Hearty chicken pie …

I remember watching an episode of Nigella Express where she did the most scrummy looking chicken, mushroom & bacon pie recipe, and I really wanted to give it a go. However i hadn’t got half the ingredients and so had to adjust the recipe to suit my limited pantry options. And so a family favourite was born – hearty chicken pie.   Obviously this one is pulled out more often during the autumnal months, but I think the whole family clap their hands with glee when they see it appear on the weekly meal plan. I usually do a little […]

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No headache meal planning method …

The dreaded ‘what’s for dinner?’ being asked multiple times a day probably gets on my nerves more than the incessant ‘Mum’ing I get the rest of the time. The constant brain block of what to do for dinner, the shopping list, the endless boredom of the same few meals every week because when you do have a spare couple of seconds to actually think about the week ahead all you can think of is fish fingers and chips, beans on toast and spaghetti Bolognese. By this point all creativity has been killed off so the idea of coming up with […]

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The never ending wash pile …

There are only four of us most of the time and yet we have a never ending wash pile in our home. It is a little victory when I see the bottom of the basket every once in a blue moon. My husband is a surveyor, and clambering around on conservatory roofs, ladders and grimey work vans, meaning he gets more than a little grubby. My daughter is doing a Btec in design meaning all forms of paint, pen and pastel usual end up on her crisp white shirts. As for the smallest in the family, well he is the […]

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Dairy Free Banana Muffin Recipe …

This is dairy free banana muffin recipe is used several times a month, especially when there are bananas left at the end of the week. They take a few minutes to whip up and make ideal snacks. You can use either butter or a dairy free alternative, I use Vitalite very successfully, the recipe works perfectly with either option.   It is also a great recipe for kids to make because there isn’t anything more complicated than a fork and wooden spoon needed.   Print Dairy Free Banana Muffins Course Snack Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total […]

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The last first days of school …

I never expected to be able to do this again. I thought I had already done my last first days of school when Ells was little. Days I loathed because I always felt like someone else was benefiting from the best of her, and I was left with an over tired, over stimulated beast when she got home. It wasn’t fun for me, and I wanted them over with. Silly and probably utterly selfish, but when you’re a single mother having to play all the roles, I needed her to be as independent as possible for my own sanity and […]

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Getting in the frame …

One of the things I noticed most after my dad passed away was the fact that we had so few photographs of him with us. Yes we had them from when we were younger, but as we got older and had our own children, there were significantly less images of my dad with us. I was most upset at the thought of not having one of him holding our baby boy, because we had one of him holding Ells. During that time of grief, we all realised the importance of getting in the frame with our kids.   I have […]

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Dairy Free Fruit Loaf …

Recently I bought a bread machine, in the hope that I could make fresh bread for my brood. The one thing I really wanted to try out was a decent dairy free fruit loaf as that’s my family’s favourite breakfast at the moment. Unfortunately our youngest can’t have the shop bought stuff as every fruit loaf I pick up contains milk, the joys of being dairy intolerant. The only way I was going to get us a loaf we could all enjoy was to play around with existing recipes until we found one that worked. I also wanted to add […]

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Our family plans going forward …

family plans going forward

It feels like forever since I was last able to have a few minutes to get on here. I wanted to share a little about our family plans going forward. We made some big decisions about me leaving work to stay home and care for the kids, especially as our youngest is struggling at the moment. He was diagnosed formally this month with Aspergers, aside from that his behaviour has become a lot mroe challenging of late, which has forced us to reevaluate how we help him in the future. Especially as he starts school in September, which he is […]

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Postnatal Depression, the first time around …

Postnatal Depression

I can honestly say pregnancy was more difficult than labour for me. Pelvic girdle pain, hyper emesis, weight loss, anxiety and not once feeling that ‘pregnancy glow’ kind of made the whole thing suck. I was 22 when I was pregnant with Ells, young, naïve and utterly unprepared for motherhood. The end of the relationship with her bio dad a few weeks before birth made things all the more emotionally exhausting. I was terrified and on my own. It’s little wonder I ended up with postnatal depression. My Mum was my birthing partner, and at that point in my life […]

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A Letter to My Birthday Girl …

My beautiful Birthday Girl, Ells, I cannot believe you are 14 years old. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday when the midwife placed you in my arms, all 7lbs 6oz of you. Your eyes were deep blue, skin a little jaundiced but perfect and unmistakeably mine. You were forward even then, rolling over from birth and eager to take in all the sights. You had everyone who laid on eyes on you wrapped around your tiny little finger, and I am pretty sure you knew it too. It was a rough beginning. An absent father, and […]

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