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Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

As yesterday was Mothering Sunday – to use the church liturgical name for the day, Matthew and I made some plans for treating his mother.  Here in the UK Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent and therefore varies according to the date of Easter. Lunch was booked at the hotel where … Continue reading

5:2 Fast

5:2 Fast

Just over three weeks ago Matthew declared that we were going to undertake the 5:2 fasting diet starting the following day – Monday.  He’d obviously been thinking about it for a while but it was news to me.  He told me that all we had to do was eat 500 calories on two days of … Continue reading

Meet Paul, Our New Pet

Meet Paul, Our New Pet

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our new pet, Paul. I admit he doesn’t look like your usual pet and it’s probably a bit odd to keep a pet in a jar, but there you go, according to Mr Hollywood he is to be treated as a pet. If you hadn’t … Continue reading

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

A bit late but… As my mother died when I was 20 I always find Mothering Sunday a little bit difficult.  In the past I have usually spent the day by myself and used the time to reflect back.  I acknowledge that at times things could get a bit tense between us and one of … Continue reading

Baking Bread

Baking Bread

One urban myth that I have never seen, done myself or been aware of others doing is that of having freshly baked bread in the kitchen when prospective purchasers come to view your house.  Has anyone ever seriously done this?  Did it work? I have to admit that if I was viewing a house and … Continue reading

Eating Up Christmas

Eating Up Christmas

It’s hard to believe that Christmas was  6 weeks ago now (though some would say it is only  46 weeks away!).  I’ve just eaten the last mince pie and thought I’d do a mini stock take of all the food that we still have to eat… Food we bought/made: 1/2 christmas cake tin of Celebrations chocolates … Continue reading

Birthday Cakes.

Birthday Cakes.

On Saturday I celebrated my birthday (21 and a few months – if you’re asking).  I had a lovely day, my husband spoilt me suitably, lunch out, cinema (Life of Pi) finishing off with a Chinese takeaway in the evening. My birthday was also marked by having not one, but two cakes.  Matthew decided he … Continue reading

Party Time!!!!

Party Time!!!!

For the last few years Matthew and I have hosted a party on the Saturday before Christmas.  A casual ‘drop in when you can’ kind of party.  Each year it seems to have got bigger.  Last year we moved and invited several from the village we now live in, but over this last year we … Continue reading

Sssshhhhh!!!

Sssshhhhh!!!

Some top secret work is now in progress.  I’m working on Christmas pressies for friends and family.  As some of them have access to this blog I can say no more at this point…   However I can also report that it looks as if I will be making a wedding cake and cupcakes for … Continue reading

Baking, but not food!

Baking, but not food!

On Tuesday I spent a day in the kitchen but did not produce anything edible. Having seen these rather lovely looking decorations on Pinterest I thought I’d give it a go.  For some reason I decided to double the mixture and ended up with loads. Initially my stamping was a bit ropey but it got … Continue reading