Vegan Vegetable Slow Cooked Stew ~ the easy way

It seems a little strange to be writing a recipe for a vegetable stew at the end of July, this one is such a warming and comforting dish, perfect for chilly autumnal nights! But the nights have been a little chilly and autumnal this past week, so we have been…

Somerset Lavender Garden

Isn’t it exciting when you discover something wonderful on your doorstep that you didn’t realise was there? This happened to us last week when we took a trip to Somerset Lavender Garden in Faulkland, Somerset. What an amazing place – and the perfect time of year…

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I’ve been keen to make a ‘healthy’ sweet treat after my Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes that I made a few weeks ago. And I must say, whoever came up with the idea of using chickpeas to make cookie dough is a genius. These dark chocolate cookie dough…

Little Bird by Jools Oliver

I do try to be frugal when it comes to buying baby clothes, and I don’t buy many things that are brand new, but when, on a recent trip to Mothercare I saw the Little Bird range, I just couldn’t resist picking up this gorgeous little…

The Taste of Summer.. Apricot Smoothie

I have started to make fruit smoothies to have with my lunch each day. They feel ever so indulgent as they are just fruit, and it’s fun to mix up different combinations to see what tastes and colours you can come up with! If I make a breakfast…

Weleda Baby Calendula Range

When I was looking at products to use in Frey’s bath, I knew that I wanted something gentle for him, that was free of nasty ingredients, as that is what I use for myself. I especially wanted something that was free from SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) as my…

Vegan Chinese Saturday Night Takeaway

Some Saturday nights, or any night really, I just crave a Chinese takeaway. My absolute favourite is a fried rice dish, so I thought I would have a go at making my own, and I was delighted with how it turned out! Ingredients (serves 2) 1 large onion 2 cloves…

True Grace Candles

I am a candle junkie. Candles, home fragrancing, anything that smells good.. I can’t resist it. The best candles are long burning, made from plant wax, and strong. And I have a new love. I discovered True Grace candles in a beautiful shop in Glastonbury a few weeks…

The Sparkle Nest best hummus recipe

Hummus is one of my most favourite foods ever. I have eaten it a few times a week for the past few years. Except for when I was pregnant, when I mostly ate mars bars.. but that’s another story. I was googling around (is that a real expression…

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

It’s been a while since I baked cupcakes. Around 5 months, as whilst I was on maternity leave before munchkin arrived I was baking very regularly.. mainly so I could lick the spoon! Wednesday was a rainy windy day, perfect for some cosy baking in the kitchen, so…