It doesn't feel like 5 minutes ago I was writing a similar post about not having telephones or broardband.
Unfortunately I am writing about it again!
Yes, the cables have been stolen again.
This is now the 6th time in the last 2 years.
We are obviously living in a hot spot for theft.
I am assuming this is because we live in the country but now it is getting ridiculous!
Apparently BT were making the cables more secure so that thieves were not going to be able to even access them.
Obviously this hasn't worked!
It costs them umpteen thousand pounds to replace every time this happens which inevitability will mean price increases so why do they not secure them better?
Surely if alarms are fitted it would act as more of a deterrent?
Or are the thieves just too smart for them?
Whatever it is something needs doing to prevent this theft.
I moan about not having the internet but I have my mobile phone.
What about the older generation that may not have a mobile phone and who rely on their land line.
One day, God forbid, the thefts could cost a life.
If someone needed the emergency services at the moment and had no mobile telephone they really would be helpless.
It is the most vulnerable that are at risk.
We rely so much on telephones and internet it is only when we haven't got it we realise how much we use it.
So if I do go quiet you know why.
We are supposedly going to have our connection back tomorrow but I won't hold my breath!
In the past we have been off for as long as 2 weeks!
At the moment I am enjoying free wifi at the swimming pool while Joseph swims. My enjoyment of being connected will continue at my mother in laws too!!!
Then it will be back to being cut off.
Secretly I think hubby is enjoying it as he says he often feels like a blogger/twitter/social media widower!
So tonight he will have my undivided attention.
This is something which I know I need to do more often!
Homemade pizza, maybe some cheese and wine, a film and snuggling up on the settee sounds like a good plan.
Just the two of us!
Can't wait x
Saturday, 30 November 2013
It doesn't feel like 5 minutes ago I was writing a similar post about not having telephones or broardband.
Yesterday was just been one of those crazy sorts of days!
The morning started off well.
The twins were behaving and playing nicely and I managed to get on with some jobs.
But after their nap it went downhill!
They woke up in a bad mood and from then on their moods escalated from happy giggles to screaming for no apparent reason.
If they weren't playing nicely they were getting into mischief.
I lost count how many times I had to get Taylor out of the nooks and crannies that he sneaks into to reek havoc!
He has suddenly found that he can throw and he can really launch things.
Poor little Isabella has to keep out of his way when he starts.
Dvds get thrown, cds get thrown even his tractor is thrown. If he can pick it up he has a go at throwing it!
He has also learnt the lovely word which is "no!"
So now that is his response to each and every question!
He really is starting to feel his feet in life and has become the more dominant twin!
But now the weekend has arrived. I have hubby home so I have some help get a little break.
Yet again we have another busy weekend.
Today, after Joseph has been swimming, we are going to my mother in laws as my sister and brother in law are visiting so we are going to see them for a bit and exchange Christmas presents.
I still can't believe that it is December tomorrow!
To celebrate the beginning of advent we are going to decorate the house and visit a local garden centre's Christmas wonderland.
It is fantastic.
We try to go there every year as the lights and decorations are so pretty and this year we just know that the twins will love it as well as Joseph!
This year we are not going dare put up our usual Christmas tree. I don't think it would last 5 minutes up. I can see the twins having it over. So we are going to have a lot of ceiling decorations and tinsel high up where no little hands can get hold of it! I am also wanting to have a go at some Christmas creative play with them during the run up to Christmas. After our baking fun I think that they will enjoy having a go.
I am getting excited for Christmas already.
The twins are going to be so much more aware of their presents and what is going on around them.
This year will be the start of their Christmas magic which they will treasure for years!
Thursday, 28 November 2013
They loved getting involved and having a go!
We recieved a surprise package of some children's baking utensils so it gave me the perfect excuse to bake some cakes with my little helpers.
Not that I really need an excuse!
We used the fantastic Kitchen Craft Let's Make Starter Baking Set.
The set provides little bakers with everything that they need to make their very own cakes.
As I told the twins they were just like mummy's!
* 4 shaped cookie cutters
* mini whisk
* mini rolling pin
As the set incudes both a spatula and a spoon there were no arguments over who got to stir as they had one each!
The moulds kept the twins happy whilst I made the cake mixture. They were fascinated by how they could bend them about. The silicone moulds are great for baking with children as they are so flexible and if dropped they have no weight in them so cause no injuries! They are also easy to pop the baked cakes out once cooled!
Once the mixture was made I took the bowl over to the twins to have a stir.
After showing them how to mix there was no stopping them. They thought it was great fun and said over and over "mix, mix".
After a lot of stirring and mixing it was time to put the mixture in the child sized silicone moulds.
If I am honest I thought that they might have been a bit too young to manage it.
How wrong was I!
Isabella only needed showing a couple of times before she too wanted to try. Whereas Taylor wanted to get his fingers straight it and squelched the cake mixture between his fingers!
The twins enjoyed our baking fun so much more than I thought they would.
For me, it was lovely spending time enjoying something which I am quite passionate about and seeing the twins getting enjoyment from it too!
I can see that as they grow they will want to help me more in the kitchen. After our first baking afternoon I cannot wait until our next!
The Kitchen Craft Let's Make Starter Baking Set is the ideal children's baking set from little beginners, like my twins, or bigger children who love to bake. The utensils were the perfect size and weight for the twins to manage. The silicone mould make perfect mini cakes or loaves just like what mummy makes!
Our next baking task will have to be biscuits! The cookie cutters in this pack are great for even the littlest hands! With them being made of plastic there are no sharp edges which make them safe for the children to use.
All 3 of us had fun and thoroughly enjoyed eating what we had baked!
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
My hubby unfortunately suffers with bad acid reflux and heartburn. He has found that ginger can help his stomach to settle so I decided to bake him something which would help but would also be tasty!
I know that he loves bara brith so I tried to model this bake on that.
This is what I came up with...
I have really enjoyed a mid morning break once the twins are asleep with a fresh cup of coffee and a couple of slices with a little butter.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Saturday, 23 November 2013
The weekend is here again!
The weeks seem to be flying by at the moment.
I do not know where the time is going!
We have, yet another, busy weekend planned.
Today we are having an all round family day.
At the moment I am sat watching Joseph swim. He continues to amaze me by how much he is improving. Normally by the time we arrive for lessons all of the prized front row spaces have been taken so I am usually sat towards the back and unable to see. As Joseph is now in the deep end if you are not at the front you won't see a thing. As hubby and the twins have come with us this morning we were earlier than normal so I managed to get a prime seat and can actually see!!! All of the swimming lessons are finally paid off. Joseph is swimming with so much confidence. Everytime I look at him I can feel a proud mum smile come and my heart fills!
After swimming we will be going over to see hubby's parents and spend a little time there and have lunch.
When we get home I will be getting my bake on!
Today I have planned a lemon and lime crumble cake.
This will be a new bake so fingers crossed it turns out as I imagine it to!
Then it'll be my parents turn. They'll be coming down for their regular Saturday night dinner and drinks. My mum cooks for us on Sundays so Saturday is my turn.
On tonight's menu there will be chicken fajitas and lemon and lime crumble cake for pudding.
As for tomorrow's plans I will be getting our Christmas puddings ready as it is Stir Up Sunday!
I have all of my ingredients, thought about my recipe and got my pudding bowl.
I am ready!
Along with Christmas pudding I'll be baking bread and adding some more tipsy treats to my second lot of Christmas cake fruit that is soaking with more family time thrown in!
This weekend is going to be a mixture of my favourite things. Family time, baking and cooking. This equates to a great weekend!
Friday, 22 November 2013
Thursday, 21 November 2013
What awful act did I do?
I said he couldn't go to school in his onesie!
He made me feel so bad.
Why did I say no?
Because he told me that someone had told him that if he went to school in his Superman onesie some kids would pick on him!
I said no to protect him from that, plus it is really too cold!!
All the way to school he looked on the brink of tears.
When we got to the playground and he saw all of his friends in onesies the tears came!
Not just from him either.
I had to really compose myself and look away from other mums as I too could feel my tears coming.
I felt so bad!
So what did I do?
Yes, I went home and got him his onesie and I took it up to school.
I gave in!
However when I did drop his onesie off I did tell school why I had said no and what Joseph had told me.
The one thing that I want to protect all of my children from, if I can, is bullying.
I was bullied at one of my school which resulted in me moving to a different school.
Being bullied is an awful experience for any child.
I would not wish it on my worst enemy let alone letting my children go through it.
I remember one time sitting in the school office on the phone to my mum telling her to come and collect me because the bullies were coming to get me.
Why was I bullied?
To this day I simply do not know.
I had not, to my knowledge, done anything to any of the girls that made my life hell during that time.
Yes they made my life at that school unbearable but they did not keep me down. I went on to enjoy the rest of my school days and put what they did behind me.
I wonder how they would feel if someone treated any of their children the way they treated me?
Or what they would do if their child was the bully?
They probably do not remember how they made me feel, but I do and I remember who each and every one of them are.
Will I name them?
I am tempted but no, I would not lower myself to their level.
I am better than that and a better person than them!
There I have said my bit, I thought that it was quite fitting as it is Anti Bullying Week.
I will do anything to try and protect my children but seeing Joseph so upset I knew that I could not leave him feeling that way.
I hope he has a great day in his onesie and I can't wait to collect him later and see him smiling and give him a hug!
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Today I have made some Tipsy Mincemeat.
I have called it this for obvious reasons, it is soaked in some lovely Scotch Whisky!!!
I got the basic idea of what ingredients were needed from various books and magazines but have adapted it to our taste, budget and time that I have.
Here is what I got.
125g butter, cut into cubes
50g flaked almonds, crushed
225g light muscovado sugar
2tspn mixed spice
If you do not like whisky then brandy, rum or sherry would also be a great alternative.
Ok, I have given in!
I am now on Instagram!
I downloaded it this morning and am loving it!
What took me so long?
Anyway I am now on as, yes you guessed, hijackedbytwins and hope to see some more followers.
I will post pics of us and loads of pics of yummy bakes and meals!
I have also created a new board on my pintrest for yummy food.
I am on pintrest as kirstypl.
I will add some buttons to my blog when I get chance to go onto the pc as opposed to my phone.
As for today's plans, we are going to get the last couple of Christmas presents that we need. Yes we have just about done all of our shopping!
Eeeek its nearly Christmas!
I am such a big kid when it gets to this time of year, I love it.
Once we've shopped I'm going to be making some yummy mincemeat for homemade mince pies and will get my first couple of Christmas cakes baked.
There will be recipes to follow!
Have a lovely weekend everyone x
Thursday, 14 November 2013
What a busy day we have had!
I feel as if I have not stopped all day. That's probably because I haven't!
We took Joseph to school this morning amd went straight out.
Me and the twins have been all over and have had a full day out.
Our first stop was at Tesco to pick up supplies for Christmas cakes and mincemeat. However our shopping did not stop there. I couldn't resist picking up a lovely panettone, Christmas pudding and mince pies! Tomorrow I am going to bake the first lot of Christmas cakes.
My first batch are for my homemade Christmas hampers that we give as gifts.
The fruit has been soaking in sherry since Sunday so should be nice and plump now. The next lot of fruit are having a soaking in a secret spirit. It's a secret as the hubby doesn't know yet! I am doing the next one for him!
We next called off at another shop to stock up on jam jars for my mincemeat.
The twins were fascinated by all of the Christmas lights and decorations that were hung up. I can't wait until we get our house decorated.
They will love it!
To be honest I think we all will!
After we had got everything we made our way over to see my nanna.
This journey always fills me with a heavy heart. My heart always gets pulled when I go because part of me keeps on, even still, expecting to see my grandad and hear him shout out "hello!" In the jovial tone that we all loved and miss so dreadfully much. Everywhere I look, I see him, I find going there so hard. Just when I think I'm ok, it knocks me back a little. But each time it knocks me back I get a little bit stronger. Its the silly little things that set me off. Today it was his shoes and trousers. Another day it will be the garden or his desk. I see him everywhere there and it hurts. If I feel like that after a visit I wonder how my nanna copes as well as she does. Today she gave me two teddies that my grandad had bought for the twins but never got round to giving them. The teddies have been put on a shelf out of their reach. I want them to grow up treasuring those beautiful, soft bears as they were the last thing that their gramps got for them. I know that they will have no memories of what a wonderful gramps he was but they will hear stories from Joseph and they will know him from pictures, as they will my other nanna who we lost 3 days after they were born. I will always tell them how proud he was of them and how much he loved them.
After I pulled myself together and wiped my hidden tears I gave my strong nanna the support that I know she needs. I am still keeping my promise, and always will, I am there for her and I hope she knows that.
As usual the twins kept us busy and kept us all smiling with their little antics. They are becoming such little characters. In the last week Taylor has discovered he can say more words. I love how he is starting to be able to tell me what he wants as opposed to making noises at me. After they tore their whirlwind through the place and had me running ragged it was time to go.
I made an off the spur decision to call into tesco on the way home to do a quick weeks shop. I knew we didn't need a lot as we get fruit and vegetables delivered fresh from a local supplier and it is my butchers trip tomorrow so we only needed a couple of items.
Since we started buying our fruit and vegetables from the local supplier we have had more of a variety of vegetables and often vegetables that I wouldn't buy. So I have enjoyed the challenge of using everything that we get and making new meals around the fresh foods. I have found that by doing this I am also using less and less tinned items, which I love!
So by the time we got home it was school pick up and dinner time.
Today has literally been non stop until all of the children were in bed.
I am shattered but am enjoying having a bit more freedom now that the twins are getting older. I feel so proud of them when we are out and about. They are getting more used to going out just the three of us and are learning that we need a little patience and to work together, which they are getting great at!
My little team x
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
This is a great hearty winter pie that really is comforting during the cold dark nights. It is packed with the seasons finest fresh vegetables and the bacon will bring around any big meat eaters. My hubby is not a fan of vegetarian meals and always asks "where's the meat?" So I find this pie is great compromise. Plus I always have some of the pie filling left over which the twins love as it is or blended up with some milk and made into a creamy soup.
Winter Veg and Bacon Pie
250g plain flour
150g butter straight from the fridge
2tsp dried rosemary
1tsp dried thyme
2 egg yolks at room temperature
50mls cold water
Pinch of salt
Half a large suede or a whole small one
4 cabbage leaves
6 rashers of bacon
1 red onion
2 heaped dsp of creamed cheese
1 - Make the pastry a minimum of 3 hours before it is needed.
2 - Put the flour, cubed butter and herbs in a food processor and blitz until you have breadcrumbs.
3 - Add the egg yolks and the water and gently blitz until you have a rough dough.
4 - Remove from the food processor and form it into a ball and flatten into a disc, wrap and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
5 - Cube the suede, parsnips and carrots, slice the leek and cabbage and wash. Cook the vegetables until tender. I have cooked mine in the steamer as this is great way to cook vegetables and keep in all of their goodness. Once cooked leave to cool.
6 - Just before you are ready to roll out the pastry for your pie cut the bacon into small pieces and fry with the red onion in a little olive oil.
7 - Add the fresh herbs to taste and season with black pepper.
8 - Add the cream cheese and cook until it has melted down and the bacon is cooked.
*Pre heat the oven to 200C*
9 - Remove from the heat to cool while you prepare the pastry for the pie.
10 - Divide your pastry in two and roll out. Place one piece into the bottom of a pie dish.
11 - Mix together the cooled vegetables with the cream cheese, bacon and onion.
12 - Place your filling into the pie dish. You will probably have some of the filling left over ddepending on the size of your dish.
13 - Place the second piece of pastry onto the top and crimp around the edges and place a couple of slits on the top so hot air can escape. Brush over some egg wash and place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve. This pie is delicious served with light creamy mashed potaotes.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
As you can imagine this is starting to take up a lot of room.
2 times everything!
Why have I kept so many items?
I kept them just in case we had any more babies.
I wasn't ready to say that's it, no more.
But now, I think I am!
I have started advertising items for sale, this is me starting to let go.
I love being pregnant, feeling the baby/babies grow inside of my belly, feeling them move, birth, I loved it all! I didn't want to think that I would never feel that again.
My babies are looking less and less like babies. They are loosing the babiness in them and are growing.
But I am happy and content with what we have got.
My hubby asked me a very good question once. He said
"What could another baby give us that the three we already have can't?"
My answer to that is nothing!
We have everything, we have our boys, we have our little lady, we are starting to get more freedom!
Now that the twins are older we are able to do and enjoy so much more.
It was hard to when they were smaller as I was breastfeeding and going out was such a mammoth task, taking everything that we needed, planning outings around feed times and breast pumping times, it was manic!
I love giving my time to the children and if we had any more I would need to divide my time even further.
So that is why I am clearing stuff out and selling as much as we can.
We don't need it and won't be needing it either. It feels good to be having a clear out and de-clutter.
So now, I can happily say that our family is complete.
With my hubby and children, my life, too, is complete x
Monday, 11 November 2013
6 - Mix a little caster sugar with some cinnamon powder and sprinkle over the top of the pudding roll.
9 - After an hour carefully open the wrap, leave for a couple of minutes then serve.
This is a rolled twist on a classic and is delicious with custard, cream or in our case vanilla ice cream. However you chose to serve it is a lovely warming autumnal pudding.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
As you can imagine this has lifted a huge weight off of our shoulders.
We both knew that there was nothing wrong with either of them but we just wanted the doctors to see and acknowledge that.
As always we had the tears when it came to their weighing and measuring but as soon as they were back in the waiting room they both trotted off to the toys to play.
They did well when we had to see the consultant, they were very quiet but they did not get as distressed as they have done on previous visits.
After we answered various questions from the consultant about their development we heard the words that we have been waiting to hear
"I am happy to discharge them both if you are!"
Of course we were happy, we were ecstatic!!!
We have had the best care from the paediatric team and if we had any concerns what so ever I know that they would have kept an eye on them.
Luckily this is not the case!
We celebrated the fantastic news by having a quick drink to toast their health with my parents and then went home and enjoyed a lovely meal and bottle of wine.
I always feel proud of all three of my children but on Friday I felt especially proud of my two little twins x
I love putting my own twist on recipes by following the basics but adding my own ideas.
I have baked a lovely St Clements drizzle cake in the past but thought it would be nice with some added spices.
This is what I got....
200g stork margarine
200g caster sugar
2tspn Steenbergs mixed spice
250g Icing sugar
Reserved lemon and orange peel
8 - Once the cake is ready leave to cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before removing and letting it finish off cooling on a cooling rack
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