So it’s well known that when women reach a certain point in their pregnancy, they develop the innate need to nest. They scurry around on hands and knees, scrubbing skirting boards and de-cluttering cupboards… and I was fully prepared for this phenomenon. What I wasn’t so prepared for was the nesting instinct that would take over my husband at the same time… Now I’m convinced – daddies nest too!
So it turns out, Andrew and I don’t do things by halves! Almost immediately after we discovered we were pregnant, back in January, we took a good long look at where we were living and decided neither of us wanted to bring a baby into that house…
With Christmas on the horizon and every penny going toward the festivities, date nights can become few and far between this time of year; but remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune to spend quality time with your spouse. This week, Andrew and I enjoyed a thrifty date night of our own, using up spare craft materials to create beautiful bespoke Christmas cards for our family.
Recently I was interviewed by Terrys Fabrics about my home style. As some of you may know I love nothing more than finding unique pieces and giving them a fresh new modern look.
Since this week is National Chocolate Week, I couldn’t possibly let the occasion go by without sharing my gratitude for this velvety food stuff! So, in lieu of the Great British Bake Off on Wednesday night (a show that has stolen my attention for the past 10 weeks which has now finished), I decided to have my very own bake off, against myself, in the kitchen – with my ever loving husband as camera man!
There was only one thing I was ever going to bake for National Chocolate Week and that was a recipe so thick in chocolate it makes your insides glow just from a mere whiff of it. My go to chocolatey recipe: Nigel Slater’s Chocolate Cookies.
I love this time of year. As the days gradually get cooler and nights get longer, one of my favourite things to do is to pop on a pot of coffee and tuck into a good slab of home made cake with Andrew.
So when I saw that Denby Pottery were having their second annual Great Denby Cake Off, I jumped at the chance to make my first bake of the season (although it’s not quite officially Autumn yet – close enough!)
Having recently moved house we’ve been on the look out for unique finds to really put our own stamp on it. As well as finding one of a kind treasures, we’ve also been doing a spot of upcycling to create truly original pieces for our home.
Our latest creation is this fun hanging planter made from an old tyre that Andrew had stored away in the cellar. What a great way to repurpose something that would otherwise just be taking up space in a dark corner somewhere!
Over the last few months, one of the things I have learned is how important it is to have a home that you enjoy coming home to! Sounds pretty obvious right. But since our move back to the city a few weeks ago, Andrew and I have come to realise just how much living in the wrong house can affect your mood.
So, with that in mind, I’ve been concentrating on ways that we can turn our new home into a relaxing retreat, full of the things that are special to us, and the things that make us unique.
Every year I watch the Great British Bake Off and always finish the night feeling so inspired to create whatever beautiful bakes the contestants have produced. I’ve even gone to the lengths of buying all the extra equipment I need, and never actually getting round to doing it. (Last year’s teacake moulds are still patiently waiting in my baking drawer!)
Well this year round I’m making a conscious effort (although I’m already a couple of weeks behind)! A few weeks ago, during ‘biscuit week’ on the show, the first challenge was to bake Biscotti. I’ll admit it’s something I’ve never even thought to try myself, so this would be the perfect bake to start with.
So I’m back! And about time too! So sorry to have abandoned you these last few weeks, but with the house move, a new job and a whole new way of life to acclimatise to, I’ve barely had a minute to put my feet up.
So let’s get back into this… today I want to tell you about how much things have changed, simply from moving house. Some of you may remember that I spoke about how we had found the first 6 months of marriage, and you may have joined me in pondering over what makes a house a home. Well, things are finally back on track.
Truth is, in January we made a mistake. After getting married in December we knew we were likely to need more space than the pokey one and a half bedroom house we were living in, so when a 4 bed house came up in the country, the romance of it all took over and we swiftly upped sticks to moved out of town.