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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, March 5, 2012


Morning all and happy Monday to you! The beginning of another week and we're into March now. The littlest Gallery is now 7 months old. Not quite sure how that happened! We're getting on well with finger foods and Maisie the dog has taken up residence under the high chair. It definitely makes meal times easier and if there are any new mummies or mummies to be reading then take a look at Baby Led Weaning as an alternative to the mush approach. I'm really proud of her as she will quite happily tuck into sprouts, brocolli, caulifliower.. in fact anything I give her really. I am savouring this time as I know from experience it doesn't last long!

Since it's Monday I'll be linking up with Wendy again over on her blog for Handmade Monday There's always lots of lovely blogs linked up so have a look.I'm also linking up with the Bath Bomb Creations team for their I Made This! linky party

This week I wanted to show you that I've been good to my word and have been using my stash instead of buying more. We have a couple of family birthdays this week so I dipped into my craft stash and came up with these two cards. I actually managed to make them without little fingers dipping into my boxes of stuff too which is a miracle! I love that Caoimhe likes making things too and I'm looking forward to making Mother's Day cards and gifts with her this year.

We have some baking planned for tomorrow. Hermann the cake is still going strong and it's time to split him up, give some away and cook him. We're giving two away and keeping one to carry on with again. Not sure how long we'll be able to keep him going but I love the idea of it. It will also be interesting to come up with different ingredients to put in him and see which we like best. I am going to look into sourdough bread too and see if that appeals so if there are any tips out there I'll be glad to hear them!

More cooking this morning, as I am making Sunday Dinner Potato Cakes. All the left over veg from yesterdays roast mixed in with some mash. Great way to get veggies in the kids, although they are pretty good with their veg really so can't complain. And it is a quick warm up tea for when Caoimhe comes home from nursery and demands to be fed NOW!! Home made potato cakes are the best, much better than shop bought ones and you can add whatever you like to them too. If you've never made them then have a go next time you have left over mash. You'll pretty soon be making extra mash just to be able to make potato cakes from the leftovers!

Til next time!


fatmonica said...

Great cards-I'm ploughing through my stash but not getting anywhere!


Well done with the stash-busting. So easy to just go to a shop and buy something and then kick yourself to find that you have loads of what you have bought - sadly, I have done that so many times with embellishments. Potato cakes sound just right for this grotty weather. Hope you have a good week.

Jam Dalory said...

Great cards and the potato cakes sound yummy, i'll have to give them a try. x

Wendy said...

Love the cards, well done on the stash busting. I love making new things from leftovers - in fact, I am guilty of cooking too much just so I can use the leftovers for something else (and mash is so versatile, isn't it?)

Your Friend Susie said...

Love the cards, very pretty colors. I like to make mine with things I already have, it just feels better (altho I do buy things when I see something that strikes me, and I save things when something passes thru the house that seems like it calls out to become a card!).
As for kids and vegetables, I was very lucky, my kids were not that picky about them. I never was a mom who said "you have to finish this amount of food because I gave it to you". And altho I encouraged them to try new things I also offered variety, didn't feed them fast food often (I cooked most of the time as we could not afford to eat out regularly with 3 boys and me not working) and so what was offered was usually well thought out and wholesome. I tried to keep away sugary things even back then and was sort of into a more natural diet altho I was not a complete purist. I wish more American parents would cook for their children. It's good for them and it's very bonding, I think. One of my sons called me last night to get a recipe from me. (he's in his thirties now).

mcrafts said...

Lovely cards. My kids loved vegetables when they were little - its funny how the bigger they get then they dont like them! Mich :)

Whitney-Anne Baker said...

you absolutely cannot beat homemade potato cakes especially with lots of ketchup! Sounds like you are busy even without making cards!

Picto said...

I'm another one that cooks way to much just so I can make potato cakes, bubble & squeak (with an egg on top)or fishcakes out of the leftovers. I'm not a ketchup person, I'd rather have fruity brown sauce or mayo.

Your cards are lovely, the bird and butterfly pictures are really pretty.

Jan x