On Fridays in our house we love to make pizza together, each week you can guarantee someone has a new twist on last week’s pizza, a new topping to add, a different cheese. Rather than waiting for the pizza delivery, we are in the kitchen together creating. It’s quickly become a favourite family ritual.
We’ve tried a few things in the last few months, here are our top 8 homemade pizza tips: Continue reading
Happy and Home is the Monday place to link up and inspire others with whatever has made you happy at home each week. From curling up with a new book, to a new recipe, to painting the walls, a home makeover, hygge-ing the living room, to a craft project, a movie night with the kids, an organisation trick, to a date night cocktail or garden battles won. Happy and Home is about sharing the love of being at home, and making a happy home. There is no weekly theme.
Just link up your posts and join me in sharing the home love socially. Next week I will round up and link to some of my favourite posts, and will be sharing all the posts linked up socially.
It could be as simple as a picture of one thing that has made you happy at home this week, or maybe you have lots of photos and a whole post full of home love. I spend a lot of time complaining about the state of our house, the things I want to change, but recently I am remembering to focus on the many happy little things that happen everyday and the bits of our home that make me happy. The rest will follow!
Fancy sleeping in this bed!
History lovers, Horrible Histories fans and fellow house fantasy dreamers, if you are looking for somewhere unusual to stay this year with family or friends, look no further, but act quickly, these will fill up fast! From 1st July 2016 you will be able to stay overnight in a medieval lodge at Warwick Castle in the ‘Knight’s Village’. These two-storey lodges look perfect for weekends away with medieval evening entertainment and two day access to the Castle and its attractions. I think they offer good value too, especially as today I’m sharing a 10% discount for A Residence readers. Continue reading
BBC – Photographer: Mitch Jenkins
Time for another House Fantasy, let’s play War and Peace interiors. Have you read War and Peace? I haven’t, but that’s okay, because I read that some of the BBC cast hadn’t read it beforehand either. Have you been watching it though?
War and Peace is full to the brim with plush, brooding velvets, whimsical dashings of lace and opulent gold tassels, luxurious interiors are on the way to be the next trend to take the world by storm. What do you think?
I wasn’t sure at first, I’m definitely not talking a whole house or a whole room makeover, but the costume colours really appeal for starters: greys, reds and dusky purples. There are some of the elements of the Pantone Colours of the Year that I found myself strangely hankering after. But there is enough colour drama to stop that being too wishy washy. Continue reading
We rehomed Max about 2 years ago, when he retired from racing, via the Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust. Little did I know how many questions I would answer about rehoming a greyhound on our daily walks, from workmen calling out ‘Did he win anything?’ to toddlers asking if he is a donkey, to people seriously considering adopting a greyhound wanting to know about food and walks.
Once I had the best chat with an elderly Scottish gentleman who told me stories of helping his Dad train a greyhound by cycling across the park with various treats tied to the back of his bicycle, then there is the lady across the road had a greyhound she says lived to be 19, and always stops to stroke Max. He is a great conversation starter.
1. Did he win anything?
Max aka Bower Hawk apparently won 20 of his 60 races at national level, which is pretty impressive, so I am told, I’ve never really been a fan. He had a knack of coming in from the back and winning, which made him an exciting dog to watch. His father was the legendary Westmead Hawk, the first animal to be given a waxwork at Madame Tussards. Continue reading
Last weekend, I was invited to join Jo Brand on her Hell of a Walk for Sport Relief. It felt wrong not to take anything for Jo, even though I could see from all the media coverage she was being given lots of gifts along the way. In the morning my daughter found a tin of condensed milk in the cupboard, and asked if we could make fudge. I’ve been promising for ages, it seemed like as good a time as any!
The results were amazing and it is so simple and quick to make, so I am sharing the recipe here. The salt really brings out the flavour and the light muscovado sugar, we used Billington’s fair trade, gives it a really rich flavour. Perfect pick me up for long walks, rainy afternoons or a weekend treat. Also a lovely way to show someone you care. Continue reading
Pack a hamper with goodies, present to your loved one, cook up a fondue, cheese and/or chocolate, fill a flask with a hot toddy and snuggle up under a new throw, by the fire, with the candles lit and share your dreams. Retire to bed with a new duvet. Sound like the recipe for the perfect romantic evening? Today I’m sharing the love with some lovely ideas for a date night Swiss chalet style, I also have some products to giveaway to get your hamper off to a great start.
I love it when lost of great ideas come together. I’ve been exploring ways to bring a little bit of hygge to life at home, I’ve also been drawn to the Chalet chic trend. At home Mr A and I have rediscovered the fun of cooking together and cooked up a Date Night in Cairo feast with a kit I bought him for Christmas. Then the team at Wayfair created some wonderful printable tags to adorn and inspire your own Valentine’s gift hampers, they also happened to mention the team in Berlin had been out for fondue. Then it hit me, how about a Date Night in a Swiss chalet? Continue reading
Penny, Leyla and Joanne walking with Jo Brand and Gaby Logan yesterday, featured on BBC news this morning.
‘She’s in good spirits’ say the people at Comic Relief, as we nervously wait to join Jo Brand as she hits 52 of the 150 miles, at Doncaster Racecourse, on her ‘Hell of a Walk’. The room is full to bursting with people tucking into jacket potatoes at the day’s lunch stop: navigators, 3 television crews, Jo’s trainer Greg, doctors, Gaby Logan, Comic Relief staff involved with logistics, media and social media.
As one of the founders of Team Honk, who bring bloggers together each year to support Comic Relief and fundraise, I’ve been invited to join Jo on her walk and blog about it. I am accompanied by Leyla and Joanne, who organised stints of the Team Honk relay in Yorkshire and Hull. Continue reading
Kids always have other ideas about what a storage item should actually be for, it’s their naturally inquisitive and creative minds in action. My children are 7 and 9, so I think we have emptied every storage system in the house, we’ve been through every option when it comes to storage for kids, we’ve worked out what was worth investing in, what wasn’t, what can be modified and repurposed as they grow, and what stands the test of time.
It’s all too easy to buy storage without actually working out what you need, even more so with kids because their stuff changes constantly. But I definitely have a few rules of thumb. Continue reading
This year I promised myself I would be more adventurous with my smoothie making, and try and cram in a more varied mix of fruit and veg. Here are my top 4 smoothie recipes from January, and an old favourite. Plus, I have a smoothie maker, official title ‘Nutritional Extractor’ to giveaway today. Continue reading