Help! My daughter’s growing into – ‘Me’

My oldest is now in Secondary School and reminds me so much of myself as I was growing up. I wonder how my Mum ever coped with my tantrums.

Dedicated to my smart, loving, gorgeous (sometimes stroppy) daughter – Jadyn

 

Help! My daughter’s growing –

She’s growing into ‘me’

And I don’t know how to take it,

I’m not my mum you see!

I don’t know how Mum managed

When I threw a fuss;

I don’t want this, I don’t want that

How did she deal with us?

My daughter’s pretty much the same 

Her mind is all her own

I need more clothes and shoes and books

She moans and moans and moans!

She’s vain and she is stubborn

And bossy as can be.

She likes to have her own way

And says I just don’t see.

She’s pretty and she knows it,

She’s clever too you know –

She’s dying to be in college,

She’s just waiting to go.

She argues and she questions

And sometimes can be right;

But I don’t let her win the round

Without putting up a fight.

I used to be like her sometime

When it was years ago,

And now that I am older

I know life can’t be so.

I try to make her understand 

Like Mum did way back then

But she just shrugs and nods her head

And I know it’s not long when –

She’s back, doing things the way she wants.

I guess I’ll just let her be

Secretly I am so pleased – 

She’s growing into ‘me’.

Celebrating Father’s Day at Pizza Express

It’s Father’s Day tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than head over to Pizza Express for a lovely family meal?

We celebrated a day early and we had a wonderful time.

We all enjoy visiting Pizza Express – the kids absolutely love it and can eat there every day if given half a chance. We were delighted to be able to try the new Spring/Summer menu too.

Doughballs are a huge favourite so Aeryn ordered those and we chose to order the Antipasti so we could share.

If you’ve had the Antipasti before, it is now a new recipe and we loved the roquito peppers and the garlic bread too. There’s a lot to go around and is easily shared between 4 people.

For the mains, we decided to try the new Zapparoli Romana pizza which is just ‘YUM’ and being a huge seafood fan, I decided to try the Seafood Rigatoni which had fish and prawns in a creamy white sauce. Hubs decided on the Calabrese – a delightfully spicy pizza.

 

You can never be too full for dessert but we were so we chose to share two desserts. Unfortunately the new one that I was looking forward to wasn’t available – Lemon Bundt Cake. I guess I’ll just have to go back again. But we did try the Chocolate Fondant and the Vanilla Cheesecake. The chocolate fondant was delicious as usual and so was the Cheesecake. I just love the Vanilla Cheesecake served in Pizza Express. Of course, my all time favourite remains the Panna Cotta which I don’t see on the menu any more.

If you are looking for somewhere to go to celebrate your Dad – Pizza Express is the perfect place to do so. The atmosphere is ideal for families and the service is great with the staff on hand and very friendly.

Celebrate Father’s Day with these recipes from Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Ready for Father’s Day? Nothing says ‘Happy Father’s Day’  better than chocolate. Here are two easy recipes to try out using Terrys

Millionaire Shortbread

Prep time 45 minutes

Cook time 50 minutes
Makes 25 squares

Shortbread:

135g Butter

175g Plain Flour

55g Sugar

1 Orange, zested

Topping:

379g can Condensed Milk

75ml Golden Syrup

150g Butter

100g Sugar

3 Terry’s Chocolate Oranges

Preheat the oven to 180c/160fan and line a 20×20 brownie tin. In the bowl of a food processor, add the butter and plain flour. Blitz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs and then add in the sugar and orange zest and blitz again to combine. Take the mixture out and work with your hands to form a ball of dough. Push the dough into the base of the lined tin until it is flat and even and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, prepare the caramel. In a large non-stick frying pan, heat the condensed milk, golden syrup, butter and sugar until the butter has melted and the mixture begins to boil. Stir constantly to keep it from burning. Turn the mixture down to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the colour starts to become golden brown. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl to cool and thicken slightly.

Once the shortbread is cooked, allow to cool for 10 minutes and then pour the cooled caramel over the top. Allow to cool and then chill for 10 minutes while you melt the chocolate. Bring a small pan of water to the boil and place a heatproof bowl over the top making sure that the water does not touch the bowl directly. Break up the chocolate oranges into segments, reserving half of one for decoration and tip the rest into the bowl. Turn the heat down immediately to a gentle simmer and allow the chocolate to gradually melt, stirring occasionally.

Once the chocolate has melted, remove the shortbread from the fridge and pour over the chocolate, making sure to spread it into the corners. Use the remaining chocolate segments to decorate the top and then chill until firm.

Once the chocolate is set and you are ready to serve, slice into 25 squares.

 

 

Griddled Pineapple with Lime and Chocolate

Makes 24 cubes

Serves 6

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

 

Ingredients –

1 Pineapple

1 lime, zested

Half Terry’s Chocolate Orange

 

Method –

Preheat a griddle pan or BBQ until very hot. Peel and cube a pineapple into 3cm cubes. Lay the cubes between a couple of sheets of kitchen roll and pat dry. Using tongs, transfer the cubes onto the griddle or BBQ and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until you have dark griddle lines.

Meanwhile, bring a small pan of water to the boil and place a heatproof bowl on top, making sure the water does not touch the underside of the bowl. Break up the half Chocolate Orange into wedges and add into the bowl. Turn the heat to very low and allow the chocolate to melt.

Once the pineapple is lightly charred on all sides, transfer to a platter or bowl and sprinkle over the grated lime zest. Spoon the melted Chocolate Orange in a bowl and leave on the side to dip. Serve immediately.

Prà Delle Torri Holiday Centre In Italy – The Perfect Family Resort

Italy has been one of my favourite destinations of all time. I love everything about it – the scenery, the cuisine, the people. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there (far too long) and I’m hoping that this year there’ll be a change. Of course, out of all the towns I’ve visited in Italy, my favourite has to be Venice. We visited before we were married and I’d love to take the children back there.

I’ve been doing some research about where to take the children and I came across the Prà Delle Torri Holiday Centre and it looks absolutely fantastic. It has just been awarded the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice 2017 which is indeed a prestigious award as it ranks 15 in the total number of hotels in Italy.

The holiday centre caters for everyone with a choice of accommodation.

The hotel has a Prestige rooms and twin rooms all with en-suite facilities. The Aparthotel sounds like what I would go for as it would be ideal for the family as they accommodate 4-5 and also include a kitchen. It self-catering at it’s best in Italy.

There are also bungalows and mobile homes. The mobile homes are air conditioned (you definitely need this in the summer in Italy) and include access to the swimming pools and the use of free sport facilities. This also sounds like something that would be very family friendly and I know the children would enjoy the experience.

If you are looking to enjoy an alfresco Italian holiday, then the centre even has a campsite with a range of facilities.

Carole is a beautiful little coastal town in Italy and has the large beaches on the Adriatic. There’s a lot to do around the town itself. In terms of location though, the Prà Delle Torri Holiday Centre is located very near Venice, Verona, Vicenza, and Padua. It is the best place to live in to imbibe Italian culture. I loved Venice because of it old world charm. Verona is also an important town in Italy and how can one forget it as the setting of Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet. I’ve been to Padua too and it is a quaint town dedicated to Saint Anthony with a Basilica.

The holiday centre has received 5 stars from ANWB and ADAC, first out of 95 hotels in Caorle on Tripadvisor, 92,6% of completely satisfied Customers according to the data from Tripadvisor, Facebook, Holidaycheck, Google and collected on Reviewer. And looking at these pictures – one can see why.

There’s so much to do in the Veneto region that you will definitely be spoilt for choice. However, don’t spend all of your holiday visiting the towns in the region as the holiday centre has entertainment that is sure to please everyone. There are football fields, tennis courts, skateboard parks, water sports, olympic pools and fitness classes like zumba, aquagym, yoga to name a few. There’s also a golf course. Sounds like just the place I need to visit with the family.

There’s also a water park not to forget the beach which is not far at all.The Prà Delle Torri holiday centre is also very caring of the environment with loads of open, green spaces and charging stations for electric cars.

As I said, I’m hoping to visit this Italy this year and so far this holiday centre has really caught my eye. I can’t wait for my dream to become a reality. I really must go and get booked in.Buzzoole