I wake up most mornings with a craving for something sweet. Occasionally (*very* occasionally) I’m happy to go savoury- with a little scrambled egg, or some avocado toast- but generally, I wake up hankering after the sweet stuff. Jam. Fruit (stone fruits in summer, apples and spiced berries in winter, bananas all year round). Anything-drizzled-with-syrup. Things-dipped-in-Nutella. You name it- if it’s got a high sugar content, I’ll be craving it at 7.30am. Which isn’t always the best thing, because you know, eating really sugary foods first thing in the morning inevitably leads to a big old burst of energy up front, a crash-and-burn a couple of hours later, and then next thing you know you wind up staring at the last few remaining crumbs of your lunch come half past 11.

Recently I’ve been trying to pay more attention to the energy that our food provides us with, since I like to do a fair bit of exercise and have been trying to strike the right balance between fuel in, and energy out. And since in the past year or so I’ve also been cutting back drastically on the amount of wheat I consume (you can read a little more about that here, if you fancy), instead of the usual jam-and-toast that I once used to reach for in the mornings, I now try to choose more wholesome and energy-sustaining options. I’ve found that avoiding eating wheat in the mornings and opting for slower release foods instead stops me from having a big sugar crash around 11am, because the complex carbs are there ready to provide a slow-burning energy once the quick boost from the sugar has worn off. It’s pretty rare now that I get hungry before midday after eating breakfast sometime around 8am, and both Jason and I have been feeling all the better for trying to eat a diet that provides sustained levels of energy.

These breakfast ideas are just that- ideas! I can’t call them recipes (since they’re far too simple), instead they’re just a little snapshot of what I’ve been enjoying eating each morning, of late. Even better if that breakfast can be eaten sitting outside in the sunshine, whilst drinking an iced latte and reading that’s morning’s newspaper. Haha. Just kidding. I mean scrolling through Twitter, obviously…


Oatcakes with jam!

These are what I’ve been reaching for when I need a super quick breakfast, or something I can take on the go. Just jam-up a little stack of oatcakes (I love the Nairn’s fine milled oatcakes especially) and umm…that’s it! They’d also be lovely with nut butters instead of (or as well as!) jam, but I love the contrast between the sweet fruitiness of the jam and the biscuity savouriness of the oatcakes. Yum. Since this breakfast is kind of a light one, I usually have it with a piece or two of fruit as well. In fact, this is *exactly* what I had for breakfast on Saturday morning!


Sunflower seed + rye bread, with whole nut peanut butter & sliced banana!

This is a current favourite of mine, especially on days when Teddy and I are going on an especially long morning walk or if I’m heading up into London for a whole day of meetings/appointments/gallivanting. It’s *so* filling, but not in that horrible heavy-stomach way. The bread is completely wheat-free and keeps me feeling full of energy for hours, and the banana provides the sweetness I’m always after in a breakfast. I’ve also recently been making up a slice of it in the mornings, cutting it up so that each little square has its own banana slice, and grabbing a square every time I’ve felt peckish throughout the day. It’s perfect for days when your body’s asking for a constant stream of fuel rather than just having three larger meals. Oh and also, I find that I sometimes am put off buying healthy/organic/’alternative diet’ foods because they can be so expensive, but this bread is a fairly modest £1.35 (Schneider Brot organic rye and sunflower seed bread) for an 8 slice, 500g loaf. It also only has 5 ingredients, and one of those is water, so it’s pretty good stuff! (Also insanely delicious eaten with jam and peanut butter!)


Organic yoghurt with fresh fruit + mixed toppings!

Ahhh, yoghurt. We burn through yoghurt in this house like it’s going out of fashion. Still probably the thing I reach for more often at breakfast time, I always add as much lovely fresh fruit as we’ve got in the house and almost always a handful of oats/granola/chopped nuts too. Jason and I differ on the best way to sweeten natural yoghurt (I like a little drizzle of honey or little dollop of jam, or just go au naturel if I’m eating it with sweet ripe fruit) whereas Jase prefers his with granulated sugar. It’s honestly one of the few things we don’t see eye to eye on! ;) Favourite toppings include rhubarb compote (recipe here, if you’d like one!), chopped pineapple or mango, the scooped out innards of a passionfruit, berries, and in winter, raisins + chopped nuts + a scattering of cinnamon.

These aren’t the fancied of ideas (no wilting of greens, no multi-layered ‘breakfast parfaits’, or 10 ingredient smoothies) but they’re what I actually really in real life eat for breakfast. And I like talking about breakfast, so that’s that! Shall we have a sharing of breakfast ideas in the comments? What do you like to eat for breakfast, in the summertime? :)


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I woke up Saturday morning, realised the date, and said to Jason ‘Let’s invite ourselves round to Mum’s house this evening and have a Midsummer feast!’

He replied ‘What’s a Midsummer feast?’. I told him it would be a lovely fresh, summery meal, eaten outside, with candles and cold wine and maybe some Pimms and lots of talking and laughing and celebrating of us being right in the middle of summer. Jason replied ‘So, it’s basically just dinner then? Like, we have dinner every night, right?’ ‘Whatever’, I said. ‘It’s happening, it’s going to be awesome, and we’re calling it a feast because that makes it much more fancy and fun than just regular old dinner’. ;)

So I called my Mum, she loved the idea (we do love a bit of celebrating for the sake of celebrating in this family!) and we had the whole evening planned and organised in 10 minutes flat! I was to bring the food, Mum was to provide the Pimms, and that was that!


^^ I spent the morning cleaning and doing a little Pilates, and then went to the shops and picked up all the ingredients we needed for our ‘feast’ plus some bunches of fresh flowers too. Beautiful Sweet Williams and peonies for me, plus another bunch of lovely peonies for Mum too. We’ve had fresh flowers in the house the last couple of weeks now, and whilst they are an indulgence they really do make me so happy. Peonies especially. This bunch are now almost completely open, and are brightening up our living room a treat. ^^

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I had some leftover roasted chicken in the fridge at my house, so I brought it round to Mum’s and we had a go at making a warm chicken and green bean salad kinda thing I’d seen on an episode of Jamie Oliver’s latest show during the week. It’s just fresh, par-boiled fine green beans tossed in a garlicky honey-mustard vinaigrette and with shredded cooked chicken, served on a bed of lentils and topped with sliced hard boiled eggs. It was crazy good! So fresh and summery tasting, but filling too!

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The meal wound up being a collaborative effort- Jason took charge of the potatoes, I did the bean salad, and Mum cooked salmon fillets glazed with raspberry balsamic. Oh, and I played Mother, and served everyone up. ^ Scuse fingers. ^

It was all demolished in about five seconds flat out in the garden, with glasses of Pimms for company. It’s the warm evenings that I love most about summer, and spending time in my Mum’s lovely garden is just my absolute favourite. The little patio (where we eat) is lower than the rest of the garden so it feels all cosy and intimate, and there are huge tall trees (one my Mum’s nicknamed Russell because it makes the most soothing rustling noise every time the wind catches it) down the far end of the garden that catch the last of the day’s light so beautifully.


^^ FEAST! ^^


^^ New summer dress from Boden! I wore it all weekend long, and am kind of in love. (It’s on sale now too!) ^^


Teddy was on best behaviour all evening, and was mighty proud of himself when he found a tennis ball in one of the flower beds. He got stung on the nose by a bee whilst retrieving it though, poor little man. How much more grown up does he look here, compared with last June?!

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For dessert, we did iced berries with white chocolate sauce. It’s one of my favourite desserts, and one I’d not had in such a long time. Super simple too- just chuck frozen berries in a bowl, heat cream until it’s just almost at boiling point, remove from the heat and stir in an equal quantity of white chocolate, then heat gently again so it’s warm enough to soften the berries, and pour over! I kind of served up excessively large portions, and we learnt that this is definitely a dish served in modest quantities. I did manage to plough through my whole bowlful though, because I’m a trooper like that. If you’ve not tried it yet, promise me you will do just once this summer?


The rest of Midsummer’s Eve was spent watching the sunlight fade, drinking tea by candlelight, and dancing to Beyoncé in the garden. Maybe my favourite Saturday we’ve had in a long time. Can this summer last for another six months, please?


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Oh, this week. This week has felt like a long one! I’ve been turning my alarm off in my sleep each and every morning, and haven’t felt on top of my game at all. All my ‘to-dos’ have been ‘done’ still- just at a slower, and more laborious pace than usual. I’m ready for a good long sleep this weekend, and some time spent with family and friends. Hopefully in the sunshine, too! We’ve got a little photo shoot happening at our house on Sunday morning, but aside from that, a birthday dinner for my lovely Jo on Sunday afternoon, and a little light cleaning, we plan to do as little possible over the next couple of days! I hope you’ve got a lovely weekend ahead of you, too! :) Here’s a little list of what’s made me most happy in the past week…

1. The sweet little plant I added to our bookshelf line-up early on in the week! I’m not sure what it’s called, but apparently it doesn’t like direct sunlight which is good news for our shady old living room.

2. Throwing pinecones into the lake for Teddy to retrieve yesterday morning. I especially loved watching him try as hard as he could to crunch each pine cone up and eat it whilst he swam back to me, because he didn’t want me to take it out of his mouth when he got back to the banks of the lake. Silly dog of mine.

3. Wearing dungarees and baggy t-shirts. The epitome of summer comfort!

4. Working my way through the new Body Balance DVDs my instructor gave me this week. It’s been great to switch up my workout routine, and feel the difference it’s having on my body.

5. Peanut butter + raspberry jam on sunflower seed bread. So tasty!

6. Game. Of. Thrones. Gawd damn, I love that show. (And will be heading to the library this week to try and pick up the books!)

7. A nectarine so ripe and juicy I almost needed to go and jump in the a shower after eating it. (I know I’ve been talking endlessly about peaches and nectarines lately. I’ll stop now…probably)

8. White chocolate & caramel brownies. I knocked them together super quickly on Monday evening, and they wound up being without a doubt the best brownies I’ve ever made. Watch this space for a recipe!

9. Booking a wedding dress fitting in London for the end of June! I finally decided to book in at Pronovius, and I’m excited! It really is the best fun EVER!

10. The sweet ‘Let’s grow old together’ print (pictured above) that arrived in the post this week, a gift from the lovely Jade at Ginger Pickle. I’m going to hang it on the wall behind our bed, along with a couple more framed photos.

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Naomi’s candid post about her third pregnancy (I’m so excited that she’s expecting once again! She and her man do make such cute babies!) || Tania’s recipe for a better day || and Anya’s incredible photos of wildlife spotted during a walk in the Peaks! (check out that sassy sheep!)

 What’s made you happy this week? :)


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Cornflowers ::

Purchased at our local flower market for a happy 1.99 a bunch, they might just be my favourite flowers we’ve ever had in the house. I love the contrast between the delicate petals, and that screamingly bold blue colour. Most are sat all wild and wispy in an old clip top jar on my kitchen window sill, and the rest (a tiny bunch) can be found bringing life to my bedside table from inside a vintage milk bottle.

{ Post inspired by the ever wonderful Rachel, whose blog I love and can’t recommend highly enough }

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