Saturday, 31 December 2016
Saturday, 24 December 2016
When we saw Tula first time about 3 weeks ago she was so small that I could keep her in one hand.
Yesterday she became a part of our little family :).
Monday, 12 December 2016
Winter started... I should say 'raining season' started :)
Luckily for us not everyday is cold and wet, just bit of drizzling from time to time, some chilly mornings... But sometimes we have chance for day like this:
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Do you like birthdays?
I do, but not mine. I'm not type of party girl and I prefer not to see numbers showing how fast time is flying...
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Every year in our Etsy team we are playing Sneaky Santa game...
This year was challenging for me, cause my Sneaky partner did no wish list.
I had to play around - use everything I knew about her to find/made perfect gifts for her.
Leda is bookworm from Sicily, Italy who making beautiful felt accessories and bookmarks. She likes cards, earrings and definitely handmade stuff. I like illustrations she sharing on her FB.
I thought... book! But which one? She has so many and I have no idea which she still not have on her shelf... That was lots of thinking :) Result:
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Gee title of post like motto from 'Game of Thrones' :)
But fact is that the winter is coming... weather's changing here in the UK. More like 'raining season' plus lots of winds and low temperatures...
My wish to have here some nice amount of snow to have a chance to' build a snowman' (like in Frozen) with my little boy :).
So far when we are lucky to have nice sunny days we can spot this beauty:
Thursday, 10 November 2016
I received new toy from my man - slow cooker 😊. Yesterday I cleaned it and run it first time, then cleaned it again as stayed in instruction 😊.
Today was time to cook something in it!
Hmmm... I thought the best will be beef, but recepies I saw in net didn't catch my eye... maybe just I didn't found 'this one'.
So I decided to make kind of chicken stew. Why kind of? Simply because I put all I had at home into it 😊. So... in my stew you can find: 2 chicken breasts ( possibly bit too much, but my boys love chicken ), 2 small carrots, 1 small red onion, 3/4 of turnip, nice bit of celeriac, few halved baby potatoes, garlic clove, can of chopped tomatoes plus cup and a bit of water, bit of salt, black pepper, powdered garlic and allspice.
Near the end of cooking I added 2 handfuls of Frozen peas 😊.
Friday, 28 October 2016
Whole this week we are spending together with Dom, midterm break at school.
I was doing my best to keep my son occupied :).
We were in Newcastle on Monday - Hancock Museum and dinosaurs, nice walk around city centre with finding Snowdog on Central Station (train station) plus yummy lunch in Chinatown.
On Tuesday we went to library of pick up some books for Dom and pop in to theatre to buy tickets for pantomime - details here: http://www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/dick-whittington.
We had lazy Wednesday with little shopping and then some reading and listing the music athat home.
Yesterday I decided we need some nice walk doesn't matter is cold or warm. Sky in the morning was beautiful :)
Thursday, 20 October 2016
What a relief!
Bathroom redecoration is finished!!!
Whole thing took about 1.5 week, but was worth it :) Everything new :) Tiles, spotlights, shower, bath, etc! I love our new bathroom :)
Thursday, 13 October 2016
We decided that is time to give our bathroom some make-over. After living in our home 7 years we were sick of wallpaper there. Now our bathroom is almost done :) New tiles, spotlights, bath etc. and no more pink :).
I'm laughing that I changed myself into 'rainbow catcher' - few days in row we could admire rainbows :)
Monday, 3 October 2016
Why title like this? Because we decided we really like sweet potatoes :)
For long time I was making chips from them or use them as alternative when cooking my version of Shepard's pie.
Not much for so yummy veggie.
I didn't realized that is so many recipes using it, that I can make even sweet bakes like scones or biscuits from it...
You should see my face guys when I saw article on net, in simple words my jaw hit the floor if you know what I want to say by that :)
So in our last week menu we had 2 cooking experiments:
* sweet potato gnocchi
* sweet potato and beans patties.
I'm experimental cook, so not always keeping close eye on recipes, sometimes just remember general idea, sometimes doing something my way.
This week experiments turned out brilliant - my man decided he likes them both even better then other similar recipes we checked before eg. beans gnocchi - I'm not surprised really :)
For sweet potato gnocchi you need just 3 ingredients: baked sweet potatoes (2-3 medium sized), flour (plain, wholemeal or gluten-free - choice is yours) and salt (I used about 1/2 tsp).
Just mashed your potatoes, add salt and flour, make dough - soft but not sticky, rolled into sausage shape, cut into pieces, use fork on them :), cook in boiled salted water and serve with butter and garlic like us or with sauce of your choice :)
For Sweet potato and bean patties you need: 2-3 sweet potatoes, can of beans (any kind), breadcrumbs (1/2 cup +), 2-3 spring onions, 1 garlic clove, salt, black pepper, paprika or chilli (your choice), allspice (optional).
Bake or cook your potatoes (I baked mine), mash them, add half of beans - mash them, then add rest of beans, chopped onions, mashed garlic, spices and breadcrumbs, mix well, if too sticky add more breadcrumbs. Form patties, fry them and serve with salad of your choice.
- Monika, Northumberland, UK. Mid-age, still tomboy, Mum of one, crafter, bookworm. Love being in jeans, T-shirt and pair of sport shoes :) Happy if can travel, sightseeing and take photos Do not bother much about my grammar please, English is not my first language, so I'm trying my best to improve it :)
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