In the kitchen: Arroz al Horno

Just had to share this amazing recipe for Arroz al Horno, a traditional Spanish baked rice dish, real comfort food!

It’s the second time I’ve made it now and it tastes fantastic, even better now I have a big enough dish to make it in.

Tonight it served 7 of us with enough for seconds, served with garlic bread and a green leaf salad.

The recipe can be found over at Hodge Podge days blog here.

It’s very reasonably priced to; make about £1 per head including the sides! I used black pudding instead of Morcilla sausage and have tried it with both pork and chicken, definitely prefer chicken. There are so many variations of this recipe and I think it would be easy to adapt to suit your family.

Project 365: Days 22 to 28

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I’ve been entering lots of competitions again, the dog has won two this year already so I’m trying to catch up!

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Another 6am dog walk find! This seemed quite unusual for where I live and made me smile!

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Unexpected guest for tea, luckily I had this bubbling away so was well prepared (even had enough left over to freeze!)

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The closest I’ve come to forgetting a day! The group I’ve joined is quite (actually very) strict actually so it encouraged me to take an emergency winter sky pic!

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After a really busy tiring week I was glad of a Friday night curry and boxset night! It was ambitious to think I’d need them all, managed 4 episodes of life on Mars before falling asleep!

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Another food pic, I was so proud when I made pitta breads and they came out the oven looking like them!

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Littlest W collects tea monkeys and today he has had a new one to add to his collection “green tea monkey!”

Another week complete, nearly a month in!

Project 365: Days 15 to 21

 

I am taking part in another Project 365 challenge which I started on 19th December, the full set so far can be seen in my Flickr set here https://flickr.com/photos/25431714@N04/sets/72157674219046924

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9 mile frosty  walk on bank holiday Monday, loved the icy leaves.

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Love my Yankee Jars!

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Back to work and slow cooker early morning preparation!

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6am dog walk and we found this window!

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Rain looks so pretty on the windscreen!

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Homemade waffles!

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Woody was upset he hadn’t appeared in my 365 this week!

In the Kitchen: Awfully good waffles

Well, I’ve been meaning to try making waffles since I bought my sandwich/waffle maker last year however the first one broke when I tried to change the plates (they sent me out a new one) so I’ve been a little apprehensive!

This morning I gave it a whirl and so pleased I did! I’ve never tried waffles before so wasn’t sure what to expect, these were lovely and light and fluffy.

There are so many recipes on the Internet but I went for BBC Good food’s “Awfully good ones” just for the name!

The boys loved them, only downside cleaning the waffle maker after! It’s an awful design, please someone invent one that’s easy clean!

New Year, New goals

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I think being a full time working Mum has come as a shock to the system!

So, I don’t do resolutions, but I do goals and for 2017 I have a few goals which I plan to enjoy and bring back some me time!

First off I’ve started a Project 365 photo a day series. I’ve completed a few of these before (here’s one) and always do better when I don’t start on the first of January! This current one I’ve been doing for 12 days so far and will do a separate post on that, it’s a challenge, something I enjoy and I love looking back on the photos I’ve taken.

Secondly I plan to make time to make! We live in a small house and plan to move very soon, I have no crafting space and often don’t work on my projects because I have no space and can’t be doinh with the clearing away after! However, this year I made all my own Christmas cards and had such lovely feedback from them, even from people I send cards to but don’t speak to very often emailed me to say how much they appreciated them, which made me feel great!

Third another challenge. My goodreads Challenge was a measly 20 this year and I failed, I read just 19! I was once a 52 book a year person so I plan to get myself at least back to 30, less time playing games on my phone or staring at Facebook in an evening should help!

Finally, I’d like to complete my weight loss goal. I had lost 19lbs since May and only had 8lb left to go, however, December has seen me slip and put on 4lbs so I now have 12lb to lose. I’ve had a fitbit for Christmas so plan to move more (it’s been an eye opener how little I do!) and I want to get back to cooking some healthy home made meals.

So, that’s my plan for 2017 and you are welcome to follow me for progress (and hopefully encouragement!!).

Happy 2017!

Sunday Sevens #7

I cant believe it is Week 7 of Sunday Sevens, time is absolutely flying by at the moment.

#1 Lego

Our house is full of lego and everytime I tread on a piece of lego in the night I always say NO MORE! But it is a fab toy and it’s better than being on the xbox all the while, so this week when Smyths had their 20% off for one day only; we were there so littlest boy could spend the rest of his birthday money on another huge set (which he built himself!).

#2 Another Card

A thank you card for the placement I have been at for the last 12 weeks. I’ve waited and waited for my sentiment dies, but I got an email today to say they aren’t in stock anymore! Luckily I have lots of sentiment stamps.

#3 Pretty flowers

I had these pretty flowers and card from the placement I have been at.

#4 Summer Evenings

Well, summer returned and I had a lovely date night with Mr W on Friday night, it was so nice to be able to sit outside in the beer garden, a nice start to the bank holiday weekend.

#5 Curry

Date night ended in a fab curry, the best butter chicken I have ever had, calories don’t count on date night!

#6 A-Z

I am a little bit obsessive about the dvd storage in our house, they are a-z in boxes (both sides of the chimney!). Not accessible to the boys though, so this week I had to give in and let them put the discs in a big folder (and they’re not in order!!!) Its going to take some coming to terms with.

#7 finished!

Finally, today I have finished my craft book cover! I’m so pleased with it. It’s the book where I plan all my craft projects so I wanted it to be bright! Hopefully if I get chance I’ll do a post on how it came together.

Sunday Sevens #6

Sunday Sevens is the weekly blog series created by Natalie over on Threads and Bobbins


My 6th week of Sunday Sevens. Having missed out 3 Sundays because of holiday I really couldn’t make up my mind whether I should do full posts or a catch up and decided to do a catch up combined with this week’s post.

#1 Breaking point

So I’d finished all my university assignments/exams (and passed!), I’d got through the stress of the job interview  (and got the job!), I was all packed and ready to go on holiday. I was stressed but things were looking good! It was Friday afternoon and I had a call to day the littlest boy was being taken to A&E!! Urgh! Broken wrist in 2 places….thanks to the fab A&E team though we were out within an hour plastered arm and fit to fly certificate!

#2 Kefalonia

Despite the broken wrist we had an absolutely fab holiday in Kefalonia! Kefalonia is an absolutely beautiful place we stayed in an amazing villa and got to see the turtles swimming in Argostoli bay. Seems like so long ago now though!

#3 Birthday Cake

I was asked to make littlest a marvel and dc superhero cake for his birthday and after many hours of pinterest research I came up with this! I hate icing and making this at 6am when it was hot and the icing was melting nearly finished me off, but seeing his face when he saw it made it all worthwhile!

#4 Swapping salads for soup

I’ve spent months having salads for lunch at work and was getting bored so I decided to make some homemade soups, this one is carrot and courgette and is really nice!

#5 Berries or no berries

I made an apple and blackberry crumble with apples and blackberries from the garden but only after confirmed parental permission to eat berries off a bush! I must have taken the ‘some berries are poisonous’ lesson very seriously as a child as I don’t trust any berries at all! Haha! Tastes amazing though!

#6 Cuttlebug back out!

Lots of card making this weekend, no cards finished yet though as I’m waiting for a sentiment die set which I ordered to arrive, hope it arrives soon as I have lots to finish.

#7 Family day

A few months ago we joined The National Trust and English Heritage, I have to say I was enjoying National Trust days out the most so far, until today! We want to Stokesay Castle and it was so lovely, it’s a really cute little castle in Craven Arms Shropshire. Lovely gardens where we had tea and cake and watched all the birds and the boys tried out bows and arrows and different games.

Something new

I was convinced I’d be crafting 24/7 after finishing university but in reality that not been the case, I’ve done a lot of nothing really, lazing around watching TV just because I can! No more deadlines or work to get on with in an evening.

I did however notice my box of beads sat on my craft shelf and remembered  jewelery making has been on my ‘to try’ list for a few years at least! So, I’ve had a go and made a bracelet, I’m pleased with it, a little bit bigger than I would like, but an ok first attempt!

It turns out to be quite fiddly business these clamps and fastenings!

But also quite relaxing doing the actual bead threading part.

Finished bracelet, maybe 2 beads too big (lesson learnt on measuring and how much to allow for the clasp!).

I think I need a matching necklace now.

As for Sunday Sevens, I missed a few weeks while on holiday, but plan to resume again soon!