Breakfast with Laura Ashley

 

How do you like to start your day? Every morning, without fail, we gather around the table for breakfast, mix and match bowls, messy hair and sleepy conversation, it is one of our favourite times of the day together. During the week it is, more often than not, a rushed affair as we usually have something to get up and out of the house for, but at the weekend we take our time without the need to rush.

Breakfast here, this weekend was a real treat as we took our time, I pottered in the kitchen making our favourite granola recipe with our tiny boy sleeping in the sling whilst my husband and little boy played with lego. When the granola was in the oven I made a coffee and set the table with our new Laura Ashley china mugs and bowls. I love this mix and match set of blue and white china, it is an eclectic collection consisting of three different traditional designs each with a contemporary twist. Mixing and matching tableware is a great way of creating a relaxed look and to add a rustic touch I have also used the round Kubo woven baskets, great for holding bread or croissants. To keep us all cozy I added the herringbone striped throw to the backs of the chairs (you will always find a throw in arms reach here)

Oats and mixed nuts granola

A bowl of homemade granola is a great way to start any day, I have a simple recipe that can be made within about half an hour and tastes so delicious. I love making it as much as I love eating it, it gives me a real sense of warmth and comfort. I also love that I am providing my family with something homemade and wholesome to kick-start the day. Combined with fresh fruit and natural yoghurt it makes the perfect breakfast. Here’s how to make a tasty granola:

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped mixed nuts
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
125ml maple syrupMethod: Combine all the ingredients and pop in the oven on a medium heat for about 20

Method: Combine all the ingredients and pop in the oven on a medium heat for about 20 minutes

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A new chapter // Memories of June

June was a month to remember. I really slowed down at the beginning of the month, enjoying the warm sunny days as we pottered in the garden, being heavily pregnant I didn’t do very much other than sit and watch as Arthur explored, we painted mud pictures together and when we felt tired we snuggled up and watched cartoons. We took a few evening walks after dinner, capturing a beautiful poppy field at its best just as the sun was beginning to fade. And I packed my hospital bag shortly before we welcomed Rupert into our family.

His delivery was the highlight of June, I went into labour a week ahead of a planned c-section and delivered him naturally after just two and a half hours. I could not have hoped for us to meet him in a more perfect way.

The rest of the month was a spent in a hazy newborn bubble at home resting, recovering and bonding with each other as a little family. We were so blessed to receive home cooked food from our Church family which allowed us to focus on each other without making time to shop for food and cook. What a generous act of kindness! I shall definitely remember this for next time a friend or family member welcomes a newborn baby.

Welcoming Rupert

It has been weeks since I logged on to this little space. Seven weeks ago our prayers for a safe and natural delivery were answered when we welcomed our beautiful little boy Rupert into the world – all six scrumptious pounds of him.

Whilst there has been so many moments that I have wanted to capture and journal here on my blog I just haven’t had the time or energy to sit and write. Honestly, I don’t think I have quite had the right words to articulate just how incredible this new chapter in our life has really felt, but that’s ok because those raw and precious newborn moments are sure to be locked in my mama memory bank for a life time.

It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of joy and chaos here as we have taken our time to bond with Rupert and adjust to our new family rhythm.

Peace & Light // Memories of May

May is a beautiful month and this May has been no exception with plenty of time spent outside in the fresh air and sunshine. However, I can not post this month’s memories without mentioning the sadness has touched the hearts of so many after the awful attack in Manchester leaving many families grieving the loss of loved ones. As a mother, I can not help but want to bundle my boy up and keep him safe forever, but a big part of parenthood is to learn to let go of those little hands and let them explore their own little world. I have been reminded that the most important thing we can teach our children above all else is love – to love and be loved wholeheartedly – and to remind them that gratitude and kindness can make this broken world a better place.

My lovely friend bought me a peace lily earlier this month to bring me peace throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, which is such a lovely and thoughtful gift idea for expectant mamas in the final weeks before birth. I have put it on the fireplace in the living room and I must say it really has a calming effect. We have just a mere few weeks to go before welcoming our baby into the world and I have begun to gather things together in preparation for his arrival. I know newborns don’t need an awful lot, but it does make me feel happy to fold tiny vests and to get organised. I have also hung a sweet cloud mobile above our bed which a friend made for us after Arthur was born.

The weather here has been super this month and we’ve not been governed too much by the pressures of time, allowing for a slower pace in which to enjoy just being together. We have been out for lots of walks, planted up an old sink with herbs, we made a (pretend) campfire at the bottom of the garden under the big tree and I have even surrendered to taking daytime naps whilst my boy sleeps next to me. Sleeping in the day is not something I usually like to do but I’m beginning to feel the need to rest up whilst I can.

Hope you had a good month.
Laura