On her blog Last Day of May, Kelly writes about motherhood, her wonderful tag sale and thrift store finds (jealous!), a variety of nifty projects, and family life in general. Also, she recently found out that her young daughter has several food allergies, and instead of falling apart, she did her research and began tackling cooking and baking delicious and safe food for her. I certainly appreciate that Kelly has chosen to share a little bit of her life with all of us out here in blogland.
Kelly lives with her husband and daughter near Cambridge in England.
summer greetings everyone! it is so lovely to be reaching out to those of you who follow curious bird and i feel incredibly happy to be involved in the guest posts here whilst leya and her boys are in the midst of their big move and big adventure.
so hello. my name is kelly and i can be found in my own little blog space over at last day of may where i journal about my creative projects and family life. and in the real world i live in a small village near to cambridge in england. like leya i am fairly new to motherhood and every day involves a whole lot of joy teamed with all sorts of challenges (namely our daughter’s food allergies). elsa just turned 18 months and so this summer is very different from last year. we now have ourselves a feisty and beautiful wee girl who is very much on her feet and loving being outdoors. she has discovered so many of the season's star line up. yes we are talking ice lollies. stroking our cat’s warmed up fur. paddling pools. blowing bubbles. collecting sticks and stones. chasing bees (eeek!) and smelling lavender.
i had hoped to be able to share with you tales of our balmy and heat drenched english summer. in fact i kept holding on thinking surely a day like that will pop up soon. (just so i had the fresh vision to bring to you of what a hot hot july could be like in this part of the world). so apologies. that day did not come this month. instead we have been treated to a little sunshine here and there. downpours of rain that makes the garden smell wonderful. blustery cloudy skies that get the laundry lovely and dry on the line. let’s just say it has its own charm and it makes good for sleeping when you don’t need a fan!
and so even though i managed to get tan lines on my feet in may i often need to dress my girl in tights right now. we eat outdoors in the evening with an extra layer on but keep the food very summery. my husband plays his guitar in the garden. we barbeque a lot and enjoy mixing up little cocktails of roasted nectarine leftovers topped up with prosecco when the girl has gone to sleep.
this is one of our favourite menus right now which all 3 of us can tuck in to.
(e.g. no dairy and no eggs which is perfect for elsa!)
carrot and ginger salad (inspired by tessa kiros)
…with spring onions/lemon juice/olive oil/ground cardamom.
barbequed shwarma salmon (inspired by the bon apetit recipe)
…marinated in a paste of ground cardamom/cinnamon/ginger/fresh coriander/lemon juice/garlic.
dried apricot and cardamom couscous (just our own version!)
…mixed thorough with some olive oil and lemon juice and a little chili.
roasted nectarines (that we eat warm over vanilla ice cream) and elsa enjoys just as they are.
and so dog days of summer i challenge you to come find us but just the same i am quite content with wearing my sunglasses and my socks as we sit on patchwork quilts teaching elsa new words in the fresh air.
thanks leya for making me a part of this series!