Autumn. My fantabulously favourite season. We don’t celebrate Halloween, not keen on the ghouls and the ghosts side of things but we normally carve a pumpkin and make pumpkin pie and have a little party to celebrate the season anyway. The pumpkin shortage was real in this neck of the woods – there were none in sight! We searched high and low for a pumpkin all weekend and nearly opted for a watermelon instead but decided to make candles as an alternative!
With our house move rapidly approaching, it looks like Bonfire Night will be a little more low key for us this year, we usually have a firework party but we may visit a display for the first time instead. So it was nice to have some family time and some mini Autumnal celebrations to set the season rolling!
Toffee apples are a norm for us to make at this time of year but we thought Squidge would fare better with chocolate covered apples and so we covered apple slices with chocolate and sprinkles, popped in the fridge until set – deliciously simple and scrummy! But as you can imagine with an almost 2 year old – the mess was something else! I will be finding those sprinkles for weeks!
Pip was really keen on doing apple bobbing, Bean was less keen on putting his face in the water (not a surprise really, given he doesn’t even like having like having his hair washed) but I couldn’t believe Squidge’s bravery, she has to get involved in everything! The Malteser game was just as much fun, they were each given a straw and timed to suck 10 Maltesers from one plate to the other before they can scoff them. A lot harder than it looks!
I am only just understanding the excitement of scented candles! Pip and Bean are forever making potions and perfumes in the garden and so I said we could try our hand at making our own candles. It’s a lot easier than I thought and if you’d like to try, the instructions are below. I think they were more excited by the thought of staying up late and taking their candles outside at night time (they have not yet twigged that it’s getting dark at 5pm at the minute!) Their little faces as they proudly carried their candles was a picture and we managed to avoid burning anyone’s fingers, which was a bonus. We found an essential oil combination to flavour our candles called ‘ Autumn Air’ from the lovely blog ‘hello natural’ It really conjured up the feeling of Autumn and it turned out to be a lovely way to remember the season and something that we’ll try and do every year.
To make the candles, stock up on wicks and wax at HobbyCraft. We also bought some plastic moulds there but I think next time, I might try making them in tea cups.
Step 2: Put candle stubs or wax in an old pan. Put this in a larger pan with an inch of water in the bottom. Heat gently until the wax is liquid, then turn the heat off.
Step 3: To add colour, add a small cut off piece of crayon and add to the pan ( we seem to have tons of these lying around!)
Step 4: For scented candles, add a few drops of essential oil, then pour the wax into the mould.
Step 5: Leave to harden, then trim the wick until 1cm is left. Leave for at least 24 hours before lighting and then that’s it! Enjoy savouring the season!
*All words and opinions are my own and I was not sponsored for writing this post – I just love HobbyCraft!
Linking up with the lovely Claire with her fun #busy doing life linky
And Clarina’s Fab (I’m so pleased it’s back) Savouring the Season