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Our everyday life: February & March…

Hello…

Remember me?

Thought not.

Anyway! Here we are with February AND March because life went a little crazy for a while.

Let’s blame: house hunting, a house move, nursery move, new baby news, terrible (hereditary) cholesterol results, morning sickness x 1,000, no cooking or baking, Shake removing all our butter, me crying because I want to bake but shouldn’t, etc etc ;)

So recipes are going to have to change tone around here – but I hope you’ll still stick around. It’ll be good for us all!

Hello little one. See you in September :)

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Aaah, the good old days when we ate cake at family gatherings :)

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Trouble maker hiding from me in the library

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Homemade cupcakes at work thanks to lovely colleagues who also love to bake! (Salted caramel – yummy)

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Spring started to arrive so we’ve been walking a lot!

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Hey daffodils, nice to see you again!

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Delicious mocha – grated dark chocolate on top, perfection.

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Fun lunchtime meet up at Borough Market with real-life blogging friends.

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We picked a beautiful day to meet up…

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Absolute bargain for Shake’s brother’s birthday – don’t think this is even made anymore. It was a real hit!

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New toddler play group – we were a little early so C decided to make the most of it ;)

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…whilst I enjoyed a coffee and bacon sandwich AND I even read a magazine!

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Introducing C to Shake’s childhood Lego. Retro or what? I sorted my nail varnish out, don’t worry. 

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We love this guy. Really, check him out.

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The world’s greatest catastrophe – dropping your ice cream :(

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Life is pretty good though when your nursery make you a special birthday cake!

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Among all the moving boxes, C still managed to have fun.

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I took him for a final trip to our local park, but he slept the whole time…

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New kitchen! It has an actual oven!!

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Our second night in the new house, Shake invited some Canadian colleagues over for dinner (…) so I had to cheat and buy dessert – we did well with this Eton mess.

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New library to explore – couldn’t wait to start reading his new books!

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Drinking his cereal milk like a Frenchie would chocolat chaud ;)

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I love this house down our street – such cheerful flowers!

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I wasn’t able to make a roast dinner in our last house, so I made up for it in week 1 in the new one :)

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Planning…aaaaah!

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Making everyone at the garden centre laugh by being a “spaceman” = wearing a cloche on his head…

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We’ve eaten some decent meals recently, when I’ve been up to cooking! Ottolenghi’s sweet potato, fig and goat’s cheese salad…

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Our first poached pears…

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Pancakes with the poaching remains from the pears – this was a good breakfast!

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More Ottolenghi - this was so delicious we were pretty speechless.

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I planned to make C a green layer cake for his birthday, but changed my mind on the day!

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Having a super time with his non–Godmother :)

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Birthday brownies!

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Birthday cakes galore!

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The cake tin did the hard work – thanks Uncle C!!

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Think he was happy :)

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First BBQ of the year! With a G&T for Shake

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So there you go – we’ve been busy.

Now I need to start cooking/baking again.

See you soon – wishing you a happy and healthy weekend!

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: weeks 5 & 6

I do mean to post every week, but I am being so slack! Sorry!

Anyway, here we go for weeks 5 & 6…

C and I went on a play date with my friend and her sweet birthday girl! C and I shared some toast beforehand, but he basically ate jam out of a pot with his finger…

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Helping me to bake something :)

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I ate 8 crumpets this day. I’m not even ashamed.

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Shake had to go away with work to Toronto for a week. First time C and I alone for that long! In protest, C wore Shake’s bike helmet for a whole day. People thought we were mad, I thought it was sweet.

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I wasn’t joking. All. Day. Long!

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Nanny and Grandad took us out for dinner on our first night alone. What a treat!

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The following day we built a house for our new giraffe friends :)

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On a very early morning walk we found we basically ruled the park! Wake up sleepy heads!

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Traffic on the way to work. Boo. Oh, and that water isn’t meant to be there…

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I made myself a midweek treat, mini fish pie. It was going to be delicious, but I accidentally microwaved it for 30 minutes instead of baking it. DOH!

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My sweet friends came one night to babysit me. I bought us a whole mess of chocolate brownie/mousse. It was disappointing :( We still ate most of it, though!

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More visitors! We actually ended up having a busy week without Shake! Two of my three brothers came to visit – they’re the best!

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C loved seeing his Uncle and Grandpa/Uncle ;)

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The day Shake returned from his trip we (and the cousins) dragged him to London town! Here C is with his Uncle P enjoying being on the train. (I know, he really needs a haircut…).

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FISH!

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London Eye! Too windy that day, we wobbled quite a bit, but the kiddies loved it!

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Shame about the weather, but still a pretty awesome sight to see!

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend :)

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: weeks 3 and 4

This is what “working from home” looks like with a toddler around. Yes, that’s a calculator ;)

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Causing chaos with his Auntie C. A lot of fun rolling exercise balls down the stairs!

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I hope he doesn’t regret putting all these stickers on. Oh, and Shake adjusted that slight overlap – it was driving us a little crazy ;)

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A VERY rare toddler-free morning = coffee with my love. This quote is excellent, no?

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Is it just me, or is lego getting a little weird these days?

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Did you know nutmeg is actually a musical instrument, C taught us all about that!

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Arrghh mackerel pasta salad faaaaaillll!

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Shake’s going away next weekend for work :( C thinks his luggage is pretty awesome.

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My cousin is awesome, as is this chocolate. Nearly all gone :(

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Shake’s new work hold monthly Friday night themed dinners. I didn’t make it this month (retro computer games!), but he brought me back a freaking good macaron! Will definitely go next time!

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I thought kebabs were just for drunk men, but our local is actually extremely good! Even if you’re sober!

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Ooops. Think I need a travel mug, if only to spare C a wet head…

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 1 and 2

I’ve debated continuing with this, but having gone back to look at week 1 of 2013 it’s amazing how much I have forgotten and how many memories are in these photos. So, here we are, albeit a little late ;)

Shake and I took C to a new-ish gallery with a Robot/Alien exhibition. It kept them both entertained for a while :)

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Not even scared…

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Old skool

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We spent New Year’s Eve with the sweetest friends (with such an awesome house) eating delicious food, drinking too much wine, playing Articulate and watching Jools. Perfect!!

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Super paella!

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The next morning C woke up at 7am!! Hooray!! He then played the drums, ouch.

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Weekend café lunch after failing to buy a house. Boo hoo. Oh well, hummus sandwich and excellent coffee made up for it :)

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Decapitated gingerbread man. Notice the awesome new slippers for C!

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It doesn’t look pretty, but this was a darn good fish pie!

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A really lovely gift all the way from Uganda.

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I had to pop to the bank in town and unfortunately it’s opposite Anthropologie. I have a voucher, so veeerrrry quickly had to try a few things on. No luck with these guys, but I might just move in anyway!

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This photo sums up the past 4 days. Horrible sick bug. He couldn’t even keep his body upright.

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Only bonus of poorly boy = so many cuddles!

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Not pictured – 1,000,000 hours watching Breaking Bad (just about to start series 5!), washing clothes x 100, making up work missed in the evenings, 600 hours of house hunting, time spent baking – almost NIL! *Some exaggerations apply.

Wishing you a happy and a healthy start to 2014!!

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 52

I can’t believe it’s 2014. I can’t believe we’ve completed a whole year of “Our everyday life”.

Sorry it’s late, but here’s how the last week looked:

Icy car, no scraper, using Peter Rabbit book to help :)

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Early morning (cold!) walk in beautiful sunshine. Much better than the storms and floods all around us.

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But storms and floods mean lots of “muddles” (C’s word for muddy puddles) to reflect on and jump in ;)

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Holiday snacks – maple spiced nuts. Made it up as we went along, but people raved about them!

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We bought C just one gift for Christmas, a boy doll called Mike. They seem to be getting along so far!

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Huge fan of his dinosaur backpack (aka walking reins!), he wore them ALL DAY!

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Merry Christmas! Our sister-in-law cooked for all, but I made bread sauce, smoked salmon pate and Shake baked bread. A very good food day!

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C danced all day with Father Christmas.

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Nuts were gobbled and we lasted about 5 minutes playing a very old version of Trivial Pursuit. It was too hard for those of us under 40!

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A lovely birthday treat – brunch with my love.

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Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 51

Everytime we go to the library C shouts “Daddy” at this dalek. I don’t even understand why, he’s never seen Doctor Who (neither have I) and it really doesn’t look like Shake…

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Over the moon to have won these cupcakes. Not only did the look beautiful, they tasted amazing too – thank you Emma Jane!

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Carol singers on the High Street – shame the weather has been so miserable.

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We met up with friends at this lovely pub, used in this movie, and enjoyed delicious mulled wine. C played in the fireplace and covered everyone/everything in soot. Fab parenting skills ;)

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Visiting Nana and making friends with a bear :)

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You’d think Solicitors would be slightly more tasteful with their Christmas decorations? Can you see the Polar Bear?

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Crazy about amazon boxes. Who needs actual presents?

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Wrapping skills being put to the test…

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See, he loves these boxes!

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This was bought for C, but Shake and I ate it whilst he napped. Oops…

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Baking birthday treats for my colleagues – they were grateful :)

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…plus a little something for C’s nursery ladies

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This is what winding down for bedtime looks like some nights.

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It’s nearly my birthday!Christmas!! Wishing you all a very merry time with your loved ones.

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 50

Glittery green playdough fun and games

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Mamas from nursery go out and drink mulled wine. Plus more glitter.

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So pleased he could put Daddy’s hat on BY HIMSELF.

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Spent a good 15 minutes (in the bitterly cold wind) staring at the Salvation Army band. They even dedicated Jingle Bells to my boy :)

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HO HO HO. A very authentic Father Christmas at the lovely Hatchlands.

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The sweetest little donkeys!

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Shake has deemed this a very good millionaire’s shortbread. Think I need to make him some at home…

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Off he goes!

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MOO.

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C’s new game; make your face as small as possible, then give your cheesiest grin!!

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Shake made a gooooood dinner :) Tasty potatoes!

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Let’s not cry about it, right?

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Art week!

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Lots of gifts being delivered this week, not that C is bothered what’s inside the boxes. He calls this his house!

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Banana scoop…

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week – feeling Christmassy yet?

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 49

Sending goodies to my brother in the Navy – hoping that chocolate won’t melt!

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C’s Grandpa came to visit – he loved it, especially the late night cuddle/stroll home after dinner out together.

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These days almost all our photos are blurry. Cousins in a boat, escaping the shark (that was me ;) )

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What is it about Accountants who like to bake? Who knows, but I’m happy to eat whatever my colleagues make :)

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So many leaves in our garden…but thankfully we have a dedicated gardener.

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Although every now and then he sneaks off…

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Friday night at The Maltings seeing the incredible Martin Harley. Very civilised sit-down gig, apart from the drunk man who stroked me!

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LOVE this little man!

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Come back on Wednesday if you like cookies…

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 48

We sure aren’t quiet when we go to the library! One of our local library’s has this awesome kiddy den chair!

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After three weeks of being really under the weather I forced myself to go to the doctor. Their advice? Wait another week and see if you feel better.Baaaah!

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C and his pal E causing trouble by the river. We joke that they will be up to similar tricks in 15 years…

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Friday night, girls’ night. Nachos for three. Next time I’m not being polite, I’ll eat pudding on my own if I have to ;)

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Although he is fast asleep (at long last) he isn’t letting go of Pig!

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It sends a shiver down my spine each time we go to this babygroup – it’s held in the exam hall for my ACA exams!! Doesn’t bother C though!

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Trying to let C explore boundaries without shouting “careful! watch out!” the whole time. Hard, at times like these…

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Shake and C watching me complete my tax return. Exciting times this week!

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Ginger love heart.

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I decided to take part in Food Blogger Cooke Swap this year – recipe up next week! – here’s a glimpse into what I made for 3 other bloggers…

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…and here they are packaged and ready to go!

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Shake decided to bake this week and I honestly can’t stop thinking about (and eating) this cake. Another Ottolenghi winner! He used rum though, because I love it :)

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 47

This past week we have continued to be sick, everything has felt like a blur, so this photo sums us up pretty well :)

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I can’t tell you how excited C was to see the lights going up on the High Street. Christmas is coming…

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Speaking of excited, I found this In The Night Garden craft book (brand new!) in Oxfam for 99p! Hours of entertainment :)

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Saw Jack’s post about homemade pop tarts and knew exactly what to do with my leftover scraps of pastry…

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C and I went with our friends to the beach during the week. Crazy, perhaps? Logan had the most fun I think :)

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It was a little cold…

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…but quiet, at least…

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…we couldn’t believe people we actually going in the water…

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When it started hailing we quickly found somewhere to eat lunch! The boys dismantled the display – and practiced using the word “heavy” a lot ;)

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On Sunday we spent about 10 minutes pretending to be cultural at the British Museum. C hadn’t napped so we didn’t want to push it…

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There was a teeny, tiny, exhibit on the Wise Men of Persia. Like our very own C :)

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C couldn’t make up his mind on which fruit to eat after dinner, so he simply had a bit of everything…yes, lemon included.

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week (we need it!)

Bake

xoxo