Paradise bars – made and discovered

I feel like I’ve been a bit lazy this week – watched too much TV in the evenings and generally being clapped out by 8pm. I think it’s important to have a week like that once in a while. I feel that I notice the little achievements more, but maybe I’m just making excuses for myself? We thought Win had chicken pox, but three days later he seems fine and no more spots have appeared – I think we have escaped this time. But Jared didn’t escape a stomach bug, so that has been fun!

This is what we’ve been up to:

  • Paradise Bars – I’ve made these a couple of times before and they are so, so gorgeous. You have to like dark chocolate (I used 90%) and coconut. They are an upgrade from dark chocolate Bounty bars, which I love! The recipe is from Hemsley Hemsley – The Art of Eating Well. 
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  • Green Salad – This week lunch has been lots of greens and Tilda grains with tahini and lemon as a dressing. It only takes about 5 minutes to throw together and I really like it. green goddess salad
  • Winter Garden – Last week I finished a book called ‘Winter Garden’ by Kristin Hannah. It’s about a Russian family living in Leningrad during the reign of Stalin. He ruled in terror and then the whole city was gradually cut off by the Germans. It’s told in a very unusual way, and is completely harrowing at times. I’m half way through ‘The Year of Living Danishly’ by Helen Russell. It is so interesting, and a lot lighter than ‘Winter Garden’.
  • A loved reading this tip regarding teaching children to swim using flippers. Has anyone tried it? I would love to know.
  • Swimwear – I did a post on swimsuits earlier this week as I’ve had a bit of a window shopping binge in preparation for our holiday. I bought the boys a rash vest each, and I went for bright so they will be easy to spot on the beach.
  • Dinner time – I’ve been a bit naughty this week and sometimes eaten my dinner when the boys are in bed. Dinner time is always a bit stressful and Win and Ru always seem to need the toilet twice each. Any one else’s kids? Ru needs assistance and often I’m feeding O. I hate the thought of not eating with them, but I think it has been for the best this week. I am up and down like a yo-yo.
  • Killer Women – Jared and I have been watching this on ITV. I always believe everyone, so I go in constant circles working out who is lying and who isn’t. I must be annoying to watch it with. I annoy myself!

Did anyone watch The Great British Sewing Bee? I love seeing what fabric the choose and their thought processes. Everyone is so different and I love it.

Have a lovely weekend!

E xx



  1. 20th May 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Ha Ha! Love your post. I so want to eat all that yummy food! I’ve also watched some Killer women episodes and its so so interesting but shocking too! Angela from daysinbed

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Totally shocking! Although these days, nothing seems to surprise me! xx

  2. 21st May 2016 / 8:53 am

    Your food is so inspirational! I really need to make more things like that salad and your paradise bars look amazing! I love that tip about learning to swim in flippers too, it makes total sense!

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you Nat! The paradise bars are heaven xx

  3. 21st May 2016 / 9:18 am

    Those paradise bars look gorgeous! Will have to make some. I saw Leah reading the Danish living book, sounds very interesting and a reminder I have a stack of books I need to be reading.
    I’m going to get into the sewing bee this time round I think ill really like it 😊 x

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 9:14 pm

      My Kindle means I read so much more. It’s awesome! Let me know if you like the sewing bee…it does get better each week xx

  4. 21st May 2016 / 1:31 pm

    I need to watch The Sewing Bee on catch up, sounds great 🙂 Those paradise bars look amazing, and the salad, you’re so good with your eating! I need more inspiration/motivation at the moment, I’m really struggling with my appetite, and this isn’t good when breastfeeding! That killer women looks really interesting, another thing i’ll have to catch up on lol. Its the story of my life! ha.

    YES to the dinner time. this is us at the moment, the girls will take it in turn to need the toilet, or at the same time, then the baby will need feeding, and it will end up our dinner time being after theirs and so late! i ended up having cereals twice this week where i just lost time and motivation! xx

    • Esther
      21st May 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Story of life with a newborn!…so much to catch up on and things to squeeze into minutes. You will love The Sewing Bee. It gets more competitive each week.

      Cereal does come in handy! or porridge. I’m glad to hear other people have dinner time issues too. I feel like ours have been crazy recently. Wahhhh xx

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