Oh No!! Kids say the funniest things....and this is possibly one of the most embarrasing ever!!!

We were naughty on Monday night and had a chippy tea (straight after Sliming World weigh in....ooppps!) I had Jenson with me and he wanted to read the paper when this corker came out of his mouth.....

''Ohh I'm gonna read the paper...

I wanta see some boobies''

What the actual hell do you say to that? Well my response was to laugh...my mums response was to laugh...actually she may have snorted she laughed so much! The lady behind the counter didn't hear I dont think and one other customer was ordering so not sure if she heard or not...but still it was really embarrasing!

And what a shame for the boy that it was The Daily Mail...no boobies sorry buster!!!

His Dad's reply....That's My Boy!!!

Chocolate Baklava.

First up these are NOT, I repeat NOT Slimming World Friendly, I have made a few cut backs (it should really have been brushed with butter but I have stuck to my good old frylight to keep the syns as low as I could!)...So unless you plan on having a whole syn free day and then blow your whole daily allowance on 1 piece...which is what I plan to do, because every now and again you just need a treat!

What you will need:

For the syrup:

1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Honey
Juice from half a lemon
Vanilla Pod (or I used my trusty Dr. Oetker Vanilla Grinder)

For the Baklava:

Frylight (or butter if you 1 nob of melted butter)
Filo Pastry (we used 6 large sheets sheets cut in half  and trimmed to size)
250g Dark Chocolate, chopped small (or used choc chips)
150g Chopped mixed nuts
1tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
Preheat oven Gas 7.

Put all the syrup ingredients in a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes.

Whilst your syrup is simmering away you can make a start on the Baklava (but remember to keep giving the syrup a stir!).

Combine the chocolate, nuts and cinnamon and mix well.

Once you have trimmed your pastry to size, you should have 12 sheets  (you can use a few more, i was just using what we had left!).
Spray your dish with the frylight (or brush with butter) and add 4 sheets of pastry 1 layer at a time, spraying each layer as you go, top the 4 sheets of pastry with 1/2 the nut and chocolate mix, layer with another 4 sheets of pastry (again spraying/brushing as you go along) top that with the rest of the mixture and then finally layer with the remaining 4 pastry sheets (remembering to spray/brush as you go) precut into 12 squares and 
pop in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Once you take out of the oven pour the cooled syrup STRAIGHT onto the Baklava and leave for a good few hours...preferably overnight, we couldnt wait this long and ended up cutting it up after 8/9 hours!!

It was super sticky and 1 of the poor squares got a little squished (can you spot it!) as I was cutting it out!

This is a super sticky and superbly sweet dish so a sweet tooth is needed! 


How I worked out the syns:

pastry: 24
sugar: 48
honey:  40
choc: 17
nuts: 48
Total syns: 177

portions: 12

syns (rounded up) per portion: 15

Slimming World Friendly Mini Sausage and Pickle Rolls. Less than 2 syns per Roll!!

Perfect for when your looking for a child friendly lunch (or snack) and something you can enjoy on Slimming World...

What you need:

4 sheets of chilled filo pastry
Fry light
8 low fat sausages (I used the Tesco Healthy Living)
3 tbsp sweet pickle

Preheat oven to Gas 6.

Cut the skins off  the sausages and put the sausage meat in a bowl (dispose of the skins you wont need these!) add the pickle and combine the 2 until well mixed. 

On a baking tray layer 2 sheets of filo pastry and spray each sheet with fry light (if your not a slimming worlder you can use butter) 

Divide the meat mixture into 2 and but half along the SHORT side of pastry and roll up, spray again with frylight and repeat with the remaining pastry sheets and meat mixture. 

Pop in oven for 30min 


How I worked out the syns:

pastry: 12 syns
pickle: 3 syns
sausage: 8
total syns: 23
portions: 14
syns per portion: 1.6

Homemade Lemonade | Cooking With Kids

Ellie (and Jenson and Evie!) made a Vlog!!!! Follow her tutorial and make your own scrummy-yummy  Bubbly Lemonade!

So over to you Ellie....

In case you didn't catch me you will need:

* 1 cup of sugar
* 1 cup of water
* 5-8 lemons cut in half
* 2-3 cups of sparkling water (To your own taste)

* A Pitcher/large jug
* A measuring jug
* A spoon
* A sieve
* A cup
* A saucepan 
* An adult to help 


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Summer Chicken Pie.

I know I say it every time but this was the most delicious food I have ever made!! The kids loved it, I loved it, Dean loved it! AND it made LOADS! I got 2 pies out of this 2!!!! Oh and for my Slimming World readers its around 3.5-4 syns per serving.

What you need: (Makes 2 pies each serving 6)

1 onion, sliced
4 chicken breasts (diced)
3 peppers, diced (I used a green, red and yellow to keep the dish bright and summery)
1 large corguette, sliced
150g Feta Cheese 
8 Filo Pastry Sheets 
150g (8 tbsp) Half fat Creme Fraiche
2 Handfuls Chedder Cheese 
Tbsp Water

Preheat oven to gas 6.

Heat the frylight and add the chicken, onion and peppers, when the chicken is almost cooked add the corguettes and cook for a further 2/3 minutes and remove from the heat.
In a seperate bowl combine the Chedder Cheese, Creme Fraiche, herbs and water, season to taste and stir into the chicken mixture.

Spray 2x 20cm cake tin with frylight and layer 4 pastry sheets each so that they over hang (enough to fold over the top of the pie once its filling is in), Spray frylight on each pastry sheet as you go.

Spoon the mixture into the tins and crumble Feta over the top before folding the pastry over the top, spray with frylight (or a brush of butter)  and cook n the oven for around 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with a yummy summer salad and warm boiled potatoes.


I worked out the syns as follows:

Feta Cheese (half hex a per serving)

Creme Fraiche (12 syns)
Pastry Sheets (24 syns)
2 Handfuls Chedder Cheese (10 syns)

Total: 46/12 = 3.8syns per serving.

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Slimming World Friendly Meatball Pasta

I made this with meat-free meatballs (it baffles me!!) but if you prefer you could use with 'real' meatballs but please remember you will have to syn them.

What you need:

16 vegetarian meatballs 
1 onion, sliced thinly
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon mixed herbs
2 tins chopped tomatoes
500ml passata
1 tin of Sweetcorn
Frozen Peas (once you have emptied your sweetcorn fill the tin with peas and use that amount)
Cherry tomatoes, halved

Get your pasta cooking and then make a start on your sauce. (when the pasta is done drain and set to the side)
Spray your pan with frylight and cook your meatballs.
When your meatballs are almost done add the onion and the crushed garlic,
Once the onions and garlic are soften add the sweetcorn, peas and cherry tomatoes.
Add the chopped tomatoes, the passata and the herbs and stir through.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Transfer to an oven dish, top with cheese and pop in a pre-heated oven until the cheese has melted.


Slimming World Friendly Spaghetti Carbonara

This was seriously delish! Even Dean went back for seconds!!

What You Need:

400g spaghetti
5 rashers bacon (no fat if you want it to be syn free!)
6 tbsp fat free natural yoghurt
3 eggs
half a bunch of chives
60g (around 3 handfuls) grated cheese (this divided by 4 should be less than your daily Healthy extra allowance hence syn free if you have already used your HEx A then you will have to syn)

Pop your spaghetti on and then you can get on with everything else and by the time your done with the rest your spaghetti should be cooked!
Chop your bacon up and add to a pan that you have sprayed with frylight. Fry for a few minutes.
In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs and stir in the yoghurt, cheese and chopped chives.
Once the spaghetti is cooked add it to the bacon and pour the egg mixture over it and coat all the spaghetti, mixing the bacon into the spaghetti (so everyone gets some!!)
Heat through tossing continually with tongs, until the egg has started setting (it took me 4-5 minutes)
Serve up with a hot crusty roll (if your lucky enough to not be a Slimming Worlder, to all my Slimming World lovelies, I believe that you can have 1 or 2 of the weight watchers ready to bake petit pans as a Healthy Extra B, again if someone could comment to confirm this would be great!)


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Slimming World Friendly Spinach And 3 Cheese Canelloni

One of our 'new foods' this week was Ricotta (which actually was nicer than I was expecting, though i'm not sure exactly what I was expecting but hey!)

You will need: 

250g bag of Spinach
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Onion, sliced/diced
2 Garlic Cloves
2 tins Chopped Tomatoes
1 Bay-leaf
1 tablespoon Dried Basil
250g Ricotta (15 syns)
1 Egg, beaten
2 teaspoons Parmesan (5 syns)
Cannelloni, approx 14 tubes
2 Mozzarella Balls, sliced (10 syns)

Spray your pan with frylight and empty spinach into the pan sprinkle with the nutmeg stir through and leave to cook down whilst you prep everything else.
Once the spinach is ready Place in a bowl and set to one side to cool a little.
In the same pan (no need to wash) spray a little more fry light and add the onion and the pressed garlic cloves and cook until softened. 
Add the chopped tomatoes the bay-leaf and the basil and stir through, bring to the boil then let simmer for 20 minutes.
Going back to your bowl of spinach and squeeze the moisture from the spinach (KEEP THE WATER YOU WILL NEED IT IN A MO!) then chop it all up and put back in the bowl along with the ricotta the egg and the Parmesan, combining all the ingredients with a spoon.
Now you can either use a piping bag, or like me (I dont have one!) fill a sandwich bag with the cheese mixture and cut a corner of!,  whichever you choose to use you need the pipe the cheese mixture into the cannelloni tubes and lay them in a oven dish. 
I wont lie this did get messy using a sandwich bag!
Cover the filled cannelloni with the tomato sauce and then top with the sliced mozzarella, throw in the oven for between 35-40 minutes.


Syns (Extra Easy) are around 7.5 syns per portion, OR 

Use the Ricotta as your Healthy Extra A and use 4 syns

Use the Parmesan as your Healthy Extra A and use 6.5 syns

Use the Mozarella as your Healthy Extra A and use 5 syns.

(Maybe a fellow Slimming Worlder can tell me do I have to automatically use the LOWEST syn as my HEX A or is it cheating to syn the lowest and use the highest synned as my Healthy Extra?) Does that even make sense?! I know what I mean!!!

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5 Ideas For...A Family Date Night.

Following 2 successful family date night's I thought I would compile a list of our favourite ways to spend time together as a family!

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Slimming World Friendly Goulash

The inspiration for this recipe came from Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals, I made a few tweaks to his original recipe to make it completely syn free!! 

What you need:

2 peppers (sliced)
1 onion (sliced)
3 carrots (sliced) 
2 Fennel bulbs (sliced)
1 apple (sliced)
2 teaspoons Paprika
2 garlic cloves
5 bay leaves 
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
750ml pasatta
bag of rocket leaves 
juice from 1 lemon
Pork medalions (I used pork steaks as they were cheaper, I cut ALL the fat from them to                                                       make sure they were syn free!!)

Rice (to serve + extra paprika)

Saute the peppers, onion, carrots, fennel and apple for a couple of minutes then cover in parika and stir well.
Add the garlic and the bayleaves.
Start cooking your rice.
Season the pork and put in a HOT pan cooking for 2/3 minutes on each side until cooked to your liking.
Add the balsamic vinegar and pasatta to the veg mix and stir regularly.
For the last few minutes of cooking the rice cover the top of the rice with paprika.
Season the rocket with a little salt and the lemon juice adding 3/4 of it to the veg mix before serving.
Add the rest to the side of the plate.


This is a real quick meal, Jamie Oliver included it in his 15 minute meals it took me around 20 minutes (I had already prepped everything so I was ready to go!) 

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RSPB Big Wild Sleep-out!!

Back in June (2014)  we took part in the RSPB's Big Wild Sleepout, the weather was lush, the kids behaved and we had so much fun...(It also ticked off a few things on our 2014 Summer Bucket List!)

A (Unexpected) Visit To Hospital.

When we decided on our Summer Bucketlist I dont recall adding a visit to hospital BUT thats were we found myself for the majority of this week....

You see on Tuesday afternoon Jenson decided, for some strange god dam reason...to put a bead up his nose...yes a bead a small children's jewelery making bead.  I was in the kitchen and had asked Ellie to watch them whilst I made a start on tea, but of course, 9 year old grls have much better things to do then watch their brothers sooooo whilst Ellie was watching the new Come Dine With Me Jenson took his chance to climb up on the units and for some strange reason take a bead and shove it up his nose, to say I wasn't impressed could be an understatement as I quietly panicked and quickly rang Dean to get home so I could take him to the hospital. 

We arrived at A&E to an almost empty waiting room around 5.20,my first thoughts phheww shouldn't be long...yeah right! As usual my local hospital is, without a doubt SHIT! And being in a seaside resort after a couple of hot days meant that there was no shortage of idiots with stupid ailments (including a grown woman who had let herself get horrendously sunburned (but had ''been wearing factor 50'' yeah right love!!) and also a criminal in handcuffs who 'couldnt feel her arms' yeah right!!!) to get seen before our 'non emergency'. 

Sulky Pants in the waiting room...

So eventually at 8.40 I found myself in the Childrens Room holding Jenson down whilst a Doctor attempted (I use the term loosely) to remove the bead with a suction tube and tweezers, well as you can imagine it didnt go down to well and after a failed second attempt with just the tweezers, the Doctor gave up advising me to go home and that the bead ''couldnt go any further'' so I shouldnt worry and return the next day. 

This shocked me as I was sure the bead had plenty more space to move up, the million of times I had looked at it in the waiting room it hadnt moved from maybe halfway up his nostril. So imagine my shock when we got outside and I looked again and couldnt see the bead...had we really just been sat in hospital for 3 hours and it now just ''fell out?'' I coulnt believe it and kept checking and when we got home i could see it...it was still there BUT now right up the very top of his nose and hardly visible...that stupid doctor had made it worse....no wonder he said it coulnt go anywhere!!!

The next day my mothers intuition told me to take him elsewhere I just wanted a better doctor so we travelled 25 miles to the next closest hospital. We arrived at 10.15 to an empty apart from 2 others and again had another ridiculous wait...2 and a half hours this time but This doctor took one look and decided he wasnt going to touch it (I was actually pleased, I'd rather he told the truth and said he didnt want to attempt it than do what the last doc had done and made it worse!) So he called over to the nearest ENT (Ear Nose Throat) specialist and got us on the list to be seen BUT as we were 45/50 miles away we would have to go through the next hospitals A&E aswell...I just wanted it sort!!!

So at 3 o clock we arrived at Lincoln Central A&E....an almost empty waiting room surely it wouldnt take too long? But no again we waited over an hour just to see the nurse in triage...why are A&E's so slow at getting people seen, I mean from when we sat down their were 2 in front of us who were called in and sent back out BUT inbetween this we all just seemed to sit there whilst the nurse enjoyed a coffee? because she certainly didnt leave the side room she was situated in? Anyways we were seen and she told us she would contact ENT and ket them know we were here. Another wait of 30 minutes and I was sure they were going to send us home to return another day....it was nearing 5 o clock, closing time for lots of clinics. 

Again the ENT doctor took a look and refused to touch it, instead deciding it was so deep the only option he had was to admit him onto childrens ward under emergency surgery to remove it! The words I had been dreading....''we will put him to sleep and then remove it'' I was shocked but so pleased that at last after 24 hours something was finally getting done.

We were placed on Rainforest Ward and oh it was lovely, friendly faces, bright and inviting, full of laughter and chatter everything you could want from a childrens ward (we have previously sat on childrens ward with Elsie after she was born and her jaundice got hurrendously bad we had to have blood tests for her, the ward we were send to at Boston Hospital was awful, it was unfriendly, dull, uninviting had pictures and paint peeling from the walls, the room we were sat in had an over store of equipment.) 

Anyway back to Rainforest ward...we were shown to our bed and booked in and shown around, parents room to help ourselves to drinks, a playroom to come and go to, introduced to all the staff...it was a million miles away from our previous experience! 

Talking to his new friend!

Practising his breathing into the mask that would get him 'to sleep'.

All of the staff that we came into contact with were amazing! From Nurses, specialist consultants, Ward staff, anethetists, surgeons they were ALL amazing! And yes it was one of the worst parenting experiences I have ever had to go through (funnily enough my other 'worst parenting experience involves hospitals to...when Ellie was just a few days old and had to have a butterfly cannula insterted to her foot BUT that is a whole other story I might talk about one day!) holding your 3 year old down whilst he is screaming to have a cuddle and let him go home whilst an anesthetist holds a mask over his face is without a doubt heartbreaking and gutting and tear inducing. I sat in tears my head facing the other way telling him it was all going to be alright. 

The next 45 minutes went by so so soooo slowly that I thought the clocks had stopped! No amount of coffee and TV can make that time go faster to have your baby back by your side...the space where his bed was...now empty. I sat in my bedside chair with his dummy in my hand and his special blanket and taggy snuggled up to me! at last I heard the door buzzer and knew he was back with me! 

I know I sound like he had life threatning surgery and the fact is it was just removal of a bead....and their may be parents reading this who's children have been through much worse but the fact is it was traumatic and never ever again do i want to be in that position...waiting for my son to come out of theatre. Its awful and my heart goes to any Mummy and Daddy who have to have constant visits to childrens ward. 

In all we have driven 150ish miles to get the bloody bead out and its safe to say ALL beads have now been moved to the very top shelf where even if he climbs on the smaller unit he cant reach them!!!