Sunday, 30 August 2015

My Sunday Photo 30th August 2015

One of the prettiest birds I know must be the flamingo, they are so elegant and how they manage to balance on one leg I will never know.  I forgot I had taken this photo until I was cleaning up the computer.


Friday, 28 August 2015

Barbie in Rock & Royals DVD & Competition

For all the Barbie fans out there, a new DVD called Barbie in Rock & Royals is being released on the 31st August and I have a copy for my readers to win. My daughter is eagerly awaiting her copy arriving as she loves the Barbie movies, what a great film to finish the school holidays with.

Barbie stars as princess Courtney in this DVD and her life is turned upside down when a mix up occurs and she switches places with Erika who is a popstar.  Courtney should be attending Camp Royal but instead ends up at Camp Pop which obviously means Erika ends up at Camp Royal.  Both girls adapt to their new environments and each try and save their camps from being shut down.  The DVD runs for 1 hour 24 minutes so you can expect to be singing along by the end of it.  

If you would like to win a copy then please complete the rafflecopter form below.

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Competitions at ThePrizeFinder

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Duet of Baked Cheesecakes #GBBO Bloggers 2015

I can't actually believe it is week 4 of the Great British Bake Off and this week it is deserts, so many scrummy delights to choose.  I decided to make my hubby's favourite Baked Caramel Cheesecake and mine which is the Strawberry and Vanilla.  Once again a big thank you to Mummy Mishaps for organising the #GBBOBloggers2015 and Michelle for hosting this week.

Baked Caramel Cheesecake
For the base
6oz chocolate digestives
3oz butter melted

For the filling
18oz cream cheese
225ml sour cream
4oz caster sugar
3 eggs
Caramel condensed milk

For the shards
2oz caster sugar
15mls water

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
  2. Break up the digestives biscuits until they are like bread crumbs, I place mine in a food bag and use my rolling pin to bash them.
  3. Add the melted butter to the biscuits crumbs and line a greased baking tin (I use a easy release tin). Press the biscuit mixture into the base and sides firmly and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  4. Once the biscuit base is set, I sat the tin in a tinfoil basket so that when it was placed in my Bain Marie water did not get into the cheesecake.
  5. In a bowl add the cream cheese, sour cream and caster sugar, mix together well, add the eggs.
  6. Place half of the mixture on your biscuit base.
  7. Spoon over some of the caramel condensed milk to make a swirly pattern.
  8. Top up the dish with the remaining cream cheese mixture.
  9. Sit the tin in a tray of water about 1/4 inch deep.
  10. Bake for about 1 hour until just set.  I left my cheesecake in the oven with the door open to allow it to cool.
  11. For the sugar shards I heated up the sugar in a saucepan until it turned into liquid, I then poured this on to some greaseproof paper and left to cool. Once cool you can break it up and use to decorate.

Baked Strawberry & Vanilla Cheesecake
For the base
6oz digestive biscuits
3oz butter melted

For the filling
18oz cream cheese
225ml double cream
4oz caster sugar
8oz strawberries quartered
3 eggs
1 vanilla pod
  1. Repeat steps 1 - 4 above.
  2. In a bowl add the cream cheese, double cream, vanilla pod seeds and caster sugar, mix together well, add the eggs.
  3. Add the strawberries and mix well.
  4. Place the mixture in your biscuit base.
  5. Sit the tin in a tray of water about 1/4 inch deep.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour until just set.  I left my cheesecake in the oven with the door open to allow it to cool.
  7. To decorate use fresh strawberries and icing sugar.
Mummy Mishaps

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

New Wellies from Shoetique

Have you heard of Shoetique?  Well in 2009 they started their online store after running their independent footwear shop at Hale in Cheshire, they have over 30 years experience in the footwear industry. In 2015 they received the Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year Award.   When I was contacted to see if I would like to review something how could I say no with my shoe fetish.

Now with the summer coming to an end the one item I was seriously lacking in my wardrobe was a decent pair of wellingtons and with this in mind I chose these gorgeous Joules French Navy Horse print ones, priced at £40, although they are now in the sale at £29.  The cushioned insole is so comfy and hopefully they will keep my feet warm and dry when I am at the stables with my daughter and also on those long country walks. I love everything about these boots from the red piping details down the centre of the back and the cute buckle meaning that I can alter the width to fit my calf, they look so stylish on.

Shoetique offer a vast assortment of shoes, wellingtons, sandals, boots, slippers and trainers all from well known brands.  Standard delivery is free of charge and they also offer free exchanges and easy returns. Shoetique also offer a Price Match Promise whereby if you find the item cheaper anywhere else they will match the price and also deduct 10%, you really can't go wrong.

Family Fever
I was sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this post.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

My Sunday Photo 23rd August 2015

A gorgeous summer evening at Carsington Water.  I love how peaceful and serene this photo looks.


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Banana Bread #GBBO Bloggers 2015

The 3rd week is bread week in the Great British Bake Off and after having a dismal failure trying to make baguettes, I put all the dough in to my heart shaped baking dish and made a tear and share loaf.  Whilst it didn't meet the criteria for baguettes, the garlic salt flakes on top gave it a lovely flavour. I am once again linking up with Mummy Mishaps who is running the #GBBOBloggers2015 and Jo from Jo's Kitchen who is running the linkie this week.

Banana Bread
2oz butter
7oz caster sugar
1 egg
2 ripe bananas
5oz sour cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
6 1/2oz plain flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celcius.
  2. Grease a loaf tin and sprinkle with a mixture of caster sugar and cinnamon, this gives the finished banana bread a lovely slightly crips crust.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the egg, mashed up bananas, vanilla, cinnamon and sour cream and mix together.
  5. Finally add the salt, flour and bicarbonate of soda.
  6. I add sliced banana to the top before I cook it to give a nice effect.
  7. Pour in to the loaf tin and bake for approximately 1 hour, test with a skewer to make sure it comes out clean.

Perfect with your afternoon tea and ideal for using up all those ripe bananas and for you all to have a laugh, please see the picture of my baguettes below.

Mummy Mishaps

Carsington Water, Streams & Ponies

It has been a really lovely week weather wise and this has allowed us to get outside with Grotbags and enjoy the sights of Derbyshire.  Carsington Water is a great place to explore on bikes with lots of cycle paths and maps are readily available so that you can enjoy it to the full.  Daddy and Grotbags rode the bikes whilst I just sat and watched, it's not fun having a bad back.

Wading through streams in woods is great fun with a new friend.

Grotbags also had a lovely surprise when we acquired her a loan pony, he is a beautiful Dartmoor Blue called Winkey.   She has spent alot of the time at the stables caring for him and getting used to being around him, afterall it is important he becomes accustomed to her as much she is to him.

Finally we attended a Baking Show in Bakewell which had lots of tempting food stalls, baking displays and wasps by the score.  We enjoyed a Jelly Nut cocktail, played old fashioned stall games and rolled in the hay.

I am joining up with Fiona at Coombe Mill for her #countrykids linkie and can't wait to see what everybody else has been doing.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall