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Mia: is getting back to her usual bold and sparky self after a week of illness with an ear infection

Joseph: likes: cuddles and clementines / dislikes: having his fingernails cut

Joining in with Jodi and the other lovely bloggers over at Practising Simplicity for the 52 project.

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Mia: the sun came out and the weather was just about warm enough for a first trampoline of the year

Joseph: is incredibly difficult to photograph as he moves non-stop and very quickly…he is only pausing here to refuel.

Joining in with Jodi and the other lovely bloggers over at Practising Simplicity for the 52 project.

PS. I am having some problems with a sensor on my camera at the moment, so relying more on my iPhone camera for the majority of photos! I am missing the image quality and control options of my usual camera, and really must get it fixed soon.

Shrove Tuesday

132829d9e0c226c45ac135256545884dI must admit to having pancakes on my mind this week. Having made some delicate love heart pancakes for Valentines, Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day) is fast approaching.This is when the serious pancake eating takes place; it is sometimes necessary in the middle of winter to have an excuse for an evening of comforting carb feasting. Growing up I once held the family Pancake Day record of eating 11 crepes…goodness knows how. It reflects on the greediness (and fortunately inherited fast metabolism) of my family that my record was not held for very long!

This year, I love the idea of making savoury pancakes for dinner,  as well as traditional sweet dessert pancakes. I’ve found some amazing recipes and flavour ideas on Pinterest, and have created a collection of my favourites.I have included some gluten free and vegan pancakes, as a vague recognition of the need to be healthy sometimes – they look delicious.

It would be great to hear if you have any Pancake Day traditions or special recipes.

Happy Pancake Day for tomorrow!

Image via Pinterest.

Valentines pancakes for my loves

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015eAlthough I’m not into celebrating Valentines Day in a big way, I wanted to make a little Valentines treat for Mia and Joe. Pancakes are their favourite, and a very regular weekend breakfast here. For something more special I made our usual pancake mix into pretty heart designs, inspired by this idea on Pinterest. I think my decorating technique could do with some refinement, but they tasted good, and it’s all about the love, right?!

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Our beautiful lake

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Sunday was the most perfect winter’s day; the kind you imagine in the middle of a summer heatwave, when you have nostalgically forgotten that most of winter is grey and freezing! We took a walk around the most beautiful nearby lake. I’d not been here for some time, and had forgotten what a lovely place it is!