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.

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.

Sunday Sevens #4

Here is this week’s Sunday Seven week number 4!

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

1. This week I’ve been stressing out to the maximum about work, interviews and the last of the written work that I have had to do. So, when I saw this on my littlest ones t-shirt as he went off to his dodge ball match, I thought yes I need to remember B.E.A.S.T !

2. It wasn’t all bad news this week though, my mood was brightened by a £25 win on some premium bonds I forgot I even had!

3. By the time Friday finally put in an appearance I was ready for a night of wine, takeaway food and some music!

4. This made me laugh…the two boys trying to camouflage themselves, one put in more effort than the other!

5. We had a fun hour at Birmingham Airport watching the planes I’m not a very good plane spotter and have no idea what im.looking at, but thanks to a real plane spotting expert we got to see this REALLY big plane!

6. Meet Claudia the latest addition to the household, a family heirloom!

7. Out with the old…packed away all my university books and replaced them with my craft things!

Sunday Sevens #3


Here is this week’s Sunday Seven my third week!

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

I even managed to squeeze a couple of craft related pics in.

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My car decided to demonstrate it’s own creative side by losing all its power steering fluid on the wet road! So pretty 😀

2.

Wimbledon! Manages to watch a few games this week, more than I would have got to watch if England had stayed in the Euros!

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The school summer festival was a very rainy event, but it didn’t stop these two doing the penalty shoot outs in torrential rain!

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My cover for my craft book is coming on, a desperate need for some blocking though!

5.

A super quick 70th birthday card I made, loving the Kraft card look at the moment and I’m getting there with my stamping.

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Breakfast out with my babies this morning! Some quality Mummy/Boys time.

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Back at the laptop for the rest of the day, last hurdle nearly complete!

Nikki News: Days two and three and a big day out!

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Day two of Nikki becoming a family dog started very well, as I mentioned in my last update, not accidents overnight and we didn’t hear anything from Nikki all night 😀 We came downstairs at 6.30am (not our usual wake up time on a Sunday but we were too exited to sleep in!) and Nikki was like a different dog. As the boys were still asleep it was just the two of us and she really seemed to come out of her shell, we sat out in the garden and Nikki ran up and down chasing her new toys for an hour. When the boys woke up we went inside and Nikki had her breakfast and then a snooze in her bed whilst we ate and got ready.

Mid-morning we set of to see Dylan dog. When we arrived Nikki did really well, new house, new people, another small person and another dog and she took it all in her stride! We had a cup of tea whilst the boys played in the garden and the dogs had a sniff of each other then we set of for a walk around Warley Woods. It was not somewhere we have been before, but it is a lovely place to walk dogs and very big! Nikki walked really well on the lead and seemed much happy in a park setting rather than the pavement walk the night before. Dylan and Nikki got on really well and Nikki didn’t seem to show any interest in the other dogs we went past (there were lots!). Our walk was cut a bit short as some people came up to us and said there was a dog loose ahead who seemed quite nasty and had apparently attacked another dog, we didn’t see or hear it but made a quick exit from the woods as that was definitely not an experience I wanted Nikki to have! After our walk Nikki was quite happy to lie on the floor by our feet while we sat and chatted with Dylan’s Mummy and Daddy. We were very proud of her doing so well with so many new things going on in one day. Unfortunately my camera battery went flat and I have no pictures of Nikki and Dylan together!

In the evening Nikki was exhausted and nothing in the world was going to get her off her bed to go out for a walk so we let her rest in preparation for Day three!

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Monday was Bank Holiday and we decided to make use of our National Trust Membership and find somewhere to visit where we could walk the dog. Brockhampton Estate is a huge estate just outside Worcester and looked like a good place to visit. It was a little bit drizzly and not that warm when we arrived to we got Nikki all snuggled up in her coat with her bandana on 😀 The car park was quite full of people and the cars did make her very nervous and jumpy, but once we got out into the fields she was happy again and leading the way for us! There were a choice of different length walks and we chose the red one which I think was about 3 or 4 miles, but felt longer as there was lots of mud and A being the smallest kept getting stuck in the mud!

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As we had lots of fields to cross Nikki soon got to discover sheep!!! Again, she was not in the slightest bit bothered by then, although they were quick to run off from us.

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After the fields the track led us into woods with a variety of different sculptures along the way which kept the boys entertained.

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In the middle of the woods we found a den which the boys played in for a while while we sat on a log and watched them, Nikki seemed fascinated by them playing and I think if she hadn’t have been so shy she would have been in there with the boys!

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After our walk we were all worn out so we returned to the car and ate our picnic while Nikki had a little nap in the boot! After we had eaten we drove the mile down the drive to Little Brockhampton which is a lovely manor house surrounded by a moat. Obviously we couldn’t take Nikki in the house but we went into the grounds, first the boys played cricket and football by the moat.

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Then we went into a lovely little courtyard where the tearoom is and we had a cup of tea and sat with Nikki whilst the boys played with the outdoor games which were set out; chess, skittles, hula hoops and archery.

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There were some ruins of a chapel which we had a look around and then it was time to head off home! I was surprised at how much there was to see and do there despite us having Nikki and not being able to go in the house it was still a full day out, definitely somewhere I would recommend to visit.