Sunday, 8 February 2015

Doing Something Different


Doing Something Different


With all the rain and high winds we have had recently I have felt like a caged animal - fortunately we were able to release the animals today.......

 

We explored a new walk through the forests today - the sun was shining!


The icicles were beginning to melt in the sun.


We walked for 3 miles but then the hunger monsters surfaced and we had to stop and picnic!



We even spotted some frog spawn.


It was fantastic to get away from the normal Sunday chores!


What did you do today?

#Silent Sunday - February 7th 2015



#Silent Sunday 

February 7th 2015




Monday, 2 February 2015

Disney Infinitey 2.0 - Marvel Super Heroes Review



My son enjoys his XBOX 360 but we have found it hard to find games acceptable for his age. We are really strict about what he is allowed to play; despite the fact we have had a few sulks because " my friends have got it!"

He asked for the Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes for his birthday this year. It is pricey, as yet again you have to buy the starter pack! but he has been really pleased with it. He has enjoyed having his friends around to play and so far it has been a good buy. It is well made, the figures are sturdy and seem to be holding up to the usual riggers of boys play!


We got him a few extra figures. I chose the 'Hulk' as I have fond memories of watching 'The Incredible Hulk' as a child. 


We have marked all his figures with a blob of nail varnish so that they don't get mixed up with his friends! 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Death by Chocolate Cake - The Finished Article!


#Death by Chocolate Cake




Chocolate cake, chocolate butter icing and tonnes of chocolates = one happy
 Birthday boy!



Friday, 23 January 2015

Sausage and Bean Slow Cooker Casserole


Sausage and Bean Slow Cooker Casserole

I love my slow cooker but am lazy! I don't tend to brown off meat etc. I just tend to throw everything in and switch it on!  I am on a mission to use up everything left in the cupboards and freezer and managed to find enough to make this sausage casserole. 



Ingredients

Sausages chopped up ( which I did brown off as they are not pleasing to the eye otherwise)
2 Tins of chopped tomatoes
Passata
Garlic
1 Onion
Peppers
Mushrooms
Sweetcorn
Paprika 
Salt and Pepper
1 Tin of Kidney Beans
1 Tin of Chick Peas
1 Tin of Chickpeas
1 Tin of Butterbeans

I am serving it with mashed Potato.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Cake No. 3 - Death by Chocolate!


Death by Chocolate Birthday Cake 

Stage 1

My son loves chocolate and if given the chance would quite happily make it his major food group! However, I am a cruel mother and let him have it sparingly - until it comes to his birthday!

This is what I have bought in preparation for a chocolate lovers dream birthday cake.....






 Then of course we have the chocolate sponge cake:

(for a 7" tin- easy all in together cake!) 
100g self raising flour
100g butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs 
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder
 a slosh of strong black coffee

multiply weights and ingredients depending on size of cake tin.

And then it will be the chocolate butter icing!! 

Watch this space for the finished cake......