7 October 2015

Recipe: Extra wholesome cottage pie

I've turned into one of those mums who tries to disguise vegetables and squeeze in something - anything - nutritious into meals without my kids (one in particular) noticing. I always thought my kids would love vegetables and a wide range of diverse and interesting foods. Yeah, they did, when they were 2! Now he's 5 and she's 3 it's a different story. 

6 October 2015

How to: eat well for less

There is a TV series on BBC One at the moment called "Eat Well For Less". It has sensible advice about improving your family's health whilst simultaneously saving money. I love to splurge on a brilliant extra virgin olive oil, but day to day I am quite frugal. So, for all you parents that want to save a quid or two, I thought I'd share my own tips on eating well for less...

1 October 2015

Recipe: Slow cooker beef stew and braised red cabbage

I made this stew in my beloved Instant Pot pressure cooker. I develop recipes for them and at the mo' we are on slow cooker ones. Perfect timing, as these nights draw in and the mornings get misty it is just the type of thing I want to cook. I don't share many of my recipe developments but this one was too good not to.

30 September 2015

Living: Why walking is helping me to be a better mum

It's been a huge year, this past one. We moved to the country. We renovated a farm house. Since we moved in during the summer I have been feeling really stressed. I have been looking for health reasons for how I feel; something to pin it on. But it isn't that simple. I've been in a cycle where my energies are all askew. Sometimes I am high, sometimes I am low. I often struggle to sleep. I have too much going on in my head. Occasionally I socially binge drink, thinking "hey, I deserve this blowout!" - then I feel terrible the next day. I've been very tearful. And I've been getting increasingly shouty with the kids, which was literally making me feel physically bad.

29 September 2015

Diary: A day out at Lyme Park

On Sunday the kids and I went to Lyme Park - without Adam on this occasion as he was in Manchester having been to a big bash on the Saturday night. Now, we have been to Lyme Park 100s of times before (it's only 30 minutes from the Peak District.) Normally we just go to the adventure playground, maybe have a paddle in the stream (which we did, below) and then come home. I've always avoided the house and gardens as I just thought they would be nothing special, or maybe a bit dull for kids. Oh my. I was wrong. Really wrong. Yes, Crow Wood (the adventure playground) is awesome; but the gardens are really where it's at. 
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