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Holy Guacamole

I finished my working week with a day of tree planting in school with my lovely class, making me realise how much I am itching to get started on my own garden, and also how much I love my job!

We went up to Ian’s parents’ on Friday night to collect our new car, which also meant we got cuddles with our favourite pup…

Today has been a lovely lazy Sunday. The sun has been shining all day making the garden look lovely, and I couldn’t resist a few photographs…

This is the ‘fire pit’, left by the previous owners. I’m not sure if we will keep it, but I think we will definitely give it a trial run before we make any final decisions, with marshmallows on sticks, of course!

Here is my new washing line! After almost 4 years of drying our clothes on dryers in a one-bedroom flat, being able to let our sheets dry in the sunshine is wonderful.

This will be the dining area which is just screaming out for a table, chairs and a barbecue. I thought we would have a few months to get it all but if the weather carries on like it did today then we need to get a move on as I don’t want to miss one day of sunshine and al fresco dining.

Here is our almost-finished chicken coop and run. I have no idea about keeping chickens but intend to learn, and hope to soon have a kitchen full of fresh eggs.

And here is the person who is going to do all these jobs for me, haha!

We spent a large chunk of today continuing to strip and prepare the walls of the living room ready for some colour. I plan to do a ‘before and after’ for any decorating jobs so hopefully there will be pictures soon.

When our arms ached, and the blisters on our fingers were becoming unbearable, we took a break from the walls; Ian for the rugby and me to do some marking! We needed to refuel so I whipped up a bowl of guacamole…

The only item I didn’t have, which I usually use, was a bunch of fresh coriander to add a bit more flavour.


1 ripe avocado

Salt and pepper

A pinch of chilli flakes, or a chopped fresh chilli

A few drops of chilli sauce (optional – this was a particularly spicy one we picked up in the Dominican Republic)

A few slices of onion, finely shopped

1 tomato, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped or minced

A squeeze of fresh lime

A handful of chopped coriander (if you remember to buy it!)

How to make it

  • Prepare your avocado. I find the best way is to cut the fruit down the middle and remove the stone. Then score diagonal lines along it, turn the half inside out and scrape away with a knife
  • Slightly mash the avocado then add the salt and pepper, chilli flakes and sauce, onion, tomato, garlic, lime and coriander
  • Stir well and then have a taste to see if you need more seasoning or squeeze of lime
  • Enjoy with a bag of tortilla chips

Before I go and watch this week’s instalment of the fantastic Homeland, I just wanted to share with you this beautiful sunset from the end of my road…

Have a great week xxx


About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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