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Life with food allergies and intolerances

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Our week in photos

Collated from Instagram, Facebook, random shots from my phone and camera. Our favourite bits of the week. Grandma and Grandpa arrived, and brought gifts, and then went off to France, they’re back this weekend. Small Boy found the karaoke function on his music player, it was cute, at first, now it means we all need […]

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She’s just a cat?

This is Layla, our 14-year-old, half Persian cat. We rescued her, when she was still very tiny, as the runt of an unplanned and unwanted litter (her mother was not meant to fraternize with the local feral tomcat, Layla and her two siblings were the result) and she is my first “baby”. That sounds silly, […]

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Wordless Wednesday

The weeks are going too fast. School starts in less than a month. I am loving Big Girl’s creativity, and her writing and spelling skills are growing rapidly. She will spend hours drawing, sketching, or writing stories or poems. She made individual place mats and name cards for our first dinner with Grandma and Grandpa […]

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Easy chocolate mousse recipe

This is an incredibly easy, divine chocolate mousse, that needs no cream, so it’s cows milk/dairy free if you use a butter substitute. I have always been a little intimidated by the idea of making a mousse, but this one really is simple.  *Also, please note, the eggs in this recipe are barely cooked, with […]

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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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