Sunday, 16 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Back to blogging!

For many years now I have enjoyed writing my blog and reading my favourites too. As I've said before, life sometimes gets in the way and I just don't have the time to write. Well I think it's time to make an effort to write more regularly! I have an update in photos coming up then I'd like to get back to more regular blog writing like I used to on my other blog. 

Anyway, I'm still here!
 See you soon.

Mandy x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Homemade and Handmade

I love handmade clothes and I've recently ordered several beautiful dresses for Daisy. She loved choosing her own fabrics :) I can't wait for Spring when she can wear them. 

Here's some of the meals I've been making...

Lamb shanks


Tuna and kidney bean salad

Ham salad with potato and egg salad

Chocolate sponge and custard 

Vanilla cream slice

We've baked lots of little fairy cakes for teatime this week. Henry decorated his first fairy cake too!

A little bit of shopping...

For Daisy's dolls house

Vintage goodies

A vintage fisher price bus for Henry 

New dresses for me!

And finally...

Another first for Henry, his first pair of welly boots. We had a lovely walk last Sunday and it was snowing! 

After that we needed hot chocolate to warm us up.

Mandy x 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Home cooking and a rare meal out!

Hello and thank you for my birthday wishes :)

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post because I've been so busy and nursing poorly children and my annoying cough! I have been cooking and baking though and we did have a meal out! Here's what we've been up to...

A little delivery from my favourite retro seller :) we collect ladybird books and here's another vintage blanket for our bed. I didn't manage to photograph some vintage dolls house furniture because Daisy whisked it away to play with! I have another order due any day so will show you when that comes.

The gorgeous Dee (fellow blogger) sent me the recipe for this bread. It was so easy to make and has cheese and onion in it. I plan to make it again and experiment with flavours. It was really tasty with a bit of cheese and pickle...

Jelly is a favourite here!

Last Sunday we took a trip to Leamington Spa. With an unsuccessful visit to clarks and a bit of shopping we decided to eat lunch out. My greedy pudding which I only managed half of...

Here's lunch! We eat our main meal at lunchtime now because Daisy has a hot home cooked meal at nursery. Teatime is a traditional tea. This day Daisy was poorly and at home. We had salad for lunch...

Mince and onions and apple crumble...

I found a recipe for traditional gingerbread. Henry wasn't keen but Daisy and I enjoyed it like this for tea or as a pudding the next day with custard.

Salad again for me! I roasted a chicken and some onions, peppers and mushrooms. It was really yummy and I was full up without any bread! 

After roasting the chicken I stripped the leftover meat for the next meal and boiled the carcass up for stock. Yesterday I made leek and potato soup and chicken risotto...

For pudding we had ice cream or pears and chocolate sauce. I found the recipe in a school dinners book. It was very rich so only needed a little...

So that's it and on to a new week!

Mandy x

Monday, 23 January 2017

It's my birthday!

I thought I'd share a few birthday pictures with you...

A beautifully wrapped gift from my friend Michelle (remembering the old ways). A lovely vintage card too.

Inside was these gorgeous linens. An embroidered tablecloth and tray cloth.

I baked myself a birthday cake...

Daisy iced and decorated it :)

Lovely flowers from my husband and fish and chips for tea! 

Mandy x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Vintage goodies!

I love vintage homewares and I'm gradually replacing things in our home. My interest is in things I remember from my seventies childhood and items from the fifties and sixties. I also have a huge interest in the Homefront during wartime but the further back you go the more difficult it is to find things and they're more expensive. I use a lovely online shop to buy homeware from the sixties and seventies. There's something for everyone's price range and I use everything I buy. This is helping me to keep things simple and clear the clutter...getting rid of the things we really don't need! I am going to show you my vintage goodies in use around our house but today I will show you my latest finds...

We collect ladybird books and I pick these up quite cheaply at our local antiques centre or from the online Oxfam shop.

I'm getting together a lovely collection of vintage knitting patterns.

I've been replacing the bedding in our bedroom and the spare bedroom. We use sheets and blankets now! I've just picked up these lovely pillowcases :)

Henry has lots of vintage blankets, beautifully crocheted. This is his latest. I love the colours.

Finally the Tupperware...I love it. I love the seventies colours, the brown and orange. These will be put to good use in my kitchen.

I'm on the look out for cake tins next :)

Mandy x