Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween...


Have a frightfully fun and scary Halloween...
  


Outfit-

Dress - £1-00 from flea market
Necklace - Fiona Paxton


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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

In The Polka Dots....

 
I brought this polka dot jumper dress in the sales this summer and just got around to wearing it now the weather has turned cooler. Polka dots are my favourite print, I usually go for small ones but loved this one...


Polka dot top - little shop in Nottingham Victora Centre
 
Leggings - Market
 
Socks -Primark
 
Boots -Primark

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween Recipes : Creative Mondays...


Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox andJudyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?

Not sure if its my blog or everyone's? but somethings going strange this week.. My pictures wont go bigger, my draft writing has change and everything seems to be going different ( even my words size is going different !!) . Is this what happens when you change from .blogspot to .com? or is it going like this for anyone else who is on blogger? ...would love to know...

Talking of strange, I'm sharing some guest posts recipes this week for Halloween as I've been so busy filming a tumble dryer review I've not had time for much else...

Halloween Jellies

Frankensteins Fingers And Sheeps Eyes

Halloween Fiery Jackets
Halloween Carrot Muffins

Wiitches Ribs With Vampire Toast

Popcorn Toffee Apples

Halloween-Recipes Curried English Pea
Halloween Eyeballs

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Candy Smart GOC 580C Condenser Tumble Dryer Review.

Earlier this summer we gave up on our washer/dryer. We were fed up with one thing after another breaking, usually being linked to it being a combination device. We opted for just a new washer, leaving the drying to mother nature. Unfortunately with the Summer we have had this has not been an ideal solution. A new drier then, with Winter looming was top priority. It had to be a condenser type and it had to be a reasonable drum size for a family of six.



It was an amazing coincidence and surprise then to get the chance to review this Candy Smart Condenser Tumble Dryer . We had a spare slot in the kitchen where a drier would fit and luckily the Candy drier squeezed in nicely. It has a nice size 8kg drum with plenty of drying options and with at the time of typing a snow covered garden, it has arrived at just the right time.




 The Candy Smart GOC 580C Condenser Tumble dryer is an energy rated C tumble drier. With a 8kg drum, suitable for upto the equivalent of 24 cotton T shirts. Below is an image of the main control panel underneath is an explanation of their functions. Which is from page 7 and 8 of the instruction manual.







Final thoughts.

Pluses about tumble dryer are-

Clothes come out not too creased so most thing's wont need much ironing. (A blessing!)

Water tray and fluff filter are easy to access and filter and water tray lights on display panel telling you when they need doing.

Either set the time manually or use Automatic settings which will range from bone dry to iron dry.
These settings are the ones I have used the first few loads and save me wasting electricity drying too long.

Clothes drys quickly compared to my old washer drier.

Timer delay mode allowing you to set it up to switch on in middle of night when electricity tariff cheaper.

Very easy to use.

Has a Good quality look and feel to it. Very impressed.

Priced at £206-00


Minus points about tumble dryer are-

Slightly louder than expected.Although not excessive.

People with mobility issues may struggle to reach bottom of drier to empty water tray.

Only Category C energy consumption. A couple of the pluses can help to overcome this.


Disclaimer.
I was sent this product to review free of charge. I was not paid for this review all thoughts are my own honest opinions.

Halloween Carrot Muffins ...




Preparation: 20mins Cooking: 25mins Makes 12

You will need

  • 200g/7oz soft light brown sugar
  • 200ml/7floz sunflower oil
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 200g/7oz plain flour
  • 2.5ml/1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2.5ml/1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 5ml/1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200g/7oz carrots, peeled and grated
  • 50g/2oz walnut pieces, chopped
  • 5ml/1 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing

  • 225g/ icing sugar, sifted
  • 25g/1oz unsalted butter
  • 75g/3oz chilled full fat cream cheese
  • food colouring and writing icing


Method

  • Preheat the oven to 170C/Fan 150C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Line a deep 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  • Place the sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl, then beat together with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth and thickened. 
  • Sift over the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon then fold in until well mixed. 
  • Fold in the carrots, walnuts and vanilla essence.
  • Divide the mixture between the paper cake cases and bake in the middle of the oven for 25mins or until golden, risen and the middle bounces back when lightly pressed. 
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the icing 

  • Use an electric whisk to beat the icing sugar and butter together in a large bowl until fluffy. 
  • Add the cream cheese and briefly beat together again until just combined. 
  • Don’t overbeat or it will become runny. 
  • Spread the icing over the muffins, then let the kids go mad icing the cakes with spooky characters.

Freezing instructions

  • Un-iced these muffins freeze well. 
  • Once cool pack them into a freezer proof container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. 
  • Thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour, then ice as instructed.

Recipe and photo credits - British Carrots website

Frankenstein’s Fingers and Sheep’s Eyes Halloween Recipes ...



For a bit of halloween fun, try these spooky ideas!

They are quick and easy and get the kids eating veg too!

What to do

  • Fill a small bowl with ready-made guacamole, houmous or other favourite dip. 
  • Take 5 baby carrots and take a thin slice off the tip of each. 
  • Then use the knife to make a small incision at the base of this cut and push a flaked almond into the slot to look like finger nails! 
  • Arrange the carrots into the dip so they look like a hand. 
  • For the sheep’s eyes, peel 4 carrots and thickly slice. 
  • Slice a few green stuffed olives and red grapes. 
  • Top each carrot slice with a blob of sour cream and the sliced grapes or olives. 
  • Arrange the eyes in pairs on a serving plate.


Recipe and photo credits-British Carrots website


Saturday, 27 October 2012

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All Dressed up And Nowhere To Go...


 
 Can guarantee when the kids are off school and you want to do fun thing's the weather is always miserable!!





This week it's been very foggy, rainy and dull so yesterday was the first day we ventured out. We had planned a special of breakfast out and a fun trip to the cinema. I should have known it was going to go wrong,  and we (should have stayed home to played fun dance games) when the breakfasts turned up cold and burnt. Not to dampen the morning off we went to the pictures, just as we entered there was and announcement... Sold out for this showing ...Great!! After this we walked home in the cold damp air and fed up .Even more reason for me to tucked into some more chocolate bars all day!!. I'm sure I wont be able to run by the end of half term!!
 
 

 
Dress - Matalan
 
Belt - Primark
 
Cape - Last week from Charity shop

Legging- Lytess
 
Shoes -Primark

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Halloween Fiery Jackets Recipe ....




Preparation: 10mins

Cooking: 1hr 10mins

Serves 6

Per serving: 335 calories, 9.4 fat, 4.0g saturates, 10.3g sugars, 0.37g salt

Contains a over a third of your RDA of Vitamin C and counts for two of your 5-a-day

You will need

  • 6 baking potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 (400g) pack lean lamb mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 10ml/2tsp ground cumin,
  • 10ml/2tsp coriander
  • 10ml/2tspsmoked paprika
  • 1/2-1tsp/2.5-5ml chilli flakes
  • 450g/1lb carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 (400g) can tomatoes
  • 15ml/1 tbsp tomato puree
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 45ml/3tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • Sour cream mixed with chopped coriander to serve, if liked

 Method

  • Preheat the oven to 220C/ Fan 200C/450F/Gas Mark 7.
  • Scrub the potatoes clean, then place on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 35-40mins or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, Heat a large pan or wok, add the lamb mince without any extra oil, and sauté over a medium heat for 6-8mins, stirring to break up the mince, until it is nicely browned.
  • Add the onion, garlic and pepper and sauté for 2mins.
  • Add the spices and carrots, cook for 1 min.
  • Then add the tomatoes, puree and plenty of salt and pepper.
  • Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10mins.
  • Stir well, then simmer uncovered for a further 5mins or until the juices have thickened slightly.
  • Adjust the seasoning.
  • Split the baked potatoes and spoon a little of the mince mixture into each.
  • Serve topped with sour cream mixed with chopped coriander if liked.


Recipe and photo credits by- British Carrots website


Monday, 22 October 2012

Harry Potter For Kinect Video Game Review...


All 3 of my sons (and husband), are fans of the Harry Potter universe. I therefore thought it would be a nice surprise for them to play the newest chapter in Harry merchandise a new Xbox 360 game, Harry Potter for Kinect.



Game overview:

The all-new Harry Potter for Kinect video game exclusively on KINECT™ for Xbox 360® allows players to experience Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the wizarding world like never before! Through the innovative KINECT capability, each player can scan their face to create a wizard avatar in their likeness – and then play as their avatar in the game. Using controller-free and voice recognition technology available only on KINECT, players will attend Hogwarts, interact with professors, students and friends, call out spells to cast against opponents, brew potions, and even fly as they race on broomsticks to be the first to catch the Golden Snitch in a Quidditch match.



Game features:

· For the first time, create a witch or wizard character in your likeness that will become part of the gameplay through KINECT’s scanning technology.

· Experience unforgettable moments from all eight films -- from having your wand choose you at Ollivanders and being Sorted as a first-year student at Hogwarts, to battling You-Know-Who in a climactic wizard battle.

· Cast spells at your opponents by performing the proper casting manoeuvres and calling out spell names using KINECT’s controller-free and voice recognition capabilities.

· Hone your casting, brewing and duelling skills (among others) in class to unlock even more lessons and challenges.

· Challenge a friend in competitive mini-games, or join forces against a mutual opponent in co-op games.

· Jump, duck and dodge the wild branches of the Whomping Willow, swipe at annoying and sometimes dangerous pixies, repel terrifying Dementors, swim among Grindylows in the lake, and shove opponents out of the way as you soar above the Quidditch Pitch.



What we think of the game

Xbox on check. Kinect working check. Game loaded and ready to play check. Off we go, first impressions of the children are that the game takes an age to load and set up, longer than their usual games. I reminisce about how long spectrum games take to load and remind them of this. "Never heard that story before" they all say. Cheek. Essentially you follow the rough story of the books from Harry's starting at Hogwarts right up to a final battle with Voldermort and the Deatheaters. Cut scenes interspersed with short mini games are the order of the day. Observing from the sofa the production values are great, really atmospheric. The older children are not as keen on the game as my younger son. They find it quite repetitive in places wave arm, dodge, wave arm, dodge etc.

My youngest though is impressed, easily immersing himself into the game world and accepting the limitations of the Kinect. You can also use the Kinect to add your face to a character in the game which is "cool" according to my son.

Plus points-

 Other than the odd difficult section a nice easy game, more suitable for younger Harry fans.

If your a fan of Harry Potter the game does a good job of creating the look and feel of the movies and books. Superb audio, graphically pretty good.

Gives a reason to dust off the Kinect and have fun.

Minus points-

Usual Kinect limitations, movement sometimes not recognised having to repeat action to get response.

Too easy for older children definitely suited to the younger age group.

Short in length and too much repetition. Good for 10-15 minute sessions would not recommend for a marathon gaming session.


This is a platform action adventure game by Warner Bros. Suitable for 12 years and over...

About this review- we were sent a copy of the Harry potter Kinect video game for the purpose of this review. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

My husband also said for people that care about these things apparently quite a few? It is quite easy to get a good gamerscore for this after two hours play he had 600 out of 1000 points unlocked already. Whatever that means?!!!

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What I wore : Just Chilling...


  
Last few day's I have a horrible heaache and felt so weak so today I am just chilling with the children.
Having fun catching up on some dance games ( not dancing in these shoes though!! :))



Dress - Asda (few years ago)
Legging - Primark
Shoes - local shop
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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Spooky Halloween Hello Kitty From Build-A-Bear Workshop...

Having a daughter who adores teddy's you can imagine the joy on her face when she came home from school to find the postman had delivered a spooky Halloween Hello Kitty teddy. I was kindly emailed to see if I would like to review one from Build-A-Bear Workshop  and as we are huge fan of the store I was very pleased to be asked.


My daughter has never been one for playing with dolls, she has always gone for teddy bears that look sweet and cuddly, she has quite a collection now. What makes this bear standout is the colour which is different to her other Hello Kitty range. Orange is one of her favourite colours at the minute too, such a great colour bear for Halloween and maybe the only colour bear she didn't have!!


 When my daughter has spare money we visit the Build-A-Bear to pick out a teddy, clothes, shoes, and accessories. It is such a special time popping in store, picking out her favourite teddy of the day,putting her foot on the pedal to have it filled up, kissing the heart, twirling round a few times,making a wish and popping the heart inside the bear. Then after all that fun we decide what to call the bear and make our very own birth certificate for it. Sometimes like Birthdays and Christmas or other hectic times, their on line store becomes very handy too as you beat the queues and it is still delivered in their magical boxes. You can browse their bears till your hearts content and know the bears in stock, usually they have a complete range on line. Which is occasionally more complete than in store.



About Hello Kitty from Build-A-Bear Workshop

This world famous friend will take the spotlight in orange! She’s sweet and classy and now – super colourful. Personalise this animal with clothing and accessories to make the perfect unique gift.


This 46cm Hello Kitty is RRP at £20-00 but I noticed on line today (21/10/2012) it is priced at £13-50 . If your shopping on line you have to place your order by Wednesday, 24/10 @ 1:30pm GMT and use Royal Mail or UPS Standard shipping to deliver by Halloween!

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About this review- we were kindly sent this Hello Kitty for the point of this review,all opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post...

Time To Chill...


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Cinnamon Spiced Blackberry and Apple Crumble...

With National Apple Day approaching on October 21st, what better way to celebrate than to make friends and family some of Rachel Allen’s delicious Spiced Apple and Cinnamon Crumble. The perfect dish to serve after a hearty winter meal, this dessert is a simple and delicious way to use those fresh, juicy apples.


Serves 6-8

298 calories / 11.5g fat per portion

Ingredients

For the filling:


· 500g (1lb 2oz) Bramley apples peeled, cored and diced

· 50g (2oz) caster sugar

· 1-2 tbsp water

· 200g (7oz) blackberries, fresh or frozen

· Whipped cream, to serve

· Sprinkling of brown sugar, to serve

For the crumble:


· 225g (8oz) plain flour

· 110g (4oz) Kerrygold butter, now softer

· 110g (4oz) caster sugar

· 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/ fan oven 160°C/Gas Mark 4.

2. Place the apples, sugar and water in to a saucepan and place on a medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stew, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes until quite soft. Transfer to a pie dish, then allow to cool as you prepare the crumble.

3. Place the flour and butter in a mixing bowl, then use your fingertips to rub together until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

4. Next mix in the sugar and cinnamon. Scatter the blackberries over the apple mixture, then cover with the crumble mixture.

5. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crumble is golden and crisp.

6. Serve warm with some whipped cream and a sprinkling of soft brown sugar


Guest Post Credits- This recipe comes from a collection of 6 brand new and exclusive recipes created by Rachel Allen featuring in The Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book. For more recipes please visit

About this post- This is a free guest post by Kerrygold UK



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