The Ordinary Moments ’16 #3 | Saturday Baking

I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon, I’m currently snuggled under a blanket on the sofa warming up after a frosty walk around Scotney Castle this morning. Josh is in the kitchen preparing vegetables for our roast dinner this evening and Bella is tucked up next to me watching a film looking like she may fall asleep at any moment. I’m totally contemplating joining her for a Sunday afternoon snooze.  Josh had to work yesterday which meant Bella and I got to spend an extra day just the two us. Whilst of course we missed Daddy I always try to soak up our one on one time together as much as I can. When we woke up on Saturday morning it was absolutely freezing and there was a beautiful frost covering the ground outside so we decided to stay warm and cosy and have a relaxed day at home. We’re always on the go, there is always somewhere we need to be and a million errands that need doing and this year I really want to try and embrace a slower pace of life. More time at home, more quiet days, more country dog walks and overall just less unnecassary stress.

We had to pop out quickly in the morning so I could go for my weekly weigh in at Slimming World but then we headed home, put our slippers on and whacked the heating up 😉 Chilly winter days call for baking in our house so we decided to make some chocolate muffins with the leftover mars chocolates from the Christmas celebrations tin! They were clearly everyones least favourite this year along with the milky ways which have now been relocated into Bella’s treats tin. I’m personally all about the galaxy caramels, malteasers and snickers ones! I’ll be sharing my muffin recipe with a photo heavy post later on in the week if you’re interested.

Being a working Mama, we don’t have much time in the week for activities like baking so it’s something special we save for the weekends. Bella absolutely loved putting all the cases into the muffin tray, helping me measure out the different ingredients, she then mixed the dry ingredients together and unwrapped all the chocolates while I cut them into chunks. Surprisingly she made little mess as she was being so careful, her concentration face is just the cutest. Bella was so excited and just kept looking at me and grinning which makes my Mama heart so very happy. I have always loved baking and I so hope that she will share my baking passion. When I was pregnant and found out I was expecting a daughter it was these little moments I dreamed of. Spending my weekends in the kitchen baking with my little girl.

We had such a lovely day together and we both really enjoyed each others company. There were no toddler tantrums for a change and Bella couldn’t wipe the smile of her face. While our muffins were in the oven, we made our lunch together, Bella loves buttering her own bread and choosing what she’d like to eat, she really is such an independent little madam now. As silly as it may sound, its these little moments that I miss most when I’m at work. Eating lunch together at her mini table and chairs and chatting about our day and what we’re going to do next.

I’m so glad I had my camera to hand and took some snaps of our cosy day at home together. My baby who’s really no longer a baby is growing into such a lovely little girl and I don’t want to forget these ordinary moments spent with her.






Thanks for reading
Harriet xo




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  • mummydaddyme

    Ah these are absolutely gorgeous photos of both her and you, she is so smiley and cute. It looks like she loved baking with her Mama. I totally agree with you, my mission for this year is to slow down the pace a little and enjoy more time at home- it is definitely good for the soul! x

    January 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you Katie. She was very smiley, I think she definitely enjoyed herself. I agree – i’m all for a quiet life! xo

      January 18, 2016 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Memeandharri

    My girls love baking and we there is nothing I love better then sitting around the table with them whilst they are busy mixing and eating! Gorgeous pictures and your muffins look delicious! X

    January 17, 2016 at 8:03 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      I can totally see why! It made me so happy to watch her really enjoying something that I love to do so much too. I will have to make it a more regular thing! Thanks so much for your comment, I can confirm the muffins were delicious! I’ll be posting the recipe soon as its too good not to share!! xo

      January 18, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Naomi

    Oh gorgeous! Baking with kids is brilliant, and she’ll have great memories of it when she’s older. Lovely photos of you both too.
    I think it’s a really special thing to do – just your little girl and you.

    January 17, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks for your lovely comment Naomi. It was really special and I definitely want to do it more often, just the two of us! xo

      January 18, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply
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