Strawberries and sofas – made and discovered

The sun has appeared again this week, and it has been amazing (albeit sticky). I have loved walking the mile or so into town with the double buggy, wandering round and taking in the smell of summer. We’re heading to London this weekend as a very last minute birthday treat for Jared. I will be popping along to BritMums Live too. I love being in London, so I’m really excited.

Here is what we’ve been making and discovering this week:

  • La Redoute homeware – A bit late to the party, but I discovered this week that La Redoute sells homeware items. There is a big sale on at the moment, so click and have a little look.350019136_1_CO_1_3225503
  • Gluten free (but not sugar free) battenburg cake – Jared’s favourite cake in the world is battenburg, so I baked him one for his birthday. I used this recipe, and he really enjoyed it, but I think it could have looked better.
  • Strawberry and rhubarb crumble – We went strawberry picking this week and my in laws gave us some rhubarb (which I love). I’m going to make this crumble next week. I love a crumble. strawberry picking farmer copleysfarmer copleys
  • Presents for teachers – I have always felt a bit weird about buying presents for teachers, but now Win is due to leave nursery in a few weeks time, (and has two teachers he adores), I think it would be lovely to say thank you. I bought these mugs for 99p and am going to make them into candles – I didn’t really know what else to do?20160623_144958
  • Doorstep garden – Our little doorstep garden is thriving, and I think we’re going to have to think about planting them in the ground soon. The courgettes are doing great. I’ll get sad when it’s not there any more. 20160621_160825
  • Sofa rockets – Every day this week the boys have made a sofa space rocket. It’s usually at the most inconvenient times, but I love listening to them. They always speak in very deep, serious voices. 20160621_084412

Have a really great weekend!

E xx



  1. 24th June 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Ooh, rhubarb and strawberry crumble! I’m never that keen on cooked strawberries, but this sounds fab, I might try it 🙂

    • Esther
      4th July 2016 / 8:59 pm

      I made it over the weekend with an almond sponge top! It was very lovely! x

  2. 27th June 2016 / 1:31 pm

    We love strawberry picking and planing on doing it soon depending on the weather! 🙂 Those mugs are lovely, thats such a thoughtful gift to do, I think they’ll appreciate it. Loving the doorstep plants, we’re currently growing caterpillars to butterflies for a project and the kids are so excited to buy some plants to create a butterfly garden! sofa rockets, we love them too. however one time it ended in a collision and nose bleed from combining ships lol xx

    • Esther
      4th July 2016 / 9:00 pm

      That is so cool! I would love to see caterpillars morph into butterflies – very exciting. I hope they all make it. Kids do love the most simple things xx

  3. 27th June 2016 / 1:37 pm

    My MIL gave me a strawberry and rhubarb crumble recipe last year and it was the best crumble ever!! You’ve reminded me to make some this year while it’s strawberry season. I love your little doorstop garden and I think that is a lovely idea for a teacher’s gift. As a teacher’s wife I can tell you that they love anything thoughtful like that…James is so sentimental and keeps allsorts from the kids! xx

    • Esther
      4th July 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you Hayley! My sister is a teacher and at Christmas time she has the most amazing gifts! We all get a little jealous. I’m glad to hear you like rhubarb too – I LOVE it! xx

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