We love the sound of leaves crunching under foot, the colours of red, gold and orange, toasting marshmallows with friends, blackberry and apple picking. Our new autumn mug collection has arrived and we totally have those autumn vibes here at Valley Mill.
Autumn gives us those feelings of getting snuggled up on the sofa with a cosy blanket, a good book and a cuppa.
Who doesn’t love a hedgehog wearing a scarf? Each mug is hand printed and designed by our in-house team exclusively for Valley Mill.
Now the question is whether to treat a friend with this mug or treat you!
This Valley Mill white ceramic mug is printed with a beautiful autumn design. ‘Autumn Leaves & Pumpkins Please’.
Pumpkin Soup Recipe
It’s all about comfort food in autumn. Why not try this delicious pumpkin soup recipe?
Large knob of butter (we prefer Welsh salted butter)
1 very large or 2 medium sized white onions (chop them finely)
3 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Approx. 850g of prepared, deseeded & chopped pumpkin (or any kind of squash)
1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
120ml double cream
Place the finely chopped onions, garlic, butter and 1 tbsp of the olive oil in to a large pan. Cook on a medium heat for approx 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Now add the chopped pumpkin and cook for a further 8-10 minutes.
Add the stock and the rest of the extra virgin olive oil to the pan. Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 20 – 40 minutes or until the pumpkin is nice and soft.
Take the pan off the heat and add the double cream (save a couple of tbsp for serving). Mix well and using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth.
Serve in to bowls or a new autumn mug. Drizzle a splash of the remaining cream. Eat with crusty bread and lashings of Welsh salted butter.
This Valley Mill white ceramic mug is printed with a beautiful autumn design. ‘Hello Pumpkin’.
Our in-house designer took the teams favourite autumn inspirations and created this incredible enamel mug design.
Is It October Yet?
Why not try this no alcohol fun fruity and warm punch the whole family can enjoy. Serve in a Valley Mill autumn mug.
Non-Alcoholic Mulled Cider Punch
3 pints of apple juice
Zest of 1 large orange
Stud the apples with around 2-4 cloves.
Add juice, apples, cinnamon sticks and the orange zest in to a large pan.
Simmer gently on a low setting for approximately 30 minutes. Be careful not to let it boil.
Serve with some fresh apple slices and perhaps a stick of cinnamon.
Autumn nights are drawing in so why not get cosy with your cuppa with one of our Valley Mill Welsh woollen blankets.
A traditional Welsh blanket is a simple home addition that can transform a room. Choose from our range of woollen blankets and throws which are handmade in North Wales and come in a variety of different colours and weaves.
What’s YOUR favourite things about the autumn season? We’ve made a list of some of our favourites and put in on a mug. Falling leaves, cosy jumpers, hot chocolate, scented candles and pumpkin spice.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
This warming and comforting drink only takes 10 minutes to create. Totally worth it!
2 tbsp pumpkin puree (you can buy this in cans in supermarkets)
Pinch of ground nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger
1 tbsp vanilla extract
30ml strong coffee
250ml of any milk
In a saucepan add the milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and spices. Whisk and heat to make a hot ‘pumpkin milk’.
Add your strong coffee, mix and serve in to mugs. To serve top with whipped cream. YSprinkle some ‘pumpkin spice’ or ground cinnamon over the cream.
If you are looking for a stronger pumpkin flavour then add a couple more tbsp of pumpkin puree.
Why not cosy up those evenings with our scented candles and tealights?
Apple & Blackberry Crumble
Autumn means comfort food. There is nothing more comforting then picking your own blackberries and baking them in a crumble. Sat in front of the tele with the family and bowl of apple and blackberry crumble with custard. Yum!
We’ve got two alternative recipes for you. One vegetarian and one vegan. Hope you enjoy!
Crumble Topping: 120g plain flour, 60g caster sugar and 60g butter (we prefer salted but the general rule seems to be unsalted). You can also up these amounts depending on how much crumble you like on your dessert. Alternatively you can also add some porridge oats to the mixture for extra texture.
Fruity Filling: 300g apples (we recommend Pink Ladies, Braeburn or Granny Smith), 115g blackberries, 30g butter, 30g brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Preheat oven to gas mark 5. Check out oven temperature conversions here.
In a large bowl place your flour, sugar and butter to make the crumble topping. Rub the butter in to your flour and sugar to create a breadcrumb texture.
To make sure your crumble topping is extra crispy and crumbly, we recommend you spread your mixture on to a baking tray or sheet and cook in the oven for around 15 minutes.
Whilst your crumble topping is crisping, core, peel and chop your apples in to small cubes.
Over a low heat, melt your butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until it turns all caramelly.
Now add your chopped apples and cinnamon and cook for a further 4 minutes.
Finally, add your blackberries to this mixture and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more.
Pour your mixture carefully in to your pie/crumble dish. Top with your crumble mixture and place in the oven for around 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.
Time For Tea
LIGA have a beautiful range of Scandinavian inspired homeware pieces. Serve up a pot of tea with your crumble and in your new autumn mug.
Need a smaller teapot? Why not try this two cup teapot from Denby’s Studio Blue Brew range.
Hydrate Your Skin
Cooler autumn weather means we have to take more care to nourish and hydrate our skin. Farmers make a stunning range of face, hand & foot creams to keep the hardest working hands super soft.
Keep Out The Chill
If you love the outdoors then why not keep yourself warm with a Valley Mill 100% wool scarf. Did you know that wool is a natural insulator helping to stay at a comfortable heat level whether it’s summer or winter? So, no sweaty necks with a woollen scarf.
If luscious lips are your goal then we have your winner.
Battle Greens lip balms are not only PETA certified vegan friendly and cruelty-free but also packed full of the most beautiful products to keep your lips soft, moisturised and protected. The balms are also packed with quality natural ingredients, and free from synthetic colours and fragrances.
Each balm comes in a plastic-free and biodegradable cardboard tube that can be recycled when it’s all used up – an eco-friendly alternative to so many plastic lip balm tubes and pots that sit in the landfill for decades (after all, only 9% of plastic ends up being recycled).
To use, evenly push up the cardboard disk at the base of the tube to reveal your desired amount of balm – only a little is needed – and apply to your lips as usual.