Monday, 6 October 2014

Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project - September

I am ashamed to say that even though I took hundreds of photos throughout September there are only two with all three of us in and both taken on the same day by my parents.

Last weekend we left the little dude for the first time overnight (not on his own of course, Granny and Grandad were left in charge!) the first photo was taken not long after we were all reunited...

Me and Mine September
Yes I did drag a very hungover Mr O out of bed at 8.30 as I missed the little dude so much!

This picture was taken at lunch where the little dude would have happily tucked into my roast if he had the chance…he had to settle for giraffe!  Look out for adventures in weaning soon.

Me and Mine September

Whilst we may not look our best, I love the moments they have captured.  Next month I will attempt to be more organised though!

Friday, 3 October 2014

5 Month Update...

I am super late with this months update…I know I have said it before, but I really don't know where the days go.  This is even more true now with the little dude being more active and sleeping less during the day…that said the last month has been one of my favourites so far.  Watching the little dude change and develop new skills everyday is such a privilege.

5 Months

This month saw our first roll, which we all got a little over excited about as they have been few and far between since then.  I get the feeling he has shown us he can do it and therefore 'ticked the box' and is now ready to move on to other more interesting things!  One of those things being sitting!  We had a pretty difficult week towards the end of the month, where he seemed very out of sorts and I couldn't work out why and to be honest put it down to teething…but we were soon shown why, the little dude no longer wanted to lie down as he could sit unaided.  The first few days were a little wobbly, but after some practise he is now a champion sitter!  

5 Months

Coupled with the move to siting seems to be developing preference for sleeping on his side.  Both Mr O and I sleep on our sides so I suppose it is only to be expected, but it is a little funny seeing him smoosh his face into the side of the buggy or car seat when he's tired!  

5 Months 

We also had our last lot of jabs this month and I couldn't have been more proud of how the little dude dealt with them.  He had to have one in each leg and for the first one he just did a funny fake cry (also a new development) and then giggle and for the second one he cried for about 10 seconds and then promptly feel asleep…can't ask for better than that.

5 Months

In terms on routine things are still pretty much the same…feeding every 3 or so hours, although in the night this is starting to stretch (hooray!), 3ish naps a day (the 11.30 nap gets dropped every now and then), bath time is tending to be a little earlier and we put him straight to bed now rather than bringing him back into the living room with us which is much better for everyone.

5 Months 

One of my favourite things this month though has to be all the crazy faces that have been pulled…lots of poking out of the tongue (and of course raspberries), sucking of top or bottom lips and one I like to call the frog!

5 Months

5 months is a great age…can't wait to see what next month brings!

5 Months

We love you more and more everyday little dude x

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


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