|FAMILY|Spring bucket list 2016

 
I'm a little late for our spring bucket list this season, so late in fact that we've actually already ticked some of the items off our list!
 
We've so much to look forward to this spring, I'm finding the sunshine rejuvenating and can't wait for us to finish this years list.
 
Here's what we are hoping to do before 1 June!
 
What's on your Spring bucket list?
 
1. Hatch a butterfly
2. Ride on a steam train
3. East chocolate amongst the bluebells
4. Bottle feed lambs - Done
5. Make a superhero door
6. Host an Easter egg hunt - Done
7. Have a breakfast BBQ
8. Make a mountain out of a molehill
9. Make windmills for the garden
10. Get new chickens!
11. Paint the hen house
12. Join the National Trust - Done

 
 
 

|ORGANISE|workspace make-over - phase 1 Shelfstore review


When I had the idea to sort out our guest room, set the bed up for visitors (finally!) and make a workspace area for my LarabeeUK supplies I thought it would take me a couple of weeks to get sorted! Little did I realise that way over a month later I'm only really just finishing organising everything into holding boxes!  So if you are looking at the photo above thinking 'makeover!?!?' I wouldn't blame you in the slightest, I'm a long way off the full project!

So I've broken it down into 3 phases:-
1. LarabeeUK workspace and storage
2. Guest bed and a little decor
3. Bringing it together and making it look prettier

For phase 1 the aim was to install some shelving to accommodate all of my blogging and project supplies. I worked with the fantastic people at Shelfstore for the shelving and my goodness what a difference it makes!  This room quite literally was a dumping ground, we just opened the door and threw things in there. Installing a high quality shelving system was top of the agenda so that I had somewhere to put all of my supplies.  

This space has to suit 2 functions with storage taking prescedance and the bed really an added extra (although T has already decided he's going to sleep in there as 'it's so big!') if eventually there's somewhere for me to have my laptop and printer, that too would be great, the beauty of this shelving system is that it can be moved around to accommodate this. 

The shelving is amazing!  Exactly what we needed, really easy to put up and looks better than I thought we'd get. 


This is a relatively small room and so I wanted to make sure that I made the most of all areas.  I measured my room and worked out the dimensions to make sure I got the maximum storage, I went online and ordered the shelving. Ordering was incredibly quick and easy following the clear instructions on the Shelfstore website and in no time I'd created my shelving system using the 'design wizard' and ordered the parts I needed to makeover my workspace. You can save your design and edit at any time before you order, which is great for double checking and making sure that you have your plans right.  Upon ordering I was immediately contacted by Shelfstore with details of delivery within a few days. 
 

The shelving was all delivered on the promised date and straight away I set about putting it up.  
 

Each box was marked with the contents and the box containing the fittings was clearly marked - genius! 


Now I ought to say here that I actually planned to do this on a weekend where my husband was away, this could have been a complete disaster right?  But no, because of the amazingly simple system I had no issue at all in installing this shelving by myself.  The whole system is held in place by 3 wall brackets. So the only real 'diy' involved was for me to drill the 3 holes.  
 

The moveable shelves are held in place with metal brackets which are incredibly simple to attach and rest the shelf on. The facia was really easy to fit too, simply by screwing into the bottom shelf.
 

I had these shelves up in no time at all and only needed a screwdriver and drill to complete the project.  Sadly the room is so small I struggled to get photos good enough to do the system justice.  They are made of really high quality wood and look fab, I can wait to get some prettier storage containers on them.
 

As you can see, there's a very long way left to go, but I do now have somewhere to store my supplies, I'm now working on getting them organised, getting the bedding sorted out and setting up an 'office' area. 

Disclaimer: we were provided this shelving by Shelfstore in return for our honest review.


|REVIEW|blaze and the monster machines pre-party preparation

 
Join us this Wednesday - 16 March on twitter from 1pm - 3pm for the Blaze and the monster machines twitter party!
 
We've got some awesome Blaze toys to show you from the new range.
 
 
 
The Blaze die-cast vehicles retail at £4.99, are really high quality and well made by Fisher-Price, these are available in Argos and Smyth's Toys Superstores now.  These are available in all the monster machines characters. 
 
Blaze Turbo launcher - Ts favourite! This retails at £12.99 and comes with a blaze die-cast vehicle, the turbo launcher can also be used with any of the die-cast toys, making it a great versatile toy.  You can tilt the adjustable ramp to change Blaze's trajectory - great for teaching early maths!
 
And the transforming Blaze jet is lots of fun for little hands, with flying sounds and action phrases this is a great toy and retails at £19.99.
 
Also available from the Fisher-Price range are Talking vehicles, Slam and go vehicles and speedboat Blaze.
 
We'll show you the toys in action on Thursday after our Blaze and the Monster Machines party!


Our goody bags and toy launch pack are all ready for Wednesday.  We'll be sharing photo's from our party on Wednesday and will also have a round up blog post on Thursday showing a range of Stem Activities for kids based on Blaze and the Monster Machines.
 
Make sure you join us over on twitter using #NickJrBlaze and tune into an hour long special episode of Blaze and the Monster Machines on Nick Jr (Sky channel 615, Virgin 715 and Talk Talk 318) at 2pm.



|KMABC|rainbow cereal marshmallow snacks


It's T's turn for the kids make and bake club you tube channel today. 

He made these delicious rainbow cereal snacks, just perfect for a special treat!

You can subscribe to the Channel and watch our video below. 
 

|FOOD|vegetarian sausage rolls for the whole family



This is a great meat free recipe for all the family, personally they are my favourite type of vegetarian sausage roll as I'm not very keen on the cheese and onion rolls often offered as an alternative to meat. We've made snack sized rolls here, but you could double the ingredients and cut into 8 per length instead of 4 for a buffet, they freeze well and are fantastic for Christmas.

Ingredients (makes 8)

1 pack ready rolled puff pastry (you will only need 1/3)
1 egg, beaten to glaze
For the filling
130g fresh breadcrumbs
110g mature cheddar cheese, grated 
1 onion, grated
3-5 tbsp double cream
1/2 tbsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Method

Pre-heat oven to 220oC



1. Lay the pastry landscape in front of you (with the long edge facing you) cut the pastry into 3 pieces, you will only need 2 of these for this recipe *.


2. Mix all ingredients except egg together, the amount of cream you need will depend on the type of breadcrumbs you use as some bread soaks up more than others, start with 3 tbsp and add more as you need it, you shouldn't need more than 5.  You will need to get your hands in to mix this up and make it into a sausagemeat consistency.


3. Roll the filling into sausages the same length as the pastry.


4. Place one roll of filling onto one strip on pastry and brush egg along on side, roll the pastry to create a seal.



5. Making sure the seal is at the bottom, cut each length into 4 and brush with beaten egg.

6. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 mins.



* we added some cocktail sausages to our leftover piece to make some sausage rolls for the freezer.



You could also use this filling mix for our Sausage plait recipe.

We are joining the crafty kids at home 'cooking with kids' blog hop.