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Banana and Blueberry Pancakes

My kids absolutely love cooking with me, but often they’ll get bored before the process is done, and  they’ll ALWAYS grumble for the entire hour or so that it takes the cake to bake. But thanks to A Girl Called Jack, I’ve discovered a recipe that is short and easy enough that they can pretty much do it all themselves – and has the added bonus of having a cooking time of just a few minutes. Best of all from my point of view, it’s a one-bowl recipe – so without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Banana and Blueberry Pancakes!

First, take 2 bananas and chop into slices and then quarters, before sticking them in a bowl with a couple of handfuls of blueberries.

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Next, add 200g of self raising flour, and mix until the bananas and blueberries are well coated.

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Add 2 eggs and 200ml milk:

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And mix together until there are no lumps of flour and the batter has turned a pleasing shade of blue!

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Finally, melt a tiny bit of butter in a flat pan, and get cooking! I used a tablespoon of batter per pancake, as suggested by A Girl called Jack in the original recipe, which means I could cook three pancakes at a time:

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The pancakes  take two or three minutes on each side; and if you stack them up on a warm plate and cover them with tinfoil, they’ll stay hot until you serve them – we had squeeze honey with ours but you could always add a bit of zing with some lemon and sugar, or even go for maple syrup if you’re feeling flush.

Banana and Blueberry Pancakes

The five of us ate these for breakfast this morning, though next time I’d increase the quantities as we could all definitely have eaten more!

**This recipe is based on A Girl Called Jack’s Banana Pancakes – there’s loads more ace and very cheap recipes on her blog if you’re looking for inspiration!**

Banana and Blueberry Pancakes – What you’ll need: (serves 4)

2 bananas
A good handful of blueberries – we used frozen ones
200g self raising flour (or use plain, with a teaspoon of baking powder or bicarb)
2 eggs
200ml milk
Butter or oil to grease the pan
Honey to serve

Mixing bowl
Metal spoon for mixing
Pancake pan
Spatula or other flipping implement
Warm plate & tin foil

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
Jessie, Woody and Buzz

We’ve been trying to take our minds off this horrible weather by talking about what we’re each looking forward to later on this year…the kids are excited about various things, from our camping trip to Dartmouth (not till it’s MUCH warmer mind) to getting their own bedrooms when the House Project is completed (haven’t quite broken it to them that it’ll be next year rather than this…)

The one thing that’s causing the most excitement, for my lovely girl especially, is our trip to see Disney on Ice presents World of Fantasy. This show, which promises to be absolutely spectacular, is coming to Cardiff in April, as the last stop on a tour of the UK which takes in Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow and London on the way. We’ve never been to a live Disney show before, or a show on ice for that matter, and it’s fair to say we’re pretty excited about both!

The show itself is based around an adventurous journey by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, who turn to Goofy and Donald Duck for some roadside assistance when their car breaks down…I don’t think I’ll be giving too much away if I tell you that this particular ‘A’ team did not manage to get the car moving again without some assistance from the coolest of the Disney Cars!

As well as those Cars, the worlds of The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3 and my girl’s favourite, Tinkerbell are all interwoven into the show – meaning that there’s something for Disney fans of all ages. Creating sets for all these very different worlds can be no mean feat – and probably explains why the show needs no less than thirteen trucks to get it from place to place!

It’s fair to say we’re really looking forward to our first Disney show…if it sounds like fun to you, why not visit the Disney on Ice website, where you can find out more about the show and book tickets for any of the UK venues.

**Disclaimer – We have been kindly invited to ‘Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy’ by Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the crew**

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy


Small Things #2

Morning morning from Mrs Chirpy Face here! Time for Small Things #2 🙂

Sorry. I know I shouldn’t be chirpy so early in the day. It’s not right, and it’s just plain inconsiderate. But there it is, and here I am!

I’m feeling all chirpy because this week is the start of my new life/work balance. I’ve blogged before about how working 4 days a week was proving counterproductive for our family. So after the Christmas break I went to see my boss to give my notice in.  The intention was to go back on the payroll at our shop for a couple of days a week, sorting out our neglected website and social media presence, and then  trying to cobble together enough freelance bits and pieces to give me another day, thus getting to the Holy Grail of the three day week, which is what seems to work for us at this stage of the kids’ lives.

It’s taken a few weeks to iron everything out but the upshot is that I have now been given a new one day a week contract at work! This is brilliant as I like my employer, and I like the work I do, and also it takes the pressure off with scrabbling for freelance assignments when I’m not qualified to do anything, at all.

There is one fly in the ointment, which is the skint thing. This reorganisation dramatically and scarily reduces my take home pay. And that kind of brings me on to the Small Thing (since technically reorganising my work life is a Big Thing and so I’m not sure qualifies for the MummyNeverSleeps Small Thing Linky).

So my Small Thing is this: Right after gave my notice in, our car died (permanently) and my son brought home a letter about a school residential trip. Both those things come with bills attached and as yet I haven’t figured out how we are going to pay for either of them. Huh? Where’s the Small Thing in that sentence, I hear you cry….well, reader(s), the small thing is the word AFTER.

Because if these bills had arrived before I gave my notice in, I probably would have been ruled by my head and not done it at all. But my heart and my gut – and my kids reactions – tells me that skint or not skint, bills or no bills, I have done the right thing.

So there you have it. Small Thing #2, brought to you by the word ‘after’.

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