July or more aptly named the birthday month in my household. Mr WSQ has his birthday, Grandma WSQ has her birthday, step mom in law has her birthday, sister in law, my dearly departed Granny and I’m sure I’m missing out on someone else! So I’m sure it’s no surprise when I count birthday cake as one of July’s favourites!
As I mentioned before cooking for a little one with CMA can be trying. You spend a good chunk of time creating new tempting foodie delights only for it to be flung on the floor in a food learning experiment. It’s hard not to cry into your split dairy free risotto. Chin up Mummy and clean that up before the dog gets it!
This is one of my favourite recipes for the whole family, as in I can make one batch of it and we can all eat it. Something Little A adores, and I love as he’s getting some delicious fish into his diet. It’s adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Fish Pie, but I’ve cut out the mountain of chili. I haven’t included exact measurements as it depends on your dish.
Whenever I hear the word June my internal jukebox kicks into gear and starts playing Smashing Pumpkins 1979, albeit mid song, funny how words can do that.
I digress, June was jam packed full of favourites starting off with an oldie but a goodie.
I’m a sucker for skincare, some might call me an addict, in fact I have called myself an addict, I am in the midst of a full blown addiction to L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil. I spotted this in store one afternoon, but not wanting to be coerced into buying it by an over eager shop assistant I went off and did my own research. Would an oil really do a good job of cleaning off my make up, without causing spots? Was it going to leave a greasy film on my skin? Would it be relagated to the cupboard for all eternity. I’d used Dermalogica Pre Cleanse in the past but the yearly price hikes put me off. The truth is those price hikes have meant that they’ve lost me as a customer, you can get as good quality products for a better price, even taking into account the sometimes larger bottles.
Holy moly how is it March? Despite the extra day, February seemed to go by in a flash. While I’m not quite ready to ditch the opaques just yet, in fact I’m not sure if I am ever ready to ditch them, winter clothes are much more flattering on me than Summer clothes. However, Spring is definitely in the air and I’m looking forward to longer, brighter and hopefully warmer days. Who am I kidding we live in Ireland, longer and brighter is good enough.
February for me was definitely a continuation of winter thinking, wrapping up from the biting wind and rain, oh so much rain, eating comfort food and trying to counteract the effects of central heating on my skin. I live in a house that Jack built, he was having an off day and forgot to insulate the thing, it was the 70’s so I’ll forgive him, but by god it can get cold in there. Hello hot water bottle. Brr.
I have three favourites for February, one beauty, one food and one for the baby.
It’s one of my favourite days, there’s no denying it. Despite this fact, I’m never prepared and it always creeps up on me. Wasn’t it Christmas just last week? Time really does seem to speed up the older you get.
My mum is the best pancake maker in the world. Bar none. She has no official title, nor has she taken part in any competitions. She doesn’t need to, the other opponents would only feel humiliated by her pancake making prowess. She keeps it simple, old school if you will, the memorised Delia Smith recipe is called into play, doubled or tripled depending on who’ll be there – or how hungry we are.