Last night, both of my daughters were invited to different ‘sleep overs’ with their friends.
It seemed very strange to see their beds empty and I missed them so much. I suppose I was bound to miss them, as in fourteen years this has only happened once before. I wondered if this empty feeling is how you feel when your children all finally leave the nest?
In the end, after much discussion, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to an evening in front of the TV, with a chinese takeaway. We can’t usually have a takeaway, due to my youngest daughters dairy intolerance, which of course saves us money, but as she was away we thought it would be a really nice treat.
The takeaway totalled £14.20 for the two of us and it was really nice. There was more than enough for two of us. However, I felt really sick about an hour after eating it. I don’t know if it was too fatty, or I ate too much, or something just didn’t agree with me, but I also felt ill all the way through the night. As well, we both spent the whole night feeling thirsty, which must be due to the high salt content. I wonder if our tastes have changed, as it’s so long since we have had a chinese takeaway?
So this morning I didn’t go to my allotment.
I always put my washing machine on very early in the morning, as we have ‘economy 7’. This means that our electricy is cheapest for seven hours during the night. So I make sure I also use my dishwasher, mobile phone chargers, etc. early in the morning for the same reason.
It was a beautiful sunny morning so when I started to feel better, I hung my washing out to dry. This is something I always do unless it rains.
I love to see my washing drying outside on the line. I don’t know why, but stupidly I always feel that everything is ok in the world when my washing is out. It always smells so fresh when it’s dry and I find it easier to iron when it’s been on my line and not tumble dried (but it must be noted that my tumble drier isn’t very good).
My youngest daughter then had her friends round for lunch.
Instead of making sandwiches, I made them all ‘pizza toast’. It’s so easy to make and is a tasty quick lunch to have.
All you do is lightly toast some bread on both sides and then spread it with tomato puree. Then put a covering of grated cheddar cheese on and a sprinkling of dried basil and oregano and toast it again until the cheese bubbles and melts.
The kids seemed to love it.
For pudding I made some gingerbread men. Again they are very easy and the kids all seemed to enjoy them. Below is how I made them. I managed to make 17 men with my recipe:
Gingerbread Men Recipe
400g self raising flour
3 teaspoons of ground ginger
100g caster sugar
3 tablespoons of golden syrup
glace cherries and currants to decorate
Preheat your oven Gas 3 / 160C / 325F
Put the flour, and ginger in a bowl and mix
Warm the margarine, sugar and syrup over a low heat and when melted, add to the flour and ginger and mix well
Knead lightly with your hands and then roll out on a floured board.
Cut the shapes out with a cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.
Use currants for the eyes and buttons and a piece of glace cherry for the mouth, by pushing them into the uncooked biscuits
Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on their thickness.
Allow to cool on a wire rack
(the biscuits will be soft when they first come out of the oven, but will become stiff when they are cool)
**A good tip = heat your tablespoon before using it for the syrup, as it slides off the spoon easily when it is hot**
That’s it for today.
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