Sunday, 4 October 2015

50 Years of Thunderbirds

Anthea Turner joins Vivid Toy Group to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Thunderbirds this week,
The presenters original Blue Peter Tracy Island model is unveiled alongside the new Interactive Tracy Island a predicted Xmas sell-out.

The beloved 1993 homemade creation caused such a fuss Blue Peter was inundated with requests for an instruction leaflet, which is still available online. The most popular "how-to" guide in Blue Peter history, Anthea Turner's demonstration of building a replica Thunderbirds base using papier-mache and toilet paper tubes garnered over 100,000 factsheet requests. Rumoured to having been offered £100,000 for the model, she claims she would never part with it and now keeps it in her loft.

Feeling inspired we took on the challenge to create our own Tracy Island with the help of this cool Thunderbirds four piece Super set from Vivid Toys and Games, Each set contains all of your favourite Thunderbird vehicles including TB1, TB2, TB3 and mini TB4. TB1, TB2 and TB3 come with cool action sounds, which is perfect to help you create your very own Thunderbird scene.


Creating our very own Tracy Island was great fun, we used green card as the base, long with a few cardboard boxes and lots and lots of green tissue paper and glue, it was amazing to see what we could come up with,


Although our Tracy Island looks very different from the 1993 Blue Peter model, we were very pleased with the results, Although we would most defiantly love the awesome interactive Tracy Island from Vivid's toys,

If you would like to know more about the Thunderbird Super set or the cool Tracy Island from Vivid's toys check out Vivid Toys and Games also keep an eye out on the Hashtag #FAB50 #heres1Imadeearlier #ThunderbirdHQ  for more Thunderbird news.

THE RNLI Fish Supper

This October 9th to 11th, the RNLI is encouraging people across the UK to cook up a Fish Supper for family and friends to raise money for the crew members, who voluntarily sacrifice dinner time with their loved ones to respond to a shout and help those in trouble at sea. So why not host your very own fundraising supper,  which can be anything from a gourmet lobster thermidor, to an all time favortite serving of  Fish ‘n’ Chips,

Fish Supper is a time for family and friends to come together. The importance of togetherness and team spirit is central to the RNLI, and is what makes the charity and its volunteers so special.
Host an RNLI Fish Supper to raise funds that will help support,train, equip and keep our lifesavers coming home safely to their loved ones.

There are three simple steps to a successful RNLI Fish Supper:

1 - Sign up and save the date
2 - Get set with our tips and recipes 
3 - Host a fish supper and ask each guest you invite to make a modest donation when they join you for an evening of good food and good company, pay in your collection,

If you need some recipe inspiration and details on the campaign then check out RNLI - Fish Super,
I really like Fish Pie, so this recipe is a must try for me.

Fish Pie

1kg floury potatoes, peeled and cut into even-sized chunks
400g skinless white fish fillet
400g skinless smoked haddock fillet
600ml full-fat milk
4 cloves
1 small onion
2 bay leaves
small bunch parsley
100g butter
50g plain flour
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
50g grated cheddar

Heat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
Cook the potatoes on a rolling boil for 20 minutes.
Cut the onion in four and pierce each quarter with a clove. Add to a saucepan with the bay leaves, fish and pour over 500ml of milk. Bring to the boil, then poach for 8 minutes on a simmer.
Strain the milk into a jug and set aside. Transfer the fish to an oven dish, break into chunks and sprinkle over chopped parsley leaves, discarding the stems.
For the sauce, melt 50g butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute on a moderate heat. Remove from the heat. Then, bit by bit, stir in the cooled poaching milk. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring all the while. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, then pour the sauce over the fish.
Mash the potatoes with the remaining butter and milk. Dollop at the edges of the dish and spread to the centre, sealing the pie all the way round. Fluff with a fork, scatter on the cheddar, and bake for 30 minutes.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Halloween with TU at Sainsburys

This autumn Sainsbury’s will be offering a host of creepy character costumes for every member of the family even the dog!

Sainsbury's  is making Halloween safer for its shoppers, as all dress up products now meet the British Nightwear Flammability Standard, which is the highest level of testing in existence. Sainsbury's are proud to confirm that all children’s dress-up outfits sold in stores and online meet the British nightwear flammability safety standard, the toughest standard that currently exists. So why not get in the mood this year with these amazing range of costumes.

This is just a selected few, for more creepy costumes head to your local Sainsbury's store.

I have not been compensated for this post.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

PAN - Movie Review

We were delighted to be transported to Neverland in London's Leicester Square for the World premiere of Pan the movie.

Left as a Baby in a London orphanage Peter (Levi Miller) lives his life in hope of meeting his mother. One night peter is taken by pirates and soon find himself in Neverland under the control of the evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), Its not long before Peter finds himself in trouble and soon learns of his destiny, Peter teams up with a new found friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) as he sets off to find out the truth about his Mother, On their Journey the meet warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and together they join forces to save Neverland, Peter soon learns of his mother fate and sets off to defeat Blackbeard who is set on destroying Neverland for his own selfish gains.

PAN is defiantly a must see family movie, The movie is gripping and mesmerising and will keep you thoroughly entertained from the start to the finish, Join Peter on his journey for the truth and watch the story unfold with stunning graphics and quick changing scenes as you are transported into Neverland. Pan is based on the characters from the classic story by J. M. Barrie and is directed by Joe Wright, Pan also stars mermaid (Cara Delevingne) and Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie and Kathy Burke.

Watch this Official Trailer to give you a taste of the what you can expect, Pan gets a huge thumbs up from us, We found ourselves talking about the movie long after it was finished, Action packed, funny and at times moving, A must see movie.

For more information on Pan including live footage and interviews with the cast at yesterdays premiere check out Warner Bros/Movies/Pan.

We were honoured to attend the world Premiere of Pan, All thoughts are that of our own.

Nintendo WII U: Mario Maker

We were super excited to get our hands on Mario Maker the latest cool new game from Nintendo, Mario Maker gives you the gamer a chance to create your very own game creating the most awesome levels that you have always dreamed of playing, you also get the opportunity to play the level you create as well as playing levels created from other Mario Maker players from around the world.

Creating you levels is very easy with the Wii U GamePad controller, simply use the touch screen to add blocks, pipes and collectibles rewards, choose from the array of add on options to create your game. Mario Maker gives you the chance to be the game designer and play the game level you create how awesome is that.

We are only just beginning our Mario Maker adventure, and we already we are loving it, its great fun and really easy to create the levels, which give us full control on how we want to play the game. I'm sure we will have endless hours of fun with Mario Maker. Check out the cool trailer which will give you an insight on just what you can expect.

Mario Makers cool feature include:

Switching between four awesome themes, each with different art styles and features: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U.

Transform into cool characters with the new Mystery Mushroom item. Expand the roster of possible characters by completing 100 Mario Challenge mode or tapping compatible amiibo simply by using a 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad controller to add a Big Mushroom power-up to your course.

Mario Maker is only £39.99 from Nintendo Store and all good gaming outlets.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Salted Caramel Malt Cake

Cake Ingredients:
260g butter, softened
260g, golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
260g self raising flour
2tsp baking powder
60g malted powder
60g Rachel’s Greek Style natural yogurt
Caramel Butter cream:
250g butter, softened
200g icing sugar
60g Rachel’s Greek Style natural yogurt
90g Carnation caramel
A good pinch of sea salt flakes

397g Carnation caramel
200ml double cream
Peanut Brittle:
100g caster sugar
100g peanuts, salted

Serves: 8-10 slices Preparation & Cooking Time: 1½hr, An indulgently delicious cake, perfect for an afternoon with friends

Step 1 -  Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
Step - 2 Line the bottom of four 6” cake pans (15cm diameter x 2cm height) & grease - we used Wilton Easy Layer Cake
Pans. Alternatively, use two 6” pans (15cm x 4 cm height) and cut each cake in half.
Step 3 - Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 4 - Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Step 5 - Sift the flour with the baking powder and malt powder, and add to the batter. Add in the yogurt and beat well.
Step 6 - Divide the batter equally between the two cake tins and spread evenly.
Step 7 - Place the two cake tins on each shelf of the oven for an even bake. Bake for 10 minutes until a skewer inserted
into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake tins from the oven and allow to cool completely
on a cooling rack.
Step 8 - To make the butter cream, place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft and
smooth, then add the icing sugar and continue to beat. Add the yogurt on a slow speed and when mixed in
thoroughly then add the caramel sauce and salt. On top mixing speed, whip the butter cream until light and
Step 9 - To assemble the cake, divide the butter cream equally between each of the 4 layers and using a pallet knife,
spread evenly to the edges of the cake. Once the layers are formed and put together, use the remaining butter
cream to cover the outside of the cakes including the top and sides. Ensure that the butter cream is smooth,
and place the cake in the fridge to set and firm the layers.
Step 10 -  Next, beat together the caramel and double cream until smooth. Remove the cake from the fridge and
carefully, using a large spoon, flood the top of the cake with the caramel sauce, teasing the sauce
down the sides of the cake with the back of the spoon

Peanut brittle: 
Step 11 - Using a heavy based non stick saucepan, place the caster sugar over a low heat and leave until it melts and bubbles.
Step 12 - Shake the pan a little as it starts to melt, and wait until the sugar starts to clump together, then goes a
slightly silver colour, then it will begin to turn caramel in colour. Make sure to monitor is closely, it needs
to be a deep dark mahogany colour.
Step 13 - Add the peanuts to the melted caramel, then pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof
paper. Leave alone and out of reach to cool.
Step 14 - Once cooled, it will have set as hard as rock. Break into shards with your hands and decorate your cake.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Netflix: Back To School

The Kids are now well and truly back into their school routine, and the summer hoildays now seam like a distant memory. We are back to looking forward to our weekends and our preicios family times with a little help from some great Netflix TV shows and films,With two brand new shows - Project Mc2 and DinoTrux, there’s something fun for every (younger) member of the family to watch….Need some inspiration? Check out our list of kids’ movies and TV shows to stream on Netflix.

For older kids, put a fun spin on the stuff they’re dreading - science homework, spelling tests and maths equations. The brand new Project Mc2 Netflix original series, proves smart is the coolest back-to-school trend. The show features four teen spies who show how girls can use their science smarts and maths problem-solving skills to save the world. Total #SmartGirl inspiration! Watch Project Mc2 now only on Netflix

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