I’m Back, Take Two

Well that ‘come back’ was fairly short lived wasn’t it?! Had a bit of an issue when my laptop died, I just can’t write long enough posts on my phone, make my eyes go squirmy and there’s a lot of spelling mistakes

Anyway, I seem to be back up and running laptop wise, so fingers crossed I’m good from now on!!

Last time I posted about my weekly wishes, which were: finish a craft project, plan our winter survival, and take 5 month photos and meal plan more. I’m pretty pleased to say that I managed all of these!

The craft one I may have stretched the meaning a little, as I finished a really small project and not any of the bigger ones I wanted to, but technically I finished.

I’m going to be posting my winter survival later, it’s not as drastic as it sounds, but we’re rumoured to be having a really bad winter. I don’t know if this is true, but I do know that we’re a one car family and Mr H has a LOT of work on, so I’d rather be prepared than left home with the baby and running out or needing to go to the shops for something.

I didn’t take as many 5 month photos as I’d have liked, Baby H has had (and still has) a stinking cold, so his patience was limited, but I got enough. And now it’s almost time to take 6 month photos! Excuse me whilst I take a moment to cry in a corner somewhere!

I’m getting a little better at meal planning, not quite perfect, but certainly thinking about it more, and that’s what I wanted. I’m also going to start planning Baby H’s meals for the week so I stop guessing what to give him or what he’s already eaten.

Ok, so I like to post my weekly wishes on a Monday and have all week to work on them, so I’m not going to make any on this post, I’ll just get round to posting everything else I have planned and get back to wishes next week!

 

Mrs H xxx

I’m coming back, promise!

My laptop has died! I think it’s only temporary so I will be posting in the next few days. I’ve written up a few posts already so once it’s back working I’ll be able to post fairly quickly. I can’t write that much on my phone, I don’t think it would end well!

Please come back soon!

Mrs H xxx
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Weekly Wishes 13th October 2014

The Nectar Collective

Hey blog land, I’ve missed you! There are no excuses; I just haven’t got back into writing since we went on holiday, despite planning to write a holiday diary! Ah well, I’m not sorry, I might not have been ‘productive’ but I’ve been snuggling my baby boy, and who can argue with that!

Well it’s Monday, I’m back at the laptop, thought I’d kick the week off with some wishes.

Finish a craft project – I have so many on the go at the moment, I’m not expecting to get them all finished this week, but I think at least one is a reasonable goal!

Plan our winter survival – I started thinking about this over the last few days, but a blog post by smileyandkids.blogspot.co.uk has inspired me to actually get stuff together, and get some kit organised.

Take 5 month photos – I can’t believe I just typed that. 5 months? Seriously?!

Meal plan more – I’ve been roughly meal planning for the last couple of weeks, I’m not great at planning the whole week in advance and sticking to specific days, as I usually don’t ‘fancy’ whatever it is on that day. So I’m trying to figure out roughly what we’ll eat for the week and being able to choose from the selection on the day. The last few days I’ve lapsed, and I’m starving! So I need to plan some more, and get stocked up. This would also help with my winter survival wish too.

Ok, so let’s see how it goes!

Good luck with your weeks and wishes,

Mrs H xxx

Snail Mail, I Miss You!

    As much as I love using the Internet for blogging and social media (and I do!) there is a part of me that misses getting good old fashioned snail mail. It would be nice to get something interesting in the post, instead of just bills and junk mail.

   When I was about 6 we moved to a different city, and my best friend and I used to write to each other in between our trips to visit, and sleepovers. We used to tell each other what was going on in our lives, family, friends, school, and we’d draw each other pictures or write stories about our imaginary adventures.

   Although there’s a lot of talking, commenting, sharing pictures online, and I do feel like I know my Instagram girlies better than some of my real life friends, there’s still something special about taking the time to write, draw, make something, package it up nicely and deliver it to the postbox. I think that’s why if I ever make anything as a gift or to sell, I always like to include a handwritten label or thank you note, and take the time to make it a bit more personal.

   What do you think? Do you miss snail mail too? Or do you prefer to email? Do you have pen pals or are you looking for one?

 

Mrs H xxx

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Blackberry Crumble

 

It’s only August, but the weather is already cooling, and with the glorious sunshine and heat we’ve been having it seems even colder than it really is. I’m looking forward to autumn but I’m not ready to give up on summer yet, at least not before our holiday at the beginning of September.

However the last few weeks the hedgerows have been starting to give out their free fruits, I love blackberry picking and having a freezer full to last through winter. Lots of jam and fruit flavoured alcohol planned for Christmas presents this year.

Needing a little warming up this evening, I spared a few blackberries for the first fruit crumble I’ve made since I was in high school. And apparently it wasn’t too bad! Mr H even said it was as good, maybe even better than his Gran’s! High praise indeed! But if any of our family is reading this, don’t tell her, I’m not risking her not cooking for us again!

 

Crumble Topping

6oz plain flour

2oz butter (at room temperature)

3oz sugar

Blackberry Filling

1lb blackberries

6 tbsp sugar

Vanilla extract

 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/350F/gas 4
  2. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and rub in the butter using your finger tips until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar.
  4. In a heatproof dish tumble in the blackberries (you can use straight from frozen) and sprinkle over the sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract. There’s no need to add any liquid as the blackberries will let out their own juice when they cook.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble mix over the blackberries and spread the topping evenly, but don’t press it down.
  6. Cook on a high shelf for 30-40 minutes until an light golden brown

 

Enjoy hot or cold and with plenty of custard, cream or both!

 

Mrs H xxx

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