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If you ask me what my very favourite thing is I would not hesitate to say my family. I came into motherhood quite late on, and was immediately overwhelmed with how amazing it is. Now I would like nothing more than to be a Domestic Goddess, and surround my family in love, good food, beautiful things and lots of happy memories. And like the majority of families these days, we need to do it on a budget!

I firmly believe we all have a little bit of the Domestic Goddess inside us, just waiting to break out. Whether that is knowing how to make a roast chicken feed a family of 4 for a week, being able to make, repair or recycle clothes, hunting down a bargain, or simply turning everyday, simple things into pretty or useful items, with a little bit of imagination we can all dip in to the Goddess inside and make our lives that little bit more interesting.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy sharing my (challenging) journey into Domestic Goddessness!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Handmade Monday and a Foody Update!

So it's Monday again already, and I am now officially on Maternity Leave! Seems a bit strange since I've been off work for 6 weeks already with sickness and holidays. I just hope the next 39 weeks don't go as quickly as the last 6 did or I'll be back at work before I can blink.

Since it's Monday, don't forget to have a wander over to see Wendy at 1st Unique Gifts for another Handmade Monday Once I have deposited Caoimhe at the childminder's and Himself in bed for a sleep before his nights start tonight, I shall be setting myself up with a brew for a good look at what everyone else has been up to this week!

As you can imagine crafting has taken a bit of a back seat, what with all the nesting that's been going on. (9 days to go if she hangs on  that long!) But I have had time for a bit of Domesticity and a wee play with my new Big Shot, although nothing was especially *created* with it, just some dies cut and messed around with.

From the foody side, as promised an update of The Chicken Experiment. (although not so much of an experiment since I regularly use whatever chicken is left over for one thing or another but this was more of a concerted effort) Well I think we lasted with chicken until Thursday when the last remnants were discarded. I could have done more with it and had I thought on the last bits of chicken could (and should) have been made into something and frozen for a later date. But I trust you'll excuse that bit of waste this time! Obviously I didn't eat any, but Tim and Caoimhe tucked into: a Sunday Roast, chicken sarnies (twice) chicken and ham pasties (they were eating these for days actually!), Chicken and noodles and chicken noodle salad (hot version for Caoimhe's tea, cold version for Tim's dinner at work the day after) We didn't get a chicken this week. Think that was overkill abit! But not bad for a 6 quid chicken.

Chicken and Ham pasties. A fab way of using up left overs from the Sunday roast!

Operation Takeaway continued on Saturday with a delicious Mushroom Korma cooked up in 20 mins by my lovely husband. From scratch too! I was very impressed. It was not like a traditional korma as we know it, it was tomato based and quite a bit spicier (unfortunately spicy enough to kick off the heartburn, but not labour!) I did have to pitch in and make some*Helen's proper chips* as they've become known (just chips done in the oven, not very exciting really!) and the rice but it was a delicious tea that was cooked from start to finish in about 45 mins including prep etc. Any suggestions on next Saturdays treat??

I just wanted to share as well the wedding card I made for a friend, using my Big Shot. I can post it up now, since she got married on Saturday. Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Hulse!

That's about it for today. Lots more nesting to do and a child to drop at the childminder's.
Til next time!


Maria said...

There is so much you can do with chicken, though it seems you tried everything.
Your card is lovely, I'm sure it was well received.
Take it easy and enjoy your time off.

Wendy said...

It's got to be some sort of soup or broth for the very last of the leftovers, but that might be on the back boiler (scuse the pun!) for a while yet. Nine days to go - hope it flies by for you _ I know what those last days feel like xx
(PS the card is lovely!)

Anonymous said...

yummy!!! xxx

Carolee Crafts said...

I'm with you on chicken, what you can do with it is no one's business my favourite after the roast is chicken curry, yumm! Love the wedding card I bet they loved it. Have a good week and thank you for visiting my blog

Ali said...

Isn't chicken wonderful! It is so versatile and as you say it can feed you for ages when used wisely.

Hope the first bit of your maternity leave goes quickly just so that you can finally get to meet the little one you are carrying and enjoy some creative time too.

Ali x

dorsetgirl said...

The pasties look lovely, i'm a vegetarian which can get pretty boring but you've given me some ideas of how to spice up my menu.
Best of luck for the birth, maybe for next weeks handmade monday we'll be seeing the little one? x

Helen said...

Dorset girl- i am veggie too (hence the not eating the chicken) and i have made pasties with curried veggies before now which were delicious! I ised sweet potato, squash and carrot i think last time, and just sweated them off in stock and some spices - cumin, tumeric, garlic.mmm will have to do them again i think!

Anonymous said...

Good luck - you've been very busy, you should be taking it easy! Lovely card btw!

Kazies Magical Designs said...

those pasties look delicious. hope the next 9 days flies by for you make sure you get plenty of rest looking forward to your next blog xxx

Picto said...

MMMmmm it all looks and sounds delish, especially the pasties, now go and put your feet up and rest.

Jan x

fatmonica said...

Love the pasties-I'll have one please!Love the card,embossing folders open up so many more options don't they!You're becoming quite the domestic goddess!