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Sewing and Sowing

I’ve been so busy the past couple of weeks, hence the lack of updates. First priority was to finish the remaining show costumes in time for this weekends dress rehearsal. I had to make 6 swirl skirts in black satin and they were not fun. I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to do them but when I showed my first attempt to the woman organising the costume making she said it was fine. I set to on the others and to my astonishment managed quite well! So I spent all of last Sunday and a big part of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday finishing them off.  Hopefully they fitted as I didn’t hear anything when Emily returned last night. She had been at the rehearsal all day 9.30-7pm, so was very tired. The show is next weekend!!Munchkin

The rest of us were equally tired after two busy days in the garden. I finished preparing the veg beds for planting by adding manure, fertilizer and soil conditioner where necessary. I have now covered them with black polythene to help them warm the soil ready for planting.

Isaac helped me plant a couple of rows of onions, not much but it is really all we have the space for. We also added a row of late raspberries, yum! The ones we have are a early variety so it would be nice to get some more eventually that fruit around abouts July.

I  did a little  more sowing, this time mainly flower seeds  for my soon-to-be cutting patch. Lots and lots of sweet peas, cosmos, and rudbekia. For the time being, however, we are enjoying plenty of these…


The seeds I planted in Feb are looking good, the only failure were the peppers. I only sowed 4 seeds as last year all the seeds germinated and I ended up with too many plants. Not sure what went wrong this time, old seed maybe? I’ll try again and if no success i’ll probably just buy a couple of plants from the garden centre.

The frogs in our little pondhave finally woken up and there was much excitement from Isaac last weekend when he spotted one on our patio. Or as it subsequently turned out to be, two frogs mating!


Menu Plan Monday

I forgot to post this yesterday!


Monday Cheesy Potato Skins with avacado and tomato salad

Tuesday Pasta Bake From “101 Cookbooks”

Wednesday Fish cakes (Scroll to the bottom. The whole book is on this link, worth a look) 

Thursday Tomato & Lentil Soup 

Friday Easy Fried Rice   From “Planning With Kids”

Saturday Out

Sunday  Tuscan-Style Beans with Garlic Crust (Slow Cooker)


A new month, so I’m trying some new recipes. The first one is fishcakes. I’m veggie so avoid cooking meat/fish at all costs gererally, but find that as the children get bigger they want more meat/fish in their diet. This recipe looks fairly easy and “hands-off” so suits me! Second new recipe is the fried rice. I used to do a similar one to this ages ago until Isaac refused to eat it, so we’ll try again, fingers crossed.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday – Risotto (For us, from last week as we never had it due to my parents being here), Pacific Pie (children)

Tuesday- Gorgonzolla Gnocchi (us), Homemade Pesto Pizza (children)

Wednesday– Leftovers from last night

ThursdayLeek and potato Soup with Cheesy Corn Muffins

Friday- Quorn Mexican Stirfry

Saturday-Corn Fritters with Lime Mayo

Sunday- Thick  Onion Tart

Birthday Outing


It was Mick’s birthday last Tuesday so he took the day off work and we went on a family outing to this place , we had a lot of fun.

The planetarium was a big hit. We saw two shows there, a film show called “Astronaut” which Isaac, in particular, loved and a live show called “Flight Through the Universe” which took us on the most amazing journey. The woman giving the talk obviously had a real passion in the subject which made it very enjoyable, so much so she over ran the time slot!


Here is Isaac learning about pendulums - or more accurately trying to hit Mama on the head whilst she is busy taking a photo.




Here is Emily placing magnetic cogs in sequence so that the alram bell will ring.



High Flyer

Isaac having lots of fun.



You can't see this very well but it is a big tank of water used to demonstate a vortex.

Menu Plan Monday

Strange, I just posted this but it only posted the days of the week 

Monday – Enchiladas and Rice

Tuesday – Out

Wednesday – Homemade Veggie Burgers and Potato Wedges

Thursday -Celery Soup with Cheese Scones

Friday –  Spaghetti/Tortelloni with” Sneaky Vegetables” pasta sauce  (Isaac has become really fussy of late.

Saturday – Pumpkin and Hazelnut risotto

Sunday – Tuscan Style Beans with Rosemary (Slow Cooker)

Menu Plan Monday

I get a lot of inspiration from seeing other peoples menus, so thought I’d start posting ours each week*

Monday Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Slaw

Tuesday – Falafel in Pitta with Hummus

Wednesday – Quorn in 3-Mustard Sauce with Mushrooms and Brown Rice

Thursday – Sausage and Mash

Friday – Leftovers from Wednesday

Saturday – Homemade Pizza and Potato Wedges with Salad

Sunday – Lentil Croquettes with Sesame Brown Rice and Broccoli

*Okay, so you could call this a slight cheat on my “write at least one blog post per week”

A Spot of Baking


Melting Moments


Melting Moments

I haven’t made these for ages and had forgotten just how good they are. The problem is when you see just how much butter goes into making 25 of these little mouthfuls it kind of puts you off consuming them.

Melting Moments

Melting Moments

Well for about five minutes.

Melting Moments

makes 25 approx.

250 g  Butter  (I warned you)

80 g icing sugar

225 g plain flour

75 g cornflour

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Butter Cream

80g butter

100g icing sugar 

1tsp vanilla extract or grated lemon rind plus a furthur tsp of lemon juice

Raspberry jam (opt)



  • Fan Oven 160°c . Line 2 baking trays.
  • Put butter, sugar, and vanilla in food prcessor or blend by hand  until fluffy. Then add the sived, blended flours in two or three lots. If using a food processor now is the time to pulse until you see it “ball up”.
  • Flour hands and get large teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls approximatly  2.5cm across. Place on baking tray and flatten slightly with a fork. Make sure they are about 3cm apart as they will spread a little.
  • Bake for about 15mins, they still want to be pale not browned! Leave to cool for 5mins before lifting onto cooling racks. Leave to cool completly before icing.


  • Mix all the ingrediants together until smooth and use to sandwich two biscuits together. If you like you can spead with a thin layer of jam before adding the icing.
  • Dust with icing sugar to finish.
  • Put the kettle on and enjoy!