20 Oct 2017

Make Your Own Soda Bread - Australian Damper bread

Lately I've been having some problems eating shop brought bread but for me it's a bit of a staple. I love bread of all descriptions so I'm again making some Australian Damper bread. It's such an easy bread to make and one that the kids can get involved in which is really good because that means they'll also eat it!

Australian Damper bread is a traditional type of soda bread created in the outback and cooked on a camp fire and uses the most basic ingredients - flour, oil (sometimes milk), salt and that's it.

I have a huge (huge) bag of self raising flour which I got by accident as I already had a small bag still unused - thought I didn't already have one so it's just been sat there waiting for the right recipe. Today was the day and it was so simple to make and cooked in 30 minutes. I'm going to make more so I'll probably crack open the big bag sooner than expected because this goes amazingly well with soup and as it gets colder I do love to eat soups and slow cooked meals with lots of sauce to get mopped up with bread.

We had it for lunch with cheese and pickles and even Bubba liked it, my little man was a little less willing to try it but once he did he was a convert to.

Australian Damper Bread

  • 450g Self Raising Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 225ml warm water


I then added Rosemary and sundried tomatoes to make it really nice although you can leave these out and it still tastes amazing.
  • 3 Sprigs finely chopped rosemary
  • 75g Olives or sundried tomatoes

Stir all together with wooden spoon and then make into a smooth dough, it needs to roughly be a circular flat (ish) loaf, add markings, as below, using the base of a wooden spoon and put in oven on 200 degrees for 30 minutes until nice and crunchy.

Score with end of wooden spoon
End result, a yummy soda bread


16 Oct 2017

Five Great Ways to Simplify Your Mum Life

With our lives getting busier and busier and the children seemingly having better social lives than us, I find it increasingly hard to keep up with everything. So seeing as I love a good list at the best of times I decided to get myself organised and write it all down. Below are my top five tips on getting organised in a family setting (next week I'll show you how I organise myself with a Bullet Journal). So grab a coffee and a notepad or planner and we can get started.


13 Oct 2017

Halloween Monster Rice Krispie Cake Treats

I always remember sitting in my best friends kitchen when her Grandma came down from York watching as she made us all some toffee Krispie cakes. We'd eagerly sit there waiting for them to cool down enough to stuff the stringy warm toffee and marshmallow treats into our little mouths. So when I wanted to make some monsters for Halloween I knew these would work perfectly and asked my bestie if I could use this recipe (her only caveat was that I send some of the finished monsters round to her).

These are so easy to make with the kids too so everyone is a winner and the very best bit is that you get to eat them as soon as you like and they store well for a few days. My little monsters don't like anything too scary at the moment so we went with some simple edible eyes but you could also add different food colourings or chocolate to make them more spooky for Halloween.


11 Oct 2017

Inspiring Books For Young Girls (& boys)

My girl has gone through some anxiety struggles lately and has been having a bit of a rough time, so I've been trying to inspire and uplift her whenever I can. So I'm always on the look out for books we can read at bedtime (& ones her little brother can appreciate too), I thought I'd let you know what are our four current favourites and now on a bedtime rota of their own. I'm always on the look out for more books because they really help Bubba an we love a good bedtime story so I'll be doing regular features of the new books we find - for 6yr olds and 3yr olds.


9 Oct 2017

5 Quick Stress Relief Tips for Busy Mums

As I've now hit the big 4.0 I've found my body has started behaving differently than before and I'm finding how I deal with stress has changed too. Before I could manage more stress and it didn't affect me but now it seems that my stress is manifesting itself as physical symptoms so I'm having to find ways to manage it. Mine are appearing in the form of migraines and also Irritable bowel Syndrome - until I actually got these and linked them back to stress, I wouldn't have believed it myself.

Lots of the advice I came across just didn't work for my lifestyle, with two small children, multiple school runs and a business that takes up evenings I couldn't just drop everything and do some stress busting hot yoga or take myself off for a long walk. So below are my five top tips on how I get a little stress relief in my life at the moment.


6 Oct 2017

Meals Made Easy with Gousto Delivery

I was recently very lucky to win three Gousto box deliveries in a competition and couldn't wait to test out our first one. In the last few years lots of recipe delivery services have popped up where you can choose from a list of recipes and then the company send all the fresh ingredients for you to prepare at home.

Gousto pride themselves on using fresh, British ingredients and after receiving our first box we can't argue with this. I purposely went for meal options that we wouldn't normally make, as I see myself as a fairly adventurous cook at home anyway, so no pasta dishes for us. We wanted to try sauces that we wouldn't normally make ourselves and we weren't disappointed.


2 Oct 2017

Top Five 'Organising the Week' Tips for Mums

Once you have more than one child and you have to add School runs into the mix, life needs to stay organised so everyone gets to where they should be. So to help you get out the door on time each morning I've put together our top five tips which get us through the week and out the door so we all make it to School and work on time. We've all got our family flash points but with this simple set of tips you can definitely minimise them on busy school mornings. I'll start with the most important thing you need to do;

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