Monday, 27 October 2008
am totally over the moon, she has worked hard for this, studying does not come easy to her, so tends to leave things to the last minute, lol
To train you have had to be working in a dental practice before they will let you join the course, so has been working full time for the last 3 years, but going to college in the evenings, but it has paid off and she's passed.
We celebrated with a Chinese takeaway, (which is always good for your teeth, lol)
WELL DONE SAM
we are all very, very proud of you xxx
Saturday, 25 October 2008
35g (12 oz) pork tenderloin or fillet cut into strips
1 large onion chopped
400g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes with herbs
150ml (1/4 pt) red wine
1 tbsp tomato puree
150ml (1/4 pt) hot vegetable stock
1 tsp dried Italian mixed herbs
225g (8 oz) mushrooms
2 courgettes, sliced thickly
2 tsp cornflour
Dry fry the pork and onions for 5 mins, then stir in the canned tomatoes, red wine, tomato puree, stock, herbs, mushrooms and courgettes. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 15 mins.
Blend the cornflour with a little water to make a paste and stir into the pork mixture, simmer uncovered, for 1-2 mins for sauce to thicken, season and serve.
We tend to have it with steamed rice and spring onions.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
That was over the I.O.W to a place called Little Canada, here's the double layout I did of some of the photos.
I've not made a layout of that one yet, as still waiting for the photo CD from school, again posted about how I felt at the time which is here
It also means a lot to 'us' parents of a 'special child' too, as with our older children they often go away or stay with their friends but we NEVER thought we could say that with our younger ones. Steven gets so excited when he sees his friends, we go bowling, to the gym, pub lunches etc. together, but never thought they would have a sleepover or holiday together without their parents.
So when I do a layout for this holiday it will be extra special as it will be the first and probably the last time the three go away together as even though the school are making this annual school trip for the 6th form, Nick leaves school next year and Steven and Chris in 2010.
so that is why 'us' parents are ALL skipping the country
but all in different directions, the others are off to Portugal and Barcelona, lol
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
so thought it was well overdue...
...we are off over to Paris via the channel tunnel, sorry did I forget to say Clive's friend is English, but living in France with his wife and daughter...
don't you just love kids
Monday, 13 October 2008
and this is it opened...
It's called a Squash Book
Again like the dotee doll, it's a thing I would love to try, but not sure I'll have the patience. It was a lovely surprise, thank you Gina, it takes pride of place on my dresser in my lounge, along with my dotee doll. Which is right next to the chair that I live in while on my laptop, lol
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
It's funny, was reading a post by jenni on do-crafts saying
"who's MAKING who's BUYING??
meaning who was buying or making their Christmas cards, well she mentioned she was using a kit from QVC the HOT of The Press Cardmakers Personal Shopper, where you get everything to make 88 cards, and I thought what a great idea, the kit sounded good.
It was only later while cooking tea, that I remembered I'd already had this kit had got it from QVC ages ago, and forgotten all about it, lol (don't laugh Susan, just cos you've started using your TSV)
So thanks to Jenni, have dug it out, and hoping to start my Christmas cards in the near future, lol.
so watch this space....
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
A dotee doll from Sue (bubbles) who is a member on do-crafts scrapbook forum, and I must say it's even nicer in the flesh, the photo does not do it justed.
The chain stitch and the beads are all hand sown, all the work that has gone in it is unbelievable, it's absolute gorgeous, the tag says...
love, friendship and joy!
Thank you so much Sue, I felt the sparkly vibes and love from it as soon as I opened the envelope, it was just what I needed today, thank you so much.
Oh yes, if you want to know more about these dotee dolls, check out Sues blog on the left but also http://dotslifeandart.blogspot.com/ where they first originated from...
Sunday, 5 October 2008
6 Shallots, halved
450g (1lb) boneless chicken breast, cubed
100g (3 1/2oz) lean smoked bacon, diced
200g (7oz) button mushrooms
425ml (3/4 pint) hot chicken stock
150ml (1/4 pint) full bodied dry red wine
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
Dry-fry the chicken and the bacon in a non-stick saucepan for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the mushrooms and the shallots to the chicken, together with a couple of tablespoons of stock.
Cook briskly for 2 minutes, then reduce the heat and pour on the remaining stock and wine.
Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, thyme and a little seasoning to taste.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, and serve.
We have mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables with it, YUM
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Yesterday we had Stevens Harvest Festival and Jeans for Genes day at school, which both Clive and I attended, it was not the usual bring some food, as last year Stevens school took to adopt a Special Needs school in Giana, so we donate thing that we would take for granted, like pencils, paper, crayons, etc. It was lovely cos this year the pupils of the school in Giana had sent letters, pictures, photos and even some of their textile work that they make and sell to fund the school, it was lovely display.
Afterwards Clive and I stopped off at B&Q to get some guttering, as we had this idea that when we had our new shed built and fitted last year, we would put guttering up so the rain water can run into a water butt on one side and fix it to a water tube system to feed our trees on the other, so thought we had better get it started, well you cannot rush these things you know, lol
Got all the bits and pieces, and Clive set to work this morning and YEAH got the side with the water butt finished...
(notice the pieces of wood down the side on the floor, well they are there for a reason, it's to stop our tortoises hiding under and behind the shed, lol).
Didn't want to over do things, so we gave the other side a miss today, as it got b****y cold out there, and had also started raining, (at least we know that side works, lol). Also we need the trees to be trimmed before we can fix up the other side.
...and now as I write this, I'm boiling, as this afternoon, we turned the heating on and all the rads on high for half an hour, we were told to do this every couple of months, as it keep the system clear,
boy am I hot, cannot win, lol
off to do tea now, tagliatelle with meatballs and a glass (or two) of black tower rose,
Thursday, 2 October 2008
I remember being quite pleasantly surprised when they rang, saying that the database has chosen him to be one of their mascots for the Leicester City game, then the panic set in, they didn't know about his special needs. So I told them that he cannot be left on his own, (even though he was 12 years old). I needn't have worried they were great, said I could have the kit before hand (usually all the mascots get changes in the changing room before the game, then the parents disappear till the end of the game) and I could stay with him the whole time, even walking out onto the pitch if need be.
They really put themselves out for us, making us fit in and so did all the other mascots, this is what is wrote on the page..
Steven was chosen to be a
It was a rainy day so no pre-match kick around,
But in all a VERY emotional day,
with both Leicester City and Portsmouth supporters
giving him a standing ovation, as
we trailed behind the other mascots.
He held hands with no. 4 Boris Zivkovic
and shook hands with both
Teddy Sherringham and Muzzy Izzet
We lost 2-0 but it was still a day to
and I was their OLDEST, lol (and proud of it, lol)
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Oh yes didn't get to watch any QVC through the day, think Clive was secretly happy though, in fact never saw any of craft day till late in the evening, saying that, it didn't stop me ordering the TSV and some rotating stamps, lol (but don't tell Clive, he he he, saying that he will be here when they get delivered, oh well that's life).
Had a few chilled out hours earlier this evening, as Steven went out with his sessional worker Claire for tea, (he goes out with her for 3 hours a week for social skills), we have been lucky we get this help. I use to use the time to take Sam to orthodontic appointments, help her with homework, do tea etc. so it didn't really feel that we had a break, but thank goodness those days are over now... basically now there is no need to take Sam anywhere as she can drive herself, and as for tea we eat what we enjoy and what I know Steven would not like, like HOT chilli tacos, OK Sam does not like it either, but at 21 feel she can sort herself out now and again, lol
So we can make the most of having a few free hours of not watching/entertaining Steven, Clive and I have it off to a 'T', he makes the chilli, while I do the yogurt herb dip and dice the cucumber, tomatoes and spring onions up for side dishes, you might think I get the easy job, but the dip is freshly made from the herbs from our garden, so they have to be picked washed and chopped, honest, OK I do buy the natural yogurt, (as gave my yogurt maker away a few years ago, lol) so I think Clive gets the easy part, lol.
By working together, we get time to sit down, relax, have some 'us' time and eat something we both enjoy, oh yes and enjoy a glass of wine (or two).
...and Steven gets to go out without his mum, which seeing by the way he runs out the house waving goodbye, think he enjoys a lot, lol