22 August 2016

Chronologial Christie

The first of my book videos is up - I'm explaining my #chronologicalchristie thing that I'm doing on Instagram....

15 August 2016

Book Club

I've been wanting to do something like this for a while, not sure how it's going to work but will just be doing what I've read, favourite books and hoping that you will leave comments on the videos so we can talk books!

20 April 2016

Kinetik Non-Contact Thermometer

I'd say on the whole I'm pretty philosophical about when my children get ill. I usually take them to the doctor when my mother tells me to or when there's some sort of non-snot fluid on the outside that should really stay on the inside. But what sends me into a spiral of foetal-position panic is temperatures. Yes I know they usually mean the body is doing it's thing and fighting whatever nasty little horror is having it's way with my child's body but I can't handle them. I'm sure it's to do from when my father was ill and we were given a max temperature that meant we had to take him into the hospital immediately and so we had to check it all the time but I can't be rational about it, when the boys have a temperature I basically have NHS Direct on speakerphone all night and a thermometer attached to my hand.

Ned is a very good patient, for the most part, he's always lapped up any form of medicine and allowed me to prod and poke him. He had to have a series of blood tests about a year ago and sat like a champ the only evidence of the horror taking place in his hands was a solitary tear as he bravely listened to a rather dull story about dinosaurs. Jim however, spits out Calpol, won't have Amoxycillin even though he loves bananas more than me meaning we all end up stained neon yellow and getting anything into his ear involves a rather un-motherly elbow press.

Hurrah then for the Kinetik Non Contact Thermometer which has so far meant that I can creep into Ned's bedroom at night and check his temperature without disturbing him at all... or sit by his bed just bipping it onto his forehead every five minutes without him knowing about it and Jim has no idea that what's going on and so smiles cheerily and is happily distracted with a toy.

I was sort of happy with my inner ear one - it is very simple to use (as is the Kinetik forehead one but it's very easy to stick something in someone's ear) but it was erratic on the results. Because the Kinetik is non-contact it means less wriggling which means it's easier to get a result. Or if you a bit bonkers about temperatures like me you can use them both - the forehead most of the time and the in-ear one for when it's getting drastic and you want a second opinion before crying on the phone alternately to your mum and the Dr.

There are two things I'm not keen on - the display is not back-lit which means you can't sit like a maniac in the dark next to their bed as you have to find a light to check the results. However, they are bringing one out that will be backlit so that is perfect and will be available in September. The second is really picky... I would love this to come with some sort of holster that it can sit in. At the moment it just lies on it's side as it's easy to knock over and it's quite small so sometimes takes a while to find. If it could stand in a jolly orange... well stand, then I'd be really happy. See I told you it was picky.

The Kinetik Non-Contact Thermometer is £19.99 and available in the UK from Tesco, Sainsburys, Argos, Co-Op, Morrisons and Asda.

13 April 2016

Scotch Pancakes or Drop Scones

We called the drop scones... it gets a bit confusing. Whatever they are my boys LOVE them. That's because they contain some sugar which I never realised until I had one last week having not tasted them since I was about 8. I have happy memories of my mum making us these and, of course, wanted my children to have the same, so I turned to my newest treasured possession, my mother-in-laws much-annotated Constance Spry cookery book and found her version.

My sister said these were the best she'd ever had which was nice of her, I was a bit panicked as I didn't have any baking powder so I left that out and they were absolutely fine. I've left the baking powder in the recipe below but I made them again with the baking powder and and they were exactly the same.

I melted some butter in a mug to brush on the bottom of my mini sauce pan. These are a bit more faff than a regular pancake but for tea time they are perfect. These also have a lot less sugar than the bought ones...

Scotch Pancakes

Makes about 15 drop scones 

225g flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp baking-powder
1 tbsp syrup
a nut of butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg
½ pint fresh milk (approx)

I melt some butter in a mug in the microwave so I can brush it on the frying pan for speed. I use a small frying pan for this and a serving spoon seems to give about the right amount of batter.

1. Mix all the dry ingredients, rub in the butter and add the syrup.

2. Add half the milk, mixing well iwth a wooden spoon, then break in the egg, beat well and add the remaining milk.

3. The mixture should just drop from the spoon (HENCE THE NAME YOU SEE!!!)

4. Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes, no longer.

5. Heat a well-greased pan and when really hot drop the mixture in spoonfuls and bake for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown (they get quicker each time).

To keep the scones warm and soft wrap in a clean cloth. These are fine re-heated in the toaster the next day. 

13 January 2016

Tada & Toy Star Hoop Earrings

Like a lot of people I am always taking pictures and making nonsensical notes on my phone of things I see in magazines and websites that I might want to buy or add to my wishlist. One of the notes that's been on there for ages is Tada & Toy Star Hoop earrings and I finally asked, and received, for Christmas and I love them (thanks Mumma). In a world where I seem to constantly be on the quest for grown-up things (i.e. DIAMONDS) or trying to not draw attention to my increased person, it's so lovely to have something really cool that you can wear as a mum of two in your 30s without looking silly (god I feel old saying that). And that I can wear every day, and that don't dangle (Jim is a grabber). I have them in sterling silver but you can also get gold and rose gold (plated). The dust bag they come in is pretty lovely too.

Tada & Toy do really cool, wearable jewellery at not unreasonable prices (the star earrings start at £42) and my mum says they are incredibly nice to deal with. The next thing on my list from them is the Shark Tooth earrings in rose gold and silver - they look amazing too. Please oh please start doing cartiladge earrings Tada & Toy I'm so bored of my boring old ball hoops.

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