Monday, 20 October 2014

We Made a Video!

I've been wanting to film a vlog for a while now. For one reason another, I've kept putting it off. Last week though, we bit the bullet and did it. Nothing overly exciting, I'm afraid! To kick us off in what will hopefully be a good relationship with vlogging, we did the YouTube Mum Tag.

I'm more confident in my video editing skills than my actual being in a video but hey ho. We also missed out question 10, which I did realise until putting the video together... But such is life. Anyway, have a watch, tell us what you think (please be kind!) and if you do like it you can give it a YouTube thumbs up, subscribe to our channel and even give me some suggestions for another video in the comments!


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Life Lately

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We seem to have taken an unscheduled hiatus this past week or so. That's the thing about life, sometimes it catches up with you! We're still very much adapting to life back at work, with two at nursery and Iain's shifts at work being all over the place for the time being. Then there was the bout of Hand, Foot & Mouth, David's top 4 teeth breaking through all at once, John having a tough couple of weeks and then me getting food poisoning too. Fun times, really!

When family life isn't going as sweetly & picturesque as you would hope, it's time to take a step back from the computer screen & enjoy the [few] good moments as they happen. And that's exactly what we've been doing! The house may be a state and we don't have many clean clothes left, but these are things that will still need done in 20 years from now, when both boys are grown up & no longer in need of sofa cuddles and trips to the park. And as much as a love blogging, sometimes that needs to take a backseat as well, to make way for those cuddles & days out...

Both boys are in good health for the time being, 4 new teeth are officially broken through, John is back to his cheery self & I'm currently not poisoned! So stay tuned for some new posts in the next few weeks, including more from Diddle Diddle Dumpling's Home Made Christmas, our first ever vlog and even David's 1st Birthday in a little less than a month! (Boohoo!)


Sunday, 12 October 2014



We're not morning people. Anyone that has ever of had the pleasure of being around me before 11am will know that I'm as far from a morning person as you can get. Iain's the same; he even works the backshift so he can avoid the morning rush hour.

John's 50-50 and it purely comes down to what side of the bed he wakes on; you can usually tell by who he cries out for in the morning. "Daddy," is good mood (well trained!), "Mummy," is always a sign of being grumpy & needing a cuddle. Then there's David who, like in all aspects of life, is usually all smiles. The darker mornings are confusing him though so his usual 6am grin is now replaced by a 6am moan as he's never too sure if he's meant to getting up or looking for comfort back to sleep.

So when it comes to the Morning Win front, we're severely lacking. Generally, after a game of Whoever Can Ignore The Kids The Longest, either Iain or I gets up, releases John from the cot (yup, still not in his bed...) and it's through for a bit of Cbeebies & the morning banana. Nappies changed & off and suddenly their energy ensues. Whoever won the extra time in bed only enjoys their victory for 20 minutes max, as once those bums are clean, it's time to jump on Mummy & Daddy's bed. A Morning Win for John & David, perhaps?

Iain leaves for work around 7.30am just now (much to his backshift loving self) so it's quickly just me & the boys. If I'm lucky & they're not in the mood for destruction, I'll manage a shower (#morningwin!). Then it's on to a proper breakfast; if I'm feeling particularly productive, I'll make some eggy bread or pancakes but that doesn't happen much these days so generally it's some cereal, toast or Belvita breakfast biscuits. On the best of days I can even snaffle a Chocolate Chip Belvita to myself without sharing, although this usually requires eating in a cupboard (#morningwin...?).

After breakfast, David naps (definite #morningwin) and John & I watch some Fireman Sam. After which we'll head to the shops, generally for cake because cake is essential for getting through the morning. And before long we're approaching lunchtime. David has his second nap and if I'm really lucky, John has one too. With that, morning finally comes to an end.

So, Morning Wins... We don't get many of them, simply because mornings aren't our thing. Waking up is hard to do and we do all we can to ease ourselves into the day with little effort. A real morning win is just getting through to lunch time with minimal tears & minimal tantrums (& that's just me!).

Good morning,

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Sunday, 5 October 2014


When I was pregnant with John, we went a bit mad with spending. There's something about first babies; it's exciting, it's new & you want the very best of everything. Despite everyone telling me that a baby won't know if they sleep in a £1,000 cot or a second hand crib, we still wanted to buy everything new.

Then Maternity Pay kicked in. Suddenly, cash is tight and food & bills take priority over another pair of baby leggings & more cute nursery accessories. The great thing about babies is that people like to buy them gifts. And thanks to some very generous family & friends, John's wardrobe for the first year of his life was well stocked but when he started to out grow his lovely gifted clothes, I turned to eBay. Seeing how many of his clothes had hardly been worn due to how fast babies actually grow (sob!) I found myself not only selling some items but also buying things in the next size up too. Obviously, it's difficult to get everything John needs off eBay (hello, bidding wars) but even a few items can really save a fortune and stop me from abusing my Next Directory account!

And then along came David. I think I can count on my hand the amount of outfits I actually bought new for him. Bless him, my wee potato. I could allow myself to feel guilty that he's lived his life so far purely in his big brothers cast off's but honestly, he doesn't know any better; and he'll poop and spit on it just the same, as if it was brand new anyway! It's true - babies grow so quickly & spend such a small amount of time in each size of clothing that I just can't justify spending a fortune on new outfits when there's perfectly good ones with plenty of wear still in them, sitting in our bedroom cupboard. My god, I've turned into my mother!

What's better though, is when you receive hand-me-downs for John, particularly when they are as gorgeous as the ones we recently received from their Aunties friend. Not only are they quite possibly the most stylish clothes John has ever worn (just look at him!) but they're also in such great nick that David will get wear out of them too - double win! And given the rate he's growing, he'll probably be sharing them with John in just a matter of weeks. John's also over the moon with them, particularly since the bag included a selection of superhero outfits - what more could a 2 year old ask for?

Where do you stand on hand-me-downs? Do you love a bargain/freebie? Or are you all about the new? Let me know in the comments!


Friday, 3 October 2014

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney #DDDHMC

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney - Diddle Diddle Dumpling's Home Made Christmas
This is an emotional recipe. Delicious (oh, so delicious!), but you will honestly cry buckets whilst making it. I've had laser eye surgery and that was less painful than this recipe. 8 onions. You need to cut 8 onions. And after all that, you only get two jars of the stuff. Of course, you could easily double the recipe and get twice as much but I would highly recommend making two separate batches, should you need extra, as it's simply the easiest way to avoid excess tears. Now, I worry I've maybe put you off completely but this Red Onion Chutney is definitely worth the tears! Not only is this a very easy recipe & makes a great gift, it's also worth making just to keep a jar for yourself.

What You Need.   
8 Red Onions.
1 Red Chilli (de-seeded).
2 Bay Leaves.
25ml Olive Oil.
200g Soft Brown Sugar.
2 Tsp Mustard Seeds.
150ml Balsamic Vinegar.
150ml White Win Vinegar.
2-3 Jam Jars with lids (450g is ideal).

  1. Thinly slice & half your onions, finely chop your chilli and sterilise your jars.
  2. Pop the onions, chilli, bay leaves & olive oil into a large pan and allow to cook over a low heat for around 20 minutes
  3. When the onions start to caramelise, add the sugar, vinegars & mustard seeds.
  4. Allow the chutney to simmer for as long as needed. The original recipe states 30 minutes but I've never had a chutney that is ready in less than 2 hours. Trust me, it's worth the wait!
  5. Once the chutney has thickened, allow to cool for 10 minutes before spooning into your sterilised jars.
  6. Once sealed in it's jars, leave the chutney to mature for a least a month to get the very best flavours from it.

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Given the need for this chutney to mature, it's a great one to start preparing for a hand made Christmas right now. Plus it's perfect for cracking open on Christmas day to have with cheeses, for Turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day or like most preserves it'll keep for years (unopened) making it perfect for the warmer weather barbecues to have on burgers & sausage! And if you do decide to give it a go for yourself, remember and use the hashtag #DDDHMC to let me know how to get on!

Happy making!



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