2017 A year in review. 

I’m trying to plan the layout for my polytunnel and what I’m going to grow this year and have been looking back through some of my pictures so I thought I’d do a quick round up of what I have grown so far and how much we have achieved on our journey to self sufficiently. …

Celery & Pea Soup 

Ingredients 1 onoin chopped  ½ bunch celery chopped  1 clove garlic crushed  2 potatoes thinly sliced  1 litre water 2 stock cubes Cup of frozen peas Small bunch of parsley chopped Knob of butter  Method Soften onion, garlic and celery in pan with butter then add potatoes, water and stock. Simmer for 20mins add the…

My truth behind the squares…

The truth behind the squares is a phrase I’m seeing quite a lot recently, whilst I love that this platform provides a space to inspire and be creative, it also provide an opportunity for jealousy and comparison to creep in. Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for, our two precious girls, a roof…

Pavlova wreath 

I alway make a pavlova at Christmas, it’s one of the few desserts I can make and it’s best made ahead of time as you need to leave it in the oven to cool. You can make this a few days in advance and store in an airtight container so all you have to do…

Kate Mary Turley 

Following on form my previous post…  The doctors had finally settled on a due date for Kate, it was 9th November, my mum’s birthday. All was going well, we had attended antinatal classes, breastfeeding classes and a birthing class. The midwives explained different positions for birthing, showed us the birthing suite and went over our birth…

Homemade chicken stock

Soup season is well and truly on us and i make a few pots of soup a week. I normally use stock pots when making soup, but I found myself with none in the larder and a stripped rotisserie chicken carcass so I decided to make my own stock for a change, and do you…

Why I choose midwifery led birthing 

Let me explain my choices for choosing to deliver in the midwifery led unit and a bit of background to my first pregnancy…  We started trying for kids just after we got married. We spent many weekend babysitting our nieces over the years and couldn’t wait to start a family of our own. The months…

​Goats Cheese, Tomato & Spinach Crustless Quiche

Ingredients  6 eggs 3 tomatoes sliced  2 spring onions finely chopped  Handful spinach chopped  Handful rocket chopped  6 basil leaves torn 6mint leaves torn  Goats cheese  Chilli & tomato chutney (Lidl do a great one.!)  Method  Seperate 6eggs and whish the whites until fluffy.  Mix the yolks with a little milk, spring onion, spinach, tomato…

It’s OK to not be OK 

Rewind to last summer, Kate was less than a year old and I was pregnant with Emma. We had planned to have our kids close together but now that the reality of two under two was sinking in and as my return to work was fast approaching I found myself sitting in the doctors surgery…

Dreaming of Sleep. . .

I seem to spend a lot of time talking about sleep, or more precisely the lack of it these days? ! Do you? As a first time mum, i remember getting told when the baby sleeps you sleep, fine,  that’s all well and good. Leave the housework and go to bed. Second time around its…

Storing Homemade Baby Puree’s

Now that I’ve started making puree’s for Emma I’m going to show you how I freeze and store them.     When I had Kate I bought a load of wee jars and tubs but it wasn’t long before I was looking for an alternative.  They are expensive, break easily and take up loads of…

DIY ICE BALLS

If you, like me, like a cocktail or two these are a simple way to jazz up you cocktails and impress friend when entertaining. The ice also melts slower and so does not dilute your drink as quickly! All you need are balloons,  cooled boiled water and an empty plastic bottle. I’ve made this one…