The one with too many mugs

How many mugs are too many mugs? Hmmm I’m not sure but I am pretty certain that I’m close to that number. But I just  c a n n o t  resist. It’s like an illness I swear!

I have some gorgeous sets from Cath Kidston that I treated myself to when we renovated our kitchen four years ago. Then I have an Emma Bridgewater collection that I am building on literally mug by mug. (Shhh.. Mr Mostly would have a heart attack if he knew just how much I had spent on those babies) Then I have whole sets of plain white cups and saucers that came with my dinner service and get used every day. Then there are random mugs that I have spotted here and there and couldn’t resist. And IKEA ones that have jumped in my trolley over the years. It’s the law to leave IKEA with at least five things that you didn’t go in for. Everybody knows that. Then there are old ones from colour schemes gone by. Oh and the ones that were bought to coordinate with the living room rather than the kitchen. That’s a thing, right? That is so a thing. And then there are the really really old ones that have survived the 90s so I just can’t bear to part with them because they just scream of, well, the 90s and remind me of setting up home together all those years ago. I really am that ancient. Obviously, this list isn’t exhaustive, I haven’t even mentioned the cockerel mugs that we bought just so we can say ‘Yours is the cock mug’. Ancient we might be but mature? No. Definitely not.

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And then of course you have the whole only drinking certain drinks from certain mugs thing. I have to drink coffee from a cup and saucer but if it’s a latte, then the Cath Kidston oversized cups are just the perfect size. And everybody knows that Earl Grey tastes best from an Emma Bridgewater mug. Well, durr! So in a very round about kind of way what I’m trying to say is that there is always an excuse for a new mug. Especially if it is a Blossom & Bill mug that happened to be an absolute steal in HomeSense. Man I love that shop. But I really shouldn’t be allowed in there without a responsible adult. What can I say? I  a m  w e a k.

Mr Mostly usually despairs of my mug buying habits. And he doesn’t even know about the ones hidden away at the back of the never ending cupboard *cough* But he was so tickled by my new Blossom & Bill addition (you can see the likeness too, right? It’s us! Rudey dudey us!) that he came home with the rest of the colours to make a full set. He is such an enabler. Cup of tea anyone?

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Utterly yummy blackberry crumble cake

For me, blackberry season is way up there with asparagus season. But it might just beat it by a hairs breadth by the very fact that instead of having to go all the way up the road to buy asparagus from the farm, blackberries are everywhere and ripe for the picking there and then. Nothing beats the taste of seasonal food of course but the thing with blackberries is once you start looking for brambles, you end up spotting them absolutely everywhere!

The season seems to be coming to an end around these parts now but for the last however many weeks, I have rarely come home without a pocketful of blackberries! We can’t resist a simple blackberry crumble in fact, nothing tastes quite as good as a foraged blackberry crumble. Well apart from foraged blackberry crumble cake. It’s one of those recipes that I made up and it’s so easy peasy that it seems like a cheat to call it a real recipe but I thought you might like it too. It’s definitely one of our favourite ways to use up a handful of blackberries or two!

Blackberry crumble cake recipe (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

First, preheat the oven to 200C and grease your cake tin. I used a silicone love heart case this time but a standard 20cm sandwich tin would do the job just fine.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in colour then add the beaten eggs nice and slowly so that the mixture doesn’t curdle. (If it does, a bit of flour will fix it, so don’t panic!) Then add the sifted self raising flour and stir well to form a smooth cake batter.

In a separate bowl, take your sugar, plain flour, butter and a pinch of salt. Rub together with your fingertips to make your delicious crumble topping.

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Pour the cake batter into the greased tin and then cover the entire surface with a layer of blackberries. Then simply sprinkle the crumble mixture on top and pop in a preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until cooked right through with a lovely golden top.

Blackberry crumble cake recipe (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

Cake, blackberries and crumble all on one plate. Yummy! Delicious served just as it is or even with lashings of custard or cream as an extra indulgent treat if you have already started to work on your winter insulation. Enjoy!

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What I Wore Wednesday: The Autumn School Run Edition

It’s Wednesday..

..so it’s what I wore

What I Wore Wednesday | M&S grey merino cape | (Mostly) Yummy Mummy Blog

Grey cape – M&S, breton long sleeved tee – Boden, high waisted skinny jeans – Next, tan brogues – Office, skull friendship bracelet – Links of London, watch – Michael Kors, nails – Cocktail Dress by Ciate 

The weather is still quite mild here for September it’s definitely not big coat weather yet anyway but this cape from Marks and Spencer is perfect for the school run on chillier mornings. I’ve had this cape for years and years and YEARS and it’s one of those things that I don’t wear very often but I’m always pleased to dig it out every year. To be fair, there is probably only a very small window when you can get away with just wearing a cape before it’s time for a proper coat. It’s great for layering though and I like that it’s slightly longer than hip length so it’s easy to throw on over anything and everything. It’s quite hard to take a photo of with it being a dark grey colour but I hope you get the idea. It has buttons to the front and it’s made from the softest merino. A hug in a cape.

Underneath the cape I’m wearing my mummy uniform of stripes and skinnies. I have so many Breton tops it is verging on an obsession but I would argue that no two are quite the same. This long sleeved one from Boden is definitely one of my favourites I love it. The skinny jeans are from Next and I love the shape the high waist gives. The denim too is like a brushed texture which I really like. The brogues are making another appearance this week and although I’m not entirely sure if they are really me, there’s no denying that nothing screams autumn quite like tan brogues though!

So that was me, what have you been wearing this week?

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Happy New Phone Day! Or maybe not..

It should be Happy New Phone Day for me today. My contract is just coming to an end and oh look, the brand new iPhone 6 has been released, isn’t that just perfect timing? Well usually it would be. And to be honest I thought it would be right up until we actually got a sneaky peek of the new Apple beast. And man alive is it a beast.

You see, I’m old enough to remember when the screen on a phone was bearly big enough to contain a phone number. Heck, I’m old enough to remember life before mobile phones. But this beast of a new iPhone is huge. I mean colossal. And that’s the small iPhone 6 version not even the comedy sized iPhone 6 Plus. Is it all singing and dancing? Faster and whizzier? Bells and whistles? I don’t know. I just can’t get over the size of the bloody thing to care enough to find out.

Happy New Phone Day (Mostly) Yummy Mummy BlogI have an iPhone 5 now and that is a big phone. Possibly a bit too big as it is. My thumb can only just reach from corner to corner of the screen (first world problems here I know but bear with me) But I swear that is only because my thumb has stretched through overuse over the last two years. A bigger screen will make is almost impossible for me to use one handed and I already have visions of how cumbersome it will be. It’s just not going to be very mobile, is it? Dropped phone here we come. Oh joy.

I can only deduce that the iPhone 6 has been designed by boys for boys. Erm hello, bigger isn’t always better you know! Not when it comes to phones anyway. In fact, especially when it comes to phones. Of course boys are lucky enough to be blessed with big pockets unlike us girls who are lucky if our clothes even have a pocket never mind one big enough to house a bloody iPhone 6! What’s the point of a phone that you can’t fit in your pocket? I might as well strap my iPad to my person and be had done with it. Or even my iPad Mini. Did I mention that I was an iSheep? Because I am. I really really am. I was first bitten by the Apple bug about four years ago (late to the party as ever) but honestly could never consider anything but an iPhone. Anything else just seems like a cheap imitation. Sigh.

So now what? Well I’ll sulk a bit about not wanting a new phone that I don’t actually need. Then I’ll carry on using my perfectly fine iPhone 5 until one day it goes caput and I’m forced to upgrade. The iPhone 6 will arrive and I’ll hate it. But within the week, I’ll be completely won over and extol the virtues of this amazing big screen and laugh about that silly blog post I wrote saying that I don’t want a phone the size of my head. Like I said, complete iSheep. Baa.

Is it happy new phone day for you today?

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What I Wore Wednesday

It’s Wednesday..

..so it’s what I wore

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White shirt – H&M, ripped jeans – Gap 1969 destructed real straight, tan brogues – Office, watch – Michael Kors, cocktail ring – M&S

There’s no denying that autumn is well and truly here but I’m at that in between point where I’m not quite ready to pull out the woolies and opaques yet. Firstly, it’s not that cold not by Yorkshire standards anyway and secondly, once they are out they are out for a very long time! So whilst my summer clothes are well and truly packed away, I’m very much easing myself into the thought of winter and pretty much living in jeans for now. This year is just flying by arghhh!

White shirt and jeans. Such a classic combo. But actually I don’t know about you but I find it really hard to find shirts that fit me properly. Unless you have an ironing board chest, there is always a danger of looking matronly I think. Buttons bursting at the seams is never a good look but I think I have cracked it with this white boyfriend style shirt from H&M. Plus it has elbow patches. I do love me an elbow patch.

The jeans are the ones I raved about here from Gap. Love love love these jeans! I haven’t worn anything but skinny jeans for such a long time, so even considering buying anything but was a huge leap out of a style tut for me but I’m so glad that I did. The looser fit of the straight leg is just so flattering. And ridiculously comfy.

The tan brogues were ridiculously cheap in the sale from Office but I’m not sure if they are really me to be honest. I love the colour though and I’m hoping that they will look good with wooly tights and dresses when the time comes. Maybe they will grow on me, we’ll see!

So that was me, what have you been wearing this week?

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Need.. Want.. (The AW14 ankle boot edition)

This time of year normally sees me on a hunt for The Perfect Boots but as hard as it is for me to admit, I really don’t need any more boots. I tidied away my sandals and dug out my winter clobber the other day. What  lovely way to spend a morning! Anyway it’s safe to say that I have way more pairs of boots than there are days in the week. That’s more than enough by anyone’s standards. Seriously. But need and want are two very different things.

AW14 boots

1. Ash ankle boots 2. Boden Soho Ankle Boot 3. Boden Chic Ankle Boot 4. Leather Chelsea Boots with Insolia® | M&S

If only I had the pennies, these beauties would be sneaked into my shoe cupboard in a flash *dreamy sigh* Are you on the annual hunt for your perfect boots?

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The one where he only went and did it

Well by the skin of his teeth, my boy only went and passed his GCSEs didn’t he? So it’s hello sixth form for us! I can’t tell you just how stressful the last two years have been and after all but failing his mocks last December, it was quite frankly a miracle but he somehow managed to pull it out of the bag by passing the lot. Such a relief for him and for us! I know that failing GCSEs isn’t the end of the world and I know that there are always re-sits but I’m so glad that isn’t a path that he is facing. He did it. HE DID IT!

I’m not some lunatic tiger mum who expects nothing less than A* across the board. Not at all. All we have ever asked of him – and our other children – is that he tried his best. But the fact is that for the last two years, he hasn’t been pulling his weight at all. I can’t tell you just how frustrating it is as a parent to see your quite frankly brilliant child waste his potential by being a lazy oaf. Don’t worry, I’m not saying anything here that I haven’t spent the last two years telling him. Repeatedly. In fact I’m sure I’ve spoken about just how hard it was here on my blog before? But all of the nagging is behind us for now at least. He has the much wished for grades that he needed for sixth form and all credit to him – we couldn’t be prouder. Ten GCSEs is no easy feat.

Smarty pants (Mostly) Yummy Mummy BlogI didn’t actually realise just how much pressure we were all under until results day finally arrived. From revising for his exams to actually sitting them and then the long wait for the results, it had been hanging over us like a black cloud for the whole of the summer. I think it was quite possibly the longest morning of my life, never mind his! I felt sick to the stomach waiting for him to get home with that little scrap of paper. It’s so much more nerve wracking as a parent than it ever was (for me at least) as a student. But now here we are starting a whole new chapter and that makes it somehow worth all the stress.

I can’t help but feel sorry for him as he really has hit the ground running though. He had work to do over the holidays in preparation for September and was then thrown straight into a hectic timetable last week. Our sixth form works with two other high schools in the next town to be able to offer the kids as many A/AS-level choices as possible which means that he will split his time over three sites. Being in the right place at the right time means that he will have to be super organised (which just isn’t in his nature!) Already I can see that it will all take some getting used to. I mean going from GCSEs to A-levels alone is a shock to the system, I remember it all too well myself (like it was yesterday in fact!) But I have everything crossed that he will soon settle in and that sixth form will be the making of him. This parenting thing doesn’t get easier the older they get, does it? One worry just seems to be replaced with another bigger one arghh!

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