Inspiration

Sometimes I am a great cook. This normally involves an excellent recipe from the likes of Jamie, Nigella or Delia and quite a lot of sweat and tears (most likely my husbands as I am the worlds MESSIEST cook). On an average day I like to make a quick dish that is nutritious, fresh and yummy. Pasta is a staple in our house, ask D on any given day what she wants to eat and I can guarantee you that will be the answer. Tonight we had this delicious pasta dish created from, well just what we had in the fridge (luckily we always have lots of nice veg in stock!) and I thought I would share it with you.

To feed 2 and a 1/2 people I used:

  • 2 Chicken breasts (chopped)
  • Asparagus tips (chopped to about 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 Pepper (chopped)
  • A few strips of Parma ham (chopped)
  • Pasta
  • Milk
  • Flour (1 tbsp)
  • Parmesan (fresh)

First pan fry and season the chicken for a few minutes until it has turned white (not too long) then throw in your chopped up pepper, cook for a further 5 mins. You will then need to add your asparagus to the pan and cook for another 5 mins. Pour some milk into the pan to make the base of the sauce, not too much just enough to create the right amount of sauce you desire. To thicken this up you need to add 1 tbsp of flour, keeping stirring until all the flour is dissolved and your sauce is thickened to the right consistency. You then need to grate in some fresh Parmesan to taste, normally a handful is enough. In a separate pan quickly dry fry your Parma ham until it goes crispy. Dish up the pasta, followed by the sauce and sprinkle on the Parma ham and enjoy!

 

 

It’s been a busy few weeks. Actually that is a major understatement. We’ve moved house, welcomed a beautiful new baby (my sisters) all while organising Christmas (wouldn’t it be great if Santa were real?) and keeping life and routines carrying along as normal (ish). This year I decided I’d like to craft some homemade presents too, I don’t like to make it easy for myself, do I? To honour our first baby boy in the family, Levi Jack Turner, I decided to make a word frame for him full of things that little boys love! What do you think?

This is one of my girly word frames that I made for my daughter a little while ago. I custom make these for little boys and little girls, complete with all the things that they love! A very personalised, fun addition to their room. For more information feel free to send me an email or check out my shop in 2012!


Much to my husbands dismay I am a hoarder. This is one of the major problems that comes with being crafty, I think I have a use for everything… and most times, eventually, I do! For those of you who read about me moving house recently I have good news, we are finally making headway with the moving boxes (oh and the neck is totally healed!) which means I have found my craft things and even my – one day i will find a way to recycle / upcycle you thingsĀ  – box. Today I came up with an extremely fun and super cute way to recycle my little girls playdough pot lids.

My little one is crazy about playdough, only problem is she leaves it everywhere and it dries out. This means we have plenty of spare little playdough pots. Too useful to throw away (or recycle) I decided that I was going to make some cool little magnet frames out of them. Best part was it was super easy, you don’t even have to be crafty to be able to do this, it is for everyone! Hooray! I’ve put together a little step by step guide into how to make them so you can all have a go!

 

1. I took various colour and size playdough lids (just what we have used up recently) and attached some magnets strips to the back of them using a hot glue gun. I didn’t cut them into neat circles but you could.

I printed off some photos I like of my lovely family approximately guessing the size I would need them to be. I drew around the lid on top of the part of the photo I wanted in the frame and then cut about 5mm inside the line so it would fit.

I glued the photo inside the circle and my magnets were finished. I told you it was easy! I think they look really fun. I’m thinking I could definitely expand on these and already have a few ideas up my sleeve for next time!

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