Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Easy Homemade Brownies

I have a confession to make, I have never made my own brownies from scratch. For some reason I always thought they were complicated but after really fancying some I looked online at various recipes and made some of my own. They were really simple and tasted lovely. 

100g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
200g sugar
110g melted butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
50g chocolate chips or grated chocolate

Preheat oven to 180° and line a tin with greaseproof paper.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and combine well. Pour into the tin and pop in the oven for around 20minutes.
Serve warm with ice cream. 

The best tip I found was to remember that brownies are different from cake, they should be a little gooey so the knife doesn't have to come out clean!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Last week we did well on the meal plan front despite me being poorly for most of the week. Macaroni cheese went down really well with Phil and i loved making it is my new heart cookware.
I'm much better now so i am looking forward to cooking again. 

Pork and Apple burgers with wedges and peas
Spanish smoked paprika chicken and rice
Tuna pasta bake
Cottage pie
Hot dogs and beans(Sebs choice)

Linking up with Mrs M's Meal Planning Monday Linky

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Summer Nature Walk

Although it may not feel like it right now, we are still in summer and yesterday we went for a nature walk. 
A few weeks back we received a Toucan Box containing a nature bag to decorate and cards showing things to find on nature walks in each season. We decided to use the summer card before it was too late so set off to see what we could find. 
As we are lucky enough to have woods directly behind our house we explored those as well as going on an walk around the local area. 

We did pretty well finding nearly everything on the card(even the elusive sun) as well as a few extra bits and managing to fit in a few splashes in puddles.
 
 
In the afternoon while Alex napped we drew the things that we had found and labelled them. Seb even had a go at copying the words which is great as he has only recently shown an interest in writing.
We had a really good chat about seasons and the order of them and what happens in each season including the weather which he is very interested in at the moment. I can't wait until we go on our Autumn hunt in a few weeks.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Mamas Slow Cooker Chilli

I love making a Chilli in the slow cooker, it is so easy to put together and smells lovely all day long plus I am guaranteed to have empty plates. So much nicer than a jar version, Seb calls this Mamas Chilli.
This serves the 4 of us with leftovers. It's pretty mild but of course you can add more spice to it if you prefer.
500g beef mince
1 carton of passata
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 clove of garlic
1 onion
1 green pepper
1 400g tin of kidney beans
1 beef stock cube
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Brown off your mince. Chop up your garlic, onion and pepper and add to the mince for a few minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the passata, tomato puree, kidney beans(drained and rinsed), stock cube(crumbled), chilli powder and cumin. Give it a good stir and cook on low for around 6 hours.
Serve on jacket potatoes or with rice. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A winter coat and some old favourites

I haven't taken part in Trendy Thursday for a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about kids fashion!

In fact, I have managed to get Seb a winter coat that I love this year! Last year I was never fully happy with his coat so this year I went back to what I know and ordered him a navy coat from Zara. Needless to say it is beautiful! I need a find a hat now. 
We've dragged out our old favourite jumper from last year which still happily fits and the Hunters are back out for splashing in puddles.
Alex has had a few new bits too. This fab top from Zara makes me smile

As does this Superhero tee from River Islands baby range.

I am waiting for these fab music leggings to be delivered from Daisy Chain Baby at the moment, I think they'll be fab with Converse and a long sleeved top.
I am so excited about all the new ranges coming out,n especially the new Slugs N Snails. I can't decide which ones to buy though!

Linking up with the ever lovely Alex over at Medicated Follower of Fashion, if you have a Trendy Tot head over and link up :)