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2020 has been a difficult year for pretty much everyone. For me, I lost my Mum, my Pop (Mum’s Dad), which particularly stung as if we’d been able to go to Australia for Mum’s celebration I would have seen him and introduced Annabelle to him. We then set out on our journey to give Annabelle a sibling, and I found out that I don’t have enough eggs to do IVF to carry a baby that is genetically mine. Not a great start.

On top of this, I had a lot of weight to lose, to get myself healthy to get pregnant and to carry a baby. As an emotional eater, this was a nightmare! But yet, I have the ultimate motivation – to get pregnant. It was a now or never situation for me, as it would have been easy to just ask Sarah to carry it, as she did it so well last time. But I REALLY want to experience pregnancy. I am not sure I’ve ever been this motivated for anything, and I’m not sure I will again – but as of yesterday, I officially lost 70 lbs, 5 stone, or 35 KGs!

I thought I’d write a post on it to say how I did it, as it may help others, and honestly I want to remember so I can do it again if needed!

Are you a fan of afternoon teas? Do you like yours with tea, prosecco or maybe a cocktail? Well however you like yours it might be worth checking out Slug and Lettuce.

If, like me, you remember Slug and Lettuce for being a stop on a night out for drink deals and a selection of shots then you might be in for a surprise – the revamp is fancy! The drink deals are still there but this time they focus heavily on cocktails and afternoon teas.

Every year, at every festive event we throw or attend from November onwards, we are asked to bring one of my signature recipes – the runaway favourite dish from Thanksmases past, Green Bean Casserole. I know it’s past Thanksgiving, but Christmas is still to come, which is a perfect opportunity to add this recipe to your family dinner. It is easy, delicious, and a side that we start talking about/looking forward to in like September, so for Brum Blogmas today (the brief is winter warmers, of which this definitely is one!) I thought I’d write down the recipe as I do it. Also, so I don’t ever forget it, I’d be so upset!

My Mum and Dad are staying with us for six weeks, before they set off traveling Europe again, and I’ve set about making as many memories and making up for as many occasions as possible while they are here.

We’ve been to Bistro Pierre to celebrate Sarah’s birthday, we have been to the Cotswolds to see the lavender, and we have plans to go back to Bistro Pierre for a six course menu for Dad’s birthday next month.

For Fathers Day, Dad was in the USA, so last weekend I made him his favourite pie as a belated gift.

Strawberry and rhubarb pie is absolutely delicious – sweet but with a hint of tang, soft and warming – I’d recommend it in strawberry season of course, but even in the winter I believe this pie would hit the spot! Best served with a pot of my Mum’s homemade custard, of course.

How you feeling after the week of indulgence?

I think it’s fair to say we are dreading the thought of putting on proper clothes and starting Veganuray but with new years always comes new starts and we are getting ready to go, go, go.

However before we do we are using up all our leftovers and thought we’d share one particular recipe that worked out really, really well!

We shall call it: Laura’s Left Over Delight! The original recipe can be found in ‘the great potato cookbook’ by Readers Digest.