Our weekend in a nutshell: supper at the pub, the tower of Westminster Cathedral, Bicester Scramble, Pimm's and supper in the garden.
It's no secret that I'm not a particularly brilliant cook but, every now and again, I'm tempted by a new recipe ... Classic Tomato Soup Ingredients: 2 tbsp unsalted butter A few sprigs of fresh thyme (if you have it; I didn't, so substituted it for Italian Seasoning) 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic … Continue reading Classic Tomato Soup
At our recent Non-Christmas Christmas Party, I made a batch of Mulled Cranberry and Raspberry Punch* as an alternative to an alcoholic beverage. I thought it turned out rather well (but I'm biased, naturally); it actually received a mixed reaction. Here's how to make it and try for yourselves: Pour 2 litres cranberry juice into … Continue reading Mulled Cranberry & Raspberry Punch
Welcome to my favourite scrapbooking project of the year! Let's take a look at how days 6-10 turned out: Day 6: The Year 6 Carol Service at school. Always a delight. Mostly.A journaling card, a few embellishments and a photo of the church after the service was all that was needed. Day 7: The arrival of The Boy … Continue reading December Daily | Days 6-10
This recipe is perfect for a summer salad at a BBQ or on a picnic.And what's more, it's so easy to put together,and it tastes delicious. Ingredients:450g pasta,120ml basil pesto,90ml Greek yogurt,2 tbsp olive oil,100g feta,12 sun-dried tomatoesand handful fresh basil leaves (if desired).Method:1) Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions and drain.2) Mix the … Continue reading Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Pasta
An abundance of Happy Mail this week: three fabulous magazines and a postcard from friends. As for the weekend, we were blessed with some more gorgeous weather,and is our wont, we spent as much time as possible outside. We hosted our Annual BBQ, and although I completely forgot to photograph the actual event, I did capture some images for … Continue reading Memos: Mail: Me
When The Brainy One travels abroad for work,a few things happen in our house. I change our bed.I love a freshly made bed.More so if I don't have to share it for a night or two.Is that selfish of me? I also get into that freshly made bed earlier then when TBO is home.The ritual involving … Continue reading Rituals
One of my simplest Christmas traditions.I knock out a big batch of cranberry sauce (I use Nigella's recipe),decant it into sterilised old jam and Branston jars, add ribbon and a circle of Christmas-themed scrapbook paper.I keep the biggest jar and we give the rest away as gifts.
The Brainy One likes to tell people that I hate cooking.I don't hate cooking at all.I hate having to decide what to eat for dinner,particularly when neither The Brainy One nor The Boy Child arevery forthcoming when asked, "What shall we have for supper?" A friend pointed me in the direction of the Smart Recipes app. Why … Continue reading Smart Recipes App
The 12th was when we went to dinner with friends at Dinner.In the album, the LHS has a full page photo of the rather delicious cocktail I enjoyed;a Dame Shirley. I only had one, given the price. The RHS features my shoes and three photoscut down to 2x2. The 13th was all about my Christmas tradition … Continue reading December Daily 12-15