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One week old today ❤ I remember having our first baby, and being desperate to get back to normal... To prove I could still do it all - keep on top of work and the house and rush to squish my sore body back into my pre baby clothes and get out and about. I gritted my teeth through afterpains and tried to hide my bleeding and my sore dripping boobs as visitors after visitors came to see us and baby. I've changed a little since then, reading @magamamas The Fourth Trimester had a huge impact on me, and I've worked hard in recent years to stop caring what anyone else does and listen more closely to what my individual body and temperament needs - and for me that is deep rest, and time to go inward and focus on recovering and just nourishing this little person in these precious first few weeks. I haven't left the house, other than to potter in the garden, all week. I could happily do nothing all day but feed and cuddle and watch him sleep. My body is squishy soft and raw and shifting and healing, my boobs are huge and sore and leaky and practically none of my clothes fit / look or feel right. I smell like sour milk mixed with a sweaty football team thanks to breastfeeding and hormonal hot flashes. My heart is blown wide open, I feel everything so deeply and I cry on the daily, at happy and sad things, or for no reason at all. To see me, I'm a total mess, by societys standards, but here, surrendering to being soft and vulnerable, I feel like my heart is overflowing with love and contentment. These days have been the most slow, precious, revered days of my life so far, and I am just basking in the beauty of this messy, magical time while it lasts, taking many lessons forward with me and trying somehow to put it into words so I never forget ❤ L x

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Potato Peel Crisps

I saw an Instagram post earlier this week about potato peel crisps and just had to meal plan a giant shepherds pie so I had loads of peelings to make some right away! And they didn't disappoint - so delicious...

Simply toss your potato peelings with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt (or whatever other seasonings you'd like) and bake until crispy.

 I made ours in an air fryer and they took about 15 mins (then disappeared in approximately 40 seconds once my lot got their hands on them 😂). Have you tried these yet? L x


Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Half a leftover cucumber from last weeks shop cleared from the fridge by making into quick pickles...

Chop up into slices of chunks and squash in a jar, being to the boil a quarter cup vinegar (I usually use apple cider, but used white this time as it was closer to hand!), quarter cup water, teaspoon of salt and any seasonings you like (I added mustard seeds and a garlic clove, i'd usually add chilli flakes but my 5 year old loves these so wouldn't let me!), pour liquid over and voila.

We have a katsu curry planned for later in the week so they'll be the perfect accompaniment for that and sticky rice, if Caitlyn doesn't eat them all first! L x



The Stuff, Or The Idea?

The first week of January and adverts and social media posts are awash with new planners, fancy home organisational products, gym / diet plans and shiny new workout clothes.

Don't get me wrong, I love the fresh energy of a new year - reflecting and organising and thinking of what we have learnt and how we want to move forward in our lives - but it's also made me think a lot about how we are sold so much 'stuff' with the idea of improving our lives - and how in continually accumulating things, we can actually do the opposite.

A few years ago, we'd have been the people battling the crowds in IKEA, desperate for more storage to make the stuff we'd accumulated that Christmas, and in the many years before, more manageable. We'd be the people buying sports clothes and workout gear in Decathlon thinking of our newer fitter, sportier selves. Planning expensive outings thinking they'd be the things that would give us more quality time with the kids. Stocking up on…

A New Year & A Happy Heart

Happy New Year lovely folks - I hope 2019 is a magical one for you.

It's been a long time since I posted in this space, but I have felt the pull to properly write again these past few weeks and the posts are spilling from my fingers, so, tentatively, here I am.

In one of my last posts about our story, I wrote about how after moving to our farm, taking on more responsibilities, and feeling utterly burnt out, we had moved towards simplifying our lives.

Gaz left his main job in the first quarter of 2018, and we have been busy learning to live on significantly less, whilst continuing to find and reap the rewards (and facing the challenges) that working towards a living a simpler life is giving our family.

Continuing to simplify has been a slow and steady process over the rest of year, and it has extended to so much more than just our work and material things - but letting go of jammed packed schedules, ideas, relationship cycles and so many deeper issues too.

It has been a year of tru…

Creamy Celery and Cashew Soup Recipe

Hope you are all keeping warm in the snow today, it's been mad weather here - crazy deep snow and minus 7 degrees when I got in my car earlier! A friend mentioned having a delicious cream of celery soup in a cafe recently and I have been dying to recreate it ever since, so today when the snow day hit and we needed an ultra warming lunch - I did just that! A perfect winter warmer that is deliciously creamy, tasty and satisfying. You will need a high speend blender to get this soup super smooth, or you could try soaking your cashews overnight first o they are softer to blend.


Ingredients:
1 bunch of celery
2 cloves of garlic
1 large onion
1 courgette
1 potato
1 cup of cashews
2 cups of plant milk.
Approx 800ml veg stock - enough to cover all the veg plus about 1 inch.


Method

Add first 4 ingredients to a large pan with a glug of oil and cook for 5-10 minutes until softened but not coloured. Add all additional ingredients and cook until veg are all soft and cooked. Approx 15 mins.

Blen…

Why And How We're Having a Frugal, Second-hand, Cheapskate KindaChristmas

A little video on how and why we are embracing a thrifty, less stuff Christmas with our 3 little ones this year.

L x