Caramel Shortbread with Messy Chocolate Decoration.

Make this quick and easy, SCRUMPTIOUS, naughty but nice caramel shortbread.

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You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tins of ready made caramelised condensed milk/condensed milk
  • Chocolate bar
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • 125g unsalted baking butter

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I purchased all of my ingredients for less than £4 at Aldi. I like a quick fix as I’m always busy so I bought the ready caramalised condensed milk at only 89p. This is a Special product in Aldi and is only available periodically so I stock up when I can. As far as ready made caramel goes it is one of the best I’ve tried and you can’t go wrong for 89p! Plus you don’t have to faff around with a steaming hot, boiled tin and dread opening it because it’s not as caramalised as you like. The chocolate bar was from Aldi too and they are only 30p each. A lot of bakers use this chocolate and it is highly recommended.

Method:

  1. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix
  2. Add the butter ( I prefer to melt mine first) You’re after a nice dough like consistency
  3. Flatten the mix in a butter lined baking tray (mine is roughly 35x20cm) prick with a fork
  4. Bake at 180 degrees for 15-20mis or until golden brown and allow to cool
  5. Spread the caramel evenly over the base (without eating too much)
  6. Melt the chocolate and scatter it randomly over the whole tray and add sprinkles, kids love this part especially because of the mess and they can lick the remaining chocolate.
  7. Allow chocolate to set in fridge
  8. Enjoy!

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Much love

Lynne

 

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Slowcooker Chicken and Veg Soup.

Who doesn’t love coming home to a steaming bowl of home made soup? I know I do, here’s a cheap, quick and tasty recipe.

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You’ll Need

  1. Slowcooker
  2. 1800ml chicken stock (ready made or home made)
  3. Cheap chicken cuts (Aldi chicken thighs £1.69) I used 4.
  4. 2 onions
  5. 2 carrots
  6. Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1.  Chop onions to your preference
  2.  Add onions, chicken and stock to slow cooker
  3.  Cook on high for 2.5-3hours
  4. Remove chicken, ensuring it’s cooked through
  5.  Shred chicken, taking care to remove bones and return to the cooker
  6.  Grate the carrots and add
  7.  Cook on low for 1-1.5hours
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

This is a firm favourite in my household and it is so quick and easy to make. I love being able to toss everything in the slow cooker and just getting on with the rest of my day. I often add rice to this soup to bulk it out a little and add flavour. We love it and I hope you do too.

What is your favourite slow cooker recipe? Leave a note in the comment below.

Lynne

 

 

Cashing up day!

OK so we all love to save money, wether it be for some candles (I have a very serious addiction-please help me), some shoes, birthdays, Christmas or just a rainy day fund.

Money is important, it makes the world go round as they say, so it is important to teach our kiddies the importance of pennies. My eldest is almost 9 and he knows that if he does his chores, without grumbling, then he will gain a very nice crisp £5 note at the end of the week and this is his to do with as he pleases.

My youngest is 2 and I am also teaching her the importance of money through sorting and saving. She may not get that we have to work for our money and save to have nice things but she is learning some very important skills.

She is learning about shapes and colours and is also learning that each coin has a different value. More importantly she is improving her fine motor skills by popping each coin into their tins in the right way. You will be surprised by how quickly children will figure out the positioning of the coins and then again by how quickly they start popping coins in. improving their fine motor skills is important as children will use these skills when they begin learning to write properly.

 

 

Another idea is popping some raisins or any other small bits of food in an ice cube tray. I did this when Hollie was about 8 months old and she loved the game. This encourages your child to utilise their pincer grip. You can check out how Hollie got on here.

Other activities include: lacing, beading, weaving, painting, drawing etc the list is endless and so is the fun.

Happy parenting.

Bedtimes and Sleeping Arrangements. What are your preferences?

As parents we all have our own ways of raising our children. I love to encourage my children to be their own person and follow their dreams and desires I am also a very strict parent especially when it comes to bedtimes.

I know there are parents that co-sleep or take their children to bed and lay with them until they drift off but that is just not me. I will admit it wholheartedly, my bed is MY domain, it is where I unwind and destress. I also like the children to know that they have a safe place to call their own should they need to use it to calm down or play.

My children have always had set bedtimes and through hardwork and determination they know that Mummy is still there when they need her but that bedtime means bedtime. I did this as gently as possible. My son slept in his own room from 9 months old and my daughter from 7 months. I always soothed them when the cried and let them know I was there when they needed to feel safe, my toddler is at the stage where she is pushing boundaries but I refuse to give in. If she doesn’t settle then I know she is either ill or frightened in some way and I help ease her pain and reassure her that she is safe.

Why did I do it this way? Simple, children need structure, routine and most importantly they need a good night’s rest in order to learn, play and grow. It also allows me a few hours each night to clean the house and relax for a few hours before my own bedtime.

Both of my children have slept through the whole night from 7 months onwards and go to bed without any fuss.

I know this is not to everyone’s taste and what works for me won’t work for another family.

I am also interested in how other parents tackle bedtimes so if you’d please like to share your bedtime experiences, routines or would like advice on how I achieved mine then please leave a comment below.

Remember we are all parents on an amazing journey and just because you find someone else’s parenting style odd doesn’t mean you should judge them instead you should support and try and see things from their perspective. Now wouldn’t that make the world a nicer place?