25.06

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Happy weekend, my friends! I’m so pleased today to be sharing a round up of the lovely blogs currently linked in my sidebar- they’re just brilliant, each and every one of them! Do click through to each blog in turn, and leave a little comment saying ‘hi’. I’m sure you’re going to just love them…

A Bookish Baker
I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Helen’s blog, over the past few weeks. It’s absolutely *beautiful*- a celebration of slow living, rural life, and the charm of the English seasons. A Bookish Baker contains a whole range of posts, from updates on Helen’s expanding brood of chickens (so many baby chicks to coo over!), delicious looking recipes, and a beautiful series entitled ‘The Seasons Outside my Back Door’, which I just adore. This month, Helen’s shared with us a beautiful post entitled ‘Embracing a Slower Life’ (a must-read for us all, I think!), has posted photos and news of the sweet baby chicks, and has shared updates on the season as she sees it in her beautiful back garden. You’re going to just adore A Bookish Baker, I know it.
Favourite post of the past month? Embracing a Slower Life.

Silverspoon London
It’s been a distinctly foodie month over on Silverspoon London, and I’ve just loved reading all of Angie’s reviews and recommendations as they’re always so incredibly informative and well written! This month, Angie’s shared her thoughts on Heston’s pub restaurant ‘The Hinds Head’ in Bray (I’ve been once before, and now am desperate to go back!), eaten a delicious Peruvian meal at Señor Ceviche, and posted a break down of the most delicious looking Japanese ‘kaiseki’ meal that she enjoyed in Kyoto, Japan! All of Angie’s posts are beautifully photographed and so well-researched, and her site is truly a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to plan their next luxury meal or trip. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? Three Michelin Starred Kaiseki cuisine at Kikunoi, Kyoto.

The Dubai Diaries
The Dubai Diaries is such a fun blog to follow along with, and I’m so glad to have been introduced to it over the past couple of months! Rachel works as a flight attendant, and so spends her days jetting from country to country with Dubai as her current home base. The Dubai Diaries is where Rachel keeps a record of all her adventures, so you can imagine how varied and exciting her content is! This month, Rachel’s enjoyed a relaxing couple of days on the beaches of Mauritius (all dreamy white sands and turquoise sea!), explored the city of Bologna, and, most excitingly, got to experience a safari in Nairobi’s National Park! It’s so fun getting to see snapshots of so many different destinations via Rachel’s blog, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite reads!
Favourite post of the past month? On Safari in Nairobi National Park.

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22.06

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S T A C K   +   D R I Z Z L E .

The joys of this pancake recipe were revealed to me this weekend, and quite by accident.

I’d woken up on Sunday with a hankering for proper American pancakes, and then realised that tragedy had struck and we were out of eggs! I turned straight to my phone to look up ideas for egg-free pancake recipes (nothing *too* virtuous- it was a Sunday, after all!, and came across this promising looking one from Food Hero.

‘Let’s give it a go’ I thought, ‘they might turn out alright!’ and headed downstairs to the kitchen…

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And the results, it turned out, were better than just ‘alright’. These are easily some of the tastiest pancakes I’ve ever, EVER had!

The texture is lighter than light, and reminds me of the delicious Scotch pancakes I used to eat toasted and spread with butter as a post-school snack as a child. And even though I used almond milk in place of cow’s milk (hence the ‘accidental vegan-ness’ of this recipe) and they’re without the usual egg or two you’d find in an American pancake recipe, they rise like a dream!

In fact, they feel positively virtuous compared to the pancakes I’d usually treat myself to on a Sunday, when the mood strikes!

But enough of the chat, because I’m sure you’re convinced. Let’s get to the recipe!

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Recipe tweaked (minimally) from Food Hero. Serves two. Or one, whatever floats your boat…

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1tbsp sugar
Pinch salt
1 cup almond milk (though any non-dairy milk would work, I should think)
2tbsp vegetable/melted coconut oil
1tsp vanilla extract
2-3 extra tbsp almond milk to thin the mixture as necessary

- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and then add in the almond milk, oil, and vanilla and whisk again until just combined.

- Add in the extra almond milk a tablespoon at a time until you’ve achieved a smooth dropping consistency.

- Heat a small amount of coconut oil or vegetable oil a large non-stick frying pan set over a medium flame, and then spoon in rounds of the batter a couple of tablespoons at a time.

- Cook for a minute or so, until bubbles form on the top of the pancake and the underside is set, then flip and cook until the second side is golden.

- Serve with syrup, yoghurt, fresh fruit, and/or compote! (To make the compote shown here, simply soften a couple of handfuls of frozen summer berries in a small pan with a splash of syrup to take away the tartness!)

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p.s. Quilted bed throw is from Next, blue-edged plates are from John Lewis, and the tray is an old one from Sainsbury’s but an alternative is linked below!

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17.06

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F R O Y O   F O R   A L L !

You know how Jason and I like to grab the odd lunch hour date together, when we’re both in Guildford at the same time? Well, Wednesday was one of those happy days!

I’ve been craving all things frozen recently (fruit lollies, Magnums, ice in my drinks…) and so suggested to Jason that, once we’d finished walking the dogs and dropped them back off at the offices, we nipped up to Snog for a couple of portions of fro-yo.

And, clearly, he was down with the idea! So we went, we Snogged, and we walked back along eating our frozen yoghurt in complete contentment.

Oh, and Jason got to listen to a full 45 minutes of non-stop chat about my concerns over having enough of the right sized sleepsuits for after baby arrives, and also about my love for the ripped up boyfriend jeans I’m wearing in these photos.

Isn’t he just so lucky? ;)

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14.06

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1 2   W E E K S   A N D   C O U N T I N G .

You’ll have to excuse me if this post isn’t even vaguely coherent. I had pretty much the worst night’s sleep ever last night (sure I’ll be looking back and saying something quite different about a night that at least involved 4 and a half hours straight sleep come September, though…;), and was awake from 5 onwards.

It’s all the fault of Papa John’s- stupid salty greasy food eaten late left me dehydrated and restless all night long! Serves me right being too lazy to cook yesterday…

Anyway.

Up until yesterday evening, this is what our front bedroom looked like. Piled high with boxes and bags of baby things, stacks of tiny outfits filling every corner, and a Moses basket that’s become a storage container for yet more of the bits we’ve accumulated over the past few months.

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I’m not even all that sure why I fancied documenting the mess that is our nursery in progress (the mess that I actually did tidy just a little…okay, loads…to make photo-ready) here on my blog, but it just felt important!

Sometimes I worry about things needing to look so *polished* to be blog-worthy, but I was reminiscing recently about how fun it used to be a few years ago, when I first started blogging, just to capture memories without worrying about marketability and maintaining the absolute highest photographic standards and styling things until they look like something out of a magazine 24/7. Because these are the things that just get clean in the way of creativity and productivity, right?!

And I thought-  for goodness sakes, I want to recapture that old feeling of freedom!

So, here we are, for my own personal records more than anything else. Our almost nursery!

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We actually cleared out the room a little and put together our nursery furniture last night. It was delivered yesterday morning and I spent the whole day having to shift the giant boxes around just to squeeze in and out of doors and up and down the stairs, so Jason and I were on a mission by the time he got home from work in the early evening!

I’m a little daunted at how teeny that space feels now it’s been filled with our beautiful new furniture (do you ever feel like that, when you put a new piece of furniture in a room? That because it’s new, it’s all you can look at and so it feels huge?) but they’re the most perfect pieces and I’m so excited to get organising all the baby things we’ve been collecting this year.

And once we’ve popped the Moses basket up in the loft until we need it (it’s a family hand-me-down we’re keeping hold of right now just in case we want it as a place for baby to nap downstairs) and the Snuzpod co-sleeper comes through into our room later this summer (eeeeek!), it’ll all open up I’m sure!

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I actually was sat up in bed at 6am this morning browsing through IKEA’s range of storage boxes, since I need to buy a few for keeping all the baby’s clothes and its paraphernalia tidy in the dresser, and just the lovely compartmentalised, organised nature of it all made my heart beat fast.

Oh pregnancy nesting, what have you done to me!

So maybe I need to thank Papa John for that extra salty pizza and the heavy stomach and ultra dry mouth it resulted in that woke me up every 2 hours through the night…because hey, it bought me a little extra time to plan that room a little better!

That and you can’t ever regret a cheesy stuffed crust, right?

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