Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wishing all my fellow blogger's a very healthy happy new year, thank you for sharing your day to day stories over the past year, thank you for recipes, letting me into your homes and garden's via photo's.
Thank you to the people that pass by and spending time reading my posts.
The word on my lips this new year eve is Thank you, above all a heartfelt Thank you to my family for the love they show me every day, I am truly humbled by their affection for me.
A  photo from Christmas, we cooked dinner for my mother in law and Louie's brother and partner. These two men are irish twins there is less than twelve months between them, Louie is the youngest of the two, he is on the left.

God Bless x

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Up bright and early...

Louie has worked all weekend, people are anxious to have their plastering finished before Christmas, it happens every year.
I was up bright and early as I wanted to go to the market in town for my organic veggies for Christmas. Our shops do not open until 10.00 am but the market stallholders start to set up at about 8-8.30 am. I was on the market for 8.30 it was lovely no crowds the church bell's were ringing. Driving there the sun was shining and I was listening to my new Elvis Presley c.d.
I bought parsnips, carrots, sprouts, beetroot, swede, garlic and a piece of ginger for when I juice.
I washed the parsnips and then put them in my green fridge bags they will stay fresh in them for up to two weeks :)
I bought a lot more than what's in the photo ha!
Yesterday my dad bought me a brace of pheasants Louie's favourite game bird he loves pigeon too.

I hung them in the garage but I noticed today that there were a couple of flies round them with the weather so mild, I had better set to it and pluck and dress them.

I decided to freeze one and roast one for dinner,
I buttered the bird and then covered  it in smoked bacon and added parsnips and a dry apple, he loved it with crusty bread.
Wishing you all a lovely evening x

Friday, 18 December 2015

Getting Festive, comfort food...

Day by day I add a little more Christmas décor to our home, I put the tree up.

 My book arrived,
This evening I made Leek and Potato soup using one of
the recipes,

I boiled a ham this week and with the last little bit that was left I chopped it up in my mega mix and sprinkled this on top, it was lovely.

The weather is still so mild, I took a drive today going past fields I could not believe it was a week before Christmas!!
Tomorrow I will make more mince pie's and I hope to make homemade ice cream.
Try not to panic about Christmas we still have a week to go :) God Bless x

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Getting prepared...

This Christmas we have opened our home to loved ones and friends, I am normally a very private girl at this time of the year. I am cooking on four different day's, this is my choice and I am looking forward to entertaining in our home, the food will be the best I can afford and cook, I am reading up using my lovely recipe books.
We had our grandson Lou lou man stay over at the weekend, this is a picture of himself eating his pancakes for breakfast sunday morning,
I spent sunday afternoon decorating the hallway,
This evening I made homemade burgers and once cooked I topped it with cranberry sauce, crispy bacon , brie and then grilled it under a hot grill. Louie loved it, he had two!! I struggled to eat half of one we have called it the Christmas burger :)
I am soaking a smoked ham in cold water tonight, I a going to try to make two or three meals from this.
Tomorrow is a busy day, I am going to deep clean the kitchen and put our tree up. I would like to fill a jar of homemade cookies but I will see how my day pans out.
The Homemade Christmas burger for meat lovers!

Have a lovely evening x

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Happy birthday Eliza :)

This is our granddaughter Eliza, she is one year's old today. This darling little girl is so gentle and such a good girl, we love her so much.
This time last year Louie was trying to come to terms with losing his eldest brother to suicide and amongst his pain this lovely little girl was born to our family and made our situation bearable.
I wanted to give her something personnel from me so I decided to crochet her a bunny, I loved making this bunny and would do a bit each night or in my case redo a bit each evening. I did not name her as I think Eliza will in time :)
Her Ga managed a surprise visit in between jobs, she did not like the flash on the camera.

Later Zoe and I took Eliza to the garden centre to see their Christmas decorations, she just loved it!

Such a lovely little girl x

Saturday, 5 December 2015

A quick chat...

Isn't Christmas time busy!! I really have tried to pull all tricks out of the hat to simplify this busy time, I have shopped online bought gifts that I think are meaningful and also what are needed, my ear's are on radar alert listening to the family in conversation trying to get idea's.
I have started to put little ornaments of Christmas here and there, this coming week I will make a special effort to try and complete the décor. This year there is a part of me that wants a real tree but then I get sad when Christmas is over and I watch Louie take the poor tree to the recycling tip.
I keep doing baking thinking that I will freeze my pie's but they seem to keep getting eaten :)
Last week my car died on me, the mechanic advised me not to spend money on it, so for nearly two week's my shopping habits changed, my two big girls helped me so much driving me to the shops but I did have to learn to live off what I had stored in the cupboard and freezer.
I have given my pantry a good clear out and bought a second hand shelving unit to put all my pots and pans on, order makes life so much easier. I am still canning our cooking apples and have run out of canning jars, I am slowly building up a largish collection.
Moving on swiftly to today, my middle daughter Jade found me a little car for sale in her village, it was her friends mum, so we arranged to go and look at it this lunch time. As soon as I saw it we knew it was a little gem of a car, a little smaller than I am use to but still seat's five and a good size boot, we bought it there and then, I am thrilled with it.
Tonight food stocks in our humble abode are running low so I have roasted tomato's, red sweet peppers, courgettes, red onions, celery and garlic in olive oil on a nice and slow oven. Once cooked I added my stock and whizzed it up in my blender then put it through my sieve. I also grated some parmesan cheese and made little biscuits to have with our soup.
I made apple and blackberry pie, I have some frozen berries in the freezer that I picked in October.
I am now in front of the woodburner listening to the wind outside we have a weather warning tonight for strong winds.
Before I go I just want to mention this lovely book I ordered, it arrived on Tuesday, its called " Little House Living" by Merissa A. Alink its beautifully written, please google it on Amazon.
Wishing you all a cosy evening x