GOOD FOOD FRIDAY: APPLE COMPOTE

This is an easy peasy recipe that will make your chilly autumn days a little bit warmer and sweeter.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 big apples (or more if you like)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Peel the apples and cut them in small pieces.
  2. In a pot, melt 6 big spoons of sugar until caramelized.
  3. Add the juice from the half lemon and some of the lemon zest.
  4. Add 7-8 cups of water in the pot and stir until the caramelized sugar is melted again. (Be careful how you add the water.)
  5. Once the sugar is melted again and the water is almost boiling add the apples. (!Don’t forget to taste sugared water to see if it’s sweet enough. Usually, once they’re boiled apples get a little sour.)
  6. Let the apples cook for about 10 minutes or until they’re slightly done. (Don’t let them overcook.)
  7. Add a little bit of cinnamon for more flavour.

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ENJOY!

Alex D.

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15 QUOTES THAT WILL MAKE YOU FALL (EVEN MORE) IN LOVE WITH AUTUMN

I was feeling a little uninspired these days… and whenever I feel uninspired I like to read quotes to get myself motivated and well… a little inspired. This time I read some that go hand in hand with the season… and I felt like sharing some of them with you.

  1. Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. ~ Lauren DeStefano
  2. Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple. ~ J. K. Rowling

3.There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves. ~ Joe L. Wheeler

4. Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~ Jim Bishop

5.  But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you. ~ Stephen King

6. I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it. ~ Lee Maynard

7. I was drinking in the surroundings: air so crisp you could snap it with your fingers and greens in every lush shade imaginable offset by autumnal flashes of red and yellow. ~ Wendy Delsol

8. It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it. ~ Diana Gabaldon

9. Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary. ~ Siobhan Vivian

10.  Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under harvest skies. ~ Sharon Kay Penman

11. It was one of those perfect fall days when the air is cool enough to wake you up but the sun is also kissing your face. ~ Anita Diamant

12. Autumn is the time of balance and of
sacrifice, a time when the light is defeated by darkness, a time
when night takes over and brings the coming winter. The
ancient wisdom says that those who long for light must face
their inner darkness and overcome it. ~ Tony Riches

13. Autumn teaches us a valuable lesson. During summer, all the green trees are beautiful. But there is no time of the year when the trees are more beautiful than when they are different colors. Diversity adds beauty to our world. ~ Donald L. Hicks

14. I love the start of autumn when the trees in my garden change the colour of their leaves in one last dazzling display. ~ Michael Caine

15. “Autumn is the greatest reminder: It reminds us how dreamlike beauties our earth has and it reminds us how all these beautiful dreams can easily vanish!” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

Which one is your favourite?

Alex D.

All quotes were taken from goodreads.com

FIVE AUTUMN FEELING SONGS

You already know I love autumn and lately I’ve been listening to some songs that really get me in that “autumn” mood. You know what I’m talking about, that chill, ready-for-a-rainy-day-with-a-cup-of-tea-and-a-book mood. Therefore, I’ve decided to share with you 5 of my favorite songs. Now, this songs are not necessarily about autumn per se, but they really give me that autumn feeling.

1. Passenger – Autumn Leaves

2. Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves

3. Ed Sheeran – Autumn Leaves

4. Imagined Herbal Flows – Autumn Leaves

5. Audrey English – Autumn Leaves (by Paolo Nutini)

Yes, I know they’re all called Autumn Leaves, but I couldn’t help myself.

Do you have a song about autumn (or that gives you that “autumny” feeling) that you like?

Alex D.

Hello September! 10 Reasons Why I Love Autumn

Hello, September!

Today’s the first day of autumn and I’m so… looking forward to it! I mean, I will miss the hot weather, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited for all what fall has to offer. I’ve always liked autumn and today I decided to share with you the reason(s) why.

  1. The Colors

The yellows, the oranges, the reds… and the way the autumn sun rays fall on them. Beautiful!

2. The rain

Rain in the summer in refreshing, but rain in the autumn is magical.

3. The smell on the air

You know what I’m talking about… The wonderful smell of leaves and rain and pumpkin. It’s like everything fresher and cleaner during fall.

4. The hot tea and the hot cocoa

You get to drink all the hot beverages in the world and love it!

5. The weather

It’s usually not too hot and not too cold. It’s just perfectly chilly.

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6. The sweaters

You get to wear your favorite sweaters again! And look fabulous in them!

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7. The bed

You know those days when outside is raining and you just want to curl up in your bed and hide for the rest of day and that’s the best feeling in the world? Yeah… I know it too… That’s what autumn gives you. (Hell, you can even cuddle with someone.)

8. The romance

I don’t know why, but autumn always gave me this romantic lovely feeling. It might be the colors, it might be the atmosphere, but I’m feeling more loving and melancholic during this time of year.

9. The TV

This might the thing I’m the most excited about. All my (your) favorite TV shows are back on and I’m ready to watch every single one of them!

10. Christmas

And last but not least, Christmas. I’m getting all excited about Christmas. I already am! Can’t wait for it! And I can’t be the only one, can I?…

Anyways… Why do you love autumn? That is, if you do.

Alex D.