About Me

Hi, I am Mel. Hubby and I got married in 2006 and we have been busy since then, to say the least. We did a fair bit of travelling, bought our home and most importantly, we have had four gorgeous children, all born more or less two years apart. Our boy, Crevette was born in 2008, followed by our three girls Beanie (2010), Jumpy (2012) and Wriggly (2014).

Life is not always easy when you are a grown-up, but there are lots of little things in life that make me smile, like my children saying something cute or funny. I also love, in no particular order,  girly chats, picnics,  taking photos, a comforting home-made meal, a sharp potato peeler, crossing things off my never ending list of things to do, skiing, picturing myself in my happy place, pretty shoes, visiting a new country, family reunions, procrastinating, catching up with friends, colour-coordinated outfits, baking with my little ones, painted nails, reading, my Vitamix blender, travelling by train, coffee, mint chocolate ice cream, planning birthday parties, going to rock concerts, massages and looking at old family photos to name just a few.

Me and my Vitamix

Oh, and did I mention I am addicted to bread and cheese? If you catch me at any time after 9 a.m. when caffeine has had time to work its magic, I will probably be nice to you! Before that time, just avoid eye-contact and run!

Hubby loves a bargain, homemade bread, spending time at home, tea, rivers, motorbikes, beer, watching TV, skimming stones and reading the news. He is also happy when someone other than him does the ‘early shift’ with the little ones in the morning.

Crevette is into swimming, crafting projects, riding his bike, helping with cooking, making sandcastles, play dough, board games, skiing, painting, Minecraft and ice cream.

Beanie loves cucumber, taking a bath, her blankie, pineapple, baking with mummy, riding her scooter, going to pre-school, dressing up, smoothies, playgroups, bubbles, taking a lunchbox to preschool, jumping in puddles, pretending she is reading and sweets.

Jumpy likes having a shower, singing “Let it Go”, emptying cupboards, trying on people’s shoes, brushing her teeth (or rather eating toothpaste), blueberries, bouncing on beds, pushing strollers, satsumas, taking selfies (usually of her forehead!) and avocado.

Wriggly likes balloons, being sung to, having a bath, ice cream, kisses on the neck, cuddles, making a mess, having her feet massaged and getting up really early.

‘Le Coin de Mel’ is my fifth baby. It was born in January 2014 and it is the little space where I let my creativity flow, empty my brain, share recipes, write about Jumpy’s allergies, family life, managing eczema, the fun we get up to and everything and anything in between.

Here are a few posts you might find interesting:

My most popular post is my ‘Free From’ Crêpes recipe. It does not contain any eggs, milk or flour, which are the ingredients you normally need to make pancakes!

The recipe I use the most at home is my seeded loaf, which requires no kneading. I usually make it two or three times a week.

I am quite proud of the Minion Piñata we made for Beanie’s birthday and the best party I have organised so far is probably Crevette’s French themed one.

The posts I enjoy writing the most are my monthly family updates and I particularly like the one I wrote when Wriggly turned one month old.

The recipe I am the most proud of is my banana and chocolate muffin recipe. It is free from egg, wheat, gluten, nuts and soya. I developed the recipe from scratch and it took ages to get it right. It is a hit every time a batch comes out of the oven!

If you are curious about me, my taste in music, my doubts as a mum or my account of the day I gave birth on the bathroom floor, feel free to have a read.

There you are, now you know me and my family! What makes you get up in the morning? What are your worst pet hates?

 

Fancy a chat?

Feel free to come and say hello! If I am not browsing crafty ideas or drooling over food on Pinterest, I am most likely admiring pretty shots on Instagram, chatting on Twitter or catching up with family and friends on Facebook. You can also give me a wave on Google +!

 

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13 Comments

  1. Fiona Chick
    01/03/2015 / 11:25 pm

    Hey Mel, your new ‘about’ page is great! Love that picture and the detail of your story. Le Coin De Mel is the same age as Free Range Chick! X

    • 06/03/2015 / 10:01 pm

      We could celebrate our blog’s birthdays together! Chatting to you the other day made me realise it was time to give it a makeover. xxx

  2. 08/03/2015 / 11:52 am

    Très réussie Mel ! Très bien écrit ! Maintenant on sais tout sur toi 😉 x

    • 09/03/2015 / 12:16 am

      Il doit bien me rester un petit secret ou deux!

  3. 21/04/2015 / 9:02 pm

    Hi Mel, I’m delighted to discover your blog as part of #TastyTuesdays. We married in 2006 too and our kids are similar in age to yours, being born in 2008, 2010 and 2014. We left out 2012 😉
    I think I’ll enjoy having a look around here.

    • 25/04/2015 / 12:05 am

      We have loads in common! I have checked your last two recipes, and I think we like the same kind of food. I am really glad you found my blog. Nice to ‘e-meet’ you!

  4. 30/05/2015 / 5:03 pm

    I keep meaning to re-do my ‘about’ page Mel. This is great inspiration! I am also suddenly a bit obsessed with getting a vitamix blender but I have a couple of fussy eaters in the house and one impressionable (nearly) three year old so they may not be sold on the raw and healthy foods I’d be looking to make with it…

    • 30/05/2015 / 5:18 pm

      It took me 6 months to write it! Don’t get me started on taking a decent photo. In the end, I went with this blurry photo Crevette took and I really like it! I would really recommend a Vitamix. The fact they clean themselves makes them even more attractive to me. My kids love it as well, because they can choose exactly what goes into their smoothies or ice cream (have you seen my recipes – easy peasy!), and if it’s not sweet enough, we just add honey!

  5. Cindy Allen
    28/09/2017 / 2:33 pm

    Hi Mel,

    After spending hours on your site, I have to drop you a line to say thank you! I came across your blog when researching some recipes for my friend whose daughter has allergies to nuts, eggs, etc. I love your banana and chocolate muffin, and really appreciate your effort to making free form french pancakes! I know how hard it is when you create your own recipe as I have my own food blog and I create some recipes from time to time. I also loved your ideas of homemade gifts, and I am going to try some with my kids.

    We have very similar background, and my first baby was born in 2008 too! My hubby and I got married in 2007, and we have two kids, Lucas (9) and Isabelle (6).

    Thanks again!

    Cindy

    • 28/09/2017 / 10:23 pm

      Cindy, you can’t imagine how happy your message is making me. I am so so glad my ramblings and recipes helped a little bit. I really hope your friend can start using some of them soon. Please let me know how she gets on! I love your children’s names!!

  6. Michelle Wild
    24/10/2017 / 5:15 pm

    The August pictures of the family in their bathing costumes reminded me of me….I was the little girl on the end trying to keep up. so sweet.

    • 24/10/2017 / 9:09 pm

      He he! As a child, I was the eldest keeping all the little ones on their best (well, didn’t always succeed) behaviour!

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