Before moving to live in the United States I didn't use to give much consideration to the time of year called Autumn. English Autumn to me signals the end of the warmer weather and the start of cooler, shorter days ahead. The damp autumn air and thick heavy dew on the grass in the mornings. The days are getting shorter already and this is the downhill to chilly temperatures and spending much more time in the dark! In Yorkshire the sun will set as early as 3.45pm and rise as late as 8.25am in the … [Read more...] about Fall – so much more than a season!
I am a bit of a foodie. I cannot hide my passion for great food and wine that has been made with quality ingredients. The provenance of great food makes me happy. To be able to know the story behind where the ingredients I use come from contribute to me being a happy home cook! Whilst contemplating why I am writing this blog I wrote a list of what makes me happy. Good food and amazing flavours were amongst the top ideas of my list of what makes me smile. Being from the UK means that we have … [Read more...] about Top gourmet food finds in a surprising location!
From the minute you are blessed to be a parent there is an instinct built within everyone to nurture and protect your children so that they will grow up to be the most healthy person they can be. Creating good habits seems easy at the start because as the parent you are 100% in control of what they eat and drink. As they get older and the babies turn into school age children which in turn become teenagers and eventually adults, parents need to be confident that they have given their offspring … [Read more...] about No Sugar or Lower Sugar? A Family Approach
I always feel good when we've eaten the food that I filled the fridge with at the beginning of the week. It means that we've kept to our plan and not overlooked what was in there in favour of other options. Obviously on occasions we have last minute changes of plan and what I anticipated making for dinner stays in the fridge. This is when I will use the freezer to store the meal for me until a time when we need it. The freezer is literally like the pause button for a meal or food that would … [Read more...] about Food Waste – how much are you throwing away?
Laundry blowing in the breeze on a summer’s day is as quintessentially British as it gets. I rank it up there with strawberries and cream, Wimbledon and afternoon tea! British people, myself included love to hang their washing outside on the line at every opportunity they can get. Sunny, dry and windy days mean one thing - it’s time to put the washing out! Pegging out the laundry is best done on a sunny and dry day but most people will take advantage of a cloudy day too as long as it’s not … [Read more...] about Making the most of a windy day? Get your laundry on the line!
Chocolate is one of those things that can make us smile. I thought I'd take a look back at a trip my family made where there were plenty of smiles including chocolate enhanced ones! For 10 days every October in Perugia in Umbria, Italy there is a festival to make any chocolate lover's mouth water - the Eurochocolate Festival. This is Italy's biggest chocolate festival and one of the largest in Europe which takes place in the piazzas and streets of Perugia. Nearly one million visitors … [Read more...] about Perugia, Italy – Olive groves, chocolate and history