Like a lot of you I’m sure, preparations are well under way here for Christmas. The Santa letter has been wrote, edited and rewrote a hundred times over since early November.
So much so, that thankfully Santa’s elves arrived early last week while we were sleeping and read the small one’s letter to Santa… much to the small ones delight (and mine) when he found it the next morning lying on the floor by the patio doors, smothered in cookie crumbs (to show they had been).
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I was recently asked by a newly launched website for food bloggers if I would share my experience of blogging.
I was delighted to be recognised but I did mention that my blog is still very young, that there are so many more fantastic food blogs out there and that my opinions might certainly not be theirs. One of the questions I was asked was… What’s the one thing that makes you smile about your blog? Funny that. The mere mention of bonibakes and I smile. It’s so centred around my small one, how can I not but smile. Continue Reading »
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You know how you look forward to that one day and all of a sudden it’s upon you… and you want it to last, so you try to stall it, but it arrives anyway… and passes in a blink of an eye.
Well it’s that day now… All Hallows’ Eve… and I’m feverish because I’ve so much to do. You see I have a small gathering planned for tomorrow and I’ve promised the small one a little Halloween bash of his own today so my morning will be filled with baking for both parties.
Then there’s the final decorations to be hung, goodie bags to be filled with festive treats for our scary little guests and spooky games to be set up for them to play. Continue Reading »
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Ah, the day is getting closer… candy is being purchased by the bucketful, recipes are being bookmarked, costumes are being made and decorations are being dusted off and hung.
Since the small one was old enough to understand and enjoy Halloween I have bought little items each year to dress up the house – inside and out – and have now built up a collection of eerie decorations that would put Jack Skellington to shame. Continue Reading »
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I love meeting up for coffee and cake with friends. One very special friend in particular lives at the top end of the country and every now and then when the opportunity arises…
We off-load the small ones on the hubby’s… take over a corner in the local… and drink lots of coffee, whilst comparing the similarities of our fast-growing boys. Recently during one of these conversations, I came to the realisation that I have painted a picture of angelic-ness of the small one through my posts. Continue Reading »
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As soon as the small one was back at school I took the opportunity to close the door on the summer and embrace the lead in to Halloween. I found myself searching through cookbooks in early September, for a simple and delicious yet speedy pumpkin recipe to bake and share.
And most of the recipes are simple. I realised that it’s the preparation of the pumpkin that I find so time-consuming and it’s not the laziness within me… it’s more to do with my constant impatience paired with an eagerness to see how my newest creation will turn out and of course taste. Continue Reading »
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I am often in awe of the folk behind some of the fabulous food blogs I follow and how they create beautiful mouth-watering dishes from a variety of home-grown produce, fresh from their very own gardens.
One of my favourite fairy tales when I was a small one was Rapunzel. I used to imagine when I got older, owning a country cottage with a fabulous herb garden (like the one the evil witch in the story owned) to grow my own fresh fruit and vegetables.
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Well peeps I’m afraid that’s it… the small ones are all back seated at their desks in school. Summer is officially over, as I realised quite abruptly last Friday morning, whilst trying to drag the small one out from underneath his batman duvet cover for his first day back.
After the lazy blissfulness of dropping the small one off unfed at his Nanny’s house each morning, I’m back in the land of making healthy and filling breakfast and school lunches before I leave for work. Anything that will give the small one enough brain fuel to get him through those extra hours, that come with moving into first class.
Getting food into the small one in the early morning hours is a task in itself, let alone think of a variety of lunch box desirables to entice small taste buds. Continue Reading »
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On my way out to work the other morning, I caught a glimse of a speckled, blackening banana peeking out of the fruit bowl and not one for wasting food, I set off with a plan to bake with it later. You see, this is how I operate.
I tend to unknowingly create a vicious circle of baking. This lone banana would have been better off just mashed up, spread on a lightly toasted bagel, sprinkled with a little cinnamon and eaten for my breakfast. Problem solved. Banana gone. But no… this lady likes to dramatise.
So I spent my day planning what I could later bake with my forsaken banana. Calling to the shop on my way home from work, I threw a load of ingredients into my already overflowing basket aswell as a bunch of bananas? Continue Reading »
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The small one celebrated his seventh birthday last Saturday and amongst all his lovely presents was a most unfortunate gift – his little hand in a cast.
The hubby has commented many a time over the years about how I wrap the small one up in cotton wool and if I’m honest he has a point. I have played the over-protected mother from the very moment I sensed him growing inside me.
I didn’t plan it that way… it was a serious of events beyond my control that moulded me into this role and only time could and would allow me to let go, ever so very gently of these mothering strings.
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