Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Our Christmas...

Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Here's a few snippets of our Christmas...

Daisy's offering for Father Christmas :)

Henry's first Christmas! 

My rather large prawn cocktail! I don't eat many carbs now so tried to fill up on prawns.

A Christmas Day treat

Charlotte treated me to a beautiful new dress

This beautiful daisy chain bunting was a gift from a friend, very cleverly created by her mum. It will look lovely in Daisy's new bedroom.

I personally don't like Christmas cake, but Daisy does!

Turkey risotto...using up what we have.

Tonight's tea was toad in the hole. Sadly I can't eat meals like this anymore but it's one of Daisy's favourites. As for was milk again!

That brings me up to date, so I'll be back in the New Year with my thoughts and plans for the future.

New Years Eve will be quiet as usual for us with two little ones in the house. I will be up into the early hours with the night feeds though! 

Mandy x

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year!

Thank you for all your kind comments xx

I'll leave you with a little Christmas baking...

Mandy x

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Thank you!

Thank you so much everyone


Was it something I said?

My followers pretty much stay the same. 

I checked in today to have a quick read and noticed how many I've lost in a week. I've never set out to be popular, but I do notice when people leave. 

Thank you to those of you that have stuck by me through my difficult times. I hope to be a better blogger in the new year when things are more settled but my precious grandchildren will always come first. 

Like I said before, I'm aiming for January when thriftiness will really have to kick in!

I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas and will see you in the new year.

Mandy x

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Trying harder and a bit of Christmas baking...

Hi everyone 

On Sunday I didn't do a roast as Daisy requested toad-in-the-hole.

Too many carbs for me so I had sausages and cauliflower cheese and veg.

I decided to use the vegetable peelings to make stock. 

On to pudding...I quickly made a cake batter and divided it into two deep sandwich tins. One I topped with white icing and sprinkles, the other with jam and coconut. Obviously only a tiny slither for me as a Sunday treat.

I took the recipe from one of my favourite books...

Today we've finally made our Christmas cakes. One will stay with us and the other three will be given as presents.

At least I've made a start!


Saturday, 5 December 2015

Aiming for January!

Hi everyone, just a quick hello from me! Things have been very difficult here and I haven't been in the mood to blog. I'm hoping that life will get easier after Christmas and I can settle down back to some kind of normality with the children. 

We are busy with Christmas too and I will share some photos of my Christmas baking when I can. Daisy and I have been doing a little baking and cooking but I always forget to photograph it!

Rock cakes

Charlotte's birthday cake

Cornflake cakes

My easy cauliflower cheese...simply chop the cauliflower quite small, pour over a pot of double cream, a flick of parsley and black pepper, then some grated cheese on top. I bake it in the oven while the meat is cooking (covered with foil to begin with) and this one was with pork chops. I've found this to be an excellent substitution for mash. I actually feel full up. 


Daisy's advent calendar...dairy free :)

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well. Please feel free to share any Christmas thrifty tips you have in the comments below. It's all about the children for us so I won't be doing a huge food shop as I normally would...just a few treats really.