A Birthday lunch, Mussels for Tea, and start the Christmas countdown πŸŽ„

Today is Mum in Law’s 85th Birthday, she is a special woman, she lost her husband when Hubby was just 4, he was the youngest of 4 kids. Β She bought those kids up with no social help, they were her everything.

We are taking her out for lunch to a place we celebrated her 80th with a big family party, she moaned about the portion sizes being too big, even though she has a ‘pensioner portion’, then enjoyed a huge pudding of ice cream and Shortbread Β πŸ˜‰ She will be spending the rest of the day with other family members that have come down from the mainland to visit her as a surprise. If they’d let us in on the ‘secret’ we could have booked a bigger table πŸ™„


As we will be eating a lot earlier than a usual Sunday, I bought some Aldi Mussels in White wine sauce for us to try tonight.

I have made a seeded loaf, so that we have something to ‘dunk’. Also made a few rolls for work lunches, to go with bacon and lentil soup made last weekend.


It has been such a lovely weekend, shame it has to end.

Happy Birthday Mum B xx

PS she loved the cakes 😊

Normal service will resume tomorrow πŸ˜‡ My postman has been busy bringing me the makings of Christmas – 5 weeks to go – I have Hampers to fill πŸ€— I hope you will enjoy my makings πŸ˜€

I have already had some orders for fudge from friends, so December looks like it is going to be busy πŸ™ƒ

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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