Disneyland 2014!

Disneyland 2014!

My husband had to attend the PMA in Anaheim this October, so we deiced to take our two, sweet little kiddos to Disneyland!! I know it has taken me over a month to post this up– but luckily I wrote down our memories and experiences day by day as we were there, so I haven’t forgotten! Right now Braden and Gemma are the PERFECT age for disney– Gemma is 4, and is really into the princesses and disney characters, and Braden is 5, and is tall enough to go on almost every ride in the park! I thought I would write up a quick post for the memories, and also add some tips for those who are excited to take their young kiddos to disneyland too.
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Pork & Potato Pasties

Pork & Potato Pasties

Yesterday as we were pulling out all the christmas decorations to decorate for christmas, I stumbled upon an old christmas cooking magazine that contains some of my favorite English recipes on earth!! A couple of years back I made a pork and potato roll from it, and it was so divine, I decided to make it again this year– but with a little twist– Cornish Pasty style! The salty, tangy pork, potato and onion mixture inside the warm, flaky puff pastry was the perfect thing for a cold, cosy autumn day inside with the family, who mostly all have rotten colds! This recipe was so quick, easy and delicious, i’ll definitely be keeping it close by this season, and i’m also super excited to share lots more delicious English recipes! So keep posted, and as always, enjoy this recipe!
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Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

This summer we have been so busy that my blog has been totally neglected on an embarrassing scale! It feels good to finally be “settled” again, with a routine, and have more time to be consistent with my cooking and posting! I think fall is one of my absolute most favorite seasons for cooking– but it can be quite “dangerous” as I love to make a lot of comfort food for the cold, gradually darkening nights! One of those “comfort classics” I was determined to master this autumn, was chicken and dumplings! I found a recipe by Tyler Florence that looked awesome– but I didn’t have the time to roast the chicken, and make the home-made stock from scratch. I had a crazy day of running around town, and after getting in the door at 5pm with a car full of groceries and hungry kids, this dinner was quick and simple enough to put together while putting groceries away! It was ready, with next to no effort, in under 30 minutes, and it tasted like I had been working on it for hours! Gotta love that!
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Icelandic Lamb Stew

Icelandic Lamb Stew

A few weeks ago, when my husband and I were in Iceland, we stumbled into this little dive for lunch, on a black sand beach, in the beautiful coastal town of Vik. I ordered the lamb stew– not only because it’s one of Iceland’s most traditional dishes {that I wanted to try while I was there}, but also because I had heard SO many people rave bout it! {And also because I was freezing cold, and it’s just a great thing to warm you right up!) When they brought it out, it smelt and looked pretty good– but when I took a bite, I was in pure heaven! It was by far, the best thing I had eaten during my week’s stay in Iceland, and I would go as far to say THE BEST stew I had eaten in my entire life. The lamb was tender, juicy and flavorful, the broth was beefy, and salty with a hint of red wine, and they used buttery new potatoes, al dente carrots, and fresh petit pois. I took note so I could go home and recreate the recipe, because it’s one I wanted to eat time and time again.
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“Why Iceland?” Sep 2014 trip

“Why Iceland?” Sep 2014 trip

WHY ICELAND?

Earlier this year when my Mum announced she would be getting married in England in the summertime, we immediately started looking for flights to take our young little family over there. The cheapest rates we could find were with Icelandair– and when we discovered we could have a “free” stop over in Iceland for up to a week, we started looking into all the fun things we could do and see there, combined into our trip to see the family. Until this point, we hadn’t really considered Iceland as one of our top travel destinations– besides the lure to see the northern lights, which is on our “bucket list,” But after seeing SO many beautiful photos, and learning so much about the country, we became pretty excited and determined to go!
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