Tuesday, 13 February 2018


Luke was very excited when it started snowing on Sunday night and was quickly outside in the dark making snowballs. On Monday morning he was outside at 7am making a snowman with Mark!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge

I don't usually buy ready meals but with work being so busy and William now at college our teatimes are getting later. When I saw the BritMums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge I thought it might be fun to take part and see what the chicken burgers were like.

We went to Tesco to pick up the Rustlers chicken burgers and also bought the ingredients to transform them into "gourmet burgers"

Luke is quite a burger connoisseur, he always chooses a burger if we go out for a meal so he was quite excited about creating his own meal. He decided to have his burger with coleslaw, corn and salad and started by toasting some pine nuts to put on his salad.

Whilst they were cooling he made the coleslaw, we bought a large red cabbage, carrots and onion and he peeled and chopped them before putting them in a bowl. Normally I would just add salad cream but we found a coleslaw dressing when we were shopping so we thought we would give that a try instead.

Once the coleslaw was made he started preparing the salad. We bought some iceberg lettuce and baby cucumbers and then added some red pepper that we already had in the fridge. 

He then read the instructions on the packet and put the burgers in the microwave. Rather than heating the bun in the microwave we opted to toast the buns which made them taste nicer.

The burgers were really quick to heat in the microwave, only taking 1 and a half minutes to cook, perfect for a snack for the boys!

For the salad he had, lettuce, grated beetroot, peppers, a baby cucumber and added croutons, the toasted pine nuts and a honey and mustard dressing. He also cooked some corn on the cob meaning he got more than his "5 a day" in this meal alone.

The burgers come with a relish so he added this to his burger and said it was absolutely delicious!

The burgers are quick and easy to make but as my lot have huge appetites they aren't enough for a main meal but they would be handy to have in the fridge for a quick and easy lunch. They cost £2.50 so why don't you pop to Tesco and try the Burger Hacking Challenge yourself and see what you can come up with.

This post is an entry for BritMums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, sponsored by Rustlers

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Happy Birthday Dad

Dad was 70 today, a birthday that none of ever thought he would ever see. He has been ill for a very long time and I remember us having a 48th party as he never thought he would make 50 and here we are 22 years later celebrating his 70th! Mum has been very busy making a delicious buffet with lots of delicious food and plenty of cakes and puddings. Daisy is 8 tomorrow so there was even a cake for her which she was thrilled with. Dad couldn't blow his candles out so Daisy stepped in for him.

Blackpool Winter Gardens

As reviewers for What' s Good To Do we regularly go and see shows at Blackpool Opera House.  When we heard they were having an open day we decided that it would be very interesting to go behind the scenes and explore the Grade 2 listed building. 

We have been in a few of the different areas in the complex but this was the first time we had been in the Spanish Suite and we were both amazed at the detailed decoration. There were plenty of informative banners to read and all the staff were very knowledgeable about the venue. We especially enjoyed looking at the blueprints and drawings that were displayed in the Arena.

The plaster work was incredible, we have been in the Galleon Bar many times and it never crossed my mind that all the woodwork wasn't really woodwork! It was quite a surprise when we read the information sheet and discovered that it was all amazing plaster work! I didn't manage to get a picture in there but this is a picture of some of the plaster work in the Baronial Hall so you can see how good it is.

There was a beautiful Art Deco room next to one of the bar areas and the carpet had been pulled back in another to show an Art Deco tiled floor.

It was very interesting walking onto the stage and seeing it completely bare of all scenery and being able to look out into the audience and see the whole theatre. We were able to go beneath the stage and see the stage lift and also peep inside the dressing rooms.

The Empress Ballroom is an amazing room and is currently being renovated. There are a lot of tiled panels which were done by the company that later became Royal Doulton.

 We really enjoyed exploring Blackpool's Winter Gardens and if you ever get the chance it is definitely worth a visit.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Games Night - Logo - What Am I?

Last week we played LOGO What Am I? on our Sunday night games night. 

LOGO What Am I? has the same core elements as the original LOGO board game but in place of the trivia, it challenges you in a number of different ways: Describe it! Guess it! Draw it!

The cards have a variety of random items listed like brands of food, high street shops and everyday household items and depending on which space on the board you land on you have to either describe the item by drawing it, describing it or only answering yes or no to the questions you are asked.

We enjoyed playing the game and even managed to guess some of Luke's drawings! 

Hair Straighteners

Harry Potter

Christmas Wreath

The Christmas wreath that I normally hang on my front door was looking very shabby so I decided that I needed a new one this year. I looked at the local garden centres and they were quite expensive so I decided I would have a go at making one. I bought a willow heart from a local discount shop and then armed with a pair of secateurs went down the field in search of holly and greenery.

There was plenty of holly but the birds had eaten most of the berries, I did find an odd branch with one berry on so I ended up picking the last of the rose hips to add a little bit of colour to the wreath.

I threaded the stems into the willow frame and I think it looked very effective and Christmassy. It cost a fraction of the price of the ones in the shops and I had the satisfaction of knowing I made it myself. Our front door is quite sheltered so it still looks nice after a couple of weeks and I can reuse the willow heart next year.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Review - Level Preston

A What's Good to Do Review

On Tuesday evening we went to Preston’s latest entertainment venue - Level, a part of the Guild Hall Complex. The traffic was horrendous and we didn't think we would make it on time but as we know Preston we manged to do a few detours round the back streets and finding a convenient parking space close to the Guild Hall meant we made it on time! 

As its name suggests the venue is split over three levels offering a range of different activities. On Level 1 you can play Laser Tag, Crazy Golf, Arcade Games or sing in one of the Karaoke Booths. Level 3 hosts an assault course and Level 2 is the new 10 pin bowling alley which we had been invited to review. Level is the latest addition to the Preston Guild Hall complex which is the brainchild of local businessman Simon Rimmer. He has totally revamped the Guild Hall and returned it to its former glory. A good mix of restaurants and bars makes it a great place to spend an evening. For those who knew Preston many years ago, Level is where the old Morrisons used to be in the Guild Hall arcade. 

The venue hosts 8 lanes, 6 available to anybody with another two in the VIP private function area called “Spare Room.” This area is available to hire separately and has plenty of comfy looking sofas which would be perfect for larger groups of friends or parties.  The VIP area has waiter service and you even have your own choice of music to personalise your event! Unlike many other bowling alleys Level avoids the loud music and even louder colour schemes and goes for a much more sumptuous “Grown Up” decor. Whilst children are welcome I can see this becoming a popular part of Preston’s nightlife.

I was really impressed when we walked inside; there was plenty of seating as you entered with a nice looking bar area. As this is a new venue everything was lovely and shiny and the bowling lanes looked stunning. It was a really nice change to bowl in such lovely surroundings and be able to buy decent food rather than the normal burger and fries! The Mundo Street Kitchen offers a range of American, Mexican and Spanish dishes at reasonable prices. The menu has something for everyone with burgers, hot dogs and steaks and a good range of nibbles and side dishes.

The touch screen control panels were easy to use and you could choose to add the buffers at any point in the game. We started without them but after the first go when both his balls rolled down the gutter Luke decided that he might have more of a chance if he used them! We all enjoyed playing 10 pin bowls and found it was a much more pleasant environment with only having 8 lanes. Whilst we were there, 4 lanes were in use and there seemed to be the right amount of bowling balls to suit everyone, we only used the lighter balls but there were also plenty of the heavier ones still on the racks behind us.
In addition to the bowling lanes the second level also has the Brooklyn Sports Bar, and Pointers & Co, a games room that offers darts, pool and shuffleboard.

Off peak bowling which is Monday to Thursday 10-5pm costs £6 for adults and £4 for children and peak time (everyday 5pm-close and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday) is £8 for adults and £6 for children.
We had a great night out and I’m sure it won’t be long before we return.

We received one game of bowling for the purpose of the review but all words and images are our own.