18 Nov 2014

Love last week #23

I'm writing this as I feel ever so sorry for myself with a sore throat raging headache and a poorly baby with a streaming nose. But let's focus on the happy!
1// ikea breakfast with this little pickle. He loved it!! 2// makeshift snack table and chair from a little step and a toy box. 3// slow cooked pulled pork for the family. I do struggle with the meals for 4 of us due to timings and picky eaters but some days it comes together. 4// I've been wearing make up more. I look less tired and fresh faced. It's a win. 5// a story sack workshop at school with M. I really enjoyed it and loved seeing him at school.  6// wrapping up the baby for winter chills 7// the search for stocking fillers continues. 8// these two are cheeky 9// watching my dad take little man for a walk along the high street. Special moments for sure. 10// birthday party funs for our goddaughter. 11// I attempted and think I was successful at making chilli jam!

12 Nov 2014

Real life.

This evening. This baby was grumpy. He cried when put down. He cried when I gave him juice in the blue cup. He cried when I gave milk in the Orange cup. He cried when I gave him water. He cried when I picked him up. He cried when his raisins were finished. He cried when he had to eat dinner. He cried when I gave him a yoghurt. He cried when taking his nappy off. He cried as he wanted out the bath. He cried when I put cream on him. He cried when I got him dressed. He cried when I sorted M out. He cried while I made his milk. 

Then there was quiet. He drank his milk. He cuddled me. He fell asleep. 

This baby has been grumpy today. Here's hoping tomorrow is better. 

11 Nov 2014

Love last week. #22

Little Rays of happiness on my phone. 

1// his use of cuterly is so good. He will take preloaded forks or spoons but also jabs away at his plate. 2// our morning routine, especially before school and nursery drops off. A bottle of weak milky tea for little and a cup of hot chocolate with just milk for big. 3// bathtime. My change is hours was so that I could do more of this stuff as stressful as it is. I also know bathtime means bedtime is not that far behind! 4// work selfie. I enjoy my job. We are in a really busy period it it's good. I'm learning to accept I can only do so much during my work hours.  5// found a big boy snuggled in our bed! 6// saturday out and about wandering the shops aimlessly. These two pickles needed feeding. 7// lazy Sunday and stealing daddy's juice bottle. 

9 Nov 2014

Festive baking.

I love Christmas. I love baking. I love being in the kitchen at Christmas. All these things make me happy. Last year I baked/cooked very little. But I did have a 2 month old in our world which made things a little more difficult in the house of E. This year I am already thinking about what is on my festive hit list of bakes. There's a few old favourites on there but I might be on the look out for some new recipes to try (point me in the direction of your faves!!). Saying that I felt the need to pick up a few equipment based things to get the kitchen Christmas ready!! My two places I headed to for inspiration was Lakeland and HEMA. As much as I love browsing online, going in store is very different.
My new buys are :-

Chocolate Train Mould. This is new to Lakeland this year. it's a silicone mould which you pour molten chocolate into. Once set glue together with more melted chocolate. This looks so cute and creates a 3D model which can be filled with sweets. I'm looking forward to trying this out, plus it getting used at birthday parties too! 

Gingerbread house cutters. I've made a gingerbread house once. I handcut the pieces. It was not great. Therefore if like to try again and I'm hoping with cutters means it will be a little easier! 

Small fondant cutter wheel. This has 6 mini Christmas designs. Perfect for cutting out small icons or pressing into icing or pastry to add a little interest. 

Star cookie cutters. Oh how I adore stars. I love them on clothes, on scrapbook papers, on fabric. I use them all year round. I am already predicting this set of 5 will be getting some mileage in the kitchen!

Doilies. This festive set is very pretty with touches of gold. I'll use them for sprucing up some wrapping on handmade gifts passing onto friends and family. 

Cookie Alphabet Press. I have been dreaming of one of these. Being able to personalise biscuits with words before baking. I am super excited about trying these out in the kitchen with a classic sugar cookie recipe.

**I was unable to link to the HEMA site - seems they are having a few issues! 

That's my booty so far! However Ikea also look like to have some interesting seasonal bits! A trip to Ikea it looks like soon. Oh how I love it there!! 

Happy festive planning readers!