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.
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.
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!
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 +!