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Ten Must Haves for your Garden this Summer

British Summertime is always unpredictable, but we all love our gardens at this time of year. If you can’t go out then stay home and enjoy your garden, maybe even invite some friends over. Fire up the BBQ or have a garden party.

I set myself a challenge to find 10 things on Etsy which would make my garden more fun and inviting.

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1. Garden Furniture

You need somewhere to sit and enjoy your garden. It can be a lovely patio set, an outdoor table and chairs, a bench with stools or even a picnic blanket. You can find what you need on Etsy and I have some in my favourites. I have a ratten garden set myself, but I’d love a real wooden picnic table like this one.

wooden picnic bench for the garden.
Wooden Picnic bench

2. Flowers and Plants

You can make your garden look so much nicer with careful planting. Depending on the size of your garden you can have flower border, flower beds, raised beds, or pots.

Here is a good starter pack of 5 mixed plants.

Five garden plants in pots
5 Mixed garden plants

3. Lighting

When dusk falls but it’s still warm, it’s lovely to be able to spend more time outside. For this you will need lighting and there are lots of ways of doing this. Solar lamps are great for this and you can plant them anywhere. However, we love fairy lights and we have some just like these all around our seating area. They are also solar powered so the sun during the day keeps them alight at night.

garden fairy lights.
Fairy Outdoor solar powered lights

4. Garden Ornaments

Whether they are on your lawn or your patio, ornaments can brighten up your garden and create a focal point. I’m a big fan of wall hangings, wind chimes and all kinds of figures. But this gorgeous peacock really caught my eye.

metal peacock garden ornament.
36 inch hand painted peacock

5. Fire Pit

When it gets cold you can replicate a camp fire with a fire pit. Some of them are ultra modern like this one. (If you don’t want to use it as a fire pit it would make a beautiful flower planter.

fire pit
Fire pit

6. BBQ

When it comes to Summertime our thoughts turn to BBQs. We have already had our first BBQ this year and it’s only April. You can get everything you need on Etsy for the perfect BBQ, from actual BBQs to utensils and aprons. I found this really nice sign though and it would look great on the wall behind our BBQ area.

BBQ master wall sign
Personalised BBQ Grill Master Sign.

7. Dinner Sets

Whether it’s for the BBQ or a picnic, you’ll be needing something to eat off while outside. I love this melamine plate bowl and beaker set from Emma Bridgewater.

plate, bowl and beaker set with yellow flowers and bumble bees.
Plate, bowl and beaker set.

8. Bunting

Parties outside are great. I have four children with summer birthdays and we are well rehearsed, like this Frozen party we had for Boo’s 7th Birthday. There are lots of ways of decorating but bunting is a must.

pretty hummingbird bunting for outside.
humming bird, outside bunting

9. Gnomes

Some people love gnomes and some people don’t. I’ll let this fabulous decoration tell you how I feel about them.

T rex dinosaur garden ornament, attacking garden gnomes.
T Rex garden gnome massacre.

10. Gazebo

The weather is unpredictable but don’t let that keep you out of the garden, stick up a gazebo instead.

blue garden gazebo
Pop up Gazebo

I did it! Ten things from Etsy for your garden. I hope you enjoyed my selection but if you’d like to see more you can visit my Etsy Favourites here, or maybe you’d like to see the Editors Picks.

You might enjoy another of my blog posts Things to Save and Splurge on in Your Home.

A Place to Eat

Weekly Meal Plan – Another Birthday

We have started the week with another birthday. It is Boo’s 13th and I made her a lovely lunch of pizza, sausage rolls, mini poppadoms, french fries, cheesy biscuits, chicken pops and cake to follow. They had a lovely time. For tonight’s dinner I’m just making them hot dogs and the grown ups are having Thai tofu and noodles.

another birthday, party food.
party food

Last weeks menu went well. We enjoyed the meals from Mindful Chef, the Dukkah pork was really yummy and it was the first time I have cooked lettuce and I loved it. The Salmon with with bubble and squeek was really nice too, but it was way too much cabbage. If you would like to try Mindful Chef you can get £20 off your first box and I can get £20 off too. All you have to do is put my e-mail in the referral box..my email is okesanne@gmail.com, click banner for website.

This Weeks Menu – Another Birthday

Weekly meal plan banner with a healthy colourful bowl of food.
  • Monday – hot dogs for the kids, Thai Tofu and noodles for grown ups
  • Tuesday – spaghetti bolognese
  • Wednesday – Nandos chicken with wedges
  • Thursday – Quiche or pizza
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – curry
  • Sunday – pie and mash.

Lunches for the kids, they can choose what they want on each day

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles

I’m still hoping that one day we will be able to have a BBQ soon. Come on British Summer, when will you come back?

Last week I moved the lamb pasta bake to Sunday because it took hours to cook. It was really yummy though, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t think it sounded as good as it tasted. I’ll do it again sometime.

If you have kids and would like to get them interested in cooking, I’ve just become an affiliate for a fabulous kids monthly recipe box called Little Cooks. You can read my post about it here.

Have a lovely tasty week, I’d pass you some birthday cake if I could. Don’t worry, I have two weeks until the next one.

Anne x

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A Place to Eat

Weekly Meal Plan and a Party

Last weeks meal plan went fairly well, just a few changes and one take out! This week started with a party meal for my daughter’s 12th birthday.

I was supposed have been in hospital on Monday but I had to delay my treatment until Thursday. The pizzas we had planned because of the appointment were still eaten though. And because my treatment was at a later time and I didn’t get home until after 6pm we decided to get a chip shop meal. At least it was a little cheaper than our usual Chinese meal or Dominoes. (Why are Dominoes so expensive, our local pizza shop does lovely pizzas but the family insist on Dominoes, generally I get them to pay for it though so I can’t complain.)

This weeks shopping came to less than £200 including lunches.

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Boo’s Party meal
  • Sunday – pie and mash
  • Monday – lasagna
  • Tuesday – fish/chicken and chips
  • Wednesday – pasta bake
  • Thursday – Paella
  • Friday – curry, rice and poppadoms

The Peri Peri Chicken meal we had in the degustabox was very tasty. The Chicken was coated with a little pot of glaze which went all sticky when cooked in the oven and it was just the right amount of spiciness. The wedges were delicious, so tasty, but also a little spicy. I think that’s why the sweetcorn aioli was the part which would have added the coolness but as I’m the only person who likes sweetcorn I didn’t bother making it. I wish I had just for me though.

The kit costs £1.50 and it just contains the spice mix, you need to add the main ingredients like chicken and potatoes (and sweetcorn and mayonnaise if you make the aioli.) It’s probably worth it for the convenience, but I’m sure I’d be able to make it from scratch anyway, especially as I already have a huge spice cupboard. Anyway, they don’t sell it in my supermarket.

The Party!

I’ll leave you with a little photo of the kids enjoying the party food on Saturday.

party food
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