Tuesday 28 February 2023

When my youngest applied for college.

When Becky applied for college I did most of the form filling as when she applied we were still living in Northumberland so it made sense for me to do everything as it took a lot of planning as she wouldn't be going to the open days or having an interview along with all the other school leavers because by the time we had moved house to Scunthorpe the college was shut for the summer. It all worked out well, she had an interview during the summer holidays and started along with everyone else in September.

My youngest girls school photo

Ellie is leaving school in June, after her GCSE exams and will be starting college in September. Eek! I still can't get my head around the fact my baby is growing up. Things have been a little different with her applying for college.

One day at school Ellie and her friend decided to take it upon themselves to apply for college. I wasn't happy. We had a quick look at the courses over the previous months of courses that she might want to study but she hadn't decided on anything. She said she had filled the forms in properly but had given them her phone number and her school email address.

I was going to give it until the end of February to chase things up but Ellie actually got an email at the start of February inviting her for an interview. She had to email back to confirm that she would be attending and I took that chance to take control. I know Ellie is getting older and has to stand on her own two feet but I know from Becky applying to college that there is a lot of paperwork to do, forms to fill in, finance and uniform to sort and lots of other things. A lot of it Ellie would need my help with anyway so it makes sense to use my email, plus when she leaves school she won't have access to her school email.

 I also found out what course she had applied for, an Electrical Engineering one which looking at it seems the best one for her. I am so glad she chose well.

This qualification has been developed to provide learners with an intermediate knowledge and understanding of the practices and processes of engineering technology. It covers knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to a wide variety of careers and study routes and take a hands on approach to basic engineering training

Ellie and I have had words, she now understands that she needs to talk things through with Stu and I before she decides on big things like this by herself. Thankfully it all worked out OK, this time.

Ellie is excited and I am excited for her. A couple of days after we confirmed that she would be going for her interview she received a little package from the college with a pencil case, a pen, a highlighter and a Freddo bar. 

Have you got kids going to college? What will they be studying?

Monday 27 February 2023

Our weekly meal plan! 27th Feb - 5th March. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Oh! Look at that, we're into March this week. January seemed to last forever and February was one of those blink and you missed it months.

The positives from last weeks meal plan was that nearly all of the building work in the living room is done, Ellie's bedroom has been decorated and a new carpet was put down and we ate, just not what I had planned. We ate 3 of the 7 meals. lol We ended up getting a Chinese takeaway on Monday as we were busy tidying up and cleaning after the builders had finished working. Of course we ate the pancakes and then got back on plan over the weekend. It got to Friday night and Stu and I decided we needed a break so we went for a meal out and left the kids at home.

I don't have much on this week, it's going to be nice to have a break after having Ellie home for half term a couple of weeks ago and then last week having Stu home and all of the building and DIY work done. I might actually get the house back in some sort of order.

This week is going to be a week making do and eating out of the freezer and cupboards because by the time I realised that it was Thursday and time to order the food shop it was late on and I didn't have chance to plan what we were eating.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Some sort of casserole, I have plenty of veg in the freezer and no doubt some meat. 
Tuesday - The Mini tomato glazed meatloaves with mashed potato and carrots that we didn't have last week. 
Wednesday - Chicken dippers in wraps with salad and potato wedges.
Thursday - Vegetable fingers (like fish fingers but with just vegetables and BBQ pasta which is just pasta coated in mayo and BBQ sauce. I will add some peas and sweetcorn to it.
Friday - Fish, chips and mushy peas.
Saturday - Pizza.
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday 26 February 2023

An orange sky! #MySundaySnapshot

I am loving that the evenings are lighter for longer and we have been having some fantastic sunsets lately. This one was on Sunday night, I was quite happily sat in the living room and my family kept telling me to come and look at the sky. I gave in and I am glad I did. I watched it turn from pink to orange and of course had to take some photos.

Orange sky

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Saturday 25 February 2023

A photo every day for a year! 18th - 24th February. Week 8 of #Project365

 I will be glad when Tuesday comes around and Stu is back at work, I need a break. lol I had Ellie at home last week for half term and this past week Stu has been off work and we've been so busy doing things around the house. The insulation has been put up in the living room and Ellie's bedroom is just about decorated. We know now we took too much on in one week, I am past the point of being stressed and I am at the stage now where the chaos is not bothering me. I am sure it will all be sorted by the time Stu goes back to work on Tuesday.

Now for a photo every day!

My youngest tidying her room and Hamilton
Before the work started in the living room
Most of the work finished in the living room
Space wallpaper and mini eggs
Everything from my youngest girls bedroom in my bedroom

49/365 - 18th February
I had been telling Ellie all week that she needed to sort her bedroom, pack everything up so her dad could clear it ready for decorating. She got halfway through and said she was done, nope! It was a big I told you so moment, I'd like to hope in future she'll listen to me when I suggest an easier way to do do something.

50/365 - 19th February
We had a day of watching musicals. The Greatest Showman and Evita. We were then going to watch Les Mis but I couldn't find it for free on any of the TV things that we have so Ellie convinced me to watch Hamilton! It's so good, I now understand all the hype about it.

51/365 - 20th February
Just as the work started on the living room wall. We were getting insulated plasterboards put up as the wall has no insulation and it's so cold.

52/365 - 21st February
All the boards were up and stuck in place. The last one above the window had to be held up with poles. It's already so much warmer in here.

53/365 - 22nd February
Work started on Ellie's bedroom. She always picks the hardest wallpaper to hang. It does look pretty cool though, she is happy with it and that is all that matters.

54/365 - 23rd February
It's that time of year! Mini Eggs! Yum, yum! I was going to get a bigger bag but they had sold out. Hmmf.

55/365 - 24th February
I am trying to ignore the chaos. The contents of Ellie's room is in my bedroom so we can put the new carpet down.

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Friday 24 February 2023

This week my Word of the Week is: Work! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is: 


What a week we have had. In my meal plan blog post I said it was going to be a crazy, stressful week and I would say it has been just that. It has been easier with Stu here, he has had a weeks holiday from work. 

I can't even remember what we did last weekend as it seems so long ago but the builders arrived on Monday to start work in the living room. Our living room is cold and the front wall is icy cold, we have no insulation on it as there isn't a cavity so the landlord suggested putting some insulated plaster board on the inside. It seemed a straightforward job, take the skirting board off, the coving at the top of the wall and the radiator then put the boards up using this sticky plaster stuff and that was it. hahaha There was so more to it!

When the skirting board came off so did some of the plaster exposing the brick wall, there was woodworm in the skirting board, there was no thing to drain the radiator so they just lifted it off the wall and tied it up so it wouldn't fall or bend the pipes and one of the floorboards was nearly rotten. The plasterboards had to be cut exact and around the window which took a lot of work and by the end of Monday the sides of the window were done, behind the radiator and there was just one piece to go above the window. 

Despite the whole wall not being finished it did actually feel warmer in here on Monday night. We only put the heating on to check the radiator was fine after being moved. On Tuesday the builders were back to finish the work, by lunchtime the boards were stuck in place with the one about the window held up with poles which we were told not to move. Eek! They came back on Wednesday and checked their work and took the poles away and everything stayed in place. Since then we've not had the heating on as it's been warm enough and we noticed on Wednesday when the bin men came we hardly heard them, it turns out it has sound proofed the room to.

I would love to say that the living room is finished but there is still work to do. Around the window needs plasterboard on, the gaps between the boards need filling in and the skirting board and coving need to be put back up. It should be done by the end of next week.

On Wednesday after Stu had put the carpet back down in the living room he got to work decorating Ellie's bedroom which worked out perfectly as he took Ellie's bed down and she slept in Becky's bed while she was doing her night shifts. Stu was cursing Ellie, why does she have to pick the hardest, patterned wallpaper to put up. hehehe. As I write this yesterday afternoon Stu is back upstairs finishing off the wallpaper.

Becky had an extra few hours at work on Tuesday for some fire safety training. Everyone was doing it and she said it was actually quite fun. She got to use a fire extinguisher to put out a real fire, it was just in a barrel but it was fire all the same. At least now she feels confident she would know what to do if a fire broke out in the care home.

We were at the hospital yesterday morning for a check on Ellie's hearing aids. It was just to check how she is getting on with them, how they're working for her and I think to make sure she was looking after them. The guy we saw was very impressed and did all of the checks and said she will have one more appointment next year and then she will be discharged and it's up to her to go back to them if she has a problem. It seems like such a big thing as when Ellie was a baby we were there every 3 months for a hearing test until she was about 3 years old and then 6 months until she was about 6 years old and then every year since. It will be the end of an era.

I hope you have all had a good week?

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Thursday 23 February 2023

Seven ways to reduce your families energy bill!

74% of parents are worried about paying for gas and electricity according to a recent survey. I know it's true for me, I have spent the last few months worrying about our gas and electric bills. We pay our bills quarterly when they are issued. We're supposed to have smart meters in but the electric one doesn't work, it broke down before the first Covid lockdown and they're in no rush to replace it and the gas one does take monthly readings but only shows them when the bill is issued.

Over the colder months I have been doing all I can to save money and not use as much energy. Our old gas fire was condemned and we had an electric one put in which is hopeless but my dad did give me a oil heater which has been amazing! It is fab to warm the living room when it's just me in instead of putting the central heating on and heating the whole house.

Plug socket

Here are 7 ways to reduce your energy bill!

1. Invest in hot teddies.

While it’s common knowledge switching on the heating regularly can cause bills to surge it can be tempting to give in as temperatures drop. Hot water bottles can be a great option for keeping the whole family warm, I fill mine most days, sometimes twice a day and have it behind me while I am sat on my armchair. They are great for heating up beds before bedtime but one smarter option for parents is hot water bottle teddies, or microwaveable hot teddies. Younger children are sure to embrace snuggling up with a cute cuddly toy which will keep them warm and stop any complaints. Alongside this, hot teddies can be a safer option compared to traditional hot water bottles.

2. Switch to cheaper cooking appliances.

When it comes to the cost of cooking our food, the methods we use can make a big difference. Slow cookers are great to cut the cost of cooking and it’s great news for families as these appliances are often perfect for family staples. Spaghetti Bolognese, Chili Con Carne, curries and other sauce based dishes are perfect for a slow cooker. You can see my five favourite slow cooker recipes here! Also you can always make a couple of extra portions to freeze and then it saves cooking another meal from scratch. 

An air fryer can cut the costs of popular options like peri peri chicken, fish and chips and even lasagne! There’s an abundance of inventive recipes for both of these appliances, so it’s well worth considering investing in one and cutting down on the use of your oven and hob. Katy Kicker is the queen of using an air fryer and has a bazillion recipes.

3. Be smart with food prep.

Many parents are often rushed off their feet, so when it comes to cooking it’s no wonder we often don’t give a second thought to how we’re prepping food. However, some slight changes to the way family meals are prepared could actually save money on bills.

When cooking, consider chopping ingredients smaller as this will reduce the time it takes to cook, reduce the amount of energy needed and thus lower your bill! Another smart hack to reduce energy usage when cooking is to soak some ingredients beforehand. Certain pulses will benefit from this such as beans, lentils and chickpeas resulting in faster cooking times and less energy consumed. 

Alongside this freezing food and ingredients can be a great option to save money but when it comes to defrosting, remember to always leave enough time for food to thaw naturally reducing the need for a microwave and using more energy. 

4. Be mindful of bath time.

While it’s well known that showers are more energy efficient, baths are often preferred by children to showers. But the great news is that there’s innovative products designed to cut down on water usage, and keep children safe. 

Bath buoys and bath dams work to close off your tub and allow for a smaller area of water when bathing your child. These can be great options to cut down on heating and water usage, with some cutting down a whopping 56 litres of water.

If you can convince your child to shower, it’s well worth investing in a shower timer to ensure they don’t hang around for too long. Many come in fun and friendly designs which can encourage kids to use them. Alternatively, for older children, ask them to pick a couple of their favourite songs and aim to shower before they end!

5. Set challenges and rewards.

Rewards are a great way to encourage good behaviour in your children and allow them to learn. Rewards are often used in childcare and education so why not apply this approach when it comes to energy usage?

Educating your children on the effects of our energy use and setting them challenges to use less can not only save you money but also be a great learning tool. Why not consider allowing children rewards for simple tasks such as remembering to turn lights off, switching appliances off at the plug or limiting time in the shower. 

6. Use timers for lights and other electricals.

Parents often lead busy lives, and so sometimes it can be tricky to remember all the small tasks when running a family household. Timer switches can be a great option to ensure lights and other appliances are switched off on time. 

Many will be familiar with the traditional dial timer plugs, but you can also buy options which connect to your wifi for extra ease. Connected apps allow you to turn on and off electricals whether you’re simply too tired to get up or you’ve only remembered after leaving home. You can even set a schedule for when you’d like your electricals on, meaning you don’t have to worry about nagging children to switch products off. 

7. Take time away from screens.

In today’s digital world, it’s estimated children spend 17 hours a week in front of a screen. While this is not only bad for their health, it’s driving up energy usage in family homes.

A great way to cut energy consumption is to focus on time spent outdoors as a family. Children who cut down on screen time are proven to have improved attention spans, empathy and behaviour. Some great options for outdoor family activities in walks, treasure hunts and time capsules. And if you want to also cut the costs of your food bill why not try foraging or growing your own food?

How have you been trying to reduce your energy bill?

Wednesday 22 February 2023

(Ad - Gifted) After the Rain Bath Salts from ARRAN Sense of Scotland!

I love nothing more than a soak in the bath after a busy day, usually I just have bubbles in the bath or sometimes a bath bomb but bath salts is something I rarely use for no reason apart from I have never found any that I love until now! Recently I was sent some to try from ARRAN Sense of Scotland.

After the Rain Bath Salts from ARRAN Sense of Scotland

Boutique bath, body and home care brand ARRAN Sense of Scotland has just launched a new addition to its iconic After the Rain collection, the After the Rain Bath Salts.

After the Rain is a timeless floral and citrus fragrance containing a burst of lime, a hint of rose and warming notes of sandalwood along with greenery, herbal shrubs, cedar wood and moss. Crafted by the brand’s expert perfumers to emulate the unique fragrance of an Arran garden after a rain shower.

A carefully crafted blend of natural sea salt and magnesium rich Epsom salt, After the Rain Bath Salts are also rich in potassium, iron and calcium to support skin health.

After the Rain Bath Salts

Add 1 or 2 handfuls of bath salts to your bath while the hot water is running and soak for at least 20 minutes to allow the mineral formulation to soothe your muscles whilst the fragrance washes over you to relax your mind.

Up until now I hadn't found any bath salts which I liked, some would never dissolve properly or the scent just wouldn't be right but the After the Rain bath salts are just fantastic. Getting in a bath including them is like stepping into a little bit of luxury. Soaking in them makes me body feel relaxed and rejuvenated and they smell just amazing, the mixture of floral and citrus scents go so well together. The whole bathroom smelled so good after I had a soak in the bath and my skin felt so soft.

With Mother's Day coming up next month these bath salts might be something to think about. The After the Rain Bath Salts cost £16.00 which might seem a little on the steep side but I would say they are well worth the money for a little bit of luxury. 

Do you like to use bath salts?

I was sent the After the Rain Bath Salts from ARRAN Sense of Scotland free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday 21 February 2023

I had a bit of the January blues.

I wrote this at the beginning of this month, it's not a pity party, I just wanted to share a bit of my real life and how sometimes it is easy to look happy on the outside but not so good on the inside. I am feeling much better now but wrote this when I wasn't feeling as good. I really am OK now and back to my normal self, no need to worry!

Dark cloud

I started the year off really positively, decorating the bathroom and making plans but then things went downhill. I had the whole hoo-ha with the doctors and getting my implant replaced and I had almost a week of not being able to do much and that really knocked me.

I have had a few of weeks of feeling like rubbish. It makes me chuckle to myself that I can tell when I am feeling down because I shy away from Instagram. There were 5 days between photos at one point, usually I post at least one a day. I forced myself to do the Hedwig Lego set and I wouldn't say it it brought me out of my mood but it did help. It gave me some motivation. 

Putting HP Lego together and cookies

I would say the majority of me feeling down has been brought on by myself. I really haven't helped myself get out of the rut I have got into. I have been staying up far too late and not getting enough sleep. When I don't get enough sleep I always get a headache which I've had and I have been feeling anxious which means that I haven't been eating properly during the day. By the time I think about getting something to eat it has been coming on for 3pm and then I think I will just have a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar to see me over until tea time. Being anxious means that I can't concentrate and I have been thinking the worst about everything. I've not been exercising which has made me feel rubbish about myself and I have only been going out when I really have to. 

I know what I should be doing to look after myself but sometimes it's hard, really hard. I am doing the bare minimum to keep up the facade of being OK. I am eating with my family, keeping the house tidy, keeping the blog posts coming and putting on a smile when I need to.

I wouldn't say I am depressed, I am just having a down time. The drama at the doctors really took it out of me physically and mentally. I have a real fear of doctors and it is taking me some time to bounce back. I have turned a corner over the last couple of days. When I am feeling down I like to buy things and that makes me feel better. I know it's not an ideal solution but I ordered things for the garden, cake to come with the shopping and I have been planning the holiday we're having at the end of the summer.

Life sometimes is rubbish for no real reason.

Monday 20 February 2023

Our weekly meal plan! 20th - 26th February. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went surprisingly well considering it was half term. We ate everything apart from the beef nachos on Saturday as the kids wanted to make their own pizzas.

The Asda Valentine day meal deal was nice. We had roasted mushroom arancini hearts and garlic bread for starters, Vegan Wellington, creamy mash and chantenay carrots with Yuzu & Lime for the main. The wellington was just OK, it tasted rubbery but the mushroom and pastry part was good and we had Belgian chocolate raspberry hearts for dessert. It wasn't the best Valentine's supermarket meal we've ever had but it was something different.

This week is going to be busy. We have builders in putting insulated plasterboards on the living room wall which sounds easy but the radiator has to be taken off, the light switch moved and who knows what they're going to do with the coving around the top. Thankfully Stu is off work so he can deal with them as well as decorating Ellie's bedroom. I think that is going to be a big job as to be able to decorate he has to take her bed down as her bedroom is so small. I have a feeling it's going to be a crazy, stressful week! I might just hide out in the kitchen.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Chicken casserole, dumplings and mashed potato. 
Tuesday - Pancakes!! Savoury one's if I can convince the kids but we'll probably just end up having sweet one's. Lemon and Golden syrup are my toppings of choice.
WednesdayMini tomato glazed meatloaves with mashed potato and carrots. We love meatloaf but the big loaf size one's always seem such an faff to make, I am seeing how I go with smaller one's.
ThursdayChinese chicken and sweetcorn soup which is a new recipe for me. We all love chicken and sweetcorn soup but I've never tried making it before.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Burgers in buns with fries.
Sunday - We are planning to go to the pub to watch Newcastle in the final of the Carabao Cup so will have something to eat when we're there.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday 19 February 2023

A mess in the kitchen! #MySundaySnapshot

I would love to be one of those people who can cook or bake in the kitchen and keep everything organised and tidy but nope, whenever I do anything in the kitchen it ends in chaos and a right mess. lol

A mess in the kitchen

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Saturday 18 February 2023

A photo every day for a year! 11th - 17th February. Week 7 of #Project365

This past week has flown over, mostly because it was half term and partly because I feel like I haven't stopped. Ellie has kept me busy and I've returned the favour and had her helping me around the house. hehehe It's been nice and we have fitted in plenty of fun. We've had a couple of lie in's, the kids had a trip to the cinema while I did some baking and we've found time to watch some movies at home. 

Stu finishes work tonight for a week, hooray! He's not going to get much of a break as he's decorating Ellie's bedroom, we have builders coming to do some work and he wants to sort the garage out.

Now for a photo every day!

Peppermint juice and green shoots in the garden
New pj's and Valentine's day gifts
My youngest cleaning out the cupboard and cookies
A blank blog post

42/365 - 11th February
I am obsessed with anything peppermint so thought I would try the Schweppes peppermint flavour cordial. I don't know what I was expecting but this was not to my taste. It tasted like watered down mouthwash.

43/365 - 12th February
This is a sign that I need to sort the garden and clear the dried out weeds. There are green shoots coming through, they're my daffodils, they come through in the same spot every year. It was a job I was meant to do this week but never got around to.

44/365 - 13th February
We went to town to open Ellie a bank account and we of course had a look around Primark where I got some new pj's. I've got this type in different colours and characters, they are fleecy but not too fleecy that I end up being too warm on a night.

45/365 - 14th February
Ellie was very excited for Valentine's day. It's the first year she's had a proper boyfriend and they swapped cards and gifts. She got a lovely card and an adorable teddy bear.

46/365 - 15th February
I got on with decluttering and sorting out the kitchen cupboards with a little helper who turned out being a massive help. I hate the cupboard in the corner as it goes so far back, Ellie was great for reaching in and getting everything out.

47/365 - 16th February
I made some melting moment biscuits. I haven't made them since I was at school so they felt like a real blast from the past. They turned out so well and everyone loved them.

48/365 - 17th February
This photo is the epitome of laziness. I sat down to write this blog post and realised that I hadn't taken a photo yet for today so I took one of the blank blog post. lol

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Friday 17 February 2023

This week my Word of the Week is: Half Term! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

Half term

I feel so late in writing this blog post, I usually get it written on a Thursday morning but here I am at almost 4pm and I have just started it. I know in the grand scheme of things it's not late but it feels it for me. This week has been busy and I have really enjoyed it although I feel like I could do with another week to recover from half term.

Ellie realised this week was her last ever half term at secondary school. By the next one in May she will have left school and be in the middle of doing her GCSE's. Eek! It really doesn't seem that long.

On Monday we went to town to open Ellie a bank account. We have been trying to with Stu's bank since the summer and they have really messed us about, telling us to do it online via a video call but then having no convenient times so we thought stuff them and went with my bank, it was all done within half an hour, in the branch and Ellie is now patiently waiting for her bank card. We had breakfast out and a mooch around town which was nice. 

It was of course Valentine's day on Tuesday. I didn't expect Stu to buy me any flowers as he was on the long shift at work so I bought my own and it turns out he nipped out in his lunch break and got me some and then got told off by all the ladies at his work for putting them in his locker. hehehe They were moved to a jug and survived the trip home, they were beautiful!

Valentine's day flowers

Ellie made plans to spend some time with her boyfriend and they bought each other gifts. Ellie came home with a cute teddy and a card. Ahh, young love! hehehe Stu and I enjoyed a Asda Valentine's meal deal which was nice, not amazing but it was something different.

We had another busy day on Wednesday. I decluttered and sorted out all of the kitchen cupboards. Now no one knows where to find anything and Ellie and Becky went through all of the memory boxes of everything that I have kept from them both being born and put everything into bigger boxes. They were on for hours just looking at everything and remembering random things. Seeing their first baby clothes was so strange, it is hard to imagine these girls, one who is taller than me and the other who is an inch or so shorter than me could ever fit into those small baby grows.

I thought I was going to have a nice chilled day yesterday but ended up catching up on the housework and doing a bit of baking while the kids went to the cinema to see the new Puss in Boots film which they said was brilliant and so funny. I was in two minds about going with them but I wanted some peace at home.

We are supposed to be going to see my dad today but I am waiting in for a shelf to be delivered. It was supposed to be wallpaper and a shelf but I paid and ordered the wallpaper and then they turned around and said it's been damaged so it can't be sent. I really expected more from B&Q! I am waiting for a refund and have ended up buying the same wallpaper for £4 less a roll off Ebay. lol I did think about using Ebay to start with but thought B&Q would be more reliable. Ugh.

Next week Stu is off work and he is going to be decorating Ellie's bedroom and we also have the landlord overseeing some building work. We're getting a extra layer of insulated plasterboard put on the living room wall at the front as it is so cold in here. Apparently it's not a big job but the radiator has to be taken off, the light switch pulled through to the new wall and who knows what's going to happen with the coving at the top of the wall. I am tempted to go out and tell them to ring when it's finished.

I hope you have all had a good week?

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Thursday 16 February 2023

Savoury Crepes - Recipe!

Pancake day is coming and it is one of our favourite days of the year for food. We usually just stick to sweet one's but that is only because I have never really thought about savoury one's until now.

Pancakes and crepes look almost identical and are made in the same way but pancakes are much thicker than the very thin, lacy French crepe. 

Made with just four base ingredients, these savoury crêpes are ready to be filled with whatever you can find in the fridge: cheese, ham, mushrooms, tomatoes or even a fried egg! I think these are a great thing to make at the end of a week before a shopping trip when you want to use up random leftovers in the fridge.

Savoury Crepes

This recipe makes 6 crepes.
Prep time: 5 mins / Cook time: 30 minutes

2 large eggs.
200ml of milk.
120g of plain flour.
Butter for greasing pan.

Fillings: grated cheese and ham (torn into pieces) / grated cheese and mushrooms which are sliced and pan fried in butter but these crepes can be made with any filling of your choice! Onions, peppers, tomatoes, chicken and even vegetables.

A large mixing bowl.
A whisk or fork.
A small ladle or tablespoon.
A pancake/Crepe pan or large frying pan.
A spatula.


In the large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk and flour with the whisk to form a runny batter. 

Place your pan over medium heat and grease lightly with butter before spooning in about 2-3 tbsp of batter and swilling it around to form a thin, even crepe.

Return the pan to the heat and leave to cook for 30 seconds, then using the spatula, or flipping if you feel confident to, flip the crepe over and cook the other side for a further 30 seconds. 

Place the crepe on a plate and repeat steps 2 and 3 until all of the batter has been used, stacking them up as you go.
To fill, take one of the crepes, place it back in the pan and sprinkle with grated cheese and ham/mushrooms. Leave for 30 seconds, then fold the crêpe in half and then half again to create a quarter fold. Flip the whole thing over to brown the other side lightly and ensure all the cheese has melted, then serve.

Last year I shared a recipe for Banana Lava Pancakes which my family have had several times and we all love them.
This recipe is from the Easy Peasy Baking campaign, launched by UK Flour Millers, making baking simple. You can find more Easy Peasy Baking recipes and information on the campaign over on the Fab Flour website.

Wednesday 15 February 2023

The Harry Potter Hedwig Lego set - Review!

I got the Harry Potter Hedwig Lego set a while ago and never got around to putting it together until the start of this year.

Bring the magical personality and elegant movement of Hedwig, the celebrated snowy owl from the Harry Potter movies, to life. The collectible LEGO Harry Potter Hedwig display toy offers a rewarding building experience and looks magnificent on show. The 630 piece set suitable for children aged 10 years plus.

Harry Potter Hedwig Lego box

When I opened the box I thought it will only take a couple of hours to put together, I was so wrong. lol The last time I did anything with Lego was when the kids were much younger and their Lego sets had a lot less parts. When I was a child I had Lego but no real sets, I just built what I wanted with the blocks that I had. This set came with 4 bags of Lego, pack one being the base, the 2 pack being the body of Hedwig, 3 mostly being the wings and 4 everything else that was left.

Lego parts

Building the base and body of Hedwig was pretty straightforward and what I did notice was the little handle, I had no idea that the wings on Hedwig would move until I was building. Turning the handle operates a mechanism that drives Hedwig's wings up and down.

Base and body of Hedwig Lego set

I found it a challenge to put the wings together and on. I had them on upside down and the wrong way around at one point but I eventually got them right. It wasn't looking much like an owl until I got further into the build and started adding things to the wings. The detail is really amazing and it looks so realistic.

Building Hedwig Lego
Lego Hedwig Wings

The finished Lego Hedwig really is stunning! It was well worth the effort that it took to put it together! The instructions are easy to follow but there was a few parts where I really had to study them to figure out where parts went. It took me about 3 and a half hours to put together, I did it over a few days. It measures 
20 cm (7.8”) from beak to tail and 17 cm (6.7”) tall and looks really realistic. I love that the wings move, that is a really nice addition.

Lego Hedwig put together

This is a great set for any Harry Potter fan! I love it, I now have it on a shelf in my living room as I am so proud of it!

I paid about £29.99 for it a while ago when it was on sale but I have since seen it on Amazon for just over £30.00.

Do you like building Lego sets?

Tuesday 14 February 2023

Our House Rules.

Here we are another month of linking up with the Not Just A Mom ladies and this month's prompts is: House Rules!


I racked my brain trying to think up the rules that we have in our house and to be honest there are not that many. Most of the rules fall under the common sense category like shut doors when you leave a room to keep the heat in especially during the colder months, make sure you flush the toilet, wash the bath out after you've used it, shoes off at the front door, scrape your plate when you've finished eating and if you're the last one in or out of the house lock the door.

I try to keep us organised as a family and we will always prepare as much as we can the night before school or work. Sunday's are always fun. Baths, ironing uniforms, making packed lunches and things like that. It's the rule that everything is done before we sit down on an evening to relax.

I think the biggest rule I have with my girls that they always try to break and bend is that there is no food or drinks upstairs. The only exception is that they can take a bottle of water up to bed. The amount of times I have caught them trying to take a bottle of coca cola, fizzy pop or even juice upstairs is unreal.

Most of the rules that we have in our house revolve around my girls. They're 20 and 15 years old so I have to make rules to keep them safe and make our home run smoothly. I think I am a pretty relaxed parent when it comes to rules. I tend to say yes to more things than I say no to. A few years ago my girls wanted to dye their hair so we compromised, only during the summer holidays and only the ends of their hair. I find that compromise is a big part of parenting a teenager and young adult.

My girls with dyed hair

I think the biggest rules we have are about mobile phones. Ellie does not take her mobile phone to bed with her. I really don't want her texting, looking at social media or scrolling through TikTok when she's supposed to be sleeping. The same rule used to apply to Becky but she's old enough to know better now. If she wants to spend her night looking at her phone she'll be tired in the morning. We stay off our mobile phones when we're eating or spending time as a family and if the girls go out their volume has to be turned up. I don't know what it is about the youth of today who always have their phone on silent. 

Both of my girls know the rules about social media. Don't add people that you don't know in real life, don't send photos you wouldn't want your Grandad to see, hehehe, don't give out personal information and don't buy things off unreliable websites. Becky learned that lesson the hard way when she ordered some clothes and it was a dodgy website who were going to just take her money without sending anything until I stepped in to help her get her money back.

If the girls go out I need to know where they're going, who with, when they will be home and how they are getting home. I always like to know who they are with, I don't like them going out with friends which I have never met. They are pretty good at staying in touch when they are out. Ellie has been grounded a few times for going further afield than she should and then losing track of time.

What rules do you have for your teenagers or young adults?

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