Planning food for camping

Camping food ideas - Bubbablue and me

We love going camping with friends, but our camping food experiences have been very different. The first year we were keen and eager, grouping together to buy ingredients and then cook for everyone, with people taking the lead each evening. But it always seemed to be the same people doing the work, and cooking for up to 16 kids and then another 8-10 adults was manic. (Post contains affiliate links) So the second year we either sorted out own by… Continue Reading “Planning food for camping”

Walking on air with Salomon walking shoes

Receiving walking trainers to review in the height of summer, not only that but 30 degrees heat of summer, was probably not the brightest thing I ever did.  But I like to think ahead, and I do usually drive around with a pair of walking trainers in the boot of my car just in case.  I was sent a pair of Salomon walking shoes to try them out. Now I am a walking shoe fan.  I’ve never really worn boots… Continue Reading “Walking on air with Salomon walking shoes”

It’s too damn hot – day out at Feast Waddesdon Manor

Feast at Waddesdon Manor - Bubbablue and me

I really don’t deal with heat well.  It’s obviously a family thing because our mum hated the hot weather (despite or maybe because of living in various hot countries as a child) and my brother despite tanning really easily, isn’t a fan either.  It just makes me want to sit in a cold room somewhere and not do anything.  But for the second year, Waddesdon Manor’s Feast has fallen on a super hot weekend.  When I buy tickets in advance… Continue Reading “It’s too damn hot – day out at Feast Waddesdon Manor”

Tortilla desserts – alternative uses for tortillas

Quick fruity tortilla desserts - Bubbablue and me

Anyone else have family who don’t get that excited about you trying different recipes?  The OH isn’t a great fan of my new recipes, but sometimes you just have to try them, and they turn out well or not.  For summer I hate being stuck in the kitchen cooking hot puddings, so we tend to have a lot of strawberries and ice cream, eton mess, quick easy fruit tarts etc.  But I had some stand and stuff tortillas and thought… Continue Reading “Tortilla desserts – alternative uses for tortillas”

Easy peasy 3 ingredient mini muffins

Easy 3 ingredient mini muffins - Bubbablue and me

I’m all for easy cooking.  That’s probably why I’m a fan of Nigella’s cook books* (affiliate link), because her recipes don’t go wrong, even if you just throw a bit in of something and a different amount of something else. My kind of cooking.  So when I was looking for an easy and quick pudding I turned to my 3 and 4 ingredient cook books.  I have a lot of them, because they’re so handy for simple tasty food, and… Continue Reading “Easy peasy 3 ingredient mini muffins”

Weird food combinations that taste great

Weird food combinations that taste great - Bubbablue and me

I admit, I love food.  Plain food, not fussy posh restaurant food. Good simple meals, good quality food, with too much sweet stuff.  It’s my failing.  (I do have some food vices as well, but we’ll pass over that quickly) Recently I’ve noticed a lot of friends eating ‘strange’ food combinations for snacks or meals.  And it got me thinking about the odd mix of flavours that I like. Hence the weird food combinations post.  Because everyone has something a… Continue Reading “Weird food combinations that taste great”

Lost without my broken camera and how to fix them

Where to fix your camera - Bubbablue and me

Over the past few months I realised that my lovely mirrorless camera (*affiliate) had broken.  I’ve just got it back from being repaired, and realised how much I really loved that camera, and how much I feel like I’d lost a limb when I was without it. I realised my camera had broken and was gutted.  It’s not that old – well, 2.5ish years old.  It still worked, but the shutter dial would only work one way.  It would turn both… Continue Reading “Lost without my broken camera and how to fix them”

Making bamboo towel elephants with The Towel Shop

Folding bamboo towel elephants and a review - Bubbablue and me

A year or so before N was born I decided I wanted to get a decent shower put in the bathroom, and change it all to white.  Duly done, although it’s still a little unfinished (no blind, no splashback on the sink), and we’ve had no end of problems with the toilet so it’s rarely used.  But the shower is bliss because we have a pump.  But our towels are still a hotch potch of colours and makes. I wanted… Continue Reading “Making bamboo towel elephants with The Towel Shop”

The magic of stationery for National Stationery Week

Magic of stationery for National Stationery Week - Bubbablue and me

Stationery.  It’s a little bit magical.  Not the boring pens and reporters notepads you used to have as children.  Nowadays you can get everything in the way of stationery.  For my teenage self writing diaries I’m very jealous of what we didn’t have.  Working with National Stationery Week I’ve been reflecting on my love of and journey with stationery. When I was a girl, the most exciting thing was having a diary and different coloured cartridge pens other than the… Continue Reading “The magic of stationery for National Stationery Week”

Mediterranean courgettes recipe

Mediterranean courgettes - Bubbablue and me (1)

I was never a fan of courgette as a child, and even now I’m not keen if it’s overcooked.  Having it spiralised as courgette is delicious though and I’ll happily eat away on that raw with my bolognese. But my favourite way of cooking it has to be my Mediterranean courgettes bake.  Adding tomato, cheese and herbs has to be divine.  Even the OH likes it and he always moans about my cooking (it’s actually pretty good, it’s just he… Continue Reading “Mediterranean courgettes recipe”