A Mothers Ramblings: August 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dinner at Zizzi - #Review

One of the great things about living in Milton Keynes is that there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from. One that I've often walked past and thought would be a good place to go when I didn't have the children with me was Zizzi. To me, it looks like a grown up restaurant and the last time I took a child to a posh Italian restaurant, the chef looked at me pityingly because my daughter (who was three at the time) wanted cheap pasta and sauce instead of the delicious fresh pasta he was producing. So hearing that they (Zizzi) had revamped their children's menu was a revelation, children's menu means children are welcome and the new menu sounded delicious, so we decided we'd head off to review the restaurant and menu.

Zizzi Napkin and Cutlery

Big Boy and I arrived first, and our lovely Waitress asked us where we'd like to sit. The entire restaurant was empty and so we asked where she suggested and she gave us a window seat. This way, we'd have a good people watching viewpoint and it was one of the best seats in the house. Big Boy was rather pleased to be handed a colouring sheet and some Crayola crayons and happily sat colouring whilst we waited for the rest of our party (Top Ender and my Mum) to arrive.

Big Boy colouring at Zizzi's whilst waiting for Top Ender

Eventually once we were all in and had read the menu (or rather I read the menu to my Mum as she'd forgotten her glasses) we placed our orders. Mum and I started with a Cicchetti Platter and I had to explain to her that seeing as we were blogging this meal, she couldn't start until I'd taken pictures... she raised her eyebrows at me but the children looked at her with what could only be described as a "Just roll with it" expression that she put back the prawns she'd picked up and sat patiently waiting for me to finish before removing them again!

Zizzi's Cicchetti Platter

That food there is the most delicious food I have ever tasted. The prawns were so delicious that my Mum and I were still talking about them as we ate pudding. I'm still drooling thinking about them now. The children's starter was a lot of fun too, cucumber and carrot sticks with a dough stick presented in a little bucket!

Top Ender and the Zizzi Bambini Starter of Carrots, Cucumber and Dough Stick

Our main meals soon came, the children had opted for Pizza, my Mum the Risotto Pesce although she said she was going to dump all the squid rings on to my plate and I went for the Crab Linguine.

Zizzi's Bambini Pizza with HamZizzi's Bambini Pizza with Ham and Sausage Meat

 Zizzi's Risotto PesceZizzi's Crab Linguine under a mountain of Cheese

These four dishes were the second, third, fourth and fifth most delicious things I've ever tasted. My Linguine seemed to go on forever, it was a huge serving (I didn't complain!) and the number of squid rings and prawns in my Mums risotto was surprisingly large. The pizzas were both thin so much so that when BB offered my Mum a piece she immediately ate it despite not liking pizza normally.


Zizzi Bambini Cones with Strawberry SorbetZizzi Bambini Cones with Vanilla Ice Cream

Zizzi's Lemon Meringue SundaeZizzi's Chocolate and Toffee Nut Sundae

The puddings were all delicious, but too rich for me and Big Boy as we couldn't finish ours. Big Boy had Strawberry Sorbet with cones, Tops went for Vanilla Ice-Cream, my Mum decided on the Lemon Meringue Sundae and I went for the Chocolate and Toffee Nut Sundae. The fun thing was for Big Boy and Top Ender that they got a bowl of Chocolate Popping candy to decorate their Zizzi Bambini Cones with, of course most of it ended up across mine and my Mums pudding, but we didn't mind too much!

The meal was one of those family affairs, where we all shared each others meals and sampled bits of this and that, looked longingly at other plates on other tables (the salads look AMAZING) and it was actually a pretty fantastic place to take the children... even if they were the only ones there!

As Zizzi also do gluten free pasta it is definitely going on my family restaurant list for the future.

We were given our meal free of charge for the purpose of this review. If I hadn't enjoyed the meal I would have said so... I mean I did tell you that the ice-cream was too rich for me didn't I?!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Family Mission Statement

I was at a friends house the other day and saw a little plaque on her kitchen wall. She saw me admiring it and told me it was a quote that her Mum used to say all the time as she was growing up, that became the family motto. The one thing I remember my Mum saying when I was younger was in response to the question what's for dinner and the answer isn't a suitable quote to put up on any wall... although maybe I'll have a plaque made up as a Christmas gift for her!

There is of course a plaque that my Mum has in her home now;

Be Nice or Go Home sign

And whilst it isn't really a family motto it sure is how my Mum rules her home! Luckily none of us have ever been thrown out.

It got me thinking though. I have a personal motto, a mission statement as such and Daddy and I have spoken several times about our thoughts on a Family Mission Statement, you know what we as a family value as a family, what our goals are, what our dreams and inspirations for the future are. Have you ever thought about a family mission statement or thought about getting one written down? Well, I have thought about it many times in the past, I just never had anything written down.

So, I thought it was about time that we got it written down and of course we wanted the whole family to be involved so I separately asked them all the same questions and wrote down their answers. Afterwards I read through the answers and looked for themes and understood more about what everyone expected and hoped our family to be like.

It was a really enlightening experience and after I'd got over how fabulous my family are with thanks to some of the answers they gave, I knocked up the first rough draft of my family mission statement. It still needs a little polishing and I haven't got a motto for our family that I can put up on the wall, but I do think that as a family we are much more likely now to understand what is expected of us by the other family members, what we expect of ourselves and just what it is that we should do to make ourselves the best that we can be.

Oooh maybe that should be our motto...

Being the best that we can be.

I think I'll think about that for a little while longer.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Rainbow Braid Loom Band Refill #Review

Top Ender and Big Boy have only driven me slightly nutty with their loom bands this Summer. Big Boy has this magic ability where he can see them from miles away on the floor and has been adding them to his stash which doesn't seem to be getting smaller... despite making hundreds of bracelets, key rings and various characters from tutorials on youtube. Even Daddy has been dragged into the world of Loom bands, when he was taught how to make a bracelet over dinner one Sunday and sent back to Birmingham with his very own box to create his own bracelets!

I knew that we were going to need a refill soon though, so when I was asked if I'd like to review the Rainbow Braid Loom Band Refill pack, I said YES!

They arrived just as Top Ender went camping, so I secretly stole them away up to my bedroom and hid them in my box of goodies as I didn't want Daddy and Top Ender taking them with them!

Rainbow Braid Loom Band Refill pack

I had to keep the bands because I'd seen the BEST bracelet that Josie posted on Facebook and I knew I had to make one. It's a Rosebud bracelet and I found it blinking annoying to do, however I love it and I made it small as it is a gift for Top Ender's bed as she is slowly but surely encasing her bedposts in little bracelets.

Loom Band Rosebud bracelet

I thought that the best thing about the Rainbow Braid bands was the low odour, but then I realised that the best thing was actually the GLOW IN THE DARK BANDS GLOWED IN THE DARK. I found this out by accident when walking up the stairs and realising that the box (which didn't have the lid closed) was glowing! I'm now going to work out what I should make with these, possibly some skeletons or possibly some ghosts or maybe even skulls... leave some suggestions in the comments!

Boy Craft Book #Review

Sometimes being a Mum to a boy is really hard. I don't mean that it's harder being a mum to a boy than it is to a girl I just mean, I was never a little boy and this is all new to me. I'm never quite sure if what I'm doing with Big Boy is right or wrong, I just pray, cross my fingers and hope for the best! Luckily, so far I don't appear to have messed up too badly.

The Boy Craft book claims that it has "Loads of things to make FOR and WITH boys (and girls)" and Big Boy and I had a read through the book picking out things that we thought that we might like to do, or in some cases that we had done in the past.

Boycraft Book Front Cover

It was actually pretty wicked. Especially when I got Big Boy finger knitting because the book showed him how to do it! We may have spent a disproportionate amount of time finger knitting since them, which is lucky as Top Ender has decided she likes the scarves and that they are perfect for accessorising herself with.

Top Ender's new finger knit scarves

The book has given me loads of ideas of things that Big Boy would love to do and with an an RRP of £12.99 I think that I might have to start buying a copy for all my friends who are the Mum to boys!

We were sent this book to review.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Top Hat Milton Keynes Theatre #Review

As I look back on my childhood, I realise that I was a really lucky little girl. My Mum had great taste in films and music and cultured me with it. I developed a deep love for musicals (and anything with Doris Day in has me glued to the TV) and for the Theatre and just the arts in general and so before I get on with this review I just want to say thank you to her for that.

Thanks Mum.

Now, one of the films I remember watching growing up was Top Hat. It had the lovely Fred Astaire in it, who taps across the screen and into Ginger Rogers heart after a few mishaps of course. It's the sort of perfect Sunday afternoon or rainy Bank Holiday viewing that families would enjoy together and nobody would be pretending not to watch through their fingers or with a parent on remote control duty having to edit out the swearing.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Fancy Dress Day

When the Missionaries were round for a meal the other day, Top Ender appeared in the living room wearing part of her Alice in Wonderland costume. Nobody was quite sure why, but it gave me an idea and so after explaining to the children what I had come up with we decided that we would have a Fancy Dress day.

We all decided what costumes that we would wear for the day and got dressed.

I decided to be a Victorian Maid. Mainly because it's the only costume I have in my dressing up box and also why change a habit right?! Big Boy decided to have several costume changes and be Steve From Minecraft.

Big Boy as Steve From Minecraft

Ultimate Fighter from Super Smash Brawl (I have no idea).

Big Boy as Ultimate Fighter from Super Smash Brawl

And Zombie Princess Peach (Again, no idea but he keeps coming back to this costume, this was taken the day his best friend moved house!).

Big Boy as Zombie Princess Peach

Top Ender had a lot of costumes to choose from and decided to be Cinderella, all day (and you can see BB changed yet again into Six Year Old Boy on a Tablet).

Top Ender as Cinderella

We tried to not go to the shops or do any chores that involved us being with people outside of our family or immediate neighbours, but I kind of forgot about delivery drivers and the postman. Luckily all the delivery drivers who come to my house are used to me being slightly crazy and I'm sure our lovely postman preferred seeing me in my costume than in my PJ's!

We had a great day together fully costumed up and I can't wait to do it again!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Imagination Pooh Stick Racing

One of our favourite things to do when it isn't raining is Pooh Stick Racing. You know from Winnie the Pooh stories, where they drop a stick one side of a bridge and then race to the other side to see who's stick comes out from under the bridge first? We've sort of blogged about it before, when we went to the REAL 100 Acre woods but we've noticed lately that this isn't really a good thing to do as with lots of people doing it, it means that the rivers get blocked up.

So on our last trip to a river with a bridge over it, we played imagination pooh stick racing!

A spiders web on the bridge

We all dropped our sticks in the water and looked to see who's came out first.

Looking out the bridge at Imagination Pooh Stick Racing Riverbank

We kept a running commentary going, detailing just what each stick was doing and how it was positioned.

Imagination Pooh Stick Racing Riverbank

It was just as much fun as real pooh stick racing and seeing as it was a draw between all four of us it meant a lot less snide looks!

On The Table in 30: Baking - Parragon Book #Review

Big Boy, Top Ender and I all have a sweet tooth. Actually that isn't quite true, it's not a sweet tooth as such it's just that like most Mummy Bloggers and their families all of us love cake and would gladly eat cake for all our meals. We know however that this isn't really something that we should do and so we only eat cake occasionally and as the cakes that we normally make take a bit of time to make, bake and cool before being iced and then finally being able to be eaten it's becoming even less frequent that we're baking together.

I was interested in this book, because from the looks of the pictures on the cover and the blurb on the back I was going to be able to create some fabulous baked treats that if we teamed up and did as a family activity, we'd be able to enjoy within 30 minutes of starting baking and I'm sure that the children and I would LOVE this, as we'd be able to bake and eat in the same amount of time that our attention span lasts!

I let Big Boy have first pick of what we would bake. He lay on the living room floor, legs in the air, pouring over the book and looking at the various pictures to see what treat caught his eye. He loved reading the variations, cook tips and time cheats as they appealed to him in the little flashes at the side of several of the pages.

Big Boy reading On The Table in 30: Baking - Parragon Book #Review

Big Boy decided to pick Chewy Marshmallow Bars, and it has quickly become a favourite treat of ours, so much so that trying to get a picture of them has proven hard as they keep being eaten!

We also made some S'mores which were declared delicious when we ate them whilst camping in the garden.

The book has an RRP of  £12 and you can find out more about it on the Parragon website.

We were sent the book to review this is now one of my favourite Baking recipe books!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Easy Sewing with Bostik

Every time I get my new craft box from Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network and Craft Merrily I get excited, that maybe this month will be the month that I have a fab idea that nobody else has. And as you know this never happens. Sob. Before I show you what the Children created, I need to show you what I created, because nothing says I need your approval more than putting myself ahead of my children.

Felt Phone Pouch

I've had a new phone for a few weeks and I've been really worried that because it doesn't have a cover that goes over the screen, that it's going to end up being scratched. Daddy has told me that this is stupid and that of course it'll be fine, because it has some magic kind of covering on the screen, but I decided to put some of my talents to good use and create a little pouch for my phone to live in, when it's in my handbag. 

I absolutely love it.

It was really simple to make, I simply sewed together two sides of the bag a little of 2/3 of the way up, turned the felt inside out to make it neater and then sewed the pink felt flower to the folding flap, cut a hole for the button, sewed the button on, added a green thread stem (backstitch) and some red flower buttons. The main reason for the extra flower buttons and green stem was because I forgot to sew the sides of the bag down and they needed securing in a practical and pretty way!

When we opened the box we found a small canvas bag, some pieces of fabric, several beautiful threads and Bostik sew simple fabric glue. There were other items of course, but these were the few that caught my eye. As there was only one bag, I knew that I'd have to either settle a fight between the children, or claim it as my own. So I claimed it.

I decided that the bag would be a gift for Top Ender, on one side I would do a drawing of her with her Summer hair and the other a simple design of three balloons with their strings dangling down. I even sent out a couple of instagram pictures.

Caricature Drawing of Top Ender with Purple hairBalloons sewn on back of a canvas bag

I drew the picture of Tops freehand (as you can see I'm still rubbish at drawing!) and I cut the balloons out free hand too. I then stuck the balloons down with the Sew Simple before backstitching round the edge to keep them secure and because I think it looks pretty, I washed the bag to make sure everything was safe and clean

Now on to the children.

Top Ender has been practising on her sewing machine lately and has made a couple of pillows. One of which she has taken camping with her. I haven't got a picture as she finished it minutes before she went away... or rather I finished sewing the gap minutes before she left!

Top Ender sewing on her sewing machine

This of course has made Big Boy want to have a go too. I used the sew simple fabric glue to glue the pieces of fabric together for Big Boy, as I didn't trust him with pins and set him off sewing. I love this glue, it's so simple to use and is going to be in regular use in Top Enders sewing box!

Big Boy confused over the sewing machineBig Boy happy with his sewing on the sewing machine


I then slip stitched the opening closed

Wahoo! I've slip stitched the opening closed and you can't really see it!

Big Boy is very happy with his new throw pillow for his bed, but he's using it as a gaming pillow at the moment!

Big Boy modelling his new pillow that he made on a sewing machine

What do you think of our crafts this month?

Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network Badge

We were sent the items as part of the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network.

Friday, 22 August 2014

I'm Not Going Outside

I realised something yesterday. I never have to go outside again if I don't want to. Everything I need to do I can do quite easily from the comfort of my own living room, and if I wanted to I could do it in my pants. Take yesterday for example...

I ordered a jigsaw from Argos and had it delivered by Shutl, instead of walking with Big Boy the 1.5 miles to Argos (or B&Q which is across the road from Argos) to purchase the jigsaw and then the 1.5 miles home again. The delivery fee was well worth the no hassle from BB for having to walk there and back.

I placed an order for my weekly grocery shop online. That way I didn't have to struggle with the shopping in a Taxi or on the Bus or wait until Tuesday when I finally have the car back (as Tops and Daddy have it in Devon for a long weekend). I also didn't spend any extra on things that I didn't need.

I ordered a film through Sky TV for BB and I to watch, but then again that's nothing new I don't even know if video rental stores exist anymore. I'm pretty sure the one nearest to me turned into a Polish Newsagents.

Big Boy played with his best friend who now lives a couple of hours away, online and they happily chatted, built things (it was Minecraft) and neither one of them left their respective living rooms.

Why go outside when it rains so much?

I spoke with my best friend, my Mum and my Sister and chatted with them via Skype, telephone and text message. I even managed to email some good friends to work out some issues I had.

We considered ordering a takeaway, via the phone and having it delivered at no extra cost to us, but we decided to stick with what was in the fridge and freezer.

I chatted with my Neighbour via Facebook and we swapped Summer Holiday stories. As I can see her house from the windows that are at the front of my house this seems rather odd. I also chatted with another friend and swapped cleaning tips, thoughts on life and general chit chat. If you've ever seen me on Facebook, then you'll know what I mean!

I followed an exercise video on Youtube and saved myself some money on an exercise class at the same time. I also didn't worry about the amount of noise I was making, nor how smelly I was because the only person who was here was Big Boy and he's a boy so used to stinky smells.

I worked for a bit, earnt a bit of money and then spent my wages on a few Christmas gifts, which will be delivered to my home next week.

So I think for the next few days I shan't go outside, apart from a trip to Church (I'll even get dressed for that one) and possibly for a few minutes when I venture into the garage... I don't think I'll miss too much.

Mexican Week - Chilli Con Carne AKA Night Five #Review

I knew that I was going to have a problem with dinner tonight. The children have complained all week about the spice levels of the foods and they were all mild. How on earth was I going to get this Chilli Con Carne past them? Especially when they both know full well the story of the first time I had Chilli Con Carne (Hi Auntie Tracey!) and how I reacted to the spice level. I know you want to know the story, but let's just say that the October 1987 weekend of the big wind that knocked out most peoples fences etc was also the weekend that my sister and I ate CCC for the first time and we didn't react well and neither of us ate it for many many years after.

Anyway.

I decided that what I should do was make the Chilli and then before serving it to the children (and me) add a healthy dollop of yoghurt to cool the spice level right down.

It worked.

Chilli Con Carne

The Children however didn't love it, as it was still too spicy for them. Top Ender managed to eat more of it than Big Boy but it was just too spicy for her. It was just right with the yoghurt for me and Daddy had the full spice level and didn't complain, but went for seconds so I know he loved it!

It was a good meal and a great way to end the week of Mexican Meals.

Santa Maria Range that we reviewed

I'm thinking we're doing a week of themed meals again... what cuisine would you suggest?

We were sent the sauce to review by Santa Maria.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Staycation With Big Boy

This morning, Big Boy and I saw off Daddy and Top Ender on their weekend of camping. Big Boy and I are too much creatures of comfort to go camping. If we were to go camping, we'd need to go glamping or get a much bigger tent. Daddy and Top Ender are quite happy to live for a few days in the pop up tents, but Big Boy and I like to be able to stand up without sticking our heads through fabric! After we had waved them off, twice as they forgot something and had to come back, Big Boy and I sat down to breakfast.

We decided that we'd spoil ourselves this extended weekend of our staycation, so I made pancakes and accidentally covered them in cream and sprinkles.

Pancakes covered in Whipped Cream and Sprinkles

After breakfast we watched a film together (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2), read a few stories in a book (Stories for Children), did a spot of colouring (various from a colouring book) and we did all this before Big Boy played a bit of Minecraft with our old neighbours (who now have the internet at their new home). 

With Big Boy happily playing with his Best Friend I quickly placed an online shopping order for some needed groceries (haha £1 delivery you are mine even if you are between 10 and 11pm!) and made a plan for the next few days.

I then taught myself to crochet (well reminded myself), made a quick Granny Square (well it's more a weird circle/square/rectangle) and finished off my new phone case type thing (pictures coming up!) all before persuading Big Boy that a walk to the local shop didn't need his scooter to come too.

Big Boy on his Scooter

I lost what we shall now refer to as Scootergate.

We had lunch, we took a selfie and now Big Boy is creating a monster for our science experiment a little later this afternoon.

So far our little holiday is rather fab!

Mexican Week - Fajitas AKA Night Four #Review

Hmmm.

I LOVE Fajitas. Seriously I do, I love Veggie ones, I love Chicken ones, I love Steak ones, the Fish ones, the PUDDING ones (I'll put a recipe up at the bottom of this post, trust me you'll LOVE them) and my absolute favourite, the Fried Breakfast ones.

The children however seem to think that if you are going to have Fajitas there are only two or three things that can go in them.

Meat, Chicken or Fish.

Plus, you can't serve them with any form of seasoning, no matter how mild because as we all know seasoning is the quickest way to add any flavour to food and that is bad*.

So the fajitas I made for the children were a little... lacking.

Boring looking Plain nothing added Chicken Fajitas that my children thought were LUSH

How boring do they look? My fajitas which I accidentally ate before remembering I hadn't taken a picture of were red and green and yellow, with onion and peppers and chicken and huge dollops of guacamole (I LOVE ME SOME GUAC!).

It didn't matter though. The children loved theirs as much as I loved mine and we were all happily sitting at the table in the garden trying to look dignified whilst stuffing our mouths with the deliciousness that was dinner. We didn't succeed and I got a stain on my top from where mine spilt out!

Anyway, here's that Dessert Fajita recipe I mentioned.

Ingredients


Flour Tortillas for as many people as you are feeding
Cream Cheese or Squirty Cream
Fruit you like, I've gone for Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries as they were in my fridge
1 teaspoon of Sugar
1 dessert spoon of Dr Pepper (if that floats your boat, if not then you know don't use it!)

Method


Spread some Cream Cheese on the one side of a tortilla. I prefer the top side, as then my counter doesn't get sticky. If you're using squirty cream, don't put this on until the end.

Take your fruit and cut the all in half, or bite sized chunks. 

Add the fruit along with a teaspoon of sugar to a saucepan and put over a low heat, stirring well. Add a splash of Dr Pepper as everything tastes better with Dr Pepper. This however isn't needed and will work perfectly well without it.

The juice from the fruit will turn syrupy, but that is fine it's what you want. Let the fruit sort of mush down a bit.

Fry the wrap creamy cheese side up for a few moments (to warm it up, make the cheese a bit warm), before slipping on to a plate and dolloping some of the mushy fruit on top of the Cream Cheese. Unless you're using Squirty cream, in which case heat the pancake up, then squirt and dollop!

Wrap as you would a savoury tortilla, and EAT!

Dessert Fajita

Get in my mouth good.

*So the children say. I happen to like seasoning. And spices. And you. I especially like you.

We were sent the wraps and the sauces and the seasoning which I didn't use by Santa Maria because they like people to eat Mexican!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Mexican Week - Enchiladas AKA Night Three #Review

All week the children have complained that the food I'm giving them as part of Mexican week is too spicy, so last night with the Enchiladas I kinda covered them in the Sour Cream sauce to tone down the spicy level.

Enchiladas from Santa Maria

Plus I thought it looked cool.

It worked. Actually, I didn't have any sour cream on my meal and ended up squirting a load out because the meal was too spicy for me! The children didn't quite finish theirs, as they thought it was a little too spicy but they loved the whole idea of the sauce and cheese being inside and outside the wraps (which they do love).

I don't think that if we had the Enchiladas again I'd use the seasoning mix, but then that kind of spoils the whole point of having them!

We were sent everything but the meat and cheese by Santa Maria for the purpose of this review.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Watching The Clouds Go By

One of the things that the children and I like to do when we are busy doing nothing, is watch the clouds go by. Sometimes you will find us sitting out in the garden looking up at the sky just watching the clouds pass by overhead. We went for a walk at a lake and decided that as it was such a lovely sky that we should spend some of the afternoon just watching the clouds go by.

Watching The Clouds Go By

We sat down on a blanket (which I've taken to keeping in the car for moments like this) and giggled as we tried to find shapes in the clouds. We decided that this one below was a turtle chasing after a hare, which led the children to retell the classic fable and act it out whilst we sat together.

Clouds over the lake

We weren't quite sure  what these clouds looked like, but we just liked the way that they looked. Big Boy decided that this was the sort of scene that he would paint if he were a famous painter, whilst I suggested we write a poem together about the scene.

Sitting at the side of the lake watching the clouds go by

It was sitting back round on the far side of the lake that we realised that we had a great view and that the children agreed that if we were to ever move to live on a lake, that this indeed would be the lake that we would live on.

The view I'd like from my house one day

Do you ever take the time to just stop and watch the clouds go by?

Mexican Week - Meatballs AKA Night Two #Review

Our second night of Mexican, saw us eating Mexican Meatballs and Rice. I decided to do a side dish of Lemon and Cheese Tenderstem Broccoli (honestly I love the stuff) which everyone agreed was lovely, although Big Boy did say his Meatballs were better!

Mexican Meatballs

The great thing about this dish was that even though it was Mexican, thanks to the "spicy" sauce that the meatballs had over them, it wasn't that spicy and was what my children think of as a "normal" meal.

It was ridiculously easy to make, it tasted lush and I'm looking forward to the rest of the weeks dishes! What Mexican dish do you hope we eat?

We were sent the food by Santa Maria. Thanks guys!

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Walk Round The Lake

I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but one of the things I love the most about living in Milton Keynes is that there is never a shortage of lakes to walk round. My favourite lake is on the estate known as Furzton and I wish I knew why it was my favourite lake, I just know that it is! After dinner, Daddy suggested that we go to Furzton Lake for a walk. So we bundled into the car to drive the short distance to the lake (but far enough that we need to drive!) to go for a family walk.

Furzton Lake

It was a glorious evening with plenty of people walking, cycling and jogging round the lake. There were plenty of families who were just like us, enjoying the late Summer sun and some time together as a family. 

As we walked round the lake, we took turns walking with each other. Sometimes it was Tops walking with me, whilst Big Boy walked with his Daddy. Sometimes, Daddy walked with me or with Top Ender and sometimes we all walked together. We had lots of conversations about lots of random things, Big Boy tested my knowledge on Minecraft (I failed, so Top Ender helped me out!) whilst Top Ender and I chatted about the million and one things that ten year old girls think about on a daily basis.

I have to say that out of all the fun days we've had as a family this Summer, this was definitely one of the best and we are going to have to do it again and soon.

Mexican Week - Tacos AKA Night One #Review

Thanks to our lovely friends at Santa Maria who sent us some lovely Mexican food products, we decided that what we really needed to do was have a week of Mexican food. Luckily, Santa Maria are so clever that they already have gluten free products and so we started off the week with Daddy and had Tacos.

Taco Shells in front of Santa Maria Sauces

This did lead to Big Boy deciding that it was Tuesday instead of Sunday (IT'S TACO TUESDAY! NOT TACO SUNDAY!) and deciding to watch The Lego Movie (AGAIN, but at least it wasn't Frozen again!) whilst Top Ender and I disappeared out to do some service.

Santa Maria Taco Shells with Mince

The shells had had a little breakage in the packet, so instead of stuffed Taco shells, I had everything in a big old heap on my plate. I have to say I quite liked it like this and might be tempted to eat it again like this in the future!

Broken Taco Shells with Everything on top

Are you a Mexican food fan? What is your favourite cuisine?

We were sent the sauces and shells to review, they're tasty!