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Books

  • First Lines Friday

    Happy Friday! I saw a great Friday feature post today and I want to join in. It’s a fun way to glimpse a book without the cover or blurb – it looks at the first lines instead! The opening lines of a book are so crucial and are often incredibly impactful and intriguing.  So let’s […] Read more…

  • How to Fail: Book Review

    Hi all! I hope you’re staying safe and reading lots (or a little – however much makes you happy). The book I want to tell you about (and rave about) today is How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day. Pages: 352  Published: April 4, 2019 Genre: Non fiction, memoir, autobiography  Medium […] Read more…

  • The Dream Daughter – Book Review

    I’ve been so lucky with my reading recently – I have picked up yet another book that has made it onto my favourites list! This one is The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain, and it is incredible. Pages: 371 Published: October 2, 2018 Genre: Historical, science and suspense fiction Medium I consumed it in: Audiobook This novel […] Read more…

  • Four Mini Book Reviews

    Hi everyone! Have you been enjoying some great books lately? I read 4 books this month. I know this is peanuts for some, but for me, that’s a good effort! In terms of my 2020 reading goals, I’ve accomplished one already by doing so! *You can read about my goals in my Reading Goals for […] Read more…

  • The Nightingale – Book Review

    When I finished reading The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, I needed to talk about it as soon as possible. What a beautiful book. I have been reading a lot of World War II fiction lately because of something I’m working on, so I was interested to read this book on the back of some great […] Read more…

  • The Arc of a Scythe series – Book Review

    The first book in the Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman is called  Scythe. It is a young adult dystopian fantasy, and it is great. Don’t be put off by the young adult category if, like me, you’re not a young adult. This is such a complex, original book, it will hold your […] Read more…

Recipes

  • Lime Tree Cookies

    What do we have here?! A cookie recipe from me that isn’t for choc chip cookies? Who knew that was possible?! Thanks to a glut of limes from the family tree though, it’s true…here is a recipe for LIME cookies! Not a drop of chocolate in sight (sorry…). Ingredients: 2 cups almond meal 1/4 cup […] Read more…

  • Sweet and crunchy chocolates

    This week I was looking to make a really quick, chocolatey sweet treat, but I wanted to keep it healthy. I’m loving dates, brazil nuts and buckinis at the moment, so I came up with this simple recipe, which took no time at all to put together (and eat). You can use any mix-ins you […] Read more…

  • Chocbanoffee Tart

    Creamy banana filling, date toffee and chocolate. Sounds delicious, right?! I love banoffee, so it’s no real surprise that I’d eventually try to adapt it and make a recipe that is healthy, and dairy, gluten and egg free. Depending on your tolerance level, this can be fructose friendly too. And it’s me – I have […] Read more…

  • Nutty slices

    Hello! I got up recently and felt like making something in the kitchen. While I ate breaky, I had a think about what ingredients were in the cupboards and what I could create that was healthy and fast to make. I am currently trying to concentrate on my sugar intake for my health, so that […] Read more…

  • Snack balls

    Snack balls, often called bliss balls, are fairly easy to come by. However, ready-made balls are expensive! Make them at home and you have a simple, comparably affordable, and nutritious snack to keep you going. I have posted two recipes for this type of thing previously, which you can read via these links (date-free balls and […] Read more…

  • Ginger biscuits – GF, EF, DF, low FODMAP

    Ginger biscuits are delicious. Am I right?! Every Thursday at the health recovery/pain management tai chi class I go to, there are ginger biscuits and tea to enjoy while we chat on our break. I watch on in envy, unable to eat the biscuits, but definitely still loving the tea! At Christmas, for the tai […] Read more…

  • Chocolate caramels (with a secret ingredient!) – GF,DF,EF, plant-based

    Who doesn’t like gooey-centred chocolates (does a person like this even exist?!)? I enjoyed caramels coated in crisp chocolate back in the day. They have a texture and taste that has long been out of my treats vocabulary though due to my food intolerances! So, how have I remedied this and what is my secret […] Read more…

  • Veggie lasagne 

    Lasagne is right up high on my list of favourite foods and always has been. Melting cheese, gooey filling, tomato goodness…what could be better? It is definitely one of the meals I miss most since having to change to a gluten, dairy, egg and meat free, low FODMAP diet. Lasagne with mince has to be […] Read more…