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Friday, 31 October 2014

Craft: Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

I enjoy doing the occasional craft project but when it comes to costumes I generally buy the lightweight kind that one can find in the shops. Sometimes, though, the littlies come up with costume ideas that are impossible to find and I am forced to nip to the haberdashery and haul out my trusty sewing machine. Here are two quick and easy costumes that I found on Pinterest and was able to make very quickly. I am by no means a sewing expert - I only did sewing for one year at school when I was 13 years old -  so if I can do it, I imagine most people should be able to make these too!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Travel: A Weekend in Bangkok

Bangkok is a fantastic gateway city to the rest of South-East Asia and I'd recommend spending a few days here after a long-haul flight, before heading off to explore the rest of the region. I like to think of Bangkok as South-East Asia-lite. Buddhism and the Thai way of life are easy to access and it's easy to unwind here despite finding yourself in a bustling city.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Food: Gluten-Free Pancakes

Pancakes or crepes are a popular choice for brunch in our household. Occasionally guests require us to make a gluten-free version which is when this recipe from the Doves Farm website comes in so handy, however, I prefer to cook pancakes in butter as I think this adds to the taste.



This recipe requires the Dove Farm Plain Gluten-Free Flour which I can't recommend enough. It's a store cupboard basic for us and I find myself reaching for it more and more. The pancakes are a huge hit despite being gluten-free, in fact the littlies call them "the best pancakes ever", especially when we serve them with their fillings of choice- raspberry jam or cheddar cheese!

Clementine.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Life: New Puppy and Haul

I've been pretty busy over the past few days as we've welcomed our new puppy into the household. We'd been deliberating over getting a pet for ages and after browsing the pets4homes site one too many times, we made a few calls and went to see some puppies. Fatal flaw because as it turns out, I was smitten as soon as a puppy crept over and fell asleep in my arms.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Food: Fusilli with Blue Cheese and Mushrooms Sauce

The way to my heart is definitely through my stomach. What can I say? I'm greedy? Pasta with Blue Cheese and Mushroom Sauce was the first meal my lovely husband cooked for me many moons ago and it's a meal we return to every year as the weather turns cooler.

Pasta Sauce with Blue Cheese and Mushrooms

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Travel: Take Me Back to Cuba

I've often planned trips purely on a whim, and Cuba was one such trip. We flew into Havana where we stayed in a casa particular (B&B), and were met with fading grandeur. This gave us a bit of an insight into the lives of the local people but we really wished that we could speak Spanish so that we could really pry into what living in Cuba was really like.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Food: White Chocolate Rice Crispie Cakes

The littlies enjoy a snack in the afternoons and while these aren't the healthiest I like that they are gluten-free. Everything in moderation, I say! The only problem is stopping myself from munching my way through these before they get to them! Great for a kids party too.

White Chocolate Rice Crispie Treats Kids Bakes

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Travel: Beautiful Scotland

I am so lucky to call Scotland home. I arrived over a decade ago as a graduate student and immediately felt as I belonged.

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