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Bake Off


I wrote a new blog on my website:


I share a Youtube video I watched last night about Sextuplets who I remember watching as a child, and now they are in their 30’s. I just found it inspiring, and made me realise how lucky I am, as those parents of the Sextuplets must not have slept at all.

I have also been watching the programs about Lady Diana, as it is 20 years since she died, and I remember that week so well, it was pure sadness. Even on the radio they kept playing ballads throughout that week up until the funeral and I remember just crying my heart out.

It to me was so cruel, because she still had so much more to give and her life was changing for the better, but it came to a stop. It made me realise how fragile life can be and could come to an end at any minute, you just never know.

I think she would be so proud of her two boys, because of the men they have become and her legacy will continue on through her two boys.

As well as that I have taken up swimming and went this morning, even went to use the Spa but it was closed, but nice to do a bit of swimming, so refreshing and it is amazing how you can ache so much afterwards.

I watched The Great British Bake Off last night on Channel 4. I am so glad they have kept to the same format, even though they have new presenters and a new judge, I really enjoyed it. A bit off putting with the adverts, but apart from that was good the first one, and what I like is that they hadn’t changed too much about it.

Then there is Strictly Come Dancing. I can not wait for it to begin and already looking forward to seeing Bryan Conley and Debbie McGee, I just wonder who they will be paired up with and how the new judge Shirley Ballas, whom has taken over from Len Goodman, will be like.

So lots more to come. I would love to know what you are looking forward to on TV, and if there is any programs you can recommend to me to watch. Are you too a strictly come dancing fan, I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie x



Holiday Fever


Yes I have holiday fever at the moment, even though the weather is some what skeptical. I have been searching holidays in the last week as I am gasping to go on another cruise some where.

If you think cruises are for those who are passed their expiry date, then you are wrong. Cruises are brilliant for everyone, and I personally love them, that every time I think of Southampton, I think of the Quays.

I am soon to be off to Bournemouth with my son and my husband and I can already smell the sandy beach. I have decided I am going to be clearing out my suitcase that is stuck in my son’s wardrobe at the moment, which is loaded with Henry’s old baby clothes, and get started on the packing for our little break away.

I have even decided already, as my husband has already warned me not to take a lot,  on what I am going to be packing away with me. No it does not include the kitchen sink.



We aren’t driving there, but have already booked our train tickets. I would always suggest if you are booking and use the trains a lot to invest in a railcard, we haven’t this time, as we tend to drive most places, and I can always use my Oyster card now, as I tend to most of the time travel by train to London.

Railcards are only £30 or so and saved me a lot of money when I used to travel to London to the south coast a lot. Check out link below:


If you want to save more money, when eating out on holiday, why not invest in getting a Gourmet Society card, Kidspass or a Tastecard.

There are so many ways you can save money, you just have to shop around.

So Bournemouth here we come, so looking forward to the Sandy beach.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie X

My love for food


My love for food and I don’t mean stuffing my face, but from trying out new recipes has really expanded, therefore I am going to be posting my home cooking ideas and baking recipes on my new website where all the subjects I blog about will be posted from soon at www.carrieshomemadelife.com.

I will also be changing the organization of my kitchen which I will be posting about, and the products I have recently purchased. It’s amazing how even kitchenware with new manufacturing ideas have advanced with the new ceramic kitchenware available, and I will posting about the new ceramic wok I have bought, how good it is.

When I was young there were lots of food I did not like so at every meal I had were very basic, but meant that I didn’t take in all the good nutrition that a range of food offers such as calcium, iron and other vitamins and minerals.

Now I am a mum it is important that I maintain a good nutrtional diet as I would like my son also to like a whole range of food but at the same time have healthy nutrition in his daily meals. He is still on formula milk at the moment but in 3 months or so time it will be time for him to wean, and so I have cut down a lot on my sugar intake. I do like to bake but I don’t eat everything I bake as I do like to share the cakes and biscuits I make with other people. In any case one sugary thing isn’t gonna kill me as long as I do keep it within moderation.

The one thing I am very adamant about is I won’t be a mum who takes Henry to the sweet shop and buy him sweets for him everyday like I used to see lots of mums do after school would take their child to buy them sweets and it used to be literally everyday. I am not saying he won’t be allowed sweets, but it won’t be all the time; I want him to seen that they are a treat not something you need to have every single day. That will be the same when it comes to fizzy drinks, the amount of times I see a young child playing around with a coca cola bottle and when I see kids drinking fizzy drinks I can’t help but be dismayed.

It is amazing how your perspective on things do change as you get older, it has for me regarding food, I see it now learning more about food and what you can make, that it is ok to love your food it doesn’t always mean that your an overeater but you appreciate the food, the quality in the taste and appearance, it is still fine to splurge and pig out (again within moderation). I also see that cooking for me is a therapy and has also helped me to appreciate food a lot more.

Without food and water we couldn’t survive so why not love it for what it is as one day it could all be gone.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie x

Organize your shopping


I organize everything from my laundry to my groceries, to unpack I put them into categories and then it is easy to put each item into the place where it should be, fridge, dry foods, fruit and vegetables etc, and the takes less than 5 minutes to put away.

Before you make your shopping list make a list of the meals you can make out the current groceries you have, so this will mean checking the fridge and cupboards to check on the items you have, and this will help minimise your wastage and you use what you have and the amount you spend as for example I know I can make at least 5 meals out of the groceries I have so I know I don’t need any more shopping until Friday or so.

I always as mentioned in my past blogs plan my meals in a week or two weeks in advance.

Making a list of the meals you can make on what you currently have and what ingredients you need to help create a meal from the items you already have will help to reduce the list and you buy items on what you need to add, to make those meals a week.

So don’t waste money on groceries think about how much you can save on the groceries and spend and save money on other things.

Many thanks for reading.

Carrie X