Pitta bread Pizza 

Like most kids my children LOVE pizza and are regularly asking if we can order one from local takeaway or Domino’s. They will be happy with frozen pizza’s and we have even got the make your own pizza bases. 

The problem is I always end up over cooking the frozen and premade pizzas or they will be just right on out side and soggy in middle.

I believe it must be a fine art when trying to prefectly cook a prepacked pizza and it is a skill I am seriously lacking on.

That’s why when I saw a close friend posting a picture of her kids and the pitta bread pizza’s I was amazed and excited at the idea and was eager to try it myself.  The great thing about pitta bread pizza is you can make loads of little individual pizzas and they can all have different toppings. So no one has to pick the bits they don’t like out before eating.

To make pitta bread pizza’s you need these ingredients: 

 

  • Pitta bread – a pack of 6 for 49p
  • Cheese – we only used half this pack. £1.09
  • Peppers – pack 3 for £1
  • Tomato purée – 50p
  • Chorizo – £1
  • 1 Onion – 10p

(The little smiling girl isn’t needed for the recipe but she really like to help with cooking and have her picture taken)

Which means this whole meal that feeds 5 to 6 people costs £4.18.

Of course you will needs herbs and seasoning to sprinkle on top. We used Oregano, Basil and Pepper.

Making the pizza’s is so simple that even the children can do it. My kids love creating their own pizza’s especially E (who was my little helper making them today).

So here is what you have to do.

  • First wash and slice up your onion, peppers and grated your cheese.
  • Then remove pitta breads from the packaging and squirt on a blob of tomato purée on to the pitta bread. 
  • Spread the tomato purée evenly around the pitta bread. (I find using the back of a tea or table spoon works better at spreading then a knife).  
  • Next you open the chorizo and start adding your desired toppings to your pizza.  
  • Once you have everything places in your pizza, top with cheese and place on a grill pan.
  • Before you place the pizza’s up the grill sprinkle on a few herbs to give added flavour.  (this was E’s favourite part!)
  • Then place under the medium heat grill until cheese has melted and the edges are golden brown. So about 5-10 minutes.

I tend to accompany the pizza’s with carrot and cucumber sticks, sliced tomato, olives or a little side salad. But best of all is the fact that pitta bread pizza’s are healthier the take out pizza, it great fun for the kids to learn about different foods and toppings plus it kind to your purse.

Pitta bread pizza’s have become a firm favourite in our house and the kids regularly have them for lunch and even sometimes for tea.

Have you ever tried pitta beard pizza’s?

Nikki x 

We went on a bear hunt!

After being inspired by the children’s new favourite book.  

I decided that this half term we would go on our own little bear hunt. This meant us going on a walk down into the wood near my house while reciting the story repeatedly and while I tried to snap as many picture as I could. Plus it meant I got to final test out the back sling I brought to carry Baby in.

The weather has been very bloody beautiful this week and has been a welcomed changed because it meant that our walk wouldn’t be put on hold. I arranged a day out with a friend and her children, but the original plan was changed and we instead decide to packed a picnic and go on a adventure. 

OUR HUNTERS!   

We were all really excited to go for a hike around the woods. Even Baby was excited and was loving her new carrier. So off we set, with our picnic packed the kids raring to go and everyone excited for the fun.

“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.” 

 

“We’re Going To Catch A BIG One.”   

 “What A Beautiful Day!”

 “We’re Not Scared.” 

 

We had great fun and we ticked most of the books adventures, like mud, forest, a little beck (almost a river). Lucky for us there wasn’t a snowstorm or any dark caves. 

Sadly we didn’t find any bears but we saw sheep, cows, horses and a cute family of donkeys. 

 

We managed to get round our walk and at end we worked out that we had all managed to do about 4 miles and were completely exhausted. But like kids do they some how managed to find loads of energy just as we got home to sit down. 

It was then that the boys asked if they could have a camp out. I thought why not the weather is lovely and I knew our tents needed to be aired out soon. (It had been a few years) 

So we got out a tent and put it up in the garden.

 

The boys wanted a camp fire to roast marshmallows but that wasn’t possible, instead we managed to talk them into a BBQ for tea.

They seemed happy with them. 

Soon it was time for my friend and her girls to leave, Hubby and our girls went to bed. Which left me and the boys to try to snuggle down and get comfy in the tent in the garden. 

 

As you can tell they were very happy and really excited. 

When I first agreed to the idea of camping in the garden I had seriously thought that they would have been happy to sit in tent, tell ghost stories and then realise it was cold, uncomfy (my air bed bust a few years back, so we were sleeping on just hard ground) and that they would want to crawl back into their own beds in time for me to curl up on sofa and watch Scandal.

I was very wrong and we stayed out there all night. They even stayed out there this morning when I had finally decided I could pretend to sleep anymore an I needed the loo and then a coffee!

I was happy to see they loved camping as much as I normally do. Hopefully next year when baby is a little older we can look into booking a family camping holiday.

Do you ever acted out your kids books?

Have you ever camped in the garden?

Nikki x

Ps, sorry it’s such a photo heavy post but I hope you enjoyed it.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Yes, they’re all mine!

As a mother to 4 and a step mum to 2, my family is classed as a “large family” and because of this people I know, strangers on the bus, in shops or on the street and even sometime professionals feel they have a right or needs to pass comments or judgements over me and my family.
Saying stuff like “You have your hands full”, “Don’t you own a TV?” or “Haven’t you got enough!”. These are normally quickly followed by the question “Are you having anymore?”. (This is normally said as they pull a face like they have smelt or tasted something terrible!) 

Most of time I can easily ignore these comments and just right them off as people trying to be funny or ignorant. Even if it does really worry me when random strangers or people that I barely know insinuate that my hubby and I are baby making machines!

The worst I have had is when people I thought were my friends make annoying accusations that I only have “so many children” so that I don’t have to work and I can sponge off benefits or my husband! (Who works full time I might add)

Those types of comments tend to take a little more to forgive or forget. Instead I choose to ignore them because I don’t feel the need to live my life or raise my family the way other people think I should. 

My family and I don’t want to fit into the norm because we want to be ourselves!  And I love them for that.

In all honesty I never thought I would have a big family. As a teenager I didn’t even want children but at the crazy age of 16 I found myself pregnant. It wasn’t planned and at the time I thought my life was over. Luckily as my bump grew, so did I and by the time I was 17 I gave birth to my eldest son T. It was then that I feel in love with motherhood and I realised I wanted more then just 1 child. 

That been said I never dreamed I would give birth 4 times and have added children to make my family whole.

But just because a family is larger then most doesn’t mean that the parents have a larger, unsatifiable appetite then everyone else. It just means they have been blessed with hearts and arms to be filled buy all their beautiful children. 

It’s not for other people to make them feel bad or pass unwanted comments about someone’s about parenthood because every family is different and special! 

I don’t go around judging people because they chose not to have more then 1, 2 or even 3 children because that is a personal choice that is completely up to them. 

So why do people feel the need to pass comments on my choices?

  

Nikki x 

My Asda and Shoe Zone haul, for under £40!

 

 

On Tuesday I went to go meet a friend for a day out in the park and then for some lunch. 

We decided on a visit to Asda because it has a McDonald’s restaurant inside and I always love having a sneaky look for a bargain in the Asda sales rails or top up the kids school uniforms. As now the weather is warming up they won’t be wearing their school jumps as much and their school tshirts are looking a little grim.

I was thrilled when I walked through the automatic doors and was greeted with a sign saying everything £5 or less on a kids clothing rail.

  

On closer inspection I realised that all the clothes were from there new range and they were selling them off at a cheaper introductory price.

It was then that I decided I must have a good look because this was a bargain I couldn’t refuse. 

Specially as the clothes were printed with Disney’s Frozen, Cinderella, Doc Mcstuffins and Lego, Marvel, Star Wars and loads more. They even had a boys and girls minions range. 

I was excited to say the least, so my kids were even more so. 

They all went round choosing and outfit.  (The only one who didn’t get anything was Baby but her draws are over flowing as it is) 

 

T had some issues with what he wanted because he is getting to that age, where he no longer wants to wear printed characters on his tshirts but wants them to say funny things. He took a bit of persuading to get his new Star Wars “I am the Master” pj’s because he wanted sock and undies, but I explained he didn’t need those things. (My sock basket will back me up on that!)

My step daughter A was excited and quickly chose a bright and colourful set of My Little Pony pj’s. That have a short sleeve tshirts but long legged pants.

E got a new Doc Mcstuffins sun hat (the one she was wearing was from last year and was rather small) and a lovely 2 piece set “Cute” minions outfit in pink. (I really love the leggings she got with it!) 

P was in his element because he wanted nearly everything he could see. He was nattering continuesly for some Minions slippers (he like the facts the eyes moved) even though he already had a pair of stompies that he barely ever wears. At first I said no but as his birthday is coming up I agreed on the terms he doesn’t get them until his birthday. He also chose a short sleeved, long legged Minion onesie.

After the kids all chose their new outfits/pj’s, turned around to see a rack of shoes outside Shoe Zone. On the rack was a sign staying 2 pairs for £8 and there were some lovely dark blue pumps with skulls and cross bones that I really wanted for P but sadly weren’t any in his size.

We quickly settled for some camouflage Velcro pumps for him to last him (hopefully) over rest of spring and then summer. A also needed some sandles/summer shoes as she had grown out of her last lot at end of last summer. A really wanted some sandles but they weren’t available in the offer, so instead she pick some lovely blues, straps shoes/pumps that had a beautiful bow on the front. 

I was thrilled once I went to check out and the till ring up at £8 for shoes and £29 for the clothes. 

This made the whole haul a Grand Total of £37.

I got all that for under £40.

  • All the new range clothes/pj’s were priced at £9 each. I got them for £5 each
  • Slippers were £6 I got them for £5
  • Sun hat was full price at £4

But that makes a saving of £21.

I didn’t check what the shoes were single price I was too excited about getting 2 pairs of shoes for £8. 

So yeah that was my Asda and Shoe Zone haul. I think I got a great bargain.

If you like any of what I have brought you should check your local Asda because the introductory price change is on until the 9th April. 

So go grab a great deal. 

Nikki x 

Disclaimer
I was not paid or asked to do this haul review. This was done with my own money and all views are my own honest opinions.

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#Project365 – week 14 

Day 89 

On Sunday we finally saw the sung or the first time in ages. So we put on our wellies and went for play at the park p, bumping into some friends on the way. The kids had great fun.

Day 90  

 We got invited back to Brewers Fayre at Old Brickworks. So I invited my mum along. Sadly the boys were still at school and hadn’t broke up yet. It was just Me, Grandma, E and Baby. As you can tell we had fun 🙂 

Day 91 

The hubby lovely treated me to a rather big breakfast in bed! It wasn’t even my birthday or Mother’s Day. It was just because he loves me.

Day 92 

The hubby was sulking a little because he tired to April fools me but I didn’t fall for it. What can I say I’m use to him being a fool so I wasn’t going to fall for it.  

Day 93 

It was another beautiful day and I spotted some daisies growing in the field next to the park. I hade to get a snap of them because I love daisies ❤️. They always make me think of my childhood and long summer days sitting in the garden making daisy chains. 

Day 94 

 I decided to get in the Easter mood for my #snaphappybritmums photo. The prompt was “hat”. So I thought a selfie wearing Baby’s rabbit hat would be prefect. 

Day 95 

 Another selfie I know but it’s not often me and the hubby manage to get a snap together. And I have to say I really love this picture. 

So there’s my week in pictures. 

I hope you will let me know what you think in the comments.

Nikki x 

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#Project365 – Week 13

We haven’t done very much this week as I haven’t been at my best and now the kids are ill too. But here’s my week 13. 

Day 81

On Sunday we went to the Sunshine and Smiles World Down syndrome celebration. It was a great day and they had Singing Hands perform which was amazing too. I must say I was rather star struck when they tried talking to me and Baby and just didn’t know what to say. 

Day 82

My kids completely adore Lego and where so happy that these cane in the post while they were at school. 

Day 83

On Tuesday while I snapped this pretty cool picture of the clouds and the way the sun was shine and light them all up. I though it was beautiful. The amazing little things you see while on the school run. 

Day 84

I went into to have all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed and while I was waiting to go down the theatre I thought I would share my sexy hospital stockings. 

Day 85

They said I should expect some swelling and bruising but I was shocked at how much my face has swelled up. They did explain that they had complications removing my bottom 2 wisdom teeth and had to actually chip away some of my jaw bone. It’s safe to say I look like a character from a beano comic. 

Day 86

We received this beautiful personalised apron for Baby from Isabella Peters in honour of World Down Syndrome week. I was so blown away when she offered to send Baby something and I must say it’s absolutely gorgeous and I am completely in love. 

Day 87

Last night I was tagged in a #widn post on Instagram. So I thought I would share my diet of the week. Soup! My face is really swollen and sore so eating isn’t easy, then add the stitches and I have no plans to be trying to chew anything for a while yet.

Day 88

The boys decided to build a Den/fort in their bedroom. I must say I’m rather impressed as they have done it all on their own. I had told them, if their really well behaved they can leave it up and both sleep inside it tonight.

So there you go that’s my week in pictures.  

How’s your week been? 

Nikki x 

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Play at Brewers Fayre at the Old Brickworks

I can not begin to explain how excited I was when I received and email offering me and my family a VIP invite to the Play at Brewers Fayre event at The Old Brickworks pub and restaurant in Drighlington, for the launch of their new Beano themed indoor play area.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

What made it even better was the fact that it was the day before mine and the Hubby’s wedding anniversary. so it meant that we could all go out for a family meal while the kids had loads of fun in the new play area.
When we arrived Dennis was stood outside waiting to meet people and take photo. The kids were thrilled and even Baby was intrigued to see who this person knew person was, instead of crying like her brothers and sister did as babies.

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The kids were blown away by the new play area and couldn’t wait to play and were itching to go explore all the new equipment. We had never been to the Brewers Fayre before so the whole experience was new to us. It was one I was excited to be taking part in.

The new area had all been designed with children in mind. There is a Toddler zone which is prefect for the little menace’s to have fun, a Treetop play house for the older one’s (height restrictions apply) and they even have a party room that has been named ‘The Den’. Which means that you can actually book the space out for your child’s birthday party. The play area is open every day from 9.30am – 8pm and its only cost £3 for 90 minutes of play. Plus you get to meet Dennis and Gnasher in person.

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As you can see the kids loved it. The day was made extra special because there was an amazing lady that who was doing some beautiful face painting. Of course P and E were straight over to get their faces done. P wanted a dinosaur, where as E went for Frozen.

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Once the kids had their fun, we decided that it was time to eat and went in the main restaurant to get our meal. I had order a chicken and bacon salad, whereas the hubby had chosen the Brewers Fayre burger. We both really enjoyed our meals and were extremely pleased. The kids ordered off the children’s menu, with P and E having The Big Bad Dog, while T and Baby had pasta meal such as Macaroni cheese and Spaghetti Beano-ese.
I only really managed to get a few picture of the food because everyone wolfed it down it was that tasty.

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The Hubby mentioned that he really loved the little extra added touch they added to the meal, such as the wrapper for the burger or how the hot dogs came in a little basket.
I was really impressed with the prices that you could get the meals. You could order off the children’s menu for £3.99 each and there is a Brewers Fayre Day Time Value offer where you can choose 2 adult main meals from a choice of 12 for just £10. Plus you can order 2 desserts for £2.(This is on weekdays only)

Brewers Fayre doesn’t just have an indoor play area though they also have an outdoor play area. For those lovely summer days when you want to let your kids run free and play while you enjoy a cheeky pint or glass of wine.

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It is safe to say that we had a really great time (I think the amount of photos I took shows that) and the Hubby was already arranging our next visit before we had even left. He has loads of ideas about use having the kids parties there too. I guess we will have to see what happens, but I know I would be more than happy go to Brewers Fayre for lunch again.

I would really recommend!

Nikki x

Disclaimer… I was not paid for this review, however we were given a complimentary meal in exchange for my honest opinion.

#WickedWednesday #3 



This is a fun new game. Wheeeeeee!

Let’s make the room look pretty by spreading them around!

Oops mummy has spotted me and is giving me the “I’m not very pleased” look. Try to look super cute.

The cuteness isn’t working I’ll look away and pretend she can’t see me.



Oh no she is still looking at me. 

I best just try and tidy them away then!

It is safe to say this little miss has a new fun game to play. It was really ute when she started trying to put them away again. She really makes my heart swell with love and I can never stay upset with that cute face for long 🙂 

Nikki x 

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