Coconut Caramel Shortbread with White Chocolate

Coconut Caramel Shortbread with White Chocolate

Today there is another teenager in my house.

A male one this time.

That means funny smells, pimples, posters of scantily clad women on the walls, grunting where words would suffice, trousers half way down the butt and worse of all GIRLFRIENDS!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies


The first weekend in November has just made haste and we are steadily making our way in to winter. It’s been so mild the last two months and much of the countryside is still laden with foliage now a kaleidoscopic display of oranges, reds and browns. The weatherman promises a change in temperature as well as temperament. Will we get the Siberian snow storms the media love to taunt us with? It seems impossible with everything that surrounds us still so rich and vibrant.

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Collage of cow hunt 

Amberley Cow Hunt

What’s a Cow Hunt when it involves children and adults alike and 30 wooden cut-outs on a Spring afternoon? In Amberley, Gloucestershire it’s a fund-raising event for the local school. The third annual Cow Hunt event took place the weekend of the 7th and 8th May. The hunt is inspired by the annual release of real-life cows to graze the Amberley common for the summer.

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Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Didn’t someone say life is a long list of good intentions…failed? Well if they didn’t they should have.

You see the thing is last week was full of them (keep up with laundry, go to gym, get an early night, be kind to others, etc etc) but as usual it ended up being another seven days of “whoops didn’t do that”,

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Chewy Chunky Blondies

Chewy Chunky Brownies

A very lovely women I met through twitter, Christine Mosler, has just started up a new blog called Musings of a Musler. Where her first blog, Thinly Spread, is about her life as a mother, Musings is about her life as a writer. In a recent post entitled “A Writer in Ten Little Pieces” she describes how blogging has helped her fiction writing to flow more easily.

“When I discovered blogging in March of this year I finally began to let my writing go. It was wonderful to write a piece and press publish and to let it flutter out of my mind and be gone. Blogging enables me to clear my head of stuff and allows me to settle down to write fiction once it is gone. I see blogging as writing practice, a breathing space, a warm up and it’s wonderful.”

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Mint Chocolate Brr-ownies

Mint Chocolate Brownie

Report Cards & Learning to Love Your Child After You’ve Read It

The hardest thing you ever have to hear about your child is that they are less than satisfactory. As a parent you can’t help but see your child as perfect in almost every way. That’s how it should be right? Therefore, the idea that someone else might not see them in this way is simply “earth shattering”. That’s what happens to you, though, the first time you read your child’s report card. The picture perfect mirror reflecting your child’s “the best they can be” aura is suddenly cracked and replaced with a lot of “could have done betters.” Ugh!
It’s one of my greatest sadness’s as a parent that I have been made to see my children through their teacher’s eyes.
Okay, no one report comes without the positives too. However, having to hear that my son is helpful and enthusiastic at all times is just as frustrating. Clearly his teacher is not faced with the same barrage of insults I receive whenever I ask him to tidy his room!
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