Fun at the Fair

A very common question : Are you ever bored of taking pictures? I am the most annoying person (poor Husband) you can find if you dislike people who go ‘snap happy’. It can be something as mundane and monotonous as the same fried chicken I keep cooking BUT it must be ‘photographed’, not with the good camera all the time but a must with my phone! Don’t ask me why, my phone is constantly showing that Memory Full warning and even if it irks me .. I keep taking more and more pictures.

I don’t think I will ever tire of taking pictures with my camera because of THIS! Memories, happy fleeting memories that lasts a lifetime on film. Even Facebook reminds us of how time flies by. My once very chubby little girl has now lost all her baby fat and definitely has a mind of her own when it comes to climbing stairs and running out of rooms and running away from us, oblivious to all the ‘danger’ around her.

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Memories from a year ago

Anyways, I wanted to share more recent pics of another family adventure. We are very lucky to be able to enjoy quite a bit of quality family time together and I get to do what I love, snapping pictures 🙂 I never really take pictures with the proper camera if its just me and her. That would prove very very challenging with her running up a storm. Although .. even with my other half around to navigate the little missy, I managed to bump her head with the camera hanging around my neck. Whoops! He gave me a long hard scowl but really, she did not cry for more than a minute.

We just had the loveliest Easter weekend after what seems like a very long winter, it feels like Spring is finally here and looks like it is here to stay but you never really know with the wonderful British weather. With all the sunshine and hopes of being outdoors more often, there’s a naggy voice at the back of my head that the garden is need of a good scrub but that is for another day eh.

We didn’t waste any time and ‘got out’ when the sun was shining!

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This is the beautiful Abbey Park in Leicester through which the River Soar flows. Everything a park has to offer, well maintained with lots of ducks (huge favourite with the little one) and a boating lake.

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and … when we went, there was an ongoing Easter Fun Fair. Parking was a nightmare but other than that, it was lovely. The fair itself was not very big and not much to do just yet for a 16 month old but perfect for a mini day out.

A little someone had the time of her life running everywhere whilst daddy had the all important task to trail after her. Not an easy task. She is quite good at holding on to our hands but I am still considering ‘reins’. Aye or never? Appreciate your thoughts.

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This little one has a big love for slides, she was staring in amazement at all the kids on the bouncy castle whizzing down the inflatable slides. Unfortunately, its one of those where adults are not allowed. Sorry kiddo, next time when you are not so wobbly 😉 However, we managed to venture into of those ‘adventure house’ together.

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We love bringing home a prize when we visit a fair! One of those ‘a prize every time’ games as I never win. We have one of those inflatable giraffe and an Eeyore and now a whale to add to the collection.

Our prize

Clearly, she was very excited and attempted to run away with it.

 

 

 

In the mood for some Easter bakes

Happy first day of spring! It has been too long since I have particularly enjoyed whipping up sweeties in the kitchen. With help from ‘Teletubbies’ and leaving bubba to her own device, I managed to make not one but 2 lush goodies. I have been browsing the glorious Easter section on the Waitrose website for a few days now.

Their themed Easter baking section was definitely inspiring as it made me penned recipes I wanted to attempt on a scrap piece of paper. Of the late, I just go oh that’s nice and just admire them through the screen.

After much deliberation, I decided to make my own ‘Crunchie’ bar for the first time. The recipe worked fabulously and I was mighty pleased with the end result. Managed to take photographs along the way to share with you too.

Who knew the ingredients to make honeycomb is so basic! Extra plus point to a recipe if they are already present in the food cupboard. The recipe is on HERE.

Honeycomb ingredients

100g caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
200g dark chocolate (I used 100g)

Melt the sugar and golden syrup under a medium heat. Low to be safe 😉

Golden syrup

Mixed it to a paste till it reaches 140C, I was lucky I found my sugar thermometer lying around somewhere.

Sugar and golden syrup paste

This part was very cool, the mixture just froths really quickly when you beat in the soda bicarbonate!

The making of honeycomb

Quick quick, pour it into your lined pan. Look at that colour!

Leftover honeycomb

Homemade Honeycomb

I was super chuffed that it worked! It set really quickly and I could carry this large piece around everywhere 😀

Shiny homemade honeycomb

Smash the honeycomb into shards, I used a wooden spoon. Initially, I wanted to ‘Google’ how do you smash honeycomb into shards. Haha.

Broken honeycomb

 

Easy Homemade Honeycomb Shards

Drizzled warm dark chocolate all over the lush honeycomb.

Honeycomb Shards

Voila! It was the perfect piece of mess. Chocolate drizzled honeycomb, thanks to recipe by Waitrose.

Chocolate Dipped Honeycomb

On to the next bake! Mutated Blueberry Bunny Scones. Recipe from HERE. Its another easy recipe although I did struggle when it came to folding the dough into an adorable bunny shape. Mine looks like they have been through tough times.

There’s a video attached to the recipe which was wonderful but I totally forgot how they folded the ears and it was too late when both my hands were covered in scone dough.

Blueberry filling

Lush blueberry filling with lemon juice and sugar.

Blueberry filling made with lemon juice and sugar

Scone dough all rolled out.

Scone dough

Rolled out scone with blueberry filling

Check out my bunnies before they were popped in the oven. They are slightly wonky but oh well, at least they still resemble rabbits.

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Bunny Scones Before Baking

Easter Rabbit Scones

Blueberry Scones

Oven time! All done now after baking them for 10 minutes.

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Bunny scones with blueberry eyes!

Homemade Bunny Scones

Easter bunny scones

Blueberry Bunny Scone

My loyal fan 😉 She definitely ate it like I would..  the nose and eyes first!

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Hope you enjoyed my Chocolate Drizzled Honeycomb and Blueberry Bunny Scones, do share when you try them out.

Ps. you can Shop Easter with 15% off orders over £40 with code KX15. Ps, you can even order lush party food from Waitrose Entertaining if you are not in the mood to host ‘homemade’ or grab indulgent chocolate eggs for the adults. I LOVE luxury chocolate eggs with a passion, once a year after all.

Aaaah, I should definitely do this more often. I forgot how much I enjoyed baking and trying new recipes!

xxx

 

Lamb chops in ‘cheat’ pepper sauce

Cooking. Sometimes enjoyable and most of the time, a rushed affair to feed the family ‘homecooked’ goodness.

This is slightly inspired, so I thought I would share the making of lamb chops with one of those ready made pepper sauces from a pack.

Pan fry lamb chops. Just salt and pepper on them. Nowadays, I tend to omit salt from our foods as bubba enjoys adult food too.

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Nearly there..

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All done! Set aside.

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4 cloves of garlic and lots of mushrooms.

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Found Colman’s pepper sauce in the cupboard, I am far from loyal to any brand. It is usually those on offer that goes in the shopping cart. Haha.

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Sautéed garlic, then mushrooms.

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I mixed the sachet with water instead of milk beforehand and chucked it in to the pan. Cook till it slightly thickens.

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Voila! I have made quite a few sides with lots of help from the oven.

Easy peasy meal and one happy husband.

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Have fun cooking 😉

A day at Snettisham Park

There are many things in life that I pondered when I was growing up. Like what makes one happy? Money? Success? Beauty? Our day at Snettisham Park made me more sure about one thing, that it is none of the above.

There is something about being in the countryside during winter that is so thought provoking and mesmerizing. From the quiet atmosphere and cold climate to the beautiful scenic views. During our time at Norfolk, we discovered a little working farm that was nearby and it came highly recommended by the locals. We felt our little one would enjoy petting the animals that she often smiles ‘wording’ from her storybooks. I managed to convince myself that the 45 minute drive from where we were based was worth the journey, in fact my wife mentioned Kate Middleton brought Prince George there for some time away.

The drive there was ever so wonderful as we passed Cromer and Rutland with its wintry coastal landscape. I have not seen the sea for a while and it brings such delightful childhood memories. My father used to take me to the beach to swim, build sandcastles,  eat as much ice cream as I wanted and often answer all the questions I have regarding the sea. Like why is the sea blue, or why cant we live under water, or what happens if a jelly fish stings you?

When we arrived, we were incredibly pleased at how friendly and helpful the staff were. Right from the moment we rang, to us leaving, they have been nothing short of accommodating. It was a week before half term, and also due to muddy conditions, their deer safari was not open which was unfortunate but there were still plenty to do. Furthermore, the entry fee was only £3 per adult for the main park and we found this very reasonable for the adventure our baby had.

We started off by venturing into the sheep’s and pig’s ‘habitat’ but we met a little friend along the way.

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The smell was fresh of … manure but that didn’t stop our baby from getting oh so excited.

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She never stopped talking and if we could understand her, she was probably asking if we could keep them. She kept making ‘baa’ sounds imitating the animals around her. We did notice though that baby had little interest with the pigs, I personally felt because they were just too quiet and our little one just don’t do quiet.

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After our time with the sheep and pig, we walked out of the barn and met a very loud shepherd dog  chained to his doghouse. We stayed away, as daddy is not a big fan of dogs. We went across, and fed a herd of goats.

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One thing occurred to me when we were feeding them. All goats look old, here’s some teenagers.

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And here is an old goat

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Don’t you agree?

Actually, another thing that occurred to me is that they all have this look like they are full of wisdom. And if lions are considered the king of the animal kingdom, I would say goats are the wizards.

Our last stop before our tea break, was the cow’s barn. Mooooooooo!

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And you could see them calling out to our baby. Cruel as it may sound, when my little darling was enjoying conversing with the cows …

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all I could think about was ‘McDonalds’.

Anyways, we had a lovely pot of tea with some flapjacks at the cozy cafe. They had a little play area for baby too.

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After we warmed up, little one had a play on their ‘tractors’.

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The highlight of our trip here was definitely the finale. It was lambing season and we were invited to bottle feed the lambs. They were so playful,prancing around our feet, nibbling our clothes and boy, they could really drink milk. It took one less than 30 seconds to finish a bottle of milk.

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Baby enjoyed this the most I thought. She probably felt that she was just suddenly blessed with so many friends.

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Absolute joyful experience for the little one, to see her favourite animals come to life from her storybooks. Each little smile just brings so much content and purpose to our lives.

So now, when I look back and at all the times I pondered regarding one’s recipe for happiness, I realized.

That all you need is this :

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Penned by,

The Other Half

Best wishes.