Happy Halloween! What have you got planned with your little Witches and Warlocks today? We will be pillaging our local town then after a spooky tea we'll be greeting trick or treaters at our scary front door. Can't wait to share pictures with you tomorrow but in the meantime here is another fantastic Halloween recipe from Betty Crocker - Spider cupcakes!
The weather has properly turned Autumnal this month and to celebrate the season of puddle jumping how do you fancy winning a £200 voucher from Shoetique to kit you and your family with wellies? You can pick from a range of men, women and children's wellies from Hunter and Joules. The competition is being run by Shoetique and you can enter here but be quick, the competition closes at 8am tomorrow (31st October)
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Halloween is nearly upon us! I've got lots of fab spooky sweet recipes to share from Betty Crocker this week. Today we have super easy wise owl cupcakes.
Here is Little I refusing to sit in the highchair in a Thai restaurant this week. She had a proper strop then went off to sulk on the sofa...
This week is our very first half term. I am so excited about having Little E home all week! I had a very nasty accident with the spiralizer last week resulting in a deep cut in my middle finger. Despite this I am still very much in love with it and plan on using it for lots more meals this week.
Kids - fishcakes and carrots, Me - out at bookclub, Husband - leftover Thai
Spiralized courgette 'spaghetti' bolognaise
Chicken sausages with Quinoa pesto and spinach
Dinner at Birdworld
Spooky Halloween pasta shapes with tomato and spinach sauce. Garlic dough balls
Dinner at Jamie's Italian, Guildford
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Husband has had a knee op last week so Little E has become his on-call Doctor. She is extremely thorough with her care and has a strict schedule of morning and evening rounds. She has roped Little I in as a nurse but she's not as dedicated and wanders off mid examination!
Her Wannabees Doctor role play kit is very cool. Perfect for budding Junior Doctors out there! I absolutely love to see their imaginations at work.
Get well soon Husband! xxx
Halloween is a week away! Time to embrace all that is spooky and have some fun with the kids in true Scooby Doo style. Here are my favourite Halloween treats to make this year spooktacular.
Aldi have an amazing range of Halloween goodies at super reasonable prices. Our front door will be adorned with battery powered eyeball string lights (£3.99), a scary knocker (£6.99) and pumpkin gel stickers (89p) on the windows. They also have some great party ware to give your table a spooky edge. I love these glow in the dark eyeball ice cubes (£2.99) and Trick or Treat party plates (89p). The mini chocolate pumpkins, ghosts and eyeballs are perfect for little trick or treaters. And it wouldn't be Halloween without a spooky Scooby Do DVD (£3.99). Aldi really is a one stop shop for Halloween this year!
The best Halloween gift ever has to be this Sylvanian Families Halloween play set. It takes me back to my childhood as I absolutely loved my Sylvanian Families. The little rabbit witch and spooky ghost are beyond cute. Little E is going to absolutely love it. £12.99 from Argos, Smyths and Toys R Us
If you are looking for something a little bit special for your home this beautiful handmade Halloween bunting from Made Lovingly Made can be used year after year to decorate your home. Made from ethically sourced maple wood veneer the nine flags are each hand decorated with different Halloween motifs. £54.00 (Free postage on everything until Christmas)
Halloween is the perfect excuse to dress the kids up in ridiculously cute outfits. These pumpkin leggings from Blade & Rose are adorable and capture the Halloween spirit. The machine washable leggings are made from top quality cotton and remain soft and stretchy for little creepy crawlers. £10 available from Newborn to 2yrs
And of course the adults deserve a spooky treat too. For one week only Starbucks have created the exclusive Vampire Frappuccino. Lashings of strawberry sauce adorn this creamy mocha Frappuccino making it all treat and no trick! Available from Monday 26th October until 1st November. £3.50 (Tall)
Make the most of your leftovers and win Mission Deli’s supersoft wraps! I've been embracing wraps lately and have tried a few experiments including these fab mini tortilla crust pizzas.
Mission Deli has teamed up with Alex Hollywood to encourage the nation to love their leftovers and Get Wrapping. As part of that, they are offering you the chance to experience your leftovers in new and exciting ways by winning two packs of each of the seven tasty flavours (original, wholemeal, multigrain, white and wheat, sundried tomato and basil, Mediterranean and Original Light).
A recent study found that 44% of Brits pre-prepare meals in advance or bulk cook because it saves them time, and four in 10 do so to save money. Mission found that almost a quarter (23%) of us transform leftovers into delicious sandwiches or wraps. Why not try turning your roast dinner into a roast chicken with Harissa roast veg, feta & minted yoghurt wrap or your leftover bolognese with sour cream and chilli cheddarinto a delicious lunch.
Don’t just take their word for it, food psychologist, Dr Christy Fergusson, said “It is not just your imagination; science has proven that some dishes really do taste better the next day. Curry, casseroles, and Bolognese are all packed to the gunnels with ingredients like onions and herbs rich in delicious aromatic qualities which react when you cook them. When you reheat protein (like last night’s roast) you also release more Umami (free standing amino acids) helping it taste richer. When foods sit overnight the flavour compounds combine allowing the Umami compounds to stand out without having to compete with individual flavours. Wrapping up these kind of ingredients really can make an even more delicious meal second time around.”
To be in with a chance to win 10 packs of Mission Deli Wraps (2 of each variety) all you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below. You can visit www.missionwraps.co.uk or follow @MissionDeliUK for tasty and creative ideas. Good luck!
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