Brian the Lion Goes Into Space | Book Review

Brian the Lion Goes into Space

Being a bookworm myself, I’m glad the boys are just as into books as I am. Unlike their daddy, who has been reading the same book for a number of years! They’re always asking to go to the library, and I make sure they have at least one book read to them at bed time. Although, Jacob has started reading for himself most of the time now, which I’m super proud of. Recently the boys were very kindly sent a copy of Brian the Lion Goes into Space.

Brian the lion is tired of hanging out with his pride – all they do is sleep all day long. While they snooze, Brian gazes at the stars, dreaming of going into space. He can’t believe it when his loved ones, tired of his moaning, present him with a DIY rocket so that he can fulfil his dream. Zoom – he’s off! After looping the loop, Brian soon lands on a moon near Saturn and meets small green gnomes who make him rainbow-coloured food and speak in a strange language, and their dragon Norris. Though things are exciting for a while, Brian is soon missing home, even the boring bits. What will Brian do? Will he stay in his new space home or return to his pride? Featuring one of craft expert Tracey Radford’s adorable animal creations, Brian the Lion Goes into Space is a sweet tale, with a wonderful moral message, that will be loved by young children.
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Passionfruit and mascarpone roulade | Recipe

Other than week one, I have joined in every single week of the Bake Off so far – it’s a miracle! Even though both kids are now at school full time, I still don’t manage to get around to doing my bake until a weekend. I must remedy that though, as it’s so hard to photograph with them around. “Please Mummy, can I have some now?”. NO! I haven’t finished yet…

Anyway, for dessert week, I thought I would have a go at a roulade. But not a meringue based one, as my oven is so temperamental and I just know it would end up burning, then I’d get frustrated, throw it away, and well; just not join in. So I decided on a cake based one instead. The only roulade I’ve ever made before is a Slimming World one and I’ve never really had a problem, so I was confident about this bake…

I shouldn’t have been! The recipe I was using as a base said to roll up the roulade with some baking paper when it came out of the oven; I presume this is so it already has its shape when you come to roll. But, mine didn’t want to cooperate and started cracking, so I ended up with a ‘trilade’ instead 🙄. And the cake burned slightly underneath. (But was fine on top – see,temperamental oven!). On the whole though, it still tasted nice!
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40 signs that autumn is here!

40 signs autumn is here

Being an October baby, autumn (or fall) has always been my favourite season. Just some of the things I love about the season; the snuggly jumpers, scarves and ankle boots come out, it’s dark enough in the evenings to put on the twinkly lights and candles, and it’s the weather for drinking loaded mugs of hot chocolate by the fire. Also, I probably shouldn’t mention this word yet, but… it’s the countdown to Christmas! Read more

Sticky cinnamon and walnut breakfast buns | Recipe

Sticky cinnamon and walnut breakfast buns

Once again, I’m late to the GBBOBloggers2018 party. I only decided on what I was going to make last Friday, and actually made and photographed on Saturday morning before heading to Blog On Toys for the weekend! Bread week is usually one of my nemesis’, and because I didn’t have much time, I just decided to use a recipe from one of my books. (Which I should actually use more often – does anyone else have a mountain of them and never use them?)
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Apple & blackberry crumble traybake | Recipe

I’ve been a really bad food blogger this year – I think I’ve only posted one recipe! I have blogged foodie reviews, but I’ve not really had the mojo for creating. I’m hoping now that The Bake Off is back, the mojo will return. I’m also happy to see that Jenny over at Mummy Mishaps has brought back the Bloggers Bake Off linky!

I never got around to joining in biscuit week, as the boys had just gone back to school and Noah was only doing two hours a day. But of course I had to join in with one of my favourite things to bake – cake week! I didn’t really fancy any of the other challenges, so I went with a tray bake. Nice and easy!
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