Top 10 Gluten Free foods for a vegetarian

Struggling as a Gluten Free Vegetarian? Look no further! Try my top 10 GF Veggie convenience foods.

When I first became GF I really struggled to find food out there that were both veggie and GF and that I could buy rather than make from scratch. I do tend to make most food from scratch but I also like to have things in the fridge or freezer that I can stick in the oven every now and then.

These alternative to meatballs are absolutely delicious with GF spaghetti and a homemade tomato sauce. They have quite a smoky flavour and are really tasty and filling. You’ll find them in the frozen aisle in Asda.
I used to eat a lot of quorn by unfortunately a lot of it contains wheat so I’m limited.
I really love these Quorn peppered steaks. They are a lovely texture, I tend to overcook the
as I prefer them a bit crispier! They are great if you are looking for a high protein meal replacement and are great in the frying pan or on a bbq. You can find these in most supermarkets.
If you haven’t tried Gluten Free Pieminister pies, then you absolutely must! Honestly, they are gorgeous! The pastry is nicer than any I have ever tried.
I think you can only buy these in Sainsbury’s, I’ve not seen them anywhere else yet.
When I first became GF I was obsessed with these cheese and onion bakes! They were one of the only foods that I could find that was vegetarian too. They are lush with a salad and new potatoes, or even as a replacement burger in a GF bun. The breadcrumbs do not taste GF and the filling is super moorish.

I’ve just recently discovered this Courgette, feta and spinach pie from Sainsbury’s. I had it with some mashed potato and some veggies, but it would be lovely with a salad or if you were having a picnic. The pastry is a lovely texture and the filling is very fresh and light.–feta—spinach-pie-170g
Another Sainsbury’s product! These Mexican bean burgers are a great accompaniment with a salad, as a burger in a bread roll or you could even have it as part of a Mexican night! It would be lovely chopped up with some rice, gluten free wraps and some refried beans. Also if you were having a Nando’s takeaway, this is very similar to the Nando’s Spicy Bean Burger.
Amy’s kitchen have a fab range of Gluten Free convenience foods. They are all natural ingredients and taste absolutely lush! Give them a try.
This vegetable lasagne is so tasty and perfect if you are in a rush and you can just pop it in the microwave. I really enjoy this with wedges or jacket potato and salad.
You can find Amy’a kitchen in most supermarkets like Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and Morrison’s.
If you’re missing Greggs try these M&S Without Wheat Cheese and Onion rolls…..they are delicious and if you’re like me and missing cheese pastys, then they are a good substitute!! You will not be disappointed!
The co-op normally have some lush GF frozen party food in at Christmas time! They are perfect if you are entertaining or even for a Saturday night in! The pasty is absolutely devine and I’d highly recommend you go and try them! They also do the most amazing GF Mince Pies!!! Save some for me though!
Being GF you will know how bad GF pizzas normally are. Cardboard springs to mind!! Well, I have found some hidden gems for you. These Schar pizzas are really lovely. The base is nice and crispy and I normally add some extra topping to jazz it up a bit! Really worth a try. They are also lacto free too.

Do let me know what you think of my top 10 and if you have foods that you can recommend , please leave me a comment below.

Stephanie XOX

Gluten free/plant based coconut porridge

I made this stunning recipe from the Wagamama feed your soul book. The recipe is plant based and I bought some gluten free oats to use.

It is so delicious I had to share!

Really beautiful fresh flavours.


50g rolled oats (make sure they are gf if you are gf)

300g coconut yogurt

For the fruit syrup

3 tablespoons maple syrup

Juice of 1/2 lime

50g fresh or frozen mango diced

1 passion fruit flesh scooped

Pinch of chilli flakes

2.5 cm piece of ginger (I didn’t put this in as I don’t like it)


Add the maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of water and the lime juice to a small saucepan over a medium/low heat. Add the mango, passion fruit flesh ginger and chilli flakes. Stir and cook gently for 2-3 minutes until the sauce turns into more of a syrupy consistency. You can add more maple syrup and water here if you like. I didn’t think it needed anymore.

To make the porridge, add 200ml of water into a small non stick pan with the rolled oats. Cook over a low heat until it bubbles and thickens. It won’t take long just a few minutes.

Take off the heat and mix through the coconut yogurt and top with the fruit syrup and fruit.

Enjoy! It really is delicious and you could add in any fruit you have in your fridge.

Power to the people


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Nobody is on this planet is the same, yet we are all from the same human race.

My daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was 3. Parenting was definitely different to what I imagined in my head, and we have all had to adapt as a family. Saying that, we wouldn’t change a thing. S is one of the happiest children we know. She finds happiness in everything. She had taught me so much since becoming her Mum.

Whether it is sunny, raining, snowing or windy. Each day is a blessing and we can find fun in all weather.

Look for the little things. Notice the detail in life because you could be missing something amazing right in front of you!

Not to judge others by what you think you see. The people who are normally struggling are the ones who say they are ok. You never know what is going on in people’s lives.

After being non verbal for years S now will try and talk to anyone. She doesn’t judge anyone and I’ve found myself having conversations with lots of people where I wouldn’t of before. This has massively helped my confidence too.

Water is beautiful. S’s obsession with water has made me look at it in a different way. There’s nothing better than listening to the rain, on the roof and running down the windows. There is nothing more therapeutic than watching water running from cup to cup, or even from the tap.

Trust your instincts. I have never been very good at this, but I have learnt that this is one of the most important factors and when you do, everything will fall into place.

Time is a healer. No matter what struggles you are facing right now, it won’t always feel like this. Situations don’t last forever, and there are good times coming….

I hope you know little one, that you are our everything 🤍🤍🤍

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Gluten Free Pancakes

30th June. It is my husbands birthday today so what better way to start the day than pancakes!

I am Gluten Free due to an intolerance so if we are all eating something I will use gf flour.


Makes 12 pancakes

200g of Gluten Free plain flour (I used Asda)

4 large eggs

600ml milk

2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil

Whatever toppings you would like. We normally have lemon and sugar but today we used lemon curd.


The easiest recipe ever! Just wisk everything together with a pinch of salt. Make sure the batter is smooth and pop to one side for 30 minutes. I would then wisk again just before you use it.

Heat up a frying pan over a medium heat, and oil the pan with some kitchen roll.

Fry for 1 minute on each side. You can keep them hot in the oven until they are all made.

Smoother with lemon and sugar, Nutella and banana, maple syrup and crispy bacon, or my absolute favourite lemon curd!

Lemon drizzle pancakes

Our Lockdown 2020 Garden makeover

As lockdown was announced in the UK we thought we would make a start on our front garden to stop us from being bored.

As we bought a new build, our front garden plot was a square of grass with a border in front of a fence. We had put some heathers in and some white stones two years ago, but we hadn’t prepped the soil properly so they were trying to grow in clay! Obviously they didn’t grow much.

I looked on Pinterest and searches for slate garden ideas. After a bit of research I knew I wanted a contemporary feel but with an almost Japanese twist. I thought I’d write this blog as I couldn’t find much on the internet for what I had in my head.

The beginning

First thing we did was shape the grass. I wanted a curve rather than straight lines, so we used a roll of cable we had lying around to try it out so we could get more of a visual idea. A simple ball of string would do the same job.

The black line is a rough idea of the shape.

I knew that I wanted quite a big border so I could plant some really lovely plants that would add character to the property. I also knew I wanted something pretty straightforward to look after so I did my research and wrote a list of possible plants.

The next job was killing off the grass in the border. We put weed killer on this area, and left it for around a week. We planned to dig it over but if we’d have known how hard it would be, we would have hired or bought a rotavator! We ended up buying one later on as the soil was just clay and bricks from the builders. It would have saved us a week and been much easier on our backs! You can pick up a rotavator for around £50 from screwfix.

Grass turning yellow after a week.

While we were doing this, we ordered a huge dumpy bag of top soil for our lawn. The lawn was really low in places and believe it or not it took the whole bag to level the lawn! We threw on some seed and watered it every day.

My husband levelling the lawn.
The grass looking much better.

Next job we rotavated the border and added in around 20 bags of compost. We removed any large bricks/stones and raked it ready for the plants.

Box ready for the water feature.

We decided as we were going for ferns, we would like a water feature. Luckily my husband is an electrician so we saved a lot of money on this. All the cables were added for the lights, some sockets and sprinklers.

One working water feature.

Time to plant. We decided to go for a variety of plants, that would mean there was a bit of colour all year round.

In the front section I added 3 camellias in between 4 West Country Lupins. Around the water feature I added ferns and grasses for a Japanese style feel. I also added some gerberas, purple leafed geraniums, dahlias and lilys. I put some lavenders around the edge of the curve to define it. I wanted mostly perennials (they will come back next year) but added some annuals for colour. We put down a thick weed sheet we ordered from amazon. Something like this

Most things planted with weed sheet underneath to stop the weeds growing.
We chose charcoal slate
A whole dumpy bag went onto the border.
A night view

I left a bit of a gap around the base of the plant just to give them some room to grow and for water.


It took a lot of hard work but we love it and we have some many lovely compliments from people walking past. Most of the plants I won’t need to touch. The lupins, I need to deadhead them every week at the moment but that’s the only pruning. I did this all with no knowledge of plants or how to garden but I have learnt as I have done it. Now it is my pride and joy!

Most plants I bought from either Morrisons Garden Centre and I ordered click and collect at Cowell’s I also bought some really unique little plants from Northern Ark Nursery


Steph X

Your questions answered about buying a New Build

So I put a question box up on my Instagram stories the other day and thought I would answer them on my blog. I remember how many questions we had before purchasing our New Build so I thought this might be helpful for some of you.

I’m struggling to know which area to buy. How did you decide?

We knew we wanted to stay local as both sets of parents and our families are all local. Also we have an amazing GP who really understands our daughter’s complex health needs so that was a major factor too. I’d recommend driving around the different areas and getting a feel for where you could be potentially living. Go to the local shop and get a feel for what it’s like.

How long did it take for your house to be built?

From putting down a deposit I think it took 10 months. We didn’t mind waiting though, it was worth it. I think it can be much quicker but we wanted a specific plot and it was one of the last ones on the estate to be built.

Do you get to choose your own kitchen?

Yes we did. When you buy a new build early on you get to customise it from a range of options. The options meetings were stressful as you only have a couple of hours to decide and make choices! Luckily we both had an idea of what we wanted before we went so it wasn’t too bad.

We went for a gloss white kitchen with grey worktops.

Did you get a snagging survey or wish you had?

We didn’t get a snagging survey done. My husband is in the construction trade so he knew what needed to be pointed out. We wrote a huge two page list of everything that was wrong and most of it was sorted out very quickly. We needed both front and back doors replaced and as the frame wasn’t fitted correctly they both need changing again, so we are still waiting for that 2 years down the line…Our bathroom tiles were put on upside down in places, so they had to redo the whole bathroom. We didn’t have many shrinkage gaps in the walls and overall the build was good. We bought from Miller Homes and they have been pretty good really.

If you don’t feel confident knowing what to look for with snags I’d say get a snagging survey done.

Do you get the house with carpets and flooring or do you have to buy them yourself?

The house comes as an empty shell. No carpets or flooring, unless you pay the builder to do them. We paid Millers to do our bathroom tiling as we thought it would be easier but we did everything else ourselves. So if you are thinking of buying a new build, take into consideration that you need to add flooring throughout and to add it into your budget. Some builders offer free carpets throughout the home but it just depends.

We had all of the flooring done after we had completed.

We bought a new build but heard we should have bartered for deal. Is this right?

As us Geordies say ‘Shy bairns get nowt’ meaning you won’t get if you don’t ask! In theory Builders should be as open to negotiable as any other home seller. We did haggle and we got our stamp duty paid and a sum of money given towards the options, so we could have our tiling done, upgraded showers, bath, trims, extra sockets put in etc etc.

My Dad’s favourite saying

Would you buy another new build?

Personally we probably wouldn’t buy another new build but I guess if my husband wasn’t as handy as he is it would definitely be an option. Our dream is to buy some land, design and self build our own home.

Is your property freehold or leasehold?

We did our research and decided to pay extra for the freehold of our property. That means we own the property and the land in which it’s built on. Just before we bought our home there were some nightmare stories about people having bought their house leasehold. I know on our estate a lot did go with leasehold but I think some are now trying to buy the freehold.

Did you get to see your house before you completed?

Yes, we had two visits. One pre plaster and one when it was nearly finished. It was lovely to look around and it was the first time we had been in that style of house that way round as the show home was the opposite way.

Were they any delays?

I think our move was put back about 2/3 weeks from the original date which wasn’t a problem. We then didn’t move in for another 2 weeks as my husband renovated the double garage into a play/sensory room. So we moved in just before Christmas.

Do you recommend going to show homes?

100%. Visiting show homes became our lives for over a year! We would visit different homes around the area and it really helped us visualise where we would be living and built up the excitement even more! Unfortunately we have to travel an hour to see the show home of the Home we bought as it was a 5 bed and they don’t sell as many as they would a 3 bed. I really miss our little weekend visits though!

Is there anything you regret?

There is nothing we regret actually. We love where we live, we have some brilliant neighbours and as we are on a new build estate there is a lovely sense of community that I’m not sure you get moving in somewhere older. Everyone is in the same boat so we all help each other out. We even have a Facebook group for our estate which is lovely.

Should I pay the builder to do any extras or should I get them done once I move in?

It will always be cheaper to get it done by your own tradesmen but bear in mind it will probably make a mess of your decor. Somethings can also be impossible to do after. For example we put some spotlights in our bay window. We asked for them before the build so they raised the bay window so they could get the electrics in. If we had waited until after we couldn’t have done it. Weight up the pros and cons of what is better to do before.

Is it worth getting our garden turfed by the builder?

In a short answer no…we didn’t get our garden turfed but our neighbours had theirs turfed and they wish they hadn’t. The builders leave the gardens how they are so if there are rocks, cement and etc they just turf over it all. I would recommend just paying someone to do it afterwards and they will do a good job.

Any financial advice?

Make an appointment with a financial advisor to talk through your finances. A good credit score really makes all the difference with getting a good mortgage. Check your rating on

Thank you for reading

Stay safe and well

Steph XxX

Welcome to Our Home In Northumberland

Hello! I’m so glad you are here! I am Steph, and I live in Northumberland in a Miller Homes Jura, with my Husband, Daughter and two dogs. I thought I would start a blog as I really enjoy writing and it is a bit of an escape for me.
I started up my Instagram page posting photos of our Miller New Build in September 2019 and it has grown to 5000 followers. I absolutely love getting creative and taking photos and because I am home with my daughter anyway, it seemed natural to post pictures of our home!

I bought my first property at 19 with my now husband. Our old house was a 1970s self build so we renovated the entire thing. My husband Ben is an electrician by trade by is very practical and does plumbing and building work too, so we did everything ourselves.

Cleaning…what can I say. I just LOVE to clean! It really helps my mental health, and I’ve found my anxiety is much better since I have started my cleaning obsession!

Thanks for visiting my page

With love from Steph XX