You might have noticed that things over here have been a little quieter than usual for the last few weeks. Or you might not have noticed at all! What feels quiet to me probably isn’t all that quiet at all! There has been a fair amount going on in our house for the last month, with the absolute biggest thing being our upcoming move to (literally) greener pastures (this Saturday!) It has occurred to me that I probably should have considered taking a break from blogging altogether until we were moved and settled. Continue reading “Taking A Break: Listen To Your Body”
I come up against this quite a lot, especially when I’m out with the kids. My family get how we parent, Mr C’s family get how we parent, our friends get how we parent. Not only do they get it, almost all of them agree that for the most part, the way we parent seems to work. I’m by no stretch of the imagination saying that we are amazing parents; far from it! I’m also not suggesting that ours is the only way – every single one of us, every family, every child, every person’s needs, is different. But the way that we choose to parent works for us, and it works for our kids. I suppose you could call it relaxed parenting, but there are many ways in which it is not relaxed at all. Continue reading “Relaxed Parenting: Does It Mean I Don’t Care?!”
A couple of weekends ago we took the kids to visit their Grandad at his caravan in Hastings. I hadn’t really planned on taking a break from the blog for the weekend, and in fact I had every intention of keeping up with my usual blog schedule while we were away. This might sound crazy, but in reality my blog schedule isn’t overly huge at the weekends anyway. I only post on weekdays, and usually keep the weekends free for family time. Continue reading “Creating A Blog Schedule: Finding My Lost Blog MoJo!”
Ragtag Risotto is so named because you can pretty much throw anything into it that you have to hand! Risotto is an ideal family meal, perfect for first eaters, young children, and grown ups alike. Now that Amelia is a little older, this is one that I like to get her involved with cooking too. Wills often eats a huge portion of this – even his Grandma was flabbergasted when he polished off an entire portion that I had left for him when she babysat recently!
You don’t have to stick to the ingredients I have listed, and I often don’t depending on what we have in the fridge and cupboards! Leftover chicken from a Sunday roast works fantastically, as does smoked bacon (fat removed). You could keep it really simple and just use onions and mushrooms (and vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian), or go all out and add in a mix of seafood, using fish stock instead of chicken.
This recipe makes a huge amount of food, so is perfect for freezing, batch cooking, and saving for lunch the next day. It’s also the perfect budget recipe, without feeling like you’re eating on a budget. I have cooked this for friends and family who have been really impressed at what feels like an indulgent meal, yet it’s cost me next to nothing to make!