Saturday, 27 May 2017

Our Holiday, May 2017 @ShorefieldHols #UKholidays #Hampshire #holidays #familyfun

Apart from, perhaps, choosing the wrong week of May for our holiday, we had a fantastic time.  Of course, being outdoorsy sorts, the chill wind and rain didn't put us off being outside, and there were plenty of sunny intervals too.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Kitchens Through the Decades

We were fascinated by the series Back in Time for Dinner, not just for the retro look down memory lane at food like Vesta curries and Smash, but for the incredible evolution our kitchens have gone through in the past six decades.  From tiny rooms with a single cupboard, a sink, a stove and not much else, food bought daily because there was no way to keep it fresh; to the sleek, clean, almost space age lines of today, vast rooms in which we cook, eat, entertain, and even relax.  Quite a transformation!

Creating an Edible Garden with Homebase (and Kids) Part 2 #GardenGoals

How does our garden grow?  Following our first Homebase gardening post and subsequent balcony gardening update earlier in the month, here's the update on our Balcony Renovation Project (official title).  We have gone from total wreck to pollinator-filled, productive delight in a matter of weeks, proof that with a bit of time, effort and guidance it's easy to achieve those Garden Goals.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Children at Weddings: Yes or No and What to Do with Them

It is increasingly becoming the norm to exclude children from weddings, presumably to make life easier for some of the adults and also to save money.  For us, having children at our wedding, and involved in the ceremony, was a given, but should you invite them to your big day or not?  And if you do invite them, what to do with children at the wedding ceremony itself and all day long?

Recipe: Italian Orzo Pasta Mason Jar Salad

There's something so deliciously retro and childlike about meals in a jar.  Reminiscent of rolled up trousers, bare feet in a river, catching newts in a jam jar, they evoke summer freedom and easy living.  This easy recipe is delicious at work, at home or on a picnic, just make sure you keep it cold in a cool bag or box till needed.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

10 Ways to Save Money Fast

Trying to take control of spending, saving for something new, or trying to build a reserve fund can seem such a daunting task.  But, like most things in life, it's just a case of baby steps towards a big goal.  Just take one step and you'll be on the way to achieving your financial goal in no time.  Here are our top ways to save money today, right now.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Weekly Meal Plan #12

Back to normal this week after our holiday, so I'll be grabbing a large bag of chilli out of the freezer when we get home on Monday, then biding our time till Sainsbury's bring the necessary on Tuesday morning!  Planning lots of salads, make ahead and laidback, easy food this week; early summer and the living (cooking) is easy!

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