Making Ginger bread….

I’m not sure why but I am feeling festive so much earlier this year, the excitement waves keep hitting me and the diary is rapidly getting booked up with Christmas parties and events; I’m almost a little scared that this spirit needs to stay put for quiet a while until the end of December!

A couple weeks ago I had an itch to cook up some ginger bread biscuits and haven’t stopped making them ever since, so I thought I’d share this simple recipe in case anyone wants to whip up a batch and get those lovely festive baking smells filling the house!

Also I did let Sonny get involved when making some Halloween skeleton men something that if you read my last post you’ll know is a big step…..it was an easy mum/toddler baking experience following these instructions….

Ingredients

  • 150g Muscovado sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbs golden syrup
  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 tsp Ginger

Method

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 and line some baking trays with parchment
  • Cream the butter and sugar together
  • Add the eggs and the syrup and mix well to combine
  • Add in the dry ingredients and with a wooden spoon mix well to form a delicious dough
  • Flour your surface and roll out the dough in sections ready to cut your biscuit shapes
  • Pop in the oven for 10 minutes, leave to cool before icing as desired

You can have loads of fun cutting shapes and creating a twist on the ol’ ginger bread man classic!

Enjoy

Love Harriet x

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Being a Yes mum…

I love arts, I love crafting but I don’t really love doing it with a toddler.

I realise that messy play is so vital and amazing for a childs development and such a fantastic way to allow them to express themselves but once that first paint pot is tipped over and crayon is all over the wooden dining table my heart sinks a little, its not that fun for me anymore and I can feel my stress levels rising!

I am having an internal battle, I really don’t want to be a mum that’s shadowing their child, cloth in hand, wiping up the crumbs, mud and marks but I also cant shake off my ‘I like things neat and organsied personality’ so I am trying to adapt and meet in the middle.

Paint is for nursery or toddler groups but crayons and colouring pencils (under supervision) can be for home. Playdough is cool but one colour at a time, I mean why would you mix up the colours??!

Water play fine but lets cover the area in towels first. Glitter ohhh haven’t got to that yet but I feel a firm NO not at home coming on!

Baking, tricky as if you read my blog you know I love to bake and you’ll know that its my therapy so that’s something I need to find middle ground on, perhaps we’ll start with crispy cakes and not expect a 3 tier Vicky sponge just yet but for now baby steps as that’s my thing!

Something that I am not a party pooper about is outdoor play. Mud and puddles are no problem, I love being outside, fresh air really is needed for us all plus Sonny can be entertained for ages with a toy digger, dumper and pile of stones, clothes can be washed and hands will be clean after.    Recently we went to one of our favourite parks to be greeted with a massive puddle, what did my 2 year old do??…jump in it of course! Cue the looks of 2 families wearing what looked like their best clothes giving me horrified glances! The wellies were on and spare clothes in the car so what’s the point in spending an hour trying to run and pull Sonny away from the puddle, getting myself into a stressed sweaty mess when Ian and I could stand back and see how happy walking through a puddle over and over again made him?!

Saying Yes carry on, have fun and not worrying about the mess and clean up operation after felt really good. My challenge is to be more of a ‘Yes’ mum, I will practice more and more on the crafty side so you never know there maybe hope for some glitter yet?

Love Harriet x

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Why does an orange ‘autumnal’ eye shadow make me look like I’ve been punched in the eye?

Switching up the light pink lipsticks and the nude eyeshadow for an autumnal-hue-eye look is OH SO appealing right now,  a step into a different season with a little change in the wardrobe so why not a little re-evaluation on the make up side?

Problem is, the on trend orange/ dark brown/ dark pink eye looks amazing on everyone else, I mean Zoella is the queen of this look and Scarlett Johansson rocks it effortlessly but on me it looks like I have either been a victim of a punch or kept up all night resulting in a red sore eyes?

I know at least in Scarlett’s case a make up artist has spent ages seamlessly blending, layering and using expert techniques to get this look just right but for me, I think it proves that I should stick to what I know, a flick of liner, a fresh complexion and when I remember a slick of lippie but that doesn’t mean I cant Pinterest my favourite autumn make up looks in the hope that one day I can master the look worthy of an Anastasia BH pallet.

I think this is just going to have to be an autumn trend I let pass, for now I will stick to my Berry lip where I feel safe, secure and have blogged previously here

Let me know if you have mastered this look, I will keep practising!

Love Harriet x

 

 

 

Love Harriet x

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Bovey Castle our Afternoon tea spot this weekend

October, the month that brings lots of birthdays, not only my lovely Mum but 2 of my closest friends, both called Laura, both 30 this year, both amazing and both deserving something extra special to celebrate this milestone!

Bovey Castle was the perfect place to gather the group and enjoy an afternoon giggling, sipping tea and indulging in sugary treats until we hit coma status. The smartly dressed waitresses greeted our table with plates of delicate deliciously filled finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones with lashings of cream and jam plus a cake layer to put a smile on even Paul Hollywoods face…we were in our complete element, 100% my happy place!

Bovey with its 5 star AA and luxury listing was amazing from start to finish, from the valet parking through to the velvet chairs in the dining room the vibe of the hotel felt so much more welcoming then I had experienced in previous years, a castle can easily feel stuffy but Bovey felt light, friendly and glam! The afternoon flew by in a haze of giggles, stories and present opening and even though it was typical blustery October weather, we still managed to soak up the views of the Moors

 

 

 

An afternoon with my girls was exactly what I needed and Bovey Castle played the most perfect host!

Love Harriet x

 

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Tips for Visiting a new mum…..

With 5 of my friends expecting from December onwards, its not only got me excited for some major newborn cuddles and catching a whiff of that new baby scent but its also got me thinking about the rules and things that are helpful or in some cases not helpful when visiting a new mum in the throws of that just-given-birth haze and bubble that is like no other.

Of course once that ‘He’s/She’s arrived!’ text is sent, friends and family are eagerly penciling in slots to come and meet the new arrival often forgetting to stop and realise that the parents are at best often in a sleeplessness shocked state, starving because they haven’t got the energy to step foot in the kitchen, wearing maternity PJs and feeling generally a bit blurred!

I remember so vividly putting off visitors knocking at my door for a couple of days….apart from our parents, we needed them! The thought of making endless pots of tea whilst still sore and recovering from birth just didn’t seem right especially when if you’re like me and like to be in control, I just knew I wouldn’t be able to sit back! Definitely text your friend congratulations and offer support but leave it so they will tell you when they are ready for a visit.

Once I was ready for the world to meet our teeny tiny baby, the gesture of bringing something edible was so very welcome, in fact even better on two separate occasions friends came and cooked for me which blew me away! I didn’t realise at the time but it was exactly what I needed and its one of those things that sticks clearly in my mind and meant so much to me!

Sonny was lucky to have so many people wanting newborn cuddles he would get passed around so much so that he’d get sick of being held and liked to get put back in his moses, this meant  I often sacrificed my cuddles with him and once the house was quiet again I felt like I had missed out. It’s something I have tried to be conscious of when I visit babies now as those first weeks flyby and before you know it you have a toddler who is too busy exploring to cuddle!!

Cleaning, this is something I’ve heard mentioned on loads of blogs, family members coming over to whizz the hoover round, help with some chores and its a great idea however, I also wanted to feel like I was still able to do normal things and try and get myself back into my day to day life so its definitely a welcome gestured and great for anyone who like a C-section needs longer recovery time but don’t be offended if the duster isn’t thrust upon you, maybe the new parents actually want a ‘normal’ routine jobs to do.

I really struggled to sleep when the baby slept, not just the early days but generally throughout my maternity leave, It felt like there was so much to do in those precious windows of time prep dinner, quick scrub of the bathroom or even just to have a shower, so when my mum popped in one day to take Sonny for a walk, it felt like a massive relief, buying me some extra time to complete job and maybe squeeze in a little nap.

It’s important to remember that everyone asks about the new baby, of course they will, I mean you’ve all waited 9 months to meet them but don’t forget to check on the new mum and dad, they often haven’t had time to think about themselves so just a quick chat and put some focus back on them will go a long way trust me!

Just remember to call ahead before rocking up, bring some milk with you..the amount of cuppas you make for these visits is crazy and be ready to offer lots of hugs!

Enjoy that new baby smell…

Love Harriet x

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