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21 July 2014

meg-made it to Union Street Cafe (review)

meg-made Union Street Cafe Review
This past weekend was an unseasonably unplanned weekend for us, and so we took advantage of a family weekend and did lots of fun "London" things together. 

One of these was an exquisite lunch at Gordon Ramsays' Union Street Cafe in Borough. 

It was in such a different locale to the other two we've been to so far (Bread Street Kitchen and Maze Grill) but the Union Street Cafe has such a Melbourne charm to it that we just adored. 

18 July 2014

My Etsy store is Frozen....

meg-made Frozen Etsy Frozen bow frozen baloons
Do you want to build a snowman? Come on lets go and play...

Oh my goodness, I know I'm late to the party, but how amazing is Frozen?

I wasn't so sure I was going to like it after the first ten minutes with so much sadness from the get go, but after the initial gloominess I just fell in love. 

I found Anna to be entirely hilarious and not unlike Miss Madeleine with her mischievous ways.

But that blissful moment when Elsa sheds her dowdy dress and can be her true self in a dazzling shimmering gown, my creative "glitter thumb" practically leaps  with glee!

16 July 2014

Banana, Date & Cinnamon Muffins (GF)

meg-made gluten free banana date and cinnamon muffins
Quite possibly the best gluten free banana muffins you're ever going to eat!

And perhaps some of the healthiest ones too!!

These gluten free banana, date and cinnamon muffins tick all the boxes...

 Checked box symbol Delicious
 Checked box symbol Gluten Free
 Checked box symbol Simple to make
 Checked box symbol Filled with real ingredients
 Checked box symbol Low in sugar/salt/processed foods
 Checked box symbol Kid friendly (and approved by Madeleine!!)

14 July 2014

Giant Confetti Filled Balloons for a very happy Monday!

meg-made giant confetti balloon giant confetti filled balloon
Happy Monday!! 

What did you get up to over the weekend? I hope you had a nice weekend.

I had much-needed acupuncture on Saturday for the first time in a year or so; then we had a sweet little Birthday Party to go to in the afternoon, and Sunday was a day of family Skype sessions and playing in the park. 

And of playing with my new giant confetti-filled balloons!!

I have been selling these giant confetti-filled balloons for a few weeks without having had any time to actually photograph and list them properly.

10 July 2014

Your baby at 2, half her adult height

Have you heard the little trick that if you measure your child's height when they turn two, that this will be half their adult height??

It seems like there is a fair amount of accuracy to it, (give or take a few inches) and so I was super excited to measure Madeleine when she had her 2nd Birthday last month. 

We did it when my niece was 2, which was almost three years ago already, and she was exactly half of my height, approximating her to be 5'10 when she's an adult. It seems like she's on track for this too, Lahna is a complete string bean!!! 

I was so excited to see what height Maddie would be, and so I made her a growth chart ready for her 2nd Birthday.

Knowing that we're going to moving around a bit throughout our childrens' lives, we can't rely on the one trusty doorframe to mark out their growing heights.

So I made a fabric height chart that could travel around with us and mark out our little family as it grows.

So as soon as the hustle and bustle of her Bunny Party calmed down, we got to measuring our little girl....

08 July 2014

Hungry for Change



I recently watched the documentary "Hungry for Change" and it really struck a chord with me. 

Have you seen it? 

I know its two years old, but hey, I got there in the end!

I kept thinking about it over and over and the next day I made my husband watch it, and immediately we started making some changes to our diet.  

I really connected with so many of the messages of the documentary, and am excited to be making some big changes as a result!

I don't want to wait for a huge trigger point in my life to stop and take stock of what I'm putting in my body. I've had 10 years of bad health, I think that's more than enough. 

07 July 2014

meg-made Forget Me Knots

I've been keeping busier than usual lately with a massive wholesale balloon order.

Which is now............officially shipped! Yayyy!

And in my "comedown" from uber-productivity, I am eager to restock the shelves of my Etsy store and get creative again in the kitchen too. 

The first item on I wanted to make on my creative wish list is my "forget me knots". 

I have struggled to find headbands that are feminine but not too girly and young. 

I designed these headbands to be dainty, non-fussy, but still feminine. 

03 July 2014

Fast Diet Recipe: Green Pea Hummus

I thought I would provide a slightly healthy relief from my recent Bunny Party recipes with a Fast Diet recipe idea... 

Green Pea Hummus. 

After the past few weeks/months of indulging a little too much, travelling and trying new foods, and working my butt off with wholesale orders, I've kind of let my eating habits suffer a little. 

And I have felt the impact on my hips!! So, hello Fast Diet, I am back! 

If you read A Cup of Jo you would have seen this one listed a few months back, and I pinned it and have basically waited for a rainy day! Well, that rainy day was yesterday. 

01 July 2014

Gluten Free White Chocolate Mudcake

I have posted my recipe for a regular White Chocolate Mudcake many times. 

I made it as the wedding cake at Saraid's wedding;

As the Grooms' cake at Julie's wedding;

And at many more baby showers than I remembered to post about too!

I wanted to have one of the cakes be gluten free at Madeleine's bunny Birthday party and so adapted my standard white chocolate mudcake recipe to use as the little cakes to accompany the main bunny rabbit butter cake. 

30 June 2014

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

A week or so ago we had a little bunny party for Madeleine's 2nd Birthday

Amongst the bunny snacks, carrot fudge and cabbages, I did make a few non-bunny related treats too.  

This recipe appeared in my Pinterest feed a few days before her party that instantly went to the top of the list!

How have I never made these before!?

25 June 2014

Carrot Cake Shots (Gluten Free)

There is something entirely charming about dessert in a shot glass isn't there.

I started doing it a few years ago, and can't seem to stop!

For Madeleine's Birthday Party a few weekends ago, there was a theme of Bunnies, and so I had lots of different "bunny-inspired" treats for the afternoon.

And well, what's more "bunny" than carrot cake?!

And what is the very best part of a carrot cake?

The cream cheese icing of course.

So, why not up the ratio of icing to cake with these adorable and delicious Carrot Cake Shots!

24 June 2014

Dear Blog....




Hello my poor and neglected blog! 

This is Meg here, remember me... 

...your usually loving and attentive owner... 

...I'm sorry that I have somewhat abandoned you over the past few weeks... 

It isn't you, really, its me. 




17 June 2014

A Bunny Party for Madeleine

Last week my baby girl turned TWO! 

It is so hard to believe that it has been two years since she was born, and every day I am more and more amazed by her and by how much my heart keeps growing with love for this special little girl. 

Special events are the times that are the hardest for us to be living in London. 

We can't help but feel just a little bit sad that Maddie doesn't have Grandparents and cousins at her parties, or a big backyard to run around in, but we try to make the most of our situation and make sure we celebrate as best as we can.  

10 June 2014

#maddieturnstwo


My baby is TWO! 

I can hardly believe I have a two year old already. 

And yet, it is so hard to believe that I haven't loved this little girl my entire life. 

Everyone tells you how much your life is going to change when you have a baby. 

But nobody could ever prepare you for how every facet of your life is made better because of their very existence. 

I've spent most of the day reflecting on the past two years and the incredible life we've had with this beautiful little girl. 

04 June 2014

Gordon Ramsay's Home Made Baked Beans

Its been a while since I've posted a Gordon Ramsay recipe, so on this particularly grim British day, I thought I'd warm you up with Gordon's home made baked beans. 

This really should be a guest post from my Husband, but, since he'd much rather be a passive participant, he has graciously allowed me to write the post on his behalf. 

There's something very endearing about a man cooking breakfast, and certainly something I encourage. 

While Pete is definitely in his element alongside the BBQ, he also does a mean Sunday brekkie.