Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weddings with Kids - When the Kids Are Yours

Once upon a time, getting married before you had kids was the done thing. Or at least, everyone pretended it was. But today, families come in all shapes and sizes, from parents who never marry to blended families and couples who stay childfree. Getting married when you already have children is much more common and more acceptable. However, planning a wedding when you have kids can be even more complicated than normal. With parenting duties to take care of, it's difficult to find the time and energy to put into your wedding. To make sure you still get your big day, pay attention to these issues.

Managing Your Time

Finding the time to plan your wedding is difficult at the best of times. It's even harder when you're a parent. On top of work, there's anything from changing nappies to doing the school run. Getting time to yourself isn't something that happens often. However, you can still find ways to plan, even when you're busy. One thing you can do is get your kids involved in the planning if they're old enough. Then your time together can double up as wedding planning time. You may also benefit from creating a schedule, setting specific days for you to sit down and get some planning done.

Sticking to a Budget

Parents might also be a little more concerned about their budget than couples who don't have kids. Not only do you have less disposable income, but your financial priorities could be different too. You might be reluctant to spend money on the wedding. It could go towards a family holiday or go into savings for your child instead. If you want to keep costs down, it's easy to find ways to save. You can create a beautiful wedding without overspending. DIY wedding are all the rage. You can find resources ranging from free wedding invitation templates to table decoration designs.

Involving Your Kid(s) in the Wedding

Your children are important to you, so you might want them to play a part in your special day. Some people make their child ring-bearer or flower girl - or flower boy! It's up to you how much of a role you want your child to play. You can make something up too. It doesn't have to be an existing position in the ceremony. At the reception, you might like to have older kids make a small speech or do something else.

Making Your Wedding Child-friendly

You could choose to have a childfree wedding, but it might not make much sense. If your child or children will be there, it may seem a little hypocritical not to allow any kids. Plus, your child may not want to be the only one there under 20. If you're having children at the wedding, think about making it entertaining for them. That might mean having some music they'll love or doing something special. You could hire an entertainer or set up an arts and crafts corner.

Having kids might make planning your wedding a little more difficult, but it shouldn't complicate things too much. Give yourself a little more time and don't rush things too much.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Halloumi and Sweet Chilli Pittas

easy dinner recipe halloumi and sweet chilli pittas

easy dinner recipe halloumi and sweet chilli pittas

Another late post. Sorry about that. I swear that organising a child's birthday party is more stress than a wedding. I think we are there though and we are really looking forward to celebrating Edith's party tomorrow and then her birthday on Tuesday. It's been a busy week but we survived it without takeaway. Of course Saturday nights are treat nights so we're going to indulge then but we didn't give in this week. Wahoo.

My favourite meal from this week had to be this one. Although the sloppy joe pizzas were also incredible. I'll share them another time!

Oh halloumi I had forgotten how good you are. It's been such a long since I've had any which is crazy considering it's up there as one of my favourite cheeses. The sweet chilli sauce complimented it so well. It added that much needed moisture and adding in one of our favourite flavours. It was a quick Monday night fix, perfect for when you're in a bit of a hurry. I thought I'd share the recipe with you guys! It's all a little bit interchangeable use whatever you have available we had red onions and red peppers which tasted delicious. 

easy dinner recipe halloumi and sweet chilli pittas

easy dinner recipe halloumi and sweet chilli pittas

Halloumi and Sweet Chilli Pittas

- Serves 2 (and a baby) - 

1 red pepper, sliced

1 red onion, sliced

1 bock of halloumi, sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

4 wholemeal pitta breads

1 jar of sweet chilli sauce

1 bag of salad

- Heat the oil in a medium frying pan. Lightly fry the red onion and red pepper until soft. Set aside.

- In the same pan, using no more oil, fry the halloumi. Leave the halloumi until all the liquid that comes out of the cheese has been absorbed, Turn and fry on the other side. This prevents your halloumi from being too squeaky.

- Lightly toast the pitta breads under a grill.

- Dish up the food onto serving boards and let people help themselves,

- Drizzle over the sweet chilli sauce.


I told you it was simple!
Mummy in a Tutu
A Cornish Mum

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Slaving Over A Hot Stone: The New Cooking Trend


History of Hot Stones

Way back, fire was domesticated. But it would still be a while before stoneware and metal pots were created. So how did people go about cooking their food? Well, they had to find something that could be heated to a high temperature and was readily available. Rocks it was. At the time, rocks were the best material available for people to cook on. A broad, flat rock provided the best surface. Now, this is a very primitive method. But it’s experiencing a revival. Some enthusiasts believe that the best way to cook a steak is by a hot rock. They claim that the steak tastes better through this method than could be achieved with other, more up-to-date and conventional cooking methods.

Where did they come up with the idea of bringing back hot rock cooking? Well, probably Japan or Korea. In these countries, hot rock cooking is still a very popular means of preparing food. In Korea, rice and vegetables are often served up in a hot rock bowl. The region also has several ishi-yaki restaurants which serve their customers their food raw, with a hot rock so that they can cook it themselves.

How To Use

Most of us will never have used a hot stone. Many will have only come across them while eating out in a nice restaurant. Or have perhaps seen them on a cookery show on the television. It’s not surprising then that most of us wouldn’t know how to cook on hot stones. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Heat the stone up until it’s very hot. Too hot to touch. It should ideally be about 250 degrees Celsius before use in cooking.

  • If you’re heating your stone on a BBQ, ensure it is about two inches above the embers. Leave on the heat for at least an hour before cooking.

  • If you’re heating the stone in your home, you can heat the stone on your hob. Use a high heat and leave for about half an hour.

  • The next step is to simply place your food on the stone. You can add oil first if you like, but this isn’t necessary.

Food For Thought

Cooking with hot stones isn’t commonly practiced here. So you might be struggling for ideas concerning what to cook on them. Here are a few to get your imagination going.



This is what is most commonly cooked on hot rocks in Western society. This method of cooking steak is ideal. You can check the temperature of the steak as it cooks and will be able to see when it’s how you like it cooked. There’s a thin line between rare, medium and well. Never mind the integers in between that many people opt for. You can track the progress of your food as you go. Remember to source your steak from organic, free range farms.


Hot Stones are a great way to serve up fajitas in an alternative way. Grill your chicken, tofu or halloumi on them. They will also cook peppers, onions, and any other vegetables efficiently. Serve this up to your guests with soft, flour tortillas on the side and bowls of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole in the middle of the table. The stones will be sizzling; the smells will drift through the air, and your guests will be drooling.

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