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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Book Review - The Forgetting Time

This book was quite something! I couldn't put it down! I was totally drawn into Noah's little world and wanted so much to help him, as a Mum myself reading about a child crying over something your not able to help ease his pain is crushing!

The book flowed so well, I didn't feel distracted or took off in other directions, it made me think about life after death and I've always personally felt that there must be something more once we are gone or living this life is just a waste surely!
It made me question faith again, I'm not religious by any means, I was raised Church of England and attended our local church for many years in young adulthood until I moved away from the area and life took over with no faith included, but I truly want to believe that this life is not the end but in my own way with no pressures from faiths, just me in my own little world

One I can certainly say must be on your bookshelf as a must read
Now go find and enjoy

Friday, 17 February 2017

Frame that picture!

Making Memories count
This is an Instagram photo I took whilst on holiday in New York City, its just one of the memories that we both love, its destination will be our bedroom, I ordered a 12x12 print of it and found the perfect frame to put it in
I was going to keep it pine but I think adding a pop of colour has really added to it.
I used Frenchic Hot as Mustard, this is my new go to paint as I love their colour range and ease of use, so expect to see a few more projects popping up here

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Hygge

I've decided February is Hygge month
I already try to relax as much as I can, as suffering with anxiety and at the moment having a few more flare ups than I can cope with, I've decided to set myself up for a relaxing month to make it more of a routine in every day life

I'll be sharing my progress on the #hyggefebruary on Instagram and posting weekly updates throughout February here on my blog!
Feel free to join in and share your hygge moments



Friday, 27 January 2017

Happy 2017


Christmas and New Year were a whirlwind of work, family and friends
I've started the year how I mean to go on, finding that work life balance will never be perfect, but what we have is working out pretty much okay
I've designed and made lots of new products for my small business and I feel I'm on a roll and in control of my dream becoming a reality (one day to work full time running my own business and supporting my family)

Always needing to be creative with crafts or home I cant wait to share a few good projects with you throughout the year, a HYGGE challenge is on the list for February, more on that soon

As for the quote above I love it and believe it to be very true
*found via pinterest to an Etsy link but no longer available*

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Peanut Butter & Oat Snacks

This recipe is a great little protein snack which I started to make for my husband when he started to lift weights as buying them in were just so expensive, due to an arm injury the weights have stopped for a while, so these did too, but they are a great snack so I've made a batch and popped them in the freezer

Recipe
1 1/4 cup of plain flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup oats

peanut butter
raspberry jam

Put flour, sugar & salt in a mixer, add butter, blend until it forms a dough 

Transfer to a bowl and knead in the oats 
Reserve 3/4 cup of the dough 
Press the rest of the dough into a square baking pan with the bottom and sides greased with butter
Spread a thin layer of the peanut butter on first , then the same again with the jam over the top 

Crumble the reserved dough over the top of the jam

Bake at 180c for 20 mins

Cool totally in the pan then cut into breakfast size bars and enjoy
Freeze in separate portions so they can be taken out of the freezer and popped in lunches as an energy treat in the middle of the day

With this batch I seemed to have some crumble left over, so I added a tablespoon of peanut butter and mixed it altogether, I made small dough balls and popped them on a greased baking sheet and baked with the tray
When they came out of the oven I topped them with a little choc shot to add a little sweetness
One fell in my mouth to taste (totally delicious) and the rest are individually frozen ready for lunch bags

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Mini Chilli Cod Cakes

I happened to make some delicious cod cakes by pure accident! I basically didn't want to faff about with potatoes to make fish cakes as I wanted to make a quick lunch for a friend that was popping in
The cod cakes were born and they were amazing

2 cod fillets
1 red chilli
2 spring onions
1 egg (whisked)
1 tbsp flour
salt and pepper for seasoning

~ flake the cod until all loose
~ finely chop the chilli and spring onions
~ mix together well
~ add half of the whisked egg and season well
~ add the flour and mix well (I find adding the egg and the flour holds the fish together really well)
~ I shaped mine into round balls and flattened slightly on the plate and then refrigerated them for an hour (I managed to make 14)

Whilst they are in the fridge you can make the bread crumbs

2 kingsmill wholemeal thins
season-all seasoning

~ breadcrumb the thins in food processor and add season-all for flavouring
~ take the cod cakes out of the fridge and gently toss in the bowl of bread crumbs covering each cake as much as you can
~ spray a frying pan with frylite (or similar) and gently fry off each cake until cooked, the crumbs will brown slightly and the fish will be lovely and juicy

Serve with salad and enjoy
If you are currently attending Slimming World these work out at less than 1/2 syn each

Friday, 25 November 2016

Home - Decluttering and making our spaces work for us

I'm easily stressed by the amount of clutter that seems to accumulate in our home! I have a good splurge then its like its all back again. Living with all boys I find it difficult to put too much of a feminine stamp on the rooms!
I woke up one morning and thought enough was enough, the boys are back at school, the husband works odd hours, I'm now working part time and also trying to run my own small business, things needed to change.
The best way I imagined was room by room, I made notes (I love lists!) about each room and what their primary function was and decided on a plan, one that I thought I could share as I go along
I started with some downstairs spaces, just totally gutting, deep cleaning and decluttering them
From the front porch, hall stairs and landing, living room and understairs cupboard I've managed to fill 3 bags full for donating

Our living room feels calmer and more cosy, our porch more welcoming, the stairs clear and the storage space actually useable
I still want to add some decorative accessories here and there and I'm always on the search for the perfect sideboard in the living room (one day I'll find it)

I'm all for simpler living, having a budget and I donate all of my decluttering to an amazing charity 'Emmaus'


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Norfolk Break

Every year there is a break away with the girls, it normally involves a little crafting, a little drinking, lots of cheese and making good memories
I didn't take many snaps I was too busy having a much needed chill out
Our cottage was St Benets in Ludham, and can be found here





Sunday, 20 November 2016

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Whilst continuing to make homemade meat burgers for the family I was trying to find an alternative for myself. I can honestly say I've now found it! and I loved it

I sliced a Portobello mushroom in half and fried in a griddle pan along with red onion
When it was cooked through I added some grated mozzarella cheese on top of one of the slices, once it started to melt I added the other slice of mushroom and fried onions on top and added this stack to a sesame seeded bun
It was truly delicious and I cant wait for burger night again in our house

Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Cornish Dream

After our recent break in the beautiful Cornwall (again) I (again) have the overwhelming urge to be there all the time, its makes my heart literally sing
One day...