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January 2, 2013



January 2, 2013

You are so full of love. You don’t just hug, you squeeze. Your laughter is infectious and can cheer her up when  she is feeling sad. You follow her around wanting to see what she sees. You want to be with her always. Yet why do you kick, scratch and bite. Why do you get so angry, never want to share.


You are a bubble. Always bouncing and springing. You whine, yes, but you always do the right thing. I know you tell tales though. I know you say he scratched when really you pinched. I know that you never retaliate when he attacks. You love him with everything. You panic and scream for him when he is hurt or when he is in trouble. You answer his sentences for him. Say the words he is trying to learn. Point to the pictures he is trying to find.


Your relationship is enchanting. You laugh, chatter, play, eat, share, help each other, argue, fight.


You are brother and sister. The very best of friends.





January 2, 2013

The house has a long way to go before it fulfills our vision, but we have at least one sanctuary. A bathroom. Warm under our feet and crisp and bright for our eyes. It’s turned out exactly as I imagined.



Floor boards so wide we could see down to the garage below. A bath so big and deep, bath time with the kids was epic. A shower that barely dripped. A separate toilet. A (avacado) sink unit that was half the size and wallpaper so stuck in the seventies, it was actually on trend (plus mould). Cold, drab, small.






It took so much sourcing and head scratching but we did it. We wanted a space that was us. Simple as that. Seeing it finished, not only gives me pleasure because I have a nice bathroom unique to us, but it’s given me the confidence to know my vision for our home may just work!







little Elf…

January 2, 2013


Now you can reach and grab, stretch up to the stars….

New baby, new me

January 2, 2013



I just had a moment of panic. Panic that Little Elf isn’t so little anymore. I mean she is small. Really small. But she is not tiny. Teeny tiny.


It’s taken me three children to find my parenting flow but I feel it with her. Before I stressed about routines, getting enough sleep, worries, fears and anxieties. But with Little Elf I am going with the flow. I am holding her close and don’t want to let go.


Is it because I know this is my last one? I want to absorb every ounce of being a mother and these precious new born moments are so short lived and I want to feel, really feel every single one of them.


Or maybe its because she is one chilled out kid. Accepting of the chaos she lives amongst and happy to be here in my arms.


As a first time mum I felt out if control. I looked to everyone else to guide me, not able or willing to listen to my own natural instincts. What friends did, what the book said, that’s the way I went.


As a second time mum my mind was consumed with trying to cope. Going freelance when he was merely weeks old meant I didn’t have (or make) the time to consider my parenting ways. I just did what I knew.


Being blessed with another baby has given me the assurance that whatever I do raising my children, I’ll do it my way.

One a penny, two a penny, dairy, egg and guten free Hot Cross Buns…

May 15, 2012

During the vast lapse in time since my last post I have had twenty, yes TWENTY weeks of morning sickness, followed by two weeks chest infection, a month of the builders doing our bathroom and relegating me out of home followed by two weeks of gastroenteritis circulating around our household, I’ve developed varicose veins and grown into comedy sized proportions and taken on far too much work…so that just about fills the gap quite snugly!

But enough excuses lets talk treats. Baking bready type recipes has proved tricky. But these hot cross buns have been a huge success. Okay they don’t go the golden brown you’d expect but I have a crappy oven and also, I have realised, free-from cooking, just well, doesn’t.

I spotted the recipe over at Pig In the Kitchen – a constant source of inspiration and recipe ideas.

you need…

150g cornflour
100g rice flour
1.5tsp dried yeast
0.5 tsp xanthum gum
2.5tbsp sugar
0.5 tsp salt
1 tsp mixed spice
0.25tsp ground cinnamon
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange
50g Pure Sunflower dairy free butter
225ml tepid water
100g raisins

Preheat the oven to 180 gas mark 4.

Whisk together the flours, yeast, xanthan gum, spices, sugar, salt and grated zest of the orange and lemon.

Add about 180ml of water, mix, then slowly add the rest so it looks like gloopy cake mix.

Add the butter and beat with a wooden spoon so all the lumps have disappeared.

Add the raisins, then place the bowl in a warm place (on top of the oven, perhaps) and leave for 10 minutes to prove

Spoon dollops of the dough mix onto a lined baking tray. Pile them as high as you can – you should get about 6-8 out of this amount.

Leave the buns to prove in a warm place for another 5 minutes, then place them into the oven

They take about 15 minutes but tap the bottom to see if it sounds hollow. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


GOOEY GLAZE: To get a gloopy, tasty, sticky glaze on top, warm a couple of tablespoons of Golden Syrup and brush over the buns either at the end of the cooking time or when they need a few minutes more. This gives them a bit of colour too.

HOT CROSS: 4tbsps rice flour
1.5tsps cornflour
a pinch of xanthan gum
1.5tbsps sugar
60ml water

Mix all the dry ingredients then slowly whisk in the water until you have an icing. Pop in a piping bag and pipe thick cross shapes across the buns before cooking them.

TOP TIP: Once cooled, cut in half an pop in a toaster – it gives them the much desired golden colour plus taste delicious with jam and spread!


“Superhero P to the rescue…”

November 7, 2011

The latest game involves flying around the house wielding a teaspoon as a special secret power tool (?)

And every superhero needs a mask, a belt and of course a cape. So in the time it took the kettle to boil, she was transformed from Pops to Super P.

In full flight


ready for action