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Late night Jam Making Adventures

We had  a bumper grape harvest from the two vines in the back garden this year - since last years attempt at wine is still bubbling away somewhere (it's probably vinegar by now, also useful) I thought I'd turn it into jam. I underestimated this as an undertaking
I joked once about making jam during the time it took my students to makes games in a 48hr games jam - I haven't done that yet but I am trying to turn this haul of grapes from the into jam - I have not planned this well.

I picked the grapes on Sunday - It took me significantly longer to prep and turn these grapes into juice to work from - but I got 5.7lt (10 pints) of grape juice in the end - luckily I had some large jugs left over from student cocktail making days to house it in.

A shout out to Pete at this point who had to swing by Tesco on Tuesday night and buy all the jam sugar they had to hand after appropriately running a jam night - All hail 24hrs supermarkets. It took me until then to pick them all and boil th…
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Perfect Overnight Oats Methods

I've been trying to cut down on spending money in work (sorry lovely Squeezebox) so in an effort to break up the monotony of making cup'a'porridge every day - and also the fact that only Tesco's sell it - I've started down the pinterst-tastic overnight oats train - in mason jars because they turn out to be super cheap from home bargains

Overnight oats breakfast meal prep for the next few days and I've finally found a use for the jam funnel @lottierouxel brought me ages ago (I'm fairly rubbish at making Jam it turns out) #mealprep #vintagekitchen #masonjars A post shared by Nia Wearn (@wormella83) on Aug 12, 2018 at 8:23am PDT Which also means I can now prep 5 day of breakfasts in one short Sunday night meal prep blitz (I'm making layerd salads in bulk too - not together, that would be weird)

Anyway - I've got it down I think after a few weeks of experiments


1/4 cup of oats1/4 cup of skimmed milkA tablespoon of chia seeds (I assume these have magic pr…

Writing Nook

Because everyone spends the first day of their holidays making a place to do all the work they haven't done yet right?
On the basis we arn't really going away again one of my plans is to actually tidy up and sort out all the bits we've neglected over the last 5 years - the spare room / library / study / games room / fairy den / laundry dump is in a much better place then it was but since my desktop died, my actual desk was starting to look a bit sad - and since I brought a laptop a little while ago I've mainly been using it downstairs, on my lap - which is nice, but not that useful for actual writing.
So task one - make a space for me to be able to write, in my study - tick!

Still got it

It's nice to know I still have the ability to build a website, from scratch, on notepad in my lunch break. I'm rejigging my online presence a bit so I've decided to build my own boiler plate over at www.wormella.com - and then I can feel less guilty about not updating this (since what I am good at is Twitter & IG)

I'd also forgotten how much fun coding something from scratch is - my summer plan is to try my hand at Twine game creation so it was nice to ease myself back into coding with a tiny project.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

This years tree - choc full of lovely momentos and decorations (and in case anyone was keeping track this years theme is Stars)
(and a bonus small boy, who isn't that small any more)
Merry Christmas from Pete, Nia & Brit

Sad New - RIP the tasteless Christmas Tree

It is with sad news that we have to report the demise of our favorite festive decoration - the tasteless, weird fiber optic christmas tree with the strange baubles that made an odd grinding sound.


It hailed from our days in Liverpool, in the flat, and it was neither attractive nor calming, but we loved it so. It was love at first sight when we saw it the Renshaw's hardware and it took us ages of stalking to finally get one. It has illuminated many a window in the years since - broadcasting to everyone we have little taste when ti comes to Christmas decorations.
It probably lasted 10 years and I doubt anything like it's magnificence will ever be seen again in our home.
Good bye you wonderful decorative item