Saturday, 21 September 2013

No Butter Emergency Cupcakes

You promise a 2 year old you are going to make cakes and then you realise you have no butter/margarine or even oil in the house to make said cake. You also cannot be bothered to go all the way to the shops.  Fear not! I discovered this sponge cake recipe with no butter woo hoo! Actually turned out pretty tasty too!

It's in american cups, which I have no clue about so I used a tea mug, seemed to work ok!

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar

1. Preheat over to 180C. Heat milk in pan until almost bubbling.

2. Mix all three eggs with an electric whisk at high speed, gradually adding sugar, for 5 mins

3. Mix on low speed and add flour and warm milk gradually. It will be quite runny this is ok.

4. Pour into cupcake cases ( I used square silicone ones) bake for 15 mins ish. 

Eat triumphantly!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Shoes and a new blog

I'm a frequent moaner about how shallow and superficial so many blogs are and how all they go on about is fashion, hair, makeup and what some ridiculous so called celeb is wearing. What about the awesome stuff - books, films, music and SCIENCE DAMMIT!!

But I spotted these in House Of Frazer, Birmingham today and I take it all back SHOOOEEEEESSSS!! SQUEEEEE!!!. They make me wish that a) I had money with which to buy said Tim Burtonesque footwear and b)that they didn't reduce feet to blistered, bunioned stumps. But oh my they are so pretty! 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Science is amazing

I know I've talked about this before but heres another article on fetal cells remaining in your body. I still love the idea that in a way I am carrying Bella with me.

Bits of baby remain in your body after childbirth -- for years!

Monday, 4 June 2012

A Day Out

Today we decided that despite being totally in the overdraft at the beginning of the month *sigh*, we would take a trip to Stratford Upon Avon. At least we could window shop and be out of the house for a few hours. There is a Christmas Shop which is open all year around which was fun, lots of stalls to browse through and some good buskers to watch too. We had fun with Kira, who is properly toddling about at last, looking at the barge boats and the swans (and trying to avoid her attempts to get in the water with them). Looking forward to watching the last episode of Game Of Thrones tonight, it's sooo good!!

Making use of scrapbook paper

For my birthday last year I got got a whole bunch of Tim Holtz craft stuff. Its lovely steampunky grunge style stuff but I've not used it much before now. I've got this great set of clear acrylic drawers from Muji that I store all my makeup in, they are very practical but not very pretty. Yesterday while kira was having a nap I used the Tim Holtz scrapbook paper to decorate it. Really pleased with how it turned out, big improvement!



Friday, 1 June 2012

The Mystery Triffid

This plant started to grow out of my patio a while back and I've trained it up a wooden ladder (from Freegle ftw!) I'm have no idea what it is but it looks like a passionflower. But passionflowers have seeds in fruit and are a bugger to grow according to the internet so I'm not convinced that it is. If it is, how on earth did it get there?
Its now got some flower buds on it so I think I will find out for sure when they open. If anyone can shed any light on it please let me know!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Right where I am - 2 years. 8 months and 22 days

I'm taking part again in Angie's right where I am project 
Here is my post last year 

I'm so busy these days, uni, working, kids it's all go go. Kira is 15 months old and starting to properly toddle about the place. This week is gloriously sunny and we have spend loads of time in the garden and Kira has learnt to say "flower" or wowa, which is just super cute. She's still sleeping in a cot attached to the bed and I still find myself waking up just to check she's still breathing. I really appreciate so much still that she is with me and healthy. Last weekend we went to the Tolkien weekend at Sarehole mill and had a great time, of course I dressed up, we watched a play of The Hobbit in the Mosely Bog and Kira thought the Smaug the Dragon was hilarious.

A few weeks ago we had a letter through at last saying that Isabella's grave was now full (she is in the hospital plot with 12 other babies) and that now we can finally get a gravestone put up. As it's between us all I've paid £150 towards it, which was really tricky on a student budget but I really can't wait to have a proper stone. I've still never been to her grave as there was no marker and I didn't know exactly where it was. I feel guilty for not going. I still think about her quite a bit, her absence is still here, the little gap where she should have been. It still feels in a weird way like I left her at the hospital and forgot to bring her home with me, as though she is missing rather than dead, I can see why they use the word "lost" to describe it as that's how it feels. I still pine for her and I can still picture her so clearly, exactly how she looked, just how perfect and small she was. It's still mind boggling to me how much influence such a tiny person who was so very briefly in my life, but I don't suppose mothers evolved to forget their kids, we'd be in trouble if they did. But I'm ok with it, it's part of my story now, just a memory that is a part of me.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

More Shopping Frustrations

So in my last post I looked at "fashionable" high street clothes. But in all honesty I'm not going to be squeezing my lardy thighs into normal high street sizes any time soon. I'm already wussing out of going running due to the weather (it's cold, meh!) so today I decided to try some you tube yoga, with the lovely Esther Ekhart, which actually proved to be a lot more challenging than it bloody looks! I did feel rather good afterwards and the videos were really easy to follow so I think I'm going to carry on doing some of the other vids over the coming weeks. Oh and it's worth checking out the Yoga Fail video on her channel where the cat gets her crotch, hilarious!

.....anyway back to clothes. I decided to go back to reality and look at some stores which cater for the chubsters like me. I was expecting a horrorshow after looking at the standard shops, but I'm pretty gobsmacked to find some really nice stuff.

This lovely bird print jersey dress from Simply Be. Love it!

Now the only trouble is the total lack of cash ARGHHHH! lol!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Clothes Shopping Frustrations

This week I am back on a health kick, trying to eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies and doing the dreaded exercise. I've starting jogging, well actually describing it as jogging might be a bit of a stretch, it was more lolloping really, but as I'm a hefty size 18 who hasn't really got off the sofa for a good 18 months it's probably to be expected. I also dug out and sorted out a bike I was given, that's been sitting in my shed since last summer. Managed to do 30 mins cycling yesterday which was actually quite fun!
I though to encourage me to loose weight I would do a bit of window shopping to see what lovely things I might buy, if I drop a few sizes. Alas, fashion at the moment seems to be just about my worse nightmare. For example this offering from Next

I mean ...seriously. It's the print from those horrific scarves you get in charity shops and think "wow, they are gonna struggle to get rid of those lol!"

So I check out Dorothy Perkins, and it appears that snakeskin leggings are all the range. The thought of my thighs squeezed into a pair of foil snakeskin god...Here we have an example of "the look"

Why is she wearing an 80's bridesmaid headdress? Why would you tuck in the jumper! What is going on!
I'm confused! Surely this is not really a trend. Lets have a look at another site...

They suggest this ensemble to "bring prints into your work wardrobe" ....can you imagine the looks on peoples faces as you strutted into the office wearing ...well any of these "tribal and sporty" pieces. *facepalm*
How about H&M?

Scarves are definitely in. To be fair though at least this one is only £15 and it's However I think I would rather wear a bin liner.

How about Miss Selfridge?
Apparently these were designed "in house". Check out the tropical bird shirt here... wow just wow.
only £50..bargain!

Maybe Topshop?

lol! Nope! Seriously....those shorts?

I think I'm just going to stop now and learn to sew :D

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Chocolate Free Easter

Last year my oldest DD was diagnosed with the horrible Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. There's no treatment for it, but I watched the programme Food Hospital on channel 4 and they had success treating childhood migraines  by controlling diet, Cyclical Vomiting is very similar to migraine so I wondered whether it might help DD. So I got an appointment with an NHS dietician and we are trying excluding some common trigger foods, which are cheese and chocolate. At Christmas she was having at least one episode a week and since excluding there foods we have no had one single full blown episode! We've still had a few episodes of feeling sick and a headache but it's so amazingly better than it was, really chuffed! Cutting out chocolate is not the easiest thing to do when you are 9 and your favourite thing is chocolate but she's done amazingly well. However Easter is coming and I'm so not looking forward to have so much chocolate about and I know even though I've told everyone about the no chocolate thing, I'm sure people will forget and still bring her easter eggs, or offer her "just a tiny bit won't hurt" pieces. I'm trying to find alternative that I can suggest people bring but I've really struggled to find anything suitable. She's not much into sweets either so that makes it really difficult. I was wondering whether fudge eggs would work? Maybe Easter cupcakes would be good? Any ideas would be most appreciated!

Who would have though that something so simple as chocolate could make you throw up for days at a time!?