We’ve had a beautiful autumn in the UK this year. The trees have gradually transitioned to a brilliant array of yellow and orange, and I’ve loved spending time outdoors in the garden and walking Wilbur through misty fields. My list of autumn favourites for 2021 is fairly lengthy, which I view as a positive sign that I’ve been focusing on enjoying the little things in recent months. I’ve been testing out some green beauty products, and it’s been fantastic having new shows to watch in the evenings. Without further ado, here are my autumn favourites for 2021!
- Walkers Sensations Poppadom Chips. If you can get your hands on the lime and coriander chutney flavour, you won’t be disappointed! They taste like an Indian takeaway.
- Sore Throat Drink. If you’re struggling with a cold or sore throat, try the following:
- 1 cup oat milk (or any milk of choice)
- A pinch of ground: cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric
- 1 tsp of honey
- Microwave in a mug for 1 minute and then whisk until frothy!
- Spanish Rice Stuffed Marrow. One of my allotment neighbours asked me if I like marrow. Even though I had never tried it, for some reason I enthusiastically said “yes!”. I was then given two giant marrows (which is a squash like a giant zucchini/courgette) and didn’t know what to do with them. I came across this recipe on Pinterest which I thought would be good, and oh my goodness, it was delicious! Lucy even commented that this recipe made her re-think her dislike of soggy marrow. As I can’t eat spicy food, I switched out chorizo for bacon and didn’t add the chili. I also added grated cheddar on top. This recipe is 100% worth making if you have surplus marrow or large courgettes!
- Naturisimo. A couple of months ago I placed my first order with this green beauty company. Their website is stylish and easy to navigate, and I like that they sell a range of products, including those which are in the low-medium price bracket. Organic and ethical beauty can be pricy and I prefer not to spend £20 on a product that only lasts a few months. They also have beautiful cardboard packaging. I was really pleased with the products I ordered, and I recommend them if you’re based in the UK!
- Fushi Bringer of Peace Body Lotion. The best lightweight lotion that I’ve used in years, plus it comes in a glass bottle.
- Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon. I got the shade Pacific Coast, which is such a fun red for fall/winter and the formula doesn’t dry out my lips too much.
- Living Nature Under Eye Concealer. I like this concealer because it’s lightweight and doesn’t crease, but still provides coverage for dark circles.
For more on green beauty, see: Organic and Natural Beauty
I’ve got a great mix of shows, books, and films to recommend to you!
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I had to wait a while to read this book until I was in a good headspace, given that it’s a dystopian post-pandemic novel. Amazing characters and such a captivating story!
- The Morning Show. If you have Apple TV, it’s a must watch!
- Dark Waters. Similar to Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action, this film adaptation of a true story looks at the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont’s contamination of a community, and the lawsuit that ensued. It’s nothing short of mortifying and this affects all of us today.
- You. I’m obsessed with this thriller drama on Netflix. It’s like Dexter meets Gossip Girl.
- Jar of Fireflies. This is the YouTube channel by Channa, a converted orthodox Jew who lives in Texas. She is so positive and charismatic, and I love learning more about her lifestyle and traditions.
- The Great British Bake Off. There is something so cozy and autumnal about curling up on the sofa with some biscuits and watching GBBO. The contestants this year are all so loveable and talented!
- Allotment pumpkins. I’m so pleased that I grew three delicious pumpkins, considering that I had to re-start the seedlings at least 4 times!
- Halloween. I got trick-or-treaters! So many that I ran out of candy. Love it!
- New paint in living room. Lucy has recently painted our dining room and living room a clay white, which means we no longer have a shade of depressing “sad mushroom” haunting our dreams. We also have a forest green feature wall, which I feel adds a hobbity vibe to the living room.
- New sofa. If you have a dachshund, you know that they somehow manage to take up as much space as a Great Dane on the sofa. Lucy and I end up crammed into the corners, which isn’t very comfortable. We therefore decided that, as part of our living room re-decorating, to buy an additional sofa, and it’s due to arrive at the end of the month.
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I hope you find these types of favourites posts enjoyable to read, and that my autumn favourites for 2021 have inspired you to think of the things that bring you joy, no matter how big or small!