My Wife and the kids like cinnamon rolls. I wanted to make my own but I’m not any good at dough nor getting cinnamon sugar/paste to stick to it before wrapping it up, so I looked up other options for making cinnamon rolls. There were lots of recipes, but all seemed convoluted, so I experimented a bit and came with my own. This has all the ingredients of cinnamon rolls but is more of a cake. It’s easy to make, just three main stages and can be eaten warm or stored in an air tight container for a few days. It’s a great option for school cake sales or for taking to work for no reason other than cake is good Ingredients Main Cake 360g plain flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 200g caster sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 375ml semi skimmed milk 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 120g unsalted butter, […]
So, my first self written post on the Wife’s blog. I’m pretty sure you won’t want to read about servers or networks (the day job), nor will you probably want to see my modelling (although I don’t promise not to write about that) so all that leaves me really is the only other thing I’m good at; cooking and/or baking. So here goes. Tradition in our house on Boxing Day is that the left over turkey is diced, mixed with onions, leeks, spices and cream and cooked as a pie. This weekend Gloucester had a late kick off and the youngest asked for pie as pasties to take with us as a hot snack. I may be biased but it seemed to work. If you fancy making your own, here’s how… Ingredients: 1oz butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, diced 2 leeks, sliced 500g diced cooked […]
A little while ago Microscooters* gave Blokey and I a scooter each. I take mine everywhere, including on holiday to France recently. I’ve been using it an awful lot on the school run, but also for things like popping to Co-Op for milk. My scooter has been very useful, and extra helpful when my bad knee is playing up. My right leg and knee are a lot weaker than the left, only about 30% of the strength according to gym equipment with weights or other gym machines that can measure your strength. The idea was to have a scooter race on our wedding day, but after running a mile in heels my bad leg had given up on me. I cheated in that race, and stopped half way up the hill so I could limp back to the finish line. <more> So when we went to France recently I packed […]
The following review is in Blokey’s own words, and is all his own opinions. Jacamo specialises in clothes for the larger gentleman, be that larger as in tall, or larger as in “well built”. I fall into the latter category being a 5ft 10 inch, 100KG round person. I’ve been shopping at Jacamo for many years even when I weighed as much as 150KG and was obviously a lot bigger than I am now. Jacamo* is primarily an online purchase shopping experience. They have recently started to open stores (in the Midlands and in London) but none of these are local to me in the south west so I have to rely on their distant shopping experience. This means everything is purchased via their easy to use website, and delivered by a local courier company. The website is very simple to navigate, with the clothing line split into categories and each […]
Over the weekend we were lucky enough to go to Livestock Longdon festival. This is only it’s second year, but I’d only heard good things from last year so I was excited to go. Everywhere we drove in Gloucestershire recently we would see the advertising boards, and being an 80’s kid seeing Jason Donovan and Chesney Hawkes would be playing near home made me want to go even more. My lads have never been to a festival, and Livestock being local and small makes it a logical first festival in my opinion. Also I kept reading it was family friendly. During the day time there were scheduled activities, like arts and crafts with Daisy the Fairy, a lady came in with snakes and lizards, bouncy castles, pony rides, a climbing wall, rugby tykes coaching skills, fairground rides, science sessions and more. For grown ups there was plenty of beverage […]
On the 8th of July I lost a friend. He had been in my life for 13 years, since he was a much smaller fluffy baby bunny. He came in to our family when my son Dee was a baby, and I remember trying to house train him, and not exactly achieving it. I loved him as family, he wasn’t just a “pet”, he wasn’t an object or possession, he was my friend. On the 8th of July we went to the vets, and the vet agreed that Patch had lost quality of life and a decision was made. I spoke to him on the way out, kissed him on the nose, and held his paw. The nurse left in tears, and the vet wasn’t far off either – I held it together until I was outside and then I was a wreck. Towards the end of June Patch had […]
Recently Love The Sales got in touch, and I had a gander around their website. Impressed! Being a tall girl I struggle with finding things that fit, normally if online clothing shops do have a tall range it’s only a few items, and it takes AGES to hunt for something I like. It’s a website that pools together discounted products from other websites, so you can find brands you like at better prices. What’s not to like? The best thing I did on Love the Sales was search the word “tall” in the box in the top corner – Pandora’s box was opened, it was now only showing me lanky lass clothes. Then on the left sidebar I selected my clothing size, like magic I’m only seeing things in the tall ranges of several stores, just in the 2 sizes I usually buy from and if you then sort it […]
Nope, this isn’t going to be a soppy, lovey dovey post. But there will be photos. We had a non traditional wedding, and I’m going to list the quirky bits, the me bits. First up we didn’t go all bridezilla and crazy, things were booked fast then not worried about until just before the big day. There is no point stressing and almost needing a divorce before you’re even hitched. Luckily neither of us are religious so that cut down on “rules” and traditions. We only informed family about a fortnight before the wedding, we invited just immediate family, a bridesmaid for me, a best man for him. One exception to the “family only” invites was our pal Kevin and his wife Lynn. I married him because I love him, because he’s a freak that makes me giggle, because he keeps me sane (mostly) and for lots of other little […]
A long long time ago, in a lifetime that feels far far away, I used to smoke. It was 14 and a half years ago when I quit. For advice on quitting cigarettes please Click Here. I had been smoking for years, from before I was even old enough to buy tobacco myself. I had tried several times to quit and never succeeded. I smoked at first to try to “be cool” and fit in, then it became a way to cope with the stress in my teen years. I was still smoking when I met Blokey, but he was also a smoker so he didn’t exactly encourage me to quit! We made each worse I think, when you see someone else light up it was harder to ignore the urge. Occasionally I smoked because I wanted to, but in honesty the majority of fags were sparked up by addiction. We […]
I don’t know about you folks, but I know that I drink way too much coffee and not enough water. To me water is boring, I don’t like it. Since I moved to Gloucestershire I’ve not liked the taste, it’s just not like Cornish water. Two days before my wedding the kids and I popped up towards the capital to the WWT London in Barnes as guests of Robinsons. There was a serious talk for the grown ups, whilst the children all went outside with WWT staff to play. Dee wasn’t “feeling it” at all this day and was on the verge of losing his marbles – he doesn’t fit too well with young children, I think he prefers the company of adults. Luckily though there were coasters – lots of them, so he kept making card houses to knock down.
A little while ago I was sent the Triop World kit from Interplay for the children to review. Despite often being found in the toys and games sections of shops, Triops are not toys – they are real life pets. The cool thing is they are prehistoric, almost unchanged since the time of dinosaurs and swamps. I though Dee would be all over this kit, but he said he was too old for it, he’s 13 though. Jen didn’t need to be asked twice if he wanted to hatch some pet triops with me. To start them hatching you need to have a lot of hours of daylight and have the water around 20 degrees Celsius. Also you can’t fill the tank with tap water, it will kill the eggs before they even hatch. They like it old fashioned – rain water or spring water only. Lucky for us we […]
Have you ever noticed just how stressful it is travelling as a family? If you’re travelling alone or even as a couple, at least you only have to worry about your own commitments, but when kids are involved it makes the whole process of booking a holiday far more difficult. First of all, you have to try time everything with school holidays (unless your family are too young for school yet, or you home educate) which brings all of your costs up, and then you have to look for places that are packed with things to do so you don’t have to worry about them being bored. With all of this in mind, I thought I’d write a quick post today on travelling with a family.