How Baby Led Weaning starts

While chatting with a friend about weaning, it occurred to both of us that we can’t remember much about our what our first children did when. It seems a bit ridiculous that I’ve forgotten all about it. After all, I did blog about it (Oh my, I can’t believe how much like Ophelia Talitha looks in that post! I’m actually trying not to tear up, knowing that my little baby will be a “big girl” in no time at all). Even so, I wish I’d kept a closer record. I’ve had a few emails in the past couple of months…

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Eight ways to save money on your toddler grocery bill

Every now and then, the media gets all excited about how much it costs to do the family thing. Usually, I scoff at the figures: “You can do it for less, surely!” Other times, I do the maths and feel reassured that there’s a reason we never have much money. According to the NCost of Raising a Child Calculator, the average toddler costs £40. Well, blow me down! Really? I guess that’s really possible, even with a three-year-old like mine who doesn’t seem to eat that much. Anyway, I did a shop (NatWest sent me some vouchers), and I honestly…

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Blackberry jam recipe

Here’s me ticking number 4 off our Summer bucket list: make blackberry jam. We have loads of brambles climbing over our garden fence and they are heavy laden. I also picked a few more blackberries on our weekend walk. They need to be completely black and to come away from the plant easily. This is basically the laziest way to make blackberry jam. Still, the end result is lovely. It made two jars of jam. I’m sure we’ll make some more. What I used: 550g blackberries 225g white granulated sugar 2 tbsp lemon juice (I used the bottled concentrate) What…

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Guest post: Summer holidays – relaxed tea times mean quick and easy is a must

This is a collaboration post Day to day, getting dinner on the table has been one of my greatest challenges with two. Sometimes being able to just stick something in the microwave one-handed is a saviour, while I balance a fussy four-month-hold on a hip. With this in mind, I’m welcoming the tips in this guest post: It’s that time of year again when parents everywhere are preparing to have the kids at home for 6 weeks over the summer. With the kids off school and long summer evenings keeping us in the sunlight for longer, tea might get served…

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Much Needed Bank Holiday Rest & Beef Pelau

It’s been really quiet around here lately – not because there’s not much to blog about. In fact, every day life is throwing up any number of things to think about, to chat through with you. Night time is my time to blog, though, and by the time one of the girls has been handed over to Laurence (usually the baby), one is in bed (the older one), one is asleep in the sling (the baby) and dinner is had, I scarcely feel like thinking, let alone writing. Instead I’ve ended up working through three and a half seasons of…

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Fish Creole Recipe with Flora Cuisine

Talitha and I loved our big lead-up to Christmas so much that I’ve begun thinking about what family traditions we’ll be starting for Lent this year. Fish on Fridays seems an easy one to weave into our lives. I also figured it would be fun to get creative with a different style of fish each week. So, I’m revisiting a dish I haven’t made in a while: Fish Creole. As with most Caribbean cooking, everyone has their own way of making Fish Creole and this is simply mine. I cooked it for our Valentine’s supper last Friday and we’re both…

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Polenta Banana Bread with Molasses – Gluten-free and Dairy-free

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s not really a recipe. I mean, you can take these ingredients in their quantities and pretty much just let your child do what they will, decide what order it’s all going to go in – that kind of thing. It did remind me that I need to get a child-sized masher. Talitha had a good go with the bananas but I needed to finish the job. She’s also still working at cracking eggs but we have a do-it-together system at the moment, which just about gets them in. I opted to include…

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