Desserts from my childhood

I have to be honest and say that I have been inspired to write this post because of my friend Nostalgia Pie‘s blog post Old-Skool Ice-Cream Flavours! I was writing in the comments that when we kids we used to eat neopolitan ice cream slices (from an ice cream block) between two ice cream wafers, which was known in our house as an “ice cream sandwich”. This got me to thinking about other desserts that we had growing up, and here we are!

Apple Charlotte
Now, from having a look around Google, it would appear that Apple Charlotte is actually a completely different pudding! The Apple Charlotte online uses bread as an ingredient, whereas my Apple Charlotte didn’t. It actually looked like the below:
Apple CharlotteThe way my mum made it was to layer the bottom of a bowl with canned apples (I think they were puréed). She would then make up some Dream Topping for the middle layer. The top layer was cornflakes mixed with golden syrup. I remember it went in the fridge for some length of time, which as a child just seemed aaaaaages! So, I have no idea what mine was called, but it was decadently delicious!

Arctic roll
Arctic roll was a roll of ice cream (we only ever had vanilla) which was wrapped in sponge with some raspberry sauce between the sponge and the ice cream. To make it last, as it was a treat, we had the thinnest slices going, so if I had some now, I think I’d probably try and eat at least quarter of it in one go!

Supermousse
Before I started researching for this blog post, I hadn’t even known that this pudding had a name! The strawberry ones were my favourite. You were supposed to let them thaw a little but we could never wait and always ate them frozen, which took ages with a small spoon. It kept us quiet though 😀

Instant Hot Crunch Pudding
This was one dessert which I thought I had no chance of tracking down online, but it was actually fairly easy. It was made by Birds and you’d get two packets in the box. One packet contained powder that you added hot water to which created a type of custard, which you’d then serve up in bowls. The other packet contained a crunchy topping which was like bashed up Hobnobs which was sprinkled on top. I think there was a petition a while ago to bring it back, but it never happened. That’s a shame because I would have bought it!
I really want pudding now!

#LoveWins!

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It feels both amazing and humbling to be alive during such a historic time as we are in now. I am, of course, referring to the fact that the US Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. This is something that has been a long time coming and it’s such a shame that so many loving couples have had to wait for so long to be granted the same benefits that straight couples are afforded.

As a bisexual woman, I’ve been the subject of abuse just for being attracted to both sexes, but as my long-term relationships have all been with men, I haven’t had the abuse that I would have received for being in relationships with women. As long as two people are happy, I have never understood why it is the business of anyone else’s.

My husband, Michael, is currently undergoing transition to become a woman, and we are aware that we are going to face all kinds of abuse and have to deal with people with different beliefs to us with regards to trans issues. It’s great to have role models in the public eye such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, and I hope that more people who identify as having gender dysphoria feel more empowered to seek the support that they need to enable them to move their lives forward and finally be able to be happy.

I’ve loved reading all of the #LoveWins articles online, but I really loved this one: Love wins: America celebrates same-sex marriage ruling – in pictures so much. You don’t need words to see how much the law changing means to people, and their happiness is truly deserved. They are proof that love wins.

Retro flashback sticker time for Throwback Thursday!

I recently had a conversation in work with a friend about the magazines that were available to buy when we were younger, like Mizz, More!, Fast Forward, Big! Magazine, Look-In, Smash Hits, Just Seventeen/J17 and TV Hits. I remembered that I have an A4 lever arch folder that I’ve since I was a teenager and it’s covered with stickers from the magazines mentioned above. I’ve taken photos to show you so that you can also enjoy a trip down memory lane, or if you’re a lot younger than me (I’m 36), you can say, “who are they?” lol

The front of the folder
The front of the folder
Back of the folder
Back of the folder
Inside left of the folder
Inside left of the folder
Inside right of the folder
Inside right of the folder

And now for the lettered stickers! I don’t seem to have any images for I, Q, V, X or Y…

A

B1

B2

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

M1

M2

N

O

P

R

S

T

U

W

Z

I used to have paper-rounds when I was a teenager and I remember that I didn’t actually get paid any money by the newsagents because I had so many magazines reserved for me each week that I was literally working just to pay off my magazine bills!

And so the exercise commences!

Earlier this evening, myself, Michael and our teenage nephew went for a walk around our local park. None of us are particularly fit, so we planned on just doing a short walk to start with. This ended up being a 2 mile/1 hour walk in the end! As mentioned in my previous post So hello 2015!, I’m trying to lose between 4 and 5 stones by Christmas, so we’re definitely on our way now. I can’t wait to go walking again, which is something that I’d never thought I’d hear myself say!

Review: Caboodle Magazine

Caboodle Magazine

I recently found out about Caboodle Magazine from Grandma Eileen’s blog post, Let’s rave about Caboodle Magazine! Admittedly I hadn’t heard of Caboodle before, but from reading Laura’s post, I was so excited to buy my copy, which I duly did, and it arrived soon after. Unfortunately, it’s been so busy at Pugh Towers recently that I’ve only just managed to finish reading it today! So now, my review can begin 🙂

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I love this magazine!

Jess ReevesI loved their interview with Jess Reeves, who is the founder of Cute Club. Her collection is simply amazing. She runs the Cute Club Zine, which is available from her Etsy shop. The current issue is Volume Four which comes with a Valentines Kewpie Cut-Out. I’ll be ordering mine as I love all things kitsch 🙂

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EdinburghAs mentioned in my post Places I’d love to visit with Michael earlier in the week, we’d love to visit Edinburgh in the future. I was so excited to see earlier tonight that there was a travel feature on Edinburgh! As well as the things to do I’d mentioned in my post, I have found out about so many extra things to see and do from Caboodle, not least the Vintage Bus Tour, which is a definite!

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CactusAnother great feature article was with Samantha Kay, who has created Concrete Jungles. I’ve never owned a cactus before, or really any plants as I seem to have had the opposite of green fingers in the past, and the poor plants have never lasted that long 😦 But, after this article, I think I could handle a cactus. I love the designs Samantha has created and owning a cactus is now on my list of things to buy. In fact, I think that I’ve just come up with a new blog post idea…

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FlamingoI’ve recently started to get back into craft, and their ‘how to’ on making a gorgeous pink flamingo got me wanting to rush straight to my local craft shop!

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Aswell as the awesome things mentioned above, the magazine is chock-full of fabulous finds. As they say on their website: “Fashion – Lifestyle – Art – Design – Crafts – Recipes – Entertaining – Home – Vintage – Beauty – Travel”

They also have ‘ideas for going out and about’ and through this I’ve just found out about Jollydays, who offer glamping in North Yorkshire with “a range of fully equipped bell tents and woodcutter huts set in beautiful woodland, on the outskirts of York”. I am so there!

The magazine costs £7.00, which sounds like a lot for a magazine, but I’d say that Caboodle is less of a magazine, and more like a lifestyle bible. You definitely get value for money. Also, they only publish bi-annually. Don’t hesitate, buy it today!

Feeding hedgehogs


A few nights ago just after midnight, I was in the garden trying to get one of my cats in (who was already in the house, unbeknownst to me!). I heard some rustling in the garden and I naturally assumed it was my cat. It was a hedgehog! It came running up to me, stared at me, and then sauntered off. I stood there, open mouthed, for about five minutes, because I really didn’t believe what I’d just seen! I looked online as to whether you can feed hedgehogs in your garden, and apparently it’s okay to feed them “foods like minced meat, tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based), crushed cat biscuits, or chopped boiled eggs. Specialist hedgehog food can also be bought from wild bird food suppliers. Never feed hedgehogs milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.

Source: http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/inthewild/gardenhedgehogs

Also, according to the RSPCA page above, “As many as 10 different hedgehogs may visit a garden over several nights, which could mean ‘your hedgehog’ is a number of different individuals visiting at different times.”

The cat food that we’ve been leaving out has been eaten, so I’m so excited to be able to feed local hedgehogs 🙂

Recipe: apple & cinnamon oatmeal

Inspired by Paula, I have made this today 🙂

Porridge

Enjoy by Paula

This weekend I came up with this warm and delicious cinnamon and apple oatmeal recipe that Jonas asked me to make for him again on sunday 🙂 I love this combination of apple and cinnamon a lot! Especially during the cold winter months. This recipe is quite easy and only takes about 10 minutes:) I hope you try it out!:)

Recipe (makes 2 portions)

Ingredients:

1 cup porridge oats

1.5 cups of milk

.5 cups water

1/4 cup raisins

1 diced apple

1.5 tbsp ground cinnamon

Procedures:

1. Dice apple and place in a pot along with the raisins. Add water and let this mixture come up to a boil and let it cook for about 2 minutes.

2. Add oats and milk to the raisin and apple mixture- cook on a low simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Turn off heat and mix in cinnamon.

4. Serve with some…

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