The Magic of Disneyland

It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last.

Summer 1983 was a season of firsts: it was the first time I visited the United States of America; the first time I had sour dough bread;  the first time I visited the Magic Kingdom.

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Vegan banana & blueberry muffins

I love banana bread and I love blueberry muffins, but I have never had it in one baked goodie before.

There was a blueberry special in the supermarket and I fancied something blueberry & baked, so I search my favourite almost vegan blog,  MyCaliforniaRoots and found this recipe. Continue reading “Vegan banana & blueberry muffins”

Hand in Hand

This photo was taken in December 2014 by one of the Daughters, while we were walking towards Oxford Street, London.

Believe it or not, Loving Husband & I did not coordinate our coats & backpacks – it just worked out that way.


This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners.

The Best (Vegan & Gluten-Free) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip & Raisin Cookies Ever!

My Fellow Food-Intolerance Sufferer requested some raisin oatmeal cookies:  she tried the Chocolate Chip & Pomegranate Oatmeal  cookies I made some weeks back and loved them!

As my friend is gluten-intolerant, I used Orgran Gluten-Free All Purpose flour in place of the flour recommendation in the recipe from my favourite Almost-Vegan Food Site,  This time I omitted the pomegranate & used raisins instead.

Another batch of delicious and more-ish cookies! Very dangerous to keep around (I can’t stop eating them!!!!)  Try them if you dare!

Analog to Digital: yay or nay?

This week’s Discover Challenge: Analog, has given me much food for thought.  I have considered my own transition from the analog to digital world: what I like, dislike; embraced, rejected;  considered, disregarded.  I considered friends who have very definite analog pursuits like reading print books, listening to vinyl records, scrapbooking vacations & special occasions.  Even closer to home was Older Daughter, who has a long-standing fascination with fountain pens & developed a related interest in calligraphy.

I was very much at a loss to name analog passions I engage in as I came to the realisation that I have embraced many things digital, and in fact, if not for technology, would find it difficult to enjoy many of these activities. Continue reading “Analog to Digital: yay or nay?”