Friday, 5 September 2014

Our Weekend...

Last weekend was jam packed full of fun, family, friends and food…just how I like them.

The little dude was back at his swimming lessons on Saturday after the summer break and thankfully he still loved it.  I was a bit nervous that after a 4 week break he might need some time to get used to it, but I really needn't of worried…

our weekend

After swimming we headed east to Columbia Road...

our weekend
I love this piece of street art, not the best pic as it was out of the car window!

but not to the flower market (its only open on Sunday's) instead we were there to visit a very different kind of corner shop…

our weekend

our weekend

our weekend

Hopefully you can see from the pictures that all the stock was made of felt, such a fun idea.

On our way back home we popped into 'Look Mum No Hands' for Mr O and the little dude to catch the end of the 8th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and to refuel on coffee and cakes!  If you are into cycling a visit to this cafe is a must.  Not only are the cakes delicious, there are all kinds of bike related paraphernalia.

our weekend
vive le tour!
our weekend
the little dude wasn't pleased about missing out on cake again…not long until you're on solids little one!

On Sunday we headed over to Battersea Power Station with my brother and sister and a couple of friends to catch the last day of the Power of Summer festival….we were all pretty overwhelmed with the choice of street food available and the amazing setting.  Battersea Power Station is one of the most iconic buildings in London so it was great to have an opportunity to get a bit closer

our weekend

our weekend
these cranes could unload 480 tonnes of coal an hour between them!
our weekend
AMAZING soft shell crab burger
our weekend
that grapefruit collins is not for you I'm afraid!
our weekend

Weekends are the best!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project - August

How on earth is it September already!?!

August was such a fun month and for once I managed to remember to take lots of photos of the three of us which meant I actually had to pick a pic rather than just go with the only photo I had!

My absolute favourite picture this month is this one from our trip to the Mayfield Lavender Farm…you can read all about it here

me and mine August

Friday, 29 August 2014

Mr Hyde National Burger Day 2014

This Wednesday celebrated the second Mr Hyde National Burger Day so it would have been rude not to have burgers for dinner…

The burgers I made are super simple and don't call for too many ingredients

National Burger Day


500g beef mince
75g grated cheese with scotch bonnet chillies (you can use any good melting cheese)
tomato ketchup

1 large sweet potato
olive oil
garlic granules
sea salt (we LOVE this amazing salt from San Sebastian Food, check out all their fab products available through Amazon here)
2 corn on the cob
tomato ketchup

1. add a good squeeze of ketchup to the mince along with a generous seasoning of salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix together with your hands

2. divide the mince mixture into four equal portions

3. divide each portion into two and shape into a patty

National Burger Day

4. pop a quarter of the grated cheese onto four of the patties

National Burger Day

5. place the four patties without cheese onto of those containing cheese and squish together to make a ball and seal the edges, once sealed re-shape into a patty

National Burger Day

6. cover with cling film and pop into the fridge until you are ready to cook

7. chop the sweet potato up into wedges…aim to make all wedges a similar size so they cook uniformly

8. spritz olive oil on a baking tray and lay out the wedges, sprinkle over a little garlic powder and sea salt, muddle up with your hands so all wedges are covered evenly

9. pop wedges into a pre-heated oven (200°C) for about 40mins or until cooked, give the tray a shake halfway through so the wedges don't stick and cook evenly

10. bring a large pan of water to the boil for the corn on the cob, once boiling pop the corn on the cob in for about 20mins or until cooked

11. place a griddle pan on a high heat and place the four burgers into the pan, be patient and don't be tempted to move the burgers around until the meat has had time to brown and caramelise on one side (about 5-10mins) then flip and repeat on the other side

National Burger Day

12. whilst the burgers are cooking its time to make the harissa mayonnaise, squeeze about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup and half a teaspoon (more or less depending on how hot you like it!) into a bowl and combine

National Burger Day

13.  once the burgers are cooked to your liking remove from the pan and set aside, give the pan a wipe down with kitchen roll (be careful not to burn yourself) and pop the rolls cut side down on for a minute or so to toast

14.  once all elements are cooked its time to plate up…pile your wedges up, chop your corn in half and speed your rolls with some of the harissa mayo and tomato before toping with your delicious cheesy burgers and enjoy!

National Burger Day

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

4 Month Update...

Four months…how on earth did that happen!?

4 Months

There have been so many changes since the last update and even though I have been trying to note things down as they happen I am sure there are more I have forgotten.

We are so lucky to have such a happy smiley baby, he still only really cries when there is something wrong and 99% of the time as soon as it is fixed he's back to his ultra cute smiley self.

4 Months

This month saw the little dude have his second set of vaccinations and his BCG.  He was such a trooper and didn't even cry for the BCG.

He's been developing at such a pace it's hard to keep up with…

- if you poke your tongue out at him he'll poke his right back!  We had a couple of weeks where that tiny tongue was poking out all the time!
- we have a thumb sucker on our hands, although that doesn't mean he's given up the dummy…he'll happily swap between the two.  I'm pretty sure he would have sucked his thumb from birth, he used to get so frustrated in the hospital when he had the splint on and couldn't get to his thumb, but it's surprised me that it took him until now to find it again.
- he's trying so so hard to roll  from his back to his tummy and is nearly there, but hasn't quite got the momentum to go all the way yet.  There were a couple of front to back rolls during one tummy time session, but he was so shocked by the landing that he hasn't attempted it again!
- he's desperate to sit up and is no longer happy lying for down for anything much longer than five minutes now even on his play mat.  We've started using our bumbo for short periods of time and he LOVES it!

4 Months

Nap times have become a bit more structured he tends to have a couple of shorter naps in the morning and then a longer one in the afternoon.  If we've had a particularly busy day he might have a second one in the afternoon.  We were making some progress in moving nap times out of his bouncy chair and into the cot, but if I'm honest we've regressed a bit here…must get back onto that.  I've also found that when he's over tired and struggling to sleep singing really helps.  Our current favourite is 'Lets Go Fly A Kite'

All of the above developments are amazing, but the best thing ever was hearing his first proper precious giggle…the absolute best sound in the world ever.  I now spend pretty much ever waking moment trying to make the little dude laugh…nothing better.

We love you more and more everyday little dude x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Flat 102 Production...

On August 16th 2013 after feeling a bit odd for a couple of days and getting a temperature spike I took a pregnancy test…

big fat positive

I could not quite believe my eyes…POSITIVE.  I was in the flat alone at the time as Mr O was away and I vividly remember crying and hopping about the bathroom flapping my arms, I must have looked like a crazy person!  I was pregnant!  I had been lead to believe over the years due to health issues that there would only be a very slim chance that I would be able to get pregnant naturally, but we had done it!

I kept this amazing secret to myself all day at work as I wanted to tell Mr O in person, and once he got home I shared the good news and of course we did another test just to be sure!

big fat positive

We started taking weekly photos when the little dude, known as Bean at this point, was about 8 weeks along and the size of a raspberry! To mark a year since we started on this amazing journey I pulled those weekly photos into a quick video (please excuse the quality, its my first time working with iMovie!).  It was so fun to look back at my growing bump, it already feels a lifetime ago!


I feel so blessed and grateful everyday that I get to be the little dudes Mummy…love you millions.


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