Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
They went down extremely well with the rest of the family......and their friends, so much so that when I reached into the tin just now to have one with my coffee they were all gone. I suppose that's a good thing though.....a moment on the lips blah blah.......
Crispy Chocolate Chip Flapjacks
100g Dark Muscovado Sugar
75g Golden Caster Sugar
4tbsp Golden Syrup
350g Whole Jumbo porridge oats
50g Chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F.
- In a large saucepan melt the butter, sugars and golden syrup over a low heat, until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir in the porridge oats, cheerios and chocolate chips - we poured this mix into the dry ingredients as I didn't use a large enough saucepan, either way make sure you mix thoroughly until all the oats are covered.
- Tip the mixture into a tin approx 11" x 7" and press into the corners and flatten down with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly and cut into bars/squares and then leave in the tin to cool completely before taking them out.
You may wonder why Jack is wearing a construction hat? I asked him to go and get his cooking hat from upstairs, he got most of the instruction right, just the wrong hat! He then decided that the hi-viz vest was an apron and who am I to argue with a 2 year old.......
Friday, 27 May 2011
This morning I was getting Jack dressed and I asked her if she'd brushed her teeth, "oh no, I forgot". Better that I ask her now than just as we are getting into the car (as happened yesterday with both her & her brother thinking they had got away with it). She then started talking at high speed (as she often does when she's excited about something that she's done) about Just Dance on the Wii and by the look of her I thought she'd been huffing & a puffing throwing some shapes this morning - and she knows the rules, no Wii or DS before school !
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
This week it's a a simple Float Test. You can read about the science part of it on Emma's blog here, she will tell you what you need and what you will need to do.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
The B.sensible is a fitted sheet and mattress protector in one. The range has sheets to fit moses baskets right up to Kingsize beds and in a range of 24 different colours. It is water resistant and breathable and claims to absorb significantly more moisture than cotton and dries much more quickly.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
The theme for The Gallery this week is an easy one and I knew which photo I would use as soon as I saw the prompt.
In Tara's words she is after :
Photos of moustaches. Real ones, fake ones, ones on your kids, your cats, your grandma. Have a giggle dressing your top lip up and the one Laura likes the most wins the camera. Simples.
Posted by Helen at 19:10
I recently came across the Facebook page for WorldFoods Fusion of Flavours and thought how delicious there sauces looked and when I saw that they were giving away a hamper packed full of their goodies along with a chance of joining their team I had to enter. The lovely people at WorldFoods then contacted me to ask if I would kindly share the news of the competition with my blog readers. If you want the chance to win this fabulous hamper and be part of the WorldFoods team then all you need to do is pop over to their Facebook page, Like it and then let them know why you should have a piece of the action.
Posted by Helen at 15:14
Posted by Helen at 09:28
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
The lovely people at Munchkins and Poppets have sent me an amazing box of goodies to give away to one of you lovely followers. (Well actually Munchkins and Poppets is me but I thought it sounded better than "I had a root through some of my excess stock and this is what I came up with!")
Posted by Helen at 19:49
Monday, 16 May 2011
The last few days have been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. It started last wednesday when Toys R Us announced the shortlist for their 2011 Toyologists. I had heard via Twitter that The Boy And Me had been shortlisted so I thought I would pop over to the Toys R Us Facebook page and see if I recognised any of the other names on the list.......I was gobsmacked to say the least when I spotted my own name on there. I have only been blogging since the end of January and despite being ranked at position 267 (whatever that means?!) in the Tots 100 I still found it hard to believe that Toys R Us actually liked my review enough to put me on the shortlist. I felt very proud and honoured and I let myself get a little bit too excited if I'm honest, and started to imagine all those lovely toys arriving at my door and thinking how my kids would love me so much more for it.....well for at least the next six months anyway.
Posted by Helen at 23:03
Friday, 13 May 2011
Posted by Helen at 21:37
There are lots of great entries on the Linky this week, many featuring sleeping babies or children looking very chilled. I came across these photos a while ago whilst looking for photos for Flashback Friday so when I saw the prompt for this week's Gallery I immediately knew which pictures I would use.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
This week it's a Volcano. You can read about it on Emma's blog here, she will tell you what you need and what you will need to do.
Posted by Helen at 14:49
Monday, 9 May 2011
I knew what it was before I opened it as I had seen it on a few blogs already, but I was still very excited and somehow managed to leave it for the kids to open. The lovely people at Fairy Non Bio contacted me to say that I had been chosen to receive a 'bespoke and exclusive' giftpack to celebrate Fairy Non Bio's partnership with Disney's Winnie The Pooh as well as the recently released movie. I was thrilled to be chosen and even more thrilled when it arrived.
Sam & Jack tore open the packaging, which took some time due to the amount of 'Fragile' tape and bubble wrap. Sam wondered what all the fuss was about, saying "but it's only a cupboard", but once it was opened up Jack took each item out, held it up and said "about this one cheese".... I have him well trained.
The toy chest is gorgeous in itself and of excellent quality, being Pin Furniture, but what makes it special are the Fairy Non Bio stickers but in particular this one :
How cool is that! Ok well this blog is not exactly called 'Jessie's Crazy Kitchen' but as it will now take pride of place in my (Jess, as I'm known) kitchen, I'm extremely happy with it.
Inside the chest there was some Fairy Non Bio Gel, Softener, a lovely fleece blanket, a Pooh teddy and 3 audio books - Winnie the Pooh and a day for Eeyore, The Original Story of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet's Big Movie. These are available with every purchase of Fairy Non Bio (gel, liquitabs, powder and softener) until the end of September. You just need to send off your till receipt and you will receive the audio book of your choice.
We haven't listened to them yet but will do soon, unless Jack gets hold of them and posts them in the Wii first!
I have been sent all these lovely goodies free of charge, however I wasn't asked to write a review or paid to do so, I just wanted to.
Probably due to the lack of sleep and healthy food, overindulgence of alcohol and sharing a room with someone with tonsillitis I am now full of cold, have a cough like a 40-a-day smoker and someone has stolen my voice.
Since I got home 8 year old Hanna has been throwing up on a regular basis and Jack has been his usual boisterous self. Thankfully they are both sleeping now. I promise I will post more about my weekend in the very near future, but for now here is a little taster .........
Posted by Helen at 13:54
Friday, 6 May 2011
The photo was taken in September 2009 in Fuengirola with a group of old friends from the town where I grew up. I hadn't been on one of these foreign jolly's with them before for one reason or another but I have been on plenty of UK weekend breaks with them, the first in 1995 when it was just myself and Jo (Litte Mis-led ), we went camping in Monmouth with our Mountain Bikes and cycled for miles around Monmouth and Symonds Yat. Each year there were more friends than the previous, and less cycling, until one year we just managed to cycle the half mile or so to the nearest pub and stayed there for the rest of the day (and evening).
In more recent years the group has got larger and the destinations further afield, but what remains is that a great time is always guaranteed.
And just in case you don't recognise me, I'm Little Mis-hap !
L-R : Little Mis-Adventure, Little Miss-hap (me), Little Miss-behave, Little Miss-led, Little Miss-ing
Why don't you join Cafe Bebe & the rest of us reminiscing & having a laugh or cry over old snaps.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
I'm not taking the family though, I'm going on a girly weekend in Magaluf, God help me please! There's around 20 of us in total, friends from the town where I grew up.
My husband is taking a couple of days off work, I have school dinners booked for the older two and I have already made Jack's packed lunch for tomorrow. Dinner is in the slow cooker and the washing is up to date.
Last night my 10 year old gave me 1 Euro that he found in his bedroom as spending money. This morning he gave me a big cuddle, told me to have a good time and not to get drunk. I told him that I couldn't promise to do both of those.
I'm sure they will manage fine, they only have one Rugby tournament, 2 football matches and Tap Dancing lessons and have already been invited to a barbecue on Saturday afternoon.
I still feel a little guilty about leaving them so this is what I have left them to ease my guilt a little :
Monday, 2 May 2011
A few years ago my daughter had a Girls World which saw some action in it's short lifetime but very soon developed badly matted hair and permanent lipstick and eyeshadow, with the help of biros and felt tip pens. During one mass clearout of her bedroom it found its way into the bin.
In hindsight it was perhaps too soon to be getting rid of it as now she enjoys trying out different hairstyles on her dolls and ponies. Today though I think her and her friend were looking for a more life-like model for their make-up session :
|Not quite mastered the 'pout' yet|
Posted by Helen at 12:36
Sunday, 1 May 2011
My latest 'quick n easy use up the leftovers' meal is a Chicken & Sausage Paella, using the day befores (slightly charred) Pork & Herb sausages and 2 packs of Asda Quick Cook Paella Savoury Rice, priced at 54p each.
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium courgette, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
4 large mushrooms, sliced
2 packs of Paella Savoury Rice
650ml cold water (if using 2 packs)
A few (slightly charred) Sausages
Few strips of Asda frozen cooked chicken strips (I added this as there wasn't a lot of sausage to go around 5)
- Fry off the onion, pepper, courgette,mushrooms & garlic for a minute or so.
- Add the Savoury Rice Mix
- Add around 100ml of water at a time & stir, when it has all been absorbed keep adding around 100ml at a time until it has all been absorbed.
- Stir in the chicken strips (if using) & chopped sausage.
- Put a lid on & leave on a low heat until the chicken & sausage has been warmed through.
Enjoy with a side salad or vegetables, or if you're like my kids they love to have Cauliflower Cheese with it.
It's also really nice (apparently) if you add cooked prawns instead of the sausages, but I'm not much of a seafood fan so you'll have to take my husband and daughters word for that.
Posted by Helen at 16:38