Friday, 17 December 2010


So thanks to Dannie I realised I have actually got a whole year longer than I thought of my 101 in a 1001. Yes, yes I know a pretty major miscalculation but its been a tough year!! So I got thinking about an Edinburgh trip and I am looking into possibly going for my 30th Birthday next April. I have never been to Scotland so it would be really nice. I originally looked into taking Pip but I was disgusted to find they charge almost the same as an adult even though he will only just be 2! He also would need photo ID so I would need to get him a passport., I think I may be smiling nicely at Nanny to see if she will have him for a couple of days!

Monday, 6 December 2010


Right first of all, I am very sorry for having been so lame at updating.

I got a bit disheartened as it seemed I had been so very unrealistic in what I could achieve.

I have been plodding through my list and have managed to tick off a few without really realising it. My reading of the 100 greatest books has proved to be too much of a challenge and I am pitifully behind with them.

I realise as well I hadnt factored in my finances (or lack of them!) when making my list. A few will just not be possible due to such limited funds, such as visiting Edinburgh, getting a fourth tattoo, buying another Tiffany piece and completing a Diploma course. At the end of the day I would rather only work part time and spend more time with my son than have more money for my my 101 things.

My end date is 11th Feb 2011 so I will aim for a final push. I definately plan on making another list, if nothing else it has made me consider my hopes, dreams and ambitions.

I am thinking... of lots, my head is a jumble

I am thankful for...
having had 29 years with my lovely Grandad who passed away on 26th November

From the kitchen...
home made Chilli Con Carne

I am wearing...Pyjamas & my dressing gown

I am creating...
A patchwork owl for my Mum

I am going...
To bed in a minute

I am reading...
"Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone" by J K Rowling

I am hoping...
For a special Christmas

I am hearing...My partner watching TV

Around the house... I have a new red rug that makes my home feel cosy

One of my favorite things...
Is my new rug!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
My Grandads Funeral is tomorrow, followed by a church service on Wednesday. Friday is my work Christmas party.

Here is picture for th
ought I am sharing...My special Grandad, taken last Christmas.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Race for Life

Hello Everyone

I havent been around for a while but Im still plodding along with my list. Last night I took part in the Race for Life. I did it with 20 friends from work and it was on the Silverstone race track. There were hundreds and hundreds of ladies taking part and there was just a sea of pink that snaked around the track. We were dressed in white Tshirts with our work logo on, pink cowboy hats and feather boas, all good fun!

Saturday, 17 April 2010


I have ticked off 2 more of my tasks

52 - Make my Best friend a 3oth Birthday lucky dip. I have been collecting little gifts and wrapping them as I go along. Each is wrapped in different paper so they look very colourful and inviting in the gift bag. The gifts vary jewellerry, make up, silly toys, stationary, lots of fun little items. I am looking forward to giving it to her.

Also I bought my Mum a bunch of flowers on My Birthday last Tuesday. She was very surprised and liked them. She asked what were they for so i told her for having me!

I have been in the garden today pottering around and planting seeds to grow more veggies this year. I enjoyed having them last year.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

4th March 2010

Outside my window... A lovely sunny evening
I am thinking...Of my shopping list for tomorrow
I am thankful for...Cuddles with my baby boy
From the kitchen...Lasagne, garlic bread and salad for friends coming round shortly
I am wearing...Jeans, white vest top, 3/4 length pink cardi
I am creating...Easter chicks
I am going...To enjoy my evening with friends
I am reading...Good Housekeeping magazine
I am hoping...My headache clears!
I am hearing...My sons nursery rhyme toy
Around the house...Is in need of a spring clean
One of my favorite things....Sunny Spring Days
A few plans for the rest of the week: Family time at the weekend
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Saturday, 27 February 2010

A lovely poem for Mums!

I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,

I didn't make the bed,

I took his hand and followed

Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,

My little son and I...

Exploring all the great outdoors

Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,

We wandered through a wood...

My kitchen wasn't swept today

But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade

And now my small son knows

How Mother Bunny hides her nest,

Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,

We climbed a sunlit hill...

Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,

We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,

That I didn't brush the stairs,

In twenty years, no one on earth

Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy

To noble manhood grow,

In twenty years, the whole wide world

May look and see and know.

Saturday, 20 February 2010


Here is my latest monthly baking task. These lovely Oaty, banana muffins are suitable for both my Diabetic Dad and my 13 month old as they have low sugar and no salt, they are also super healthy because of the fruit and oats!


  • 250g plain flour
  • 75g Porridge oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 250ml corn or sunflower oil
  • 2 medium-ripe bananas, chopped small


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC, fan 160ºC, gas 4. Prepare a mini muffin tin with paper cases or butter and flour the holes.
  • Sift the flour, oats and baking powder together. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, caster sugar and oil together until pale and fluffy. Fold this mixture, and bananas, into the flour.
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin, about a teaspoon per muffin. Sprinkle the extra oats over and bake for 15 minutes until the muffins have risen and are golden.
  • When cooked through, transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for three days or freeze individually.


Saturday, 30 January 2010

Easter Chicks!

I have started knitting some homemade Easter gifts this week.

They are so easy to make and I have been using up odd balls of wool, although I have ordered some fluffy yellow eyelash yarn to make some more.

The pattern is kn
itted in one piece of garter stitch.

  • Cast on 26 sts.
  • Knit 28 rows in Garter stitch
  • New Row – K2 tog, all across row.
  • Break off yarn leaving an end long enough to thread through remaining stitches.
  • Pull up remaining 13 stitches tightly and fasten off.
  • Stitch with a back seam then thread a running stitch through at this point to form neck.
  • Stuff head then pull up thread at neck and fasten off tightly.
  • I have used stick on goggle eyes that I had but you could easily just stitch them on. I also used some leftover felt to make beaks.

Thursday, 7 January 2010


Today I have been baking cute teddy biscuits for my little boys 1st Birthday on Saturday. The recipe is lovely and easy and I have never had a batch not turn out delicious.

350g plain flour
200g butter
1tsp bicarb
300g sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla essence

  1. Cream together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  2. Add the flour and bicarb, mixing well until it has a doughy texture. You may need to add more flour, see how the mixture looks.
  3. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough and use a cutter of your choice or form into little balls.
  4. Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, allow a little space between each as they do expand a bit. If you made little balls push them onto the tray so they flatten.
  5. Bake at 180c for around 10-15 minutes.

My latest batch looked like this:

Perfect for the Teddy Bears picnic!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Snow Day!

I thought I would take advantage of the snowy weather to complete number 59 on my list: Make a snowman.

So here he is!

He is called Simon.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Bucket List day!

Today I am going to begin to give some thought to 100: Start to write a Bucket List. I am not going to finish it obviously, I see my Bucket List as being a fluid thing that can change and be added too as life takes me. I will spend some quiet time thinking of what is important to me and what I want to achieve from life.

I have also began on 52: Make my Best friend a 30th Birthday Lucky Dip. Later in the year my best friend turns 30 and I am making her a little basket with 30 individual presents inside. Some are small gifts some are larger more special ones. I have picked up a few items in the sales that I think she will like and I have begun to wrap them in different paper. Already she has 7 little gifts and they look very cute being all different colours.