I ended up with some lovely autumnal shots. I took almost a hundred photos, but these fourteen are my favourites. Let me know what you think of them in the comments!

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One Autumn Day

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When people ask me what my favourite season of the year is, I never know what to answer them. The only thing I know for sure is that it’s not winter (too cold). And probably not summer either (too hot).

That leaves two other options, though, and they both have some very appealing features. There’s spring, when the trees are starting to grow new leaves, and everything is coming back to life. It’s such a happy time of year, with crocuses sprouting in every nook and cranny you can find.

This year, however, I’m very much inclined to say autumn is my favourite season. While I was dreading its arrival at first, I’m embracing it now. I love wearing warm sweaters and drinking even more tea than usual (if that’s possible). And the colours.

When I woke up yesterday and opened my curtains I looked out on a bright blue sky and the most beautiful autumn colours. I decided to bring my camera on my walk to the supermarket and make use of the most extraordinarily beautiful autumn day. I had a spring in my step, and the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Yes, right now, autumn is my favourite. But I’m pretty sure it’s a seasonal thing.

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Nutty Bundt Cake with Raisins

Now that summer is definitely over, I’m starting to crave those typically autumnal/wintery bakes again: cinnamon infused, aromatic cakes filled with plenty of nuts. Oh, who am I kidding, I crave those flavours all throughout the year. But now I have a good excuse to actually act on them again!

This weekend I baked this beautiful bundt cake, and let me tell you, it’s delicious. I didn’t expect it to turn out this amazing, but I’m pretty sure it’s a new favourite. The cinnamon and nutmeg provide the autumnal aroma I was looking for, and the abundance of nuts (hazelnuts and pecans) give it that great crunch as well as an amazing flavour. Add a bunch of raisins, and the texture and taste are complete winners! But wait, there’s more (I’m sorry…)! The very simple glaze adds yet another layer of deliciousness (icing sugar + orange juice = success).

Oh, and one more thing: aren’t bundt cakes the prettiest things you’ve ever seen?

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Officially Autumn: Speculaas and Chocolate Muffins

Well, summer is definitely over now, so it seems… It’s starting to get dark much earlier, the leaves are changing and, most importantly, it’s getting cold. No more warm, sunny days, my friends. It’s back to warm jumpers and lots of tea. Which is fine by me, to be honest. I’m a sucker for a cosy jumper and, as most of you will know, I love tea. Yes, I really do love autumn, although I’d have been fine with a few more weeks of summer as well.

I came up with this recipe last week, while I was feeling all autumn-y, with the rain pouring down outside and me drinking the inevitable hot cup of tea inside. Autumn and also winter are the seasons for comfort food with rich tastes and lots of chocolate, so that’s exactly what these muffins are all about!

You’ve got your cinnamon, your nutmeg, your ginger and your cloves, or for the Dutchies among you: simply your speculaas. Add some chocolate to this bunch and the lovely texture of a good muffin, and you’ve got yourself this delicious treat. This is most definitely a new favourite recipe of mine, and I’m quite proud of my little masterpieces. I’m not even going to be modest about it. These muffins are amazing.

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