A cup of tea to make you feel better

Drinking tea is a very British solution to everything. I for one find that however bad things get, they seem a little better after a good cup of tea.  As Jamer kindly pointed out, we have all been struck down with the flu recently and it really was tea that kept me going.  In the first couple of weeks of being a lurgy-ridden house, I was lucky enough to be doing a teatox. If you’re not aware of these, they are special teas that you drink morning and evening.  They are made from herbal ingredients that are specially formulated to…

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Good food on a time budget

I quite enjoy cooking. I wouldn’t say I’m a culinary genius, but I like to cook something nice every now and then.  This is one of my favourite times of year for cooking because there is wild garlic growing everywhere. I remember loving the smell of it as a child but being told it wasn’t edible.  These days, I am rather more aware of its culinary uses. It has an appearance and texture like spinach and offers similar health benefits. And yet it gives any dish a lovely, subtle garlic flavour.  Hence I’d decided to cook with it this weekend before…

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Eating out with children

I recently noticed this article about a restaurant who were criticised and even threatened for banning “small, screaming children”. Apparently, there are parents everywhere who are outraged by both the ban on children and the way it was worded.  I am not one of them.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t go to this restaurant even if it wasn’t as far away as Nova Scotia. But that’s because it’s a lobster restaurant, not because they don’t want screaming children in there.  I take my children to restaurants. Actually, they’ve been to some rather nice restaurants. This morning I even took the two…

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Easter chocolate brownies

Yesterday morning, hubby made a start on our bathroom upgrade so I had the morning with the girls. This is pretty rare for me at the weekend, because I’m usually working.  So we made the most of the time and baked some chocolate brownies. I love baking but rarely have time to do it. I have to admit though, my brownies are pretty good. Even better with a little help it seems.  So, here is our (very simple) recipe.  You will need:  250g butter 200g fairtrade chocolate. We like them really chocolatey, so we used 85% cocoa dark chocolate. This…

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Friday traditions

Fridays are odd days here because Libby usually spends the morning in nursery. Lia and I don’t have anything in particular that we do on a Friday, so we’ve developed our own little Friday traditions. Lia always has a morning nap and I take the opportunity for a quiet cup of coffee. Then we always take Pluto for a walk, pick Libby up at midday and we all head over to my dad’s for lunch.  Today, Libby didn’t have nursery because of half term, so she joined us on our dog walk. This means that we can’t go quite so…

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Review of Bluestone National Park Resort

As you may have noticed, since Monday we have been having the time of our lives at the Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire. Whilst I have updated you on our activities and adventures each day, I wanted to provide a full and thorough review now that we’re home.  I’ve broken it down into sections, so that if there is a particular thing that you are interested in, you can jump straight to it using the CTRL + F function on your browser. The sections are as follows:  Booking Arrival Accommodation Food and Drink Spa Activity Centre Blue Lagoon Children’s…

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Getting ready for Christmas

Well, Christmas eve really has crept up on me this year. I haven’t wrapped any presents other than helping Libby to wrap the one she got for Lia. So tonight, we will be sitting down with a few mugs of mulled elderflower wine (recipe below), wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas cakes. I can’t wait. Mulled elderflower wine The preparations for this little tipple started way back in June, when the elderflowers were at their best on the trees. As I’d recently had Lia, my dad was kind enough to pick a carrier back full for me. This was added…

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