Thursday, 23 October 2014

Recipe - Spicy butternut squash soup

Now it's turned Autumn it's just the weather for a lovely soup, especially a spicy one to warm you up. We had a butternut squash and some other bits of veg that needed using so I just rustled this up. I like my soup nice & thick but you could add a little more liquid to it if you like yours a bit thinner. This is yummy served with crusty bread rolls, which I will be posting a recipe for later today.

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled & seeded & diced
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled & diced
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder

  • large pan
  • blender

  • Over a low-medium heat, saute the onions and garlic until translucent.
  • Add the diced veg to the pan, then add the stock.
  • cook gently until the stock starts simmering.
  • Turn the heat all the way down and let the pan simmer for 30-40 minutes until the veg is tender.
  • Stir in the curry powder
  • Let the pan cool for a while, then empty contents into the blender
  • Whizz & pulse until smooth.
  • Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

I've been nominated for a One Lovely Blog award by Mummy S over at The Mental Parentals - thank you so much, it's lovely to know that people like reading my little blog!

There's a short set of rules to this award post and these are:
  • Thank and link with the person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 or so amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they've been nominated
  • Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the person who nominated you

So here we are with the facts...
  1. I have had 8 piercings in total and no longer have any. One might have been a rude one (*blush*).
  2. I am a little obsessed with Ian Somerhalder and am an avid social media stalker.
  3. After 'meeting' some fabulous indie authors and a couple of my friends becoming indie authors, my friend & I have started a new book review blog (you know, feel free to check it out...). Two of my favourite pastimes in one.
  4. I've started a new venture regarding fact number 3. I'm not sure how long it will take to complete though as I don't have enough hours in the day!
  5. I can repeat the official definition of theft without thinking about it after my A-Level Law tutor made us repeat it one by one in class.
  6. I love visiting the Scottish Highlands and would love to retire there one day. One can dream.
  7. I find it really hard to think of facts that people may not know, when presented with things such as this!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Project 365 - Week 42 (days 285 - 291)

Day 285 / October 12th
As the boys were getting ready for bed and I was washing the dishes, I noticed this gorgeous sky and had to take a snap.

Day 286 / October 13th
Dinner tonight was home-made curried soup with home-made bread rolls.

Day 287 / October 14th
N had spag bol for the first time tonight. I forgot how messy it was with a baby!

Day 288 / October 15th
Now I have my book review blog I take part in a lot of book release parties and author takeover parties over on Facebook and this is one of my wins (among a ton of ebooks!)

Day 289 / October 16th
An exciting Christmas delivery today, for review!

Day 290 / October 17th
I auctioned off a giant cupcake to raise sponsorship for my skydive and this was the result for the winner. It was a pinata and had sweets inside too!

Day 291 / October 18th
Christmas is just about sorted now with this delivery from the Kiddicare sale!

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Friday, 17 October 2014

{Rant} Too big here, too small there...

When it comes to buying clothes for my little men I don't really have a favourite brand or shop - I buy from charity shops, bargain shops, supermarkets, high quality shops - I'm not really a clothes 'snob'! Basically, if I see something I like and can afford it, I'll buy it. 

My boys seem to be on the larger side as they have long legs and and torsos, so they are usually in the next size up before they need it anyway. One problem I have with them is that a particular size in one shop can be too small on them, whereas the same size in another shop can be huge. Also recently I have found that some of the smaller sizes are actually bigger than the next size up depending where they're from (am I making sense?), which has been really confusing when trying to sort J's clothes out for N - I've had to try them up against him whilst he lays wriggles on the floor, and I've had to take some 12-18 month tops out for him already (he's 7 months old! Told you, big baby...).

For example, these tops below:

The one on the left is first size, and the one on the right is 6-9 months! I know the jumper is knitted so it's a bit stretchier, but that is a huge difference in size. N was still fitting in this jumper at 4 months old whereas he was practically growing out of the other one already.

Even if I take two cotton t-shirts:

They are both 9-12 months. There is a huge difference between these two - the one on the right looks likes 3-6 months against the other. Can you guess which one N is outgrowing already?...

And of course it goes for adult clothing too - I often have to buy different sizes from different places. Though it does make me feel better when I have to buy a smaller size!

Of course the ideal option would be to have standard sizing across all brands & shops so we don't have to buy different sizes from different places at the same clothes size, but that would be practically impossible to fulfill. So unfortunately we just have to plod on with the sizing issue. I know it's a niggle of a thing to get frustrated with, but it is annoying, right?

Do you have the same problem?

Family Friday

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Review - Funky Giraffe personalised bandana bib

Ever since before J arrived I have been a little obsessed with bandana dribble bibs; in fact we have a drawer full now! We have many different colours, designs & patterns; enough to match every outfit really. One bib that we don't own though is a personalised bib, but I have been after one for ages so I was rather excited when I was offered the chance to review one of the new personalised range from Funky Giraffe bibs.

The personalisation process is really easy, though it took me forever to design mine as there are so many options to choose from and I kept chopping and changing different options. There are 12 colour options to choose from including some funky bright colours. I did in fact choose an orange one to start with but then when I saw all the design options and chosen what I wanted, I decided that my design would look better on a black bib. When choosing your design, you can choose from one of the pre-loaded designs or choose your picture/lettering/etc. yourself, so the possibilities really are endless, plus there is a guideline box so you can make sure the design will be printed fully on the bib. Some of the design options do cost a little extra though. Once you've designed it you get a preview, and then you go ahead to the basket and order process.

My bib arrived very quickly which was great as they aim to post orders placed before 3 pm on a weekday, on the same day. I was expecting the design on the bib to be printed on rather than embroidered on so I was pleasantly surprised to find it embroidered as I think it does give it more of the personalised feel. The quality of embroidering is great and it has lasted through washing, as has the bib in general. The bib itself is the usual Funky Giraffe thick quality with two breathable layers, and lovely and soft so it doesn't rub on N's skin and it keeps him dry unlike other brands where the wetness does go through slightly. It of course also has the funky Funky Giraffe tag!

The fit on N is great, it fits nicely around his somewhat chunky neck and is big enough to catch all of his dribble whilst not riding up his chin too much unlike other brands which I have also purchased. And I might be biased but he does look awfully cute in it. We do have other racing car bibs but this one is our new favourite! It is definitely well worth the money and I think the personalised option would make a great gift for a new baby, birthday, or the upcoming Christmas of course.

Funky giraffe personalised bibs start from £5 and you can add optional extras for 70p each. 

Our rating - 5/5

We were sent this product free of charge to review but all thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.
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