A few days ago I shared my recipe for spooky meringue kisses, with black stripes. I had so much fun making them, that I created another batch, this time in gorgeous orange. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’ve gone a bit crazy for orange at the moment. I love the autumn and can’t get enough of the colours at the moment. So I thought some orange meringue kisses were definitely in order!

Autumnal Orange Meringue KissesThese meringue kisses are made in exactly the same way, I just used a different colour and nozzle to switch them up a bit. These are really quick to prepare but take an hour in the oven, so allow plenty of time for this one. I have a couple more halloween posts to get up later today and tomorrow, so look out for more ideas very soon.

Autumnal Orange Meringue Kisses

Ingredients:

3 eggs (whites only)

75g caster sugar

75g icing sugar

Orange gel food colouring (I use this one from Hobby Craft)

Autumnal Orange Meringue Kisses

How to Make Orange Meringue Kisses:

Preheat oven to 100ºc. prepare a large baking tray with baking paper.

Turn a piping bag inside out and add stripes of orange food colouring. Turn back the right way and add a large nozzle.

Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

Gradually add both the sugars, until the mixture is glossy and forms stiff peaks.

Put the mixture into your piping bag and pipe out small amounts of the mixture to make the kisses.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour.

These are best kept in an airtight container, until you are ready to eat them.

Autumnal Orange Meringue Kisses

Other Halloween Recipes:

If you like this why not check out my baking section for more recipes. Or if you want some seasonal makes why not try my pumpkin pie recipe, pumpkin soup recipe or my new pumpkin muffin recipe.

If you try these, let me know how you get on. I love seeing pictures of your bakes.

Autumnal Orange Meringue Kisses

Get the Look:

My fox mug and leaf placemat are both from Laura Ashley. My plate is vintage car boot sale find. The ivy and gold pot are both from IKEA.

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So far on the blog I’ve brought you a pumpkin pie recipe and some pumpkin soup. I thought it was high time I tried something new. Every year I’ve planned to try pumpkin spice muffins and never quite got round to it. For a start I wasn’t sure of the nest way to make them and I’ve just not had the time. After doing a bit of research and trying a couple of things, I’m really happy with this recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

I decided to make my own pumpkin puree for these, although you can get it in a tin in some places in the UK. With so many pumpkins available at the moment, I thought it would be fun to make it all from scratch. At other times of year a squash will work just as well.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

You will need:

For the puree: 

1 medium pumpkin or 1 tin of pumpkin puree

For the muffins:

75g melted butter

250g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 ground cloves

115g caster sugar

2 eggs

125ml milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

How to Make

To make the puree:

Preheat oven to 190ºc

Cut your pumpkin in half from the stalk down. Remove all the seeds.

Place on a baking tray and cover the open sides with foil. Bake for around an hour, or until completely tender.

Once baked, scape out the inside and blend until smooth.

Put into a fine sieve to allow some of the moisture to drain away.

You can skip this step and use a tin of pumpkin, where available.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

To make the pumpkin spice muffins:

Preheat oven to 190ºc. Line a muffin tray with 12 cases.

Melt the butter and put to one side to cool.

Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

Beat the eggs, milk and butter together along with the pumpkin puree.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mix.

Beat with a fork until it forms a lumpy mixture, do not over mix.

Spoon into the cases, until nearly full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Then allow to cool on a wire rack.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins RecipeLet me know if you give these pumpkin spice muffins a try. Find more delicious recipes in my Baking section, as well as in my Other Writing section. For a really easy halloween make, why not try my Halloween Meringue Kisses of Death?

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As I think I mentioned a few posts back, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with halloween. I’ve never been into the really scary side of it, but I love all the foodie and crafty opportunities. I also love traditions and making memories with the kids. The last couple of years I’ve taken the kids to a pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins and this year I did it again.  Sadly Jess has a broken foot at the moment, so she stayed behind, but Lila and I managed to choose her the perfect pumpkin anyway.

We headed to Garson’s Farm in Esher, which I’ve blogged about before, as we love going to Pick Your Own anyway. Its always pretty busy at this time of year, but its great to see so many people having fun and making the most of the season. We were so lucky that it was such a beautiful sunny day too. The pumpkin patch was well stocked with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

We picked five fabulous pumpkins and somehow managed to carry them between the two of us – those things are not light! All 5 came in at £13, which is really great value. I think they’re a little bit cheaper than in the supermarket. You also get the added fun of picking them yourself.

Once we’d got them safely in the car, we wandered off in search of squashes. We always pick up a few squashes to use in my pumpkin recipes, as they usually have a better flavour. I used a mixture of the two in my Pumpkin Soup recipe from a few weeks ago. I also use squashed in my Pumpkin Pie recipe too.

I’ll pop a post up to show you how they came out after we carved them tomorrow. Do you enjoy Halloween? What are you’re favourite things about it? Do you go all out, or do you just choose a few elements like we do?

As I’ve not been doing ‘Week in Pictures’ posts for a while, I thought I’d start doing short posts about things we’ve been doing recently. I know a lot of my readers really enjoy those. We’ve had a few nice days out recently that I’d love to write about soon. There’s always lots going on over on my Instagram too. I’m constantly posting on there.

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With Halloween just a few days away, things are getting decidedly creepy in my house. Pumpkins have appeared and baking plans have begun. To be honest I’ll take any excuse to bake and get crafty! With the kids on half term, I don’t have time for anything very ambitious, so I’ve been thinking about quick and easy halloween recipes. First up are my creepy Halloween Meringue Kisses of Death. These are basically just meringue kisses, with black food colouring, but as port of a seasonal spread they look great.

Halloween Meringue Kisses

Equipment:

I make these in my Kitchenaid stand mixer, but you could also use an electric whisk. Other than that, you’ll just need a spatular and a piping bag with a large nozzle to make these. You’ll also need baking paper and a large baking tray to bake them in the oven.

Halloween Meringue Kisses

Ingredients:

3 eggs (whites only)

75g caster sugar

75g icing sugar

Black gel food colouring (I use this one from Hobby Craft)

Halloween Meringue Kisses

How to Make Halloween Meringue Kisses:

Preheat oven to 100ºc. prepare a large baking tray with baking paper.

Turn a piping bag inside out and add stripes of black food colouring. Turn back the right way and add a large nozzle.

Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

Gradually add both the sugars, until the mixture is glossy and forms stiff peaks.

Put the mixture into your piping bag and pipe out small amounts of the mixture to make the kisses.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour.

These are best kept in an airtight container, until you are ready to eat them.

Halloween Meringue Kisses

Let me know if you give these Halloween meringue kisses a try. Obviously you can make them in different colours for different occasions. I’m looking forward to trying some Christmas colours and some cute pastels in the spring.

Halloween Meringue Kisses

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Being a bit of a dress addict, I’m always on the look out for pretty additions to my wardrobe. Obviously I love my vintage pieces, but I also have a lot of modern clothes. I also pick up a lot of clothing at Sainsburys. Their Tu Clothing range keeps going from strength to strength. They are perfect for good quality everyday clothes and often have a classic retro feel. Last autumn and winter I found so many great things. I wrote a post last year about my denim dungaree dress and another about my corduroy dungaree dress.

Usually at this time of year I favour 60s and 70s styles. The colours and prints work really well for the season and the styles are easy to wear with boots and tights. There’s a few things I really like at the moment from Tu. I’ve chosen 3 dungaree dresses, as they worked so well for me last year. I love choosing lovely tops and blouses to mix and match with them. I’ve also included two 60s style shifts to wear with coloured tights. I also chose some vibrant 70s inspired dresses which I always wear constantly this time of year. The denim dress is just a classic and perfect for lazy casual days.

Tu Clothing Wish List

Tu Clothing Autumn Wishlist

Click on the images below, to see each item on the Tu Clothing website.

Which dress is your favourite? Do you like creating vintage and retro looks from supermarket and high street clothes, or are you only a fan of true vintage looks? Let me know in the comments.

TU currently have 25% off everything until Monday 30th, so I think I’ll be picking up a few useful bits while I can. Hopefully I can do some more outfit posts soon, to show how I style them.

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