What we’ve been doing lately #2

SmileyWaker

Today has been a good day. Little Z slept well last night waking only once. Yes, once! I don’t remember when that last happened. Then this morning she was at her happiest only to then nap for 2 and a half hours. Yes, two and a half hours! We went to a local friend’s home for lunch where she played in a different bouncer and mooched about a different floor. Then when we got home she had a feed and went for

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Reasons I am grateful #3

I have kept a Gratitude Journal since the start of 2016. Over that year it made a MASSIVE difference to my mental attitude; I now more naturally see the positive in things. My blog is a place to share thoughts and opinions. But more than that, it’s a place I record life so I can look back in the future and remember how things were. Whilst I will always have my private journals, I also decided to take a leaf

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30 Days Blogging – Day 7: My plans, dreams and goals

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I’ll confess now that I thought this Blogging Challenge would be quick way of getting some more blog content. But I was wrong. It’s really making me use my brain to answer some of these and looking forward they only get more challenging. Plans, goals and dreams is quite tough. I’ve always had aims but never strict plans. Also, there are a few things which I will always keep private, even from the blogging community. Sorry! However, there are things

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The happy end to an almost epic baking fail

My work day morning routine is quite time-strict. I am up at 6am and out of the door by 6:45am; In that time I get washed, dressed and word-ready as well as taking my valuable 5 – 10 minutes with H when I get her up. So anything I can defer to the train I do; This includes my breakfast. After a year of eating a healthy porridge and banana breakfast during Mat Leave (that dish literally saved me during

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Vegetarian Lasagne with Butternut Squash

My in-laws were coming round last weekend and I needed to make something for lunch. I had also, in error, opened a tin of chopped tomatoes so the the aforementioned lunch needed to make use of those! So, I decided to make a variation of my normal veggie lasagne. It worked really well and was well received. So, in keeping with my recent bout of food-based-blog-posts, here’s how to recreate it yourselves! Ingredients Tomato Sauce: 1 diced red onion, 3

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Back to baking bread

White Farmhouse Loaf

Last Sunday, Sam and I were having lunch with Lou and Graham when he mentioned he was going to make bread that afternoon. It got me wanting to bake some bread again because it really has been a long time. I still have the 2lb loaf tin on the side from making the Tea Loaf a couple of weeks ago so I decided to do a white farm house loaf, the flour choice made for me by what I happened

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Chocolate chip cupcakes for the weekend

Yesterday was incredibly long working day for me, despite being at home. (I am somewhat annoyed at myself, especially after my recent work-themed blog post.) When I clocked-off for the day, I felt like a cakey-treat but the weather was atrocious so I decided to whip something up rather than take the lazy route and go to the shop. I made 12 chocolate-chip cupcakes using a really simple cake recipe I learnt from my Mum when I was a kid.

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Tasty Tea Loaf

I finally found some time to do a proper February bake on Sunday, my hand being not forced but nudged by the fact I had over half-a-dozen eggs languishing in the fridge. I do hate waste. By good fortune, I spotted the latest recipes by Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh on twitter. Her recipes this week were based around tea and, well, I do love anything tea related. I decided to give the Tea Loaf a try. It

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The Great January Bake-Off

So I decided to try a few new things for my January baking, including some tasty treats that I have cooked before but not for a long time. Rather than blog / tweet every single thing as I went, I decided to consolidate in to a single post. Where I can, I have included the recipe, a link or a book reference! Chocolate Chip Muffins This is a recipe from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. I didn’t have enough eggs to

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Learning something new – not so easy?

I was reading a back issue of Stylist the other day and came across an interview with Gemma Arterton. It told of how she had moved to Paris 4 months ago to learn French, in advance of shooting a French movie. In the interview, they referenced a direct quote in which she said “Every year I like to have something that I learn and this is the challenge this year – learning French.” It got me thinking, is it really

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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