Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween.......

My girls embrace Halloween, this year they went a little crazy with the blood...

Heather was a pirate of doom and Lola was a vampire - just to put the pictures you are about to see, into context.

Be afraid........

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Officially Amazing!

A few weeks ago the kids, hubs and I were all invited to go to the Guiness Book of Records HQ in London.

Naturally, we said yes we would love to, especially when we were told we were likely to meet record breakers and maybe even break some records ourselves....At this point my natural competitiveness took over and we were definitely going, whether the kids wanted to or not (they did). We were sent the Guiness Book of Records 2012 book to review and loved all the weird and wonderful records it showed us.

So on Thursday we went on our visit. For both my kids it was their first time to London, and I had everything crossed that this would be a good day for them as I wanted their first memories of London to be special.

They were very excited on the train, even though it was massively busy. The excitement level went up a gear when they realised they were VIP's



Whilst we waited for the main event there were lots to see, here is a life size cut out of the smallest man in the world.

When everybody else had arrived we were introduced to the worlds biggest rabbit. His name is Darius and he is MASSIVE. He was clearly used to this kind of thing and seemed completely un-phased by the whole thing.
The kids loved him.

After, meeting Darius all of us sat down and had a presentation from Craig Glenday the Editor-in-Chief. Craig, was one of the most likeable people I have met for a long time and he held the children's attention brilliantly. He gave us a brief history of the Guiness Book of Records and what criteria they use to decide what goes into the book. So for example, the world's ugliest dog didn't make it in (imagine the Euergh's from the kids when they saw this!) because it's not measurable, but the world's widest mouth did.

Once we had finished learning Guiness Book of Records 101, we were introduced to some record breakers.

This is John Farnborough who has broken records doing freestyle football stuff, he holds five world records.
 

Then we met Sean who is the fastest talker in the world, we watched him recite Bohemian Rhapsody in 47 seconds!

 The big hit for my girls was Sam Sam the Bubble man who has loads of Bubble related records and is an official bubblologist. He put little bubbles in big bubbles, he made big bubbles, long bubbles and a bubble called the Loch Ness Monster
 

 

But the last thing he did was put both my girls inside the same bubble, they both loved this and I have never seen my smallest so excited.

We had a tour of the offices and met some of the lovely people who work there. They have pictures and display cabinets. On our tour we got to hold the oldest vomit (Ick!) and try on the biggest shoes.
 
Then we had the official record breaking to do, they had adjudicators and everything. We all got to try stacking dice (or die, if you want to be exact), stacking domino's and building a Mr Potato Head and one person did actually break a record. Which was pretty amazing. Sadly, it was none of my family : ( although we all tried really hard.

 

And as the end of the day approached, the girls got interviewed, and got to see what next years Guiness Book of Records cover may look like, but the best was yet to come.

A trip on the fastest sofa in the world! It goes 87 mph and the girls and hubs got to go for a drive in it. Fab.

So after a long day, and even though I was non-too impressed with this woman's longest legs in the world. I am happy to say, we all had an Officially Amazing day out at the Guiness Book of Records HQ.





Sunday, 23 October 2011

Silentish Sunday

Love this picture my M & D look super happy.


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Gallery - Faces

This week for the Gallery it's all about faces. I just want to celebrate one face. My husbands. We have been married for ten years tomorrow, so it's an ideal time to show him a little bit of love via the blog.

So this is him, my Paul.


He's gorgeous, and all of you that know him often tell me how lucky I am. 


He's a fab Dad.

A little bit beardy


He makes me laugh....


A great friend


And the bestest husband ever..


So this blog is dedicated to the one I love... I feel a song coming on....

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Too Many Tomatoes?

I have got too many tomatoes, so I have been busy making things with them. I have made tomato jam (yummy with cheese) but my big success is the tomato ketchup. Here is today's end result, give it a go. It's great because there is no seeding or skinning and it tastes great.




Ingredients

2 onions, chopped

2kg tomatoes, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

150ml red wine vinegar

100ml water

½ tsp black peppercorns

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp all spice

2 cloves

½ tsp crushed dried chillies

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp light brown sugar

Method

1. Put the onions, tomatoes, garlic, 50ml vinegar and the water into a large saucepan over a medium heat. Cook for about 40
 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have reduced to a pulp.

2. Meanwhile, pour the remainder of the vinegar into another saucepan, and add peppercorns, spices, chillies and bay leaves 
and infuse over a low heat for 10 minutes. Remove and put to one side.

3. Using a hand blender or food processor, whiz the tomato pulp until smooth. Then rub the tomato pulp through a nylon sieve 
into a clean pan, making sure that you have extracted all of the pulp, leaving behind only the tomato skins and seeds.

4. Strain the infused vinegar into the pan, add the sugar and set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to
 dissolve the sugar. Reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened and reduced to a thick consistency, about 500ml.

5. Remove from the heat and season to taste. Pour the ketchup into a jug and use a funnel to transfer it into sterilised bottles 
or jars. Seal immediately and cool completely before labelling and storing.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Gallery - Inspirational People


This is my Mum, she is 82 and one of the strongest women I know.

I have blogged about her before here. In the last blog I explained all the things she's done, which are inspirational alone, but why does she inspire me?

My Mum is a great Mum. I know she loves me no matter what, but has been really firm with me when I needed it.

I was quite unruly as a teenager and needed a firm hand. I think if it hadn't been for her I could have been a bit of a waster. Instead, I stick at things and finish them (sometimes out of pure stubbornness). My work ethic means that I have never pulled a sicky, even at school.

When I was first at college I moved out of halls of residence after the first term as I hated the restrictiveness of it, so I moved into a rented place with a friend.

It was great to begin with, but we didn't cope very well with bills, cleaning and looking after ourselves. My friend had gone home for the weekend, and I got really bad tonsillitis. I walked to the phone box (yes, this was olden days before mobile phones!) and used my last 10p to phone my Mum.

She lives in Shrewsbury and I was in college in London, she was with me within three hours (thank goodness there weren't speed camera's then). She got bin bags and just gathered up all the rubbish and clothes all over the floor of our flat, chucked everything in the back of the car (including me) and took me home.

Once I was well enough I was deposited back at the flat, even though I felt at the time that I wanted to give it all up. My Mum, just told me I had started it so I needed to finish it.

I have several similar stories of my Mum 'rescuing' me, the last time wasn't even that long ago. All I know, is if I can be anything like my Mum with my daughters, I won't be doing a bad job of it.

For more like this - go to The Gallery 

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Silentish Sunday - This Big

Another big fish tale, or Lola doing modelling poses. You decide...


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