DIY Strawberry Planter

Last year when we put up the polytunnel we moved two old strawberry plants into it. They had been in the same pots for about 3 years and we had enjoyed loads of strawberries from them in previous years but they didn’t grow back and so were destined for the compost heap (once we got…

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…

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…

​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…

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…

Baby’s First Tastes

Ok,  so, before I begin, whenever you as a mum decide to wean your child and whether you go down the store bought jars/pouches, homemade purees or baby led weaning routes it is your choice and you know what is right for your child and your family. This is what I’m doing and if you can…

Apple & Blueberry Puree – babies first tastes

I don’t know about you,  but I think jars of baby food are over priced, too big, and some can be a bit bland,  not to mention the additives and preservatives!  I did find the Ella’s kitchen and lidl’un pouches handy for days out and you can get spoons that click onto them for mess…