My Captured Moment!


Alanya, Turkey : July 2005

As the weather begins to turn decidedly chilly and the sun becomes a rare visitor, I have found myself looking at sunny pictures this week.

I love this one of the youngest, taken in Turkey when she was two.

This little train was between our hotel and the beach and, every day as we passed she declared that ‘Miss Tessie bear was stuck’.

We then spent the next 10 -15 minutes waiting for her as she fought hard to free Miss Tessie Bear and drive the train safely away.

It was the same every day and we all fell about laughing as the `rescue` got underway.

Even at two, the little Miss had a fierce imagination.

I left a comment on another blog recently pondering when they lose that creativeness in a bid to conform.

However, I’m not sure that was fair because this particular daughter’s imagination is just as active as it ever was, only now she indulges in creative writing, at any opportunity.

In fact she has plans to live in a garret in Paris with an abundance of cats and write stories every day when she leaves school ha! seriously!


Have a lovely day!


Cinnamon Apple Biscuit Parcels!

I love apple pie but like Paul and Mary (Hollywood and Berry), I cannot abide a soggy bottom.


With that in mind, I decided to make individual apple parcels.

My thought was that they would be baked directly on a baking sheet rather than in a tin/plate, thereby preventing any soggy bottoms.

I also like the apple to look like apple not a brown sludge, so I added the flavour to the pastry rather than the apples.

The pastry is flavoured with cinnamon and handled so lightly that it tastes more like a crisp biscuit than pastry.

The picture is a little rustic, I grant you, but I didn’t want to waste any of the pastry by cutting it off and it was delicious.



225g plain flour

100g cold butter

25g golden caster sugar

1 generous teaspoon of cinnamon

2 – 3 table spoons of icy cold water

1 pinch of salt

5 Bramley apples – peeled, cored and chopped into 2cm cubes

1 table spoon of granulated sugar and a little more for sprinkling


Step 1  – The Pastry

Sieve the cinnamon and flour together and either rub the butter in or,


If you have a food processor, mix it all together until it resembles breadcrumbs.


Don’t worry about the dark colour, this is biscuit pastry after all.

Add the water slowly to the breadcrumbs until they come together to form a dough.

Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.

Step 2 – The Apples

Gently heat the apples and granulated sugar until they form a lumpy purée.

Leave to cool.

Step 3 -The Construction

Pre heat the oven to 190 degrees.

Take the pastry from the fridge and divide into 8 pieces.


This is really important because you will only roll the pieces out once and that will ensure a biscuit type of finish.

Roll each piece out into a thin disc and add a good spoonful of the apple purée to the middle.


Fold over, seal with milk around the edges and press down with a fork.

Use the milk to coat the outside and sprinkle with the remaining granulated sugar.

Place side by side on a baking sheet.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the pastry has browned.

The kitchen will smell divine!

Enjoy with either ice cream, whipped cream or custard!


Have a lovely day!

My Monday Quote!


I imagine someone else will of already posted this quote at some point, sorry if it was you!

I have been struggling with ‘working mum’s guilt’ this last week. I completely missed half term because of a work event.

Couple that with falling asleep at every turn because I have had awful jet lag and, you have one guilty mum.

Therefore, when I saw this quote earlier this week, it came at just the right time for me.

I am going to be kinder to myself this week, I hope you are too!!!



Have a lovely day!

Five on Friday!

Hello my lovelies, I seem to have stumbled into Friday!

I missed last week because I was away for work in San Francisco.

I’ve no idea if it’s a great city or not because I barely stepped foot outside the hotel, it was pretty full on.

I have been fighting severe jet lag ever since, especially given that we got caught up in the fog delays at Heathrow airport.

Here are my Five on Friday in no particular order.



I did get to cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the only chilly, foggy day of my entire stay.

It was a beautiful sight as the fog descended before our very eyes.

There were some spectaculars photographs taken but obviously not by me ha! I was too cold cold to get my phone out again!



On a spectacularly beautiful day, I got to the door of the Ferry Building to be called back to the hotel by my boss.

This picture is totally unfiltered, the sky was that beautiful shade for most of my visit.

I never did make it inside and for a bit of a foodie like me, I am afraid that it might end up being one of the biggest regrets of my life that I never got to see it.

Or maybe not, because we have just heard that the eldest may be going out that way to work next summer.

So maybe I will get to walk aimlessly around the ferry building one day!!



I also didn’t get to ride the tram or trolley car.

But I did see them and they all looked fab.

There seemed to plenty of modes of transport in San Fran!



The eldest requested that I purchased some make up for her and that was literally all I had time to run and buy.

This is the holiday edition packaging, isn’t it beautiful?



Comfort food has definitely been needed since my return.

Himself has obliged and looked the Minestrone Soup Eastham style up on the blog yesterday.

He made it for a quick bonfire night dinner.

It was delicious and he was delighted with the results.

It really is so quick and easy, something magical happens to the ingredients when they are in the slow cooker.  It was perfect for bonfire night.

That’s my five for this week. We are planning a quiet weekend with plenty of down time after school mass on Saturday.

What have you been up to?


Thank you Amy for hosting!

Have a lovely weekend y’all x x x

My Monday Quote-I’m a wandering!


By J.R.R.Tolkien

Sometimes those that wander do so for work!

I guess this is my clumsy way of explaining that I maybe missing quite a bit this week.

I’m  about to travel for work and believe me, it really isn’t the same as going on holiday with your nearest and dearest.

The youngest is on half term, himself will be in sole charge!

Given that the schedule is quite daunting, coupled with jet lag and the unknown, I doubt I will get to post much again this week.

Hopefully, at some point I will get some pictures of San Francisco to share with you.

Take Care x x x


Gabriella’s Five on Friday!

It’s been another ridiculously busy week this week, I’m glad to welcome both the weekend and half term.

Given that her sister shared her Five On Friday when it was her birthday, the eldest has insisted that she do the same ha!

Happy 20th Birthday Gabriella – not a teenager anymore. We are all looking forward to seeing you later twinkle x x x

So here are Gabriella’s Five On Friday;



I discovered a new favourite drink this week, Mango Daiquiri. Mum this is surely a healthy drink incorporating one of my five a day. It’s delicious!



I’m at uni in Manchester and this week I discovered a new cake shop.

Ice Stone Gelato is on Oxford Road and after a long day in Uni, myself and some friends on my course found ourselves in there.

I had a peanut butter creation, it was gorgeous. I’m looking forward to taking my family there, they would love it.



The temperature has dropped in Manchester this week.

We were so cold one evening that my housemate Ivy made this fabulous hot chocolate.



My friends on my course gave me this beautiful Pandora ring for my birthday. It’s so pretty and I am delighted.

I can’t wait to see what the parentals have treated me to, Mum has been going on about it for weeks.



My friends.

This picture is of some if my friends on my course. I have lovely housemates too and regularly see/go out with my housemates from last year.

I appreciate how very lucky I am that I have such great friends in Manchester. They make all the difference.

This evening I am popping over to Liverpool for an early dinner with the fam.

Then I’m straight back on the train to Manchester for a celebratory night out, to say goodbye to my teens in style.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Elle xx


Thank you Amy for hosting.

Have a lovely weekend!!