Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Magic of Believing ~ #wednesdaywords

I just love this outlook on life! We all need to be a bit more like this...
 
'I'm not old enough to play baseball or football. I'm not eight yet. My mum told me when you start baseball, you aren't going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation. I told Mum I wouldn't need to run that fast. When I play baseball, I'll just hit them out of the park. Then I'll be able to walk.'
 
Edward J. McGrath, Jr.
'An Exceptional View of Life' 

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Oven Pride....be proud of your oven!

Hands up who likes cleaning their oven?!?! Be honest....! No, me neither, but it has to be done! Now that spring is well on it's way, we've had a good clear out of old toys, optimistically packed away some of our winter clothes and tidied up the garden. So it's the oven's turn for a spring clean!


Oven Pride is an all-in-one product that cleans your oven racks and oven quickly and simply. It's available in all major supermarkets and online at Amazon.

Here's our oven and oven racks before...



And, here's the finished result!

 

One satisfied Mum with a clean oven all ready for Easter baking and generally entertaining everyone!

Some good points worth a mention include that this product does not smell of chemicals at all and it does exactly what it says on the packet! One minor gripe is that there's only one pair of gloves in the pack but you really need two pairs to use the product safely - one to start the cleaning process and another to remove the racks and wipe the oven at the end of the process. So, just make sure that you have some rubber gloves to hand! But overall, I would definitely recommend and use this product again!

Scones anyone....?



Friday, 11 April 2014

Deliciously Simple Scones!

Everyone thinks I'm a bit of a strange one - I like all fruit (with the exception of bananas!) but not cooked fruit in anyway, nor dried fruit! AND, I don't like jam but I like marmalade... orange 'jam', I know but I don't like any other type!

So, to cut to the chase, I really like scones but they have to be plain with just butter and no jam!

Here's my favourite recipe!

Ingredients
450g (1lb) strong white flour
5 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
75g (3oz) unsalted butter
150g (5oz) sultanas or other dried fruit - I leave these out sometimes if baking just for me!
75g (3oz) caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
250ml (9 floz) milk plus extra for glazing
Butter, to serve (or clotted cream and jam - whatever takes your fancy!)

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/450F/Gas 7. Grease a large baking tray.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar, sultanas and eggs.
  4. Stir in the milk with a wooden spoon, a little at a time, to form a smooth dough.
  5. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 2cm/¾in.
  6. Dip a 5cm/2in pastry cutter into a little flour and cut out the scones (be careful not to twist the cutter as it will cause the scones to rise unevenly).
  7. Carefully brush the tops of the scones with a little milk, taking care not to let any run over the edge.
  8. Place the scones onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  9. Remove the scones from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve the warm scones as you like them!
These are family-scones, not Katie (fruit-free) scones!

Recipe adapted from > http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sultana_scones_with_98294

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Positive Thinking! ~ #WednesdayWords

Short and sweet this week...

'Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right!'

Henry Ford

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Rainbow Cupcakes - great to brighten your day!

Simple but cute and tasty cupcakes!
 
First, start with my cupcake recipe here.
 
Then, when cool, cover with blue glace icing. Leave to set while you make the buttercream.
 
Pipe 2 small clouds (I use a 1M Wilton nozzle) on top of the set glace icing and carefully form a rainbow with jelly strips (I found these in Co-Op - 3 bags for £1, bargain!)
 



Lastly, share with your friends and enjoy!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Bendi-gedig - THE place to visit in Barmouth!

Barmouth is a lovely place both to live and visit BUT when the sun decides to hide away and the rain comes out to play, there's not much to do with the little ones in your life. I love a coffee and a cake but know only too well that children get bored pretty quickly in a café and there's nothing relaxing about shushing your child every 5 minutes, conscious of what everyone else is thinking of your parenting skills!

So, after a long-ish wait and a great build up, Barmouth finally has a super new attraction - Bendi-gedig! Here's our views, both from a child's eyes and mine!


We spent just over 2 hours playing here - there's two main areas; a toddler section for the under 4's and then the larger play equipment for the over 4's. There's also a games area with a basketball hoop which seemed popular when we were there.

My children enjoyed all of the equipment, especially the slides! My son liked the fact that some of the crawling tubes are clear so that he could see me from *nearly* all of the area... I think he thought I was going to sneak off!

There were quite a lot of children playing but with plenty of space available, there wasn't TOO many children and they all were able to play safely. The pram and wheelchair access was good, with plenty of seating available with tables for the essential coffee and cake for the parents!

The food here was reasonably priced - we didn't eat a meal, just a drink and a snack but I did like the idea of how the children's menu works. Instead of the usual sausage &chips, chicken nuggets & chips or fish fingers & chips, the children can have a smaller portion of nearly anything off the normal menu for a smaller price! This is great for our family as my youngest doesn't like chips! The menu also uses lots of local produce, so that's an extra tick in the box from me!

With the nearest play centre like this about a 90 minute drive away, I'm sure Bendi-gedig will become the leading centre for indoor play on the Cambrian Coast! Entry prices are reasonable.. they could have charged a lot more being quite an exclusive attraction, but with offers such as a family discount card and a loyalty card, these ease the burden on your purse a little making Bendi-gedig somewhere that we will visit often throughout the year.

So, yes we'd recommend this as a great family-friendly attraction in Barmouth and we will be visiting again! My youngest is already planning his party here for his next birthday...

You can check out the Bendi-gedig website here and also why not pop over to their Facebook page and say 'hello'!

*I'll be updating this blog post with photos soon; the ones I have taken have other people's children in them so I can't publish them online! Once I have suitable photos... I'll show you and then you can see how great it is for yourself!

Learning ~ Richard Bach #wednesdaywords

Learning is finding out what you already know.
 
Doing is demonstrating that you know it.
 
Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you.
 
You are all learners, doers and teachers.
Richard Bach
 
 

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