Thursday, 17 August 2017

Currently...

...adjusting to our new routine.
...enjoying the outdoors more.
...creating space for more creativity.
...making plans for the next few weeks.
...drining peppermint tea.
...dancing more.
...savouring time with the children.
...delving into the past.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Reading Review

Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Another Sherlock Holmes children's classic, I really enjoyed this crime story. It was one story, unlike the collection I recently read but it was interesting and kept me guessing.

Pietr the Latvian - Georges Simenon

This was a gift from Nico. It's the first in the Maigret series though it's not one of the TV adaptations that we've seen.

The story follows Detective Maigret in his hunt for Pietr the Latvian a criminal wanted throughout Europe. It's not a long story but it is very descriptive and does keep you guessing.

I'm looking forward to more of this series.

Dick Whittington - Retold by Vera Southgate

This is a quick little read that my Dad recently brought over from England with some of my things.

It's the famous story of Dick Whittington going to London to make his fortune. Of course there is a cat involved and it's a fun tale.

Looking forward to reading this with the kids.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Recipe: Tomato and Parmesan Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 300g cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 60g grated parmesan
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 small pots of creme fraiche
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 280g flour
  • 140g butter
  • Seasoning
Instructions:

1. Combine the flour and butter with 1/2 tsp salt and 8 tbsp water. Roll out the dough to a circle ca. 5cm larger than your pastry tin. Gently lay the dough over the tin, push into the corners and chill for 20 mins while heating the oven to 200℃.

2. Half the cherry tomatoes, put them in a roasting dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season. Place in the bottom of the oven. Prick the pastry base with a fork, cover with baking paper and baking beans, blind bake for twenty minutes. After removing the paper and beans, bake for a further 5 - 10 minutes. Remove pastry and tomatoes from the oven.

3. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Gradually add the creme fraiche and then the basil. Sprinkle half the parmesan on the base, place the tomatoes on top, pour over the creme fraiche mix and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Make it Monday - Project Life Update

It's been a while since I've blogged about Project Life but that's really because I like to have photos for my posts, I don't like to post photos of our children online and my Project Life is basically all about the children now.

I first started this project back in 2012 and I loved it. I'm not really sure why I stopped at the end of 2014 but I am so glad I got back into it this year.

I update my album weekly and I love flicking through from January each week. Seeing the story and development makes it so worthwhile.

I was in England for my friend's wedding at the start of last week so I can finally share a page in this space! While the average week tells its own kind of story, I love when we have something special going on as we tend to have better photos and it's generally easier to make the colours work.

That was really true this week as I could get in some of my favourites from the Seafoam edition to brighten up a really happy day.

If I can keep up the energy on this project, the kids are going to have something really special to look back on one day.

My process:

- Go to Rossmann and print out my favourite photos from the week (phone and camera)
- Place the photos into the layout, cropping where necessary.
- Pick a colour idea for the week and select cards that work, starting with the big date card.
- Journal on the appropriate cards.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Saturday Update

Wow! What a week!

Celebrated the marriage of Rachel and Rich on Monday in Alnwick. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple.

The day after, we headed up to Lindesfarne which I already wrote about.

I flew home early on Wednesday and it was great to see my babies. I missed them so much.

I enjoyed a nice breakfast with my Dad and the kids after Isabella's check up on Thursday morning - the first with no crying.

Dad left after a chaotic baby swim yesterday. Now it's back to Earth with a bump as we find our new routine again!