More coming soon! xx
Evening my darlings! I am breaking radio silence and declaring war on motherly exhaustion of gigantic proportions! I have been absolutely spent these last three weeks with my poor bubs teething and ignoring his routine and it has all gone topsy turvy over here :( I am not a happy bunny, but here is a cute Easter bunny ornament available for purchase for only 5 pounds! Orders by e-mail only so contact me if you are interested :)
More coming soon! xx
We made it halfway through the week and other than the dark circles under the eyes and an occasional full-body twitch we are fine! :)
I think everyone can agree that every other week (or day, in my case!) your partner/children/pets ask you: 'What's for dinner?' and instant depression sets in. How boring having to think about dinner every bloody night! And then you have the ping-pong convo. for about 20 minutes, I am sure you're familiar with it: 'Well, what do you wanna have?' 'I don't know.. what about you?' 'I don't know, you're the one who asked! I'm not even that hungry!' 'Oh, I'm starving.. take away?' 'No, we don't have money dumb ass!' 'So what shall we have?' etc. etc. etc. Sometimes we get so bored of the whole process we decide we will not eat and go to bed angry and annoyed.
But recently Fynley has started the eat the same meals as we do, so we couldn't wing getting a Chinese or having a hunger strike against ourselves, so cooking became a must. EVERY BLOODY DAY! So, easy solution? Tray bakes of all your leftovers!
Brilliant idea, usually you're bound to find something like a can of tomatoes, can of tuna and leftover olives in your house (if you're a student please ignore: you can't just cook beer with soda!) Throw that together with some pasta and voila, you shall have a nice meal bound to last for a few days.
My Pasta Bake consists of lots of veggies, no salt (because Fynn can't have any salt) and a sprinkling of cheese, but this recipe is so versatile you can eliminate or replace any of the ingredients you wish!
Tanya's Random-As-You-Like Tuna Bake
- Pack of cooked pasta, al dente
- Olive oil
- 50g. butter (approx.)
-2 cans of tomato soup
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- 2 cans of tuna
-2 red onions, roughly chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- leftover veg, I used: spinach, broccoli, asparagus, spinach and romanesco cauliflower.
- Dried or fresh herbs (I used mixed herbs, fresh basil and lemon thyme)
- Grated cheddar or mozzarella
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
1. Boil water in a large pan and cook the pasta until it is half done. Drain and set aside.
2. In the said pan, heat a splash of olive oil and fry the onions until translucent. Throw in the minced garlic and carefully fry for another minute.
3. Add all of the soup and canned tomatoes with tuna and herbs and heat through for 10 minutes on a low heat. Add the washed spinach and cook until it has wilted.
4. In a separate pan heat the butter and add the chopped cauliflower. Cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is slightly softened. Add chopped asparagus and broccoli and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the cooked vegetables to your tomato and tuna sauce and mix until all the veggies are incorporated in the sauce.
5. Take a large tray and in it mix the pasta with the sauce until all the pasta is covered in sauce.
6. Sprinkle with cheese and bake in a preheated oven on 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
I am by no means a recipe guru, but this pasta bake turned out delicious! And it is quick and easy, and it produced 6 adult portions and 7 baby portions!
So here's your dinner dilemma solved, you're welcome :)
Tonight I shall finish making my first order, which I am super excited about and start designing a new range of products. All shall be revealed soon my darlings!
Good day lovely internet people! Today I had a pretty typical start to the day, with the exception that I felt extremely broody all morning! It must be that Fynn has been so well behaved this last week, but once the teething starts again broody will go out the window and moody will fly right back in!
I have been pregnant only once but 40 weeks of pregnancy and the first year of parenting are so insane you get a culture shock just from being in your own skin. Being broody and all I started thinking back to my pregnancy and thought of a few things I would have done differently for any future pregnancy, if there will be one in the cards for us.
1. I would have been a lot more unreasonably demanding. When we started telling people that 'we' were pregnant I had people saying, 'Spoil yourself, you're eating for two!' or 'Enjoy yourself while you can - it won't last long!' Yes, advice full of optimism it was. I should have taken it! I should have forced Grant to give me massages every night, cook dinner 3-4 nights a week, let me watch even more of my mind-numbing shows and get me clotted ice-cream at 4 am when I was up suffering from heart-burn. Problem is, if we ever decide to have another child I will not be able to do this - first-time pregnant thing - ever again, because of course I have Fynn to look after. So if you are about to get knocked-up or are already preggers - just have the biggest blow-out ever (nothing harmful for the baby of course) because when you are pregnant it is all about YOU; when you've had the baby it's all about your boobs, or your culinary skills.
2. I would have taken more 'bowl-on-the-belly- type' pictures. I must admit, when I was coming to the end of my second trimester and into my third my self-esteem was dragging behind me somewhere in the shadow of my massive ass and bump, so photos were a painful subject. But I regret so much not having those pictures taken now! I am a massive Pinterest addict and all I see are weekly updates of pregnant women in front of chalkboards with full preggie descriptions ie. '30 weeks, so-and-so pounds, happy as Larry!' scribbled in the fitting pink or blue chalks. I only have a few pictures of when I was pregnant and they are not very good; had I had more then I would have been able to choose from the very bad to the just bad, at least!
3. I would have 'owned' my bump more. When I found out I was pregnant I was dumbfounded, but eventually the ecstatic, delirious joy overcame me. Then, come September I was dumbfounded again and the realization of having to waddle into university on a daily basis was...well, horrifying! I was embarrassed of going into lectures pregnant, I wore clothes that would hide my pregnancy as much as possible and I even managed to fool a few people up until the very end of my pregnancy but how dumb was that? If I could go back in time I would slap myself so hard, and just say, 'Snap out of it you idiot!' Don't get me wrong, I was very proud of being pregnant but university seemed sort of a weird place to be pregnant at. Now I think, screw it, I managed to finish uni despite all of my hormonal mood swings and that's something to be proud of!
4. I would have read less baby literature and spent more time around actual babies. I think we can pretty much give up all hope of telling a pregnant woman to not read books about babies, however, one last attempt: Stop reading books about babies! They are there to suck you into spending more, doubting more, and fearing more! Before I had Fynn I have never held a baby before. I never changed a nappy, I never dressed or bathed a baby, I never breastfed a baby, obviously. I truly believe that I would not have been such a nervous wreck if I had only been around babies more instead of reading about them all cooped up at home. Babies are not made of glass, yes they can't hold their heads up for a while at first, no this doesn't mean that you should be scared of holding them and yes you have to be careful. But it all comes naturally, sometimes from the moment that you hold your baby for the first time. I didn't know squat about babies practically speaking, but somehow it makes sense. You know, like: wipe the bum before putting a clean nappy on, not after, and put the nipple in the baby's mouth not their eye. It's pretty logical, and practice helps!
5. Have lots and lots and LOTS of date nights. And by that I don't mean Michelin Star restaurants or nights at the Opera every other night (but if you can afford that, by all means indulge!). I mean just immerse yourselves completely in each other's company by taking long walks, watching movies, cooking dinner together and just talking about stuff because believe you me, when you start having those babies your brain will shut down at any opportunity of adult conversation! When you are out and baby's at home with a babysitter you can't focus on anything properly, and start acting like you were thrown 3000 years into the future: 'Fork... yes fork! Meat.. in my belly... Okay this is good. Wine, mmm.. I wonder what Fynn is doing, did he poop? Is he asleep? Did he have his milk or will he wake up hungry at 2am? What if he bumped his head? Oh god, why isn't the babysitter answering?!' Then, there is the scenario of going out as a threesome, where you spend the majority of the time picking up toys that Fynn is throwing off the table, rocking the buggy, baby talking such as 'Ohh baba mama boo?' Then you throw the food in your gob, neck the drink and leave as fast as possible!
So, some things to improve on. If you are pregnant or have had kids please feel free to contribute to the list in the comments below, should be interesting! :)
Stay tuned for some more robots, new felt products and more mummy blogging!
Afternoon my lovelies!
As some of you may know already I have ventured out of little Ashford for an inspiring trip to LONDON BABY!:)
My day could not have been any better! After dropping Fynley off at his aunt's, Grant and I took a train to King's Cross to go to the 2014 Country Living Spring Fair. The stalls were so beautifully put together and so inspiring to see! You could find anything from hand-sewn and custom designed cushions and haberdashery to bespoke cast-iron fire pits and wooden furniture! Needless to say the place was packed full of enthusiastic buyers who were not put off by the 'handmade' prices! There were so many workshops on offer like 'making your own mosaic' and 'knitting for beginners'; I wish I had made it to the quilting workshop but we arrived later than we expected: boo!
There were so many handmade goodies on offer I did not know what to look at first. What I found extremely pleasing was how friendly all the sellers were: I told them about my business and they told me about theirs and had generously given me heaps of good advice. It felt like each and every customer received personal attention even if they didn't buy anything. I have picked up a stack of business cards and have discovered a fair few potential suppliers.
To wrap up, here are a few bits I picked up at the fair:
Very eclectic don't you think? Dried Lavender, a metal egg basket and some adorable vintage jammies for Fynn!
After an exhausting 3 hour walk we headed to the Chapel Market just two streets down from the Business Design Centre and I bought some fresh asparagus and romanesco cauliflower for my first budget friendly recipe in my upcoming 'Home Cooking' blog series. Watch this space *wink wink*!
Overall, the trip has been a major success that has brought me back to my business 'drawing room' (it is really just an art pad, hee hee). We were very tired but happy and Fynn has been very well behaved, I've been told.
Today I have a long walk to ASDA with the little one after lunch, dinner to cook and then mummy onesie and teatime!
P.S. The Country Living Spring Fair ends on Sunday the 23rd of March so you still have a chance to go, and I strongly urge you to do so! It is at the London Business Design Centre and you can purchase your tickets here.
Spent all of Fynn's nap time brainstorming and sketching some new felt robot designs. That's right, there will be a Harry Potter Range coming soon :)
I have a few more ideas up my sleeve and still developing a whole Christmas range ready for this year. If you are interested in any of those designs and want a custom made robot plushie or key ring e-mail me for more details!
As for tomorrow, it will be all about inspiration as I am going to the Country Living Spring Fair in London with my fellow crafter Leeanne and her sister. So excited, I saw pictures of last year's fair and I literally want to buy EVERYTHING!
Head over to the Country Living site to purchase your tickets (buying in advance will give you a 3.50 discount, hint hint).
Hello World and welcome to Wispy Winks! As you may already have shrewdly observed I have now set up camp in this little cozy nest, and hopefully for good!
Head over to my Home page and read all about my site and don't forget to browse the store for my felt robot plushies (I mention it on the Store page but I will mention it here as well, I only accept Paypal payments for the time being so use the Paypal 'Add to Cart' button as opposed the 'Buy Now' button to checkout).
As a 'thank you' for visiting my site and liking it on Facebook I have arranged my first of many giveaways! For your chance to win this bespoke Easter Rabbit Robot just drop a comment below with your name and site (if you have one). The winner will be chosen at random and announced next Friday on the 28th of March, 2014.
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