Thursday, 27 February 2020

Some things just don't translate!

When we moved house in the summer of last year one of the first things we noticed was the difference in the accents and the way people spoke. We moved from Northumberland to North Lincolnshire. There is a big difference!

My family sound really Geordie compared to people here even though we lived nowhere near Newcastle and I am ashamed to admit it, we sound so common. People here talk really posh! It is hilarious though, there is lots of times people have looked at Stu and I like we're talking a different language. 

The best example I can give is when we were at my dad's one of my dad's friends was walking past and Stu said something like "that bonfire is really stinking" and he answered with "quarter to three". Stu, my dad's partner Sarah and I just looked at each other trying to hide our giggles. 

When Stu and I are talking to anyone which isn't my dad or Sarah we try to talk slowly. Stu does talk fast and people just can't understand him. I remember when I first met him I asked him to speak slower so it does take some getting used to. I was born and brought up in the North East but in Stockton on Tees and Durham. My dad's partner Sarah is born and bred here and she talks so slowly compared to us. My dad has lived here for about 12 years so is used to how people speak but he has picked up the accent a bit.

There are some words and phrases which Stu and I say and we realise that people don't have a clue what we're on about.

Meaning: Crying!
If the kids cry (not that they do often), I tell them to stop their bubbling!

Pease pudding!
Does not translate here. No one has a clue what Pease Pudding is and even the suggestion of ham and pease pudding sandwiches is frowned at. I can search for it online and see it in all of the supermarkets but as soon as I log in with my delivery address it vanishes. Hmmf!

Dee as ya telt!
Meaning: do as you're told. When I shout at the kids my accent really comes out. Oops.

Meaning: Starving, hungry to the point of being in desperate need of some sustenance which goes with the next one.

Scran, Bait
Meaning: food

Meaning: friend, colleague, workmate.

Meaning: wet and muddy.

Meaning: someone being mischievous or downright annoying, mostly Ellie. lol

Meaning: To describe something that has been enjoyed or something that's liked. A lot of people just don't use that word here and I over use it. That top is lush, that drink was lush, that pie was lush. lol

A few months ago there we met a woman at the local auction who's Scottish and it's wonderful, she understands every word we say, especially Stu. She gets where we're coming from not being able to be understood sometimes. The man who runs the auction is from London and has a strong accent and he understands us. It makes me chuckle. All the non-local people can understand us. 

What does make me laugh is that Ellie's accent is the one that is really changing and not into a typical North Lincolnshire accent. I don't know how and why but she's picked up a Birmingham accent. Some of the words she say's sound really Brummy. My dad first noticed it and Stu and I have since. lol

Have you ever moved somewhere where people have struggled to understand you?

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

(Ad - Gifted) A Slate Photo Panel & ideas for Mother's Day from Asda Photo.

Mother's day will be here before you know it. It's on the 22nd of March in case you didn't know and Asda Photo have a fantastic selection of gifts which would be perfect for any mum or mother figure.

I was recently sent one of their Slate Photo Panels to feature in this blog post.

A Slate Photo Panel on my fireplace.

Add some personalised style to your home with a beautiful photo slate. The chiselled edge naturally frames your photos making them ideal to show off your best wedding, family or holiday moments. Unleash the photographer in you and add your own scenic designs to really give your slate the professional look. The product edges may differ from the previews as each piece will have a unique finish.

I chose the 7.5″ × 5.5″ size and photo from last year. I have so many photos of the girls and the girls and Stu around the house but not many of the girls and me.

When it arrived I couldn't wait to open the packaging and get into it. I think it looks amazing. It really is something different than just a normal frame or a canvas. It is real slate and it is something which is really unique.

The edges of the Slate Photo Panel

The photo on the slate is really clear, I would say clearer and shinier than a normal photo. I now have it stood on my fireplace and it really stands out. It comes with stands that you just slot the slate into and it seems really stable.

At £11.00 plus delivery I would say this is a bargain price and it would make such a lovely gift. I will be keeping it in mind when I buy people in my life gifts.

As well as the slate photo panels Asda Photo have more fantastic gifts:

a photo book and cushion for mothers day

Personalised Cushions from £14.00
Have fun gifting this Mother’s Day, whilst adding a touch of freshness to your mum’s living room with a beautiful high quality personalised cushion.

Photo Books from £6.00
Photo books make for the perfect keepsake so this Mother’s Day create a photo book celebrating all the special occasions that you have shared as a family.

Personalised Canvas from £12.00

My asda photo canvas with photos of my family

Make Mother’s Day extra special and create a touching and sentimental gift for the motherly figure in your life that can be proudly displayed on the walls. I reviewed a canvas late last year from Asda Photo and they really are amazing.

A mothers day cup and a card

Personalised Cards from £1.90
Make mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day, by creating and designing your own personalised card tailored specifically to her.

Personalised Mugs from £8.00
A personalised mug is a sure fire way to brighten up your mum’s morning. Choose from a range of designs to match her style and add her favourite photo.

Do you think your mum would like any of these things?

I was sent the Slate Photo Panel free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Five ‎scrumptious pancake recipes!

Get your frying pans at the ready as one my favourite days of the year is here! It's pancake day, hip, hip, hooray! 

Did you know that it is estimated that us Brits use a staggering 52 million eggs on Pancake Day, 22 million more than on a regular day!

Traditional pancakes using just flour, eggs and milk and topping with lemon juice and sugar are good but there are so many more options out there.

If you are looking for something a little different, here's some ideas:

Banana pancakes.

These delicious 2 ingredient banana pancakes are much healthier than your average pancake recipe and take only minutes to cook.

These light and fluffy Nutella pancakes are simply delicious and come drizzled in a smooth and creamy hot chocolate sauce. Adding booze to the sauce is optional but highly recommended for an extra treat!

A packed pancake that makes a delicious lunch or dinner meal.

American-style pancakes are usually made with buttermilk, but low fat Greek style yogurt does the job perfectly and you can serve any leftovers with the pancakes. These go brilliantly with a spoonful of rhubarb compote.

Kids and adults alike will love these super colourful pancakes, perfect for a celebratory breakfast or brunch. Stack them up and top with whipped cream, maple syrup and mixed berries.

Will you be eating pancakes today? What type and what will you be having on them?

Monday, 24 February 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 24th Feb - 1st March. #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan went surprisingly well considering our plans weren't set in stone and it was half term. We ate just about everything on the day I had planned. Hooray! On Saturday our plans changed and instead of eating out we just raided the freezer and had chicken nuggets, corn on the cob, onion rings and garlic bread.

After the faff on I had with Asda groceries I am back with shopping with Tesco and I don't know how or why but my weekly shop was a fair bit cheaper than I'd been paying with Asda. I signed up with Tesco's delivery pass which is more expensive than Asda's but after I had done my first shop in a while I got a £15 off voucher for a £90 plus shop which is brilliant because next week is the week where I buy all the things I don't buy every week like washing powder, cleaning stuff and toiletries and it usually comes to about £100. 

This week the kids are back to school and college and we will be back into a routine. It's pancake day on Tuesday and the kids are looking forward to it. I already have all the supplies in to fill my families bellies with pancakes and this year I remembered the lemon juice. hehehe

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Pie, mash & peas.
Tuesday - Pancakes!. 
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Corndogs and fries.
Sunday - A fry up. Sausages, bacon, hash browns, tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms and black pudding. 

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Driving in her car. #MySundaySnapshot

While we were out shopping in Hull on Monday Ellie, my youngest and her friend decided that it would be fun to have a ride in one of those kiddy cars. I am so surprised that they both didn't get stuck! I did try to tell them off but couldn't for laughing.