As someone who has a mild addiction to collecting pretty vintage things I’ve found myself with quite a few vintage teacups in the house! As such I’m a big fan of sharing DIY teacup craft ideas here on the blog and these DIY teacup candles are relatively simple to make! Once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll want to make loads and they make great handmade gifts too!
I have Raynaud’s disease. As far as illnesses go I know it’s not the worst than can happen. I know there’s a lot, lot worse things. But still it’s a pain. Literally that is. As soon as the cold starts my fingers and toes go ‘dead’, I can’t feel them properly (fun when driving!) and the blood seems to drain away. The problem is though, they aren’t ‘dead’. I can’t feel them properly but damn it they hurt too! Like pins and needles is the closest I can think of. I was going to take a photo of it in my feet but then I thought that someone may be eating their breakfast. Or lunch. Or maybe, y’know, they just plain old don’t want to see my yucky old feet. So here’s my hand on Wednesday night
Anyway, hope comes in unlikely places and mine was through the glory that is Love All Blogs where I found someone asking if anyone wanted to review some slippers from the lovely people at Ugg. I am not ashamed to say that I begged.
I was given the Ansley slipper in chestnut which retail at £80. Obviously aren’t the cheapest slippers around, but then my flat wasn’t the cheapest thing around, neither are my mugs the cheapest crockery on the market and I do believe that sometimes you do get what you pay for. Most days if someone said ‘give me £2k and I’ll stop you being cold’ I’d do it. What you do get for your money is a proper sole on your slippers, which means that what with the ultra fluff on the inside I reckon there’s a good few centimetres between the floor and your feet. …
So, those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may know that a while ago I threw myself at your feet and asked for some help in feeding my son anything other than crisps and strawberries. I was going to blog all the recipes you sent me and then would pop them all in a big ol’ e-book with all profits raised going to Save the Children.
And y’know I’ve kinda been doing this. But in all honesty I do need a bit of a kick up the backside with it.
So this was my recipe for this week, kindly donated by Rachel from A discount ticket to everywhere
Ingredients (serves 2 hungry adults and 1 5-year-old)
Fish pie mix
Frozen king prawns
4 hard-boiled eggs
Mashed potato (quantity depending on how hungry you are, I used about 2lb potatoes and a dash of milk)
1 heaped tbsp corn flour
3/4 pint milk
2 oz grated mature cheddar …
Bronco stew, you ask, what is that? Well, my husband’s named this bronco stew because it’s very loosely based on a Rick Stein recipe for Bullfighters Stew. The husband made it so he gets to name it, I think that’s fair enough.
By the time we get to the weekend I’m always more than ready to pop something into the slow cooker, my basic mantra being cook when you have the energy, eat when you’ve run out of energy. This recipe is also pretty typical for round here in that it includes large amounts of wine and tastes all the better if you drink some more when you eat it (yes, I do insist!). Its Sunday, lets all chill out a bit more. Cook this now, then put an old film on and put your feet up, and make sure you have a bottle of red in for later to eke the last bits of pleasure out of the weekend. …
I saw this website mentioned a little while ago by someone and thought I’d give it a go for Jacob. We live in Essex, my mum and sister live in Peterborough and my dad lives in Kent. Not the other end of the planet but still not quite close enough that you can pop in for a cup of tea without doing a weeks wages on petrol. These pictures seemed the perfect way to do encourage a bit of creativity while helping to remind Jacob about all his family members and we did some of a recent holiday too – good times! …