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Monday, 26 January 2015

National Chocolate Week, Rangemaster, Ruined Cake Pops, Chocolate Lollipops and err Me

I have one of the best cookers in the world, I have a rangemaster and it's one of the few things in my kitchen that I take pride in. Although, I do hate cleaning it and so I guess I don't take that much pride in it...

Anyhoo.

When Aga Rangemaster asked if I'd like to make some cake pops to celebrate both National Chocolate Week and Aga Rangemaster and they'd supply everything I needed I was like YES! As one thing I know I can make with my eyes closed is cake, especially if I use my right hand oven instead of the left hand oven (it runs a little hotter).

So the ingredients arrived and I made my cake as per the recipe that was sent to me.

And err forgot about it for a couple of days and it went all hard and horrid.

So I remade the cake.

And a cat ate it.

So I remade the cake.

And I burnt it.

So I remade the cake.

Look, basically after about the tenth time of remaking the cake I gave up. It seemed that the recipe and ingredients were against me and I just couldn't face it anymore. Plus I'd run out of flour and eggs.

And then for ages I didn't do anything about it and what seemed like everyday the children were asking me when they were going to get their cake pops. What could I do?

CHOCOLATE LOLLIES!

Yup, I just melted some chocolate, in a bowl over a pan of water (the old ways are the best ways) and then dripped the melted chocolate into a circle on some greaseproof paper.

I stuck in a lolly stick into each circle and got confused over how many I did (I thought I did eight, but counted seven when I put in the sticks in and recounted to make eight!), added some chocolate over the top of the stick so that the lolly stick wouldn't come free in the first bite and then decorated the circles with sprinkles before putting them in the fridge to set.

After about ten minutes I went to check the lollies. They weren't set.

I was starting to worry, surely these lollies weren't going to go the way of the cake pops?!

The next morning I checked again. Perfectly solid chocolate lollies. One of each kind for the children, Daddy and I.

Homemade Chocolate Lollipops

So there you go, we did get to celebrate National Chocolate week, just not during the actual week, or with cake pops!

I was sent the ingredients to make the cake pops but made chocolate lollies instead!
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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Family Savings - End of Week Four

I have to admit that when we started this Family Saving plan I didn't think we were going to do it. I didn't think that Top Ender and Big Boy were really selfless enough to give up their pocket money for a family treat, despite it being their idea, and I didn't think that we would get more than the £40 that we had planned to save.  And yet already we are ahead of our goal!

Our Piggy Bank with our increasing Savings

This week, Big Boy wanted to buy a new Skylander character to add to his ever increasing collection. He had £20 in his wallet and the character he needed was £15 and so he decided to add his £5 to the piggy bank. He voluntarily added £5! I had £15 in my wallet that I wasn't quite sure where it came from, so I added that to the piggy and suddenly our meal out at the end of the month is fast becoming a banquet!

So yesterday was the day we were supposed to see Big Boy add his fourth £2 to the pot and as he had already added £5 to the piggy bank, I figured that he wasn't going to add any more but he did and added an additional £2 meaning we were now at £69! I couldn't resist adding another £1 to the pot because I didn't want it to be uneven and I happened to have a £1 coin in my purse, we're up to a grand total of £70 with just one week to go until we're supposed to have completed our savings challenge.

I wonder if we could double the amount we hoped to save and have two family meals out?!

We were challenged to do this by Family Investments, we could win a family day out but we're just enjoying the challenge!
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Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Third Week of January

I'm quite liking this sum up of things I'm doing each week, for a start it's helping me to actually recognise that I do do something when the children are at School and also it's making me do some more "stuff" so that I have something decent to report back to you all!

THE SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY HAS HAD ME


Well, we didn't go for our walk on Sunday as we were busy watching the film Big Hero 6, it's an amazing film and I would suggest you book tickets to go and see it now because it is BRILLIANT! At Church, I did remember to do a quick Welcome to Primary drawing on the board, but it got wiped off before I could take a picture. The point is however that I did do it!

We got new socks and some tiny Easter Eggs in our Monday bags, which the children and I LOVED and because Daddy was here on Monday (he had the day off for his Birthday) he got to see us open the bags! It was fun having Daddy around for an extra day too, even though I didn't see much of him because I was busy decluttering and he was catching up with old work colleagues and friends.

My week was punctuated with School Governor meetings, doing the dishes, washing and catching up on other household chores. I swear my life is just one big party. There was a highlight though, on the Tuesday, the children and I were walking to School super early and we got to see the sunrise together. The children were amazed that we could see it from the top of our road, unlike during the summer.

Tuesday Morning Sunrise

The week did seem a little slow, but I did make some cakes and was really surprised at how this little bit of baking made me so happy. I'm going to have to start baking on a regular basis.

I went for a walk when BB went to Beavers. Couldn't see a thing and was freezing cold the entire time but, it didn't matter because a little exercise does a lot of good right?

I spent an awful lot of time on the computer this week, sorting out my plans for the Sharing Time at Church on Sunday. I made a cute little slideshow, but I can't really show it to you as it has pictures of the children from Primary in. I can't wait to see how the children react to it in Sharing time tomorrow.

And then Friday came. I had an odd Friday where I didn't seem to get anything done but a lot of jobs did get done!

THE SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY HAS HAD ME READ 0 BOOKS


Yup ZERO.

I just wasn't in a reading mood and instead of going to bed with a book like I had been over the last couple of weeks I've instead been going to bed with a hot water bottle and sleeping. I should be finishing up my 8th book today but as I was ahead of myself I guess it all works out in the end... at least it had better!

THE SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY HAS HAD ME CRAFTING


Bookmarks!

The children and I have been having crafting time together making different things to help them out with their topic work at School. I started making a few bookmarks whilst they were busy colouring various bits and pieces and so we decided that what we'd like to do was make some bookmarks for their teachers.

Crocodile Bookmark


THE SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY HAS HAD ME DE-CLUTTERING


My bedroom.

Again.

I started on the wardrobe in my bedroom, I pulled everything on the shelves out and put them on my bed. Poor Daddy was then called up half way through the session (just as the bedroom looked at it's worse) to sort out his clothes and luckily he agreed, we sorted out his clothes and I finished putting everything else away and now the wardrobe is tidy and neat and organised!

Now I just need to lose weight so that I can get rid of all my horrid fat clothes and get some nicer normal sized clothes. I think I'd like to have a capsule wardrobe.

I also decluttered the pot next to the cooker that holds all the cooking utensils. In the time it took the kettle to boil I was done and I gave the area a clean too.


So what have you been up to this week?
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Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Toshiba Telly

A few weeks ago whilst I was perusing Pinterest I found a brilliant idea for our Den. Well, rather I found a brilliant idea for how I would like our Den to be. Basically, I thought if we could move the game consoles from the Living Room to the Den, it would free up the TV and also allow the children a more relaxed area to game in AND I'd be in a better position to monitor what was going on. I showed the picture to Daddy, who thought it was a great idea, so much so that he told Top Ender and Big Boy that we were going ahead with it, before I had even decided that this was what I wanted!

At roughly the same time Toshiba got in contact with me and asked if I'd like to borrow one of their TV's over Christmas. Daddy and I didn't really need a new TV in the Living room, as after our TV caught fire in the Summer (the same weekend, our car ran out of petrol on the way home from my Birthday Meal out and our bed collapsed in the middle of the night!) we got a fairly snazzy one... however we did need one in the den so we could trial if having the game systems in the Den would work for us as a family!

So the TV was delivered. It was actually delivered the day I was so poorly that I couldn't even get out of bed so Daddy decided to install it in the Den for me. I was little worried that it was going to be too big for the Den, but as we used it with the PC, the games consoles and I curled up on the den sofa to watch back to back episodes of all seasons of Friends and the Harry Potter movies we realised that it wasn't too big... in fact it was the perfect size!

The Toshiba Telly in the Den

Daddy had a couple of weeks off over Christmas and so my usual spot of sitting on the PC between chores was taken up by Daddy, who was occasionally signing into work to check on emails and sort out a few little issues etc. Not all of the consoles were moved into the den (the Wii U stayed on the main TV because I use it for Wii fit and I need space to swing my arms about and the like) and so when I couldn't use the main TV I found that I ended up sitting in the den when the children weren't playing on the consoles that we had set up there.

If I wasn't using the PC, I would watch something on TV that the children weren't interested in or throw on a video (well DVD). I even managed to work out how to use the catch up services to watch a couple of shows I'd missed out on over the Christmas period. Even when the Missionaries came round for dinner, they had wanted to share a video with us and so I simply just ran Youtube on my phone and told the app to run the video on the Toshiba TV, much simpler than having to load up youtube on the TV and find the video to run. It was exactly as we had originally intended the den to be used and all I'd needed was a larger TV and one that was Smart too. Who knew?!

So now I'm saving up for a Toshiba L7 Smart TV in the den and I have a feeling the children and I are going to be fighting over who gets to use it when!

We were sent the TV and DVD player to play with over Christmas. We were also sent a hamper which had some cool mugs, some DVD's and the onesie which I took a picture of me wearing and told you all not to share all over the internet!
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Big Hero 6 - A Movie #Review #MeetBaymax

Daddy often jokes with me that he can't ever tell me anything because I always know it before him. For the most part this is true, although Daddy does often get the children and I to watch movie trailers for films that are coming out two or three years in the future so I don't know what he's complaining about. When he first showed us the teaser trailer for Big Hero 6 I was interested, but a little confused. I wasn't sure what the film would be about, but I did know that it was going to be fun.

I knew a fair bit about the plot of Big Hero 6 because of the trailers that Daddy had shown us and because of my own internet investigating and I knew that in the film the main character (Hero) has already suffered a lost, where his parents have died leaving him and his older brother in the care of their Aunt. There goes on to be a further loss when Hero's brother dies. The thing is, the film isn't actually all doom and gloom. There are a couple of rather brilliant moments where the film has been quite serious and suddenly the mood is lifted but in a way that is believable to the story and character developments.

Baymax holding the furry baby aka a cat © 2014 Disney

I'm so scared that I'm going to give away a major part of the plot that I'm scared to write any more of the story down, there are other websites available on the internet that will provide you with the full synopsis of the film if that is what you are interested in. What I will say is that Big Hero 6 is amazing and is going to be one of our families most loved films. Top Ender and Big Boy are both already requesting that we go to the cinema again to see it, although as it's not out until January 30th, they have a few days to wait!

Oh and I so want a Baymax for the family... he looks quite fun and rather handy to have around especially when you're hurt.


We were given tickets to see a premier of the film.
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