Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tortillas and Crackers - A Review Post

The children and I just got back from a lovely family break at Center Parcs Woburn.  

We had a great time but there was a lot of prep to do beforehand.  We had to decide between spending more to eat out each night and for snacking or to pack some things to take along with us and save us some money, we decided on a bit of both.

I was lucky enough to have received some lovely goodies from both Santa Maria and Thomas J Fudge which accompanied us on the journey.  

The Santa Maria goodies are products I've used before and come back to time and time again.  They are good value for money, the seasoning mix is around £1.79 and tortillas are available at £1.59 prices may vary).  I used these items to prepare the teen a Quorn and avocado wrap for lunch and the teen boys in our group ate salsa on almost everything.

The meal was really easy to prepare and the seasoning gave the Quorn a mild spicy flavour that was very enjoyable.

I left the Thomas J Fudge items on the main table for group snacking in the hopes I could receive some non solicited, honest opinions.  

Some of the words that were used to describe them were, ''Moreish, tasty, addictive, and strangely addictive."  These comments were mostly in reference to the Punchy Jalapeno flavour and the Thai Chilli flavour mini wafers but the Almond & Cranberry and Hazelnut & Apple crackers were also amongst the favourites.  

Thomas J Fudge are a bit more of a luxury brand than my usual crackers and are priced in the region of £2.25 - £4 per pack, but are well worth it for a treat.  These savoury snacks would make a great accompaniment to a cheese and wine night or as one of the boxes (Sunflower & Caraway, my new favourites) suggests, "Topped with a sumptuous slab of pâté."

This is a review post, all opinions are my own.  I have been given the food items for the purpose of this review. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Glimmers Of Sunshine

This week has been an interesting one, as far as my mood goes I've been a storm with glimmers of sunshine, so there is hope for me yet.  As far as activities go we've pretty much stayed close to home and had a few family days, including a trip to the theatre to watch Wicked, which by the way was exactly that, it was so good that even the little prince, who I half expected to fall asleep, watched until the end and spoke about how much he enjoyed it.  It was also a day where I got the opportunity to take out my DSLR and get some cute snaps of my two gorgeous children even if I do say so myself).

The boy will not stay still

A natural

Friday saw my little prince turn 5 years old, we all had a fantastic day and he kept saying it was, "The best day ever." His Gambado's party was full of fun and watching him and his friends play was the cutest thing ever.

 The only thing that hurt a little was that morning he kept saying, "I wish Darrell was alive."  
If this were the only time he said it probably wouldn't affect me much but he says it ALL THE TIME.  He says it as soon as he wakes up, he says it during his breakfast, he says it whilst brushing his teeth, he even says it whilst he's sat on the loo.  It's been just over 10 months since Darrell died and as selfish as this might be I don't want to be reminded every second that he's not with us anymore, it makes me feel physically sick, like someone is swinging my stomach around inside me and refusing to let go until I'm left with a dizzy stomach on the verge of falling over.  It does make me wonder how the teen feels, after all it is her who has lost a father, who, like me, was also one of her best friends.  For now my only response when the prince says it for the millionth time is, "I know son, we all do."

On another completely separate note, the teen and I will be completing the muddy run in September and would love to get a few sponsors so if you're feeling generous visit our just giving page and show your support x