LONDON MUMMA

 


It's that time of the year and I am so exicted, the moment the Christmas adverts come out you know the store will be stocked and certainly not for long on cute matching family pyjama sets. There are so many amazing variety of designs out there, from your check prints, bold reds, a touch of sparkle to festive chrisatmas trees, and your cheeky slogans and those filed with loads of elves Yule be sorry to not of got in to this cosy co-ordinatedf trend.


A few years ago, I decided to start a new family Christmas tradition for me and Leanora, Milo too and that for me is what Christmas is about, creating your own family tradition, plus it is a great for fond family memories and we even get our grandad, aunts and cousins involved too which always make for the perfect family crimbo picture. 

To help find you and your family some cute matching family PJ's for you and your loved one's, I've scoured the lovely web and and stores and rounded up some firm favourites, but I suggest being quick and nab them as soon as possible as they are alwys guaranteed to sell out quick and go treat yo'elf.

I know times are hard, so do not worry I've shared some great ones at every price point, unfortunately I could not link any of Primar's but be sure to head to their stores to find some very affordable PJ's and another of our favourites is ASDA too, I've already had a sneak peak and they are great. 

And don't forget if you are looking for some festive Christmas homeware items, make sure to check back in the week as this will be a big one and one i'm most excited about sharing. I know we are still only 11 days in to November but I am keen as punch to start decorating the home and we've already picked out a theme, A Snowy Christmas.

Now, I'll stop with all the Christmas puns and let's get shopping you snow the drill!!

Don't forget you can keep upto date with what we are doing this festive period over on Instagram and on TikTok too.


Lindsey


Nothing quite says comfort like Cottage Pie. This recipe is simple and extremely tasty. 

With the colder nights and heating on, there is no dish better to have to warm up your cockles like a big warming bowl of cheesy cottage pie and last week, I got up a little earlier than usual and made this ahead for our dinner, so all I really needed to do after a long day at work, following afterschool club activities I knew that Leanora and I were going to want a heart warming meal the minute we got home. 

I made enough of this scrumptious cottage pie, to bring with me to work the next day and prepped the remaining half for dad too!! Scoring brownie points with dad, my birthday is coming up soon and I've got my eye on a few things, no matter how old I am you always gonna want a pressie from your parents lol! Nothing quite like cheesy meaty bribery an I right ha!



Ingredients 

500 grams of beef mince

1 large onion 

2 tbsp tomato purée

1 tbsp plain flour

150ml/5fl oz red wine

4 sprigs fresh thyme

300ml/14fl oz beef stock

100 grams of grated cheddar cheese 

Worcestershire sauce, to taste

salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 potatoes

115g/4oz butter

125ml/4½fl oz milk


Directions 

Heat some oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add the onion and cook until softened. Once cooked set aside on a plate.

Return the pan to the heat and add the mince and cook until browned all over. Stir in the cooked onion and add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute. Pour in the red wine, scraping up any caramelised bits with a wooden spoon, and add the fresh thyme.

Add the stock and simmer for 45 minutes. Season to taste, and add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and mix until combined and then take off the heat and pour in your cooked mince in to your oven proof pie dish and set aside to cool. 

Preheat the grill to high.

Meanwhile, for the mash, put the potatoes in a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12–15 minutes, or until they are tender. Drain and return the potatoes to the pan, then place over the heat for about 1 minute to drive off any excess moisture. Mash well, then add the butter and milk, beating to form a smooth mash. Season to taste.

Spoon the mash over the top. Grill for 8–10 minutes, or until golden-brown.

No how easy was that!  This dish, guaranteed will certainly warm up the coldest of hearts on the chilliest of nights


Don’t forget to follow for more tasty eats over on Instagram or by using the #LondonMummaEats tag, to show me what  you are eating and made! And for more fun things to do check out our TikTok page! 


Lindsey 



Parents across the country and preparing themselves for the October half term shenanigan's and for those wondering what to do with the kiddos this half term, look no further I am here to help and save the day with some great family activities.

Days Out 


Dopmaine 

One of the latest immersive experience brought to you by Fever. This amazing family friendly exhibition is located a short walk from South Kensington Tube station. Dopamine Land , is a unique and interactive exhibition that combines traditional mediums with innovative technology to activate all your senses, plus you can load up on some free popcorn too.


Jurassic World

I am so excited about this one, 29 years ago was when the original movie first came out I've been in love and watched every single movie, so it makes complete sense for me to walk through the gates and experience what it would be like to be there in real life and come face to face with the life sized dinosaurs. 

Frameless

Frameless is a brand new culturally rich, immersive, multi-dimensional art experience. Housed in an incredible 30,000 square foot venue and located just a few short steps from Marble Arch and Oxford Street, it is the biggest of its kind in the UK and Leanora and I can not wait to go an explore.

Gravity Wandsworth

The best place ever, if you follow us over on TikTok or Instagram you know we had an amazing time, plus it was super affordable too, we ended up spending just over 3 hours in here and could of spent longer if it was not a Sunday and we did not have school and wor the next day. There are so many different activities, from bowling, golf, go-kart racing an arcade, VR games and darts to even a room dedicated to gamers, this is great place for the family  to spend some time, plus if feeling peckish they have a few different restaurants located in side

Theatre

As you know we love the theatre, we only started going this year and I have to say we are hooked. We have already seen, The Lion King, Grease, Frozen and Wicked sadly not Matilda YET! I've heard great reviews about Matilda, if it is anything like the 1996 film you know you are going to be in for a treat. 


Make sure to come back for more things to do as I'll be adding to the list, during October half term!

Don't forget you can also follow us for more family adventures on Instagram and TikTok too.

Lindsey 

 


I love nothing more than stocking up on some fresh vegetables on a weekly basis.

I do love to change it up each week, but we have some staples. such as avocados, basil and courgettes which I use in a multiples ways and basil is a key ingredients for  my famous homemade pesto which I make on a weekly basis. 

I find that I feel so much better since we started to eat a lot more vegetables, we have changed our eating style in my home, we do not eat as much meat as we used to which is great, plus its get's me making and eating new dishes that I would not of eaten before. 

Courgettes, my all time favouite, be it with pasta or using it as a pasta or my guilty pleaseure, making them in to fritters I find that courgettes are super versatile in dishes whilst most people think they are only best for summertime dishes I personally feel they are great all year round. 

I eat an Avocado at least 5 times a week, particuarlly for breakfast, well certainly on a Sunday when I havee bacon sarnie just to feel better abot eating a tonne of bacon! Another guilty pleasure by means of eating Avocados is, I know a little controversial but it is great in a chocholate mousse.

Romaine lettuce, I love a goodsalad, as a side dish or as a maine for lucnch,  thete are so manny different varaitites but I found wouuld that both Leanora and I love in the form of the Romaine, it's got a great bite and holds it wesight if appkying a dressing.

Caulliflower, I mean a champion in veg. I love to roast it with a some cumin and a splash of olvie oil, grated and used a rice, if I want something lighter and less carby or in the colder months as a soup, it is truly one of our vegetables.

Mushrooms, now most people are not fans, me I can happilly eat mushrooms all day, be it a chestnnut, shitakie or my favourite enoki in a lovely brothy ramen, but always on a pizza, sneaked in to my bolognese meticulously hidden from Leanora, or on a Friday night curled up on a sofa, served on top of a cream bed of polenta.

I hope you enjoyed thiis post and been inspprired to try some of my family favourite vegetable haul, I would love to hear what yours are.

To find out more of family favourites, you can do so  by following me over on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Have a woonderful day.


Lindsey





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