Friday, 29 June 2012

Foodie Friday (29 June 2012)

Today is the turn of the Muffin, a glorious invention with infinite possible variations. This recipe comes with thanks to The Vegan Lunchbox and I changed very little.

I made these muffins for Felix who, at one year, is a great eater. Like us, he is a plant only eater and this is a great recipe for getting lots of goodness into him, including calcium and iron, protein and vitamins and minerals. Plus, to say he loves them would be a massive understatement! Great for a snack, or as part of a meal.

Full Meal Muffin

this amount made 15 small fairy cake size muffins, or it would do 12 larger ones.

2 cups plain white flour or a mix of whole wheat / spelt / barley flours *
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 ripe bananas, peeled
3 tbsps blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tsps cider vinegar
1 courgette **
1/2 cup ground or finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dates ***

Preheat oven to 375F / 190C. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spray with oil (important to do this, I forgot and the muffins did stick).

Combine flours, cinnamon, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl and whisk together.

Place the bananas, blackstrap molasses, apple juice, and cider vinegar in a blender and blend until smooth. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, then fold in the courgette, walnuts and dates. Use a bit more apple juice if needed to wet all the flour.

Divide the mixture into the muffin liners and bake for 20 mins, or until the top springs back to touch. Remove muffins from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container or they freeze really well.


* original recipe used 1 cup each of whole spelt flour and barley flour, but I need to give my babe some processed as well as whole grains so I chose white this time


** I only had part of a courgette so I put some broccoli in too. Next time I'll try a mix of courgette and carrot.


*** original recipe suggested currants or raisins as optional



Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Whiteboard Saga...

Recently I have been trying to improve my kitchen organisation. I fixed on my inability to keep track of all the shopping lists I wrote on little bits of paper and decided to get a whiteboard. Very pleased with having such a great idea (but having no budget to implement it Country Living style) I splashed out on a £1 board that came with a special pen and` little magnetic strips to stick it to the fridge. I could now keep a running shopping list that I wouldn't lose.

Or so you'd think.

Firstly, it wouldn't stick to the fridge, magnets or otherwise. It would stick to the microwave but the microwave is also an oven and since the whiteboard is essentially a piece of cardboard, it got alarmingly hot and I had to take it off for fear of combustion. The board then just hung around the kitchen getting in the way.

Secondly, it was patently shoddy quality. One magnetic strip snapped off within a few days. The other was destroyed by the baby shortly afterwards when he dismantled the whole board.

Why did the baby have the board? I had taken it upstairs to transfer the list onto computer as it was a long dried goods list I was planning to turn into a printable monthly shopping check-list (okay, we all go a bit too far sometimes). Before I'd typed it up the babe had a happy few minutes taking the whole board to pieces, snapping off the remaining magnetic strip and wiping 90% of the list off in the process. Refusing to abandon my idea, I mentally reconstructed the list by staring at the smudged remains and then making it up. This took some time and time was running out.

Finished at last as far as I could tell, I attempted to print the list but the computer was plying it's 'sorry captain, but the printer's vanished' game. Had a strop. Restarted pc and went off to fill in the time by fiddling with nappies and finding swimming kit. Returned to find hubby had switched off the computer as we were going out. Had another strop.

I spent the car journey to the supermarket rewriting the list on a scrap of paper and the next few days finding out just how much I'd forgotten.

So what have I learnt?

1. £1 is too much to spend on something that isn't worth buying, though there's always the pen if I can just figure out where the babe's hidden it.

2. Who needs a whiteboard when you have a fridge?

Organisation for the Terminally Disorganised - Part Two

So what do you do if you don't know where to start? If the house is awash with organisational nightmares that would take days rather than minutes to sort out, how on earth do you find the time? And what comes first?

Well, first of all, you don't need to do it all at once. Any task that takes more than 20 minutes is more than one task and needs to broken down further. And if you're only likely to get ten or even five minutes to spare, break it down to that level. This way you don't get overwhelmed by starting an unrealistic task and after 20 minutes you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

The next point is small victories. Little things can make a big difference, take no great time to implement, and are very satisfying. You don't need complicated solutions or to go shopping for lots of kit.

At this point, I should probably blab on about the 80/20 rule and how understanding it will change your life. Well, here goes. The 80/20 rule says that generally you spend 20% of your time on 80% of your work (tasks / chores / etc). So conversely, you spend 80% of your time on only 20% of your work. So take a moment to be pleased that it is human nature to be massively inefficient, most of the time.

It is actually a useful thing to get to grips with, though I wouldn't recommend spending too much time on it. Much better to have a nice cup of coffee and some cake. Or even better, do that while you're pondering the mysteries of the 80/20 universe. All you really need to take away is that it's good to figure out what are the most important things you need to achieve and spend your time on them, rather than the fluff of life that gets in the the way most of the time. Who needs to hoover under the sofa anyway?

My recent small victories have been in the kitchen. They were born of utter frustration with my inability to maintain a tidy, let alone organised, kitchen which is the room I seem to spend most of my time in. So I now own a whiteboard and maintain a running shopping list on something I would find hard to lose. At least I used to own a whiteboard but that's for another post, and isn't the fridge just a giant whiteboard anyway? The result is more efficient shopping trips less often and much less time scratching my head trying to remember what the hell it was I was going to put on my shopping list. 

My second improvement is so basic as to be almost embarrassing, but is a good illustration of just how my brain does not do organisation. For too long I spent my evenings doing a massive kitchen clear up while sulking and generally being quite bad tempered. One morning I had a revelation and seeing as the babe was happily playing with a jug and a wooden spoon, I unloaded the dishwasher, loaded in the breakfast things and washed his placemat and bib, ready for the next meal.

Oh the shock of empowerment! I could load up the dishwasher throughout the day...not have to run around before each meal washing bibs and placemats...not spend each evening tackling a days worth of dishes! Bet you feel better about your own disorganisation now, don't you? I really am that bad. I can now get the kitchen clean and tidy in much less time, which makes me less resentful and able to swan off to a giant bathtub where I eat flakes and drink wine.

These sound like very small and basic changes but they've made a real difference to my day and have encouraged me to look at other small changes I can make.  Confidence in your ability to become more organised is key, just do it one piggy step at a time.

1. What are your most important tasks and what do you spend most time on? Do these match up?

2. Think of a task you need to do but that you find annoying or frustrating. Can you find one or two small changes to make them easier?

3. Have another slice of cake. It makes the brain work better.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Organisation for the Terminally Disorganised - Part One

My name is Abby and I am Terminally Disorganised. I have known it for a long time and struggle to get on top of it. I am both mentally and physically disorganised. When I look back at the end of the day, I can see where time was wasted, opportunities for efficiency missed and and life made harder instead of easier.

In need of a bit of tidying?
But can I see it at the time? Not very often. At least, not unless I am in a full-on Be More Organised phase. And if I'm honest, even then, without quite a bit of help, I am pretty hopeless.


This is a subject you regularly see in magazines, where they give useful tips for decluttering and improving storage. I almost always agree with what they say, though I have no hope of improving my storage if it always (as it seems to) means purchasing a beautiful custom built system or several hundred wicker baskets. Don't they know how dusty wicker baskets get and how impossible to clean they are? Plus I'm financially challenged at the moment so no chance of purchasing anything to improve storage that's not available in the sale section of my local tip (but that's for another post...).


Apart from the expense, I find my organisational problems are slightly more fundamental and therefore require a slightly different approach to the 'what you need is a magazine rack and a special basket that fits onto your stairs and you can pop everything in that needs to go upstairs and then carry it up next time you go, put it all away and then return the basket to its place at the foot of the stairs' approach. 


You know the basket I mean. I've never seen one of them at the tip. They've probably all been kicked to pieces by furious mothers who've found, yet again, that the bloody basket was anywhere but the right place at the right time, except for the one time it was at the bottom of the stairs and they fell over it coming downstairs with an armful of washing.

So for those of you who find organisational tips in magazines simply too advanced, or too expensive or just too smugly annoying, over the next few days I will be sharing my Guide to Organisation for the Terminally Disorganised.


To kick things off, a few basics:

(a) organisation is all about the mind, so next time you hear someone say 'a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind', don't throw your stapler at them, but put it away in your desk drawer and while you're in there throw out all those little bits of fluff and hole punch leftovers that collect in the corners.

(b) different kinds of disorganisation need different approaches, so decide now if are you time disorganised or is it forgetfulness or that old favourite plain old untidy with hoarding tendencies? Or if you struggle with all of it, welcome to my world!

(c) you don't need fancy solutions or to solve everything at once, who wants to be perfect anyway? There'd be nothing left to aim for in life.

(d) practice, practice, practice and eventually it will become habitual. I have faith in this one. Really. I'm still practising.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Meal Planning Monday (25 June 2012)

I really enjoyed having a meal plan for last week. It seemed to take some off the load from the my poor child-focused brain and I was surprised at just how helpful I found it. I also was surprised that I stuck to it without any problems and it made it easier to fit in the cooking on days when I cooked something more fiddly.

All round a big thumbs up. So this week it's all about using up what's in the fridge to go shopping as little as possible and waste a little as possible.

Monday: Roast with Nut Cutlets

Tuesday: Pea & courgette flan, corn on the cob, bulgar wheat and salad (flan cooked off today so all ready)

Wednesday: Curry...something with coconut milk and a cauliflower side dish with lots of greens. Malaysian?

Thursday: Bean & Veg chilli (will make this Tuesday to (a) use up the tin of kidney beans I accidentally opened today and (b) to give it a couple of days to mature in flavour)

Friday: Pie, mash and greens

Saturday: Carrot, pea & leek risotto

Sunday: Veg & potato gratin and greens

Okay so I've already done the roast and that was great and I'll try to cook the curry on Tuesday to make Wednesday a bit easier because I'm out in the morning.

Now I just need inspiration on what pie to try this week!

For more on Meal Planning Monday, visit At Home with Mrs B and hello to Stateside meal planners at Meal Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.


Friday, 22 June 2012

Foodie Friday (22 June 2012)

This week I'd like to share with you a humble pie. I love pie, my husband loves pie. Don't most people? I thought that when we gave up meat and dairy savoury pies would not figure much in our future and it made me sad.

How wrong was I! This week has seen our first plant only pie hit the decks and it was delicious. Scrumptious. A no-one say anything until it's eaten type of pie. I may even have scoffed it, the baby certainly did. So for your own delectation, here it is.

Mushroom and Root Vegetable Pie Heaven

One pie serves 4 hungry adults, 3 starving adults, 5 polite adults with extra veg, 3 adults who need to share it with kids....you get my drift. Twice! Yes, there's enough love here for two 9" pie tins.

40 g dried porcini mushroom
Oil (I use rapeseed)
2 medium onions, small dice (but not too small)
3 sticks celery, small dice
3 medium carrots, small dice
200g swede, small dice
400g fresh mushrooms (whatever type you prefer, brown are nice), sliced
1 aubergine, 1 cm cube
4 garlic cloves, crushed
500ml veg stock (thereabouts)
2 tblsp tomato puree
salt & pepper
fresh thyme, a few sprigs, leaves stripped off stalks
thickening, if needed
shortcrust pastry (2/3 - 3/4 of a 500g block will do one 9" pie, double if you cook both straight away)

Soak the porcini mushrooms in enough water to generously cover them for at least 10 mins. Get the pastry out of the fridge to get to room temperature. Heat oven to 180C (fan).

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and let them gently cook until turning translucent, about 10 mins. Add the carrot, celery and swede and gently fry until all veg are starting to soften and take on some colour. Maybe 10-15 mins. When done transfer to a large saucepan and set aside.

Remove porcini mushrooms from their water and chop (you can leave them whole if you prefer). Keep the liquid. Put a little more oil in the frying pan and heat. Add the fresh mushrooms and aubergine and gently fry until the mushroom juices run and both veg take on a little colour. Add the porcini mushrooms and garlic. Fry, stirring for a couple of mins. Add a few splashes of veg stock to the pan to loosen any stuck on bits and transfer all to the saucepan of veg.

Put the saucepan back on the heat (slightly higher now) and add the porcini mushroom water and the rest of the stock. Add salt and pepper (not salt if cooking for an under-one year old) and the tomato puree and simmer until the root veg is cooked through but not mushy. Add more stock if it's needed.

You want lots of sauce, but thick and unctuous. When the veg is just about cooked, thicken the sauce as needed. If you want lots, add more stock and then thicken. I used cornflour, adding it gradually until it was the right thickness. Cook for a couple more minutes, add the fresh thyme and adjust seasoning if needed, then transfer the mixture to a cold dish and let it cool.

While the mixture is cooking, sort out the pastry. I used a 9" round metal loose based dish (metal is best for cooking pastry evenly) but use whatever you have to hand. Divide the pastry into a larger and smaller half and roll out the larger half to fit the base and sides with a bit more to hang over the edge (the pastry will shrink during cooking). Let it relax for a few mins, then line the pie dish, prick the base with a fork and cook for about 15 mins until the pastry is nearly but not quite cooked.

While its cooking roll out the smaller half of pastry to fit as a pie lid. When the mixture is cooled (doesn't have to be cold but you don't want it making the pastry soggy by being steamingly hot) load up the pie dish, and put on the pastry lid. Pierce a couple of vent holes in the top, decorate with pastry trimmings and glaze as you like. If you eat eggs, that gives a lovely glaze, but this time I just used a bit of water.

Cook the pie for around 25-30 mins as required for the pastry to be cooked through and the filling hot hot hot! Great with mash and green veg.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Meal Planning Monday (18 June 2012)

This is my first Meal Planning Monday and it makes a huge change from me wandering into the kitchen late afternoon and rifling through the fridge to fling something together. Somehow it normally works out but it makes my shopping chaotic and inefficient (pretty much a description of me, so no surprise really...) and late afternoon can be a trying time with the babe so a bit of forward thinking would do us all good.

Kev (husband) tends to panic if I'm not sure what food will be available (okay that's a slight exaggeration, but he is a 'what's on the menu' kind of guy and likes to know in advance what he's getting to fully enjoy the anticipation phase).

For those of you who don't know, we are plant based in our food so no meat or dairy, but we do eat eggs. I've already done the shopping for Monday and Tuesday (hmmm...may not have the black eyed beans yet) and I do a big veg shop on a Wednesday when the market is on and we have better choice. Small town, small choice.

Here goes! Except for the Bo Kho, the babe will eat all of this.

Monday:  Roast (roasted potatoes, root veg and cauliflower, leeks & broccoli in white sauce, yorkshire puds, stirfry greens and nuts, gravy)

Tuesday:  Mushroom & black eyed bean Bolognese

Wednesday: Curry (something potatoey, something lentilly, plus lots of veg - work in progress!)

Thursday: Mushroom and root veg pie (fingers crossed, will work it out as I go along but hubby pleaded for a pie) with mash and greens.

Friday:  Roast veg, salad and quinoa

Saturday: Bo Kho style veg stew (red pepers, carrots, greens, green lentils, um...) with bulgar wheat

Sunday:  Leftovers flung together in an inspired fashion. Honest.

extras: polenta breakfast slices for, well, breakfast.
            veg muffins for the babe
            something sweet cos I'm feeling cake like.


p.s. In case you're thinking it's weird to have a roast on a Monday, we run a pub and that is our day off. Sunday is Friday night (but not until we shut so our 'us' time depends on how early the babe woke up and how soon I fall asleep on the sofa!) and Monday is Saturday and Sunday rolled into one. Odd existence really.

p.p.s. if you've never had roasted cauliflower please, please try it. Divine!

p.p.p.s. Bo Kho is a kickass Vietnamese stew with lots of chilli, fish sauce (not for us but works really well) and lemon grass. Not one for the babe just yet.


For more on Meal Planning Monday visit At Home with Mrs B and hello to Stateside meal planners at Meal Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Polenta Breakfast Slice recipe

Yummy vegan breakfast treat. Once upon a time it was a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe (not all my recipes are from River Cottage Veg Everyday, honest) but it has migrated to this!

Warning: I am something of a 'bit of this and a handful of that' cook so amounts are approximate and you can tamper with them as much as you like! Just stick with the proportion of water to polenta, and don't skimp on the flavourings.

Polenta Breakfast Slice


275g potatoes (any waxy type, peeled before or after cooking)
Oil
1/2 small onion, finely sliced
1 fat clove garlic, crushed
1/2 bell pepper (red is good), finely diced
80g quick cook polenta
500ml water
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
50 g spinach
salt & pepper

Cook the potatoes until just tender. Take skins off if not already peeled, cool a little and then slice into 5mm chunks.

Gently fry the onion until soft, then add garlic and bell pepper. Fry gently until soft and taking on a little colour. Add the spices and fry for a couple of mins until fragrant. Add spinach and mix in until wilted. Set aside. Best if it's still got a little oil rather than gone dry.

Heat the water in a saucepan. When boiling, slowly pour in the polenta, stirring constantly. When it is all mixed in smooth and it's bubbling, turn the heat down low and simmer for 4-5 mins. Add onion mix and any remaining oil with it. Mix in well. Season. Stir in potatoes, taking care to mix thoroughly but not bash the living daylights out of the potatoes. Think spanish tortilla rather than mash.

Spread out on a metal oven tray so it is about an inch thick and leave to cool completely. Then slice into whatever shape pieces takes your fancy. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry slices on a medium heat until crispy on the outside and heated through.

Great with mushrooms and beans :)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Foodie Friday

Each Friday I'm going to show and tell something great that we've eaten this week (unless we have a really bad week and then it might have to be a 'never ever do this' kind of post).

To kick things off I'd like to boast about today's lunch. It was FAB.

Dhal with fried onions
Potato, kale and mushroom curry
Home baked bread (well, bread machine but that's near enough isn't it?).

Felix had new potatoes and dhal with blanched kale stirred in, followed by grapes. Then some milk. Oh and strawberries too. Good appetite my babe has. He's just turned one but has been eating this kind of thing since about 7 months as it's not spicy.

The dhal is a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from his River Cottage Veg Everyday book and is so easy to make. You can add salt if you like but I don't because of the babe. It serves 3 as a side dish.

125g red lentils
1/2 tsp turmeric
oil
1-2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced

Put the lentils in a pan with 400ml cold water, bring to boil, skim off scum and then stir in turmeric (and salt if using). Lower heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 mins, stirring regularly. It's done when the lentils are soft and a bit broken down.You want some texture still, so don't keep going until it's completely pureed.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onions gently for 5 - 10 mins until caramelised (or in my kitchen, a little bit burnt). They do taste much nicer in the dhal with a lot of colour. Set them aside until you are ready with the lentils, and then reheat the onions, add in the cumin seeds and fry until they are fragrant ( a couple of mins) and stir the whole lot into the dhal.

The potato, kale and mushroom curry was also once upon a time a Hugh F-W recipe but has migrated a little over time. It serves 2, with accompaniments.

350g new potatoes, quartered
300g (ish) kale
mushrooms - 4-6 medium closed cup (or whatever you fancy), sliced
oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 large garlic clove, chopped & squashed
ginger, fresh, chopped & squashed to same quantity as garlic
2 tsp chopped red chillies (or as you like)
2 tsp garam masala
1/2 - 2/3 can of coconut milk
salt & pepper

Cook potatoes in boiling water until just tender (10 mins or so). Drain. Blanch kale in boiling water. Press to get as much water out as you can and then chop.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 5-10 mins until it has good amount of colour. Add the  mushrooms and fry until softened and the liquid has run out. Add ginger, garlic, chilli and garam masala. Cook for a couple of mins, then add the potatoes (cut them smaller if you like).

Add the kale, mix in. Add the coconut milk, mix it in, heat it through and let it bubble a couple of minutes. Add more if you want it saucier. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Enjoy a delicious lunch!




Friday, 15 June 2012

Plant based diet - two months in


Two months ago we decided to go onto a predominantly plant based diet. I don't say vegan because we do eat eggs and honey, we do occasionally eat meat and dairy to fit in at other peoples houses and we don't apply the wider vegan ban on animal products in general.

I can honestly say that I love it. I don't think I realised how long I had wanted to give up meat for. It's not nearly as hard work as people assume, even when you throw making sure a one year old gets what he needs into the mix. It feels natural now and I'm actually much more reluctant to eat meat and dairy when we're out and about than I thought I would be.

I also feel as healthy as I have ever felt in my life, probably healthier. Still rubbish at walking up hills (shame, really, living in Wales...) but I feel trim and clean inside. I go through tired phases, but that's more to do with the joys of teething, or not having curtains in the bedroom at the height of summer (duh).

I have also suddenly been able to eat foods that previously I just didn't get on with, like beetroot and avocado. I don't know what I'd do without avocado now, it is one of the most useful foods in my fridge.

Other people's reactions are funny. They are often horrified, not because they think we are doing a bad thing but because they just can't imagine what it is like. Cheese is often mentioned as an essential food for happiness. I always say, it's much easier than you'd think and much much nicer too. Also, you get to eat Lentil Herder's Pie instead of Shepherd's Pie which is the best name for a dish ever!

Firm favourites include red pepper hummus, avocado, salad and tomato sandwiches which my meathead husband recently announced are the new BLT; potato and spinach polenta breakfast slices; mushroom and lentil bolognese; orange and banana smoothies (the baby guzzles these :); and roast dinners (yes really! it's all about the nuts...).

Of course there have been a few clunkers too. The less said about the corn bread topped mexican casserole the better. I think my brain took a holiday that day. The carrot hummus wasn't too bright either.

I'm going to start doing a weekly meal plan as of next week, to help myself be more organised and also - hopefully - get our food bill down a bit. I'll post some of the good recipes and try to remember to take photos before we scoff the lot!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

First Birthday!

Yesterday it was my little boy's first birthday. He had a lovely day with a visit from his granny and granddad, enough toys to get some good unwrapping practice in but not become dazed and confused, and a scrumptious carrot cupcake with a candle on top.

I also enjoyed the whole affair (to be honest probably more than him!). I spent ages choosing presents I thought he'd love but that didn't cost us more than we could afford (our budget was diddly squat so I did some nifty thrifty with second hand toys) and on the whole seem to have gotten it right. The big box of wooden trucks and cars has particularly gone down a storm (there's even a logging lorry which is great as we are surrounded by forestry) .

The cake I am especially pleased with. Despite being told by many folk that I shouldn't worry about sugar as it was his birthday and he deserved a few treats, I really wanted to stick to my guns. It's not boring to avoid processed sugar, and the babe does have some, nor is it preachy as some people seem to think. I don't want him to develop a very sweet tooth too early and I do want him to learn about lots of different kind of treats, not just sweet ones. That said, there was still sugar in his cake from all the fruit, just no processed stuff.

I went for a carrot and date cupcake, without icing, and it was great! He scoffed his and the adults loved them too. Definitely a keeper recipe. And any kind of cupcake is a good thing, isn't it?

At the last minute, I also made him a birthday crown to wear. Amazingly he seemed to like it, I was expecting him to pull it off after ten seconds but he spent the whole day in it looking ridiculously cute. A little bit of felt and some tapestry thread was all it took and it gave me enormous satisfaction as it's the kind of thing I always plan to do but never get around to normally.

The dog quite enjoyed the presents too...

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Priorities

When baby has gone down for a nap:

1. Make a very large strong coffee. Preferably accompanied by a larger cafetiere.

2. Jump in shower (having first squeezed around various building work installations, trip over piles of plasterboard off-cuts, discover the electricity is off in shower room, panic, gulp coffee to assuage panic, and then go and flip the switch on again).

3. Consider doing the 'put your skin cream on in three minutes to prevent drying skin out' but opt for making toast instead.

4. Unload dishwasher and move a few things around kitchen while toast is cooking, thereby rendering yourself completely virtuous.

5. Eat toast while skin is drying out.

6. Tweet.

7. Blog.

8. Revel in the fact the baby is not yet awake.

9. Realise you have left skin cream in the baby's room, in a box under his bed where he is currently sleeping (not your choice of storage location but playing with the tub kept him quiet while you were trying to do fourteen other things at once last night).

10. Resign yourself to dry skin and have another coffee!

Happy naptime!