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Warming Winter Foods – Blogtober 2022

Warming Winter food - winter stew
Image by ivabalk from Pixabay

Day 12 of Blogtober 2022 and I have to say, love warming Winter foods! It’s so much more comforting than Summer salads!

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Here are some of my favourites.

I think my absolute favourite, though, has to be cottage pie with lots of creamy cheesy mashed potato :o)

My Favourite Bloggers – Blogtober 2022

Day 11 already! I’m pleased that I’ve managed to post every day so far, but I’ve not been great at visiting the other bloggers who are taking part in Blogtober 2022. I hope to rectify that this week while I’m on holiday!

Today’s post is going to be quite short though!

Problem Choosing My Favourite Bloggers

I have a problem with today’s prompt – choosing my favourite bloggers – because I’ve not really followed any blogs in the last couple of years, except for Kim’s!

I used to take part in lots of linkies and would visit lots of different blogs but now I don’t even know if the blogs I used to visit are still there.

So, my favourite blogger is Kim from Life As Kim

I think the reason I’ve always followed Kim is that our girls are around the same age and our youngest, her Ellie and my Ella seem to go through stages of liking the same thing. For example, they both loved slime and unicorns and loom bands and LOL Dolls and everything else that tweens and teens get fixated on.

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

I’m sure after visiting all the other Blogtober blogs this week, I’ll find some new favourites :o)

Sunday Afternoon Movie – Blogtober 2022

It’s day 9 of Blogtober 2022 and I’m a little late doing my post today because we’ve been watching our Sunday afternoon movie and packing ready to go on holiday to Scarborough tomorrow. I can’t wait!
I’ll probably be late posting tomorrow as well due to all the driving, shopping, unpacking etc

Sunday Afternoon Movie

Ant and I started watching a movie on Sunday afternoons earlier this year. We both have busy weekdays and it was nice just to sit together, put a movie on while we have lunch then just relax for a bit.

We watched an old Miss Marple movie called Murder At The Gallop and a couple of other old movies then we started watching the Marvel movies in order when we went to Scarborough for our wedding anniversary at the end of April.

Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit Movies

When deciding what to watch after the Marvel movies, we both said that we’d tried numerous times to watch The Lord Of The Rings but we’d never seen any of them all the way through.

The Hobbit movies were on Amazon Prime and I’d bought Aiden The Lord Of The Rings box set for Christmas one year. I don’t think they’ve ever been watched until we watched them!

The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy

They’re longer than we’re used to watching, but I enjoyed them all. I worked on my Bucilla Advent Calendar kit that I’m making for our granddaughter while the movie was on.

Not sure what we’re going to watch next. I’ve got a few to choose from on my various watchlists:

  • Venom – Prime
  • The Happy Time Murders – Prime
  • 6 Underground – Netflix
  • The Maze Runner – Disney+
  • Maze Runner The Death Cure – Disney+
  • Maze Runner The Scorch Trials – Disney+
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Disney+

If you have any suggestions for a good Sunday afternoon movie, please feel free to let me know in the comments :o)

October Goals – Blogtober 2022

Day 8 of Blogtober 2022 and I’m starting to get a little more organised! Today I’m sharing my October goals. Thankfully there’s not too much to do.

  • Deep clean the living room. It’s all looking a bit drab and could really do with redecorating but that probably won’t get done before Christmas!
  • Clear the patio off, again! – We have a covered patio and everything seems to get dumped out there to be dealt with later.
    KayCee and her friends helped clear it in time for the gender reveal party in the Summer but it’s getting messy again. We have a baby shower on the 5th of November so it has to be clean by then.
  • I need to get all the Christmas presents sorted and stored. I buy something every week and I usually put them all away when I get home but this year they’re all over the place and I’m going to end up losing them if I don’t get them organised soon!
  • Finish the Jefferey Deaver book I started last night. It’s the first book I’ve picked up in about 5 months and I want to make time this month to enjoy reading again.
Autumn - bench next to a pond. Trees with Autumn leaves - October goals

What We’re Watching – Blogtober 2022

A week into October already! I thought I’d share what we’re watching on Netflix, Prime and Disney+ for our Blogtober 2022 post today.


The Vampire Diaries on Netflix

I watch The Vampire Diaries with Ella. We like to watch a program in the evening while Ant’s out looking after his parents.
We’ve watched all of Buffy, Angel, Supernatural and a few seasons of Medium. Ella got a bit bored with Medium so I’m going to carry and rewatch the last few seasons.

Virgin River on Netflix

I love Virgin River but I go through stages of binge watching then leaving it for a few weeks before finishing the season!

Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix

I’ve only just started watching Dahmer but I’m already hooked. I’m hoping to get it watched before I go on holiday on Monday!

Amazon Prime

This Is Us on Amazon Prime

This is us is one of my favourite ever TV shows. I watch it with KayCee but we’ve not found time to watch it for ages what with her college, her job and now a baby on the way!

I can’t wait to watch the final season together.

The Walking Dead on Amazon Prime

I watched The Walking Dead from when it first aired but I started getting bored with it when the season with Negan had finished.
I took a break for a while but started watching it again a few months ago. I figured I’d watched so many seasons I should finish the rest now I know there’s actually a final season!

The Lord Of The Ring - The Rings Of Power on Amazon Prime

We haven’t actually started watching this but it’s our next one to watch once we’ve watched the last Lord Of The Rings movie on Sunday afternoon.
We’d tried a few times to watch LotR but something always happened and we never got to the end of it but we tried again and started by watching The Hobbit trilogy. We both really enjoyed it and we’re looking forward to The Rings Of Power.


Marvel movies on Disney+

Ant and I watched nearly all the Marvel movies went we went on holiday in April this year for our wedding anniversary. We’ve still got a couple more to watch as well as some of the series.

She Hulk on Disney+

The Hulk is one of my favourite characters so I was very pleased to see the new She Hulk program. It’s light and funny and just really enjoyable. We didn’t like that it was released weekly, though, so we’ve stopped watching until all the episodes are available.

Only Murders In The Building on Disney+

I’ve always liked Steve Martin which is why we started watching Only Murders In The Building. It’s another funny and easy to watch program.

Gratitude List – Blogtober 2022

Gratitude list

It’s day 6 of Blogtober 2022 and whilst I’m still not very organised, I have managed to get a post done each day!

Writing a gratitude list can help you focus on the things you actually have, not the things you don’t and thinking of positive things can help you stay positive for the rest of the day.

Gratitude List

  • I’m thankful for my super wonderful husband. He’s got so much going on right now, he doesn’t get much time to recharge as he’s looking after everyone else. Our holiday next week can’t come soon enough.
  • KayCee’s doing a wonderful job of growing our precious granddaughter and I can’t wait to meet her 🙂
  • My newfound love of exercise is helping me feel better inside and out. I love my Cubii elliptical trainer which is an early Christmas present from the super wonderful husband. I’m doing over an hour a day exercising and I love that I’m pushing myself rather than giving up as I would usually do.
  • I’m thankful for the friends I have at Slimming World. They’re all wonderfully supportive and I couldn’t do it without them.
  • Spending time with family.
family holding hands
Image by Anemone123 from Pixabay

Autumn Decor Loves – Blogtober 2022

I’m not one of those people who change their decor with the seasons but if I did, I’d probably get it all from B&M or Home Bargains! They’re my favourite shops 🙂

Here are some of my favourite autumn decor items for today’s Blogtober prompt.

Autumn Decor from B&M

hedgehog ornament from B&M - Autumn decor
Hedgehog ornament
White vase with berries
Bleached flowers in amber vase
Autumn hoop
Wood effect candle holder
Woodland bear candle holder
Woodland rabbit candle stick
Stag ornament

Best Books To Read In October – Blogtober 2022

Today’s Blogtober prompt is – Best Books To Read In October – I’m a big Stephen King fan so it seems only right I share my top 3 SK books.
I have to say, even though he’s known as the master of horror, his books never really scare me. I’ve only ever been scared by one book that was written by James Herbert. It was called The Magic Cottage and I did not expect a book with that title, to scare me the way it did!

Steven King Books

Best books by Stephen King book on shelves.
The picture of SK you can see on the top shelf was done using a book folding technique called cut and fold.
Stephen King IT book cover

My all-time favourite book is IT. It’s the first SK book I read and I just couldn’t put it down.

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different.

In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing….

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed, and the children grew up, and moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness.
Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.


Cujo, a huge St Bernard, is bitten by a rabid bat and turns from a lovable pet into a ferocious man-eating monster. He slaughters his garage-owning master and, as madness eats at his brain, focuses his deranged attention on Donna Trenton and her five-year-old son, who are trapped in their car.

Stephen King The Stand - one of the best books I've read by Stephen King

First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.

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


  • 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


  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 the 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 onto 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.

I’m taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

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