Things didn’t go quite as planned with this recipe when we tried it last night! Notice the absence of the cinder toffee on the above cakes?
That’ll be because I managed to burn the first attempt and it tasted awful then not get it hot enough on the second attempt and it turned into something not at all like cinder toffee!
I’m going to buy a sugar thermometer before trying to make it again!Read more: Cinder toffee cupcakes
1lb lost today took my total this month to 9lb and saw me taking the Slimmer of the Month award 🙂 I now have 1 stone 2lb to lose to get my 8.5 stone award back.
If I’m honest I was expecting more as I feel I’ve been on track all week but a loss is still a loss so I’m happy enough.
I’ve nicked some of the girls’ beads and counted out enough for my syns for the week. I’m going to move them over to the other vase as I use them.
Hopefully, I can my 8.5 stone award back in about 6 weeks 🙂
Presently, I have my own 2 seater sofa and the super wonderful husband has a reclining chair. We both like to stretch our legs while watching TV so having our own space is nice.
However, I often think how much nicer it would be to be able to sit together while still being able to stretch our legs. We’ve been married nearly 10 years and as far as I can remember, we’ve never watched TV at home while sitting next to each other!
I’ve seen a gorgeous sofa on Newman and Bright that looks really comfy and I can just see us watching the latest episode of Bones, all snuggled up together!
Thinking realistically though, we’d probably have to wait until the kids were older; Ant’s not keen on leather sofas and grubby fingers would stop this looking so nice in a very short space of time.
Or, we could just ban them from touching it all together! :o)
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I lost 1.5lb at my weekly weigh in. I’ve done mostly SP days this week but I had a couple of days on Extra Easy. I think this is the reason I haven’t lost as much as I did the last two weeks.
I’m not disappointed, though, I’m aiming for an average of 2lb a week this year and during January I’ve lost 8lb so far so I’m meeting my goal 🙂
I’m going to do all SP days this week and see how I get on at the next weigh in. Hopefully, I’ll get a 2lb loss.
Wish me luck!
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Every year, around this time I start hankering after change.
I don’t usually like change but there’s something about the new year that makes me want to do stuff and by stuff I mean things like putting new flooring down because the flooring that we got just under a year ago, for what we thought was such a bargain, turned out to be horrible and not a bargain at all!
It never looks clean, no matter how I clean it. Ant bought me a steam mop for my birthday last year because I was convinced that having a steam mop would get the kitchen floor looking all nice again.
Talking of floors, we HAVE to change the flooring in the living room. The carpet that’s down was left by the previous owner and we were grateful for it when we got the keys last year. It was one less expense but after a year of a cream carpet and three kids and the occasional dog (the lovely mother in law’s dog comes to visit and sometimes to stay a while) it really doesn’t look very good.
It’s not often either of us use the word hate but we both have done when talking about this carpet!
I also need to shorten some curtains for the window in the living room because even though it has blinds, they’re cream ones and the light comes through, shines on the TV and makes it nearly impossible to watch.
Another solution, though, and less work for me, would be to buy some blackout blinds. I’ve had a quick search online and found some interesting ones at roofblinds.co.uk.
Another area that desperately needs change is the garden.
We left it last year because there was so much to do in the house we just didn’t have the time or the money (well, we still don’t have the money!) but this year, even if we don’t get the big projects done like the stream/pond feature and the covered patio area, we can at least rid it of all the rubbish that’s accumulated there over the year.
I’m starting my changes tomorrow and my first port of call is Kaycee’s and Ella’s room. I need to make it easier for them to put things away but it keeps getting in a right state and it’s becoming very stressful for all concerned.
Ant’s getting sick of not being able to walk on the floor because everything’s dumped there and I’m getting sick of having to spend hours cleaning it.
I’m also fed up of feeling guilty about Kaycee because she’s the oldest and ends up cleaning it on her own when it’s Ella who makes 95% of the mess.
It’s quite embarrassing to show you this but here is their room today…
I’m going to get Ant to put up some shelves around the top of the room for all the teddies and I’m going to sort through the hundreds of books and store the ones that are too young for them now, in the loft for when we have more grandchildren 🙂
It’s going to be a lot of hard work, organising, cleaning, digging and building but it’s going to be worth it!
During her first week back at school, 7 year old Ella’s teacher told her she needed to work on holding her pencil correctly so she gave her a pencil grip to use.
Kaycee (9) had also had the same conversation with her teacher and was told that as well as holding her pencil correctly, she needed to work on her handwriting.
The next day I received an email asking if we would like to review Stabilo EASYgraph pencils and EASYoriginal pens.
Both girls were really excited when the package arrived (they love stationery!) and kept asking me to hurry up and take photos so they could open them!
We were sent pens and pencils for left and right handed because Kaycee’s right-handed and Ella’s left-handed.
They love the design of the pens and thought it was great that they come with little stickers so you can write your name on.
The pens come with refills and one of them even came with an ink eraser.
This is how Ella holds a normal pen
The finger spaces make it easy and comfortable for her to feel how it should be held while writing.
I don’t even know how Kaycee can write holding her pencil like this!
They’ve both taken their pencils into school and are using them everyday now. They found it a little difficult at first because they’ve been used to their own way of writing for so long but they soon got used to it.
These pens and pencils have been great for them and we thank Stabilo for their help 🙂
Please note: We were sent samples in order to write the review but all opinions are honest.
My heart is hurting today because I have to say, goodbye lovely lady.
A wonderfully lovely lady, who I’ve never met in person but who has been a special friend to me since 2002 lost her battle with cancer today.
I knew the end was close but it doesn’t stop the hurt.
My thoughts today are with Amy’s children and the husband she adored.
Back in 2002 I got my first computer and found the wonder that is the Internet, I also discovered a love of making sigtags (signature tags to sign off your post in MSN groups and other forums) and joined an MSN group called Robbie’s Creative Retreat.
I not only found a new hobby, I found some special friends who have been there to share the highs and lows of our lives for the last 12 years.
When MSN closed the groups, we found each other again not long after on Facebook and have been firm friends ever since.
Amy made the above sigtag for me in 2004. I found it in a folder with hundreds of other sigtags that members made me while I was in the group and I found myself taking a stroll down memory lane and feeling thankful for that time in my life that brought me so many lovely friends.
She loved fairies and I was so happy that the first one I found made by Amy was a fairy. It’s very fitting and a perfect way for me to say:
Thank you, my friend, for being there for me and for being you
January 10th – Another game of Tension. It’s fast becoming one of our favourites 🙂