Category Archives: The extra slice

And now…

… the end is near.

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for the time being. I almost feel like, at this point, I’ve said everything I’ve wanted to say. It’s been the best two years. I’ve met so many wonderful people online as a result of my writing. It’s opened up doors and possibilites I’d never imagined.

It has always given me such great joy to share my recipes with you all. They aren’t fancy. I’m not a trained photographer, and certainly not a trained chef! I cook simple food that I like to eat, for myself and my family, and I hope I’ve helped a few people to try new things or start cooking from scratch for their own children.

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And then there is the muff fluff! Two years ago I would never EVER have contemplated writing about such an intimate, personal topic as periods and cloth sanitary pads. I wish I’d kept track of how many people I’ve converted to cloth. I lost count a long time ago! But I feel so proud of that achievement because I know how genuinely life changing the switch can be. It certainly changed my life and the way I think about my body. I hope I have passed some of that acceptance and confidence on to some of you.

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If it weren’t for this blog, I would never have taught myself to crochet. And now, two years on, The Pie Patch Shop is flourishing. It is still a tiny fledgling business but it is more than I ever thought possible and that is where I need to focus my time and energy. There is still so much I’d like to accomplish. So the blogging will take a back seat for now so that I have the time to spend on my hooky delights.

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So this will be my final post for now. The Pie Patch Facebook page will remain active and I won’t shut the blog down or remove it. I’ll leave it here for those of you who like to refer back to my recipes from time to time. And there is lots of useful information for people just starting out with their cloth pads and I’d like that to remain available, floating about in the cosmic interfluff.

I have one final thing to ask. I would love it if all of my readers and social media followers could show their support and give my Facebook business page a ‘like’. There are a lot of you and it would do wonders to help my posts reach more people. You can find me at facebook.com/ThePiePatchShop or on Instagram and Twitter as @ThePiePatch

So I bid you all adieu. Au revoir. Goodbye for now. Thank you all so much for all your support. For every one of you who ever ‘liked’, shared, commented, retweeted, or just clicked to read more, THANK YOU.

Bamboo toothbrushes from Boobalou

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I’ve worked with Jo at Boobalou several times before, reviewing all sorts of eco friendly products – Eco Egg, family cloth, reusable teabags. I’ve also ordered from them many times as a customer – cloth pads, unsponges, bamboo pot scrapers. As a UK stockist of eco alternative products, their range is nothing if not varied! There are ALL kinds of things you didn’t know you neeeeeeeeded in your life until you browsed the online store.

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Moon and Stars review

I ordered a lovely bundle of bits from Moon and Stars after giving the maker some feedback on the reusable bed mats she was developing. My parcel was beautifully wrapped and everything was labelled with care instructions.

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Vita Coco Kids

Coconut is having a bit of a moment, isn’t it? We’ve used creamed or dessicated coconut in our cooking and baking for years. More recently I started using fresh coconut milk on my cereal instead of cows’ milk. I actually prefer it. Cows’ milk tastes a bit weird to me now. I see more and more people talking about the benefits of pressed coconut oil for all manner of skin ailments. And a few years ago, loads of celebrities were conspicuously papped with their trendy bottles of coconut water. Coconut is fast becoming the health conscious person’s go-to ingredient.

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Going dairy free: One month on

Some of you have been following my experiments in going dairy free to see if it’ll help improve my crappy spotty skin. You can read more about this here. I thought I’d give you a round-up of my month but first, here’s a reminder of how my skin looked before…

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Going dairy free: Week 1

So I’m going dairy free. Apparently. I explained my reasons for it here. And this is my progress so far:

 

Day 1

I thought I’d start with the unsweetened almond milk. I had it cold on my cereal. It looks a little darker than cows’ milk and has a very slightly thicker consistency. But I really didn’t notice much difference in taste. Maybe the flavour of the cereal was masking it. Or maybe almond milk just doesn’t have a strong taste. Either way, I’m quite impressed. I can live with this!

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My spots and me

I’ve had spots since a very young age. As soon as the earliest signs of puberty started, along came the blemishes on my face. Now, at 34 years of age, it’s wearing thin.

At age 30 I said “enough is enough”. The spots were particularly bad along my jawline and they never went away. As soon as one crop started to heal, another lot appeared. I went to my GP and told him I was sick to death of it. I eat plenty of fruit and veg, drink lots of water, wear minimal make-up, don’t smoke, rarely drink. It’s just not fair!

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