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White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Freeze Dried Raspberries Recipe – Comic Relief

I created this white chocolate chip cookies with freeze dried raspberries recipe with the idea that they would be great for raising some dough (groan) for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.  I wanted to create something that is easy to make, can be made in advance, and wasn’t choc (oh, I’m on a roll) full of… 

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Loneliness as a New Mum – My Story

I stared at the clock. 9.10am. I stared back at the moses basket. 9.10am? It had only been an hour since my husband had kissed us both goodbye and gone to work. I was cheery then. Full of positivity and a can-do attitude. I had a mission to go to the library. Me and our… 

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What’s In Season In The UK – MARCH

WHAT’S IN SEASON IN THE UK IN MARCH?   I have the largest Celeriac sitting in my vegetable box and I’m slightly stumped as to what to do with it.   It’s not the prettiest of vegetables, all knobbly and gnarly but I understand it can be used to make creamy soups or delicate coleslaws.  Perhaps I’ll tackle this bacon and celeriac soup by… 

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Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffin

Following on from the success of the banana and prune muffins we decided to bake them again but this time use chocolate chips instead of prunes. This recipe is simple to throw together and great for a sweet treat. These are best eaten fresh so try to eat them within a couple of days, which… 

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Hellebores

Brrrrr! It’s still cold and getting in the garden, this half term, has been a case of “quick run, the sunshine is out!”.  The kiddos throw on boots and coats, leaving me to chase after them with hats and gloves. Then they play in any bit of the garden that has a ray of sunshine hitting it.  While I… 

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Snowdrops – the solitary firstling

Snowdrops.  Little bells of hope.  Whispering “Spring is on it’s way”.  I hunt for these ‘solitary firstlings’ as if they are treasure.  Little clumps of nature’s bounty.  Hiding under trees or clinging to a bank on the side of the road. I’m so glad to see them.    Yesterday my eldest bent down and gently tapped the white bell of… 

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Slow Cooker Braised Pork in Soy and Cinnamon

I can see this slow cooker recipe for Braised Pork in Soy and Cinnamon becoming a regular meal around here.  It was so flavoursome and the meat so tender.  The perky Asian flavours of five-spice, ginger, garlic and and soy make this a cheery dish.  It certainly brightened up a very dreary, cold day in January and… 

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What’s In Season in The UK – February

What’s in season in the UK in February.   These dark winter days can still be brightened by some of this month’s seasonal fruit and vegetables.  I’m particularly enjoying seeing snow white cauliflowers, and dark green cabbages in my local fruit and veg box.  Fruit and vegetables always seems to taste best when they are eaten in season… 

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Banana and Prune Muffins

Last week felt like a tough week.  The children were tired and the daily task of dragging myself and them out of bed, in the dark, was becoming very dull for everyone.  When I collected them from school they were grumpy, argumentative or teary.  The cold January weather has only added to our edgy moods as… 

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My best kitchen appliance – Crock-Pot Sauté Countdown Slow Cooker, 5.7 Litre

The best kitchen appliance I have ever bought has to be a slow cooker.  I have been cooking with Slow Cookers for 8 years now.  I bought our first slow cooker when I got married. A young couple, recently out of university, and starting our fledgling careers. We were often out the door at 7.30am and only back home… 

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Update Your Blog With Etsy

From time to time I get the urge to spruce up the look of my blog. Like a room in your house that you use everyday, I have grown a little tired of my blogs decoration and wanted something a little different. So I’ve been busy gathering ideas and inspiration.  Many a happy hour has been spent pinning to Pinterest. However it was Etsy where I… 

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A Frozen Place

The river is A frozen place Held still beneath The trees of lace.   The sky is low. The wind is gray. The radiator Purrs all day.   Excerpt from the poem ‘January’ by John Updike   -6c today.  Took a really quick drive around the lanes to take some photographs of the stunning frozen scenery.  The… 

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Growing towards the light

I feel like the hyacinths sitting on my kitchen shelf.  I’m leaning, reaching, seeking any possible light I can find.  The dark, bleak weathered days of January are here.  They have so far alternated between rain, grey skies and bitter wind with the very occasional afternoon of eye squinting low sunshine. However I may have found one… 

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