So now the days are cooler it’s time to start eating more warming foods and this one is my absolute favourite dish to have. I would happily have it every week through autumn and winter.
Start with a large casserole/stock pot and add vegetables, I add….
Potatoes (I cut medium ones in half but Tom prefers them quite small so it’s up to you)
4 large carrots (peeled and sliced)
2 parsnips (peeled and sliced)
Half a large swede (peeled and cut into small chunks)
1 large onion (chopped into small chunks)
occasionally I add a leak
This is just how I do it but it really is about preference.
2. Add 2 tins of stewing steak. Princes is the best but you can get cheaper versions and they’re sold at all major supermarkets. Or you can use chunks of beef but cooking time will be about 30 mins longer.
3. Fill with water until you cover all the vegetables, usually just over half the pot.
4. Cook on the stove on gas mark 5 for 30 mins.
5. Add the dumpling and cook for a further 15 mins.
6. Make a large thick gravy, add and mix till its all gravy based. This will usually fill it almost to the top.
7. Cook on low until all veg and dumplings are cooked (usually another 5 mins) and serve.
Autumn is a beautiful season with the leaves changing colour. Lots of red, yellow and orange. The boys wanted to go out conker collecting last week so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to practice my photography skills. Here are a few of my favourites.
YETI IN MY SPAGHETTI
In this wacky game, Yeti is just chillin’ on the noodles… but as you remove the spaghetti one by one, Yeti could fall into the bowl, and that is not cool! Try to keep Yeti steady on the spaghetti, at least during your turn, if you don’t wanna lose!
This game is super fun! If you’ve ever played Kerplunk and enjoyed it, you will this game!
It’s virtually the same game but with added fun. The wavy spaghetti makes it so much funnier and the little Yeti is the cute character that you don’t want in your in your bowl of spaghetti 🙂
usually when I receive games aimed at Harry’s age, myself and the teenagers find it OK for one go but then it loses it’s appeal but with this game, we all enjoyed playing it many times.
We’re all pretty competitive so if we find a game that gives us a challenge before claiming a winner, is a big hit with us!
*We were sent this game for the purposes of review but all words and opinions are honest and my own.
WITH RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM
Twenty years on from their million-selling No. UK 1 smash Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!, the fab four are once more eyeing the charts with an irresistibly catchy new album, Big Hugs. Featuring a mix of new songs from the current series of the iconic show alongside a selection of children’s classics with a Tubby twist, the record will be available both digitally and on CD from 13 October, 2017.
Music and dance are integral to Teletubbies, so what better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking preschool show than with a brand new album for youngsters to sing and dance along with.
With distribution handled by The Children’s Group, Big Hugs will be available from HMV, Amazon.co.uk, iTunes, & select FOPP locations in the U.K. It will also be released in the US, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe. Tracks will also be available to download individually, with the title track “Big Hugs” available digitally on September 29th and can be streamed on Spotify.
Narrator Daniel Rigby lends his vocals to many of the songs, including the title track Big Hugs, the popular Bottom Bump Song and Tiddlytubbies Songtime, which introduces the world to the delightful Tiddlytubbies. In addition to music from the first two series of the revamped Teletubbies, the 19-song soundtrack features timeless favourites that kids know and love performed by the voice of the Tiddlytubbies and Voice Trumpet, Teresa Gallagher. Preschoolers will be moving and grooving to children’s classics such as Wheels on the Bus, Four in a Bed and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
Daniel said: “It’s amazing to sing the Teletubbies theme tune. Highly surreal, but wonderful, as well, and any one of my friends, or my family, who I say, ‘I am now singing the theme tune of the Teletubbies,’ it’s like I’m saying, ‘I’ve been knighted,’ or, yeah, ‘I’ve won £1 million’.”
The full track listing is: Teletubbies Theme; Big Hugs; Tubby Car Song; Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes; Tubby Packing Dance; Tiddlytubbies Songtime; Bottom Bump Song; Tubby Phone Dance; Tiddlytubbies Playtime; Four Little Monkeys; Puddle Dance; If You’re Happy and You Know It; Party Dance; The Custard Ride; Stomp Dance; Wheels on the Bus; Old MacDonald Had a Farm; Five in the Bed; and Tiddlytubbies Sleepybyes.
Unparalleled in children’s TV brand history, Teletubbies pioneered the foundations of fun learning for a new generation globally. The December 1997 number 1 hit Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!, championed by Simon Cowell, sold 1.3 million copies, went double platinum and stayed in the top 75 for six months. The Teletubbies were in a closely contested race for the coveted Christmas Number One with the Spice Girls but in the end were pipped to the post by the Spice Girls’ single Too Much. Now the new Teletubbies from DHX Media is delighting another generation of Teletubby devotees. Combining all the charm of the original with a little 21st-century technical magic, the ever-innovative show adds exciting new elements and a wonderful cast of British acting talent, including Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Fearne Cotton and David Walliams.
I have a copy of the new CD to giveaway to one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below 🙂
It should be easy to name 3 breeds of dogs; but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting away? Times not on your side, so just say whatever comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out! Its all in good fun with the fast-paced family board game.
- Age: 8+ yrs
- Number of players: 3-6
What a super fun family game! It’s one of those games that you think ‘yeah I can do that, easy’ until you actually do it! If the game was called 15 second rule, I’m pretty sure I would be the champion of this game, but 5 seconds makes me feel too rushed and my mind goes blank!
At least I didn’t claim I would be a pro at it and then completely fail like teen son did. Never ever brag before you’ve even started, It will not go well.
This game I can see us playing lots in the run up to Christmas and at Christmas. We love playing board games Christmas Eve (sorry that’s the last time I say the C word) and this will be a definite!
It’s not a game that you can play a few times and then start to remember the answers or the pattern etc, it’s one that can be played over and over and will still have you challenging your brain.
Sound’s fun right? I have one game to giveaway to one lucky reader (in time for a certain holiday) All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below 🙂
*I was given this game for the purposes of review but all words and opinions are my own and honest.
Do you ever struggle what to get your partner? Me too. He is not really into anything particular so I always find I don’t have anywhere to start. One thing I’ve found that does work is maybe splashing out one item that I know he wants/needs, I find it’s better than buying lots of items that just get lost in the back of a cupboard.
One think he is in need of this year is a good watch. Recently I was introduced to Plus Watches. They have a beautiful selection to choose from and are currently on sale (Bonus) they have such a wide selection to choose from, I struggled to decide. In the end I resulted in just asking Tom which one he liked most and he chose a lovely Hugo Boss one.
The watch was delivered really quickly and was packaged beautifully. If you did want to give it as a gift, I think a ribbon/bow would dress it up enough.
The watch features;
- Brown Leather Band
- Silver Dial
- Chronograph Function
- Buckle Clasp
- Quartz movement
- Scratch Resistant Mineral Crystal
- Water Resistant to 5ATM (50m)
Plus watches have a wide collection of Men’s, ladies and unisex watches with brands such as Hugo Boss, Micheal kors, Marc Jacobs, Diesel and many more.
They also offer
- Two year warranty
- Fast free delivery
- 14 day return policy
- 100% genuine products
If you’re stumped on what to buy that special person for Christmas, I would definitely recommend taking a look at their website.
*I was given this watch for the purposes of review but the review is honest and in my own words.
Autumn is my favourite season. I love the cooler weather so I can get my tights, jeans, boots and snuggle jumpers out. I love the comfort food. I love the colours. But most of all I love bonfire night and Halloween!
We don’t make a massive deal of Halloween but we do celebrate it. This year we’re not going to go trick or treating, we’ve decided to stay in and have some Halloween themed fun. We’re going to have dinner on Halloween plates, decorate a little and eat popcorn while we watch some family films.
Here is a list of some of our favourite films to watch at Halloween as a family
- Hotel Transylvania 1&2
- Hocus Pocus
- Scared ShrekLess
- Toy Story of Terror
- The Addams Family
- Monster House
- The Haunted Mansion
So there you have it. These are the films we personally watch as a family (minus Jack because he’s too young) so they are suitable for family viewing with children as young as 5 years old.