September 2013


A new school year, the nights are drawing in, will we have an Indian Summer? I hope so, but for me, the children being back at school means I can get on with all those little jobs that have been left undone over the holidays.

It also gives me more time for some craft projects which have been mounting up! Plus my tomato plants are going into overdrive, time for some chutney!

23rd September

Some of you will have children/grandchildren/friends going back to University. Living in rented accommodation comes with its share of challenges and can be restrictive. For some great tips on personalising a rented place, read my post on How To Improve a Rental Property on a Tight Budget.

20th September

A tasty fish dish for Friday and real comfort food for when the days are getting shorter. Smoked Haddock Chowder fits the bill perfectly.

Smoked haddock chowder

11th September

My first craft project post “kids back to school”; last Christmas I received a gorgeous chocolate box which was too good to throw away, I have eventually turned it into a Jewellery box and am really pleased with the result- what do you think?

8th September

A lovely Sunday lunch or dinner recipe from my favourite (currently!) cookery book: Annabel Karmel’s 100 Family meals. Slow cooked Hungarian Beef Goulash is a delicious crowd pleaser. Today I’ll be serving it with a green salad and lots of crusty bread.

Gulyásleves Hungarian Goulash

6th September

A baking afternoon with my 10 year old son (well he baked a cake and I cleared up the mess!). I have to say I was pretty impressed with the result of his Chocolate Oreo Cake, it’s delicious and very easy to make.

3rd September

I am a magazine fiend, I’ve lost count of how many I subscribe to plus the extras I buy each month, I don’t really want to know how much it all adds up to! One thing I’ve noticed in my reading recently is that THE colour for Autumn/Winter this year is pink. I’m delighted as this is one of my favourites and I already have several items in my wardrobe. Pink is a pretty versatile colour when you think about it, it goes well with black, brown, blue, grey, white. However, the surprise for this year is that you need a pink coat! Not sure how practical a colour that is but the ones I’ve found are gorgeous, check them out here….

Pink coats for AW13, which is your fave?

1st September

I first made chutney last year and was really pleased with the result, I had an excess of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers and threw them all into the pot. Even if you just have a load of vegetables hanging around in the fridge you can give this a try….. Tomato Chutney.

Green tomato chutney recipe #recipe

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