Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Where I stand ~ Autumn

I really don't think of myself as brave when I go out adventuring , I will adventure anywhere but I do love particularly being outdoors where there is a distinct lack of people so my mind can relax.I recently took a walk down a ancient monastery route alas the monastery is no longer there but a skeleton of a priest was found some years ago in a farm house. I am most fortunate to live near many villages and I do love walking I could do with a nice pair of waking boots with ankle support and some of those walking poles. Is there a walking equipment fairy I do hope so as I really would like these items and a nice new shiny camera ones that's portable as I like to constantly take pictures with my minds eye I have  particular eye and see many a thing other people don't see or choose not to see * who knows.

The area round here is farms and rolling fields and we fall within the art of the National Forest which is the largest tree replantation in England and covers a woodland across 3 counties.

That little wander can lead you to stunning scenery and the wonders of Autumnal colours.

And the scenary I came upon in the National Forest I thought I just might come across Frodo Baggins and Gandalf. It really is that magical here and the thing is with scenary each day is different and it is really something I embrace and going back to the same place again is never dull.

You don’t need a lot to get walking you really just need a sense of adventure and to dress accordingly hence why I’d like a new pair of walking boots.

Betwixt the ground and the sky that's where you find me seeking out life and adventure ~ here is hoping you find adventure too.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Win A Pressure King Pro 12 in 1 Digital Pressure Cooker

Would you like to win an pressure cooker from Pressure King Pro I can see you nodding , I have an electronic pressure cooker which I brought myself but I was so impressed with it I asked the really really nice people at Pressure King Pro if I could run a little competition SO one of you lovely lot could win it. Since I got my electronic pressure cooker I have made Chicken Risotto, Poached Pear and Chicken curry ( I forgot to take a picture of the poached pears * Instagram automatic fail !)

  • 12-in-1 Digital Pressure Cooker creates delicious, hearty, home-cooked meals up to 90% faster than traditional cooking methods for slow-cooked taste in fast food time. Super-heated pressurised steam locks in more vitamins and minerals than many traditional cooking methods.

  • Not just a pressure cooker, the Pressure King Pro can be used for Sautéing/Browning, and as a Slow Cooker, Steamer and Warmer. Also features 24-hour delay timer - simply set it in the morning.

  • Large 5-litre capacity (900 watts) so you can cook enough for the whole family! Sleek and compact design fits easily on your countertop.
  • The Pressure King Pro is the simple solution to making delicious, homemade meals faster and easier than ever before! With its steam infusion technology, you get that slow-cooked tenderness and taste in fast food time.

And because I have a son at university it means the extra I make I can freeze for another time for myself and my husband to eat.Having a pressure cooker is definitely good for the household budget which is just as well with having to help the teen out with university, university costs are just ricidulous but that a whole blog post in itself.

SO just comment below what you'd like to cook in the Pressure King Pro 12 in 1 Digital Pressure cooker, If you want some ideas just look at these recipes which are on their website. You could win one of this in black so getting entering and please be sure to tell all your friends !

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Nuclear war ? No Problem We Are British And We Have Tea

I drink tea , I love tea and when I am not drinking tea I am thinking about tea and I even it times of adversity people have always though of tea . Threat of nuclear way well jolly make sure we have tea and a source of hot water it won't matter that you can't go outside for a million years just as long as us British have the tea we will be ok .

I love cats as well and I've written about cats and tea too , in fact I writing this now drinking tea . I’ve a habit of saying where and I want to go and I’ve a habit of if I want something I’ll get it 

“ Sod it if I want a cream tea I’ll jolly well have it “

Tea I love tea.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My Cat is Such A Show Off

I don’t know if it was the free lunch I was eating from the Coop or if it was the show tunes I had playing through the laptop. The free lunch has a great message behind it as every time you choose Co-op water they donate 3 p to the One Foundation for every litre sold.

But I think my cat Jack was channelling his inner Rose from Titantic ( ps he’s not named after Jack in Titanic but is named after Jack Black the comedian). Jack was getting all 

“ Paint me like one of your French women “

I also think my cat is middle class because it eats Waitrose cat food , I have no idea how I entered up with a middle-class cat but I have as it won't touch Aldi cat food as my friend puts it "Aldi cat foods smells like dead Zombies ".It was at this point I said "My cat eats Waitrose #Middleclasscat " So there you have it I have a cat that has no conception of the Brexit process and increasing food prices while he indulges in his Bourgeoisie ways.

Monday, 9 October 2017

High Tea At Little Morton Hall

If you're wondering what life is like when your child has flown the nest to university and you're rattling round the house then I have a few answers for you one is going slipper shopping and believe me that is complicated in itself. I don't think slipper shopping could be complicated but it is there is slippers with memory foam slippers without memory food and so the choice goes on.

Footloose and fancy free and with the teenager at university I decided me and Mr T should get out though it seems if I want the DIY doing then I can keep running out on little jaunts boooo. I do love myself having a go at DIY though Mr T does worry he will have to redo himself but trust me I am getting better. Trouble is with DiY once you spot one thing then you notice another and the one usually noticing is me and I promise I am not causing the DIY issues .. well mostly not.

Little Morton Hall is a beautiful National Trust property not far from Derby it is in Cheshire and it really is the place of dreams with a beautiful moat running round it and it is the archetypical chocolate box black and white timber framed building. little Morton hall does have some scaffolding around it at the moment but that shouldn't  round for look and the elegant lady of a building does have to look her best . I promise you I don't have scaffolding and I even let my husband take my picture at Little Morton Hall without tilting my head not quite sure why I tilt my head in pictures but I do and I am trying to be more confident.

At Little Morton Hall there is a exhibition on what the Tudors thought of sleep there is even a dream library in the grounds where you can describe and file your dreams how magical is that !

Tudor sleep remedies

 You can explore the hall on your own or take one of the free tours that the National Trust run. Little Morton Hall is really stuck in time and the misfortunes of the Mortons is the fortunes of the National trust now and this has kept the hall as if it was still in the Tudor times.

Tudor bed and Tudor sleeping

Little Morton Hall National Trust

I do like a photo through a window it has such a unique enchanting quality to it .

Tudor Decoration Little Morton Hall

Autumn at Little Morton Hall

Tudor Knot Garden Little Morton Hall

You can always have a little tea at National Trust properties and in particular I think the High tea you can have at Little Morton Hall is exquisite value at £9.50 and for that you get sandwiches ,accompanying relish, some salad, shortbread and a choice of cake and of course tea. The size of the cake is huge and trust me you'll not need anything else to eat after you've had this.

Friday, 6 October 2017

What Was Instant Moment Of Happiness Today ?

What makes you happy in a moment be it a person or a picture or otherwise , for me it is a multitude of people and items and whatnots that can make me happy. I mean take the ever so humble cup of tea ( tea isn't really humble but tea is humble in the fact that it doesn't blow it's own trumpet )

Today what made me happy was leaves tree and sky , but I wasn’t walking underneath them but oh I I wished I was.I was a passenger in a car stuck in a queue of traffic nothing particularly remarkable but oh the sky tree leaves and light that particular moment in time.

Collecting things is not just reserved to things it is also moments and this was one of them , my husband questioned why I was taking an upwards photograph of the trees , leaves and sky. And I told him
The reason as I’ve just told you the reason because if the that moment in time when the leaves , trees and sky was just perfect with the line that was just oh so magical. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Why Not Get An Electric Pressure Cooker From Pressure King

Why not get an electric pressure cooker ?

You could get an ordinary pressure cooker , they are good I am told from those who can actually operate them , but alas I can not operate an ordinary on the stove pressure cooker as the last time I did entered in disaster and a repaint of the kitchen ceiling. Yes I was the one that plastered the kitchen ceiling with potatoes about 25 years ago and since then I have not been near a pressure cooker. So with the advent of a lot of cooking programs I decided to buy an electric pressure cooker from Pressure King I choose the bigger model but there is a smaller one available if you so wish.

There are plenty of electronic pressure cooker on the market some of which are very expensive , luckily the Pressure King nestles nicely in the market at at affordable price , there are 3 sizes. There is a 3 litre one  £44.99 or a 5 litre one £59.99 or the largest size with is 6 litres £99.99  we opted for the mid sized size as the 5 litre one came with 12 options.

The Pressure King comes with a nice look cook booklet and Mr T followed the chicken paella recipe and I watched for afar checking in every so often. I have to admit I was still a little scared due to my previous experience of the ones you put on the stove, but my fears were soon eased away when I saw the beautiful meal that it created with no fuss what so ever. And I am going to be brave and have a go myself another day , I think it is really like have a chef in your kitchen that produces Michelin quality meals.

SO Mr T and I do reccomned that you get one and this recommendation is without strings if you click through and buy one then I don't get a penny ~ boo buy I will have a warm glow that I have converted someone to the wonders of Power King and the electronic Pressure cooker!

Sweet And Spicy Pork (Hong Shao Rou)

I had quite a few pork chops in the fridge and I was trying to figure out what do with them , Pork can be a tricky meat at the best of times . If you over cook it then it can taste like the soul of a shoe that's got a hole in the soul but get it right then it is like heaven in a raindrop.


Pork slices ( I used chops and sliced them up ) enough for around 4 people
A few sliced ginger pieces ( you can use already sliced ginger )
A red onion chopped
A red pepper chopped
Chilli flakes
1 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
2 Tablespoons rice winevinrgar
About 4 tablespoon of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of ginger


1. Cut the pork into strips or cubes depending on what type of pork you have, trim off the fat.

2. In A large work bring the water to boil.Add the ginger, onions ,chilli and pork, Bring back to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the wok and pat dry on kitchen roll when cool enough to handle . Discard water and content from wok.

3. Add vegetable oil to a hot wok and add your pork pics . Stir fry till brown on all sides. Remove from the wok and drain on paper towel, set aside.

4.  To your wok add the brown sugar and cook over medium heat until the sugar melts and bubbles. Quickly add the hot water to the wok and stir to mix thoroughly. Add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Chinese Five Spice, ground ginger, red pepper , chilli lakes and the pork pieces back to the wok and stir. Stir to coat the pork. Cover and simmer on low for 35 minutes.

5. Remove lid and allow the sauce to cook and thicken for at least 10 minutes. Serve with either steamed rices or noodles. Top if you wish wish either chopped chives or spring onions.

Sweet And Spicy Pork (Hong Shao Rou)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Should I Take Myself more Seriously

I was thinking as one often does whether I should take myself more seriously , I mean I can be very serious but that's just my makeup I am a mixed bag you could say . It 's very much with me of getting the coffee revel but you know what the hell I am an individual with a very very quirky sense of humour.

I think my humour helps me feel a sense of myself as I struggle with situations a lot of the time and wear a mask. By wearing a mask I don't actually mean a mask like a bank robber or the like. I mean a mask I might wear depending to the social situation I'm in. It takes a lot to know me and to understand my humour some people understand me right away and that quite frankly is a bonus , I want to say ,”Bruce Bonus “. I’m not awfully keen on using the telephone but I do , the other day I was dealing with some financial issues and the chap said “ Bare with me “ and I said “I hope not as he might eat you “

And then there was when I was tweeting BT over my slow slow broadband speed with them asking me how slow it was

“It’s slower than an Asthmatic snail stuck at traffic lights “ I said 

But you know what I like my quirky nature , it’s me through and through .

How I act and how I am helps me cope with otherwise difficult situations so no I’m not going to take myself more seriously , could I care less wether or not this has an impact on my popularity ~ no

I’m not here to be popular : I’m just here to be me

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Day I Entered The Twilight Zone Plus Jaffa Cakes

Literally I have just dropped off a parcel at the shops and there is nothing special in that you'd have though, yes I knew the person behind the counter and yes we exchanged a few words , a few words that was it . And the few words were exchanged as she was registering my parcel and getting me to sign for it and I had a thought while I was there that I would go and fetch Mr T something to take to work and I would be out in a jiffy and I kid you not I turned round an there were 10 people in the queue behind me all I think with a burning need to eat Jaffa cakes while there are still 12 in a packet before they are cut down to 10 ~ honestly how much more joy can be sucked out of the world.

So instead I thought I would fetch something for my husband for his lunch tomorrow from the local Tesco (click here for a funny story about the time I had a tesco delivery go wrong )down the road and brain storm while I was at it solving all my problems ,thinking out lists planning you name it I did it . I thought wow I must nearly be at the Tesco Express by now but oh no I had walked exactly about 8 houses. I think I must have fallen through a crack in time into the Twilight zone as time was being strange to me that particular day.

OOOH you want to know what sandwich I brought for my husband oooh that was a reduced Chicken salad sandwich as we have to save money as with a teen going to university it is sucking the money out of us.

I have a ton of pears to do stuff with so recipes will be appearing shortly ... see you later ...

Monday, 25 September 2017

University Drop Off The Reality For The Parents

You've just dropped your child off at university at you've probably got the tune " Somewhere out there " looping round in your head. Your maybe writing this blog post at 6.30 am who knows , maybe your looking at the university pudding menu saying to yourself "They won't eat that that or that " You have taught them how to make Macaroni cheese so least they can make that on the weekend when they have to fend for themselves ( although he does have GCSE cookery )

When you drop off your child at university it's all a bit confusing it looks like a club 45 to 55 , don’t worry  there will be people to help you move in .At York University they are called SYTCS and they are super helpful lugging all the stuff to the room .

At the parent orientation talk we were told let them settle it and don't over text them ! the university found that a settling in period of 2 weeks is beneficial. There was a question and answer session ~ I didn't ask what happens if they don't like the pudding choices.

Of course that's not to say you can't text from your pets....

Once your into their room it's essential to make sure they make it feel like home even if all the rest of their stuff is strewn about.It really is going to take a few hours to get sorted and that includes the wifi and this is where their new flat mates come in as it gives them a chance to break the ice and make friends/get some help.

Taking a few things from home will make them feel at ease and there will be less for you to dust at home ~ result !

Thought update :”NO your child going to university means you actually have to do housework now as there's no teenager to blame for mess.”

Also it’s pure coincidence that there just happens to be a York shopping outlet nearby the university ...

“oh for Pete sake “ said Mr T

“Don’t think I know them “ says I 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

What's Your Favourite Holiday Snap ?

What's your best holiday photo ?

As a family we've been on many family holidays from Florida to Finland and in that time we've taken many photographs!

'Holiday Gems has asked me create a post based on my best holiday photo! Why is it the best photo? Where were you? What is the story behind this picture? 

It's a tough ask as I've been on so many holidays, we have literally just got back from our holiday in Rome and Rome is such an amazing cultural location. We were truly blown away by Rome with cultural at every single place you look.

So as you've probably guessed my favourite location of late is Rome where we spent a whole week exploring the Eternal city.

Rome is just one of those places you'll instantly live and will want to return to which you will as you will toss your coin in the Trevi fountain.

I feel that photographs should tell a story either by what they convey or how you're feeling.

And now for what I think is the best holiday photo of late is a family photo taken in the Vatican City. The story behind it is that I was conscious of taking family photos before my son goes to university. I'm not known for pulling a natural look in my photos and when I'm asked to smile it has varying results but the result is fun and natural I think in the case of the picture taken in the Vatican City.

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Start Of Myself

It's been ..

No that's a song 

It's been 16 days since I was no longer a teaching assistant and I wondered how I would be , I'm not sure yet as working wise it has been 7 days where I haven't been in the classroom.I think I will feel like myself soon again and this is starting with tea as on the plus side I've more time for tea and when the Uni student is ermm at university I'm going to get out with my camera and take pictures . At the moment I feel like doing that when he's not here in order to fulfill my time and get back to how I was.

We've doing stuff as a family as we are a family even tough the University Student is off to university , I honestly say you rethink that Brexit is a headache then trying packing and thinking of all the stuff that a University student needs it is never ending.

But it is the start of myself you might not think that but it is!

Yeah this is me ~ parenting level achieved today as my son listed me as "Mother " on Facebook 

I've got this parenting lark all sewn up , ps I'm saving that popcorn on my shirt for later.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Easy student Marconi Cheese

I couldn't really make Macaroni cheese before , I know it is a simple dish but you know what the simplest of dishes can sometimes make you fret * I've still got to attempt a Victoria sponge cake.But I finally got my act together not over the cake but the macaroni cheese and I've made it twice.

So simple that even a university student could make it once they've recovered from Freshers week !


3 tablespoon of plain flour

50 g of butter 

Half a pint of milk or more if needed

50 g of grated cheese 


First prepare your Marconi by just following the directions on the packet then set aside.

In a saucepan melt the butter over a gentle heat then add the flour stirring till it's formed a roux.

Add in the grated cheese stirring till it melts 

Then gently pour in the milk and stir till smooth and it starts to thicken.

If you need more sauce add more flour / milk as necessary , you can even add in left over sour cream / soft cream cheese.

Stir in any other ingredients into the sauce like smoked salmon .

Then pour over the Marconi giving another little stir .

Then eat and enjoy !! you'll never buy shop brought macaroni cheese again !

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Letting Go Of That Packet Of Dinosaurs

Letting go of stuff is hard letting go off stuff when it's your child's toy is harder , I'm not overly sentimental but when your own child is off to university then you do crumble somewhat. In the midst of stacking all the stuff for university you'd be forgiven for thinking that Sir Bob Geldof had launched a relief campaign.

So today I'm making the decision to let go of that packet of dinosaurs on my window sill  Toy story 3 has nothing on me and my packet of dinosaurs on the window sill. The packet of dinosaurs is going to my work colleagues little boy who is madly into dinosaurs. So you see that packet of dinosaurs will be played again and loved still I'll miss them . It's probably going to be a case of empty dinosaur syndrome. * coughs 

I'm sure I'll hold it together when we drop of the University student (probably not but I'm sure a trip to Bettys would revive my stoicic centre )

University is a big leap not only for the students but for their parents also it is akin the Lion King where Rafiki holds Simba aloft over the rocks to proclaim him as the King to be.But raising children also means letting them go and splitting the 1000 bag of tea bags with them and the 40 rolls of toilet paper thats currently blocking my hallway.And I think the University student has inherited his love of tea from me I think tea keeps me from going to the dark side. So it is a week on Sunday that we take the University Student up ready for his archaeology course but first there is Freshers week , we have made sure that all his injections are up to today including having the flu jab.

You don't have to take a washing machine to University you might well laugh but that is honestly what in says in the list of things not to take to university ! We have a long list of what to take to university which will vary from course to course.



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