Mental, mardy, but a little bit marvellous..


October 2015

So we went for dinner…

…all of us. ALL of us. Every single one. 2 taxis worth. Well, 3 taxis really, but luckily there was a minibus. So 1 minibus, 1 taxi. The toddler, the 4 year old, the 6 year old, the 9 year old, the 14 year old (I have a 14 year old now, his birthday came after the chocolate yummy sugar pizza creation – along with its own cake, extra yum!) the 15 year old and friend who stayed lots while he was at high school but stays less now he’s attending college, the 16 year old. I was there too, but you already knew that. The Restaurant we went to was local, so thankfully the journey didn’t cost too much.

So we booked our table for 8 and asked for a highchair. They didn’t disappoint. We were shown to a marvellous round table/chair booth type thing, plenty of room for all the food and drinks and most of all, us. Not even any arguments over elbow room. Elbow room is cool. 

This was the first ‘proper’ family dinner we’ve been on together (in one sitting), ever. Ever. So it was an excitement, and a rowdy rabble we were. Our table was talkative and giggly and fun. We had food and drink and much nice cream. The toddler roared his way through the meal, interspersing his dinosaur roars with the odd ‘muuuuum’ and a few ‘where’s the baby’ giggly games of peekaboo. He was as happy a little chap as he ever is. Everyone had a fab time and we all enjoyed ourselves. What’s better than food and fun with great company? It’s certainly not special needs children being unable to sit still or keep their volume turned down. It’s really not… But I can’t say I minded. Several of the other diners may have, and judging by the looks we got they weren’t happy about it but you know. No complaints were made and the children had the best time ever; they want to do it again as soon as we can. Definitely a win. 


You can find my comments on it here



Ive been meaning to post up some of the easy peasy recipes we’ve been doing over the last few weeks and haven’t got round to it. So here you go.

First up, Chocolate chip pizza cookie. Or as I prefer to call it; sugary, chocolatey, yummy goodness that resembles a pizza only in its shape. 

I followed the recipe above very roughly – I don’t weigh ingredients and the first one I made of these I forgot half of the sugar so it was mostly biscuit! But the kids nommed it anyway and I made another the next day. So, mix, sieve, knead, and chuck it in the oven on a tray. When it’s done the edges will be a bit browned. After its cooled a bit and is still warm, NOT HOT! Cover it with chocolate spread and chocolate sweeties. I made sure to use extra choc chips as when they melt, a toothpick can be run through them to make pretty marble patterns. It tasted just as good as it looked!


Next, fish fingers, cucumber and potato salad (at the request of MayMay). 

Fish fingers and cucumber speak for themselves; cook one, chop the other. Don’t mix them up else you’ll end up with chopped fingers and cooked ‘umber.   

The potato salad is easy. For the smalls, who don’t like red onions, I boil up some salad potatoes and once soft (and I’ve drained the water) I mix them with mayonnaise, a dash of lemon juice and salt and pepper. I mix first and then cut the potatoes in half while they’re still in the pan; it makes for yummy crushed potatoes. If grown ups are eating too, chop some red onions in and chuck them in raw with the Mayo. Yum!

Easy spaghetti 

A tin of chopped tomatoes, pasta, some tomato purée and pre cooked/packaged/ready to eat cocktail sausages. Cook your spaghetti, heat your tomatoes and purée in a separate pan. Add seasoning and herbs and such if you like, I don’t because this is a sauce I know my smalls will eat. Its very sweet and quite tart. Once cooked, drain spaghetti, chuck sauce at it. Put all the sausages you gave in and stir. Served here with some yummy garlic and cheese bread.

And that’s it, at least for now. Other culinary delights that have fed the ravenous beasts these last couple of weeks include sandwiches, pizza tortillas (I have pictures of those for next time) crisps and cheese on toast. Also hamwiches and chicken dippers. This is the life, eh? 

I don’t have the words myself

Right now I’m under a cloud. So I’m going to link you guys to a blog that is awesome and inspiring and funny and has the words I don’t have. 

It’s worth the time to clink the link and even look in the archive too, especially if you’re struggling with depression or rainbows or something. Or Google the page with the search term you want, that’ll work. Hyperbole and a half

She writes about cake too!



So many thoughts

…so little time and inclination and sanity!

A gentle reminder.. 

It’s been a bad week for mood swings and PND here hence the quiet blog. Normal service will resume… Soon.   

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