Sunday, 5 July 2015
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
The celebratory eating of pancakes is usually confined to just one day of the year, but I must confess, we sneak a couple of extra Pancake days (not necessarily Tuesday!) into our yearly calendar!
Here's my age-old recipe that I use time and time again... similar to Delia's but in my opinion, easier!
10 fl oz semi-skimmed milk
4 oz plain flour
Lard, for frying
- Add all of the ingredients to a large jug or mixing bowl. Whisk with a hand whisk for about 2 minutes. I don't sieve the flour as the whisking incorporates enough air to give the pancake 'bubbles'!
- Heat a knob of lard in a frying pan until just smoking. Add a ladle of the pancake mix to the pan, swirl to coat the bottom of the pan and then cook until the pancake loosens from the bottom of the pan. Flip(!) and cook the other side for a few more seconds.
- Serve warm with a filling of your choice. I stick to lemon & sugar but there are all sorts of crazy options out there!
- You can keep the mix in the fridge for a day... but ours never lasts that long! Enjoy!
Friday, 13 February 2015
Tonight's tea was my eldest's choice - Macaroni Pasticcio. Ours might not look as good as the picture but so long as everyone enjoys, that's all that matters!
Hope you are all enjoying the start to the half term break - I just hope the rain leaves us along for a couple of days!
Friday, 30 January 2015
Twinkl is a great website aimed at both school staff and parents with loads of resources suitable for all levels of primary education. Some resources require a subscription although there are lots of free resources available too.
My son (7) is currently studying 'Fantastic Mr Fox' - one of my favourite Roald Dahl books! So, as I know the book pretty much inside out, I thought it would be easy to help him along the way... but do I really have time to design worksheets, word searches and reading comprehension questions? In a word, NO! After a quick look on Twinkl, I was pleased to find a whole range of 'Fantastic Mr Fox' specific resources - everything from writing frames and colouring sheets to word searches and character profile sheets!
That saved me a fair few hours design time! So a quick download and print has given me lots of activities to complete with my son. He's a great reader but needs something that grabs his attention and at the moment, Roald Dahl seems to have done that! I need to keep him on track and I'm sure that the Twinkl resouces will do just that!
Watch this space for updates... next task - the human body for a 10 year old!
PS.. if anyone is interested in a paid subscription, message me via Facebook here and I can send you the link for membership! x
Monday, 26 January 2015
Friday, 23 January 2015
Both of my children are studying the Victorian age at school and so they are able to take some of the findings in to school to talk about them with their classmates.
|'Some women, of course, don't realise that housework is as simple as ABC'|
|Love the 'Free Time' drawer - that's the 'junk' drawer in my house!|
|I didn't realise the Channel Tunnel was planned in the 1960's!|
So, back to the normal household stuff! As we are updating things around the house, we have covered old fireplaces and bricked up chimneys and so have left behind little treasures of our own. We put together a time capsule and hidden it in the basement for a future finder to enjoy. We included a newspaper, letters from my children, drawings and a couple of small toys and trinkets which represents our children's lives in the early 2000's.
We've also allowed out children to draw on the insides of plaster-boarded internal walls - so one day, another family will hopefully have the joy of discovering our lives! Or maybe they will just think that we are crazy!
Monday, 19 January 2015
Sugru is a cool, mouldable 'glue' that turns into rubber making fixing, modifying or even making things easy and fun for everyone. The patented silicone technology is unique. Out of the pack, Sugru feels like play-dough, and it's that easy to use too. It bonds to almost any other material and cures just by exposing it to air. Its durable cured properties mean it'll stay strong and securely bonded anywhere from the freezer to a steamy hot shower, from the home to the great outdoors. Sounds hard to believe but it's true!
Findings from a recent poll on sugru.com have revealed that the most feel good DIY projects are those that involve organising and sorting your stuff. So far so boring? Not when you’re given a helping hand by a few tiny friends….
Almost a quarter of those who took part in the online poll voted for one of last year's most popular projects - Sugru + Lego = perfect cable holders - as the ideal way to help banish the blues this January.
The simple but ingenious idea came from a fan in Germany and soon snowballed into one of Sugru's most shared pieces of content of all time reaching hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
So, if you missed it first time around - here's a guide to how you can organise your cables at home or at work. Proven to help turn that frown upside down!
Did you know, it's also International Lego Day next week (28 January) and Sugru is offering free shipping all week so you can start planning your own project
You can also check out some other feel good projects here to help keep yourself entertained this winter.
As a Lego-loving family with a list of things to fix, I'm sure we'll be using lots of Sugru in the coming months and years!