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Pearl and Groove Gluten Free Cakes | Portobello Road
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For the most delightful, prettiest and tasty gluten free cakes you must prioritise a visit to Pearl and Groove on Portobello Road. You will find the bakery on Portobello Road, walk under the Westway past Golbourne Road and keep going a little further than you think you're supposed to and you will find it on the left side. Perhaps not somewhere you may stumble upon but a wonderful little bakery you will make every effort to visit once you know it's there. The window display is home to an array of delicately coloured rows of beautifully handcrafted and decorated mini cakes. Be prepared because you will want to try them all.

We sat on the candy coloured pink table and chairs outside, warmed up with a chai tea latte and feasted on these gorgeous edible pieces of art.

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Luxury Deli Food Delivered | Caper App
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We are blessed with a long Indian summer which we are showing our gratitude by extending the picnic season as long as the weather will permit. The unexpected beautiful September days have led to all sorts of last minute trips to the park and unplanned lunching with friends and alfesco dinners on the lawn. For the slightly unorganised or very busy person that takes food seriously but hasn't got the time to wander from deli to deli and specialist food places I must share one of my favourite food apps. Caper App should have prime location on your phone. They have partnered with some of the most prestigious food delis around London and offer delivery within an hour or two of placing your order.

As the weather changes and autumn draws in, I can imagine how useful Caper will be when hosting last minute playdates at home or spontaneous drinks and nibbles with friends and family.

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Gabriella Wear:

Dress - ilovegorgeous

Lucia Wears:

Dress - Ralph Lauren

 

 

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Mothers Day with Lolas Cupcakes

I’m counting down the days until Mother’s Day. It’s our Day, which we should absolutely take all for ourselves. At least that’s what should happen. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day dinner for my mum so the only way I will get a rest is with a little forward planning and lots of delegating. I will take some of the strain out of my day by having our afternoon tea cupcakes taken care of by Lolas. Each year on Mother’s day, I enjoy setting up a magical looking, little afternoon tea for the girls, my mum and myself which we all enjoy together. I plan on choosing a few very pretty and delicate flowers which remind me of a pretty English garden to style the table in a similar way to the photos I’ve put together.

Cupcakes are an inherent part of any occasion in our family. I’m sure it’s the same in most families. They seem to be a guaranteed hit with every generation. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lola’s Cupcakes. My guilty pleasure is their Red Velvet, it’s honestly like no other. They have the most stunning and creative collection of cupcakes and a gorgeous 5 inch celebration cake for Mother’s day which encapsulates Spring just perfectly. If you’re not at home to have these cupcakes delivered and you’re out and about for Mothers Day I recommend picking up a cupcake or two (it’s Mother’s day after all) to enjoy during the day. They would also make a wonderful gift for a friend who is a mother, for grandparents and you can always pass on a little hint hint to the littles ones, hopefully they can pass on the information so the right present buyer. You never know, you might just have a yummy surprise delivered for you to enjoy on your day.

Lolas Cupcakes – Available across London and Bicester Village and to order online 

www.lolascupcakes.co.uk

*disclaimer – in collaboration with Lolas Cupcakes

 

Dippy Eggs | Sweet Things, Notting Hill

 

There are many excuses I have to wander along Westbourne Grove to Portobello Road, and here’s another. Sweet Things bakery. I’m so pleased you have arrived in Notting Hill. I am familiar with their very sweet bakery in Primrose Hill. It made the perfect coffee shop for playdates with the girls and of course they loved to share pretty looking sweet treats with their friends. I used to cherish those moments when I had a few minutes peace enjoying a cupcake and a coffee with a friend whilst the children would crawl into the toy box under the seats near to the window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Things may be known for their deliciously sweet cupcakes but they do a fantastic breakfast/brunch too. I was recommended to try the dippy eggs and I can tell you they are some of the best soft boiled eggs you will find around Portobello Road. I usually always drink coffee with breakfast but at Sweet Things it’s a little different, I have to enjoy their awarding winning hot chocolate, almost every time. Gabriella opted for a croissant to dip in her cup of hot chocolate. If you can, and you’re hungry, order it all, everything is executed just perfectly and don’t forget to finish with a salted caramel cupcake, they are divine. They also do so many different layer cakes, loaf cakes and crepes with all sorts of fillings, sweet and savoury. 

Bakeries and coffee shops like this are like little gems, they are places that we can hang out with a friend and catch up over coffee, sit and do some work on your own, pop in and buy a cupcake or two to eat whist strolling along portobello and feel welcome to take the little ones to breakfast and feel like we are not disturbing the peace. You can see how thoughtful they are, there are USB and plug sockets dotted all over, ready to be used and enjoyed whilst you enjoy and coffee and a bite to eat. One other thing, they are a cashless bakery, that means you need to used your card or contactless via your iPhone. What a great idea, it suits me just fine, I never have cash anyway.

Sweet Things

8 Blenheim Crescent
Notting Hill
W11 1NN

www.sweetthings.biz

B.Fresh Juice | A Healthy Juice Option Whilst on the Go
These days I really care about what i put into my body. Since having children even more so. I have to admit, I do not stick to a sugar-free diet but I try to limit my unnecessary intake as much as possible. I don’t often drink off the shelf juices for this very reason but sometimes water just doesn’t hit the spot. Discovering B.fresh juices has been great. Finally, a range of juices which are as fresh as can be, cold pressed so packed full of vitamins and nutrients, and, as close to something I would whizz up in my nutribullet myself. B.fresh is also a great British brand providing us with homegrown British produce which is all grown, pressed and packaging here in Shropshire. Knowing where the food we eat comes from is very comforting and reassuring.

These days I really care about what i put into my body. Since having children even more so. I have to admit, I do not stick to a sugar-free diet but I try to limit my unnecessary intake as much as possible. I don’t often drink off the shelf juices for this very reason but sometimes water just doesn’t hit the spot. Discovering B.fresh juices has been great. Finally, a range of juices which are as fresh as can be, cold pressed so packed full of vitamins and nutrients, and, as close to something I would whizz up in my nutribullet myself. B.fresh is also a great British brand providing us with homegrown British produce which is all grown, pressed and packaging here in Shropshire. Knowing where the food we eat comes from is very comforting and reassuring.

Both of my girls like to drink water by choice, but, of course like other children they love a juice when they’re out and about. B.fresh jusices are perfect for them. We had two favourite flavours. The Sweet Greens and Winter Warmer. In fact, the whole family favoured the Sweet Green flavour.

Available in Wholefoods and Sainsburys and other retail outlets

www.b-fresh.co.uk

 

Dinner at Le Pain Quotidien, Notting Hill
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Quite often I take the girls to Le Pain for hot chocolate and toast whilst I enjoy a coffee. They do bread and coffee so well, and most importantly, they are child-friendly. They do all sorts of delicious open sandwiches and cakes. Their approach to food is to keep it simple, the ingredients, the menu and the style. And, there is an emphasis on organic produce. I like this. I have to admit I had never tried them before for dinner. Expect a small, concise menu with a handful of dishes that resemble something you would expect to be served in a french farmhouse kitchen. Rustic and homely comfort food.

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le pain notting hill

We chose the chicken and Leek Pie and British Steak & West Country Ale Stew. They do not offer a children's menu but there is plenty which you could make work. For the girls we opted for 2 sides each, mashed potato which is served with lashings of butter, which, they of course loved and avocado. It was perfect for them. They finished off which a flourless chocolate brownie.

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Don't be shy to ask for crayons and paper for the children, they usually have some lurking about and are only too happy to provide you with some tools to keep them entertained whilst you sit back and enjoy your meal. Both Gabriella and Lucia Returned home with a masterpiece each.

Le Pain Quotidien - Notting Hill

* We was invited to sample a meal by Le Pain Quotidien

Cupcakes at The Hummingbird Bakery
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Mummy Blog - cupcakes hummingbird bakery

Cupcakes can be simple, extravegant, elegant or fun, subtle or colourful. Perhaps that's their secret to keeping us interested. We want them on an ordinary day and cannot be without them for a special occassion. Cupcakes are everything and more. We often bake cupcakes at home, we experiment with different flavours, icing and have so much fun decorating them. But, sometimes you just need a super duper specially made cupcake.

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Mummy Blog -hummingbird bakery
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Mummy Blog -cupcakes london
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Mummy Blog -christmas cupcake hummingbird bakery

Every now and then I take the girls out to enjoy a cupcake. Living in central London means that we are spoilt for choice, there are bakeries specialising in cupcakes popping up everywhere. One of our favourites is The Hummingbird Bakery. We visit the one on Portobello Road the most often becuase it's a five minute walk from home. It's not the only reason. It's the original bakery and although there are many others that have opened since the Notting Hill branch is my little favourite. Don't visit and expect comfy seating, this is not in the concept of their business it seems, but, go with the expectation of finding a sweet little bakery filled with all sorts of delightful cupcakes, traybakes, cheesecakes, sliced rainbow layer cakes amongst other sorts of pretty deliciousness. I'm sure the intention is to enjoy them at home or wandering down Portobello soaking in the atmosphere as you do. Their display is quite breathtaking, it always has my girls in awe and makes their indecisive little minds even more difficult to make up. Which by the way, in this situation, is a good thing.

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Mummy Blog -cupcakes london
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Mummy Blog -the hummingbird bakery
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Mummy Blog -hummingbird bakery notting hill

Oh, and they do seasonal so well. The Christmas cupcakes are wonderful.

The Hummingbird Bakery - 133 Portobello Road

Breakfast at the Electric Diner, Portobello Road
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Since having children breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day. I need that fuel to set me up for the lengthly fast paced day day ahead. I'm not one for cereal and milk, I'm much more of a fruit and yoghurt type of person if I'm in a rush, or, if I have a little time then avocado on toast with poached eggs, or, a fruit smoothie bowl with lots of health delicious toppings.

How could I not share one of my longstanding favourite spots for breakfast. In actual fact The Electric hits the spot for every meal in my opinion, breakfast, lunch or diner and/or cocktails. The Electric has grown with me over the years. Gosh, I loved this place pre-babies and settled life, but honestly, I love it just as much now. On the rare occasion we get a moment for a mid-week breakfast date Glenn and I happily sneak out without the children, we eat too much and drink lots of coffee and have a chat which usually revolves around work stuff, having said that, it's not a problem to bring the kids and they love it too. Request a booth, don't be put on one of their crammed tables at the back where you have no privacy, I couldn't even imagine sitting there with a child or two. My nerves would be on complete edge. I don't like sitting on top of other diners while i'm eating, even with another adult, the thought of having to restrict my conversation whilst paying for the pleasure never seems fair.

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What I love is they are not too cool, too American or too French to do a full English breakfast. And, they do it well. The quality of the produce is first class and the atmosphere is exciting, busy without being to much, and you can happily find yourself absorbed and entertained by the eclectic Notting Hill crowd.

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electric portobello road
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Granger & Co, Notting Hill
Granger Notting Hill
Granger Notting Hill

The queue is quite often trailing down Westbourne Grove. To me, it's the first positive sign that you've stumbled upon a very desirable, well worth the wait eating place, even though there are at least 10 other quite delicious cafes and restaurants within 50 metres of where you are standing. For some reason, waiting in line on Westbourne Grove is an acceptable situation when it comes to Granger, I don't necessarily like it, but, I do it. The food and ambiance seems to outweigh the time spent waiting. Just a little peek through the windows at the buzzy looking scene keeps you excited enough to allow your feet to remain firmly in that queue.

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granger london - Notting Hill lifestyle Blog
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London Blog

There is no option to book, so if it's busy you must wait. If there is space, they will offer you a seat outside and you can order drinks whilst you wait. Remembering back to when Granger first opened the long queue situation has always been there but usually only on a Saturday and Sunday brunch time. Nowadays, since the word has travelled about this perfectly relaxed yet lively restaurant which serves fabulously fresh food, the queue often overspills down Westbourne Grove most days.

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London Lifestyle Blog - granger notting hill

It's very popular with the locals and you can see a very international crowd travelling from far to experience the wonders of Granger & Co. I love this place even more because it's child friendly, making it the perfect spot to spend some quality family time. they are equipped with highchairs and although there isn't a children's menu (as far as I know) they are always more than happy to prepare a side of avocado for weaning babies or plain toast. There is plenty of the menu that my girls love, the pancakes are always a hit.

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Lifestyle blog - hotcakes

I highly recommend the hotcakes, the scrambled eggs (they are amazing) and the pancakes.

Granger is a place I quite enjoy working from. I find the buzz very inspiring and seem to achieve quite a lot. It's also a great location to have informal business meetings or lunch or coffee. for me. Glenn and I often breakfast here, I take my mum for lunch (they can accommodate gluten and lactose intolerant diners) and I love to have lunch with friends here too. It's a one venue fits all kind of place.

The only down side is when you are visiting with children the queuing can be difficult, either get there super early on a weekend or be prepared to keep them entertained whilst you wait.

www.grangerandco.com

Farm Girl Cafe, Portobello Road
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Farm Girl Cafe - London Travel Blog

The Australians really do know how to make healthy, tasty and very aeshetically pleasing food. I seem to be drawn to the instagrammers with heavenly food feeds. I've been dreaming of the day this style of eating becomes accessible in the London. The Australian's holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle is just what we need in Britain. Personally, I love this clean, healthy eating concept. Last week, Gabriella and I went on a little local girly date to enjoy some lunch and spend some time by ourselves. We strolled along Westbourne Grove, collecting leaves as we went and admired a few vintage beauties along the way.

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Farm Girl Cafe Notting Hill
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London Travel Blog - Farm Girl Cafe
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Farm Girl Cafe Portobello

I cannot recommend the chicken sandwich enough. Totally gorgeous.

The Farm Girl Cafe is like a dream. In every way. First of all the location is very pretty, tucked away through a typically English quaint little courtyard. Although it is well sign posted you would probably have to know it was there to find it. To me that makes it all the more perfect. The atmosphere is so relaxed, the laid-back Australian vibe can be felt, it suits Notting Hiller's so well. The place seemed to be popular to an eclectic mix of people, just what you would expect, where it is located in the heart of Portobello Road. The cafe is beautifully styled, effortless and very cosy. We wanted to stay all afternoon. The service is amazing. Everyone is so friendly, very attentive without it feeling too much and they have the cutest resident dog. I took Gabriella, and at four years old she was made to feel very welcome. So much so, she wanted to stay forever.

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Travel Blog London - Farm Girl Cafe Portobello

The carrot cake is so yummy, very moist and you'll want to take some home to enjoy later, like we did.

It was possibly the most tasty food I've ever tasted from a cafe. Often, when you think of healthy food you kind of think of a compromised taste. The Farm Girl Cafe certainly proves that the healthy choice needn't be a compromised choice. When food is prepared and cooked with high quality, clean ingredients every single favour can be enjoyed. It's so nice to see that many dishes are cooked in coconut oil and dairy is replaced with almond or coconut milk. I've eaten at so many highly rated cafes and The Farm Girl Cafe is definitely amongst the top. On the menu, you will find plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians and those that are gluten and lactose intolerant. I'm especially fond of places like this because my mum is gluten and lactose intolerant, which can be quite a challenge when we want to go out for something to eat. It's quite exciting when I look at a menu and see so may dishes that would be suitable for her. Waiting for her next visit to London so that I can introduce her to this amazing liitle place.

Just a little thought, wouldn't it be nice if The Farm Girl Cafe published a book with all their delicious recipes so that we can enjoy them at home too.

59a Portobello Road London W11 3DB

www.thefarmgirl.co.uk

Daylesford, Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill

I'm passionate about Notting Hill. Us locals are blessed to have the most amazing selection of restaurants. Just like it's residents Notting Hill has such an eclectic collection of restaurants, eateries and cafes. That includes the organic kind. It wasn't until I had my children that I became more aware about the benefits of organic food and products. Having said that we are definitely not 'organic only' type people, but, we do only give our girls organic milk and try to with most diary products.

If only organic goodness will do and you're looking for an organic feast, Daylesford is the place to go, particularly if you are in the Notting Hill area (although there are many more popping up all over the place). Combining the concept of a deli and restaurant under one very conveniently located roof has created the perfect hangout, pop-in and meeting point on Westbourne Grove. It's sort of become the focal point of the road. I love their coffee, pastries and, well, all their delicious offerings. I'm willing to walk past ten other coffee shops just to enjoy the taste of a Daylesfood coffee.

Daylesford Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill

Whilst I enjoy my coffee I love nothing more than a little wonder around the seasonal veggies and fruits. An organic deli rarely get better than this, it has been cleverly designed to make you feel as though you have been transported to an urban farm shop. One of the four seasons can always be felt inside Daylesford. Now that the autumn is here, pumpkins can be found everywhere. All shapes, sizes and colours. The stunning centre table was topic of conversation as Gabriella questioned us about all the varieties of squashes.

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Daylesford

From time to time I indulge in a long alfresco brunch or lunch, the relaxed atmosphere leaves you feeling as though you are enjoying lunch at a friends farmhouse for the afternoon. I'm Usually with my mother on visits to Daylesford, who, is a keen organic foodie but I sometimes spend a little quality time with my eldest daughter and take her for lunch. A couple of weekends back, three generations of girls enjoy a beautiful autumn lunch together. I always know when autumn is truly here, as I get the urge to order soul warming soup. I may be enjoying comforting winter warmers but I'm not sure Gabriella is ready to move on from summer as she ordered ice-cream. Typical.

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Ice Cream at Fortum & Mason's The Parlour
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Do you think we enjoyed our ice-cream? I think the picture above says it all. We've eaten so much ice-cream this summer. I have a sweet tooth so I need no convincing, Glenn will never say no to food, it's Gabriella's snack of choice (can't believe i'm calling ice cream a snack, a little worrying, yes I know!) and Lucia is slowly adapting to this very cold, sweet obession of ours.

Yet again the weather has changed and we have been once again enjoying indoor pleasures. I wanted to have a wander around Fortnums, I'm currently seeking inspiration for our new home. I'm actively seeking a new tea set so where better to ponder teapots and teacups? Of course there was bribery involved, the company of two toddlers and a man homeware shopping came in exchange for ice-cream at Fortnum's Parlour.

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Wonderful, exciting and a just a bit magical. It's every little person's dream. And, more than perfectly suitable for bigger people too. Makes a lovely setting to meet a girlfriend or two, or a perfect place for an informal business meeting and I can quite imagine coming here with my mum for an afternoon after a spot of light shopping. The menu is just a delightful as the setting. The children's menu is really creative. Gabriella chose The Hansel and Gretal, huge for a 3 year old but she managed to eat it all. Where on earth does she put it all!

Everything is amazing and they do a lovely selection of teas. Fantastically British!

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Gabriella Wore: Jacket - Scoth R'belle Jumper - Ilovegorgeous

Lucia Outfit - M&S Kids

I wore: Dress - River Island

Rhubarb Crumble...How British!
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A trip to the local farmers market and seeing piles of fresh British grown rhubarb totally inspired me to bake a rhubarb crumble. It's one of the simplest deserts that always goes down well with the whole family. For the crumble:

200g plain flour 110g unsalted butter (cold from the fridge) 110g Golden caster sugar or Demerara

For the rhubarb filling:

7/8 large rhubarb stems 8-10 tablespoons caster sugar (add more if you like it less sharp) 4 tablespoons of water A little squeeze of half a lemon (optional) 1 vanilla pod

To Serve:

Because its summer I served with a dollop of creme fraiche.

Cut the rhubarb into chunks and cover with the sugar in an oven proof pie dish, add the water, lemon and vanilla and bake in the oven on 180c for 15-20 mins

Whilst its cooking prepare the crumble. Sift the flour, add the sugar and rub the butter in with your fingers or use a food processor. Rub until fine crumbs.

After 20 mins put the crumble mixture on top of the filling and continue to bake or a further 15 mins or until golden brown.

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Farmers Market Delights
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20130531-123402.jpg One of my favourite things about moving to Hampstead is I'm now lucky enough to have a weekly farmers market each Wednesday on my road.

I love to support local produce and British products where I can. It feels great that I can buy seasonal flowers and veggies which are all organic. Seeing all the lovely fresh rhubarb has inspired me to bake a rhubarb crumble...can't get any more British than that! Look out for it on a future post.

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Warm Salmon Nicoise Salad
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20130529-160159.jpg The weather has been quite miserable and although we should be welcoming lovely evening salads It's not been quite warm enough to have them completely cold in my opinion.

Last night I created a warming twist on the traditional Salmon Nicoise, I roasted the new potatoes and green beans in olive oil and tossed these into the salad whilst still hot, pan fried the salmon and flaked it over the salad also hot...and I made a roasted pepper, feta cheese and onion salad.

....DELICIOUS!

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Some of our Easter
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Easter has been a much needed break for me and my family but especially me. Lately, I've been more than exhausted. Quality time at home celebrating Easter has put a smile back on my face. Apart from a trip to church on Sunday morning we didn't leave home this holiday, long mornings in pyjamas and afternoons eating Easter eggs...it's been a lovely contrast to life lately. Putting together an Easter basket for Gabriella was so fun, I made lots of special treats for her. We made a lovely mezze lunch on Sunday afternoon before a huge tradtional roast in the evening. We even had a little Easter bunny running around the house! 20130401-122630.jpg

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