It's been a cold and dark month and we haven't actually had much time to spend together as a family. The first two weekends I was teaching and then the third Saturday I went on a study day so on Sunday we made an effort to get out the house for half an hour and go for a walk together to get some fresh air, even if it was absolutely freezing. I took my tripod and new camera and was determined to figure out the self-timer setting. I only got two good shots but I LOVE them. I can't believe we're actually all smiling! We went straight home after this as we really were getting cold.
As we only have a small kitchen we don't have room for a lot of gadgets, I literally have room for my kettle and (smoothie) blender that I use every day, add some post, a lunch box, two fruit bowls and some water bottles and it's more than cluttered! If you're lucky enough to have a bigger kitchen than us and have a bread maker you can do the first bit of this recipe in it, saving some time.
We're not back into routine at all and I'm not sure we will be for a while. I've been waking them up every morning and struggling to get them to calm down at bedtime. I think they're over tired and have been having a crazy half hour just before bed every night. I've just felt like a broken record, telling them over and over again to eat and get ready in a morning and then asking them to calm down and get ready for bed at night. They're just not listening to us at all. Oliver especially seems to be in his own little world most of the time and the only person he lets in is Ethan apart from when he wants cuddles at bedtime.
This recipe serves 2 adults and 2 small children but makes lots of sauce so if making for more people you can increase the number of sausages you put in. If making for 4 like us and you don’t want to serve all the sauce for dinner you can save some and have some with pasta for lunch or dinner the next day.
This recipe serves 2 adults and 2 small children as part of a buffet lunch. We like to eat it with grilled halloumi cheese, sautéed spinach and salad potatoes. It tastes great served straight away but even better when it’s been left for a few hours or even eaten the next day.
Why didn’t I question the constant foetal monitoring, the breaking of my waters or the syntocinon (artificial oxytocin) drip to induce my contractions? As an educated women in her late 20s who had attended the hospital’s own antenatal classes you’d think that I would have wanted to have a part in these decisions but the truth is I just went along with it. I trusted the doctors and knew them to have more knowledge than me and to want the best outcome for me and my babies. The thing is though, in a medicalised environment, do they always know what is best?
You do need a bit of time to make the sauce as it tastes better when the meat has been cooked for a few hours and so breaks down. If you don't have time in an afternoon to keep checking on it in a pan, you could try making it in a morning and leaving in the slow cooker on a low setting all day.
We're right in the middle of the summer holidays. I can't believe how fast the first three weeks have gone and just like that I've waved the boys off at the airport today to spend the rest of their holidays in Italy. They were so excited, Oliver was a bit more cuddly early this morning but absolutely fine when they left. I hope they will both be ok when Daddy comes home in a few days. I'm more than ready to go and join them at the end of the month for a proper holiday!
We're having a bumper crop of courgettes at the minute thanks to some amazing sunny weather and lots of rain too. I've also had two rather large marrows because I missed them underneath all the huge leaves and didn't go down to the vegetable patch for two days because of the rain. I came up with this recipe and it worked really well, Oliver asked me as soon as he'd finished when i could make it again so I consider that a win!
The photos I'm sharing this month are from Monday 19th June. The boys had an inset day and it was so hot. They begged me all afternoon to set up the hose pipe so they could run back and forward through the spray and here are a few shots! Imagine the sound of them screaming and laughing and then having to go in to get their goggles from the swimming bag!