Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Lock Down Kitchen: Easiest Ever, Super Yummy, Use What You Have Frittata...

Hi Honeys

How are you today?  It's another gorgeous day outside ☀ Our furbaby Jade and I are doing laundry while Hubby is upstairs putting up new shelves inside the cupboard in his den/office.

The lock down we've all been observing has taught me so many things honeys and some of them I'll never forget. I'll always appreciate and be so grateful to the wonderful delivery drivers, and the pickers in-store who make up the orders, who've carried us all through these troubling times.  They've all worked so hard in the face of unprecedented demand.

One of the changes we won't forget will be the sudden scarcity of certain products everywhere.  Who will ever forget the great pasta search of spring 2020 😊 When everyday items are suddenly no longer available, well it makes you stop and think honeys.   

When just randomly "popping down the shops" is no longer an option due to a world wide pandemic and you're relying on being lucky enough to find an available delivery slot then you have to make whatever grocery supplies you have on hand count.  This, of course, means having to be a little more creative in the kitchen.

It's been fun actually, throwing ingredients together and hoping for the best 😊  One of my recent successes, which ended in an empty plate and a happy Hubby, was this super yummy frittata...

Easiest Ever, Super Yummy, Use What You Have Frittata

A frittata, an Italian egg based dish, is a perfect way to use up left-overs honeys and it turns them into the most amazing meal that can be served hot or cold and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner.πŸ˜‹

There are quite a few photos in this post dear ones, why not go grab a cuppa (and maybe a cookie or two?) and meet me after the page break for a chat?  See you in a few minutes...

Friday, 22 May 2020

5 Ways To Pass The Time Till Lock Down Ends

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any stores, products or apps in this post, just sharing some fun ways to pass the time while we're all still at home.

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  It was a beautiful, sunny day outside yesterday, so I spent the day doing laundry, with the help of our furbaby Jade, my adorable constant companion and laundry assistant πŸ’–

These past few months have been a real challenge in all kinds of ways for all of us.  I haven't left our home since my last shift at work, in mid March, and Hubby is working from home via conference calls.

We've been relying on amazing delivery drivers to bring us grocery supplies whenever Hubby hasn't been able to make it to the shops and it's felt a little like we've been marooned on our own little home shaped island.

I can't lie, it's been wonderful Hubby appearing at lunchtime each day to have his lunch with Jade & I before going back upstairs to work again.  I'll miss that when the world goes back to normal again and Hubby said it's a far easier commute.😊 

Five fun ways to pass the time during lock down...

As I've said many times honeys, being a Spoonie really has given me the most awesome hermit skills and these skills have stood me in good stead during the current lock down.  Being in our little home is my favourite place in the whole world to be.  I feel at my calmest and safest and happiest here.πŸ’–

Whenever I've been outside, at work or at a Doctor's or hospital appointment, I get home and as soon as the front door closes behind me my shoulders relax and I feel wrapped in such an overwhelming sensation of calm.  If someone were to tell me I could never set foot outside our home ever again, I'd just smile and say "OK, fancy a cuppa?."

I'm fully aware how odd this sounds honeys, I really am.  Around this time of year, in our break room at work, co-workers would usually be discussing their holiday plans.  Lots of excited, happy chatter about where everyone is going, what they're going to do there and how long they have to wait till they leave. I love hearing everyone's plans and seeing how excited they are.

Even after all the years I've worked there, I know I'm still looked on strangely every year when it gets to "my turn" and I say (again) that we don't go away anywhere.  Throw into the mix that neither Hubby nor I have a passport and there are wide eyed, unbelieving stares and the occasional comment along the lines of "... but, how can you not, though?.."   

Where would be the fun in life if everybody was the same dear ones? If there has to be somebody cast as the odd one, well it's fine if it's me 😊

This is quite a post so why not go grab a cuppa (and maybe a cookie or two?) and I'll meet you back here after the page break?  See you in a few honeys...

Monday, 18 May 2020

Lock Down Kitchen: Easiest & Yummiest Ever Use What You Have, Garlic Chicken Tray Bake

Disclaimer:  I have not been paid to recommend, or promote, any products. Just wanted to share my latest little kitchen experiment. x

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well I hope?  Today's been a lovely, sunny day so Hubby's been out cutting the grass and I ventured further than I have in weeks - to the edge of our patio to peg out some laundry 😊

Not so far at all then I suppose but it felt like a real journey to me.  I was outside, not just looking out through the kitchen window as I have been doing till now, and I had the wind blowing through my (getting longer by the day) hair.

Can you imagine how long the queues will be at hairdressers and barbers when lock down is over honeys?  I'm starting to feel a little like Cousin It from the Addams Family already 😊  Who would ever have thought that a trip to the hairdresser for a quick snip and tidy up would become such a dreamt of, longed for even, event? πŸ˜ƒ

Life in lock down has been an eye opener in all kinds of ways.  It's changed how we all live, with the compulsory "stay home" orders proving to be a real challenge for most (though not for this hermit.) Staying home for everyone, of course, has meant separation from family and friends who are not part of your immediate household so I'm sure there will be a great deal of happiness and maybe some parties when this has all passed and people are able to be together again.πŸ’• 

I think one of the more lasting changes, after covid-19, will be found in our kitchens. The difficulties we've all had in being able to buy even the most basic, essential items, has meant, at least in our household, that we've had to be a little more inventive in meal planning.  Which neatly brings us to today's post...

Easiest & Yummiest Ever, Use What You Have, Garlic Chicken Tray Bake

This was definitely a culinary experiment honeys 😊  Even before Covid-19 and the stressful adventures in grocery shopping it's caused, Hubby and I have been trying to live a more sustainable life.  Essentially, just trying to buy less, use what we already have and cut down on waste.

The present lock down, and the scramble for grocery delivery slots, have certainly made us appreciate the food we have at hand more, as well as making us more creative in cooking with it.

Among our latest attempts to buy less, were these silicone baking sheets.  They've completely replaced the aluminium foil, and some of the parchment paper (though not the loaf tin liners) I've always used to line cookie sheets and baking trays.

Easiest Ever, Use What You Have, Garlic Chicken Tray Bake: I adore tray bakes honeys but this one was the result of having bought some silicone baking mats and wondering what else I could do with them other than make cookies :)

When they arrived, I set about using these silicone baking mats for everything and nothing, not a thing stuck to them.  All we do after use is to wash and dry them, they're then put away in my kitchen trolley till they're needed again.  When have they been all my life!

So, one long, very boring afternoon, looking for ideas for dinner, I reached for one of our rectangular, oven proof dishes. the ones I use to make lasagne... then (and this is where the bored bit came in😊) I had a thought.

I wonder what would happen if I lined one of our roasting tins with one of the new silicone mats and made a tray bake? Then, well, why not go grab a cuppa (and maybe a cookie) and I'll share what happened.  See you after the page break honeys x

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Bee Bombs: Planting A Habitat For Our Buzzy Friends 🐝

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote or share any products.  I was introduced to these wonderful little seed "bombs" by a dear Twitter friend and just had to try them. Anything to help our buzzy friends 🐝

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  How's your week been?  We have rain today, which no doubt will be welcomed not only by the garden, but by our garden's many tiny visitors too.πŸ’–

Yesterday afternoon, while it was still sunny and warm, our furbaby Jade & I spent a happy half hour or so on the patio.  We re-filled the feeders for our feathered visitors and also left some nuts for our terribly timid squirrel guest.

While outside, I also decided to plant the "Bee Bombs" which had arrived yesterday morning.🐝

What are Bee Bombs and why I'm happy to add them to our garden...

For some time now honeys, I've been trying to do whatever I can to make our garden into a tiny oasis for the assorted wildlife who visit. 

One of the first things we did, during our first spring after we moved into this house, was to plant an apple tree.  The apple tree is very well established now and every day it's full of movement and noise.  The tree is where the bird feeders are I adore looking out the kitchen window watching all of the birds flying in and out, sitting on the branches, sometimes eating and sometimes just singingπŸ’–

Being an apple tree, we're also blessed to have lots of lovely Bramley apples each year to bake with too 🍏  In addition to the apple tree, we also planted a blueberry shrub which has now grown so much it's taken over one part of the garden.  We planted the blueberry shrub as a food source for our many tiny birds and I love seeing them fluttering around it's branches and hopping in and out of the shrub and across the lawn.

I'm really excited about the latest addition to our garden honeys, but I'll tell all in a few minutes or so.  Why not go grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie (or two) and meet me back here after the page break?  See you in a few minutes...

Monday, 27 April 2020

Passing COVID-19 Lock-down Time: Organising The Kitchen Cabinets (Part Two)

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to recommend or promote any stores or products, just wanted to share what I'm doing to stay busy (and happy) during the lock-down.  Stay safe honeys x

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  It's such a beautiful day today, the sun is shining and our furbaby Jade's having a nap on the sofa next to me, bless her πŸ’– She always keeps me company while her Dad's at work. 

Today though, Jade's a little confused.  Earlier today, her Dad had his lunch with us because He's working from home all this week.  She's happy enough though, she got lots of hugs before he went back upstairs to his den/officeπŸ’—

Filling The Lock-Down Time..

Are you at home during the lock-down honeys?  I have chronic health issues, so I've been at home for over four weeks now.  To keep myself busy I'd decided to try to tick off some of those little things on my "to do" list that I've been meaning to do for a while.

I made a start on this list by tackling a few organisational projects in our kitchen.  My first project was to try to bring some order to the chaos of the large cabinet by the kitchen door.  This is a difficult cabinet to organise because of it's depth, meaning that no matter how it's organised, there will be things in front of things. 

It turned out really well though actually and it's very user-friendly.  You can see how it turned out here honeys.  Today though, it's on to another cabinet, and also a little meal prepping station too, but I'm getting ahead of myself again 😊

Passing COVID-19 Lock-down Time: Organising The Kitchen Cabinets (Part Two)

I just smiled again seeing those photos 😊 This was much less work than the last cabinet because it has so much less in it (it's home to our cleaning supplies) and since it's not a very deep cabinet I didn't really have to deal with rows of items.

Why not go grab yourself a cuppa, and maybe a cookie (or two) then dear ones and I'll met you back here after the page break for a chat and to share what I did...

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Passing COVID-19 Lock-down Time: Organising The Kitchen Cabinets (Part One)

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to recommend or promote any stores or products, just wanted to share what I'm doing to stay busy (and happy) during the lock-down.  Stay safe honeys x

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  All well I hope? It's such a beautiful day outside, the sun is shining, we've been blessed with so many tiny guests in the garden at the bird feeders and I'm loving standing at the kitchen window watching them every day.

If there is a positive to the current lock down situation, it's that being at home for an extended period has led to our looking around our home in search of things to do to pass the time.  There are so many things to catch up on and an "easy win" (sort of) that I can achieve while Hubby is at work (he's a key worker) is to tidy and organise some cupboards.

Passing COVID19 lock-down time: Organising the kitchen cabinets (part one)

I was so pleased with how this first cabinet turned out, that I decided to start on another cabinet, the one under the sink that's home to our cleaning supplies, next. I'll share when it's done, promise πŸ’—

I'm getting ahead of myself 😊 There are lots of photos in this post dear ones so why not go grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, and I'll meet you back here after the page break for a chat 😊

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Covid-19: A Spoonie's Thoughts On The Corona Virus And Being At Home...

Disclaimer:  This is not health advice.  If you have any issues or questions, concerning the corona virus or anything else relating to your health, please talk to your doctor or health care professional honeys.

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  I dearly hope you're all well and staying safe.  We find ourselves living in very scary times right now dear ones.  The world is facing a pandemic. A worldwide virus that we don't have a cure for yet.

This will change. It has to honeys, and I'm praying there will be a breakthrough very soon.  There are so many doctors, scientists and all kinds of really smart people I'm sure, working on finding a way to stop the spread of this virus and to find a vaccine that can protect all of us against it.

Covid-19: A spoonie's thoughts on the corona virus and being at home...

For now though, all we can do is to follow the guidelines issued by our Governments, by the NHS and by health authorities, and do everything we can to keep ourselves and our families safe.

This will probably be quite a post honeys, it might be good to go grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie (or two) I'll meet you back here after the page break...