It’s been another crazy week here. Last weekend we spent time with friends, went on long country walks and chilled out by the fire as I sipped my birthday Fizz. Making the most of our last minutes of having a 12-year-old. With every milestone I get that feeling that things will never be the same again. They are always different but better, Teendom is not something to dread, it’s different, has its challenges. But also has so many wonderful moments. And this time next month we will have an 18 year old in the house, arghhhhh.
On another note, how amazing has this weather been? This is how autumn should be and long may it last.
Joe turned 13
It’s official we have 2 teenagers in the house. Joe had a fab birthday and even got to celebrate it a day early as we had a meeting at School to discuss a trip on his Birthday. I haven’t got any photos of him with balloons. Even though I bought them, as it’s not as cool anymore apparently! This weekend he is having a sleep over and taking a few friends go carting. So in true Christie style, dragging the celebrations out, we do love a birthday in this household.
I didn’t get time to make a cake this year! So I constructed a cup cake tower with a sponge, chocolate cup cakes, Maltesers and a few strategically placed cocktail sticks. He was thrilled with it and has happily munched his way through cup cakes all week.
I have finished The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald this week. The ending was not what I expected at all. You will have to read it to find out, but Connie was such a lovable character. I could not wait to see what she got up to next so have downloaded the next book The Getaway Girls. Also check out my latest book post and chance to win a Kindle.
And I have been trying out a new cookbook this week. We love Chinese food in our house but getting a take-away is such a faff when you live in the country. This new Stir Crazy recipe book by Ching He-Hung is fantastic; it is packed with fab recipes I am dying to try out. Last night we made pineapple chicken and omg it was like having a takeaway it was delicious. I just know we are going to use it loads.
I took a trip to London to have afternoon tea at the Ivy with the lovely people from Prestige, and some fab bloggers including my pal Caro. The lunch was to meet Stacey Solomon and check out her new pressure cooker recipes. Having never used a pressure cooker before I was nervous. But mine arrived yesterday and I decided to give it a go a make a curry. Omg it is so easy to use, I still can’t get over the fact that you leave it to cook and it doesn’t stick! There is a list of recipes I want to try including chocolate cake, I kid you not, yes chocolate cake, so will be sharing those soon.
It was a gorgeous sunny day in London and the sky was blue so I took the chance to take a few photos of Tower Bridge, you can never get bored looking at it can you?
A Cat Called Charley
Last week a cat appeared at our door. I mean literally every time we opened the door he was trying to get in. Which was a challenge as Toby was trying to get out to said cat. He is not a cat fan due to the constant tormenting he gets by the farm cats. (They sit on the decking to wind him up) But living in the country we need wild cats to keep hold of the rat and mouse population. And they do a blooming great job.
This little cat was different though; the wild cats although they are always around never come near. This little fella looked starving and kept trying to rub against our legs. After 24 hours I decided he needed food and lots of strokes, he had not left our door in 24 hours. So we fed him, poor little thing was gulping it down as it came out of the packet he was starving.
Having no cat experience I had no idea what to do, if we brought him in we were uncertain what Toby would do and he seemed sick. To cut a long story short the local cat rescue has put him in foster care, he is so thin that the vet has done loads of test. We have everything crossed that its nothing serious and he can be nursed back to health. But here is the thing the boys and I have totally fallen in love with him.
We can’t get a cat, Chris is allergic, and Toby, well I have no idea how he will be. But look at that little face. He is so friendly and adorable.
I have a lovely lunch planned with my beautiful pal Nadine. I am hoping for a sunny day so we can take some photos too. And I may be using my slow cooker quite a bit and sharing a recipe on here. And next Friday my parents are coming to visit for the weekend and we are all off to see ELO. I am so excited we all love them and saw them in Wembley last year, they were INCREDIBLE so I can’t wait to see them again.
Linking up with Jocelyn over at the Reading Residence
Have a great weekend whatever you are up to