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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Raspberry And Watermelon Crush Recipe + Giveaway!

Watermelon and raspberry smoothies

This raspberry and watermelon crush recipe is taken from the book Juice. The book contains over 100 recipes for juices and smoothies and is great for giving you ideas. It starts with a quick overview of the differences between juices and smoothies and the equipment you will need. The top tips page is extremely useful. For example it tells you not to throw away the pulp made from using as this can be used to thicken sauces. 

juice book

The book is then split into the types of smoothie/juices: energy, rehydrate, nourish, glow, soothe and detox.  The index can be used for looking up the ingredients you have in the fridge and then finding what smoothies or juices they can make. I decided to give the raspberry and watermelon crush recipe a try.

Ingredients for Raspberry and watermelon Crush

You will need:

1/4 small watermelon chopped and with as many of the seeds taken out as possible.
1/2 lime with zest and as much pith removed as you can.
4oz raspberries (I used frozen ones.)
A handful of ice.

Start by blending the lime and watermelon.

Then add the raspberries and ice and blend further.

Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

The recipe states it is for one person which I think is a rather large portion. I shared it out with my boys and easily got 3 glasses. This recipe is quite tart as there is no added sugar. Personally, I like smoothies like this but they aren't to everyone's taste. Adding a spoonful of honey would make it sweeter.

The book is full of ideas and is colourful and bright. If you want to start making smoothies at home and want to try some different recipes then this book is a great starting point.

You can order Juice from Amazon

I am also delighted to tell you that Parragon books have offered a copy of juice to giveaway to one of my readers. Just complete the rafflecopter entry below. Good Luck!

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Churros and Chocolate Sauce

Churros and chocolate

Churros and chocolate sauce are a real treat, but not something I had ever thought of making at home until now. Let's Cook Spanish: A Family Cookbook is the latest recipe book in the Let's Cook range, following the success of Let's Cook French and Let's Cook Italian.

Let's cook spanish

It follows the same layout as the other books in that the recipes are written in English on the left page and in Spanish on the left. There are no photographs of the dishes, but there are drawings to brighten up the pages. Personally I would recommend this book to families whose children are a bit more adventurous with food than my boys. Many recipes contain onions, chorizo or paprika. Whilst my husband and I love these flavour, my boys complain that they find them too spicy.

inside let's cook spanish

There was one recipe that I knew big man would be happy to help me make. Churros and Chocolate!
It is not something I have ever made before and I really had no idea if we were doing things right or not. The end result suggested we were!



250ml water
1tsp salt
1tbsp olive oil
120g all purpose flour
1 egg white
3 cups of olive oil for frying
100g icing sugar

Chocolate sauce:

470ml milk
200g dark chocolate
granulated sugar to taste.

To make the churros:

Place the water, salt and olive oil in a pan. Bring to the boil. Add the flour and stir until the dough comes away from the side of the pan. Allow to cool.

Whisk in the egg white. I will warn you it is a thick mixture!

Place the dough in a piping bag with a star tip and pipe lengths of dough into a deep pot of oil at 180C. Fry for around a minute.

Sprinkle with icing sugar.


For the chocolate sauce:

Pour the milk into a pan and bring to the boil. Break the chocolate into pieces and add to the milk. Stir until it is melted.

The chocolate and churros were a big hit with the boys. Personally I think that you could get away with half of the chocolate mixture for the amount of churros. Big man enjoyed making the dough and sauce, but I felt he was too young to be involved in the frying of the churros.

The book has some lovely recipes and I shall be trying out some of them for my husband and I.

You can purchase Let's Cook Spanish from Amazon.

I am also delighted to be able to offer a copy to one of my readers. Just complete the Gleam entry below. Good Luck!


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Thursday, 19 May 2016

An announcement....

Oh I so wanted to add a picture title with a baby scan onto this post. Perfect click bait material. But don't panic Mum, that is not the announcement! And, no we aren't moving to Dubai either. Although with the weather here at the moment it is something I would consider. Read on and it will become clear.

I have been feeling lost for the last few months. When big man was in nursery, I longed to be a SAHM. Six years on and I feel as though a part of me is missing. There is more to me than just my boys and not having a proper conventional job has it's issues alongside its rewards. I have to work around the boys. I have to miss opportunities as we have no childcare. But the thought of juggling a teaching role and the boys whilst my husband works away so much, just doesn't seem the right thing to do. So I decided to do what any normal person would do in this situation. Start a new blog!

Yes it is something I have been thinking about for years. Usually after I have returned from a blogging conference, inspired and full of ideas. Then I have put it to the back of my mind as it is too time consuming. That it may be, but the challenge of working out how to use wordpress has put a smile on my face. Given me things to think about when cooking the tea. Sparked my brain into ticking over.

So my new blog is called A Strong Coffee To Go. It is going to cover our days out and travel. It is the perfect excuse for me to hassle my husband into more holidays. Our big trip this year is to Costa Rica. It may turn out that my husband and I have totally lost the plot by taking the boys on an 11 hour plane journey to the rain forest. But if you don't try you will never know. Big man is already listing things I shouldn't touch thanks to Steve Backshall and Deadly 60. I don't even know why he thinks I would lick the back of a poison dart frog! There will be days out over here too, and it leaves this blog to focus more on food and my ramblings about the boys. If you would like to follow me on Facebook, I have a new page that is looking extremely lonely, so please give us a like, or if Bloglovin is your thing then follow me here.

If you like giveaways, then pop over to win a Thermos King Flask - could be the thing for picnics this summer - if it stays hot for more than a day.

So just to wind my husband up, where would my readers like me to visit next?


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Which Phone Case Are You?

Which Phone Case Are You?
From Visually.

As a blogger who is obsessed with her iphone, one thing that is important to me is the case. For me, it is not overly what it looks like, but whether or not it will protect my phone from damage.  I am always on the go, and I drop things, a lot. When I upgraded my phone nearly two years ago, I asked what the manager recommended for a case. The problem was that my husband had purchased the then new iphone 6 a few weeks before and smashed the screen within a week. Trying to get an appointment at our nearest apple store was easier said than done. I didn't want to find myself in the same situation. 

The manager advised the Tech 21 case. He told me that they had been on Dragon's Den and that you could throw them on the floor. Not that he recommended doing that! I put my trust in him and bought that along with a screen protector that he recommended. In two years of dropping my phone, far to many times, I have yet to have a broken screen. I have dropped it from heights where I have expected it to break no matter how good the case. So far, thanks to the impact technology, FlexShock, my phone remains in one piece.

You can keep updated with Tech 21 by liking their Facebook Page.

So which phone case are you?

This is an advertorial post but I really do love Tech 21 cases and recommend them to everyone I meet. My husband now has one!

Win Capture the Flag on DVD

capture the flag colouring sheet

This half term you can grab a copy of  the animated family film Capture the flag and joureny into space. The film tells the tale of a boy, his Dad and Grandad, who come together to protect the legacy of the original moon landing. With reimagined animated scenes of the famed Apollo 11 mission, Capture the flag offer fans of all ages an entertaining take on NASA and space exploration.

Space travel runs in Mike Goldwing's family: both his father and grandfather were astronauts. But the plucky 12-year-old's estranged grandfather, Frank, has lived a life isolated from his family after missing out on the chance to make history as a member of the Apollo 11 crew. However, when Mike discovers that an eccentric billionaire plans to fly to the moon, claim its vast, valuable mineral resources, and destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo 11 astronauts, the countdown to a spectacular adventure begins! Mike, teamed with his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, blasts off on an incredible moon-bound mission, determined to thwart the billionaire's evil plan, capture the flag, and reunite his divided family.

Why not build your own rocket too!

Capture The Flag is available on Digital HD on 23rd May and on Blu-ray and DVD from 30th May.

You can pre order a copy of Capture the Flag on DVD from Amazon.

I am also delighted to be able to offer one of my readers the chance to win a copy of the DVD themselves. Just complete the Gleam entry below. Good Luck!

Capture the flag DVD

Monday, 16 May 2016

Turning Twenty Again

With my 40th Birthday hurtling towards me at a rate of knots, it has sent me back into the tantrum throwing teenage years. Infact, my behaviour has probably been worse than my 4 year old. Decade birthdays are a big thing. Well at least Facebook tells me they are. Yes, I know I really need to keep my distance with that social media platform.  Massive parties, extravagant trips, celebrations that continue for months. All my friends are turning 40 and doing it in style.

So what am I doing? Well not much is the answer. If money wasn't an object, then I would be on holiday. Lazing around a swimming pool with one of those giant piƱa colada's in a pineapple. 

There are two problems with this:
1. Money is an object
2. I have 3 kids. I haven't lazed around a pool since my early thirties. Generally these days it is more of a case of perching on the side of a splash pool hoping a bucket of water doesn't pour on my head.

So what should I do to mark this momentous birthday? Well after a lot of thought, I have decided that denial is the best option. I don't feel forty and until I decide on what I would like to do, I will continue in my bubble where I will turn twenty again. After all, what forty year old would insist that for a date with their husband they should go to Thorpe Park and ride the big 5? When they haven't been on a roller-coaster since there twenties and now have the fear. That is far more the kind of thing that someone in their twenties would do!

As the saying goes, you are only as young as the woman you feel, so I am 38 and have 2 more years to work out what to do for my 40th. For now I will just sit back and smile in the knowledge that I plucked up enough courage to do Stealth and loved it! 

picture after riding stealth

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Win Alpha and Omega Dino Digs DVD

Alpha abd Omega Dino Digs DVD

The lovable Alpha and Omega returns to DVD with a new animated adventure this half term. 
In this film, Humphrey and Kate move to new grounds and discover Amy, an affable dinosaur who is unfamiliar with the new world.

After wolves Kate, Humphrey, and their three pups are forced to relocate their den, they discover Amy, a friendly raptor that magically came to life after being uncovered during a big dig! The pups and their forest friends show Amy the wonders of their new world, and must work together and try to stop the diggers from unearthing the dangerous T-Rex before it’s too late!

You can pre order the DVD from Amazon.

I am also delighted to be able to offer a copy of the DVD to one of my lucky readers. Just complete the Gleam entry below. Good Luck! 

Alpha and Omega Dino Digs DVD
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