Pancake Recipe

As pancake day is tomorrow, I thought I would share my favourite pancake recipe.  I love pancakes.  They’re something I enjoy all year round, not just on Shrove Tuesday.  My husband doesn’t like them, so it means when I make them I pretty much get the whole lot to myself!  Obviously now Oliver is around he will enjoy one too, but I still get plenty to myself.

I enjoy both american style pancakes and traditional pancakes  Generally if making american style I would top with golden syrup or maple syrup.  Although they are also great with a raspberry coulis or bacon!  When I make traditional pancakes I usually stick with the classic, lemon and sugar.  However I do really love them with Nutella, and with a bit of banana added in they are just delicious!  I’ve never tried a savoury pancake, I’m a bit scared to try them, to me they seem like they should be sweet.  I have given Oliver one with cream cheese, which he seemed to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 110g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml milk and 75ml water (combined)
  • 2tbsp melted butter

Method

  1. Place the flour in a bowl and make a well
  2. Crack the eggs in and whisk together
  3. Continue whisking whilst gradually adding the milk and water combination
  4. Add the melted butter and whisk this in
  5. Melt a small amount of butter in the frying pan
  6. Add about a ladle full of batter to the pan and swirl until the bottom is coated.
  7. Cook for 30secs – 1 minute either side until lightly browned and serve

I have added a pinnable recipe card if you wanted to save the recipe.

What’s your favourite pancake topping?

 

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73 Vogue Questions Vlog

I was challenged by Gemma from Life is Knutts to complete the 73 Vogue Questions vlog.  Thank you very much Gemma for tagging me!

I’m still new at this vlogging thing and I thought this would be a great opportunity to gain a bit more confidence in front of the camera.

I hope you enjoy and if you like what you see please give it a thumbs up and hit subscribe!

 

The questions

1. What’s your favourite movie?

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?
3. Favorite Hitchcock film?
4. A book you plan on reading?
5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?
6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?
7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?
8. iPhone or Android?
9. Twitter or Instagram?
10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?
11. What’s your favourite food?
12. Least favourite food?
13. What do you love on your pizza?
14. Favourite drink?
15. Favorite dessert?
16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
17. Coffee or tea?
18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?
19. What’s your favourite band?
20. Favourite solo artist?
21. Favourite song?
22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?
25. To be or not to be?
26. Dogs or cats?
27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?
28. Best gift you’ve ever received?
29. Best gift you’ve ever given?
30. Last gift you gave a friend?
31. What’s your favourite board game?
32. What’s your favourite country to visit?
33. What’s the last country you visited?
34. What country do you wish to visit?
35. What’s your favourite colour?
36. Least favourite colour?
37. Diamonds or pearls?
38. Heels or flats?
39. Pilates or yoga?
40. Jogging or swimming?
41. Best way to de-stress?
42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?
44. What’s your favourite flower?
45. When was the last time you cried?
46. Do you like your handwriting?
47. Do you bake?
48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?
49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?
50. Who do you miss most?
51. What are you listening to right now?
52. Favorite smell?
53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?
55. A sport you wish you could play?
56. Hair color?
57. Eye colour?
58. Scary film or happy endings?
59. Favourite season?
60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
61. Hugs or kisses?
62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?
63. Where were you born?
64. What is the farthest you have been from home?
65. Sweet or savoury?
66. Lipstick or lip gloss?
67. What book have you read again and again?
68. Favourite bedtime story?
69. What would be the title of your autobiography?
70. Favourite sound?
71. Favorite animal?
72. Who is your girl crush?
73. Last photograph you took?

I tag:

Alex from Better Together Home

Lianne from Mrs Mummy Harris

I look forward to seeing your videos!

If you fancy doing your own 73 questions let me know, I would love to see your videos!

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Finally SLEEP

After enduring a year of getting up in the night, I am finally getting a full nights sleep. If you have been a parent to a child who wakes in the night, you will understand why I am so happy to sleep without any interruption. I was very lucky throughout our first year that despite the waking, Oliver wasn’t an early riser. Never have I had to get up at 6am (or earlier) and we often slept in till 9 or later.

When Oliver was around 12 weeks old he started sleeping through. We thought we had it made, how perfect! How naive more like, and at about 16 weeks the frequent night waking began. The dreaded four month sleep regression is most certainly a real thing.  But we rode it out and I dealt with the night time waking.  I always said I didn’t want to sleep train Oliver, and I think he just needed his own time to work sleep out and when he did it would be when he wanted to.

For the past three of four months Oliver has only been waking once a night which was a good improvement on the two or three wake up calls I had previously. I easily fed him back to sleep and all in all we would be up for about 10 minutes maximum. But those 10 minutes of waking every night was tiring when the morning came. I had tried to stop him waking, leaving him to whine a bit longer before I went in, even trying to send Stu in in my place (this sent Oliver straight into meltdown!). But nothing had worked.

On Oliver’s first birthday he finally did the one thing I had dreamt of for months, he slept through. It was like a little present back to me!  I thought it was a fluke, but every night since (bar one – damn teething) he has slept through.  I feel like a new woman!  However, a full nights sleep does come with its drawbacks. I’m now having to get up at 7am, something I haven’t done in a very, very long time!  I suppose at least it’s preparing me for the even earlier starts I will have for work when I go back next week.

Along with a full nights sleep, Oliver will happily go to sleep independently.  Since he was about 6 months old, the only way we could get him to sleep was by lying with him.  Now I give him a feed and pop him in the cot, turn the light out and he goes straight to sleep.  It’s such a weight lifted and has given me my evenings back!

The one thing I have learnt from our journey with sleep is that you’ve just got to ride it out.  Do what works for you, and they will get there eventually.  It may take a week, it may take a year, but you will make it through.

Did your child sleep well or did you try every trick in the book to help them get there?

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A First Birthday Party

Last weekend we celebrated Oliver’s 1st Birthday.  We had a little party on the Saturday before his birthday and I made it loosely jungle themed.  I say loosely because it was mainly just the cake and tableware!!  We hired a hall as our house is a bit too little to host a party as we had around 40 guests.  I looked around at different places I could have the party for a while.  I didn’t want a pub because Oliver loves crawling and I can’t imagine their floors are the best to crawl on.  Another place I could have hired would have been soft play, but the majority of the people at the party are adults so there was little point in this.  Therefore we decided on the local village hall!

Loving the softplay with Auntie Alice

Soft Play

As we had so much space we hired in soft play, we had about 9 children coming who were all between the ages of 0-7.  The babies in our mummy group all love soft play, so we thought it was the perfect solution to keep all the children happy.  There was always someone in the ball pit!  The soft play people even left a few extra bits that she would usually charge more for because she had them in the car so it was win win!  They even left us a bubble machine, which was a hit.

Food

I did normal party food, sandwiches, crisps, sausage rolls, biscuits and cake.  The birthday cake was a chocolate sponge which I iced with green sugarpaste.  I made a giraffe, monkey and lion figurine and then made a hippo head and bum to stick out of the ‘water pool’.  The figurines were made a few weeks ahead of the party, so it gave them time to dry out.  They were actually pretty easy to make.  I found a youtube video for the monkey and then followed the same basic principle for the others.  For the lion I actually used a polystyrene ball for his head as it was too heavy otherwise.

Timing

We had the party between 2-4pm.  I chose this time because Oliver usually goes for a nap at anytime between 11am-1pm, so it meant he would have definitely had his nap prior to the party.  Oliver had a really good nap before the party but by about 3:30pm he was showing signs of being really tired.  He got pretty grouchy actually.  I think the timing was pretty good.  Any later and he would have been getting dinnertime grouchy, and any earlier would have been naptime!

This is my favourite photo! He was smiling until his uncle got the camera out and he decided then was the time to get the bottom lip out!!

Overall I think the party went well.  The food was eaten, the cake all went and the children all had plenty of fun.  If you are thinking of having a birthday party in a hall, please consider hiring soft play if your child loves it!  It was brilliant and I didn’t realise how many companies there were around that hired it out.  The price was fairly reasonable as well.

Having fun with Uncle Graham

Uncle Matt’s hair is great to pull!

What did you do for your little ones first birthday?

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Parent and Child parking: Why are you parking there?

Yesterday I was driving around a local supermarket car park.  When I was driving past the parent and child parking spaces, someone began reversing out.  There was a lady coming the opposite way and she was indicating in.  I parked up elsewhere and saw the woman getting out of the car.  She was probably in her late 50’s/early 60’s.  Thinking she was probably looking after her grandchildren, I got to getting Oliver out the car.  Whilst I lifted him out, I watched as she walked off.  Alone.  No children.  When I walked past her car, there wasn’t anyone left in it.  No car seat.  Nothing.  She had parked there because of sheer laziness.  Because that space was a mere 20 metres closer to the shop than a normal space.

This isn’t the first time I have experienced this.  Once I was getting back in my car whilst a family were getting in theirs, the children were in their late teens.  I think the only reason the father had chosen that space was because he had a fancy car.  Another time I ended up parking in a normal space as someone beat me to the parent and child space.  She got out the car with her child, who must have been at least 12/13, she opened the door herself and hopped out independently.  So why did themother need a parent and child space?  These are but a few examples that I have seen in the past year.

What is the criteria to use them?

It really annoys me the amount of times people use these spaces inappropriately.  Yes they say ‘parent and child’ which is a broad term, but realistically they are really meant for people with small children who need assistance getting in and out of the car or help putting a seatbelt on or off.  If your child can safely and independently get themselves in and out of the car, do you really need the extra space?  Most supermarkets say that in their eyes, the spaces are designated for parents with children under 12 and using booster seats.  But in reality, none of their signage reflects this notion.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use them?

Another related problem I have seen in the media is the use of these spaces when heavily pregnant.  Personally I always used the normal spaces, but I often found it very difficult to manoeuvre myself out of the car due to my bump.  I think that it is perfectly acceptable for a heavily pregnant woman to utilise the spaces, as getting about isn’t easy at the best of times.  Let alone when you have to squeeze out of the car because the person next to you has parked badly!

To fine, or not to fine?

I was really pleased to see a few months ago that Tesco were starting to roll out fining drivers who used parent and child spaces when they didn’t need to.  In most places, if you parked in a disabled spot and you weren’t disabled you would end up with a fine.  So why can this not be applied to parent and child?  If people aren’t fined they won’t stop their behaviours!  Personally I am too scared/nervous to actually approach people

What are your views on people using parent and child spaces inappropriately?  Should they be fined?

 

 

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