The night manager, crochet and lots of baking #littleloves

The night manager, crochet and lots of baking #littleloves

Thank you for all your well wishes last week. Thankfully I am now feeling well again but unfortunately I did have to phone in sick to work on Monday and Tuesday. I hate being off work sick but I found it hard even driving my daughter to nursery those days.


I read a magazine that my mum brought round at the weekend but other than that and the ladybird’s bedtime stories not a lot.


This week I watched the first three episodes of The night manager in one afternoon (the ladybird was at nursery and I was off work sick). I loved it and felt a bit lost the next day without more episodes to watch. There is something about watching episodes really close together I think. I can’t wait for the rest of the series, although I will have to go back to watching one episode a week now. I can’t believe I nearly missed this series. I find the less tv you watch, the less you hear about these great shows and then it’s a vicious circle. My time at work is easing off in a week so I will have more Mondays and Tuesdays on my own whilst the ladybird is at nursery. Obviously I have lots of things I need to do but I am finding I need to rest more and more so if anyone has any recommendations for shows I may have missed please let me know.


Loving my mother's day present. An @bo.and.bel teething necklace

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For mother’s day, my husband asked what I would like and I chose a teething necklace. I love the colours of this one. I rarely where necklace’s because even at nearly 3 the ladybird is drawn to them and fiddles with them or pulls on them. She was fascinated by this one but at least I do not need to worry about her breaking it and hopefully the new baby will be just as interested in it.


I’ve made quiet a bit this week. Once I started to feel a bit better on Tuesday I decided to start some crochet. I haven’t done much crochet in a long time but I used to enjoy it and I have a very large stash of yarn to use up. I found some videos on you tube (as I have forgotten most of the basics) and soon made a good few granny squares which I am planning to turn in to a blanket for the ladybirds dolls (she spends a lot of time tucking her toys up under tea towels or the one dolls blanket she has whilst repeating “babies must go to sleep”).

I’ve also spent quiet a bit of time in the kitchen Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday I baked leftover porridge bread (although I had to make extra porridge as there is never leftover porridge in this house). I’d seen a picture of this on instagram earlier in the week and was intrigued by it. I used to bake bread regularly before I hade the ladybird. I really should make it more often on the days I am home as it takes very little effort (I use my kitchenaid to mix and knead). It’s then just a matter of leaving it to prove and then baking. The recipe is from Claire Thomson (@5oclockapron on instagram) and was published in the guardian here. We enjoyed some of the bread for lunch yesterday and it was delicious.

Enjoy yesterday's baking for lunch. This is @5oclockapron leftover porridge bread with baked beans.

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I also made some really simple healthy snack bars using a recipe I found on Mr Fox (a recipe from Holly Bell). We all loved these bars which is a success in my book.

Yesterday I had a really busy day in the kitchen baking for the weekend. It is my mum’s 60th birthday soon and this weekend we are celebrating with my parents and sister. First up I baked Cranberry, white chocolate and almond muffins (using a recipe my mum ripped out of a newspaper and handed me as a not so subtle hint).

Then I baked a lemon curd victoria sponge cake as her main cake. I also baked some foccacia breads.



The ladybird wishing me “happy birthday” on Mother’s day. We kept telling her it was mothers day not my birthday but at just under 3 she couldn’t get her head round it. I guess for now I am like the queen with two birthdays! She made me this lovely card at nursery.

And lastly ……

We have a busy weekend ahead celebrating with my family. It’s a weekend we have been planning for months so I’m pleased to be feeling well enough to enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be back next week to tell you all about it.little-loves-badge


  1. March 11, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better! That lemon curd victoria sponge looks sooo good! Have a great weekend x

  2. March 12, 2016 / 7:57 am

    Wow you have been busy this week. I love your lemon curd sponge- it looks delicious.
    Glad your feeling better. X

  3. Not A Frumpy Mum
    March 12, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    The lemon curd Victoria Sponge cake looks amazing, I would love that. The colours in your necklace are so pretty, you’d never guess it was a teething necklace. Glad you’re feeling better! xx

    • March 19, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      You really can’t tell. I wore it the other day and my friends 8 month old must have known though as he went straight for it and never stopped chewing on it. My friend obviously couldn’t tell as she apologised for him until I explained it was a teething necklace!

  4. March 17, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Sorry to read that you were poorly, I hope you’re fully better now.
    Your crochet looks fab, I really must learn to crochet one day. I really love crochet blankets.
    The Night Manager is fantastic isn’t it? It really draws you in, I’m so keen to see how it will play out. xx

    • March 19, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      I’m fully better now thanks. I taught myself to crochet using you tube. The night manager really did draw me in. Still haven’t found time to watch last Sunday’s episode yet though!

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