Sunday, 14 September 2014

Magic Moments: My Blogging World

Well its Monday again and I swear the week seems to fly past quicker and quicker. As normal on Monday I love to take part in Magic Moments over at Theoliversmadhouse as I love to take time to really think about any great things that has been happening.  I was thinking this week that I need to work on my blog more. It has been such a step learning curve over the years and I know I am still learning everyday. At first I wouldn't take part in things as I worried I would make a terrible mistake. I don't think I made any bad ones but I was nervous as it is a huge world that I knew nothing about. I am amazed that I have a blog at all , as to be honest I had never even heard of blogging at first. I have tried to learn as much as possible and get to know other bloggers. So far I have been lucky enough to cyber chat with some lovely people, and I think that is a real blessing. I have to thank my niece Emma over at thesyders as she was the one who got me started. At the time I thought she was mad but I am very happy I did now. I do think that my world got a little bit more interesting through blogging, and if not for Emma that may not have ever happened. So my magic moment this week is blogging and all my cyber friends. Thank you for providing me with a great window on the world.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

magic Moments:8/09/14

I have had lots of magic moments in my life and I know a few not so magic moments. I love to join in with as it is a lovely chance to spend time thinking of the nice things.
We were very very lucky in June to get our first grandson. Nathan Charles Cook was born on 8th June and what a joy he is. He is part of a very loving family and has two beautiful parents,


Then just a week after this little darling was born we heard even more good news. Our daughter was also expecting a baby! What a surprise two grandchild in one year lol. I had not expected my daughter to have a family yet but we were delighted for her anyway.

Then this week we found out she is having a little girl and we are over the moon that we will have a grandson and a granddaughter. I really hope they grow up to be good friends as they are so close in age. I think its nice Nathan is older as he can look after her like a big cousin should lol.
So we are very grateful to our dear children for the gift of these precious little gifts

Friday, 5 September 2014

August Degustabox Review

Lucky me as it was time to try out the next Degustabox. I loved my last one and was excited to see what this one contained. So here goes:-

 Dr. Oetker Edible Cupcake Cases
Edible Cupcake Cases

Dr. Oetker Edible Wafer Cases are pink and blue wafer baking cases which you can eat. There is no need to remove the case, you can now eat the whole cupcake with no waste or mess! Use instead of paper baking cases when baking cupcakes for an extra special addition to your baking.
Edible Wafer Cases are bake stable, and do not need to be baked in a muffin tray- they can be baked on a flat baking tray.
Each pack contains 3 pink and 3 blue Edible Wafer Cases
I thought these were a great idea as I do a lot of baking. It would cut down on mess of emtpy cake cases all over the place. Be great for a childens party.

 Brioche Pasquier Pan Au Lait
Pan Au Lait

The Pasquier family began baking brioche in 1936 in a small bakery in the West of France. Based on a traditional recipe, our Pain au lait are made using the finest ingredients to make a light, airy, moist brioche roll you can enjoy with your favorite filling. Really yummy and great to make pudding or just have for breakfast
 Brioche Pasquier Croissants au Buerre 
Croissants au Buerre

A traditional French breakfast wouldn’t be the same without an all butter croissant. Ours are prepared using processes authentic to the original bakery, perfect when warmed in oven. All of the Brioche Pasquier traditional range is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Really yummy with apricot jam or warmed up with a little butter.
 Brioche Pasquier Pan Au Chocolat
Pan Au Chocolat

Our pain au chocolat is made with a brioche dough that is worked into alight puff pastry. It is then filled with a delicious dark chocolate. Individually wrapped, they are ideal for breakfast on the go or a snack. Really loved these so tasty and yummy

 Cawston Press Kids' Blends
Kids' Blends

Cawston Press Kids’ Blends are specially blended for tiny taste buds. We take our gorgeous pressed juice and shake it up with 40% water for a lighter juice drink. Of course, our juice isn’t from concentrate, there’s no added sugar and we never add anything artificial.
£1.89 for a 3 pack
Really lovely not too sweet and would be great for pack lunch boxes.
 Schwartz Flavour Shots

Flavour Shots
Flavour Shots from Schwartz are delicious recipe bases containing a unique blend of herbs, spices and seasonings infused in sunflower oil to give you amazing tasting meals. Simply spoon into your pan, add the meat and/or veg with a few store cupboard ingredients, simmer and serve. There are 8 delicious recipes to choose and available from Asda, Morrison's and waitrose . Really lovely flavours  and not too hot but just the right amount of spice.
£1.39 for 2


Organic drinks are a delicious and refreshing range of fruit drinks and healthy extracts Berrywhite drinks are made from premium organic ingredients with no added sugar or fruit sugars and np preservatives. Available throughout the UK including online at ocado and selected Waitrose.
Taste really smooth and nice, not to sweet and very clean and bright , lovely.

Mexican Dave

Born from the desire to bring mouth-watering Mexican  flavours to the masses. Mexican Dave's legendary tortilla chips have landed . Mexican Dave's chips, without compromising on ingredients, flavour or quality provide an alternative tortilla at a great value price. There is nothing artifical, they are cooked in sunflower oil and there is no MSG!They will be in Tesco from the end of August. Tasted great and went so well with a nice big bowl of chilli.


No Alcohol option
Fever Tree

Our award winning range of tonic waters and other and other mixers are made with the highest quality natural ingredients sourced from small specialist producers around the world as a result Fever Tree drinks taste clean, subtle and balanced making them the choice of mixer in 7 out of the top 10 restaurants in the world.
£1.69 each.

 Lindt Hello Just For You Hearts
Just For You Hearts

The Lindt HELLO Just For You Heart Chocolate Tin is the perfect chocolate gift for that someone special or even a great little treat for yourself! Each adorable heart shaped tin contains 10 delicious melt-in-your-mouth Lindt milk chocolate hearts. Nice to sweet you! I'm a tiny tin of chocolate hearts, just for you…and your tummy :) They were really smooth and yummy and the perfect size for a little treat.

Strawberry Daiquiri
Degustabox August 2014
Caribbean Twist Strawberry Daiquiri
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Feeling exotic? Want to bring some sunshine into your life? Caribbean Twist, the UK’s number one* pre-prepared cocktail drink is a mouth-watering range of sparkling, fruit flavoured alcoholic cocktails that bring you the taste of the Caribbean.
Caribbean Twist takes the hard work out of creating a cocktail. Just pour a chilled bottle of Caribbean Twist over ice and enjoy for an easy, perfect, and great tasting cocktail every time! And, because there are a wide variety of flavours, Caribbean Twist is ideal for enjoying with friends.
What’s your flavour?
Strawberry Daiquiri
The great combination of Strawberries and lime makes Strawberry Daiquiri one of the most popular cocktails. Made with 7.5% real fruit juice, garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy!
Mixed Mango
Mixed mango is a fruity cocktail that’s made with 10% real fruit juice for a truly refreshing taste.

Pina Colada

Made with real pineapple juice, Pina Colada is perfect to give you a real taste of the Caribbean!

Peach Paradise
Our newest addition to the range, Peach Paradise will have you feeling like you’re lazing on a beach in Barbados. And, it’s made with 10% real peach juice!

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon has a truly tropical taste to satisfy those exotic taste buds.
Really yummy and perfect for those late summer BBQ

So that was my August selection and I was impressed once again wit the products and quality.
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Magic Moments: Baby Blessings

So its Monday again and where on earth does the time go? It seems to me that the older I get the faster time seems to move . As its Monday I am doing my fave link up with Jaime over at for her Magic Moments. It is my fave because I think its good for the heart to remember all the nice things that have happened. There are so many bad things in the world it makes a change to count your blessings.

On June 8th this year we had the wonderful arrival of our first Grandson, Nathan. Having a grandchild is such a gift as you get older. You get to do the nice things without the sleepless nights of those early weeks lol. We are looking forward to getting to know him and love him over the years.

Then just shortly after his birth we had the wonderful news that our daughter was expecting her first child as well. How blessed are we that in the space of one year we get two grandchildren.
So its early days for our daughter but so far so good, mum and baby are doing really well. Baby two is due in Feb 2015 and we are very excited to meet him or her.

Silent Sunday: 31/08/14