Thursday, 22 December 2011

a special day

It's funny how most blogs shut down around Christmas day and I, on the other hand, am here. It is probably because it's a day when I sit down and do allot of nothing. The chicken is in the oven and the veg are cut so what else is there to do but chill out and watch my hubby crash over and over at formula 1 on the x box. I have found this year quite tricky as I have been distracted by our up coming move. I also felt the pressure of getting the right gifts for the kids and had a mad panic last night as i realised that one child only had one gift in his stocking..there was a mad panic and lets say with no other options available he now has a major stash of sweets. We were lucky enough to be woken at 7am which is a lie in for our standards. Although all through the night i was worrying about one child not being able to sleep due to excitement and could I sneak his stocking in without disturbing him...i did attempt it at three in the morning with no success. We are alone this year which I find very sad but at the same time It Is busy enough already. Only one child has actually admitted to being disappointed with our choices and I find that very upsetting but I guess It Is inevitable once in a while. My wish for this year was to try and teach the children more gratefulness and not be distracted by the desire for stuff.
i have a great tip for all you mums out there.....This year I put each child's presents in a separate basket so they would know exactly how many they had and so to avoid the" is that it " issue...It did work really well. I hope that you day is relaxing and full of family love......because that is after all the greatest gift...

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Sunday, 18 September 2011

This week has been a dissaster!,knowbody has died, we havn't gone bankrupt, I didn't dye all the whites pink....but by the state of my mood one could be mistaken for thinking all these things had happened. The reason for the dissaster you ask? Well somebody (yet to admit) put the bread flour in the self-raising tin and vis versa...For anyone who knows me, cakes that don't rise and soggy bread is by far worse than bankrupsy. To make things worse I proudly gave some carrot cake to our neighbours who are without a kitchen....when I

tasted them later on they were like bread pudding....OH THE SHAME...
Last night after recovering from the rage of this discovery I simply had to get straight to work in the kitchen and make sure I hadn't lost my touch. I am now the proud owner of a batch of perfect cupcakes..YEAH !
It has got me to thinking. Should something this small have such a big effect on me? I have been questioning over the past year the role as housewife without children at home through the day. I certailny haven't come to any conclusions but one thing I know for sure. This role as housewife is of great importance to me! For as long as there are people to bake for I will be doing it.
What worrry's me most is what happens when there is knowone to bake for? but hey that's years away right? ...gulp, martha x

Saturday, 27 August 2011


I was hoping and planning to post regularly this summer but it has all gone to custard due to my phone breaking and then the lap top so ill have to jumble all the news up together..

two weeks in to the holidays and it was going ok...the weather made it alot easier. We had freshly laid turf in the garden that couldn't be touched for two weeks, now that is tough when the sun is shining. The kids seemed happy enough to play with toys and go out for a hot chocolate every couple of days.

After two weeks me and Israel were ready for some time away from the little one's so we headed off to Soul Survivor for five days. Boy did we have a good time it was restful and there was plenty of time to enjoy the peace and quiet we needed. On returning home i was ready to read some good books and start some sewing project's.Florence doesn't really need any more clothes but i cant seem to stop myself making them anyway. I copied a shirt that fitted her well and made a few adjustments. I am very pleased with the result and thankfully so is she.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

its an easy question for me!!!" where would you like to go for your birthday? "Town Mill Bakery in Lyme Regis..i cant say enough good things about this place.

This week Steve and I hae taken a whole week off together to date each other. He is off to the Formular 1 tommorow but for the past few days it has been all about eating and walking and going to places that are new. We have packed every moment with the best we can think of. I have to say it has been a real success. Monday in Lyme Regis was wonderful but it is difficult for me to tell you why this place is so special you just have to go their. On wednesday we walked from Budleigh Salterton to Otterton mill. We ate a lovely lunch and only had just enough time to walk quickly back for school pick up....oh my poor tummy, it was very full. Today we went to the Hour Glass pub in exeter which does the best rib eye steak we have ever had. I can safely say that Steve and I know exactly what we will be doing when we retire....EATING!!!

Monday, 13 June 2011

giving in to Joseph

I have looking and pondering on this Joseph Joseph stuff for a while now and didn't really think much to it until this weekend when I was struck by design lightening in a local shop. The most gorgeous salad bowl e..v..e..r. and i just had to have it. Part of the reason for this seduction was the colour which matches my kitchen aid and other stuff i have in the kitchen.

Elsewhere in the house there have been alot of sewing projects going on. In particular these summer tops which was an inspired idea from sainsbury's. I have copied a very simple design and made it fit me perfectly. The first attempt was ok but not perfect but this one turned out great. I think it will look great with some white trousers.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

feeling grey....

So for me right now it is all about grey......i know the whole world was painting their sitting room's french grey five years ago but, it takes me along time to catch up and by then everyone else has moved on. My sitting room and sewing room is currently cream with a red feature wall. I liked it for a long time and it was cosy in the winter but I'm tired of it now. We also need to cover up all the marks the kid's leave on the walls from mucking about.

Colour is a tough one for me, I don't see warm colours and cold colours. There are so many shades of grey to choose from but i think i have narrowed it down to a few. This time I am going to try to cover more than one wall in the colour and the other walls will be white instead of cream as it sets the grey off beautifully. The curtains I have will work great with grey although if i'm honest I'm bored of them too. One thing that bothers me about re-decorating is that it has a domino effect on the rest of the house making it look shabby and in need of painting too. Looks like I'm gonna need allot of paint....

Monday, 30 May 2011 thats a tough one! i have one unfinished upstairs in a box and no intention of finishing it due to how difficult it is to finish... I like the idea and the look of them how can u not?

Just recently i cam across a great idea called "quilt as you go" im telling you this is the coolest thing.

I found some great tutorials on you tube and picked it up very quickly. In fact I couldn't resist starting one at 9pm and I had completed on 14inch square by 9.45...its that easy and as you quilt as you go that takes all the stress of doing that afterwards.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

It has been a very long time since my oldest daughter Israel has had her own room...Too long really. So a couple of months ago we gave one to her and she really was ready to value it. I thought it was high time to decourate it fit for a growing girl. This can be a tricky thing as teenagers have their own style and they don't always know themselves what it is. We decided to base the room around a bed head my mum painted many years ago which was promised to Israel when she was young. The only thing Israel chose was the wall paint and the rest was down to me and a suprise until today.

This canvas has been covered in strips of ribbon and has buttons sewn on to keep them in place.

The throw is a lovely fluffy fake fur in a plum colour.

The floors have been painted a crisp white.

The duvet and pillows are made from liberty fabric and are like soft silk.

Friday, 6 May 2011

A special day to remember how special it is when two people are in love and what an infectious effect it has on a nation.

A special day to play silly games with long rope and pull until you collapse.

A special day to have your face painted and then smudge it all over your special clothes.

It was special to be around family from near and far, to be around friends and have a great big "LOVE UP"

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Sun shining in, warm breeze's on the the face, clean sheets that match the bedhead. Oranised draws and cuboard's. These are a few of my favourite things

Thursday, 14 April 2011

For some reason I forget how good home made pizza is for dinner and I don't know why it's so easy and everyone loves it. I currently use my bread maker to make the dough but I used to use a Jamie Oliver recipe for dough that could literally feed two large families. For the kids it is simply tomato sauce and two types of cheese, mozzarella and cheddar. For Steve and I the pizza is piled high with assorted veg. I keep trying to remember to make this a weekly event but for some reason it slips my mind.

Serve on a large chopping board with some fresh need for plates.

Monday, 14 March 2011

I have finally started sewing after some time in the sewing dessert. There is something delicious about brooding over the layers of fabric deciding which piece goes best with which. This week has been all about bias binding. I have tried to use it before and have found it difficult to make that perfect finish. After much you tube tutorials I think I have improved a little or enough at least to begin some projects. I was thinking of something useful for kitchen and decided on pot holders. Firstly I made a square one but found the bias really difficult to make look perfect so I thought maybe a circular shape may be better. I am pretty pleased with the result although I wouldn't say it is perfect. But hey..that is the joy of It, I get to make more!!!

Monday, 7 March 2011

I remember with such a strong image my mum and sister filling the hole left by the avocado stone with cottage cheese and with much drama relishing every mouthful. I have to say it made me want to vomit. I have never liked them and thought i never would. That is until Jamie Oliver converted me through his guacamole recipe. I completely adore it! Now I'm not saying I would cover one in cottage cheese and eat it by itself but this is close enough and I feel somewhat proud of myself for conquering this hurdle. Next on the list is butter beans......ooh Gross...

Thursday, 3 March 2011

What a day! It was all about tea with friends from the beginning to the end and I am so exhausted. Talking can sure take alot out of a girl but boy was it worth it. I think the only food I took on was sugar today so I am now feeling the spiral down of a whole lot of sugar rush. My first "Tea"was with a dear friend who has just come back from London and she had afternoon tea at the can u imagine how cool that would be. She said there was just so much to take in that it was worth the expense just for the surroundings...This is on my list of things to do when next in London. The sun shone all day so that was good enough reason to be cheerful but I shall go to sleep a happy woman tonight because nothing delights me more than ladies and tea.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

its cold....

cold cold our house right now as the heating is playing up. We find ourselves huddled around a crappy old gas fire in the dining room it has become our favourite place as it lets out some fine heat. The puppies are the most daring trying to get as close as possible without burning. The children have returned back to school some coping better than others. It's so hard to see little ones not coping I wish I could say "just stay at home" but im so scared they will expect it ever time they whine. Also selfishly I have coffee planned with a friend tommorow so I would hate to cancel that!!!

Friday, 25 February 2011

moving on...or NOT as the case may be!

because that is of coarse all that one can do, right? so here i am dusting myself off and starting again. I am trying to see what is in front of me again instead of staring through the kids when they talk to me preoccupied with my own thoughts. I am trying to look and listen, that sounds simple but i can assure you its not. I have begun once again to stare at the space we have seeing different options I may have missed. I am trying to be grateful, yet another quality I don't possess. As I keep being reminded we have so much and lots to be grateful for( gritting my teeth now) These are a few shots of what has been good today!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

I have got to the stage when I am so fed up with talking about my house situation I am boring myself. I feel bad talking it over with close friends because they are too nice to tell me I am crazy and need to move on from this debate.....but that is ultimately the question????? shall we stay or should we go?? We live in the most adorable village, I honestly can't fault it and we have friends here. But our home is just not big enough or easy to live in with five children. We just cant find anything locally that is affordable and big enough. I visited a house today that is truly perfect. It has been completely renovated and has ample room for us and we could even have guests...the problem is it's nowhere near our lovely village. Well i guess its all relative..if we lived in America it would be "in the neighbourhood".....but we don't..I have this dream for our family...for space and light. But maybe this is for me not for them? i just cant find a clear answer in my head or from my discussions with friends. In the meantime I don't feel like sewing or much else for that matter...So for now it's all quiet on the blogging front.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

so we gave in...and dove in at the deep end x 2 they are adorable and very loved.....

Thursday, 20 January 2011

A friend of mine has very conveniently had two girls both older than my youngest and she has just the same taste as me.....this is very good news especially when her girls grow up fast and she has to pass their clothes onto me. Flo was lucky enough to inherit five pairs of Boden trousers this week and I thought I would make her a thank you pair but not for her daughters for her little son. I don't think I could make something for a seven year old girl as they can be very particular about what they like. This fabric came from Fabric worm in the US. They had a great sale on recently and i bought a few fat quarters....These trousers are perfect for active boys and very warm too as they are lined. I appliqued his name on the waist band so he knows for sure that they are his.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

refashioning some children's curtains was on the agenda today. I have no idea where these came from or how old they are but the fabric is lovely and soft and should be perfect for a cosy nights sleep. I don't much stray from this pattern as it is so easy and looks great. You can embellish it without much trouble or just leave it to show off the fabric. I have put buttons for fastening it but poppers would work fine too.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

In a word "revolting" this was the feedback on the croc pot porridge. I am afraid ill have to agree with them. The porridge completely congealed and went slimy, a little more like rice pudding, so if you like rice pudding this may be more up your street. I can assure you we will not be repeating the recipe again here thank you very much......I am going to have to put up with standing by the stove for it in the future.

Monday, 10 January 2011

I am trying a few new recipes this week or at least different ways of doing something. Firstly a chocolate cake called Ho ho ho cake which is super rich but sure went down well with the kids found on i would limit the frosting to one layer it really doesn't need the extra.
We have a little tradition in this House of afternoon tea on Sunday's which for the most part Carries on week to week only to be interrupted by holidays where everything goes to pot. This week I tried the Ho ho ho cake along with a great recipe for banana bread which doesn't come out stodgy. This can be common problem in banana cake.

I have to add that this cake looks very wobbly due to my impatience. I just couldn't wait for it to cool to put the icing on therefore it sunk and melted all over the place.

Tonight i am trying a new technique of making porridge for the morning. I am using my crocpot or slow cooker. I got the idea off and it sounds like a brain wave as i dislike standing around waiting for porridge to cook in the morning. Another advantage is that it will soak over night while cooking and that is supposed to benefit it nutritionally. So hopefully i won't wake up to a load of crispy porridge stuck to the side of the pan that will take weeks to clean.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

fun with cousins.....what else do u need