May threw up lots of surprises, not all of them that great. Think boiler breaking down while Hubs was on a driving tour of Europe leaving me & LB with no heating or hot water for 5 days then LB finishing the month rather poorly with scarlet fever. Saying that we still managed to get out and about and enjoy the glorious weather mid-May.
Make – Nutella & Peanut Butter Brownies
Everyone needs a winning recipe that can be thrown together quickly with store cupboard ingredients. Nutella & Peanut Butter Brownies are one of these. Not the healthiest recipe in the slightest, but a crowd-pleaser and they sit happily in the cake tin for a few days.
Eat – Brunch at Moose Coffee, Liverpool
Whit Bank Holiday saw my brother, sister and sister-in-law run the Liverpool Rock & Roll Half Marathon. The three of us trundled up the M6 to my adopted motherland to cheer on my siblings. All serious supporters need sustenance so we headed to Moose Coffee that had been recommended to us. Not disappointed in the slightest.
Hubs, who can never resist a burger, went for Fab Five Freddy Burger and me the Bronx Brunch Green Line – a spicy veggie hash brown with halloumi.
Get – Photo board
The beginning of May saw me head to Seasoned to get more confident with my food photography on a workshop with award-winning Joan Ransley. I found it an inspirational day and have already had a photography board made up and started practising what I’ve learnt. Not always the easiest when there is an inquisitive toddler who wants to get involved.
Read – My Big Book of Colours
I have Roswensian to thank for the discovery of this book – My Big Book of Colours. Yes I bought it for LB, but I also love the illustrations myself.
Go – National Trust Croome Court
Good friends are those that you don’t see for a long time, due to us living in different areas of the country, but when we get together that time flies. We met at Uni and three of us studied Biology. Our love of chocolate and cheesy music is still strong. Our meet ups are now distinctly alcohol free due to kids and dogs, but we still talk about the same things. Our choices are just a bit more refined now.
This year we decided to meet at National Trust’s Croome Court as it was in the centre of us all. The day started with an epic picnic that was interrupted with a brief rain shower, but in true British style we weren’t prepared to lose our picnic bench so just put our hoods up and sat tight. The weather then turned into a glorious spring day, the little ones skipped through a meadow and we ended the day with ice cream. Pretty fabulous if you ask me.
June brings a super busy month with both work and personal things. A significant Wedding anniversary, sky high hotels and a secret night out to 19th century Montmartre because we can can can…