Sunday, 30 November 2014

Competition Starts at midnight

Finally it's time Competition time that is!
Starts at Midnight tonight and ends at midnight on 12th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas Competition

Happy Sunday everyone
I am going to start a competition on 1st December ending on 12th December. I am working out the details but it will be held across my blog, twitter account and Facebook.
I have collected 7 prizes, and as I am on a budget I am afraid they are only small but still a nice little pressie from me to the winner's.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Feeling poorly

Is having an awful day and feeling very poorly, I am cured up on the sofa desperately trying to feel better (or am sorry for myself not sure which or both), firework tonight and I really want to take my little man so have to feel better no choice. My other half is staying home to look after the pets, our Cat couldn't care less about fireworks and often tends to choose to go out but one of my doggies hates them. Have a great firework night if you are off out and be safe.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Kate's Cakes Review

Happy Sunday everyone. I have been sent some Kate's Cakes to review and wanted to share my thought's with you all.
Firstly it was so exciting to receive this review in the post because it came so beautifully presented in a gorgeous gold box and packaged like a present.

My kit contained a box of Chocolate Fudge Cake (5) and a box of Lemon Drizzle Cake, a cake stand, 2 Kate's Cakes cups and a Kate's cakes cake stand. 

A gorgeous set, so I was having a few friends around so thought I would lay it out and get my friend's opinion's too. I had to think twice before putting out the Chocolate Fudge Cake but I did in the end it's good to share. I love the fact that they are individually wrapped so no waste, and I could set up early and they stayed moist. They also look amazing and you can see the care and attention that goes into making them. 
The Chocolate fudge cake is moist, a great balance of cake and butter-cream with double chocolate curls. This was my favourite, and enjoyed by me and my friends. The individual portions were a perfect size for after lunch and delicious treat.
The Lemon Drizzle Cake was lovely and again moist with gorgeous sugar pearls on top. 

Quotes from my friends 
"The Lemon Drizzle cake was delicious, I could really taste the lemon which is a problem with a lot of other Drizzle cakes, I usually don't bother as you can't taste the Lemon."

"Chocolate Fudge cake is delicious but I want 2"

Overall both were loved,

Some Key Information-
# They are made using non-GMO ingredients, free range eggs and are free from artificial flavourings. 
They are RRP £1.99 for 5 individually wrapped portions and are available from TESCO SEE HERE for £2.00

I will be buying these again for a treat for sure and would like to thank Kate's Cakes for allowing me to try them. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beefeater, Harvester and The Willows Tree, Torquay Unlimited Breakfast Review

Recently my Son started school along with some of my friends children and we decided to meet up at least once a fortnight and try the breakfasts of Torquay.
Our first stop was the Beefeater on Belgrave Road in Torquay, It is an unlimited breakfast and unlimited drinks (tea, coffee and Juice). They serve Costa Coffee which attracted us to try this first.
It cost us £8.25 and if we had taken the children they would have eaten for free.
I have to say straight off the selection was brilliant. Freshly Cooked- Sausages, Bacon, Fried eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and beans. Available to toast were Muffin's, bread both white and brown, and crumpets, Also little cake muffin's were available. A massive selection of cereals and muesli's etc, Yogurts etc. I may have forgotten a few things but it was a huge selection. Fresh juices and coffee machines with a variety of coffee's to choose from, plus a selection of tea's.
It all looked delicious and each of us 6 tried different things and we spent nearly 1 1/2 hours there, taking our time and left feeling full and satisfied. The food was delicious and very fresh, and of very good quality. I was very impressed and so were my friends and will be returning. Also the staff were polite and friendly, very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed.

Beefeater- Belgrave Torquay

Our Next stop was The willow tree pub in The Willows Torquay.
unlimited Breakfast is £3.99 drinks are charged individually.
The first thing I must say is the selection was disappointing, Sausages, Bacon, hash browns, mushrooms, beans, scrambled eggs and fried eggs. Toast was also available but this was it, The sausages were cheap and not very nice at all, there were no fried eggs available when we arrived and when they were there they didn't look very nice. The bacon wasn't great either and they didn't refill the bread, The chef was on his own so can totally be forgiven for not getting out the food quicker but the quality of food paled in comparison to the Beefeater.
I ordered a coffee which was awful and the girl serving was rude and arrogant.
Overall I will not be returning to The Willow Tree for breakfast or anything else for that matter.

The Willow Tree- Torquay

Our next stop was the Harvester in Torquay.
The selection was very good, lots of choice. The cooked breakfast items are cooked to order and firstly I ordered some bacon, mushrooms, poached egg and hash browns. all were very nice, My fried tried other items which all looked good. The second time I decided to try a fried egg, when the plate arrived it was swimming in oil and I couldn't even face trying it and just sent it back.
The selection of cereals, yoghurt, crumpets, toast, muffin's and spreads was great. Orange juice, blackcurrant squash, filter coffee and a good selection of teas.
But the egg put me off, also I think we were spoiled by beefeater and therefore nothing seems to compare. But the staff were very polite and helpful, They couldn't have been more welcoming and nice,

So to sum up so far the Beefeater was the best by far, but we will see if it can keep the top spot overall after a few more breakfasts, I may have to go back though just to make sure they stay good ha ha.

Friday, 17 October 2014

2 nice Liverpool Ladies

So recently my partner won tickets to watch Liverpool play at home in the capital one cup. We had an e-mail to print out and take it to the ticket office 3 hours before the match. We arrived and waiting in line in the rain and the guy at the ticket office did not have a clue what we were talking about and sent us to the Hospitality office to get our tickets. We arrived there and they didn't have the tickets either and no-one seemed to know what was going on. As you can imagine I was devastated started thinking we had driven 5 hours for nothing and wasted petrol. The two ladies behind the glass were amazing she straight away put my mind at rest and were so polite and kind, the reassured us all along the way even though we waited an hour for our tickets. They advised us to go shop or get a drink while we waited. Once our tickets eventually arrived and I think they were just as excited as we were, she checked my tickets, showed me on the map where to go and couldn't have been more lovely if the tried. I would like to say Thank you so much to those 2 ladies.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Breakthrough with Mr Fussy

Any of you with a fussy child will appreciate the struggles and frustrations that come with it, sometimes you can get lost in the fact it can be a uphill struggle. Over the past week I have realised how far we have come in a year. We lost my Dad 18 months ago and that's when the fussiness started and because we were all grieving we let him get away with it. At that stage all he would eat sausage's, chips, toast and grapes (plus crisps and some sweets). He wouldn't try anything new even chocolate he had never tried before.
This past week I realised just how far we have come,  He ate 2 pieces of Ham pizza no picking at it, he eats crumpets, toasting muffin's, wraps, garlic bread, baguettes. All kinds of fruit and even tries cake he has never tried before. He now dislikes chips and opts for mash, or potatoes. Veg is still a problem he only likes carrots but will try others.
He even said to me today I don't like it Mummy but I will eat it so I get my football cards. He has a reward chart which is based around all behaviour and his reward is Match Attax football cards. He is footie mad so a perfect reward for him.
To some it may not sound like much but it amazes me how much he eats and tries and I can only see things moving forward, for the first time I feel totally positive and motivated to cook new recipes.
If anyone has a fussy child and feels at their wits end drop me a line I know how hard it is and know my Journey is not over and bad days. But will take the good days and enjoy them.