The Week That I Captured 12/13/52

I didn’t join in last week {smacks wrist} I wanted too, but I had such a busy weekend and I just didn’t have time to fit in any blog typing, plus Its been nice to just have a little break from it all!

Week 12 was a write of, Moo was ill, I was ill and its amazing that nobody else came down with anything.. I was pretty pleased to wave goodbye to it, it was a really busy week as well which didn’t help..

Anyhoo, without to much waffling this is what else we got up too!

Sunday

Today we spent the morning in the garden, we planted all our plants we bought on Saturday and gave them some love, we then decided to go back to the garden centre as we needed more fertiliser for my Acer tree. Whilst we were there we bought two more plants and pots for the front garden {if you can call it that! its just a bricked driveway!}

We watered the garden which ended in a disaster.. The hose kept coming away from the fitting and it happened about 6 times, which meant I got soaked!

We had a cheeky McDonalds for dinner as we had been smashing the driveway up ready for its repair..

Monday

With Moo and H at school and play school me and the Mr decided that rather than doing a repair job on the driveway we would just white stone the area that we were going to repair. When we moved in there was a huge bush which we took down so we could fit two cars on in front of the house. It left has with a semi-cirlce mud pit. The Mr was going to continue the driveway right across but we decided for now it would be too much work so we went with the easier option of stones! {nice stones!}

Later my mum came over and looked after H whilst we took Moo swimming and we had to make another trip to B & Q for some more stones..

Tuesday

I was not feeling great today, the after effects of a migraine were still with me and I just wanted to go back to bed!

Mr B went back to work and normal duties commenced. Moo was a bit reluctant to go to school and when she is like it I just want to pick her up and run away!

I went to my sisters a day early as it was my nephews birthday so I needed to drop off his card.

Wednesday

I spent the morning doing boring mundane house jobs..

H went to play school in the afternoon and I had to go and pick a few bits up for Moo, she needed to wear a hat at school on Friday and I wanted to make an easter bonnet, only to get home and find out the bonnet didn’t it!

I did buy some Snowballs, they are my all time favourite and I may have indulged myself in half a packet..

Thursday

I didn’t do anything today! I literally did the school run, returned and sat on the sofa. I made myself some dippy eggs and I ate them whilst watching catch up TV.. Was a nice peaceful 3 hours!

I had to be at the school early as Moo was putting on a performance with the rest of her class. We got home for her to have a melt down, I think this term has done its course and she is so ready for the Easter holidays {me too!}

Friday

I was so busy today! I had to drop Moo at school, then drop H at play school, to go back to school to sit in on the assembly. I then had to go and pick H up early for an easter egg hunt! I was back and forward like a yoyo! Moo had a church event and although I do try and do all the things that the school lay on, I find it really difficult with H and keeping him 1. still and 2. quiet so I missed it which is a shame, she wasn’t doing anything, it was just an Easter service but still would of been nice for her to see me there!

Saturday

I spent the whole morning day sorting through the children’s toy boxes, I hate it when they all get muddled with toys that are not supposed to be in the allocated box! Mr B spent the day cleaning up the driveway which is looking rather nice now! We had our doubts but its looking good.

The children were really well behaved considering the Mr and I were pre-occupied with other bits! A sausage and mash tea and an early night in front of the TV was had!

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garden centres rule // planting plants // my very bare Acer tree // a bit of a soaking // snowball anyone? // my gorgeous girlie // perfect end to a busy saturday

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Blogging Anxieties {The Ordinary Moments}

I have decided to take a twist on the Ordinary Moments link up this week, I normally use this little section to blog about Moo and H but this week I decided to blog about something different.. Blogging Anxieties..

I always worry about what I blog about, I have been burned a few times with posts and its bitten me on the bum, but I blog from the heart and its what I feel ties in with the blog. Its honest and true.

You could say I am self conscious about how I come across, I worry about how I portray things and also worry that its not to everyones taste. I worry about how people read my posts and I worry what people are thinking, I shouldn’t because half the people that read this blog I don’t know.. Hardly anybody knows I blog, in a way its how I want it to stay but if people close to me find out so be it, its part of me and its just one of those things.

But then I think, what the hell, its something I enjoy and its something I look forward to doing. Its my space, its my little corner of the internet that belongs to me. I shouldn’t have to worry about what others think. I shouldn’t be made to feel like its silly to blog?

Ive recently taken a bit of a mini break {just a week but sometimes its only that you need} mainly because of the above reasons.. I have been ready to type, but I then think, will it come across ok? You could call it writers block but I call it blogging anxiety, and its become quite an ordinary moment of late.

I started this blog as a document of both Moo and H’s first few years, I was pretty private and didn’t display photos, mentioned names and so on.. I have slowly started to add photos and the only name that is ever mentioned is my own. I wouldn’t want to plaster something so personal over posts. I didn’t expect to actually continue with it and be here 6 years later, still typing. I actually really enjoy it, I find great pleasure in finding other blogs to read and joining in with link ups, just like this one. I have had a few opportunities too, which have been amazing to be a part of.

I know this is a little blip and I know that I will continue to carry on blogging. I just wish I didn’t have these anxieties, the anxiety of feeling worthless and rubbish at what I do..

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Lemon Tart

Last weekend I had the privilege to cook for my in laws.. Now this was the first time in 10 years that I had and I was pretty nervous! After a mad call to my sister in law on how long I should cook a leg of lamb for {yes really!} I was all set for them to arrive..

I had made a Lemon Tart for dessert with the help of my friend the previous day, which came out a treat and went down really well.. I thought I would share there recipe with you all..

Ingredients

375g All Butter Shortcrust Pastry
4 Unwaxed Lemons
170g unsalted butter, cubed
5 Large Eggs,
1 large or medium Egg yolk, beaten
220g unrefined, golden caster sugar

You will also need:

23cm tart tin
Baking beans (or use uncooked rice or dried beans)

Method

  1. Roll the pastry between 2 sheets of clingfilm to a thickness of 2mm. It should be 33cm in size – 10cm wider than the tart case. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Peel off the clingfilm, roll the pastry around a rolling pin, lift it over a 23cm tart case and unroll it so the edges hang over the sides. Press the pastry to fit the tin leaving the edges overhanging to trim after baking (this will ensure the tart case is unaffected by the pastry shrinking). Prick with a fork and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Take a sheet of parchment larger than the tart tin, scrunch it up and lay over the pastry (this will make it easier to fit into the edges of the tart). Place baking beans on top and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the parchment and beans and return the tart to the oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before running a knife around the tin edge to remove the excess pastry. Carefully lift the tart case out of the tin and place on a serving plate.
  4. Zest 3 of the lemons and reserve.  Roll all 4 of the lemons on a work surface with the palm of your hand (to release more juice). Juice them and measure out 150ml.
  5. Place the zest, juice, butter, eggs, yolk and sugar in a saucepan over a low-medium heat and stir continuously for 10-15 minutes (do not allow to simmer) until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.  Increase the heat a little and stir until it begins to simmer; simmer for 5 seconds, so that the filling thickens, then remove from the heat.  Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl.  Cover with clingfilm to avoid a skin forming.  Place the bowl in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
  6. When cold, pour the lemon filling into the centre of the tart allowing the lemon curd to flow evenly to the edges. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until set, before serving with crème fraîche and fresh raspberries.

I have to admit to some downfalls whilst making this.. I originally made the pastry far to thin and when I took it out of the oven I put my finger through it and left a huge gapping whole in the case, so I had to make a mad dash to the shops and re-do the pastry case.. It came out a little thick the second time, but It was better than the first! If you are really clever then you could make your own pastry, but I just couldn’t be bothered with the faff of it all!

I wish I had taken photo’s but I completely forgot!

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Blogging Breaks, Pasta Bakes, Winter Weather.. Little Loves 13/52

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

I have not blogged in a whole week! Terrible really.. Ive not been feeling 100% and I just needed a little time out.. But I couldn’t miss Little Loves and hopefully its the push I need to get back into it!

 this is what I have been loving this week!

Read

Ive been reading Moo’s school books with her, well actually Moo has been reading them to me! She has improved so much and I find it really strange when she will just read a road sign, or a shop name! It still throws me!

Watched

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I am so late to this, but I started watching Our Girl which was aired on BBC like ages ago.. When it was on, it was pretty much something I switched off, but my sister was talking about it this week, so I thought I would give it a go. I am pretty glad I did, its brilliant and Lacey Turner is an amazing actress.. If you have not watched it then I suggest you do..

 The Walking Dead finishes this week and I am on tenterhooks! Its been such a good series and I so want them to whip the camps arses and take over!

Heard

I was NOT a fan of this song when it was released, but having to listen to the radio on the way to school it gets played a lot, its kind of grown on me..

Another song that has been playing a lot on the school run is this one, and when the kids are not in the car I tend to turn it up to double digits..

Wore

I was back in my Uggs this week, the weather has taken a nasty turn and its like winter all over again! I really wish it would make its mind up! We have been having some really lovely spring like days and then, boom, its back to winter like days.. So depressing!

Made

This week I made a lovely lemon tart, from scratch! I had hep but I was pretty impressed with it! It came out really well and went down a treat when the in-laws came for dinner..

I also made a pasta bake.. I am really struggling with dinners for the kids. They eat the same rubbish all the time, so I thought I would give the plain spaghetti bolognese a twist.. It went down really well with Moo but H wouldn’t touch it! Me and the hubby had it once the children were asleep and it was rather delicious, I don’t know why I have not thought of making one before! So simple!!

‘And lastly..’

Its the easter holidays!! Yippee.. I have loads planned and I am so looking forward to the two weeks off.. Its been a short term but feels like its gone on for forever..

Also, Monday is an exciting day, its upgrade day for me, what is it about new phones? I am so excited and cannot wait to get my shiny new phone!

Whatever you do I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Sickness Bugs, Anne Of Green Gables and Snake Cakes.. Little Love 12/52

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

 this is what I have been loving this week!

Read

I bought April’s editon of Ideal Home magazine and I have not yet had a chance to sit down and have a look through but I am so excited too.. The front cover looks amazing and I have spied so many great things on it! I cannot wait to find inspiration for our home makeover!

Watched

Moo has been ill this week with a bug of some kind, so we sat and watched Casualty together.. Strangely she really likes it and I remember watching it when I was younger..

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I also introduced Moo to Anne Of Green Gables.. I absolutely love this programme.. I received the DVD’s a while ago {years ago!} and I always get them out when I am ill, I thought it would be perfect to sit and watch with Moo! She really enjoyed it and is looking forward to finishing it off!

The Walking Dead this week was tense, so tense I screamed a lot.. It was pretty graphic too, much more so than a normal episode and I was rather worried about having nightmares! I am shocked by this weeks episode and can’t quite believe what actually happened!

Heard

I sorted through my iTunes this week and put everything in order! I don’t have many songs on my laptop, my entire library is on the main computer but I do love to listen to some songs while I work! This week has been a bit of a throwback listening to a bit of Mariah and Whitney.. But this song is recent so recent it was on my Little Love a few weeks ago but its been made into a bit of a duet and I love it.. My two favourite people at the moment in one song! Couldn’t get any better..

And this one is for Moo, she is so obsessed with Taylor and One Direction but this is a constant ask and I so wish I was still 22!

Wore

Converse trainers, although last week I was in sandals this week I have had to give my feet a little cover! Its turned quite mild and at times it feels freezing! I am really hoping they are right about the Easter holidays and it really does knock up a few degrees!

Made

Moo’s homework this week was so much fun! We made a “snake cake” as part of her jungle themed term.. We had loads of fun making it last weekend and luckily she was able to take it in before coming down with a dreaded bug! You can read about it here

‘And lastly..’

I have struggled this week, what with Moo being ill and me actually enjoying the time at home with her, Thursday was a little bit of a culture shock and I am willing on next Friday! Easter holidays could not come quick enough!

Whatever you do I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Snake Cake…

This terms homework was all about jungle animals and with three choices given we decided on baking a cake! So here is the how we did it!

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Ingredients 

125g Caster Sugar

125g Softened Butter

125g Self Raising Flour

3 Eggs

1 tbs Baking Powder

50g Cocoa Powder

6 Tubes of Smarties

1 Tub of Pre-Made Chocolate Icing {shop bought}

Coconut {I used half a pack but depending what size you will be covering}

Icing Sugar { a few spoonfuls}

Green Food Colouring

Jellied Worms/Snakes

Round tin with a whole in it, or the number zero

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Method

  1. Beat the sugar and butter till smooth
  2. Add the flour and eggs to the mixture and beat till a smooth batter
  3. Add the baking and cocoa powder and mix till all combined
  4. Lightly grease the tin and pour in the mixture
  5. Bake in the oven on 170ªc {Fan} for 20 to 25 minutes
  6. Leave on a cooling rack till cooled
  7. Cut the cake in half and place on a cake board to make the “snake shape” {I curved the head and pointed the tail, but soon realised I preferred the tail curved and the head pointed}
  8. Once cooled {do not put the icing on to the cake when warm!} spread the icing, a thick layer is enough
  9. For the decoration, pour the smarties out in to a bowl and apply in a line to create the scales, 3 across the body should be sufficient, continue till you have covered the whole top from tail to head {work from the tail end so you get a slant effect, it won’t really work if you work from head to tail}
  10. Once covered I got to white chocolate buttons and with a touch of icing glued two smarties to make the eyes
  11. For the grass effect, I poured half a pack of coconut into a bowl and added green food dye to get a perfect grassy colour
  12. I pasted the board with icing sugar {I made it quite thick} and the poured the coconut over so it stuck to the icing layer
  13. I added some wriggly snake sweets for extra effect!

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The Joys Of Homework…

When Moo entered year one I wasn’t expecting her to have to complete monthly homework. I was expecting spelling cards and maybe a few maths bits to complete in her book bag, but after a few weeks it was revealed that it was going to be full on homework! I and a few a lot of other mums were quite concerned by the amount and the poor teacher got a hefty talking to on the first parents evening of the term..

With the plan slightly changed it was much easier to complete the homework in the 4 week time scale and not having to choose 2 activities to do out of the 3 we now only had to choose one.

Moo has taken this in her stride and the last two pieces she has done so well at. I have obviously had to help her but I literally explain what has to be done and she does it.

Last term Moo was learning about “under the sea” and she chose to make a fish tank.. As she had been watching The Little Mermaid” at school she was determined to put a mermaid in. We searched the internet for pictures that she could print out and colour. Once she had finished that task, we got on to building the box.. Luckily someone had given me a a present for christmas which would be perfect fish tank material.. We decorated inside, which was quite a task with little hands so I did take over a little, we then went on to hang the fishes.. All in all it was a good task and she really enjoyed it!

The next terms homework was based on Jungle Animals.. They were working on the Jungle theme this term so it was inevitable that that was going to be the basis of the homework. With much deliberation over the 3 choices we decided that baking a cake would be more fun and something Moo could do on her own {with a little help!}

Moo took this in her stride {she takes after her mother!} and with very little help {weighing was a problem and obviously dealing with the cooker was a no no} she managed to do it herself! I had to guide her and make sure she was doing it right, but all in all she did a mighty fine job! You can get the full recipe here

I actually dreaded homework when I was younger, especially when I was in senior school! I cannot remember ever having any when I was at junior school, let alone infant! The last two Moo has been given, t has been fun and she has really enjoyed it! I am hoping the next lot is going to be just as good!

The Week That I Captured 11/52

Thankfully its been a less stressful week! Its all been rather chilled and although H is still on the mend, normal routines have taken place!

Anyhoo, without to much waffling this is what else we got up too!

Sunday

I made the Easter Egg cake that has been doing the rounds and we all had a fairly good helping after Sunday dinner.. We decided to get out after lunch, so we put on out boots and went to the woods.. Was a chilly afternoon but so good to get out!

Monday

Everything was back to normal today. With the school run done I returned home and slobbed on the sofa till 12:30.. Terrible really! I picked up H and did some chores, prepared dinner, as my mum and her partner was coming over. Unfortunately I had a funny turn and came down pretty ill.. I suffer terribly with migraines and whilst Moo was swimming I came over funny, not 100% sure how I got home but I couldn’t eat my dinner I was so looking forward to! I was in bed by 6:45!

Tuesday

Mr B was off today so I dropped the kiddies off at school and play school and we had a few bits to do.. We bought Mothers Day gifts and spent the morning together just me and him and it was lovely!

We picked H up and spent the afternoon in the garden, I gave the shed a lick of paint and the Mr put in a path as the grass was becoming a little unloved where we kept walking over it!

Wednesday

Me and H went to visit my sister in the morning. She has started a little business up and she kindly made me some prints! I am slowly finding an inner interior designer in me and making small touches to the house..

Moo finished early today as we had to attend a eye appointment at the hospital! She did really well and hopefully next time after several years off being under them she will be discharged!

Not much else happened, we both went to pick H up which was nice as his reaction to Moo being there was lovely!

Thursday

Was a dull day, I had a cheeky muffin on return from the school run.. My sister inlaw popped in which was nice as its not normally we get to spend time together without children being around!

I had parents evening after school and I am so proud of Moo! She is doing really well and had a glowing report.

Friday

Not much happened today, I didn’t need to pick Moo up from school as she was off to a friends house which meant I could chill with H..

I did catch up with The Great British Sewing Bee whilst a had a spare few hours.. I enjoyed it with toast!

I have been loving having daffodils in the house too, they bloomed this week and smell gorgeous!

Saturday

We spent the day in the garden today! I love having my own garden and to think that this time last year we didn’t have one is just insane! We have prepped the borders for plants and I have added some string solar powered pom pom lights! I am so excited for summer!

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Cream Egg Cheesecake! // Woodland Walks // New Prints // Eye Appointments // Cheeky Muffin // Great TV and Toast // Fresh Flowers at There Best // Garden Love

I have linked up with Hannah over at Make Do and Push..

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Woodland Walks {The Ordinary Moments}

 I have said so many times before on this blog that Spring is most definitely my favourite season. Its a time where you can go out and enjoy the weather, still a little chilly but the bright sun trying its best to warm you up its the start of my second favourite season Summer!

After having to spend a whole week indoors last week we finally left the house last Sunday. Filling our bellies with a Sunday roast and a cheeky slice of cheesecake it was an ideal time to go and let of steam.

By the time we got to the woods the sun had hidden behind the clouds which is typical! and the chill was most definitely approaching. The kids enjoyed it and it was lovely to get out and have a slow wander.

Even though H isn’t looking at the camera {its been tough trying to get him to even look at it!} I love this photo. I love the way Moo is looking at me and I love the way H is looking at something completely different. The sun is just peeping through the trees in the background and the huge empty space behind makes it look peaceful.. Definitely one of my favourites..

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I am linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for her wonderful linky The Ordinary Moments

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