Monthly Archives: September 2013

Our everyday life: week 39

An extra guest at the dinner table this week ;)


This glass shelf, and those frames, fell on top of me for no reason the other night. I was in shock for a while! Well done Ikea and your shatterproof glass. Phew!


Enjoying the sunset on the train to London. Trying to avoid eye-contact with the drunkard who sat next to me (on an empty train…).


I was actually on the train to meet this awesomely sweet lady. I hate to add a photo of myself, but I don’t want to forget about meeting one of my idols :) One night in London for her cookbook tour – so lucky I was online at the right time to snap up a ticket.


Several lovely London bloggers made goodies from the book for the evening. Menu included: Brownie roll-out cookies (a huge fan of these), red wine velvet cake, peanut butter and chocolate cookies, coffee toffee (delicious!), blackberry polenta cake and plenty more. I only wish I had room to try them all.


The following day I had even MORE cake at our work Macmillan bake sale. I made a chocolate Guinness cake (because it’s the best) and double chocolate cookies, but also had to sample what everyone else made too…


I have a poorly laptop :( I am temporarily using Shake’s teeny weeny spare laptop. I don’t understand how to use it (touchscreen?) so I will be amazed if this post even works!


My dad sent me this as a surprise in the post! My childhood best friend – Humpty Dumpty. For a few minutes I felt like a baby again, but then C took it off my hands!


Much needed park trip to burn off some feisty energy ;)


Charity shop bargain – we love these mugs! My Uncle told me these are the type that he and my mum would have been embarrassed to have had at home (in the 70s). Hehe.


My sweet cousin moving into her Uni dorms. The girl did good! She deserves it, too. Note C sleeping in the corner!


We had such a delicious lunch here, simple but just what we were all craving! I also love that my Uncle came here when he was a student.


See, told you it was delicious (and healthy!).


First real train ride – loved it! Sorry fellow passengers…but at least he was friendly :)


Wow! This was a busy week.



Our everyday life: week 38

So many cars, so little time


Please Mama, no more dinner!


Fifty shades…


Shake, my cousin and I went to see Joe Pug (on a school night!). He was adorable! Plus, harmonica whilst playing the guitar? Skills!


Stage 7 of the tour ended in our home town! Bright and early preparations began, it was a shame we had to miss seeing it, but we had some family time instead.


After a night with not enough sleep Shake and I treated ourselves to HUGE cups of coffee and a mini millionaire’s tart, and C to a scone and jam. He basically just licked the jam ;)


Lovely way to end Sunday lunch – my Norwegian sister-in-law’s Eplekake. Plus their dishes are beautiful, don’t you think?


Wishing you a happy and healthy week



Our everyday life: week 37

I think we may be venturing into the land of “terrible twos” 6 months early…C wasn’t allowed a grape, after honestly eating about 15, and this is how he responded. Oh dear!


In a bid to cheer us both up, went for a mummy/son coffee (cookie) date! I love these oat, pecan and chocolate cookies and am still yet to make my own version. Slacker!


I made a lemon and yoghurt loaf the other night when Shake was out. Two days later I decided the best thing for it was french toast. We added bananas which makes it healthy, right? Insanely good Saturday morning breakfast!


Helping Shake with some measuring :)


Shake made this box as a spare seat and storage for C’s blankets, but the lid came off and we decided it was time for a change. Notice the blanket I knitted when we found out we were having a baby but didn’t know the flavour :)


This canvas makes us laugh. We have had it far too long and Shake has never had the right time to paint something. It has little marks here and there so quite a few visitors have thought it was meant to look like this – like we have extremely obnoxious artistic taste ;)


Off to see some friends for Sunday lunch. I made chocolate guinness cake (but later topped it with cream cheese frosting). It really is so good and reminds me what a good choice it was for our wedding cake!


Last minute trip to Ikea. View from the Ergo! Found the cutest cake stand at a bargain price. Happy!


So for Sunday lunch we not only had my cake, but our friends made an awesome chocolate cherry trifle (inspired by a recent GBBO episode). Too much for 4 people…


…especially as they made one (booze-free) for C too!!


Wishing you a happy and healthy week!



Our everyday life: week 36

Ok, so he does still occasionally make a little mess, but I just adore how he now holds his bowl with one hand to scoop with the other :)


C was invited to a friend’s birthday party and we met Peppa! Literally ALL the kids screamed hysterically – I can’t say I blame them…!


Lovely day-trip to see a dear friend in Bristol. The weather wasn’t great, but it was still a stunning view from the Clifton suspension bridge.


Found this newly-opened cute restaurant for brunch – C loved the décor!


We found plenty of Gromits on the loose


…including this fave from Gerald Scarfe.




There was so much to see around the city, even better plenty for FREE including the M-Shed which had a really interesting photography exhibit and plenty to keep C amused (teeny tiny ships!).


Walking his puppy ;)


Playing with fish fingers. But seriously, you should really check out the Sainsbury’s basic fish fingers – MSC fish, sustainable palm oil, they aren’t the tastiest (of course) but for 60p for 10 you can’t really complain! *not a sponsored post!!*


Big boy lace-up shoes. Bless him!


Wishing you a happy and healthy week!



Favourite posts this week


:: Roasted cocoa cookies? Sounds too intriguing to ignore…

:: Simply stunning photos of Sicily

:: I love a good picnic and definitely agree that they can lift your spirits!

:: Komorebi is my favourite :)

:: Beautiful fig and almond tart, or fig cornbread – if only we had fig trees down the road again!

:: I neeeeeed to make these crisps. Now.

:: Liking healthy foods is a choice – YES!

Wishing you a happy and healthy weekend!



Our everyday life: week 35

Only one photo this week not of Amsterdam – sorry!

These plums were picked from my sister-in-law’s tree. I had little time that night to make anything, so they have been sliced in half, de-stoned and frozen until I can do something with them!


C’s first “babyccino”. Who can say no to free, frothy milk? Or such a cutie with a milk moustache!?


We made it to Amsterdam! First meal - dutch pancakes as recommended by our Amsterdam neighbour. (Bacon and apple very tasty!) C had the “car” pizza, so called because it came with a huge toy car! Very random!


Love love love this house-boat property – just not sure I could cope with everyone seeing into my house…


Shake and my cousin couldn’t decide which beers to buy, so they tried one of each. Some more successful than others, apparently.


Impressed that my cousin cycled through town to bring us these pastries. Plum tart, coffee éclair (my standard choice) and a super rich chocolate tart. All delicious.


After a few minutes nibbling…


As I don’t drink beer I had to “make do” with wine – hard to choose something after all that time living in the land of wine but this one was a winner, not only for the name!


Standard breakfast – coffee and stroopwafel. I could get used to this!


Lessons on keeping a child entertained in a restaurant: give him half a coconut (not full of beer).


We visited an Ethiopian restaurant just down the road from our apartment. The food was incredible! These samosas were perfectly crispy and full of flavour. 20130901_164437

This dish was shared by the three of us plus C – what a trooper! Variations of meat (lamb, ground beef, veal) with chickpeas, two lentil dishes, goats cheese, spinach. The pancakes are called “enjera” and had a mild sourdough flavour. Perfect to soak up all of the spices.


A morning stroll through Vondelpark. The weather was a little chilly but there was a lovely vibe with thousands of runners and cyclists.


Impromptu picnic (read C unable to sit still in a restaurant, so we left!) overlooking some cultural event. Turned out well in the end!


Finally, a little bit of history. Amsterdam’s first coffeeshop. Don’t worry, we didn’t take C in there ;)


Lovely, very family-friendly café on our last day. If only the kitchen had been open when we arrived at opening time. The coffee was delicious, imagine the food would be good too.


Why not, huh?


Wishing you all a happy week!

We are recovering from severe sleep deprivation but enjoying some unexpected September sunshine :)