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Me & Mine 2016 - April

April started off so beautifully weather wise which got us all very excited for day trips at the weekend and playing outside after dinner...

Monday, 23 May 2016

Frankie & Benny's New Breakfast Menu

Usually when we go out for a meal, we'll go out for lunch or dinner. Breakfast just isn't a meal we would think about going out for, unless we're on an early morning flight and we grab a quick bite at the airport. So when Frankie & Benny's invited us to try their new breakfast menu, we decided to give it a go.

We went on Sunday morning, for a 10:30am reservation. When we arrived, the restaurant was fairly busy but we were served very quickly.

The breakfast menu has a lot of choice, from lighter options to the full blown Papa Grande! There are plenty of vegetarian options and a good combination of sweet and savoury.


The kids' menu is pretty limited; sausage, egg, bacon and beans. It would be good to see some pancakes or waffles on there too. However it is only £3.95 and includes a choice of orange or apple juice.


The kids decided to order from the main menu and both chose the pancake and bacon stack with maple syrup. I chose the triple stack of pancakes, fried eggs and bacon and Husband, of course, went for the Papa Grande. We also ordered a side of hash browns and tea and coffee. The tea and coffee is unlimited refills for £1.95 which is fantastic!




The food came out really quickly and was cooked to perfection. The kids gobbled up their pancakes whilst I just about managed to finish 2 of my pancakes and eggs. Husband really enjoyed the Papa Grande which came with sausage, eggs, bacon, black pudding, a hash brown, potatoes, toast and beans. It also comes with mushrooms and tomatoes but Husband doesn't like either. F&Bs were only too happy to accommodate our requests. Husband asked for poached eggs which they did instead of fried eggs.


The total cost was around £31 which I thought was really reasonable for what we ordered and for the quality of the food. It was delicious and set us up for the rest of the day!

I made a short video of the trip which you can watch below...




Sunday, 22 May 2016

366 Project 2016 136 - 142

On Sunday, Miss C and I were up early for our horse riding lesson. It went really well and Miss C was the leader out on our hack! She did a brilliant job. After lunch, we headed over to my brother and sister-in-law's house to see them and our niece. It was a lovely visit and our niece was full of smiles for us all. When we got home, Miss C helped me make some pizza dough. She did a fantastic job of kneading the dough all by herself.


On Monday, it was back to placement and school for us all. The day went really quickly although, part way through I had to go through to the school because Miss C had hurt herself during play time. She tripped up and scraped her face and it looked really sore. She was fine after we cleaned her up. She also got an award; Pupil of the Week and it's her second one of the year! I had a bath after dinner as I was feeling a bit sore after horse riding.


On Tuesday, it was another busy day at placement where we made pizza. It was delicious! I was having a bit of an Italian theme food wise as we had spaghetti bolognaise for dinner. It's one of our favourite dishes!


On Wednesday, I was working and the day went in even quicker than normal. I picked the kids up from my friend's house but when we got home, I started to feel really unwell. I had a bath to see if that would help; it didn't. I went to bed early but couldn't fall asleep and I started to feel hungry after not eating any dinner. Husband got me a beef chow mein from the Chinese and that went a little way in helping me to feel better!


I woke up feeling awful on Thursday so I gave college a miss and worked hard from home. It was Z's share the learning day at school so I went along to hear all about their topic, Mary Queen of Scots. It was very interesting. It finished early and we could take the kids home early if we wanted so I collect Miss C and, along with Z of course, we headed home. I snuggled under a blanket and caught up on Hollyoaks!


I wasn't feeling much better on Friday but I made myself get out of bed and get to college. The day was quick but I felt myself getting worse as the day went on. I was glad to get home to a cup of tea. After sorting through my college folder and having dinner, I decided to go to bed for an early night. I had some fun on Snapchat with the new filters first though!


On Saturday, Miss C and I had a busy morning of errands. We headed to the shops to get our food for the week and to pick up a cake for my Father-in-law's birthday. After lunch, I got on with some more college work whilst Husband did the ironing. We headed out to Frankie & Benny's for tea to celebrate my FIL's birthday. It was a lot of fun!


Feeling Quite Unwell

When you feel unwell, it can be hard to remember what it feels like to feel normal. Or is that just me? As your nose blocks and then runs, and then blocks and runs some more, you long for the day to come when, finally, you are able to breathe without sounding like Darth Vader's understudy. It can be hard to remember what it feels like to not hurt when you cough or sneeze. Or for your joints not to ache.

I've been feeling quite unwell since Tuesday and, as the week has progressed, so has the strength of my illness. I feel hot one minute and cold the next. My head aches. My body aches. My nose is red raw from blowing and my throat is terribly scratchy.

I've tried going for a bath and going to bed early most nights. It hasn't helped. I've been taking as many cold and flu capsules as possible but they don't really help either. I long to feel well again!

Yesterday I started to feel nauseous. I kept thinking I was going to be sick and then I wasn't. I could easily have stayed in bed, snuggled under my duvet, dozing on and off but I couldn't. I had things to do, places to be and reports to write.

Sometimes being unwell and feeling completely run down is your body's way of telling you to slow down and just relax. I have to admit, the last few weeks I've been feeling pretty stressed with college work, presentations and exams. I can't wait for it to all be over in a few weeks!


Linking this up to Katie's The Ordinary Moments

The Ruins


I wonder what sort of family used to live here, before their castle turned to ruins?

Photalife

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Very Easy Pizza Recipe

Homemade pizza is something I've never attempted, however the children at nursery asked to make pizza so I searched for a recipe among my many cook books and found one that seemed fairly straightforward. Making it with 20 children was so much fun and it tasted so good, I thought my two would really enjoy making and eating their own pizza too.

Miss C was a great helper when it came to kneading the dough. She got the hang of it really quickly!


We decided to make cheese and tomato pizzas. They both thought they tasted really yummy! If you have ever though about making your own pizza, this is such a simple recipe to follow. But do give yourself plenty of time because you need to let the dough rest for an hour.

Ingredients

225g strong white bread flour
1/2 teaspoon of dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon of salt
150ml warm water
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Tomato and garlic passata (shop bought or homemade if you have a recipe)
Cheddar and mozzarella cheese mix
Sprinkle of Italian herbs
Few twists of black pepper

Let's cook it

In a large mixing bowl, add your flour, yeast and salt. Stir them together and then make a well (a hole) in the middle of the bowl. Add in your water and oil to the well and then slowly bring the dry ingredients into it. Stir until it has formed a dough.

To start kneading. put some flour onto a clean surface and then, using your hands, knead the dough. With one hand, hold the dough in place and with the other hand pull the dough away from you until it can't stretch any further and fold it back on itself. Repeat this process for around 7-10 minutes.

After kneading the dough, place it in a lightly oiled mixing bowl and place a clean damp tea-towel over the bowl. Leave it in a warm place for around an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.


Preheat your oven to around 220°C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. When you dough has rested, knead it again for 2-3 minutes and then roll it out until it is flat. You could make it circular or rectangular depending how you roll it. I used my hands as well to "shape" the dough.


Once the dough is nice and thin, place it on to the baking tray. Spread on the tomato and garlic passata and load on the cheese, herbs and black pepper. Pop it in the oven for around 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is nice and golden.


Leave the pizza to cool slightly before eating so you don't scald your mouth! It's hard to resist but worth it! You could add a variety of toppings to the pizza just be sure that if you add meat, it has been pre-cooked and to pop the cheese on last!