School Holiday Fun: Bubble Dough

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Today Miss A is playing with Bubble Dough. To find out the recipe visit the blog that I got the recipe from which was Creative Playhouse

Miss A is having such a fantastic time with it. We have all the ingredients in stock all of the time, even cornflour! I can’t live without cornflour! I love the fact that it stretches! Ours stretched rather well! We did have to add a little bit more cornflour to the mix as it was too wet but that’s probably because of the washing up liquid being different to the one used in the blog post. There is minimum mess with this dough and any mess washes off really well! One to add to the favourites! Miss A is in her element!

The weather is a bit yucky today so this is a fantastic way to entertain the little ones on a rainy day! It has been an hour now that she has been playing with it! She has made allsorts of things including a lolly..

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This bubble dough is really stretchy! I personally could play with it for hours. Miss A has made cookies, used play scissors on it and stretched it so many times! Cheap ingredients were used in the making of this bubble dough, which is always a good thing!

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Numb tingling arm..wonder why?

For about a month now, my arm has been numb and tingling. It is my left lower arm. My left leg is sometimes the same. The arm is a permanent thing. Then all of a sudden I sometimes get a wave of tingling on my arms, legs etc it soon goes. This happens every day and sometimes more than once a day. I have been to the doctor, had blood tests. Doctor labelled my blood test with the condition of paresthesia. Doctor did mention trapped nerve but I don’t think it is because of the wave of tingling.

So why am I blogging about it? Well I am still waiting on the rheumatoid tests but the others are completely normal. Not 100% sure what they tested for but there were a few boxes ticked on the blood test form. So I am wanting to find out whether any of you have any idea what it could be? Had similar? Had a diagnosis. I don’t want to sit and wait for the rheumatoid tests as I bet they will be clear too.

Happy about my blood tests being normal, but not happy with the fact that I don’t really know what is causing it and obviously would like to know. So lovely people, any ideas?

Thanks x

Recipe: Quorn Cottage Pie

So I was challenged by Quorn to try out a recipe from their website. I decided to cook Quorn Cottage Pie.

Now I have a bit of a confession here, after accepting the challenge, my freezer started to break. So we are trying frantically to empty it. Things do not defrost, but the alarm beeps every day, usually at the same time of the day so I think it could be the weather. So doing this challenge was a little hard.

We do use Quorn regularly but are not experimental with it at all. We just add the mince and chicken style pieces to sauces and that is it. So this challenge made me realise exactly how versatile Quorn can be and made me really want to experiment with it (once the freezer is sorted, I am thinking of just binning whatever is left to be honest and defrosting it to see if it fixes the issues).

We didn’t have the parsnips so we added more potato. I am not a good cook, however I was rather pleased with how this tasted. The recipe was rather easy to follow. There are some meals I have cooked where I panic because there is too many things to do, this recipe is not one of them! Was so easy to get everything cooked and served. The only thing I had trouble with was putting the potato on the top. I think I will use a piping bag next time. Really don’t know why I didn’t think of using one first of all! So the presentation wasn’t the best..far from it! But we all ate it and Miss A enjoyed eating most of hers too.

The Quorn website, I must admit, is a bit confusing on a phone, I expected the link to the recipe to show that recipe only, but it expands the recipe but shows photos of the others..not a lover of that. Too noisy. I think I will print the recipe next time I want to cook it. I prefer it on paper than on a phone anyway.

I can’t find the photo of the cottage pie..probably good job! I will definitely cook this recipe again (and add parsnips to it) and will update this blog post. Will take more time on the presentation next time!

 

 Recipe: Quorn Cottage Pie
Quorn Cottage Pie
Serves 4
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 350g Quorn mince
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil (Quorn just needs to be added to the sauce, so the recipe requires about 50% less oil than you would usually use)
  3. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  4. 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  5. 100g frozen peas or mixed veg
  6. 400ml vegetable stock
  7. 1 dessert spoon vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce (optional)
  8. 1 tbsp tomato puree
  9. 2 tbsp salt reduced soy sauce
  10. 1 tbsp cornflour, mixed to a paste in 1 tbsp cold water
  11. 700g potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  12. 225g parsnips, peeled and chopped
  13. 2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  14. salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, Gas Mark 4
  2. Boil the potatoes and parsnip until tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and the carrot and fry gently until softened.
  4. Add the Quorn mince, frozen veg, vegetable stock, vegetarian Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, soy sauce and seasoning. Simmer for 5 minutes and then add the cornflour made into a paste with the tablespoon of cold water and continue to simmer gently, stirring all the time, until thickened. Place in an ovenproof dish.
  5. Mash the potatoes and parsnip with the milk until smooth, season to taste with the salt and pepper. Place the topping over the Quorn mince filling and fluff up with a fork.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until the topping is crisp.
  7. Serve with a selection of fresh vegetables.
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Giant Spectacular. The Giants are back in Liverpool!

The Giants are back! Giant Spectacular have returned! As I type this, The Giants are in Liverpool! After seeing them in Liverpool in 2012, I have been wishing for this day to happen! We all got to see them yesterday (Friday). Miss A and Daddy spent all day in Liverpool following the giants and both had a fantastic time. I left early as it wouldn’t of beenĀ fun for Master A to be in his pushchair or outside all day, way too hot! I saw all the giants so I was happy!

Miss A was in her element. I got to see her reaction to seeing the giants again, she didn’t know they were back so it was a huge surprise. It was so hard to keep it a secret but we managed it! It was great to see a new giant, Grandma was fantastic! Managed to be there when she told her tale when she woke up on Friday morning! I kept up to date with the event via Twitter and Facebook and also managed to find a photo of Miss A and Daddy on Twitter.

They both got home after 12am! Both exhausted but happy!

You can see photos from 2012 here

Here are some photos from yesterday..

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Little Girl Giant with a lolly

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Little Girl Giant

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Miss A watching the Giants

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Xolo – close up

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Xolo choosing a toy

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Xolo having a bath

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Grandma!

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Miss A waiting to go home

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All worn out!