Autumn Evenings

When the nights begin to draw in, there’s a temptation to believe the evening is over once the sun’s gone down, like there’s no time after work for fun. I’m totally guilty of spending autumn winter evenings snuggled up on the sofa, and whilst it’s good to get a bit of that in, I’ve been trying to find ways to make the most of my Autumn evenings a little more.

Sunday night we had an early dinner with my family, and the temptation was to snuggle up in bed at 6pm for a Gilmore Girls marathon. Instead, we headed to the corner shop, stocked up on cider and giant American marshmallows, and decided to create a perfect Autumn evening.

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I warmed the cider through with cinnamon sticks, mulled wine sachets and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon for good measure, and poured it into latte glasses, with a cinnamon stick for added effect.

We took kindling, logs, and in the end some highly flammable solvent into the garden and lit the chiminea. Once we had a good fire going, we toasted with our hot ciders, and enjoyed relaxing outside, the flames keeping us warm against the nippy October air.

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Once we’d been warmed up inside too by the cider, we got on to the fun bit, toasting marshmallows! We skewered up, shifted closer to the flames and got toasting.

Connor managed to get it down to a fine art, perfectly toasting the marshmallows so they were a little brown on the outside, and completely molten on the inside. I was less successful, and managed to set mine on fire a few times! They tasted amazing though, and the whole garden was filled with the scent of toasted marshmallows!

The perfect way to end the weekend I think! I definitely think we will be sneaking in another night by the chiminea before the weather gets too cold!

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