Sunday, 13 January 2013

Well I was going to make a post on Wednesday but that went awol ..

so  to  today ........I've got a little bit of quiet time  while homework is being done(well it best be ) and I've just got my shopping in from being delivered....Yes I said delivered I've already been told off by Hubby for not letting him do it  (I'll let you into a secret  He doesn't get all of what I want as he's one that sticks to the list and  doesn't deviate from it   I know in an ideal world that's good  but sometimes you want the BOGOF deals or the American snacks from a well known shop as you have an addiction to them (NOT allowed while going to zumba in the week  but at the weekend treat time!!!!!)
So while I'm waiting I'm having a cuppa in my January bargain from Denby I could say not so much a bargain  as it was 3 times the price I'd normally pay  for a dinner service but I've always wanted  a denby dinner service ever since drinking from a cup at a friends house  half price was a good way to start my collection I think.
     My week well its been good and positive from my point of view. The boys have not argued as much as I thought  they would and work went OK . Aidan's B'day meal  was enjoyed on  Monday at the harvester and  my  zumba sessions hurt as I knew they would do ( no gain without pain they say ) The   healthy eating has started, breakfasts again from Monday. Breakfast is not a meal I really look forward to  unless its more brunch but I'm  going to give it a go.
 My crafting prowess of the week was making play dough
 recipe : 2 cups flour,1 cup salt,tsp cream of tartar and tbsp oil  1 cup of boiling water (with a few drops of  food colouring  and 1-2 drops of fragrance if required)    
 quick and easy and ready to go.
 Well today  I'm  going to make some  thumb print cakes and get some chocolate play dough made  before I tackle the mountain of ironing
 hugs  everyone catch you in the week  :) xxxx

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Okay so the last post went well.........

........ as did the cake for Aidan's b'day not much left now in fact the last piece got eaten by me as it was just sitting there screaming out to me eat me.....(so regret it after as sides are now splitting jeans)
  I'd put up a picture of Aidan however at 15 years old he turns into the illusive pimpernel and very camera shy,avoiding any  public affection or attention he possibly can,you are lucky to only get a snap shot of back of head as he runs for the hills when the camera is out or you may be able to get an abstract shot while  engaged in other activities lol.Wildlife is easier to catch.
 So ive just got my card for Aidan to show you. It was a quick and well a very simple creation to say the least as going through my available craft stuff (as its all in the cold shed apart from  printer and computer) I found very little to interest Aidan at all. He is really into is his Xbox and phone  at the moment what teenager isn't so I'm afraid it was  a sticker of  Assassins Creed and simple greeting (He loves it ) lucky really  ....... it could have been the dinosaur with the happy Birthday balloons.Maybe next year. I'm pleased it came out ok.
Can I just say a huge thank you to  peeps that have commented on my comeback it is really heart warming and quite reassuring I'm not speaking to myself ( I thought I was for a few moments as in Shirley Valentine talking to a wall  or a microwave I'm often finding myself doing that................. is it an age thing ??? ......... not remembering Shirley Valentine movie (you can Google it , a good film if I remember right but talking to inanimate objects.)

Anyway  it's back to work for me  tomorrow all doom and gloom I hear you say, but actually I'm looking forward to the normality again.Not so much the work aspect but being able to get into some sort of  routine. It's a return to the weekly zumba  ritual which is desperately needed as I'm spreading over the sofa let alone out of clothes(it feels like it anyhow) Hubby will be back in the kitchen being a domestic (god good thing too don't tell him I said that ) as it stays tidy when he's in charge. I'm cooking a roast today and there are pans all over the place LOL.
 So peeps I will catch you all very soon and leave you with something to think about this week.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Christmas has come and gone and ..........

the new year has been welcomed in and the old well that's shoved out with the cobwebs and piled high with the junk I had accumulated. OMG what junk do we collect and most of it I can say is tat  and stuff  kept e just for the sake of maybe someday I will use it  day ..........well I've had enough of MAYBE  if its not used its going...... going.....gone. I'm heading for minimalists for 2013 and  hopefully slim downed in size and life and got rid of non necessities (hubby NOT being one of them as he still has  uses and makes me LOL).
SO what  else have I done ...................errrrrrrr  Whoop of Joy I've finished reading a book Reflected in you by  Sylvia Day (one of those saucy but enjoyable reads that I couldn't put down) Now I just have to wait for the third instalment to be written grrrr  .......  don't you just hate that, by the time the next ones out I will have forgotten the characters and have to read all three books again.The good thing about 50 shades they were all out  together  when I read them (although I didn't feel the need for the third one but that's my opinion hey ho).
So I am now reading something light hearted and hilarious after the first three paragraphs when I have my cuppa coffee Miranda Harts is it just  me  I have to say  no it is not just  her as I too have been caught by the Life Eh situations and I'm sure will be caught by  many  more.If you want a good read please pick up her book or you can download the first chapter for free on kindle even that will put a smile on your face for an afternoon
Now my afternoon has been spent  making the most awesomeness cake ( is there a word awesomeness  probably not but hey ho)  I've been baking  Aidan's B' day cake today  and I thought  I'd blog about it too as  I've decided my blog is going back to its roots of  something to share over a cuppa of something and what crafting I've done or not done  this year and we will see how things go.
 I've come off all  DT's but still  keep my updates on what peeps have been doing so I will leave the links up etc and add new ones I'm sure as needed or wanted.
 I lost my  mojo in 2012  with losing  close family so 2013 is a journey to get it back.

 So my first task of the year Aidan's b'day cake and card if I get round to it but first his cake he's  15 years old this year ( my where did that time go :)  

   So to Chocolate cake everyone's favourite
  I used a classic sponge recipe from my great British bake off book (all
in good book shops or check on line ) for a Victoria sponge and substituted 25 g of cocoa powder from the S.R flour to make it chocolaty. I realised once I cooked it I could have doubled the recipe for a huge cake but  there you  have it I don't think ahead doh! moment so in the oven it went for half an hourish until pricking tool was clean and sponge was bouncy. Now of course I licked the bowl and spatula once it was all cooking  before washing up  and preparing the butter cream No kids were in so some one has too !!
and the next thing once cooled was toDecorate it.My friends  on FB recently  made a cake using   chocolate fingers   and as they are one of Aidan's favourite biscuits  I figured Id use them too so 2 and a half  packets later and loads of butter cream (can you keep butter cream as I have loads left over ?) we have walls and its looking a good cake to me  that is  until put something on top I've used two packets of  twirl bites only because  I couldn't find any smarties  and...............
      Ta da

  One finished cake already for tomorrow and the bonus is we have fingers and chocolate left over although after Christmas the last thing I want to see is chocolate but hey ho
 ...............................................what do do with this lot  mmmmmmmm  
 once  the rest of the family see them  they will be gone I'm sure 

 So there you  have it  first  blog  for 2013 and I'm off for my cuppa and get tea sorted  next task B'day card by tomorrow.  Mmmmnnnn  we will see
Catch ya laters