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Recipe box trial!

Hello Fresh!

My mother in law dropped round a trial recipe pack for us on Friday. I have looked at these online before but never ordered one so it was great to get the chance to check it out.

Recipe boxes are delivered fresh to your door with exactly the right amount of ingredients to cook up the recipe card inside. This means less waste, more cost effective and can liven up your kitchen meal times with healthy tasty meals for either vegetarian or meat eaters.

The recipe we were given to try was a –

Superfood  Mexican Jumble with Feta and Jalapeno


… and it tasted delicious! 🙂


The ingredients were all beautifully fresh and to a high standard many of which were organic. This recipe included – Hazelnuts, Quinoa, Vegetable stock pot, Couscous, Coriander, Jalapeño chilli, Red pepper, Pumpkin seeds, Feta cheese, Organic sweetcorn, Cumin and Lime 🙂


Approximate timing 30 min


The recipe card was easy to follow and quick enough to rustle up last minute.


And here was the finished product…

20150523_174710So much flavour, deliciously satisfying and more than enough for two people… We even had a little left over for lunch the next day!

If you want anymore information about Hello fresh you can check out their website at – http://www.hellofresh.co.uk

Hope you have all had a good bank holiday weekend! We have been renovating the Wendy house so will keep you posted on the progress 🙂

Good night all x


The Kelpies of Scotland and the Falkirk Wheel

When my husband first mentioned that he would like to see the Kelpies on a recent trip to visit family in Scotland, I paused for a moment… and looking slightly bermused, I told him that I wasn’t sure the Loch Ness Monster was available for visitors this weekend.

He quickly informed me not to be so silly 🙂 that it was actually an amazing sculpture of two horse heads by a public artist called Andy Scott. My husband is a artist blacksmith/sculpture himself so it made every sense to visit these magnificent metal sculptures and was a great excuse for a family day out on our way up to Scotland.

The Kelpies are set in Falkirk at the Helix park, we had a fairly easy journey over, deciding to set off at 5.00 am to miss all the traffic and let Ayla sleep most of the journey north. I think it took us about 6 or 7 hours to get there but we had plenty of stops along the way.

Before visiting the Kelpies we stopped off at the Falkirk Wheel which was an amazing piece of engineering to witness.

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There was also a smaller scaled version of the Kelpies standing next to the canal which got us in the mood to see the real thing.

Seeing them full size was pretty spectacular… they are so big! Ayla was most confused why we had been calling them Kelpies all this time she took one look at them and shouted ‘horses daddy, horseys’ 🙂

They are so beautiful, standing 30 metres high they are the largest equine sculptures in the world. They rise out of the ground, surrounded by a small moat with lights which I can imagine when lit will give the impression the Kelpies are moving, as they reflect the lighting through the water onto their steel structure. During the day you can pay to actually walk inside the sculptures and there are also boat trips along the canal.

Whilst we were at the helix we visited a newly built adventure park and fountain/ splash area for the kids, Ayla especially liked the tunnels and the slide.

 After a wonderful time spent with family and celebrating we headed back south after the weekend but couldn’t resist a stop off at Gretna Green before crossing back over the border. It was a perfect excuse to let Ayla see the Blacksmiths shop and pose for a photo by the Anvil!

Maybe Ayla will want to be a Smithy too?? …. Much to our disappointment we didn’t actually find a working blacksmiths forging here!




Sand Sculpture Festival & Seaside Fun!

I bid on a ‘little tikes’ car for Ayla on ebay and won, the only thing being it was all the way in Weston-Super-Mare! Needless to say it made a perfect excuse for a trip to the seaside.

So last weekend we bundled ourselves into the car, picnic, buckets ‘n’ spades and headed for the beach.



The weather was overcast but it didn’t seem to matter, it was still warm and the sun did occasionally show its face between the clouds.

The beach at Weston is so big and the sand seems to go on forever. It was so nice watching Ayla run along, she can pick up quite some speed now… I think she really enjoyed the freedom!

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The new pier looks pretty spectacular, and the atmosphere was great on the beach, people of all ages, dog walkers, familys, sandcastle building and people playing games.

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It wasn’t long until we spotted the donkeys and some very handsome ponies pulling carts shaped like trains…. what more could you want!

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This handsome chap was called Tommy a beautiful coloured cob who gave us an enthusiastic trot along the shore and back, it was so nice to be in the cart even more exciting for Ayla that it was shaped like a train!

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The man that drove the wagon was the 6th generation (R.G.Mager & Sons since 1886) to work the horses and donkeys on Weston beach, they only charged us £1.50 each and Ayla went for free, he explained they just don’t get the same work as they used to. It made me sad to think that a family business that has been aroung for so long could be in danger.



Ayla also had a go on the trampoline, which was sensibly set out so that each child had their own separate section to bounce in which meant Ayla could confidently have a go without getting knocked over by the bigger children. There was a lot of falling down, but she really started to get the hang of it by the end.

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It was then on to the Sand Sculpture Festival which was absolutely amazing, and so many works of art to see. Some of the pieces were absolutely huge, it was such a treat to witness such amazing talent. My photos don’t do them justice of course, you really need to see them in the flesh!

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The theme was ‘Once upon a time’ and included everything from fairytale to mythical legends, to Romeo and Juliet and even the Hunger games and Game of thrones!

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The face of the donkey was so life like, you just wanted to reach out and stroke him!

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 This display showed how the sculptures were created from the solid blocks of sand


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Ayla seemed to really engage with the artworks, at one point she ran off to wave at the Snow Queens polar bears!

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After all that inspiring work it was time to make some sand sculptures of our own!

They set it out really well for the kids to play in the sand pit with a coffee shop and some have-a-go workstations for older kids and adults that wanted to try their hand. All this at only £3.50 entry fee, Ayla was free of course and they welcomed photographs (hence why I went a little snap happy!)


After we had worked up an appetite we had pizza on top of a balcony… partly because we demolished the picnic on the journey down, less picnic more car-nicked! (Little scoffers! 🙂


There was just enough time for a last walk along the beach or in Ayla’s case run and chase each other across the beach!

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A quick coffee pick me up, and frothy milk for Ayla before heading back home.

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Such a great day out……. happy happy memories.