5 Jul 2015

Monochrome



Before these pictures were taken, I'd had a mini meltdown in the car. I've been a bit of an emotional pinball machine the past few weeks. I don't know if it's the lack of sleep, the fact that all I want to do is eat and nap or the fact that I feel like a whale. This last trimester, I've been feeling over sensitive, paranoid, delicate, extremely tired, irritable, nauseas. Don't get me wrong, it's not all of the time, I do have great days. I've just noticed it a lot more in the latter part of my pregnancy, I don't know if all women get that like this near the end? I experienced my first set of Braxton Hicks the other night...wow, that was an eye opener.

Anyway, the one thing I will say is that I'm winning at not having to buy maternity clothing. I think I've only bought one pair of jeans, a pair of leggings, one dress and one top. Everything else has either been adapted, stretched or I've breathed in like a trooper haha! Seriously though, maternity clothing is expensive and if you can get away with your own clothes for as long as possible then do it. This maxi from New Look is actually a size 10! I know I couldn't believe it either, but it so super stretchy and was a complete bargain at £20. My Sandals and duster jacket are from Topshop and my trusty satchel is from Brit Stitch.

Are you with me that this has gone super fast? It feels like I've blinked and my entire pregnancy has flashed before my eyes. I've only got 37 days left, I won't go in to detail just yet..but let's just say she might come a bit earlier than that the way things have been going. As long as I can get past my baby shower next Sunday I'll be happy. How are you all enjoying the hot weather? It's been lovely and not lovely all at the same time! 

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2 Jul 2015

July Shopping Basket

Now that I'm at home and my maternity leave has officially started, the online browsing seems to have stepped up a gear. Not the best when you are trying to save money like a trooper, but hey there is no harm in looking right? Below are some things that I have strong 'feels' for, all from a collection of my favourite companies and brands.

Rifle Paper Co. is a stationary lovers dream and this planner is absolutely divine, you should see the inside! I most certainly need it in my life, even just to stare at.

Neom are magicians when it comes to products, I have always said and always loved them. I could get through pot after pot of their 'Great Day Body Scrub' and it has been a God send during pregnancy, even if I have now ran out! If you have never tried one of their candles, you really are missing out. I've already put a heap on my Christmas wish list...yes I went there.

Brit Stitch are another firm friend of mine and this Poppy coloured full pint satchel needs to be in my collection, they are so well made and I simply can't get enough. Imagine it paired with some Breton stripes and a red lip?

Zara....kidswear, I don't really have to say any more do I? Apart from 'mini Breton' *sighs*.

Copper pots have been a life long want of mine, I know they are expensive but they are just so pretty. I suppose the whole copper thing that has exploded hasn't helped my obsession either. This set from John Lewis is modern and elegant.

This Shakespeare print from Society6 really caught my eye, I'd love to frame it above little girls cot. I hope she has a personality that she is proud of and is a tiny little bit like her mama ;)

I don't think I need to explain this beauty from Dahlia, I just need it.

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28 Jun 2015

Prawn Linguine

Happy Sunday! Today I am sharing a new personality with you, Mother Cooker! I have wanted to share more foodie posts for a very, very long time but I simply haven't had time. Now that I have officially left work for maternity leave, it opens up a whole new time frame to my day. A chance for me to do what I love best, cook! I will be sharing all of my home made recipes, made with fresh ingredients here on my blog. Soon I will be starting a new series, the A to Z of food and drink. Cooking and making food and drinks with each letter of the alphabet and I can't wait to share my ideas with you! But I thought I'd start you off with one of my favourite dishes of all time, Prawn Linguine. My go to at any restaurant and a dish that very much has 'Dey approval', I hope you enjoy it! Don't forget to #mothercooker if you make it so I can see all of your attempts! 



//For two people you will need:
12 large un-cooked king prawns or 8 extra large king prawns
1 bunch of fresh parsley
2 birdseye chillies
2 cloves of garlic
600g of chopped tomatoes (1 & 1/2 tins)
1 shallot
300g of fresh spaghetti
Salt and Pepper
Butter

//Method:
-Finely chop your shallot.
-Using a hand blender, blend together the tomatoes, chillies and peeled garlic cloves.
-Heat up a knob of butter in a pan, making sure it is not too hot and add the finely chopped shallot.
-Add a tiny amount of water to the pan, cook until softened.
-Add your prawns and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
-Whilst your prawns are cooking, take a large pan and fill with water, boil ready for the pasta.
-When your prawns have started to turn pink, pop the blended tomato sauce mixture on the heat.
-Once your prawns are fully pink, add the tomato sauce to your prawn pan and mix thoroughly.
-When your pan of water is boiling, add a pinch of salt and the pasta, cook for 4-5 minutes until soft.
-Drain the pasta, keeping a little starch water back and add to your prawn and sauce pan.
-Add chopped parsley and mix thoroughly together.
-Dish in to pasta bowls evenly and season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of parsley.

//Remember
-On average prawns should take 10-12 minutes to turn pink, but make sure cooked thoroughly.
-Fresh pasta cooks a lot quicker than dried but if you only have this, allow longer cooking time.
-The dish in total should take around 20 minutes max to cook.

That's shallot, enjoy! 





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