It was all a bit Jane Austen, and then shit got involved

Blimey O'Reilly. I am so behind with my blog that it is unbelievable. Not only am I in the middle of writing (but have not yet finished) a series of three guest blogs for Ron at If I had a Blog, but I am scrabbling around to find the time to keep my own blog updated. Everybody panic! ...more

Sometimes I try to be a proper normal parent

Blimey, things have been so bloody hectic recently that I have been struggling to create the time to write my blog. But, I have to say that the root cause of the problem is generally me, so I can't complain too vehemently. For example, on Monday, I said to Izzy; "would you like a friend to come round to our house for dinner and a playdate?" "Yes!!!" Izzy shouted, jumping up and down with joy. That reaction always makes me feel like a pumped up Mother Theresa. ...more

Humiliation - why I spent my weekend with a stuffed rat

Steve (Izzy's Dad) and I take it in turns to look after Izzy at the weekends, and this weekend it was my turn. So as planned, Steve summarily turned up at my house to drop Izzy off. But with an addition. Under her arm, Izzy was carrying a big, ugly stuffed toy rat (with a horrible thick pink tail). Once Izzy was out of earshot, I turned to Steve. "What in god's name is that vile rat-thing that she is lugging about?" ...more

Lemon Chiffon Cake with Honey Lavender Ice Cream

Lemon Chiffon Cake with Honey Lavender Ice Cream ...more

The Big Sleepover

Last weekend was a time of great excitement in my household. Izzy was going to have her friend, Honey, over for..... a sleepover! Woo hoo. She got so excited about it, that I thought at one point she was going to vomit. Good job she didn't, because the only thing worse than an over-excited kid, is an over-excited kid jumping around dripping with puke. ...more

Cicerchiata-Struffoli, Italian Honey Balls

Great after school treat for the kids if you don't eat the whole bowl yourself, so delicious and chocolate honey is amazing - Cicerchiata-Struffoli, Italian Honey Balls....more

How to Make and Use Simple Syrups to Add Sweetness, Flavor

Incorporated into cocktails, or simply mixed with soda, seltzer or sparkling water for a refreshing non-alcoholic libation, simple syrup is an easy way to add sweetness and flavor to beverages. It's an easy, affordable ingredient to make and keep on hand, and can be used for more than just drinks....more

Melissa, it definitely solves that problem, and perfectly!

Mama Murtz, a cardamom variation ...more

Tired of Toxic Soup? Try Homemade Cough Syrup

Do you have a cough right now or know someone who does? Then I want to talk to you. In December, I caught a cold and towards the end of it was hacking pretty badly. Now, I realize that you don’t want to suppress a productive cough. But this cough was bad enough to keep me up at night, robbing me of much needed rest. So I polished off two plastic bottles of cough/cold medicine: the remainder of a bottle of Nyquil that I bought years ago (yeah, it still worked) as well as the last couple of doses of yummy Prometh cough syrup with Codeine. And by yummy, I mean I held my hose and chugged it down, trying to bypass my taste buds as much as possible....more

@Virginia @CherylK maybe just the honey will work.  There are a ton of comments on my ...more

Hey, I've got a giveaway!

Because it's fun! Because I can! Because I've made changes to my website! Because I love blogging! Because you keep coming back! Because I'm itching to have one! And it all comes down to: Because I want to! I'm having a give away! The winner will get: ...more

Products of the Week - Organic Sweeteners

This week I heard yet another report about the dangers of sugar.  We all know sugar's link to diabetes and that the cases of both juvenile and adult diabetes are on the rise.  This increase is triggering alarm in the health community, particularly in the pediatric practice.  However, this report emphasizes (again) sugar's link to heart disease.  Ladies, you should know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women.  You should also know ...more