Wedding Day Plan

If you’ve had a read of my post about our wedding plans, you’ll know that we’re having more of a wedding weekend. You can read a bit more about it here. For our actual wedding day, we wanted a late ceremony, followed by an evening party with our loved ones. We are getting married at Cyfarthfa Castle, a local museum and art gallery set in 160 acres of beautiful park land. It’s the park we take Daisy to regularly and both Jon and I went to the castle for the first two years of secondary school. Following the ceremony, we’ll have photos in the park grounds and then head to The Guest Keen Club for our party.cyfarthfa-castle-1536We haven’t got a particular colour theme, so everything is going to be quite neutral; lots of whites, wood and floral touches with a few metallic pops for a party feel. We’ve been picking up bits and pieces over the past few months, and our venue have a great selection to use. Lots of the decorations are things that we can keep and use around the house too. These were some fab finds from Ginger Ray.For our music, I’ll be walking down the aisle to A Gift of Thistle by James Horner. It’s from the movie Braveheart and is the most beautiful piece of music. I’m listening to it all the time so I can desensitize a little; I’ll be a blubbering mess otherwise! We’re walking back up the aisle to Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, which ties in nicely with the Motown/Soul playlist I’ve been working on for our reception. These will all be playing for the canapes and toasts.Wedding Playlist.A five tiered wedding cake really wasn’t what we wanted and the idea of carting around leftover cake for weeks wasn’t appealing to us, cue Krispy Kreme. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we’re going to have Original Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts for our guests to help themselves to. We’ve got some little paper bags for people to take them away, but I’m pretty sure they’ll all be devoured on the night!

*Images from Pinterest

I designed and printed the invitations myself using this beautiful graphics pack from By Lef. I love how they came out and that I could add little extras to personalise them. The ‘Love according to children’ cards will also be displayed at the wedding. I’m also going to create some signs and thank you cards using the same template.We’ve still got a bit of planning left to do, but for the most part everything is sorted. After being engaged for almost nine years and having a Pinterest ‘Wedding’ board for over five years, you kinda get an idea of what your day will be like, so we’ve been really relaxed about the whole thing. It’s getting pretty close now though, so we better get ourselves in gear and finish the final preparations.

Emma  x

 

 

 

Fruit Picking and Pancakes

So considering it’s summer, I’m sat here with all the candles lit, warm pjs on and thick socks. I’m feeling very cosy, but that may also have something to do with the lovely weekend we’ve had and a belly full of pancakes. 

Yesterday, the forecast was pretty good for the morning so we headed out to Hendrewennol Fruit Farm. It’s only a 30 minute drive for us and is great for little and big people alike. You can pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red currants and blackberries during summer and we’ll be going back for pumpkins later in the year. They’ve had lots of visitors and strawberries were running low when we arrived, so we headed straight for Daisy’s favourites…blueberries. With basket in hand, she ran off to fill her boots (or punnet!). After we’d picked what we wanted, we headed to their cafe for some gorgeous homemade ice cream and a sit in the sun.Today’s forecast was not so good, so we made use of our delicious fresh fruit and made American style pancakes, with bacon and berries. YUM. YUM. We loosely follow this BBC Food recipe and it’s a great base for lots of tasty toppings. For the sauce, we just brought the berries to the boil, with some caster sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Stirring well and crushing the berries up gives you a lovely, thick sauce to drizzle over your fresh pancakes. It was brilliant to see Daisy picking her own blueberries and then using them in the kitchen at home. I’m sure she’ll love doing this more and more as she gets older. A definite staple to the summer bucket list. 

Emma  x

Weekend Breakfasts

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a major lover of a weekend breakfast. I don’t have breakfast through the week and work Monday to Friday too, so weekends are a real treat in our house, even more so if Jon is off. img_9236I love sitting around the table for meals and think it’s a really important part of family life. No distractions, just each other. I think that’s why weekend breakfasts are my favourite time to sit around the table; we rarely have to race off anywhere, most of the time Jon will be home and who doesn’t love breakfast?img_9237I always set the table nicely (I have a real problem with serve wear / table wear / pointless pretty utensils etc), turn the Motown music up high and we usually have a dance around the kitchen while whatever we’re having is cooking. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and is normally store bought frozen pastries that you pop in the oven – I do make a pretty mean American pancake though!img_8818This is one of my favourite things to do as a family and I honestly get excited mid week knowing we have nowhere to go, nothing to do, just plenty of good food and smiles. Here are a few of the breakfast set ups we’ve had over the last few months, each as good as the one before. img_9898img_7807img_8668.jpgimg_8712img_8556I hope this gives you a little inspiration to have a tasty weekend breakfast of your own.

Emma  x

Key Lime Pie

Ok, so this isn’t a real Key lime pie, as I didn’t have Key limes, just regular Tesco ones. Also, my tart tin was too big so it was a bit on the skinny side, but Lime Frisbee just doesn’t sound as appealing! Nonetheless, Daisy and I (mostly me!) made it work in true Masterchef style, and turned it into a ‘deconstructed’ version instead; John and Greg love a deconstructed dessert don’t they?!

This was easy to make, fun for a toddler to get involved and SUPER tasty! That’s all that matters right? Daisy’s favourite part was crushing the digestives with a rolling pin and obviously eating the finished result. Here she is making sure our ingredients were top notch! This is a fab dessert to make the day before needed as it chills overnight (or a minimum of 3 hours) and you can add the cream just before serving. 

Recipe

  • 300g digestive biscuits
  • 150g melted butter
  • 1 x 397g tin of condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • zest and juice of 4 limes
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1tbsp icing sugar
  • a little extra zest for decoration 
  1. Heat your oven to 160C and then crush your digestives in a sealed bag; we used a rolling pin.
  2. Mix the melted butter in and then press into your tin. Mine was 25cm but a little smaller works fine too as we’ll be crumbling it up anyway.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes and then leave to cool.
  4. Put the eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly for a minute. Add your condensed milk and whisk again and then finally add the lime juice and zest, whisking for a final 5 minutes to make sure the mixture is lovely and thick. It’ll be smelling AMAZING now too! 
  5. Pour this into your base and bake for a further 15 minutes. Once out of the oven, chill for at least 3 hours.
  6. When you’re ready to serve, break into chunks and pop into your serving bowls. 
  7. Whisk your double cream until stiff and dollop on top. Grate a little zest and dive right in. 


Let me know if you give this recipe a go! 

Emma  x

My Bedtime Routine

I’d love to be one those people, who are able to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. Jon is like this and I often find myself lying there, silently turning green with envy. Even after the longest of days, I still find it difficult to nod off. Ironically, the best sleep I ever had was when I was pregnant. Granted the numerous nightly bathroom trips and feeling like you’re shifting a wardrobe towards the end didn’t mean it was consistent, but for the most part it was fantastic.

That all ended after having Daisy and if you’re a mama, you’ll know that sleep goes out the window for a little while. With lie ins a thing of the past, I try to stick to a relaxing bedtime routine, that helps me fall asleep quicker.img_9937I’m a huge fan of cosy interiors and our bedroom is no exception. We always have a few cushions on the bed and at least one throw (I have a problem!). With a few different textures and layers, this makes for the perfect spot to curl up in. I like to light a scented candle upstairs while Daisy is bathing (usually lavender), so that everything smells cosy and inviting when it comes to bed time. This one smells gorgeous and was a Primark bargain!img_9938I always make sure to remove my makeup at the end of the day, as my skin has always been prone to flare ups and acne. I’m using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water at the moment and can honestly say, my face feels cleaner than ever. I vary my night cream between a Lidl one I currently have or the Homebargains version of Bio Oil. I don’t use the oil every day, but it really helps to heal any breakouts I get and has improved previous acne scars.img_9943I’ve recently been using this works deep sleep pillow spray and it really makes a difference to my sleep. You only need a few spritzes on your pillow or duvet and it smells amazing. I’m not sure whether it’s an association thing, but as soon as I smell it now, it relaxes me and makes me feel all cosy and sleepy. I highly recommend this if you have trouble switching off before bed.img_9942I’ll normally have a read to unwind, but if I’m still quite awake I listen to a short mindfulness meditation. There are lots of free apps available and I’ve tried a few, but my favourite is Breathe. There’s a two minute sleep meditation which really helps to clear your mind and relax your body. Once I’ve listed to this, I feel super chilled and drowsy and I’m able to drift off much easier.img_9939What do you do to help you get a better sleep?

Emma  x