Monday, 24 October 2016

In The Kitchen // With Natures Finest Fruit

I was recently sent a pot of mango's and peaches from Nature's finest foods.
I buy these occasionally as I know the boys love them.
Usually I just pop them in a bowl and let them help themselves, but this time I wanted to try something a little different.

So the peaches got served as normal for breakfast but with the mango's I decided I wanted to be a bit more creative.
So I searched the net and found a coconut & mango muffin recipe!

What You'll Need

1 1/4 cups of plain flour,
1 cup of whole-wheat flour,
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut,
2 tsp baking powder,
1/4 tsp bicarb soda,
1/2 brown sugar,
1 egg,
1 cup milk,
1/4 cup of melted butter,
1 tub of Mango sharing pot from Nature's Finest.

Baking Instructions

Pre heat the oven to 190*c,
Line up 12 muffin cases,
Mash up the Mango's in a bowl and leave to one side,
In a large bowl mix together the flours, coconut, baking powder, bicarb and salt
In another bowl whisk together the mango, sugar, egg, milk and melted butter.
Pour over the dry ingredients and mix.
Spoon the mixture into the cases and place in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until firm to touch.
Let them cool for 10 minutes and then Enjoy.

The boys weren't big fans, but Jon and I thought they were great!

**I was sent the sharing pots for the purpose of this post.

Epson Eco Tank ET- 2550 Review

I have a strange love for printing things off.
The love affair never lasts long as when the ink runs out I become uninterested as ink is just far too expensive.
Specially when you're needed to buy new cartridges every couple of months.

So when I heard that the Epson Eco Tank printers ink will last up to 2 YEARS I needed that printer in my life!

What Epson say;

With printing costs reduced by 74% on average and no fuss, no surprises, Epson's EcoTank printers are the perfect choice for any busy household after the ultimate economical printer.
A 3-in-1 inkjet with print, copy and scan features, the ET-2550 couldn't be easier to maintain, with two years' worth of ink1 included in the box.
Wi-Fi direct and a 3.7 cm colour LCD screen make it even easier to use.

The initial outlay is more but in the long term it works out cheaper!
The included ink bottles can print up to 4,500 pages in black and 7,500 pages in colour at just a fraction of a penny per page.

Which is absolutely perfect for a big household like mine.
The boys love me printing off colouring in pages and Jon uses it for business.

When I'm looking for rainy day ideas I always tend to go to the Disney Inspired website and click on the craft tab, which then leads me to an array of different activities that I can print out for the boys to make.

At the moment they have some perfect Halloween activities, that I've printed off ready for their second week of holidays!

I also find a lot of cool printable's over on Activity Village.

I no longer have to worry about what and when I print.
In a strange way its rather liberating.

You can buy the printer off amazon.

**I was sent the Eco Tank printer for free, in return for an honest review.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Swings And Roundabouts

Yesterday we took a day trip up to Norfolk to view another house.

The house we originally put an offer in on way back in July has been extremely hard to get going and the guy selling it hasn't even signed the contracts.
He keeps avoiding the estate agents and we just seem to at a dead end.

So we decided that we needed to get back on the house hunt.

We went and viewed a gorgeous house just down the road from Kings Lynn.
We all fell in love with it and wanted it there and then.

We put an offer in and waited.
Before the long drive back to Kent, we found a park local to the house and let the kids have a run around.
It was wet and slippery so we told them not to go on anything too wet and try not to get too muddy.

Well famous last words...... Rupert went on the roundabout and as he was getting off slipped, fell face first into the metal seat and smashed his gums up and cut his lip open.

I eventually stopped the bleeding with my cardigan and both Jon and I decided it didn't need a trip to a&e but we'd put him in the front of the van with us so we could keep an eye on him.

He's rather bruised but everything seems ok and he isn't mentioning it hurting.
To be on the safe side I'm going to book him a dentist appointment tomorrow to get his teeth checked over and make sure nothing is wobbly.

As for the gorgeous house...
our offer was accepted but we were then told by Jon's brother in law who is Norfolk born and bred that the area the house was in was a no go area.

So we've pulled out and are off back up to Norfolk on Tuesday to view a different house!