You know those days, when you wake up to the soft pitter patter of rain outside, the howling wind whistling through your windows, and a chill in the air? And you can luxuriate in bed a little longer, safe in the knowledge you have nowhere to go, nowhere to be? Those days are my favourites. In fact, come autumn, I’m purposely making more time in my schedule to do, well nothing. It’s good for the soul, and since my word for the season is slow, it fits right in with my intentions.
With that in mind I’m sharing my recipe for the perfect autumn duvet day, in case you need some inspiration before spending your day doing nothing at all.
Don’t rush out of bed. Drink your first coffee of the day snuggled in the sheets, open the blinds and watch the rain fall. If it’s not raining, open the window a touch and let the fresh air wake you. Stay off your phone if you can, read a book instead, chat with your partner, or my personal favourite, pop a guided meditation on and spend a few moments focusing on your breath.
Get dressed, in clean pjs. Staying in your pjs all day is often seen as the height of laziness, but nobody says you can’t get dressed for the day in clean comfies. Pull out your favourites, I’m a fan of the leggings, oversized tee and snuggly cardigan combo, the aim of the day is comfort not style.
Make a delicious, nutritious breakfast. Set yourself up for the day right with a hearty, veggie packed breakfast. One of my favourite comfort food breakfasts is a slice of buttery, wholemeal toast piled high with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach. I simply sauté the mushrooms in a little butter with some fresh herbs, then turn the heat down low, add in fresh tomatoes and spinach, pop a lid on the pan and let them half steam, half sauté themselves. Season and serve with fresh avocado on the side. Delicious, filling and a whopping four portions of veggies.
Stick the slow cooker on. Nothing says autumn’s here like pulling the slow cooker out of the back of the cupboard. I used my slowcooker nearly every day last autumn winter, it makes life so much easier, and always produces the most delicious food. I love it so much that my parents ended up buying me an Instant Pot for my birthday this year, and whilst I’m still getting my head around some of the functions, it’s pretty great, and will definitely be getting a lot of use this season. My favourite lazy Sunday thing to chuck on is soup!
Relocate your duvet (and all your favourite blankets) to the sofa. I love dragging the duvet out to the sofa. I never really wanted a sectional sofa (I had my heart set on a velvet number that was a little more elegant, a little less slouchy) but once I realised you could reconfigure the layout to pretty much create a giant bed, I was sold. We drag the footstool round, litter the whole thing with blankets and cushions, and get comfy under the duvet.
Get experimental with decadent hot drinks. Con’s winning recipe from last weekend was an at home dirty chai, sprinkled with cinnamon and vanilla. Previous wins include minty hot chocolates, London Fogs (earl grey with steamed milk and vanilla), and of course, homemade pumpkin spice lattes.
A hearty lunch slurped from bowls. My slow cooker taco soup is always a slow duvet day winner. Simply brown mince, onions and garlic (if you have an Instant Pot you can do this on Sauté mode), then transfer to your slow cooker. Add diced peppers (I normally use one red, one green), one beef stock cube disolved in water, one tin of coconut milk and two tins of chopped tomatoes. A generous squeeze of tomato puree, one teaspoon of each coriander and cumin, two teaspoons of hot chilli powder and smoked paprika. Give it all a good mix, slosh in a little red wine, and a dash of tabasco and worcestershire sauce. I cook it on high for three hours or low for 12 depending on when I want to eat it, it makes a good 6 servings and is the perfect lunch on a drizzly day. We serve ours with a scoop of sour cream and half an avocado when we’re feeling good, or toasted pitta breads brushed with garlic butter when we’re feeling naughty.
Watch a movie in the middle of the afternoon. Which always feels like a treat. Our go tos are usually Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings or something Marvel. On this day we watched Mortal Engines, which was good but would have been better if they hadn’t crammed the whole story into one movie!
Indulge in autumnal treats. Anyone else just love a pumpkin shaped gingerbread cookie from Starbucks? It’s the season for chai spiced muffins, carrot cake, or even my pumpkin spice cookies. Calories don’t count on a duvet day.
A long, hot soak in the tub. Crack out the face masks, body scrubs, hair masks, and luxuriate with a few candles and a good book. Stay in until your fingers and toes resemble grapes, and you feel relaxed in your bones. A perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new autumnal bath bomb from Lush too!
Treat your skin well. A good at home facial is what your skin deserves! I like to start with a gentle scrub, throw a face mask on, massage a serum into the skin, and layer up a thick, nourishing moisturiser.
An early night with a good evening routine. A cup of camomile tea, moisturiser, no screens, just snuggled down in bed with a good book. Blissful.
What would your perfect autumn duvet day look like?