Thursday, 17 July 2014

I'm trying to be positive

So lets clear out a cupboard my hubbie said. Well more a case of him clearing the cupboard and me watching and tell him what goes where !  Someone has to be the supervisor.
So then hubbie pulls out some fabric and goes to throw it in the nearest black bag. Nooooooo I scream that's my wedding dress!! hubbie had found my 35 year old wedding dress and it nearly ended its life in a bin.
When I got it from him I unfolded it and sat to think about that wedding day long ago. As I opened it up I was amazed at how tiny it was. Surely I did not fit into that? I know I wasn't that small...... was I?
Then I am in tears and being stupid about my lost figure and how overweight I am now. I cry for the all the years that have passed, and cry because I wouldn't get one leg in it now lol. Its ok I picked myself up and remembered the day for what it was, special and happy. I may not be teeny tiny anymore but I am still around and still married to my sailor. Oh and he can't get in his wedding outfit either lol

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

All Bran five day Challenge

The #RealMumsAllBran 5 day challenge is all about embracing our tummies and the way they look. So I got my All bran in the post and it did not look like the old All Bran I remember of old.

I had three lovely flavours Golden crunch, Red berry and chocolate. It all looked good and the fact it helped your health made it even better.
So I started day one with the Red berry. Oooo it was yummy . Full of flavour and lovely sweet clusters of cereal with little pieces of red fruit. It was really nice and nothing like I had remembered All Bran tasting like.
I noticed I had none of the normal bloating feelings and without being too graphic it makes you very regular if you know what I mean lol.
Day two I tried the golden crunch. This had an almost creamy taste of honey. Lovely and sweet and to be honest I really enjoyed eating it like a snack rather than with milk. I felt less uncomfortable and it really started the day off well.
Day three I moved onto my last box and that was the chocolate. Now for the sake of honesty I was not as keen on this one. I found it rather dry and a bit too sweet for me. It didn't taste terrible it just wasn't my fave.
I finished off my other days by enjoying the golden crunch and red berry and my husband had the chocolate.
I did feel that I felt less bloated and more better digestion for sure. I hope to continue to be a Real Mum of All-Bran as I do feel better. Give it a try you could be surprised.

"This post is my entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs"

Friday, 11 July 2014

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is know for being very beautiful and it is somewhere I have wanted to visit for years. Its not far from where I live just the next door county of Kent. It was mine and hubs 35th wedding anniversary and my birthday this week, so I arranged to have a mini break to celebrate. So I booked two nights in a lovely little cottage in the grounds of Leeds Castle for us both.
So we arrived and the weather was wonderful and idea for seeing the castle. Lucky for me I had my new mobility scooter so I could enjoy getting around . As our cottage was not ready we had to spend time having lunch until it was.
There was an issue as they had double booked and so as a sorry they offered us a room in the  Maiden Tower which was five star with breakfast. They were so nice and I could not fault the service. The accommodation manager went the extra mile to help and he was lovely and friendly.

Leeds Castle is so full of history and also fab stories. I was blown away with who had been at the castle and also the Lady who had saved the castle and took care of it and its staff. I was more blown away by the staff. Everyone was so nice and polite and friendly, it sure makes you want to go back.
There is lots to do and see and a fab place to take younger ones because there is so much park land to explore and have an adventure.

I think you will agree Leeds Castle is a fantastic place. I really think it was wonderful value for money and throw in the beautiful grounds it would make a great day out. Lots for the kids as well and loads of space for them to run around.
They call it
“The Loveliest Castle in the World”

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Great granddad Charlie

If you are kind enough to read my blog you will know that last month , my first grandson arrived. Lots of people wanted to meet him and it was a very special time. My grandson Nathan is very lucky. He has two wonderful parents and four wonderful grandparents ( if I do say so myself lol) and uncle and aunt, More important he is lucky enough to have a great granddad. His second name is Charlie after his great granddad and this week he got to meet him for the first time.
Its great Charlie can have this special time and I hope he and Nathan will be great friends in the future.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Silent sunday:06/07/14

Jordan Cereal Review

Jordans Cereal is something I really enjoy. So when I got a chance to review the Country crisp Strawberries, I jumped at it. Not only that but this year for the first time Jordans cereal are unveiling its very first garden
 at RHS Hapmpton Court Flower show.  The Jordan Wildlife Garden has been created by award winning garden designer, Selina Botham, to reflect a long - term commitment from Jordans to the British countryside.
As part of the countryside celebrations, Jordans has enlisted the taste expertise of Great British Bake Off winner, Edd Kimber, to create a series of foraged food recipes inspired bu the Jordan Wildlife Garden. 
So I decided to make this one as it was the cereal that I had.

Edd Kimber's Alpine Strawberry Fool

Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
Serves : 6

250ml whole milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
199g caster sugar
15g  cornflower

Strawberry Compote
400g alpine strawberries, hulled and diced
85g caster sugar

To Finish
300ml double cream
crystallised rose petals (optional)
70g Jordans Country Crisp Cereal

1. for the custard, place the milk and vanilla bean into a med saucepan and bring to the boil. Whilst coming to temperature, place the egg and yolk into a large bowl along with the caster sugar and cornflour, whisking together until smooth. Pour the hot milk onto the egg, whisking constantly. Pour this custard back into the pan and over med heat, stir constantly until the custard has thickened ( it should have the texture of custard made with powder, thicker than a creme anglaise but still pourable). Pour back into the bowl and press a sheet of cling film onto the surface of the custard and refrigerate until cold.

2. For the strawberry compote, place the strawberries and sugar into a med saucepan and cook over med heat until the fruit has released lots of juice. Continue to cook until the juice has reduced to a syrup and the strawberries have just started to break down. Pour into a small bowl and chill.

3. To assemble the fools , divide half of the compote between the glasses and top with the custard.Sprinkle the Jordens Country Crisp Strawberries onto the custard and then set the glasses aside for the moment. In a large bowl whisk the cream until it holds soft peaks. add most of the remaining compote ( reserving a little to decorate) and gently fold together leaving it partially swirled in. Spoon the cream mix into the glasses

4. To finish the fool, spoon the remaining compote on top of the cream and sprinkle a little extra Jordans Country Crisp Strawberries.

 . It was easy to make and It was so yummy I will be making it again.
You can find out more great ideas and info about Jordans here

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the Jordans Country Crisp Strawberries.