Recipe | Mid-Week Fruit Salad and Meringues

Dessert in our house is usually fruit alongside whatever home-baked goodies we have made that week. Lately, I’ve been keeping a dish of fruit salad made up in the fridge, which is perfect teamed with a little yogurt, or heaped on top of a slice of cake {balances the naughtiness out, right?!}. Some days we just need something a little fancier… days like today, when it’s cold and wet, and we have a million things to do before we go away! This dessert looks decadent, tastes delicious and the kids always feel like they’ve had a real treat! It’s also quick and easy to throw together which is always a bonus in a busy house. We walked up to our local Lidl on Tuesday, as it’s my favourite place to stock up on fruit and veg – their prices are SO low compared to other supermarkets, and I can fill a trolley full and still spend less than £50 which is amazing when I have four hungry kiddos to feed. It is actually Red Tractor Week this week – a week of celebrating great food, great farming and quality food that you can trust. Supported by BBC Countryfile presenter and Red Tractor farmer Adam…

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One year on

It’s been a while since I’ve really ‘written’ here… not just chit chat, but the deep and meaningful. For a while, I stopped as I wasn’t sure it fitted here, but lately, I’ve been pondering and this space is a reflection of my whole life, not just parts of it. It’s been a year today since my world collapsed, I went back and read an old post I wrote about it yesterday, and it amazed me to realise how far I’ve come. How I feel like an entirely different person from the one who wrote that post. I AM an entirely different person, those broken pieces have been put back together, but in a different order. I’m stronger than I ever was, more settled, happier, freer, braver… far more capable than I ever gave myself credit for. Looking back at some of the things I wrote as my marriage fell apart, I see a woman who had lost sight of herself. Who’d allowed herself to be defined by somebody else for most of her adult life. Someone who had forgotten that she held the power of her life within. The only regret I have of that time is that I…

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Life, Lately

Hello! September…. seems this summer flew by! We’re easing ourselves back into our normal rhythms this week, Lola went back to school yesterday and the little three and I added some last bits to our summer bullet journals and started this month’s book club book. Today the littlest two are with their dad for a bit, and Miss Kiki and I are off on a shopping date to Chester just the two of us – she is VERY excited to spend her birthday money! This summer turned out fantastic. Even though the weather was less than summery for the most part, we had a busy few weeks, snuck in a few trips, lots of fun and made some amazing memories. Three trips away for all of us {and a week at guide camp for Kiki}, I’m not particularly rested but honestly, I think this was THE best summer we’ve ever had. The festival we went to was so much fun {even better than last year, mainly as I had friends there to catch up with which really made it fun}. Then we had a long weekend back at my Dad’s and found a couple of days of sunshine whilst we…

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A family meal plan for September

I was weirdly excited for this month’s meal plan. September feels like the start of a new season. Summer is over, kids are back to school {or not back to school}, the long, lazy days of summer have finished and we’re back to our usual rhythms. The nights start drawing in, the mornings are cooler and Autumn is just around the corner. It’s time to start adding in some more warming meals to our roster of what we eat. Through the summer, the meal plan often got overlooked, we snatched every opportunity we could to BBQ, or throw together a simple meal that we ate outside. I’ve been pouring over some cookbooks, making a list of Autumn-y meals to fill our bellies with over the next few months. With all the kiddos groups re-starting, plus Lola being back at school, and the little three and I being back into our work/school work normal days, I need meals that can either be prepped ahead or are quick and easy to make. I’m planning on making more use of my slow cooker over Autumn/Winter – especially on days when we’re out, coming home to a ready meal is perfect. Here’s what we’ll be…

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Family Time

The kiddos and I headed off again last week, just three days after getting back from the Just So, to spend a long weekend with my Dad and Step-Mum. We lucked out with some sunny, warm weather again and had a lovely few days. It was a much-needed break – being away at family for me is a good break – a chance to actually sit down and not have to rush around all day long. The kids are happy playing, there is no housework or jobs for me to do and I don’t even have to cook dinner! The kiddos cousins came down for a couple of the days, the five of them spent hours playing in the garden, Lola was there – even with no photographic evidence {she’s VERY good at hiding from the camera these days!}. All of us had so much fun, we really wish we lived closer to them. I’m seriously thinking about a move back that way at some point, I’d love be to be closer to my Dad. Having family around would be fantastic not just for me but for the kiddos too – growing up surrounded by grandparents and cousins would be…

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