Friday, 2 February 2018

... Family Getaway ...


This last week we took the boys out of school (with the both schools knowledge) and headed an hour up the road to Centre Parcs Elveden forest.

We were very kindly gifted the break as a wedding present and couldn't wait to book it.
Ever since the wedding we have been counting down to this week and I'm now a little sad its over.


Along with us both sets of grandparents came.
My parents stayed in the same house as us and Jon's parents got a little cabin just for themselves.

We all really enjoyed the time away, it was nice to relax and see all the boys enjoying themselves and having both sets of grandparents to have fun with.

We went swimming every day and the boys also had some sort of fun activity to go along to on most of the days we were there such as Archery, a 3 hour pirate party, quad biking and so on.
With the boys all sorted for fun we also booked a spa treatment for myself, my mum and Jon's mum which was very need and very much enjoyed!

We had a few meals out but the best ones were where we cooked at home and everyone was there.

Being in the forest was great and has made me want to go and build a cabin in the middle of a forest and never be seen again!
We loved seeing all the different woodland wildlife and couldn't help but fall in love with the very friendly Muntjacs who came daily for their apples!

I won't ramble on too much so here are some snaps from the week...

On our first morning we met this little chap.

and he was VERY friendly.

Swimming Fun




Outdoor fun

These two were archery pros!

Laser Combat.

Hitching a lift on Mimi's bike after his pirate party.

Arghhhh Pirates.

Super Blood Blue moon.

Noah Quad biking!


The younger boys all loved doing the off roaders.


   



We had such an amazing time and we really cannot wait to go back again!








Monday, 29 January 2018

... Banana and Walnut Cake with Chocolate Icing ...

I thought I would share with you the recipe I used for my most recent banana and walnut cake.
Ru even helped by smashing up the walnuts, something I think he enjoyed a little too much!


Ingredients
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 250mls plain flour
  • 150g light brown sugar,
  • 3 very ripe bananas,
  • 1tsp baking powder,
  • 1/2 tsp of grated nutmeg,
  • 25g smashed walnuts.
  • Icing Sugar
  • Coco Powder.




METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 (160C/gas 3 for fan-forced ovens). 
Grease a cake baking tray.

2. Mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in colour. 

3. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. 

4. Pre mash the bananas in a separate bowl and then add the bananas into the mixture. 

5. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and fold gently.

6. Fold in the pre-smashed walnuts. 
Making sure they have folded in evenly.

7. Transfer the mixture into the tin and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer placed in the middle of the cake comes out clean and dry. 

8.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least half an hour.

Icing
3 heaped tablespoons of normal icing sugar
1 heaped tablespoon of coco powder.

Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the icing over the top.
*Original recipe from here

Sunday, 28 January 2018

... Let's Go PJ Masks DVD ...


Get ready for some superhero fun with Entertainment One’s (eOne) PJ Masks when the brand-new DVD and Digital Download PJ MASKS - LET’S GO PJ MASKS is released on February 5th 2018. 

Currently one of the nation’s favourite preschool shows, the action-packed adventures of the PJ Masks continue in this new release that follows the crime-fighting trio as they solve mysteries, whilst learning valuable lessons along the way.


Guaranteed to delight your budding little superheroes, Let’s Go PJ Masks features six epic episodes that are soaring onto DVD and Digital Download for the first time. The fun-filled episodes are:

·       Gekko and the Snore-A-Saurus – Luna Girl turns a sleep-walking Cameron into her very own human puppet. It’s up to PJ Masks to save the day… but Gekko has to stop messing around first!
·       Catboy and the Shrinker - Romeo and Night Ninja team up to shrink the PJ Masks with Romeo’s shrinker invention.  When Catboy gets shrunk, he forgets that even a little guy can save the day . . . if he can use his small size to his advantage.
·       Blame it on the Train, Owlette – When the new Fairground Flyer Train goes missing from the fair, Owlette is determined to get it back quickly.  But if she wants to defeat Romeo’s new super train, she’ll need to learn that a little patience goes a long way.
·       Looking After Gekko – When Night Ninja steals the school bus and converts it into his very own super-vehicle, it's up to our heroes to stop him in his tracks.  But for that to happen, Gekko needs to learn that asking for help doesn’t make you weak.
·       Catboy’s Tricky Ticket - Catboy only has two tickets to the Jayden Houston concert and has to decide which of his best friends to take to the show.  Owlette and Gekko offer him presents to sway his decision and Catboy’s newfound greed could ensure Luna Girl ruins the concert for good.
·       Clumsy Catboy - Romeo plans to use his newest device to make everyone in the world so clumsy that they can’t stop him from taking over the world.  But when agile Catboy is the first to be “clumsified”, he can’t admit it and tries to save the day without any help.


PJ Masks depicts the tales of Conor, Amaya and Greg who by day are three normal school kids but by night, if the city is in danger the trio put on their pyjamas and activate their animal amulets. 
They magically transform into their superhero alter-egos: Catboy, Owlette and Gekko and together make an unstoppable team.


Ru loves watching PJ Masks and gets a bit upset when it's not on so he was over the moon when this dvd landed on the doorstep.
He could wait to sit down and watch.
PJ Masks is one of the only cartoons that will make him want to sit still long enough to watch what happens.
He loves playing with his little figures whilst he's watching his favourite super heroes save the day.
Having the episodes on dvd means that he can sit down any time he wants and watch it without the disappointment of not finding on the TV guide. 

Running Time: 72 minutes
Classification: U
RRP: £9.99
 DVD and Digital Download: 5th February 2018

Pre-order the DVD on Amazon here