Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Little things

Well nearly wordless anyway...

Things I'm loving at the moment...

Dramatic early evening skies...

Seasonal activities...

Coffee, i'm a new devotee in very small low fat doses...
The tooth fairy visiting for the first time and then again two days later...

This meal...
I'll post recipe soon, it has to be shared...

Bird watching with Daddy...

This face...

These two together...

Visiting adorable cousins...

And meeting a very new cousin for the first time...
*Psst* she's the first girl cousin in a long run of boys
 so I've finally got me some back up...

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

5 Things...

Source 1 & Source 2
Joules over at Lucidlotuslife recently did a post called Blogging Gratefully: Five by Five..uh..Seven. I decided to join it, albeit a little late...

Five Things I Have a Passion For

1. My family and friends
2. Movies
3. Taking photos -  Like all the day long. If I haven't taken a photo of it, my brain doesn't believe it's happened
4. Art and animation
5. Food - I'm hanging in there despite my recent intolerance to fat. I miss you cheese, it's not you it's me...

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die

1. Move to Canada
2. See and photograph the Northern lights
3. Attend Comic Con with my dad and my brother
4. Go to art school (it's not gonna happen but that doesn't stop me wanting it)
5. Have a creative career that I'm passionate about

Five Things I Say A Lot

1. 'Be gentle!'
2. 'Calm down'
3. 'When I move to Canada...'
4. 'I need a cup of tea.'
5. 'I should...'

Five Books And/ Or Magazines I Have Read Lately

These are the most recent
1. Jane Eyre
2. Wuthering heights - I've been going through the Classics
3. Pride and prejudice and Zombies - A different take on the classics...
4. Divergent Trilogy
5. Start where you are

Five Places I Would Love To Travel To

1. Seattle to visit my brother
2. Canada again - it's been a while
3. Montana
4. Disney world/Pixar
5. Neverland

Five Favourite Movies (Maybe You've Seen Them Five Times?)

1. The Last of the Mohicans
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. Pride and Prejudice
3. The original Star Wars trilogy
4. The Toy Story trilogy
5. Contact
And many many more...

I'm adding one:
Five Favourite TV shows

1. Orange is the New Black
2. True Blood
3. Sherlock
4. Walking Dead (But if Daryl Dixon dies i'm out)
5. Grey's Anatomy
And many many more...

Five People I Invite to do this 

Anyone one who fancies it

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Days like this...

Lately I have these moments
Where for no reason at all I feel high as a kite
I see the little things that lift me
I'm doing the things that fulfill
I stop any anxiety and breath it all in
And it feels like everything is going to be alright

I want to package up these days to open up again when times are tough. Then I can remember that no matter what happens there will always be days like this...

So borrowing and twisting the words of Van Morrison (because who says it better) I'm packaging up this day...

When it's not always raining there'll be days like this
When there's no one complaining there'll be days like this
When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch
Well my mama told me there'll be days like this

When you don't need to worry there'll be days like this
When no ones in a hurry there'll be days like this
When you dont get betrayed by that old judas kiss
Oh my mama told me therell be days like this

When you don't need an answer there'll be days like this
When you don't meet a chancer there'll be days like this
When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit
Then I must remember there'll be days like this

When everyone is up front and they're not playing tricks
When you don' have no freeloaders out to get their kicks
When its nobodys business the way that you wanna live
I just have to remember there'll be days like this

When no one steps on my dreams there'll be days like this
When people understand what I mean there'll be days like this

When you ring out the changes of how everything is
Well my mama told me there'll be days like this

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Did I mention that I totally love Autumn?

Oh yes that's right, about a trillion times.

And lately we can't get enough of Autumn walks 
with crunchy leaves and seemingly painted trees.

I was sluggish and run down from eating the wrong things over half term which involved eating at other people's houses and lots of meals out. But it doesn't take long to feel so much better after some good walking...

Or should I say playing...
It wasn't long before we were all at it...

On this particular day we were with one of my besties and her daughter. Who just happens to be Isaac's best friend and according to them they are definitely getting married...

I think I believe them...

And it's handy because I totally love this girl...
Check out how unsurprised I am by this turn of events, while we posed...
Cheeky little monkeys....


To keep my spirits up food wise, I've been trying out all kinds of dishes. And by trying out I mean looking through cook books and saying 'Tim can you make me this?...' What can I say? he is a cooking genius. 

This particular Jamie Oliver dish was a huge success with me and my tummy...

Sicilian Squash & Chickpea stew 

The original recipe is for Butternut squash which we often use but this time we used left over Pumpkin from Halloween and it was delish!

It also included Olives but we skipped them because Hubby thinks they are super gross.
  • 1  butternut squash/pumpkin
  • Olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander
  • 40g raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 320g of couscous (I'm sure this dish would work with rice too)
  • Fat free natural yoghurt to serve 
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas mark 5                                                                                      
  2. Peel squash and chop into 3cm chunks, put the seeds aside. (I like to roast them)                                                                                                  
  3. Drizzle over the chunks a little oil and salt and roast on top shelf for 35 - 40 min                                                      
  4. Meanwhile fry the onions in a large pan                                                                                                                
  5. Add finely chopped coriander, cinnamon, chilli flakes and cook for 20 min (may need to add a splash of water occasionally)
  6. Stir in Squash                                                                                                                                 
  7. Add Tomatoes and chickpeas                                                                                                        
  8. Crumble in stock cube and pour in 500ml of boiling water. Turn the heat up and simmer for 40 min. stirring occasionally
  9. 15 min before stew is ready pop couscous in a bowl, add boiling water plus a stoke cube, cover and leave for 10min. 
  10. Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt                                                                                            
  11. Then eat it like you life depends on it!                                                   

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Little things I loved about Halloween...

The Pumpkins...
The morning surprises...

The decorating...
The very homemade shadow puppets...

The Costumes, we don't mess about! (check out my amazing wings (thank you ebay) and the deer in the headlights expression)...
Isaac wanted a dinosaur costume soooo bad which took me hours to find online. And Lucas was adamant he wanted to be a fish (naturally). One day I will make costumes myself! I just need to learn how to sew...

And lastly the sparklers...

It was awesome.