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Easy Peasy Pancake Recipe for Pancake Day!

You will need:

2 eggs
110g (4oz) sifted flour (works really well with wheat

flour or standard gluten free flour)
200ml (7fl oz) milk
75ml of water
Pinch of salt
A knob of melted butter
50g (2oz) of butter for coating the pan (if you have a great non-stick pan you don’t need this)

Whisk eggs, milk, water, flour, salted and melted butter into a smooth batter.

Heat the pan on medium heat.

Lift pan from heat and add 3-4 Tbsps of batter all at once, rotating and tilting the pan to coat the entire surface.

Cook until almost dry on top and lightly browned around the edges.

Loosen with spatula and serve!

Serve with

whatever appeals to you…

I love cinnamon and sugar. (I use xylitol instread of sugar but its up to you!). Also popular is lemon and sugar OR

maple syrup.

Others like fillings like ham and cheese.

Enjoy!!

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International Women’s Day:

Today is the 100th anniversary of the first official International Women’s Day. I love that the day is celebrated during the Sun’s time in Pisces. Pisces is pure feminine energy, pure yin.

Interestingly Venus, the goddess of love and beauty and representative of the manifestation of our feminity was travelling through the sign of Aries at the time this day was first proposed and created. Aries represents our pioneering energy, so of course (!) the woman who first proposed such a day was Clara Zetkin, a German politician and women’s rights activist, a true female prioneer of her generation.  She fought for social and democratic rights in Germany, particularly on behalf of woman well into her 70s, finally dying in Russia after she was exiled from Hitler’s Germany. Wow!

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Celebrate!

Last week was a big birthday week for me and my family. My mother, my daughter and I celebrate our birthdays 4 days apart… my mother all but dismisses her birthday, mine is between my mother’s and my daughter’s so it tends to get forgotten until the last minute as I’m so busy trying to prepare for my 4 year old’s party. Talking to many people around me this seems so typical… we celebrate ourselves less and less as we get older. Why? Surely we should be celebrating ourselves more and more?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could celebrate who we are and those around us everyday.  But lets be realistic! Life is busy and for most of us that’s not going to happen as much as we may like it to, so the next best thing is to take time out at special times of the year to celebrate who we are, where we’ve been, where we are, our capacity to love and be loved.

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What are you doing on Valentine’s Day?

Interesting how the date of the burial of a celibate martyred Roman Catholic priest has become synonymous with the celebration of romantic love…

Personally I don’t think it matters what the origins of a tradition are, what matters is what that tradition means for people today. What you choose to do today will indicate what the day means for you… so what are you doing today? Do let me know!

What does Valentine’s Day mean for you? 

How do you feel about it?

When I was a young girl Valentine’s Day was so exciting, it was all about the hope of love and there is nothing more exciting to a teenage girl! As the years have gone by my feelings for the day have varied… the years when I was not in a relationship and didn’t get any cards or gifts were so traumatic and lonely, really bad for my self-esteem… the years where I had someone to celebrate with have had such lovely moments, but all in all, I’ve realised that I don’t like the “pressure” associated with  St Valentine’s Day these days.

I want the day to be about love in general, especially the pure hearted, unconditional love that we humans are far more capable of than we realise.  I want Valentine’s Day to be about opening our hearts to ourselves and those around us.[When I say opening our hearts I do not mean opening our wallets! :)]

So many of us are so busy judging ourselves by our society’s expectations that our individuality means we are constantly coming up short and this is not good for our self-esteem so start today, Valentine’s Day, by showing yourself some love.

Do something you love, spend time with people you love and make sure everything you say about yourself and everything you think in your head about yourself is positive!  You cannot truly love another until you love yourself, warts and all!

Let me know how you showed yourself love today! [You can keep the naughty info to yourself!:)]

Today I am going to take the time to remind myself of all the activities I love to do, the places I love to go, how much I love my pussy cats [the black one is going blind!! :( ], the things I love in my home but most of all I’m going to focus on all the love there is between my husband, myself and our children. For me today is going to be about being grateful for all the love I have to give and all the love that is given to me.

As Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year are coinciding this year, love and gratitude, seem to be a pretty amazing way to start the year of Tiger! GRRRRR!

The joy of December!

SouthMoltonStreetLights09 My favourite time of the year! It really shouldn’t be, it is dark and cold and dreary here in the UK, but we’re such a clever bunch…

we’ve turned all the dark, cold, dreariness into a ton of fun!! Lots of pretty lights, warm fires, roasting chestnuts, tacky decorations and lots of unnecessary nonsense in the shops that is such fun to trawl through…  Best of all it is the time of the year we take to celebrate family and friends.

Much attention is given to the way we abuse this season simply by either throwing money at it or allowing ourselves to become so stressed with trying to meet either our own or others’ expectations of us. My view is that if that is the way you choose to experience the season it is your responsibility, your choice. You can choose how you react to everything around you.

I choose to see the joy in the season, to find the ridiculously tacky reindeer decorations etc. huge fun, to feel the excitement of the hustle and bustle on the pavements in front of the shops, to love coming indoors out of the cold to a warm fire and the laughter of my children (okay, I admit, sometimes they’re yelling and screaming!!!), to revel in the anticipation of sharing time and gifts with my friends and my family.  I adore the way the shops, the streets and our homes are lit up with coloured lights – so inviting!

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Bonfire Night – a community spirit!

Fireworks It is Guy Fawkes Day in the UK today. I love Bonfire Night! As a child in Swaziland we used to have a straw stuffed pair of overalls, representing “Guy”, who rather macabrely was placed on top of a big bonfire and allowed to burn to everyones’ cheers. I won’t get into the origins of the event here, suffice to say it is a very British thing, and it has metamorphasized into a wonderful excuse for some fun.  The local western community would all get together to stand around and enjoy the primeval draw of a large fire while enjoying beer and wine and connecting with friends and the community in general.  For us kids it it was the ultimate experience… fireworks, sparklers, a huge fire to fuel our excitement and plenty of room to run around in in wild abandon. I loved the sense of community the event brought to us all, young and old.

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