I love beef stew especially at this time of year.  All rich and warming.  I could eat it everyday!  I love adding mushrooms, onions and chopped tomatoes, carrots and chopped potatoes. When cooking beef stew I either cook in it the oven on a low heat for 3 to 4 hours or pop it in the slow cooker mid morning and let it cook all day.  Beef stew is an easy recipe to follow and even if you class yourself as not being able to cook you can easily make this hearty meal for your family. Ingredients Cubed stewing steak… View Post

Being valentines day today I hope that your world in filled with love and happiness today but I also appreciate not everybody is currently all loved up.  Unlike a couple of generations ago relationships and marriages don’t last for life.  My parent’s who married in the late 60s were together for life.  I know many people my age (in their 40s) aren’t as lucky as my parents were, myself included and their marriages or relationships don’t last for life.  It’s always hard when you split from someone you used to love.  Somebody you set a home up with and thought… View Post

Last week I was in Bromsgrove and went to the Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa on the Sunday afternoon to sample their afternoon tea.  The hotel was extremely quite and only one other family were having lunch when we arrived.  Upon entering the hotel there was a gorgeous fire right in the centre and if I am being honest it would have been lovely to have our afternoon tea sat beside the fire instead we were seated in the bar area at the rear of this entrance lounge. Our table was laid out for us over looking a paved courtyard. I… View Post

I suppose this is a similar to post to what things would you take to a desert island but for me these are the things that I know life would change for me if I didn’t have these items in my life.  This really is a blatant materialistic post.  I think it does no harm no and them to look at the materialistic things we like to surround ourselves with.  I believe it only becomes a problem when all we like around us is materiaslic things and we are in a situation where others are getting harmed by us have… View Post

I will have been blogging now for 7 years next month. The time really has flown by. During this time my blogging has changed so much. I started with a crafting blog which I wrote for 3 years. During this time I expanding to talking about baking, food and family. When we moved to Wales in 2013 I set up a new blog. It was a fresh start for us and what was needed was a new blog to mark our new adventure. Whilst writing my crafting blog I was unable to earn from my blog due to being a… View Post