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Apple Scones Recipe

With an abundance of apples this year, I’m trying lots of new recipes to use them up! Today we have a recipe for Apple scones and we’ve served them with bramble jam and cream. Delicious!

Apple Scones

apple scones with chantilly cream and bramble jam

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g butter
  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 125ml milk, plus extra for brushing
  • Fresh cream and bramble jam to serve – we got ur bramble jam from Tesco

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7
  2. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the butter then rub in using fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon, add the apple and give everything a mix.
  4. Pour in the milk and stir it in quickly, then fold dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother.
  5. Tip onto a lightly floured surface; pat into a round about 3cm deep.
  6. Dip a 6cm cutter into some flour then cut out scones, flouring the cutter each time.
  7. Squash offcuts lightly back into a round and repeat until all dough is used up.
  8. Brush tops with a little milk then place on to a lightly floured baking sheet and bake for 18-20 mins until risen and golden.
  9. Allow to cool on the tray.
  10. To serve, split scones then spread with a dollop of cream and a spoonful of bramble jam.

 

 

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Top 3 Scary Movies

I love scary movies but I can’t watch them alone because I’m unable to go to bed afterwards! Ant’s not really a fan of them but he’ll watch them with me so he’s there to go upstairs with me when the movie is finished!

Scary Movies – Number 3…

I remember seeing my first scary movie when I was about 14 I think. It was A Nightmare on Elm Street and we had it on video. It was on the highest shelf which meant I wasn’t allowed to watch it. I had some friends around one afternoon while my parents were out. We decided to close the curtains and watch the scary movie!

A Nightmare On Elm Street poster - scary movies

Big Mistake!

We all acted cool and like it didn’t scare us but really, it terrified us. Whenever I hear children singing in the background on a movie it reminds me of A Nightmare on Elm Street and gives me chills!
The kids at school used to sing the Freddy song and I still don’t like hearing it:

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.

Three, four, Better lock your door

Five, six, grab a crucifix.

Seven, eight, Gonna stay up late.

Nine, ten, Never sleep again….

Number 2 – Poltergeist

My second choice has to be Poltergeist. It still scares me now, both the original and the remake!

Poltergeist movie

Number 1 – The Entity

I don’t remember how old I was when I watched The Entity but I remember it scared me more than anything else I’d ever watched. It’s been years since I’ve seen it so I don’t know how I’d feel watching now but at the time, it stayed with me for weeks. I couldn’t stop thinking about it when the lights were off!

If you haven’t heard of or seen The Entity, please be warned it’s about a woman who gets raped by some kind of entity.

The Entity movie

Do you have a favourite scary movie?

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Chocolate Apple Slices

These chocolate apple slices are a great addition to a Halloween buffet. They’re great because they’re not too big. Chocolate dipped apples or toffee apples can often be too much for a child, especially if there are lots of other goodies on offer.

Chocolate Apple Slices

You’ve probably seen me mention once or twice about our abundance of apples this year. I’m trying every which way I can to get them used up!

Ingredients

Each apple makes about 3 slices, depending on the size of the apple. We used 250g of milk chocolate to make 6 apple slices

  • 2 Eating Apples
  • 250g milk chocolate
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Lolly sticks
  • Baking sheet lined non-stick parchment

Method

  1. Cut the apples into 3-4 slices. Slice the rounded ends of the 2 end pieces and discard so all the slices have 2 flat sides.
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt. You can do this by placing the bowl over a pan of boiling water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water or by microwaving. If you microwave the chocolate it’s best to check it every 20 seconds or so as it can easily burn.
  3. Insert a lolly stick into each apple slice and dip into the melted chocolate.
  4. Place on the baking sheet.
  5. Continue until all the slices have been dipped.
  6. Sprinkle the Halloween sprinkles over the chocolate apple slices and refrigerate until the chocolate has set.

chocolate apple slices

 

 

 

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Mummy Pizza Pies – Fun Food For Halloween

I was going to write a recipe for these mummy pizza pies. Then I came across an excellent one that was already on Eats Amazing so instead, I got Ant to make them for dinner the other night using the Eats Amazing recipe 🙂

Mummy Pizza Pies

Here are a couple of our Pizza Pies. They all thought they were delicious and I reckon we’ll be making them again soon; especially seeing as I couldn’t try them because of my diet!

Mummy Pizza Pies

 

For more fun Halloween food ideas, check out my Pinterest board.

 

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Win A Halloween Yankee Candles Gift Set

I’m a huge Yankee Candle fan; I usually get given them as Christmas and birthday gifts and I love to receive them.  I’ve been known to treat myself occasionally, especially when they’re on offer in the January sales. In fact, I’ll be posting next month […]

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Slow Cooker Pork And Apple Casserole

I love meat that has been cooked in a slow cooker and pork is one of my favourite meats. We also have an abundance of apples this year so this recipe for pork and apple casserole will help to get them used up!

Pork and Apple Casserole

slow cooker pork and apple casserole

Ingredients

  • 700g pork steaks, all fat removed and cubed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely sliced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 75g red lentils
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes dissolved in 450ml of boiling water
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put everything in the slow cooker and put it on low.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours then serve with mashed potato and your choice of vegetables.

 

 

 

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Halloween Cookies Recipe

This is a basic sugar cookie recipe for Halloween cookies. We also make them using a gingerbread recipe which works equally as well.

Halloween Cookies

Halloween cookies - pumpkins

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 330g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C. Grease and line two cookie sheets.
  2. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff.
  4. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into whatever shapes you desire.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

To Decorate

I’ve found a great video on YouTube that shows you how to flood fill cookies.

 

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Haunted Lincoln

I love reading about local ghost sightings and here in haunted Lincoln, there are quite a few stories around. It’s not surprising seeing as we have some very old buildings like Lincoln castle and the cathedral. Lincoln castle was built during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror.

It used to be used as a prison until 1878 so you can imagine the number of ghost stories that are attached to this wonderful building.

Haunted Lincoln – Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle

According to the Haunted History of Lincoln, a horse and rider can be seen riding up to the gates of the castle shouting, ‘Open the gates, in the name of the king’.

It was approaching midnight when a baker, on the way to his night shift at a bakers in the city was walking opposite Lincoln Castle’s gates.
Suddenly, he heard the clattering of hooves against the ancient cobbles. Looking round to find the source of the noise, he heard a cry that shattered the quiet night sky: “Open the gates, in the name of the king!”
A giant black horse, billowing steam from its nostrils materialised in front of him. Its rider was stood up in his stirrups and sparks began to fly off the ground as its hooves gripped the floor. The horse charged on towards the castle, the same cry echoing from its rider as it gallops through the thick wooden gates of the castle’s front entrance.

For the rest of the story, visit the Haunted History of Lincoln blog.

Lincoln Cathedral

haunted Lincoln  - Lincoln Cathedral

During the time of the Black Death, the Church couldn’t keep up with the number of bodies that needed burying so a mass burial took place on the grounds to the right of the cathedral.

It is said that once a year,  on the anniversary of their burial, the ghosts of those buried in the grave rise from the ground and march in precession to the judgment gate, singing for the salvation of their souls, as they attempt to end the struggle of being stuck between heaven and hell.  The doors they gather at depict heaven and hell, and are overseen by the Virgin Mary and Jesus-who allow access to the cathedral to those who are worthy of it.

Haunted History Of Lincoln

If you’d like to learn more about Haunted Lincoln, you can take a Ghost Walk through the city

For more ghost stories in Lincoln, check out Haunted Rooms

 

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10 Things To Do On Rainy Days

We had the hottest Summer this year than we’ve had for a long time. Just about everyone loved it. I didn’t. I’m not a Summer lover and have to say I was glad when Autumn arrived!
Autumn, however, brings with it rainy days and if we don’t have some ideas to keep everyone occupied, we all end up watching too much TV.

Here are some things we enjoy to do when it’s rainy outside.

Activities For Rainy Days

  1. Family Board Game Day – KayCee collects Monopoly games so we have plenty of different kinds to choose from.
  2. Design A Family Board Game – KayCee and Ella had great fun making a Very Hungry Caterpillar board game when they were younger. It’s a great way to spend a rainy day and at the end, you can all play the game together.
  3. Make Your Own Moon Sand – I’ve never tried this, but I really want to. I think I’d have as much fun playing with this as Ella would!
  4. Baking – A rainy day activity list wouldn’t be complete without baking of some sort, whether it be cakes or cookies.
  5. Rock Painting – We did this last year and everyone enjoyed it, including me. We still haven’t varnished our rocks yet so we’ve not been able to put them in the garden. We’ll have to do it soon because they’re too nice to be stuck in a box!
  6. Indoor Treasure Hunt – Ella and her friends often make treasure hunts for each other. They choose a prize and hide it then write a series of clues for the other one to follow. You can also get loads of printables from Google if you wanted to create one for your children but didn’t want to write all the clues yourself.
  7. Washable Stained Glass Window Painting – The lady who writes this blog put the tape on the outside but obviously, that won’t work if it’s raining. This can be done indoors as long as you protect the floor under your window.
  8. Make Gloop – Cornflour, water and some food colouring can keep children entertained for hours with homemade gloop.
  9. Make Some Story Sacks – Ella loved bringing home a story sack when she started nursery. I’d never heard of them before, but thought they were a brilliant idea.
    You can make them for all ages and stages of development.
  10. Get Outside & Play In The Rain – When I was a child my friend and I used to go outside in bare feet and squelch our toes in the mud when it rained hard! We loved it when the rain was pounding so hard it bounced when it hit the floor!
    A rainy walk in the woods can be great fun for all the family 🙂
Ella loves rainy days
We got caught in a downpour on the way home from school. Everyone else was running, we were taking our time and enjoying the feel of the rain on our skin 🙂

 

What kind of things do you like doing on rainy days?

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