Well that’s it, 2012 is fast approaching. It’s time I take a look back over a great year at some of the things I’ve / we’ve done.

sitting on a dock of a bay (wow that sunshine seems a long time ago!)
  • I started a blog (albeit a little late in the year) and here you are reading it!
  • We moved house to a lovely village in the countryside with a village hall, shop and very own duck pond. It is incredibly picturesque and I’m happy.
  • I enjoyed my D days. Singing, dancing, silliness, rhyming, imagining and watching her grow beautifully into a little (she would argue BIG) girl.
  • D started her Montessori preschool with ease (this time) hooooray!
  • I became an aunty for the first time and will never forget holding that beautiful boy in my arms. Can’t wait to watch you grow little one.
  • I have made some fantastic new friends who are great to have around. Still miss the ones who aren’t so close (geographically) though.
  • I said goodbye to some old ‘friends’ who were sucking the positive energy out of me. Try it some time, it feels very liberating.
  • I delved into the art of reiki healing and started to heal myself (and the occasional friend in need).
  • I picked apples from our very own apple tree this year (embracing the country life) and made some delicious appley treats.
  • I finally got a piano. I had wanted one for ages. It was free and even delivered for free which brings me nicely to my next point…
  • I read “Ask and it will be given”. The best book I’ve read in a long time. Must read again, and again, and again.
  • I helped my dad to move closer to his beloved family. It’s good to have you around Dad.
  • I opened an online shop (I managed to squeeze that achievement into 2011 too didn’t I?) I’m only selling a few creations right now but this is going to be an exciting project for 2012.
  • I started a business (poppies and pirates). Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about you ;)
  • I started running.
  • I stopped running (I lasted about a week). 2012? Hmmm we will see.

And a whole lot of other awesome things (too many to list) but looking back it’s been quite a year! Wonder what 2012 will have in store? Running? Meh…. I’m thinking zumba this year ;)

 

Oooh it’s late and I know i’ll be regretting this when I hear at little ‘muuuuummmy’ at 6am. But i’m so excited I just can’t stop… I’ve launched my new shop. There are only a few creations on there right now but lots more to follow shortly (when I have the time to put them online). Vintage prints, jewellery, my own artwork and craft work! Now that is a good start to the New Year! Cheers! x

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!

 

 

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