Have I mentioned that I LOVE autumn? Probably like hundreds of times, but I have to say it over and over again because it’s true. And it always surprises me when early autumn arrives, how excited it makes me feel.
Nowadays not only colder evenings and crispiness of the air reminds you it’s that time of the year, but also Starbucks by starting to sell their pumpkin lattes.
I love the smell of it, but I can’t stand the amount of sugar which is in it. And autumn is all about comfort, so you need the alternative of your favourite drink, warm blanket and a few DVDs of not so ambitious but oh so comforting films.
To start with you need to make your own pumpkin spiced latte.
I use an Italian coffee maker which looks like this:
Pumpkin Spice Latte:
2 tbsp freshly ground coffee
1 cup water
mixture of 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/3 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp allspice
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp date or maple syrup
- Start by making coffee. Put water at the bottom of your coffee maker, then add coffee mixed with spices in the centre part and screw down the top. Let it brew on the stove.
- In the meantime heat the almond (or any milk of your choice) in the pot. When the coffee is done and milk hot, Put your milk with date or maple syrup in the blender and whiz until foamy.
- Pour your milk into a tall glass, add coffee and voila!
Now you just need a really soft and warm blanket and DVDs. My comfort films mostly come from the 80s. I didn’t have a happy childhood, it was like a cross between ‘Mommy Dearest’, ‘A little Princess’ (without the father bit and the happy ending, just the middle bit about living in the attic in poverty), and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – as I was living in my own imaginary world. But I really found comfort in watching films. Even not so good ones (not to point fingers but hello ‘Undaunted Wutang’, you were lost on me but I would never regret meeting you).
Here’s what I like to watch on a crispy autumn day:
- ‘Romancing the Stone’. Ah the adventure films of the 80s, how I adore you… There is so much humour and gentle fun poking at some stereotypes in this film.
- ‘Legal Eagles’ because I can watch Debra Winger in anything, and I feel nostalgic about this film. I love the fact that Tina Fey as an attorney in ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ admits she prepared for the trial by watching ‘Legal Eagles’.
- Escape from New York’. Even though it was made in the 80s it still holds the ground and doesn’t look too outdated. Maybe because of the atmosphere and not trying too hard…
- All ‘Back To The Future’ films. I still remember going to the cinema to watch them 3 times in a row. Not only because they were so good but also because the life of a school kid looked so much different in America than in my grey communistic reality.
- First (or fourth if you like) ‘Star Wars’. It wasn’t released straight away in Poland but a few years after the official premier. Because censorship had to decide if it wasn’t too ideologically corrupted by the rotten West. I was about 9 when I first watched it and my life changed dramatically. I became a ‘Star Wars’ fan. Only the first 3 though. Can’t wait for the new one. Hopefully it will be more like the first – about telling the story and not the special effects.
I could go on, but there is not enough cosy evenings to watch all them. So, till next time!