Thursday, November 26, 2015

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

This amazing caramel sauce is good on anything, I mean anything. Apple slices, ice cream, cake, biscuits, or just be a glutton and eat it with a spoon.
I will be making a few little jars up for Christmas presents and it will be perfect in a little "sundae box' I'm making for some 'tweenages'* in our family that are impossible to buy for.

What you'll need:
1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup water
1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt

What to do:
Pop a large pot on high heat and place water and sugar in, wait until mixture boils and turns a caramel color (no stirring needed, but as it is so hard not to stick the spoon in and twirl it around, it doesn't hurt)

Pull the pot off the heat and gently stir in cream (the mixture will steam and bubble so be careful)
Then stir in vanilla* and salt and return to a low heat for another minute.

Pour into sterilized jars.

Will keep for about a month in an air tight jar in the cupboard.

*A tweenager is a 12-14 year old that I find impossible to buy for at Christmas/Birthday's because they usually have everything and more.

*On a few occasions I have swapped the vanilla for rum, orange essence, cinnamon and even peppermint... yum!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


We recently had a chance to test out some of the amazing new LATTJO range from IKEA, a collection that´s all about inspiring young and old to play together.
The Tangram puzzle really had Poppy thinking, she has spent hours working out all the different patterns she can make, following the ideas in the packaging as well as making up her own. The perfect game to get the mind working.

The Throwing Game was a crowd favorite, with Pop even joining in on the fun. My favorite part about The Throwing Game is that it comes completely flat packed (even the balls!), making for a great game to take traveling, camping, to the beach, or to the park. 

A great hand, eye coordination game for the twins, and you can make it as easy, or in Poppy's case, as hard as you want by adjusting the distance you stand from the cones.

Then there is the fantastic dress ups, what child doesn't love dressing up and roll playing, as I type this I have a very cheeky "mouse" crawling around my feet, and I love the 'Merv Hughes' style moustache that had us all in fits of laughter.   

We have only brushed the surface of this fantastic new range, and I can see many game nights in our future, where the whole family can get involved and enjoy each others company. 

Happy Thursday x

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


If I never see another roller again in my life I will be happy.

Last weekend and this week is all about the paint.

Cutting in, painting walls, roofs, skirting board, doors and the list goes on and on and on...

But aren't we lucky to have so many helping hands, our parents, friends and all the children have had a go at a wall or two, and as they say, many hands make light work.

Today the twins go to care so I will be on the roller again, but this time, I won't be stopping to take children to the toilet, get fifty million snacks, fix broken toys, kiss sore knees from bike crashes or worry about little hands on the wet walls. Hopefully we smash it out today and I never have to see a roller again!

Happy Tuesday x

Monday, November 9, 2015

Jelly lollies

I have seen these sweet little jelly treats floating around a few blogs lately and thought I would give them a try.

They were a big hit with the children, and as they set so quickly, they are the perfect thing to make with impatient little ones.

Mix one packet of jelly crystals with 1/2 cup coconut cream and 2 tbs of gelatin, microwave for one minute, give a little stir and then place into molds and into fridge. They should set in about 15 minutes ad be ready for eating.

Happy Monday x

Friday, November 6, 2015

Broad Beans

In the last few weeks of Winter, I would watch the broad beans get a beating from the frosts and think that there is no way they would come back from it.

But they did, stronger than ever, and they have all sprouted at once, big fat juicy  beans, ready for picking, and ready for my little helpers to pod.

These beans were for a salad, I added tomato, onion, feta, blanched broad beans and a squeeze of lemon juice and served it with some delicious trout.

A beautiful dinner grown from our own garden, how lucky we are to eat such fresh produce.

Happy Friday! x

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Strawberry and coconut ice creams

We still had a few bags of Strawberries in the freezer from last year and with the weather warming up I thought they would be perfect for making some yummy ice creams with.

I let the strawberries thaw out a little bit, popped them in the blender with a can of coconut milk and poured them into molds, then set over night in the freezer.

How easy is that!! I have made these with lots of frozen fruits before, blueberries, mango, banana, you get the idea.

Perfect for an after dinner treat*.

Happy Wednesday. x

*This is an old photo of Alexis last summer, where has this little girl gone!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


This week she lost her second front tooth, We really have to hide our smirks when she says her "s's" with her new toothless lisp. She is a sensitive soul, and always thinking of others.

My little trouble maker, always talking for her brother and telling everyone what to do. Very self-assured my girl.

Say's he 'missed me' after I check the mail at the front gate for 2 minutes, would quiet happily sit and snuggle all night. My loving little boy.