What a whirlwind of a weekend. Is it over already?! Weep.

As most weekends go, it was all about precious quality time with family and friends.

And surprisingly, this weekend was all about snow time too!

Light reflecting, mood uplifting, ‘make everything pretty’ snow.

Lush (unless you’re stuck indoors)-thank goodness for my parent’s super snowy garden!

Snowy garden in yorkshire

So pretty isn’t it?!

So we had two whole days with those we love, mostly singing ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ and Saturday night drunken silliness on two glasses of champagne. That’s vegan life for you!

I’m doing #Veganuary for those who don’t know, and much to everyone’s hilarity, it’s made me even more of a lightweight than I was before. Good times.

…The highlight of my weekend (apart from getting tipsy on Saturday night) was hanging out with my gorgeous baby nephew, Zachary-the cutest munchkin you ever did see.

Newborn baby boy Cute Newborn Baby Baby Zachary, nephew of top blogger Vicki Psarias of Honest Mum Cute baby boy Adorable baby very cute baby

Zachary Psarias, Son of Solos Psarias the owner of Giorgio's Italian restaurant in LeedsWe’re all completely besotted with this sweet little dude, the youngest member of our family, my brother’s son- and he seems to like cuddles with his Aunty Vicki too!

Just look at those cheeks!

Zachary spreads joy with his adorable little smile, sweet baby scent and hilarious cry-face (he even looks cute whilst blubbing).

He totally reminds me looks-wise of my first born son, Oliver, as a baby, and frankly has made me come over all broody (much to the worry of my husband)!

Be still my beating ovaries!
very cute newborn baby Huge thank you to the stunning Essential One for the beautiful little wardrobe of clothes sent to Zachary. How gorgeous is this starry baby sleepsuit! The quality and style of the Essential One’s pieces are simply exquisite.
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newborn

What a beaut!

Now, let’s rewind in detail on what we got up to on Saturday and Sunday (I do love reflecting on fun weekends)!

…Saturday morning was the boys first ever tennis lesson as we embark on working with Theo Paphitis’ #SBS winning brand Tennis Tots for the next few months where the boys will learn to play together and have fun on Saturday.

Tennis Tots
Is there anything cuter than little ones with a tennis racket?

children's tennis lessons with Tennis TotsTeaching kids tennis with tennis totstennis lessons for kids Junior tennis lessonskids tennis lessons in leedstennis ballactive kidsexercise for kids I was so impressed with how much both boys learnt in 50 minutes.

A nurturing, warm and fun environment (the kids laughed non stop), Luke the teacher, had everyone hitting balls and feeling excited about tennis within minutes.

I’ve always loved tennis, have played since I was a child as have my folks, and as a family we become Wimbledon-crazy come July, so it feels a bit special to be sharing my own love of the sport with my sons.

tennis tots leeds

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After all that exercise, it was time to refuel in Leeds, where my brother Solos, his fiancée Lucy and little Zachary joined us for a late lunch c/o of Hotel Chocolat’s Roast and Conch Restaurant.

holding the baby

With vegan options a-plenty, I dined on delicious vegetable soup (which Xander loved and polished off) and delicate but filling West Indian curry (everything is cooked or seasoned with cocoa on the menu adding depth, flavour and warmth to the dishes).

Look at this dreamy market vegetable soup with cracked cacao and sourdough bread.

Vegan vegetable soup at Hotel Chocolat's Roast and Conch Restaurant.

Vegan ground provision* coconut run-down with cacao rice and peas, sweet potato and spinach nib dhal and spiced tomato relish. * West Indian for vegetables grown in the ground.

Fragrant, filling and delicious.

Hotel Chocolat's West Indian curryLucy had an epic burger-the chopped rump steak burger with aged cheddar, cacao beer braised onions, creole chutney and potato chips.

Woah!

Hotel Chocolat Burger Gourmet Burger at Hotel Chocolat Leeds

Hello chunky chips we all gobbled up!

Chips

My husband Peter plumped for the Caribbean fish run-down: market fish and seafood in a light curry stew with seasonal vegetables.

Beautiful!

Roast and Conch food

And hello there tasty sweet potato crisps. Crunch!

Vegetable Crisps at Hotel Choclat

Puddings as you can well expect from Hotel Chocolat are out of this world. I abstained (weep) as all had dairy but the party devoured these in minutes!

Molten chocolate lava pudding made from the cacao bean on site with cacao nib infused ice-cream.

Exquisite!

Dessert at Hotel Choclat's Roast and Conch

I did enjoy my cocao tea (even if it wasn’t a pudding)-a tea made from infused cocao nibs, this tasted just like hot chocolate without the dairy!

Tea at Roast and Conch

My brother could not stop raving about the Roast and conch mousse collection: Trinidad 68% milk with malt brittle, Saint Lucia 78% Dark with toasted nut crumble, Ecuador 90% Dark with roast nibs-too pretty to eat (almost)!

Hotel Chocolat ice cream dessert at roast and conch leeds

With a cheesecake-obsessed husband this dessert was the only one for him-Prosecco poached new season rhubarb, white chocolate cheesecake, spiced biscuit and cacao pulp sorbet.

WOW!

cake
What a meal!

…And the feasting didn’t stop there.

Saturday evening saw us drop the kids off at my folks and head off to dinner at one of my brother’s delicious Italian restaurants Giorgio’s in Headingley, with great mates who were visiting from Manchester.

husband and wife friends

I’ve known Carlie since we were tweens, one of my closest friends in the world, it’s always a laugh when we and our husbands get together.
great friends eating out

Our #hothusbands here, matching in blue!

menJames’ birthday was earlier in the week so it was bubbles all round for us, as we watched the snow fall (and fall) from the restaurant windows during dinner (and wondered if we’d make it home). We did!

pasta at giorgio's leedscalzone pizza at Giorgio's Headingly Leeds

Carlie and I couldn’t resist taking these snow leopard style pics in the street after.

SNOW QUEENS!

top blogger vicki psarias with her friend
We had no idea we’d both be donning the same print either. Mummies with style right?!

I LOVE Carlie’s Topshop number and mine was nicked from my Mama’s vintage collection-and it’s the biggest, thickest vintage coat you could imagine.

Perfect for keeping me warm in the snowscape that was Leeds that night!

The next day was babysitting duties for Aunty Vicki as Zachary popped over while my sister in law to be did some wedding prep- and my own boys spent most of the day donning new Star Wars wellies and building snow men (and a snow Christmas tree Xander informed me). Creative.

sleeping baby

We reached our house fifteen minutes from my Mum’s, to find no snow here much to the kids’ dismay. It was definitely back to school today!

What a perfect weekend. I’m sad it’s over.

What did you guys get up to?

 

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6 Responses

  1. Rachel

    What a perfect weekend! That cheesecake looks amazing and you’re all so flipping cute in these pictures! A joy to read x

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  2. Ebabee

    Sounds like an amazing weekend spent with your nearest and dearest – just the way it should be. Gorgeous photo’s of all but baby Zachary is melting me! And all that chocolate talk is making me hungry even though I’ve just had dinner! xx

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    • Honest Mum

      It was perfect hun thank you! Ha, I’m obsessed with choc xx
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  3. Mess and Merlot

    Wow! What a gorgeous weekend. Zachary is adorable, he clearly knows how to work the camera already! If you’d like a peak at my not quite as eventful but equally perfect weekend I’ve blogged about it over at http://www.messandmerlot.com (only 3 more days until the weekend again- whoop!) 🙂

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