Mother's Day Dinner on Charlie Bingham's!

Hubby and discovered Charlie Bingham's meals on Valentine's Day. We'd bought two meals (although one is perfect for sharing), some wine and deserts to enjoy a quiet meal in together! The meal was delicious.
Imagine my delight when, for Mother's Day I was sent vouchers from Charlie Bingham's to chose another two meals. How lovely.
Hubby exchanged the vouchers for two meals. He chose Fish Pie and Spanish Chicken with Roasted Potatoes. Meals for two, we had one each.....just because we're little piggies! But we did eat together, in peace, with a glass of wine each and spent quality time eating two delicious meals.
UK based, Charlie Bingham's are from London and use the finest ingredients to make delicious meals, perfect for two. 
We're fan's of quality ready meals here, as hubby often works late or we eat at different times. Ready meals are therefore often quicker to pop into the oven or ping in the microwave at 21.30! Who wants to cook at that time of night.
There are many to chose from and they even do pies! The Fish pie was absolutely gorgeous......tasty succulent salmon, cod and smoked haddock in a parsley sauce with mashed potato and a cheese and breadcrumb topping. Such good comfort food! 
Hubby said the Spanish Chicken with Roasted Potatoes was just as delicious (even though I did slightly overcook the chicken. Whoops! 
The meals are cooked in their wooden trays (which are designed for the oven) and can be eaten straight from the trays alone or plated up with seasonal veg or salad.
If you fancy a night of no cooking except for popping a delicious meal into the oven then do give Charlie Bingham's a try! Available from most major supermarkets! 

Thanks so much, we loved my Mother's Day treat! 


Bob The Builder - Dig This DVD Giveaway!

With the Easter Holiday's fast approaching, you may like to know of a new DVD release! Something to keep the kids entertained if this gorgeous weather changes or they are in need of some quiet time.
Bob is back! With tools at the ready, the nation’s favourite builder returns with a new DVD collection of tales of teamwork and friendship “Bob the Builder – Dig This”, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 17th April.

Grab your tool belt and hard hat and join Bob and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and working together. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to get to work in Fixham and Spring City.

This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way. No project is too big or too small – from fixing a leaky roof to repairing a skyscraper. After all, the fun is in getting it done!

In Dig This, Team Bob are digging the foundations for a skyscraper in Spring City’s new business zone, but work has to stop when they come across some ancient Roman ruins.

This new collection features seven fun episodes: Dig This; Saffi’s Treehouse; Out of the Woods; Stormy Weather; Bear Mountain; Bentley’s Bones and Home on the Range.
You could win a copy of Bob The Builder - Dig This DVD by entering the giveaway via the rafflecopter form below. Just enter by Midnight Sunday April 16th 2017. T&C's apply. Open to UK residents only. Good Luck!
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#ThankGoodness for Dolmio!

Too busy to cook? Rather the kids eat their cooked meal at school or the family have a takeaway? I think all of the those apply to most of us from time to time! The added problem we have in this household is that, most night's either I'm at work or Hubby is. The monkey's therefore, often eat before we do. It's only once or twice a week we can all sit down to eat together as a family.

Mid week, last week was one of those days. I therefore decided to cook one of our favourite meals! Lasagna. Made my way (and according to hubby, THE BEST way!)

From the ingredients below I used the food that was kindly supplied by Dolmio to cook up a huge lasagna. Making my own cheese sauce (instead of a bechamel sauce) and using two jars of Original Dolmio, containing no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. Thank Goodness! 
I started by softening onion in a saucepan, adding some garlic and then browning the mince and some chopped pancetta - an extra ingredient to add a bit of flavour. Next I added diced mushrooms.
Then I added two jars of Original Dolmio sauce. 
Here's what is in one Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g Jar! 100% natural. "At least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal!"
I stirred the sauce into the meat, adding some more herbs, worcester sauce, brown fruity sauce, salt and pepper, then left it all to simmer.

Meanwhile I made the cheese sauce! Making a roux with the melted butter and some of the flour, I added milk and the remaining flour to the pan. Slowly bringing the sauce to the boil, whilst stirring and then simmering to thicken, I added lots of grated cheddar.
Once the sauce was ready and the meat had cooked, then cooled, I made the Lasagna up to pop into the oven. Layering the meat, sauce and lasagna sheets, ending up with a top layer of cheese sauce and more grated cheddar! Mmm.....Looking good, even though I say so myself! 
Whilst the lasagna baked in the oven for 45 minutes, I prepared a side salad and cooked up some garlic bread. Here's the finished dish ready to be devoured by the family!
Sitting at the table together we tucked into the delicious healthy mid week dish, grateful for Dolmio and the opportunity to enjoy a family meal together. Dolmio Thank Goodness!
The males even feature in a video clip we did, letting us know their thoughts on the meal! 

Please excuse the recorded Essex accent! I hate my voice....
Thanks to Dolmio (and my Lasagna making skills) we had a delicious meal! With the ingredients we were supplied I could have made another favourite...Spaghetti Bolognese or another meal I love.....Moussaka! The meals you can make using Dolmio sauces are endless.

This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness

For more information visit Dolmio or if you’re looking for mid-week meal inspiration check out the label on Dolmio jars.




Smurfs from Schleich - Smurf House Playset with Papa Smurf, Gargamel and Azrael - Review

Who remembers the Smurfs from their childhoods? They more recently featured in new Smurf movies and have another out this month - Smurfs: The Lost Village. We've been investigating the Smurf House Playset with Papa Smurf, Gargamel and Azrael from Schleich! 
Everyone's favourite blue characters are embarking on a whole new adventure this year in Smurfs: The Lost Village. Schleich's cute collectable range is the perfect way to recreate the blockbuster movie!

The Playset needs putting together upon opening the box. Aimed at 3-8 year olds, this does need doing by an adult. There are instructions in the box but I was able to fathom out how to put the set together without them. It was all pretty straightforward.
Each 'section' is bagged up and inside the mushroom roof of the house and the main body of it. Once 'constructed' it looks just like it does on the box. 
The pieces are plyable and largley slotted easily into place. The windows open and close and have shutters on. The roof lifts off. The shutters open and close too as does the front door! That also has a key in it which does 'lock' the door. 
The quality of the playset is very robust with great attention to detail. Each of the three charachters that come in the set are realistic. There's Papa Smurf, Gargamel and Azrael. Little monkey has been able to use his imagination to play with the characters and the house. He is 6. There are no lights or sounds, so therefore no batteries required, this playset is all about making your own fun with the characters and house. How cool does Papa Smurf look!
The playset is £29.99, which, considering the detail and quality of the toy, I believe is reasonable. Children can play with this set on it's own or add the other Schleich Smurf toys to recreate scenes from the film! 

It's a quirky toy with it's signature red mushroom roof, Papa Smurf, Gargamel and his cat Azrael. Personally I wasn't sure at first but I like it! Little monkey seems to too.

I think it will last a good while and be played with over and over. I'm hoping my niece will love it when she gets older too. You can see more Smurf toys available from Schleich by clicking the link above.

We were sent this set for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Happy Birthday Sam! NEW DVD RELEASE - Sam's Birthday - DVD Giveaway!

With Easter fast approaching, I've a new giveaway for you! It will keep the kids entertained for a while or make a great Easter gift.

Everybody’s favourite fireman is back with a new DVD collection of tales and rescue in “Fireman Sam – Sam’s Birthday”, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 3rd April 2017.
Join the ultimate hero next door and his crew for new, exciting adventures. Fireman Sam lives in the accident-prone town of Pontypandy, where he helps with fighting fires, manning the lifeboat, helping the mountain rescue, or joining up with the emergency medical services. With his colourful cast of helpers, he is always there to lend a hand!

In this new DVD release it’s Fireman Sam’s birthday and Charlie has asked Joe to make Sam a remote control model of Jupiter as a surprise present. At the Fire Station, Station Officer Steele has told Sam, as it’s his birthday, he should relax for the day. However, will the birthday party go ahead as planned for everyone’s favourite hero next door?

Episodes featured in this charming collection are:- Sam’s Birthday; Pontypandy in the Park; Paddle On; The Great Party Panic and Pizza Pandemonium

The monkeys used to love watching Fireman Sam (and still do from time to time). 

Enter the rafflecopter form below to try and win a copy of this new DVD RELEASE - Sam's Birthday! Just complete the form by the closing date (Midnight Sunday 2nd April 2017). T&C's apply. Open to UK residents only. Good luck!
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The Lion Guard Soft Plush Talking Toy

One of my all time favourite Disney films is The Lion King. Big monkey has watched it but cried. He was very upset. I'm hoping the spin off The Lion Guard, is less upsetting for the monkeys! We've not seen it at all yet but little monkey has taken a real shine to Kion. His new super plush talking toy.

The Lion Guard Talking Plush characters available from Just Play Flair are Kion and Bunga. The 30cm plush characters feature a light up 'Mark of the Guard' arm badge and four phrases that are unique to each character. 
Kion, the youngest child of Simba and Nala gathers a team of animals to protect the Pride Lands. His 'fearsome' open mouth pose makes him ready to roar and take on every Pride Land adventure.
Kion, the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala. Follow him as he tries to assemble a team of animals to protect the Pride lands - See more at: http://www.flairplc.co.uk/brands/Lion_Guard/#sthash.VUMXTxOU.dpuf
Kion, the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala. Follow him as he tries to assemble a team of animals to protect the Pride lands - See more at: http://www.flairplc.co.uk/brands/Lion_Guard/#sthash.VUMXTxOU.dpuf
Kion, the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala. Follow him as he tries to assemble a team of animals to protect the Pride lands -

He roars, laughs and recites two phases from The Lion Guard and also lights up on his 'Mark of the Guard' arm badge which you press to make him talk!
Kion is well made, super soft and very lovable. Suitable from age 3+ he is the perfect companion for any animal loving and Lion Guard loving little person.
He has an on/off switch under his tummy and must not be washed, just sponge clean only. Just £24.99, I think he is worth every penny! We love him! 

We were sent Kion for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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