Make & Do

The Pink family loves to make and do. We do a lot of creating: whether it’s art and craft, or baking and cooking, we’ll have a go. I am a huge craft fan, though I’m jack of all trades and master of none. That doesn’t stop me from buying all the kit though! Ava has definitely inherited my artistic streak, and Thea isn’t far behind her.

We also love a good day trip. We are National Trust members and love nothing more than a walk round an ancient property, followed by a slice of cake and a cup of tea in their tea room. We often review our day trips, either around North Bucks, where we live, or further afield when we’re on holiday.

Easy Homemade Father’s Day Gift

We had fun this afternoon, making our Father’s Day presents, using nothing but plates and pens! It’s so easy and didn’t cost a lot: just…


Death By Chocolate: Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

It was my sister’s birthday at the weekend so I wanted to make her an awesome cake, but as she can’t have gluten, it needed…

Yummy gluten-free crunchy garlic chicken

Lots of you seem to be enjoying my gluten-free recipe ideas so here is another one! This one is adapted from another Jamie Oliver Ministry…

Gluten-free Lemon Drizzle Cake

I don’t know about you, but cake is one of the most important things in my life, and my sister Debbie’s. So when we realised that…

Wheat-free Treats for Gluten Intolerant People

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week at the moment, you can find out a bit more on this post. I’m blogging a few recipes and ideas about…

Simple gluten-free burgers 

This week, I’m trying a few gluten-free recipes, as it’s Coeliac Awareness Week. Find out more on my last post here. Last night, I made…

Easy gluten-free ‘risotto’ that even my 4 year old liked!

Did you know that one in every 100 people in the UK suffer from coeliac disease? But, according to Coeliac UK, only 24% of these…

Baby scan art idea: cute or creepy? You decide!

I’ve had a little plan to use my baby scan pictures for a while now, and I finally got around to making it! I found…

Simple three ingredient gluten-free ‘macaroons’

I’m not sure if these beauties are strictly speaking macaroons, but they are so easy and delicious, I don’t care! As long as you have…

Easy cheat’s ‘ice cream’ lollipops

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, so it’s time to get some cheat’s ice cream lollipops in to the freezer. I made these…

Our Visit To Cliveden Gardens, South Buckinghamshire

We’ve been National Trust members for years, but unless we visit properties when we’re on holiday, we tend to stick to the same old tried…

Our visit to RHS Wisley

As it’s the Easter holidays, Ryan has taken the rest of this week off work. We were going to go away for a few days,…

Easy 5 Ingredient Chocolate Cornflake Easter Nests

We’ve been busy in the kitchen, making some super-easy (and very, very yummy) no-bake Easter treats. Chocolate cornflake Easter nests, with Cadbury’s Mini Eggs, are…

Fun kids’ activity: creating paper dolls

Lately, we’ve been really enjoying The Paper Dolls, by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, I think I possibly enjoy it more than Ava… It’s such a sweet…

Easy store-cupboard child-friendly chilli

I’m trying to expand my cooking horizons, now that I’m not at work every day. But it’s kind of tricky as I am a fairly…

Don’t mind if I Kew. Our visit to Kew Gardens

We had a lovely family outing to Kew Gardens this weekend, here are a few highlights.

Five things I love right now: March

1. Daffodils. A promise that spring really is on the way. These cheerful little chaps bring a ray of sunshine to a  gloomy day. What’s not to…

Easy peasy dining room ‘art gallery’

One day, I’d like our kitchen/diner to be elegant and sophisticated, a bit like these pictures I found on Pinterest. But for now, I just need it…

How To Make The Classic 80s Harriet Hedgehog Birthday Cake

The legendary chocolate hedgehog cake. It’s an 80s classic that my mum made me, and my kids ask for year after year. As well as…

Pancake Day in Olney, Bucks

We thought we’d brave Olney today, to watch the world-famous pancake race. The last time I went, I was a child, and I’ve wanted to…

Beauty on a Budget: 4

My next quest is to find a cheaper replacement for my Evolve Cleansing Balm, which somehow melts away make-up, yet doesn’t leave a horrid film…

Ava and the Fish Pie

Over the weekend, Ava asked for fish pie. Twice. You could have knocked me down with a feather. I asked what it had in it,…

Arts and crafts afternoon with daddy

Yesterday, Ryan bravely got out the poster paints. It started well. Ava’s crown was essential. Thea only ate a little bit of paint. And Ava…