Merry Christmas…

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And a happy new year!!! I hope Santa brought you all everything you wanted. I know I’ve been very spoilt! Especially as the lovely Dan got me a pretty new iPhone for Christmas!! As ever, Lillee had lots of presents and now has them spread out all over my floor!

Hope you all have a magical holiday and I’ll see you in the new year!!

Emma-Jayne xx

Creamy Vegetable Pasta…

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In our house, pasta always goes down well. This dish is pretty simple and great for using odds and ends in the fridge, I’ve used everything from broccoli and sprouts to sweetcorn! It’s also really good for using up any leftover meat or fish. We usually have it with pork or chicken stirred through but its just as nice on its own, with salmon or any thing else you fancy!

You will need:
.500g of pasta
.1 onion finely chopped
.2 leeks sliced
.4 carrots diced
.1 courgette diced
.2 sticks of celery sliced
.10 mushrooms sliced
.a tin of sweetcorn drained
.250g frozen peas
.1 tbsp olive oil
.2 tbsp plain flour
.1/2 pint skimmed milk
.2 chicken/vegetable stock cubes
.seasoning
.2 cloves of garlic

Heat the oil in a large pan, and add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook untill the onion is translucent then add the garlic and the rest of the vegetables. Cook for a few minutes then stir in the flour. Cook for another 2 minutes then slowly add the milk stirring constantly until thickened. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, while the sauce simmers stirring it occasionally to stop it sticking. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce. Season to taste.

Serves 6-8

Emma-Jayne xx

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas…

We’re finally starting to get the house Christmassy! We still need to put the main tree up, but we thought it would be nice for Lillee to have hers done. She spent the afternoon helping me sort all her toys out in the cupboard, change her bed sheets and then we got the tree out. She helped wrap the lights around and hung the baubles on herself before telling me where to put the tinsel! It was a lovely afternoon, and every night since it went up she’s asked for the snow-globe to be put on (it plays music) and the lights on her tree keep mysteriously getting turned on…I wonder who that could be?

Emma-Jayne xx

London…

Over the weekend, I went to London with my guides. We had an amazing time doing some sight seeing and Christmas shopping! I spent far too much money on things for Lillee’s Christmas stocking! But I’m hoping some of the things, especially the new stocking I brought from the Disney store will last her a good few years! I don’t have pictures of what i brought, especially as a lot of its for Christmas! But the Disney store did have pretty window displays.

When we first got there, we went to the Natural History Museum. It was really interesting but because there was so much to see, we really needed much longer there. we did see the dinosaurs though!

Harrods had a sleigh full of teddy bears…

And, while we were there me and Aimie met Minnie mouse! so of course, we had to get a picture!

Emma-Jayne xx

It Feels Like Forever…

Laura

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It’s been ages since I last posted, but I’ve had a fair bit going on! We’ve been trying to get the wedding plans finalised, sort Christmas out and Dan’s changed to night shift so that took some getting used to! I have some posts lined up over the next few days so you can see some of what I’ve been up to!

Today however, I want to share something different. Unfortunately, Over the summer a friend of mine was tragically killed In a car accident. Laura always worked hard, and spent a lot of time working with the disabled. Due to her untimely death, she never fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher. So, her family, colleagues, and friends have decided to continue raising money for Marshlands Special School and RDA (riding for the disabled) in her memory.

I would really appreciate it if you looked at the webpage for her to learn more about this amazing girl. She was someone who made a huge impression on everyone she met, and is missed by everyone who knew her.

Emma-Jayne xx

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning”. – J.M. Barrie