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Book Review : Make it in a Jar

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My October Book Buddy book is an interesting one and thank you to the Parragon folk for sending it to me. As you can see it’s called ‘Make it in a Jar‘ and with the winter months coming it would make a great present for Christmas (either the book or making a jar from the recipes in said book!)

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I love the insipiration it provides to turn a possibly boring recipe into something more. Take the Rainbow Cakes above – when the boys saw this recipe they couldn’t stop gushing over the bright colours (and what a lovely idea for a kiddy party!).

There are also some lovely gift ideas as in…create a jar with the basic ingredients and pop a pretty ribbon on and give it to a friend with a couple of instructions and voila! A useful (tasty) gift for when they are ready to use.

One or two of the Make in a Jar ideas are a little bit far off for my mind to get around – the salad in a jar being one of them but the concept of using a jar instead of plastic tubs for picnics might be something for the greener minded folks.

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So, if you are finding that your baking ideas are the same over and would like some inspiration for something a little different or a gift with a difference that your family and friends might enjoy – I give this a thumbs up on both counts.


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Mumof2_5things_badgeThis week’s #5 things from Mumof2 :

  1. Coconuts kill more people each year than sharks do. Apparently, around about 150 people are killed by coconuts each year.
  2. I somehow managed to hit the triple zero club this week on twitter…thank you to everyone who followed.
  3. I miss running to the window every time the windows started rattling and you could hear that the Concorde was about to fly by. It was a sad day when they were all retired.
  4. Vanilla paste is the latest craze in my baking cupboard. A friend recommended it the other week and I just love it. Think I may favour it over the extract at the moment.
  5. I am going to give planking a go – I reckoned if I wrote it down here….then I am going to have to stick to it and properly give it a try. Check back as I am sure I will end up blogging about the experience (good or bad!)

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Mumof2_5things_badgeThis week’s #5 things from Mumof2 :

  1. When Neil Armstrong returned from the moon, he had to go through US Customs (who would have thought!)
  2. I went to find some Halloween outfits for the boys as this year they asked if they could trick or treat and there are only really scary things to dress up. I mentioned this to my supportive husband and he looked as if to say ‘ It’s Halloween….what did you think you would find?’. I meant to say – I am looking for cute not scary for age 5 & 7. So my search continues
  3. I read somewhere that zebras are actually black with white stripes -I would love to know how they got to that conclusion and not white with black stripes.
  4. I love how the boys have now put a sign on their door that requests anyone to give them a code to get in. The code is stuck on the back of the door and contains MANY numbers. So I was with them on the passage side of the door and they demanded I give the passcode…so when I gave them a number they told me to wait and they opened the door to check if it was on the other side. It took a good couple of guesses to carry on getting it wrong 😉
  5. I find the light out on the roads at dusk changes at this time of the year.

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Dad! You made it!

tulips_worship_mumof2, dad, mumof2I have been sitting going through all the #magicmoments I would possibly like the share and the one that keeps coming back to me is from Friday evening at our village Harvest Festival.

The children were scheduled to sing a couple of songs in the church service and so there was much excitement in the week leading up to Friday (with a lot of singing in the bath practising their songs – which was lovely!). The boys had also asked if we could go to the Harvest supper after the service – which we thought sounded like a good idea.

Friday morning arrived and I thought it best to let the boys know that their dad would probably miss the church service because of the time he had to leave work but would definitely make the supper. They accepted this and waved him off in the morning with a ‘See you at the Harvest supper Dad!’.

The kids all sang beautifully that evening and it is just pure joy to listen to them all. My supportive husband had managed to hot foot it to the other side of the village after driving back from the train station and made it to the service in time to listen to the kids sing their 2nd song.

Our youngest son clocked him and had the biggest smile on his face. He came running up to him at the end of the service and said ‘Dad you made it!’. My supportive husband said it was so worth the rush and that he was pleased he had got there for the boys.

Most of the times, it’s not the fact the person was late – it’s that they made the effort! The boys didn’t notice that he was late – they noticed that he was there. In this case the effort was so worth it!