The week that was the cauliflower, otherwise known as week 33 of pregnancy, started with a more vigorous than usual pregnancy yoga class.
Our usual teacher was on holiday so we had a stand in, who was a serious yogi. I’m talking lots of vocal “ommm….nommmm….”-ing and ‘flows’. I’m used to a bit of chat and deep breathing so this really took it out of me and the other handful of people who turned up to the class. Not entirely sure if I’ll go back until my usual teacher’s there, is it ok that I can’t be bothered right now with anything that remotely resembles exercise? Walking around the shops baby shopping is exhausting enough, that surely classes as exercise, yes?
One of my favourite times of the week is Saturday and Sunday mornings, when the husband takes over the kitchen. He has a knack for making a mean breakfast and if we have time, he likes to get creative with his presentation – all in the name of having a laugh, not because he thinks he’s missed his vocation in life as a Michelin star chef.
My favourite breakfast, a la Mr Lynch, is his homemade Blueberry American-Style Pancakes, which often come decorated in a variety of fruits and always with coffee and orange juice. It’s a basic recipe which I’m sure he found online, but he’s perfected it over the months so I thought I’d share the joy right here in the form of some pancake porn and the recipe!
Pancakes (makes 4 pancakes):
200g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt (optional)
Knob of butter
Toppings (all optional):
Any kind of fruit (try warming your berries or peaches in a pan with some Mixed Spice until they go soft and a bit caramelised)
Seive the flour and baking powder into bowl, adding the salt if you choose
Pour the milk into a bowl and whisk in the egg, then pour into flour mix and whisk all together until you have a smooth batter
If adding blueberries, throw them in now and stir through the batter
Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan, then pour out any excess butter to use later – you just want a light coating on the pan to stop the batter sticking
Add a ladle of the pancake mix into the pan – we go for a depth of around 1cm but it depends how big your pan is (you might want to go thinner and larger in a bigger pan)
Cook for approx 2 minutes on a medium heat on each side, when you start to see bubbles coming through you know it’s cooked and it should be a golden brown shade
Remove from the heat and put aside on a plate while you cook the rest of your pancakes until the batter runs out
For our toppings, we always add a little maple syrup and a little natural yoghurt, often over some warmed fruit or bananas, all of which go perfectly with pancakes and blueberries.
Give them a try and let me know what you top them with, anything goes!!
I’ve long loved flowers and flower arranging – using the term loosely as it mostly involved me sticking a shop-bought bouquet in a vase – and have always wondered if it’s something I enjoy doing ‘properly’. I’ve looked into floristry courses but they’ve all been incompatible with a full time worker, really expensive, or nowhere near where I live, so have given up before I’ve even got started on the idea.
Week 32 of pregnancy, when baby was the size of a bunch of kale, was a particularly busy one.
It started out well with a day off from work (technically week 31) to kick off a long weekend in the Lake District with my parents and husband. We stayed in a little pub in the middle of nowhere and spent the weekend visiting the beautiful little villages and towns of South Lakes, walking, eating and drinking in the sunshine. It was great to get away and have no phone service (I can’t believe that’s actually still a thing these days) and quite often no Wifi, and to spend some proper time as a foursome for the last time. I’m really lucky that my husband gets on so well with my Mum and Dad, he genuinely likes spending time in their company which makes my life really easy and pretty pleasant!
I’m very excited today because I can finally share with you all a project I’ve been working on for the nursery. I’ve given a few sneak peeks away before but now it’s time to tell you all about my handmade Roman Blinds!
It’s particularly exciting for me as I was asked by Wayfair.co.uk to write a tutorial for their Get Inspired section of their website, on anything to do with my nursery – my very first guest post! And for a brand like Wayfair, I couldn’t believe they’d found my blog let alone asked me to create some content for them! I had the perfect fabric on order and knew that, if I didn’t cock it up, this would be the perfect project to share in detail, as Roman Blinds can seem complicated and daunting.
Week 31 of pregnancy, when baby was around 44cm long and the size of a Romaine Lettuce, was a busy old week!
It kicked off on day one with my friend’s hen do, for which I’m a bridesmaid and had organised the weekend along with the other two ‘maids. Luckily for me, the bride had wanted a spa weekend which meant that amongst all the organising, decorating and small talk with the other hens, there was an element of relaxing.
If there’s one thing that your first antenatal class does for you, it’s bring home the fact that shit’s about to get real. We’re having an actual, real life, push out of your body baby. Soon.
We had this realisation on Tuesday night at our first of three classes, in our local children’s centre with about 10 other couples. They ease you in gently with a ‘round the room’ of when you’re due and which hospital you’re having the baby at, and lull you into a false sense of security by sending round the biscuits (a Club bar, classic) and juice in plastic beakers, I imagine to get you into the spirit of what the next 10 years have in store.