Savory rice…

I love savory rice, it’s so versatile I can use up any veggies I have in and it always tastes good! One of the best things about this dish is that it can be eaten hot or cold making it ideal for dinner one night hot then the leftovers as lunch the next day!

•500g rice
•1 onion
•2 stock cubes(I use chicken)
•1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
•10g butter
•2 cloves garlic minced
•teaspoon oil
•any other veg (this time I used asparagus, celery, carrots, mushrooms, peas, sweetcorn, cauliflower and courgette)

Heat the butter and oil in a large pan. Chop all the vegetables to around the same size. Add onions and carrots first, cook for a few minutes and add the rest of the veg, stock cubes, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Put a lid on and leave to soften until cooked. Meanwhile put the rice on to cook according to packet instructions. When the rice is cooked, drain well and stir into the vegetables. Season to taste.

Goes well with meats, fish, or just by itself.

Serves approximatly 10 people.


Emma-Jayne xx


Going on the “choo choo train”…

So, on Saturday we went to Chase Water railway! We had a lovely time and spent the day going on trains, picnicking and finished by going to the park. Lillee got so exited, all day Friday she was asking when we could go on the train, and she didn’t want to leave at the end of our day!

The train was a steam locomotive and each journey around Chase water takes approximately 45 minutes with gorgeous views of the lake or wildlife all along the tracks. There are also a few stops on the way around. it was a really lovely family day out. We are planning on taking Lillee back soon! We are defiantly going at Christmas on the Santa express so that we can visit Santa and go on a gorgeous steam train journey! Really looking forward too it!











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Emma-Jayne xx


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, and I was not subsidised to do this post, we just really enjoyed our day out!

Button Heart…

Tomorrow, me and Dan have been engaged for three years!! Soo I made him this card as part of our celebrations.

To make it…
•assorted buttons
•card blank

First, I drew a rough heart shape on the card. Then I filled it in with various buttons making sure I covered the pencil marks. I placed the buttons first then glued them down and that’s it!

Hope you like it…

Emma-Jayne xx


Chinese Feast…

This was such a yummy dinner! We had chicken noodle soup, adapted from here, followed by chicken dim sum, adapted from Jamie’s 15 minute meals. It went down really well with Dan and Lillee, and so much cheaper and healthier than a takeaway! Try it to see what I mean.

Chicken Noodle soup…

  • 1 raw chicken breast
  • a pack of fresh rice noodles
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • a little olive oil
  • a tablespoon mixed spice
  • 1 litre of water
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 spring onions

Heat the oil in a large pan, then gently fry the garlic and mixed spice for a few minutes. Add the stock cubes and water and stir until dissolved. Put in the chicken, and leave for around 20 minutes or until cooked through then remove and leave to cool slightly. Stir in the noodles and soy sauce to the stock, then slice the chicken into strips and stir back in. Serve topped with finely chopped spring onion.

The Chicken Dim sum Is adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe, and is actually the first one I’ve tried from the 15 minute meals book! although it takes a little longer than it would if you were a professional chef, the recipe can easily be made in under half an hour so it’s pretty fast!

Chicken Dim Sum…

For the buns:

  • 400g tin light coconut milk
  • 2 coconut milk tins of self-raising flour

For the chicken:

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 140g mixed mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp. hoi sin sauce (plus extra to serve)
  • 2 limes
  • 200g tender stem broccoli
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 limes

Put the coconut milk in the food processor with the flour and a pinch of salt, and blend until it becomes a dough. tip out and work into a sausage shape. cut into eight pieces and place each one into a double layered cake case and sit into one layer of the bamboo steamer. place on the wok over 5cm of boiling water with the lid on and leave to steam.

Cut the chicken into 1cm strips and toss with the mushrooms, hoi sin sauce, juice of half a lime and a little salt. Tip into the second steamer basket with the broccoli. Place under the first basket and leave for around 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked.

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan, and serve in a small bowl with the chicken and buns in there baskets. Serve a small bowl of extra hoi sin sauce and some lime wedges alongside too.

Hope you enjoy!

Emma-Jayne xx




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salad in a bag

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aimie cake

lillee on train

lillee slide

lillee slide 2

chicken salda

lettuce bun burger

I haven’t done a “my month” post in ages! I keep forgetting, and then its too late to post but never mind, I’m hoping to get back on track now! So really, this month have been about spending time together enjoying the sun and the good weather! My beautiful sister turned 13 so we had that to celebrate. We’ve also been on a few days out to the park, and to a steam rally! We had a lovely time and Lillee had great fun on the slides and going on a “train” (it was a traction engine ride) Hope you’ve all had fun this month!

Emma-Jayne xx

New things…

I ordered a load of skin and hair care off amazon last week, and they’ve finally arrived! Can’t wait to get using it all to try and get my skin in order for the wedding! So far I’ve only used the revitalising eye roll on, but I found it really seemed to work on making my eyes feel more awake with a fab cooling sensation. I’ll let you know how I get on with the rest soon!

Emma-Jayne xx

Look what I found…

  • Food in a jar? I’m loving the idea and I keep pinning different ideas… So, what better than chili and cornbread with the cooler weather we’ve been having this week?


  • As we are now in August, and the “back-to-school-feeling” is upon me I’ve been trying to make things a little more organised around here…


  • I LOVE this potato salad, every time we go on a picnic, Dan asks me to make it!


  • I’m lusting after these right now, so hopefully when we go shopping at the weekend I’ll be able to nab them!


  • I really like the smell of vanilla, and I love beauty products and making things…mix it all together and you get this yummy looking body scrub!


  • I’m in the process of updating my wardrobe, so this fab shoe storage would be a really good thing for me to try out!


Hope you enjoy browsing them! I certainly did and I can’t wait to try some of them out!

Emma-Jayne xx

Sunday Afternoon Baking…

This afternoon, myself and Lillee spent some time baking. We had a fab time making Red Velvet brownies! They came out all fudgey in the middle and really tasty! Mine don’t look as good as the original recipe, however I didn’t have enough food colouring and as I took them out of the tin it fell apart! But never mind they are still really nice and we had such a lovely time making them. I really reccomend this recipe as they were so easy but still effective!


Emma-Jayne xx

Chicken Soup…

I LOVE chicken soup! When I was little, I used to beg my mom to make it for dinner when she made a roast chicken (which was quite often!) Eating it now always reminds me of being home with my family. Plus Dan and Lillee love it too so I get to make it as often as I want! We usually have it every few weeks, but it varies each time depending what ingreadients we have. There are no exact measures for this as I never use them. Just use what you have/what will fit in the pot! I make a big pot which makes around 6 servings each time.

I use:

•red split lentils
•chicken carcass and some leftover meat
•2 chicken stock cubes
•mixed veggies(usually a combination of…courgette, mushrooms, leeks, celery, sweet potato, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, beans, lettuce, cabbage, garlic, aubergine…basically whatever I have that needs using! I personally don’t use peppers or tomatoes as I don’t think they work, but it’s up to you!)
•plenty of water!

To make it, I put the chicken in a large pot, cover with cold water and slowly bring to a boil. Leave it to boil for at least 5 minutes but you can leave it as long as you want.

Then remove ALL of the chicken, especially the skin and bones. Pass it through a sieve if your unsure, it isn’t nice to find a piece of bone plus it could break your blender!

Add the roughly chopped vegetables to the chicken-y liquid along with the stock cubes and any extra water if needed. Bring back to the boil before turning the heat down to simmer until the vegetables are tender.

When it’s cool enough to handle, strip the chicken meat from the bones and add to the soup. When cooked, blend untill smooth and serve with plenty of pepper!

If you want to, you can leave out the chicken and use vegetable stock cubes instead for a vegetarian version.

Or chop everything finely and don’t blend!

Hope you enjoy it!

Emma-Jayne xx