“Guess who’s back, back again…” Sorry I couldn’t resist. My kids are really into Eminem at the moment – not sure whether to be horrified or gratified by that one! Stanley even said “Put Slim Shady on!” in the car the other day!!
I am back. RWR is back. What can I say? It’s been a while. I’ve missed this. I need this. A creative space that I can manage alongside family life.
A few years ago, when Stanley was about a year old, just before Covid, I started to feel unwell. Depressed, I guess. That started a huge journey into myself, my wellness, what that meant.
I trained in yoga, holistic coaching. I thought I wanted to do that as a career. Maybe I will, one day. But the truth is, the schedule, the hustle required to build a business around that, was too much – for me as a mum with extra needs herself and with kids with extra needs, too.
I burned out a couple of times. Stumbled in my sobriety (which really is the foundation of my wellbeing, I have discovered).
And when I’m down, well the Whole Show goes down! I know, you get it. I tend to attract readers with similar values to me: home, family, peace, comfort, security. It means a lot to have these things, and if we are lucky enough to have a choice in whether or not one parent can focus on providing those things, then there is a lot of value in making that choice.
So, that’s where I am at.
I cook everyday. From scratch. Not always (kids just scranned down a tray of Quorn nuggets for lunch – but I also have a cake in the oven and I’ll be cooking up a storm of veggie salads for a BBQ tomorrow, later).
So it just makes sense to share it. The food, the home stuff. I am still SO into wellbeing, so that will feature too, going forward. I also did a little glow up for the blog. Do you like the logo? It’s cute, right? I feel like it captures the messy charm of our home. (I mean, real life isn’t quite as cute as that, but still).
I will also be vloggin’ again soon – I know, you heard that one before but I have a new camera and I am even getting a new Mac so… watch this space!
Yesterday Adam came in with a load of apples that have fallen from our trees. They’re not officially ready till September, but I didn’t want to waste them. I also had some puff pastry in the fridge that needed using, and an open jar of salted caramel sauce… so this simple tart seemed to have been predestined… and OMG it was so so good. No caramel sauce? Simply toss the apples in plenty of brown sugar with a pinch of good salt instead.
Takes: 30 mins
- 1 pack of puff pastry
- Jar of salted caramel sauce (mine was from Aldi)
- About 6 apples, cored and sliced (no need to peel)
- Butter, melted
- Preheat oven to about 190.
- Brush a tray with melted butter.
- Slice apples thinly and toss in ALL the salted caramel.
- Unroll pastry and crimp edges so there is a lip.
- Brush pastry with more butter.
- Tip apples on. Brush with MORE butter!!! LOL!
- Bake for about 20 mins.