Goodbye 2013…what a year!!!

Well its New Years Eve and as I started to think about things I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what has been a life changing year. 2013 saw the arrival of my gorgeous Baby boy. Baby L. He really changed my life. I wasn’t very maternal before I had him. When I first found I was having a baby I began to panic. How was I going to look after a baby, i barely knew how to change a nappy. But like everyone kept reminding me, you just know what to do. A mothers Instinct.

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On the 23rd of june this year The L’s papa proposed to me. I knew that this would happen at some point but I was still shocked when he did finally “pop the question”, it was an amazing feeling, it felt like we were united, part of a team and ready to take on the world. Baby L had been in our lives for 23 days by this point so was a great feeling of the next chapter of our lives had just begun, as a family.

I also got to spend more time with my stepson not just as family unit but over the summer holidays on my own with Baby L. It was lovely to spend some time with Little L and really get a feeling of family life.

2013 also saw us move into our a new home. A couple of months before Baby L arrived we moved house. Literally round the corner but it seemed like a massive task. As i was 7 months pregnant I wasn’t much help either. The L’s Papa did all the work and I am so grateful he did. We settled straight away and have enjoyed the majority of this year in a lovely home.

My parents emigrated this year to Australia which was a massive shock to my system. I knew I would miss them terribly but I didn’t realise how reliant I was on them till they left. Still can make me cry and we’re 10 months on.

I’ve had some lovely memories for this year, friends getting pregnant and having babies, making new friends and adjusting to my new life as a mum. I left work in April and have since started my own business and I haven’t really looked back to be honest. But there has been some difficult times to get over, not only was it hard and emotionally draining to have my parents emigrate but I didn’t have the best pregnancy and I had a very difficult birth. I plan to post lots about this over the coming months but lets just say that after a lot of pushing (when i shouldn’t have been) it turns out I can’t give birth naturally anyway.

So here’s to a new year, I plan to post lots about food, cooking, babies and life. Hope you enjoy and Happy New Year!!!

 

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Veggie Side Dishes

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BRUSSEL SPROUTS

I did my brussel sprouts with streaky smoked bacon. I par boiled them until just about soft and then popped them in a frying pan with a a few cubes of butter and 4 rashers of streaky bacon. Tastes great and a nice alternative just boiled sprouts.

PARSNIPS

I peeled and sliced these lengthways and parboiled them. I then popped them in a roasting dish and drizzled them with honey and roasted until sticky and crispy. Gorgeous.

 

Gorgeous Roast Carrots

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CARROTS WITH ORANGE AND TYHME.

I was cooking for four people at christmas so decided to do this little carrot dish as one of my side dishes. The zest and juice of the orange really lifts the carrot flavour and the thyme just adds a bit of earthiness to the flavour. Great for any roast dinner 🙂 This recipe is based on four people as a small side dish option.

4 Large carrots Peeled and sliced into batons

A small handful of thyme leaves

25g of unsalted butter cubed

juice and zest of 1 large orange.

Season with salt and pepper

Preheated oven fan assisted 180c

Place the cut raw carrots in an ovenproof dish. Spread the cubed butter around the dish and sprinkle over the thyme. Grate the orange zest over the carrots and squeeze out the juice. Season the carrots with salt and pepper. Then get your hands into the carrots and massage all the flavours all over. Cover with tin foil and place in the oven. After 30 mins, remove the tin foiled, and give the carrots a stir. Put back in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on how thinly sliced your carrots are. Serve with your meal. Enjoy!!

Our Christmas Day 2013

Christmas was last week. I am sat here on New years Eve getting myself all organised for the new year and having already posted about what I expected my christmas to be like I thought I would share with you how it turned out.

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So as an important factor of the day itself I had the lovely task of creating the christmas meal. We started with Pate which was bought from M&S and it was gorgeous. I absolutely adore pate. Was a lovely light start to the meal. Then the main meal itself was good old fashioned Turkey, Ham, Cauliflower Cheese, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Parsnips, Roast Potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding. It was tasty. I will be posting recipes for the Ham and the veggies as I decided to get a little creative with my cooking. For desert i made a very tasty chocolate roulade and a strawberry jelly, which was in the shape of a christmas tree but it got demolished before I had a chance to take a picture of it 🙂

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THE DAY

We had everyone arrive at our house early morning so that they could see the kids opening their presents. We also had FaceTime set up for the grandparents in oz. It was very full on and as there were so many presents to get through had we have took it in turns slowly we would probably still be unwrapping them now. But everyone got to see them open their presents and everyone had a lovely morning. After a few glasses of bucks fizz it was onto cooking the main meal. I was full of a cold unfortunately so it was a tough day but i got through it with the help of paracetamol. By the end of the day I fell asleep on the sofa. It was a very relaxed day and both Baby L and Little L were spoilt rotten.

How did your christmas day go? I hope you all had a wonderful day. Happy New Year!!

Hello…

Hi, and welcome to my blog page. I’m The L’s Mum.

So a little about me…

I am a first time mummy to Baby L who is currently 6 months old. Its amazing how time is flying by. I am also a first time Step Mum to a cheeky little 9 year old, Little L. I am 27 years old and now a full time stay at home mum with Baby L. Life has changed. I met the Love of my life in April 2012, The L’s Papa, and within a matter of months we were expecting our first child together. To say it was a bit of a whirlwind is an understatement. But here we are at the end of 2013 and my life has done a u-turn. Previously I worked in sales, worked long hours and enjoyed socialising on the weekends. Now I have my own business, I work from home and look after Baby L. I love nothing more than opening a bottle of wine and enjoying a good meal.

A little about this Blog…

I plan to share accounts from my daily life. Learning how to be a mummy, the Good and the Bad, adapting to being a step mum, Family life and Food. I love cooking. I don’t think I am that bad at it but sometimes I lack flavour or take on more than I should. I’m hoping to log my journey through my cookery books. I have a massive stack of them. I love looking at them, buying them and reading them and then they go on the shelf. I do refer back to them from time to time but I can’t say I have really moved on with the skills I have. So I have challenged myself. I’m going to be going through my cookbooks and cook, creating masterpieces (I Hope) and more importantly learning the skills and adding flavour to my food. I also want to eat healthy and have family meal times so this is going to encourage a new way of life. I’m also massively into saving a few pennies where I can, much to the dismay of The L’s Papa, so I will definitely be sharing deals, hints and tips in the spending tips section. But above all I hope you will enjoy reading what I have to say.

Finally…

Feel free to follow me on twitter @thelsmum and instagram thelsmum and above all ENJOY!!

The L’s Mum