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Life with food allergies and intolerances

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Me, beyond being "Mum"

What makes a Dad?

So anyone can be a father. It’s a quick biological act, that results in a baby. That bit, is usually easy. You don’t have to be blood related to someone to be a Dad, either. But makes a Dad? For me, a Dad is the person who loves, and encourages you, who doesn’t judge your life choices, […]

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Cheat’s Roast Potatoes

I LOVE roast potatoes. Crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle. But I am also very lazy and whilst I do make proper, peeled, boiled then roasted potatoes for special occasions, I mostly make them in a cheat way that satisfies the roast potato need but is way less effort. This cheat version makes […]

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About blog

Blog author, Karen Reekie

Welcome to the Mad House. I originally started this blog, in a blur of sleep deprivation, to get my thoughts and feelings down somewhere, on parenting, second time round, with a baby that had major sleep issues (and not just normal ones) but it has grown and grown. We are now well into our fifth year at the Mad House and you will find blog posts on anything from gardening, to politics, with lots of ramblings on parenting, and also about living with food intolerances. I blog about cows milk and gluten free cooking too.

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