Pea and Broccoli Pancakes

G’s weaning journey started with purees and mush, and has expanded ever since. He still enjoys a mushy meal, cottage pie/spag bol etc, just with a few more lumps than there used to be. But he also enjoys a lot of finger food, and is ‘baby leading’ himself to whatever is on our plates!

I’ve been trying to come up with a lot more ideas for his meals lately, and stuff I can make in bulk so there’s always a stash on hand. After a quick Pinterest search I found a few recipes for veggie fritters/pancakes, and used them for inspiration to use what I had in the house, to make these vividly green pancakes.

200g peas (frozen)

150g broccoli (frozen)

2 eggs

1 cup plain flour

¾ teaspoon baking powder

¼ red onion

1 tablespoon lemon juice (I used a bottle)

1 tablespoon rosemary oil (plain oil would be fine too)

I microwave the peas and broccoli until they were defrosted, then literally just chucked it all in the food processor, and blended it all up.

If you would prefer them to be a bit chunkier, blitz half of the peas and broccoli with everything else and then pulse in the rest of them so you have a chunkier texture.

Fry tablespoons of the mixture in a little bit of oil or butter, or like I did on the George Foreman hotplate.

These can be served straightaway whilst still warm, or can be left to cool.

I made a big batch of these to bag up for the freezer, now I just take a few out when needed and microwave for 30 seconds or so.

Do you batch cook foods for your littles? What are their favourites?

Mrs H xxx

My First Mothers Day 

I love this little person more than I could ever explain. I am so grateful, everyday, that he made me a Mum, the only job I’ve wanted. 

Everyday is new and the same all at once. Sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But mostly it’s lovely, and funny, and tiring.

It isn’t always easy but the hugs and kisses erase all the not so great stuff. 

It won’t always be happy, but it won’t always be sad. 

But I’ll always be Mum. And I’ll always love. 

Love you crazy billions baby boy. Forever. 

Mrs H xxx

Holiday Wish List – Airport Edition

In 7 weeks we are jetting off on our first family holiday abroad! I am so excited to get us all (grandparents included) into the sunshine, it’s nearly all I can think of! What to wear, what to take, what to pack, and now it’s getting closer, I feel that I can justify all the over thinking and list making!

G’s wardrobe for the week is almost completely sorted thanks to Marks and Spencer, Mothercare (and a very lovely Nanny!), including a new swimsuit and matching swim hat. Just a few bits and pieces and he’ll be sorted. My weekly wardrobe is on hold until closer to the time, due to the weight I’m trying to lose, so I want to see how that goes before I buy anything new. However I’m pretty sure there’s enough in the attic that I don’t fit into (at the moment – let’s hope that changes!).

So for now I’m mainly thinking airport. Travel outfits, carryon bags and what to pack in them are filling my head!


Carryon bag – Why are there no rucksack style nappy bags!? I think a rucksack is going to be the best option for airport travel, no risk of it slipping off my shoulder whilst running for the gate! Now I know you’ll probably say “why not just use a normal rucksack?” and I haven’t ruled it out, but I love all the sections of my messenger nappy bag, and how easy the side pockets make reaching for a bottle etc, so I’ve really been searching for a rucksack style nappy bag. But I’ve only found ONE on eBay!! It’s the made in china kind, which isn’t a bad thing, but you can never see the quality before it arrives. I also can’t believe that I can’t find anything in any shops or online that in the UK! If you know something I’m missing, please let me know!


Baby travel outfit – Our flight is at 7am, which means we’ll be leaving the house to get there at about 4am. So I’m thinking it’s going to be more pj/comfy style, but I’d like to layer it up a bit more than just babygrow. I’m still looking for THE outfit, but I’m liking a joggers and t-shirt combo, so that it’s comfy enough to sleep in, but doesn’t look totally like pjs. Then I’m hoping to get an onesie (more adult type styled) to go over the top, and some comfy soft soled shoes/slippers. Hopefully this will keep G cosy but stylish!


Carrier – In my perfect airport scenario, G will sleep from car to check in, and wake up at his normal time, mid flight. Ok, I’m not deluded, I know that this is unlikely and I’ll probably be chasing him around the waiting area until we board, but I’m taking a carrier just in case perfection can be achieved! We have a Papoozle carrier, which I love, but I’m dreaming of something a bit sturdier for the holiday. My dream product is the new Ergo 360. I’ve heard great things about the original ergo, but the fact that this one can face out and still keep baby in an ergonomic position and less likely to cause hip dysplasia is fantastic news for this mumma and her nosey little guy! I know this would be great for day trips whilst on holiday, and when we’re home too. But as great as this product sounds, it comes with a fairly hefty price tag! So for now I’m still on the search for something else (and sad that Ergobaby’s comp for a 360 is open to US residents only!).

So those are the 3 main things I’m thinking of for the airport. Next is to start thinking of what to pack in that carry on (hopefully stylish rucksack!).

What are your travel dream products? What do I need to think about packing? Any tips or tricks?

Mrs H xxx

Happy and Getting Healthier

Among my New Year’s resolutions was the obligatory ‘lose weight’. Except I want it to be more than just about how much I weigh, I want it to be about health and fitness too. I have a ridiculously over active 9 month old baby boy (he’s almost 10 months but I’m pretty much in denial) who is on the verge of walking. I struggle keeping up with him as it is, let alone when he starts sprinting off somewhere!

I broke down my overall weight loss into goals, the first one I reached and was very happy. But the second one I missed, by miles! And with the third goal set for the end of April (ready for our first family holiday abroad!) I really needed to make some bigger changes to my lifestyle. Calorie counting and extra walking just hasn’t been cutting it.

So this week I’ve gone back to the gym. When I say back, I mean I used to go for about a year before my wedding, and haven’t really been since. Just a 3 and a half year break…. although I did manage to fit pregnancy and post c-section into that. But still, enough is enough. So I’m back on the curves circuit, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I’ve even joined in with the monthly ‘squats and thigh’ challenge. I’m hoping to get myself a Polar or fitbit watch to help monitor my calorie burn more accurately to. If eBay is my friend that is!

I’m still sticking with the weight goals I’ve set for now, but I am prepared to adjust, as I’m also hoping to build muscle and I know this can affect how much I weigh. Mostly I’m hoping to lose a lot of inches and hopefully a dress size or two by the next goal.

And just as a recap, here are my goals as they started at the beginning of January.

Current weight (1st Jan 15) – 202lb Goal weight – 150lb

Goal 1 – 194lb by 29th January (made it)

Goal 2 – 182lb by 1st March (failed…big time)

Goal 3 – 166lb by 25th April (on my way!)

Goal 4 – 158lb by 23rd May

Goal 5 – 150lb by 1st July

Goal 6 – MAINTAIN!!!

Like I said, these may need to adjust due to muscle weight, especially as currently about 3% of my body is muscle!

Here’s to a healthier me :)

Mrs H xxx