Very impressive pumpkin carving by H upstairs…Keep reading
K, not quite midnight, but it’s after 9pm and I haven’t had my chicken skewers yet. The 4nim4l’s been talking barbecue since 2. Still, it smells nice, and I sneaked extra honey into the paprika lemon marinade. Win, eventually.Keep reading
There’s an African species of ant called Melissotarsus insularis (along with 3 other related species) that appears to farm or domesticate other insects to maintain a fresh supply of their meat, as if they were cattle.Keep reading
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We made these cupcakes today. Frosted ones with jelly drops on top, fairy cakes with lemon curd and lime buttercream icing, blackcurrant jam filled ones with lids, and my experimental ones with frosting over lemon curd. Nom.Keep reading
Gods, I’d forgotten how peaceful it is. Lovely walks, amazing food (steak de cheval, fresh asparagus, a fresh apple juice with lime at Apple A Day in Luxembourg city) and an all-encompassing sense of calm and order. Everything was… nice.Keep reading
The Animal’s in there making dinner for our family & friends, Mini-MI is playing on the rug in front of the tree, and I’m loitering outside smoking (yes, I know, but I’m going to give up in 2011, ok?) rather than make the “xmas hates my face” speech to them again. Am I being a twat? Yes.Keep reading
I had assumed (perhaps somewhat optimistically) that I would know Mini-MI was ready to eat solid food when she succeeded in picking some up off my plate, getting it in her mouth, and chewing it (gumming it, anyway).Keep reading
Stuff I’ve tried a million different versions of until I found one that was good… Black eyeliners – they’re either too hard & scratchy, too soft & smeary, look dark grey instead of black, or settle into my skin and don’t wash off for days. Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner feels lovely & smooth, makes a nice clean line, smudges & blends well, but doesn’t rub off. Scratch mittens for babies (to stop mini-MI from shredding her face with her own tiny sharp fingernails). Primark’s mittens are the only ones she can’t pull off too easily, and they’re the cheapest tooKeep reading
(I’ve had Santa Baby stuck on continuous loop in my head for days now, even though I’ve been avoiding all shopping centres and other xmas venues. To exorcise the muzakal demons, I’m writing my letter to Santa…) * * * * * * * Dear Fat Man, Hogfather, La Befana, Grandfather Frost, Jack the Pumpkin King, or whoever you are, I may not have been a good girl all year, but I’ve been a pretty good bad girl. And you have millions of small children sit on your lap, so who are you to judge? This is some stuffs IKeep reading