Cherry Scones – Recipe 

I thought I would share my recipe for scones. I made these today with Bob as she is off school with chicken pox and now getting bored. 

So what do you need? 

  • 225g of self raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 55g butter
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 150mls (ish) milk
  • Glass cherries
  1. So mix the flour and salt, then rub in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs 
  2. Add sugar and mix again
  3. Add a little milk and mix until it looks like dough, knead for a little while
  4. At this point you can add other things, in my case cherries and gently mix
  5. Turn out onto floured surface either roll out or just flatten with your hand
  6. Cut out circles and place on baking tray
  7. Use a milk or egg wash on top
  8. Bake in the oven at 220c for about 15 minutes
  9. Allow to cool and eat! 

These didn’t use all the milk as it was getting to wet (still too hot to eat!). 

The Long Half-Term 

What happens when children get chickenpox? Well for starters anything can happen as I found out these last three weeks. 

First up was Squidge, she was pretty much fine in herself, getting tired as it was coming up to half-term holidays. We didn’t really have much planned. But on Sunday morning she had two red blobs on her face. And, as Bob was at a party (one of many in May) we took her to grandma’s house for the day. When we picked her up and got her home, her whole body was covered in chickenpox spots. For Squidge, she took it all in her stride and seemed OK. Apart from the fact that she was now not going to school, it hit her hard as she loves school. Squidge even cried about not going to school. Not sure if not going to school or her chickenpox was making her look ill, so she had calpol and went to bed. Woke up on Monday morning itching so piriton was needed, she only needed three doses throughout the day. No further medication was needed, but time for her spots to dry up or crust over, all done by Friday night. 

Bob fast asleep

Now Bob on the other hand was getting excited about looking for her chickenpox spots. She was waiting all of halt term. Then on the last Saturday of the holidays they appeared. This happened after she had an unexpected afternoon nap, Bob hasn’t napped for years! In fairness to Bob she has been fed up and tired all the holidays and didn’t want to do anything. Squidge was angry at Bob for not wanting to play with her. Squidge soon felt upset for her been angry at Bob once she spotted the spots. 

Over the course of Saturday more and more and more spots appeared. By Sunday her entire body was covered with nasty looking spots, large red spots and blisters. They now hurt and very itchy clue piriton and calpol all day long, we think Bob might be sensitive to piriton as she slept most of the day. Monday and Tuesday followed much the same. Wednesday we didn’t need calpol and reduction in piriton use, one dose, and Bob even managed to play a little. By Thursday we seemed to be passed the itching stage, the angry red blob spots have faded if not gone. We are left with little blisters and some pizza looking scabs on the larger nasty looks spots. Still not dried or crusty, but finally getting better. Tomorrow we are attempting to get washed and clean pj’s on, and try some house playing. 

How long does it take to get a routine? 

I’m only asking as it’s two weeks since the Easter holidays, and I still don’t know where I am. Admittedly myself and Bob were ill two weeks before the holidays. And during it OH and Squidge were ill. One after the other we all got the Coughing virus. Bobs’ coughing was waking her up at night so a trip to GP and an inhaler was prescribed. She needed it for about a week, then we weaned her off it and she was fine, still coughing, but sleeping at night. I seemed to come down really badly with it and was short of breath with it. I couldn’t do anything. I do think I was run-down with my sleep disruptive nights. But I planned to eat some healthy food, and that seemed to make me feel better quicker. 

So what did we get upto during the holidays! As it’s the City of Culture in Hull this year, there is loads going on. We’ve seen the LEGO daffodils, the 100 year Oppy Woods “Weeping Window” instalation, strange underwater art inhalation and the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery. We also visited the Deep, went on a land train and visited the newly refurbished fruit. A trip out to Doncaster for look around Lakeside outlet, McDonald’s for lunch and Potteric Carr for a walk and cake (all the cake was gone). And doing little else in between. Squidge was meant to tidy her room and it still looks like a bomb has hit it. Bob on the other hand has tidied her room, and when the weather is nicer I’m going to redo her wardrobe. It needs about 7cm cutting off so can be turned round at the bottom of her bed. At the moment I feel as if she might fall in at sky moment getting her clothes out. 

OH had plans to do work, write and essay, tidy the house and look for a new job. He managed just to prepare for Mondays lessons! He didn’t even make me a cup of tea! 

Everybody went back to school or work, and I started the mammoth task of getting the house sorted. Plus making time for me to just be me. Then we had the bank holiday and Squidge attempted to tidy her room again. And this week I got round to finishing it off for her. Along with buying presents for 4 parties Bob has planned this month. Along with all of Bob’s parties Bob herself is now 5, she spent the day at school with her friends and got lots of presents. 

Weight Loss Journey 01/05/2017

A little late this week, put I haven’t been in the mood to write. 

Well first week after the Easter holidays and lots of household activities stopped me from exercising. And along with not really trying to do much health wise I’m very please with my weight. It has remained at 74.9kg. 

This week I’m busy with school plays shopping for Bob’s birthday parties she has got this month, and all the things that didn’t happen last week. Exercising this week is not going to happen. I did try on Tuesday, not not for the rest of the week. 

I am managing to eat my 5 a day which is good, fruit, salad and veggies throughout the day helps. But evening schools plays are making evening meals for me a pain this week. 

All I can say it better luck next week. 

Weight Loss Journey – 24/04/17

After having the virus that makes you cough for weeks, and the Easter holidays. I’m carrying on with losing weight. I have many plans that need doing this week, so opted not to exercise. 

I must eat my five a day and look at non junk food lunches. Lunches are hard as I don’t want to cook, but as this will be my main meal I should choose wisely. 

So my new weight is now 74.9kg. I am happy with this weight, but now it’s forward as I’ve a wedding to attend in July and I want my mum tum gone. Wish me luck. 

Tea Tourist – February Review


This is a month that was not looking forward to writing about. Most of the teas were not to my liking, there were some really nice ones, some I wanted to try, and some I didn’t like. I did try them all as I have no idea what they tasted like, or if I would like them. As usual there are six little packets with looseleaf tea from different tea makers/suppliers. So this is brilliant if wanting to find something new. Each little bag contains enough for about four cups, and a preparation card. So what teas are in this month?

Brockley Breakfast – GOOD AND PROPER
As it states a breakfast tea, contains a mix of usual black teas Aasam Kenya Ceylon and Darjeeling. The mix is good and does taste nice with a dribble of milk and relax.

Blend NO.45 – Edgcumbes
This is another black tea with some more unusual varieties, keemun. This can be either a breakfast or afternoon tea, you can serve as it is, mix with your usual tea, I needed to add milk. I want a fan of this one and to be honest I don’t like the smell either.

BEN SHAN OOLONG – tea in the city
I liked this one strangely, best was when the leaves unfolded. This is a single blend tea which adds its own depth can be re-steeped and enjoyed with afternoon cake!

Gunpowder tea – The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company
I should give lovely tones on this, but I really didn’t enjoy, personally. I do understand that some people do enjoy this. So to enjoy it more I added honey. If you enjoy this style go for it.

Black tea and dandelion – Oteas
Surprised at this one. Didn’t think about dandelion in tea, very tasty and I didn’t need to add anything. Dandelion has health benefits so go for detox and weight loss.

Cherry Sencha – Cheshire Tea
Another good tea from these lovely people. I have saved my favourite one till last. Green tea with cherry, how could this go wrong, it didn’t I’m pleased to say, no need to add anything to this tea.

I hope you have enjoyed this months teas, I already know next months for me are better.

Weight Loss Journey 20/03

I’ve not weighed myself today, I already feel like I’ve put weight on again. Motivation to exercise when tired is hard and choosing the right food to eat adds to the problem. I know I shouldn’t blame anybody but myself, but when you have an ill child who wakes in the night coughing, or wakes early coughing  and and is ready to play. Plus OH not letting get to bed until gone 23:00 (I like to be in bed before 22:30) its all taking its toll on me. 

I’ve not had much if any fruit or veg all week and with been tried I’ve got a sore throat and don’t want to do anything. 

Plan – buy cheap fruit and veg, and eat it, find dried fruit to snack on. Search internet for healthy snacks (not daft under 100 calorie style) that are simple to make and are tasty. 

My biggest problem is I use food for comfort, it does make me feel good when I eat it and also after for quite some time, just got to cut the junk and enjoy proper quality food rather than quantity. I can eat just a small amount of quality dark chocolate, just a couple of squares. 

Daz – Review

I signed up for the Daz doorstep challenge. I received a nice box of Daz to try, I’ve never used Daz as I my parents never used it and the adverts naf! So because of this I never wanted to try. 

So after reluctantly leaving it in the box over half term, and we’ll ihad more time, out came the box. I eyed it up suspiciously thinking this will never work, it’s only for white washes. Well I read the information booklet and to my surprise it can be for colours as well. Maybe a good all rounder? I put several loads of washing on, as you do when you have two monkey’s and never really noticed how clean things were. That wasn’t till I washed yet another pile of lights (white) that I noticed the girls white school socks actually looked white again, first win. Secondly this morning after looking at my youngest daughters nightie, usually covered in chocolate milk and spaghetti sauce which was stained even after repeated washes it was clean and “bright”. 

I’m definitely now converted to Daz and all my washing is looking like new again, we’ll part for bobbling for wear! 

I’ve not been paid for this review and was sent samples to try from Supersavyme,  which I have been part of for some time. 

Weight Loss Journey – 13/3

As I’m hit and miss with the posting of my journey to lose weight, a weekly count does not work so from now on they will be dated. 

So what happened last week, I walked to my GP appointment which is nearly an hour away, then walked back. It unfortunately took well over an hour to get back. I packed a bottle of well diluted juice (enough to take the water taste away) and a small packet of crisps. On Sunday due to circumstances beyond my control I had nothing to eat from breakfast until teatime, I was hungry by then and probably eat too many oven cooked chips. This morning my tummy feels wrong so not exercising today. 

My plan of no snacks went out the window due to money stress and I’ve put some weight back on 73.9kg, must stay a bit more focused this week. 

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