10 tips for quick dinners

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While I was working I usually got in the door at about 5.30 and had dinner on the table for 6.10. Any later than that and it wouldn’t have been fair on the girls eating so close to bedtime. We did go through a phase of making dinner the evening before but to be honest it felt like there was no break from cooking, heating etc that we stopped bothering with that. And I know lots of people stock pile dinners at the weekends but I found time so precious at the weekends that I wasn’t interested in spending the weekend slaving over the cooker. So it came down to speed cooking in the evenings and it actually worked quite well. So here are some of the tips that worked for us. Continue reading

The first week as a stay at home mum

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I should preface this by saying I’m not going to update this every week with a low down on how thing as a stay at home mum are going. But for the fun of it I’ll do one update. I’m a week in, and it’s much like being on maternity leave BUT without a tiny baby and distinctly more sleep and sanity. It’s been a truly lovely week and it’s been so busy! It’s been the simple things I’ve enjoyed the most, showers at 10.30am, the quiet satisfaction of having a nice dinner on the table that I had the time to make using a cook book, the giggles, jumping in muddy puddles and being on top of the washing come Saturday morning.  Continue reading

Lunch for the family

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Our two girls love soup. I relied on them heavily as an easy lunch while I was on maternity leave with the two; it didn’t require much thought or attention but was a healthy lunch for myself and the toddler. I made this (lightly!) spiced carrot soup recently and my toddler told me it was ‘delicious’. The smallest lady had her beak open for it too so I thought it might be a useful, easy lunch idea to share! I’ve made a similar version of this with parsnips and the girls loved that too.

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