Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Hot Caramel Apple Drink
* A mug of apple juice (or more depending on how many your serving)
* Caramel Syrup, how much depends upon your taste.
* A dash of vanilla
Put in a saucepan and heat through. Serve in your favourite mug.
(certainly not a drink to give to your diabetic mother !!!)
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Well the truth be told I love the seasons of Autumn and Winter, there is nothing more cosy than snuggling down at the end of the day when it is cold outside and this generally leads to Christmas.
During the last few weeks we have been out and about and I have seen things that would make lovely christmas presents for our nearest and dearest, but it also made me think about what I would like to do for christmas presents this year. I have decided to try and make as much as possible this year, I have actually already bought a couple of gifts but I may try and make a little something to go with them too.
We give gifts to quite alot of family and some friends so I am going to start with the family gifts (cant post them on here as family will read it, but might post the odd sneaky picture).
I also have lots and lots of card making things. Years ago I used to make cards by the dozen but havent made one in ages. I thought that I would also make a start on the christmas cards too. So according to the countdown I have looked at there are 118 days until christmas, there is plenty of time !! Ha Ha, better get my skates on I think !
Are you planning for christmas yet ?
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
My children are growing at a fast rate, the eldest is already taller than me and take a shoe size two bigger. The ten year old takes the same shoe size and will soon no doubt be overtaking me in the height department. Its strange to see my children who I nursed in my arms grow taller than me, it doesnt take alot I guess. There are good things in little bundles as my Gran would say. ha !
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Well I thought that if I blogged about it then it would have to happen as I would be held accountable , if you see what I mean. If the great wide blogging world knew that I needed to do it then to save face I would have to get it done. I would show some before pictures so we can compare the after but I would be too ashamed to do it. So you will just have to imagine what it looks like, ha ha ha !
When I was washing the dishes the other day (dishwasher is broken) I was thinking about the people out there who would be greatful to have dishes to wash or the people who would be greatful to have food on their plates to feed their hungry families. So everytime I grumbled about the pile of dishes, and there seemed alot, I gave thanks for the food we had eaten and the fact that I could stand there and wash them in my own cozy home.
I have alot of books on the Amish and the Shaker way of life, Oh my goodness how I admire these people especially the women. They take care of what can be huge families with limited modern things that most other families wouldnt dream of not having. They make do with what they have and still have time for the family. Granted few of these women actually work outside the home and with grown up daughters at home they also do their part to keep the house in order. I am sure it is not an idilic life and it would certainly not be for everyone, but I enjoy dipping into these books from time to time.
Anyway, I shall get going I have lots to be getting on with. I shall be back later in the day to update on how it has been going. If you would like to share some top Housekeeping tips then please leave a comment and I will reply as soon as possible.
Saturday, 18 June 2011
For some time now I have thought about the changes I would like to make in order to live a more simple life where we have the time and energy to stop and smell the roses. I thought about it but didnt really put much effort into anything else, perhaps it was because I was too tired by the end of the week and it seemed the "simple" option just to do the same things we usually do.
There are some things that have to stay the same, sadly there is nothing that I can do about these things for now. But I am so inspired to see what we can do in our current home to bring a few simple pleasures to our home and lives. I hope that you join us on our journey.
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
We made Chocolate Chip Brownies today, perhaps not totally healthy but the joy in the childrens faces as they measured and mixed was worth it, such fun was had and I keep telling myself that as they were homemade they are not full of preservatives and other nasties and so in my mind qualify to be somewhat healthy.
To boost our vitamin intake we made fruit smoothies, they tasted a little tart to be honest due to the addition of the lemon so I had to add a little vanilla sugar to the mix to encourage my son to drink it. He drank most of it so I was a happy momma . He will avoid fruit if he can, although he is getting better at trying new fruits and is choosing another smoothie recipe for another day so this is a step in the right direction.
How I am enjoying this time with the children at home, yes there is bickering but there has been time spent together doing nice things. It gives me chance to reflect, I think about where we have been and where we are going, challenges that lie ahead and how once I close the front door and we are in the warmth of our home it does not matter how fast paced the world is outside, we choose to live our simple slow paced life together.
What are your plans for the day ? I would love to know.
Monday, 21 February 2011
So first on my list is out of the way,
1. Stop procrastinating (done)
Number 2 is to get the kitchen sorted, this is todays job.
I am also trying to eat more healthy and do some more exercise.
Through life been super busy I am tending to eat whilst on the move, thats if I get round to it.
There are many days when it gets to dinner time and I have not eaten or had a drink or something like that, so I need to take care of myself a little better.
I am going to go food shopping this evening and I will be putting more healthy items in the trolley. I will post about that tomorrow.
Another thing on the list for me is to try and blog more often.
Right I am off to get started on the kitchen then I need to take the dog out for a walk (this counts as exercise, right?)
By the way, the pictres above were taken last summer. The top on is when sailing around the West Coast of Scotland, then the British Superbikes at Croft and Hawes in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Its not perhaps the best colour but when I went out for wool I only wanted something to practise with so bought this. The wool wont get used for so I have decided to keep on going until I use up all of the wool. We always have a need for blankets in the car so I plan on it been kept in there. I am pleased with it though...
And I have also got the sewing machine out again.
Monday, 10 January 2011
However this year, I want to focus more on my little family in our little house. I am too aware that the children are no longer babes in arms, they are growing up faster than I ever could have imagined possible. They are entering a phase in life that is so enjoyable, my daughter appears to be joined at my hip. I didn't expect this at eleven, but she seems to want to be with me and join in with the things that I am doing. My son is the funniest little man, he entertains us with his dancing and jokes.
I want to remember these times and soak them all up before they are getting us to drop them off round the corner from where they are meeting friends for fear of embarrassment. I am sure that this time will come all to soon.
It seems the thing in the blog world to choose a word for the year, I find it hard to settle on just one. Maybe it should be FAMILY or CELEBRATE.... What do you think ?
Sunday, 2 January 2011
Today having looked at more of Melanies work I thought I would dust of the crochet hooks and have another go. Here is my version of a Granny Square (looks a little odd if you ask me but I think it is on the right lines).
Ok so here are my questions for those of you who crochet.
- Is the tension on my square too tight ? It doesnt look as neat and fluffy (technical terms here) as the other.
- As the wool was free with a magazine I am sure it would be really cheap wool, would it be better to get a better quality wool ? (although I am sure that my Mum used wool from the same pack so would it be down to tension and lack of experience?)
- How do I know what hook to use ? Again as this was free wool I dont really know what type it is and have not been knitting long enough to be able to tell the type from 100 yds.
If you are still there and havent fallen off to sleep with the lack of excitement please pop over to Melanie and see what she made herself for christmas, tell her to keep posting (more often,ahem) and you never know I may be inspired to make another granny square within the next 6 months, you never know.
Saturday, 1 January 2011