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What E Wore | A Half Term Holiday

Thursday, 27 August 2015

We have already been lucky enough to escape for a week to Corsica with Mark Warner Holidays this Summer, and it has really whet our appetite for our whole family break to Lakitira, Kos in the October half term - we are counting down the days!

I have been buying little bits and pieces for our holiday for E as she has had a bit of a growth spurt this Summer and needs a wardrobe top-up, especially of things suitable for an Autumn sunshine getaway. My favourite stores are H&M and Pumpkin Patch for kids clothes at the moment and I have taken full advantage of recent sales and offers.

My first holiday purchases were from Pumpkin Patch earlier in the year. I bought a long sleeved Hibiscus pattern Rash set in 'bubblegum' for the bargain price of £11.78, these gorgeous red striped board shorts for £5 and a funky pair of round sunglasses for £3.

My next purchase was more recently in another of their fab sales, where I picked up a Daisy print playsuit for £9, a pretty bunting print dress also for £9, a deep violet border flower print skort for £5, a cute pair of mid length white shorts for £5, and two lovely peplum tank tops - one in white, one in lime sorbet - for only £3 each. I bought all of these items in age 6 so with any luck they will still fit E well into next Spring/Summer.

With sun safety being a paramount concern, I bought E a Rash Vest by No Fear for the bargain price of £5.25 from Sports Direct. The children will need to have t-shirts that cover their shoulders as part of their childcare essentials for the MW holiday clubs so I've bought one for each of them, E loves hers as it's her favourite colour - pink!

Meal Plan Monday 240815

Monday, 24 August 2015

Meal Plan 240815
Monday 24th
Toad in the hole with chips and mixed vegetables
Tuesday 25th
H has requested brinner* this evening
Wednesday 26th August Cottage Pie
Thursday 27th
It's the Mr's birthday & he has requested Chicken New York with salad and baked potatoes - birthday cake for dessert!
Friday 28th
Spaghetti (Courgetti) Bolognese
Saturday 29th
We're out at a BBQ this evening
Sunday 30th
We're out at a family fun day today and then I am out this evening, so the Mr & kids are fending for themselves

#MealPlanningMonday linked up with At Home with Mrs M.
* = Breakfast for dinner (egg, bacon, etc)

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Recipe

Friday, 21 August 2015

I may have overdone the fruit purchases this week and so the bananas had gone a little black and spotty, which meant that the children wouldn't eat them. There's only one thing to do with overripe bananas and that is - turn them into a delicious banana bread.

Having a rummage through my baking cupboard we found some milk chocolate chips and a bar of white chocolate and the kids decided to turn it in to an extra tasty double chocolate chip banana bread to enjoy after their dinner that night (or equally great to accompany an afternoon cuppa). This is what we did, and how we did it.

  • 12oz Self Raising Flour
  • 3 medium (7-8") Bananas, mashed
  • 6oz Butter/Marg, softened
  • 6oz Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 50g Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 50g White Chocolate, broken into chunks  (+ extra for drizzling)

  • Preheat the oven to 190c.
  • Add the sugar and butter to the bowl and combine.
  • Add the mashed bananas and milk to the mixture.
  • Alternate adding the flour and eggs to the mixture.
  • Carefully fold in the milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chunks.
  • Pour into your prepared loaf tin (mine is 5x9 & 3" deep, and we used a greaseproof liner to make it easier to remove) and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then cover with tin foil to prevent the top of the loaf burning.
  • Return to the oven and bake for a further 35 minutes, your loaf is ready when a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool before melting your white chocolate and drizzling it over the top of your banana bread.

Note: You may need to adjust cooking times to suit your oven.

{Summer Bucket List} Celebrate Birthdays - L turns 12 | #ShepSummer

Thursday, 20 August 2015

I don't think there has been anyone more excited about a birthday than L. He has been been reminding me hourly for weeks, because you know it's not like I was there that day or anything... As one of the youngest in his year he has been waiting impatiently to turn 12 as he watched all of his friends celebrate their birthdays in turn throughout the school year, and yesterday his day arrived. I knew he was going to be up early, and having anticipated this I hid his birthday presents around the house & gave him clues with which to locate them which kept him busy for an extra 5 minutes. At 6am he was up, and he woke H too which he was particularly thrilled about, & off he went to search.

He opened up his cards (his favourite was the pug factory one from his brothers and sisters) and loved all of his new things. He had a string of visitors throughout the day who came to bring him cards and gifts and then in the afternoon he went with his Aunt & cousins to go and watch new Adam Sandler movie Pixels, which was their present to him. He chose KFC as his birthday meal which they had at lunchtime as A had to work in the evening, and we celebrated with an Alien/Monster Eyeball cake, vanilla sponge with marbled 'alien skin' & filled with vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam. We absolutely were not allowed to sing happy birthday to him. So of course, we did. We'll be taking him on a day out in lieu of a party but this means waiting for a day that the Mister isn't working at the moment, right now L is more than happy keeping himself occupied with his new games. Happy Birthday to our brilliant, hilarious, wonderful L.

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