Thursday, 17 April 2014

Sockball - #WotW

Sockball [sok-ball]
Adjective, singular of sockballs

1. Single sock, rolled so tightly upon removal from foot that it creates a ball
2. Plural sockballs, when multiple socks are rolled into ball and placed in or near washing basket
3. Usually accompanied by sockfluff, all over the carpet
4. Mostly created by men
5. Sockballs usually discovered still rolled tightly and wet, after removing all other dry washing from tumbler

6. I am going to kill you if you don't start unrolling your own sockballs before I do the washing!

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Reflections at the NEC restoration show

Last weekend we had a great day at the NEC restoration show.  Our car mad son has up-ed the car stakes, and is now playing 'guess the car'.  Nothing unusual about that you might say, except he's playing it by looking at a stripped back car chassis.

At two he could identify every make of car in a car park.  At three, it was every make and model.  And now, at five, it's the make and model from the chassis.  What next I wonder?

Anyway, if you like cars and are thinking about attending the restoration show at the NEC, I highly recommend it.  It's interesting, with loads of good cars to look at in all states of repair.  A major highlight for us was meeting Mike Brewer and Edd China from Wheeler Dealers.  We all like the show (our son chooses it over Cbeebies any day of the week) and they were top guys who both stopped to chat and have pictures taken...

This picture sums up the show perfectly for me.  This is a fully restored black Mustang, but all I can see is the reflection of our son taking the picture.  It was his car of the show and he wanted to capture it.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easy slow cooker Quorn sausage and bean casserole

Quorn sausages are really tasty, and it's so simple to pull together a really tasty slow cooker meal with them.

This delicious Quorn sausage and bean casserole take minutes to pull together, and is something the whole family will tuck into. It's delicious on cooler evenings - the hot paprika gives it a little kick to warm you up.

It works well if you substitute meat sausages too - our son loves it with good quality pork sausages!

Slow cooker Quorn sausage and bean casserole
Serves three-four people

Six chilled or frozen Quorn sausages
Two large, or three smaller different coloured peppers cut into decent bite size chinks
One onion, diced
Two tins chopped tomatoes
One tin mixed bean salad
One vegetable stock cube
Two teaspoons hot smoked paprika
One teaspoon ground cumin

Put everything in the slow cooker and give it a good stir.

Cook on low for about six hours; you can get away with another hour or so if you're using frozen sausages, or cook on high for three or four hours.  Give it a stir half way through if you can.

I use a slotted spoon to serve this, to drain off some of the tomato juice.  I also serve it with homemade potato and sweet potato wedges.

Tuck in, yum!

I'd love to know what you think if you make this... did it work for you?

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Skibz vanilla natural organic dribble bib review and giveaway

The idea behind skibz dribble bibs is really simple - funky bandana bibs that are absorbent and comfortable for babies and toddlers.  I find normal bibs, well, a bit normal really, and love the look of these!

Our pack of Skibz bibs came in really funky silver packaging.  It made us want to open it straight away!  Baby girl was lucky enough to be road testing the vanilla natural organic Skibz.  We also received a cow print bib for a competition (more of that later in this post!) product leaflet with care instructions and all the other gorgeous Skibz available... I can feel some shopping coming on!

The vanilla natural organic Skibz is so gorgeously soft.  It's made from bamboo with a cotton lining, and I love the Skibz logo embroidered in the front corner. 

Although it would have been fine to use straight from the packet, I gave it a quick wash and low tumble dry before baby girl first tried it.  This resulted in it feeling even softer and more cuddly... perfect for any baby or toddler.

The design of Skibz is so simple; they fasten in place with a popper.  This is essential for baby girl who quickly pulls off all velcro bibs, and the two sizes will make sure it's a good fit until she's about three. 

As well as the softness, we love how absorbent this bib is.  Baby girl's got a few teeth that seem to have been coming in for ages, and she gets very dribbly and chewy some days.  Skibz protects her clothes from getting wet, no matter how dribbly she is!

The trademark ruffles of this bandana bib happen naturally, and I think it looks great.  It's a really nice touch to an outfit and so much better than a boring flat bib (or mopping wet chins ALL the time!).  Baby girl wears it so comfortably too, and looks right at home in it.

This is a lovely Skibz dribble bib that's so soft and comfortable.  The bamboo and cotton make it a lovely combination of cuddly, absorbent and breathable  I'd highly recommend it for a baby boy or girl - it would be a great addition to any trendy young littlie's wardrobe.

You can find out more about Skibz, and see the whole bib range at


And if you'd like to win this funky cow print Skibz, enter using Rafflecopter below.  Don't forget to tweet every day for even more entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • You must be resident in the UK to enter. Prize will be shipped to a UK address.
  • Competition runs from 10th April 2014 until 23:59 on 2nd May 2014.
  • Entry is via one and/or more of the methods in Rafflecopter widget.
  • Winner(s) will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.  Winning entries will be checked and must be current at time of checking.
  • There is one prize.  The prize is one skibz cow print bib as shown in the picture.  There is no alternative.
  • The winner(s) will be contacted by email or on Twitter (if appropriate) by 9th May 2014 and asked to confirm their delivery address within 48 hours.  If no reply is received, a new winner may be chosen.
  • I'll do my utmost to get the prize to the winner within seven days, but can’t guarantee it.
  • Judge’s decision is final. 

Thank you Skibz for sending us our bib to review and providing this great competition prize free of charge.  All thoughts expressed in this post are my own.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Easy chicken teryaki quesadillas

I love to mix things up when I cook, and these chicken teryaki quesadillas really hit the spot!  Most of the ingredients I have knocking around in the fridge, but don't be afraid to swap them for similar ingredients for a slightly different effect.

Easy chicken teriyaki quesadillas
Serves 3-4 hungry people

  • Two chicken breasts (I always use free range)
  • One red pepper
  • One green pepper 
  • A bunch of spring onions
  • Eight tortilla wraps (one packet!)
  • 100g of Mexicana spicy cheese
  • Five tablespoons of chicken teriyaki sauce

Dice the chicken breasts into bite size pieces and coat in the teriyaki sauce. If you have time, leave to marinade in the fridge for an hour or two.

Wash and dice the red and green peppers and spring onions into bite size pieces and set aside.  Then, grate the cheese.

Fry off the chicken for eight to 10 minutes until nearly cooked through. Turn regularly to brown make sure they're evenly cooked.  Add the peppers and onions to the chicken.  Stir to coat in sauce and warm through.  After a couple of minutes and when the chicken is cooked, turn off the heat; the peppers and onions should remain firm.

Heat another (clean!) frying pan and add a tortilla wrap.  Turn after one minute and add a quarter of the chicken and stir fry mix to cover.  Top with 25g of grated cheese and then cover with another tortilla wrap.
Fry for two minutes, then turn the whole thing over (using a plate inserted into the frying pan and tipped over if it helps!) and fry again on the other side again for a minute or two until the wrap is slightly browned.

Repeat for the other three quesadillas, keeping those already complete warm in the oven if required.

I serve this with spicy Mexican rice, guacamole, soured cream and lime wedges if I have them.  Enjoy!

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