Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Another Milestone!

Over the last few weeks Lottie has been hitting milestones at an incredibly fast pace, and whilst I'm happy and pleased for her, I also feel I am in a little bit of mourning. Lottie, being my second and last child, is my baby, I hold her very close to my heart and if I'm honest, I've tried to keep her as my baby, if you look at her I doubt you would think she is two and a half because she is dinky and has very little hair!

Getting ready to go into Preschool for the 1st Time

I recall when Ruby was a similar age to Lottie I used to encourage her to reach milestones and I was on the look out for the next milestones and eagerly awaited her to reach it. I feel completely different with Lottie; I don't look forward to her hitting milestones, I mourn when she reaches one and grieve for the time that has passed by as I know there is no going back. I don't look back on my girls life's and regret anything I look back with very fond memories that I really wish to cling onto so that I don't ever lose them.

As many readers may know I had a knee operation last month and my wonderful husband has had to take on so many roles and I am so incredibly grateful as I do not know how our girls or I would have managed without him. During the week after my operation my husband, off his own back, managed to successfully potty train Lottie, teach her to drink out of cups rather than beakers and she now only has a dummy at night. I was amazed at all my husband has achieved, it goes to show that fathers can do what us mums can do when they put their mind to it! 

This week was another big milestone for Lottie she started at the local preschool, it was a day I knew was coming but it's approached far too quickly for my liking; maybe it's because I've been so focused on my own recovery that I've lost track of time. 

I've been talking to Lottie about preschool and she's been getting more and more excited and each day this last week she's been asking if today was the day she can go to preschool. Today was that day, she walked into the preschool and without even asking she took off her coat and ran off to play! I knew Lottie was a confident child but I had hoped that she would look back and miss me a little; but from what the staff said she didn't miss me at all! 

Lottie told me she had a lovely day and that she had done a drawing, a painting, played outside, played with a doctors set, had a drink and a breadstick, and finally listened to a story and sang some songs! All of this was done in two hours, it's easy to see why she fell asleep so quickly this evening. Before she went to bed she asked if she could go to preschool tomorrow? 

It's safe to say she's settled in very easily at preschool and whilst I'm happy, I wish my baby would stay little for just a little bit longer. 


Monday, 16 February 2015

Pancakes!

I was recently approached by the lovely people behind the Heston Blumenthal Precision range of cookware and asked if I would like to review some of their products:

Heston Blumenthal Precision Kitchen Scale


Heston Blumenthal Precision Professional Whisk and Heston Blumenthal Multipurpose Spatulas



Given that it is Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a Pancake Day!) tomorrow, I thought it would be a great excuse to make some of my delicious pancakes.

Here is my recipe:


 Ingredients
  • 100g Flour
  • 300ml Semi-skimmed Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 25g Butter


Method

1. Pour flour into a large mixing bowl and add the salt


2. Make a "well" in the centre of the mix and crack the eggs into it


3. Add 100ml of milk and whisk until firm


4. Slowly whisk in the remaining milk


5. Melt the butter in a pan and pour into pancake mix

 

6. Put the pancake mix in the fridge to chill for half an hour

7. Fry and serve. 


They were a big hit in our house!
 


The slick and smart compact scale has a stainless steel load plate, large and clear backlit display and unit switching between weight and volume (both metric and imperial). The scale has a resolution of 5Kg x 0.5g which is perfectly adequate for cooking. I was very impressed with it, particularly when I used it to measure out the milk; it perfectly matched the guide on my measuring jug.

I was very impressed with the large professional spec whisk (7.5cm diameter balloon), it felt very nice to use and is solidly build compared to others that I have used. 

The dual ended, non stick and heat proof spatulas worked well for making the mix, but I found them a little too chunky for flipping the pancakes; I think they are better suited to baking.

Both the Whisk and Spatulas are dishwasher safe, which is an absolute must in our household! 

The precision range of kitchenware can be purchased from various retailers including www.selfridges.com and www.amazon.co.uk.

Overall I was very impressed with the range of cookware.

Ruby + Lottie Rating: 8/10

Disclaimer: I was given these items to review for free, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.