My daughter turned one last week.  Now, I don’t know if it’s because she’s breastfed and digesting the milk quickly, or if it’s because she just has a big appetite, but I have spent a huge amount of time in that year feeding her.

I know that us mothers are supposed to enjoy every second of breastfeeding; spending the minutes and hours gazing into our babies’ eyes and basking in the beauty of what we’re doing (ha!) but, come on, after the first few minutes you really need some other form of entertainment!

For me, that entertainment has come in the form of binge-watching tv shows.  Some on the tv and others streamed on the ipad.

Here is my list of the shows that have kept me awake and entertained while I’ve been feeding my baby:

Charmed

I would call this a guilty pleasure but, you know what?  I don’t feel guilty about it!  I love Charmed.  In all its ridiculousness, I think it’s great!  I’d watched the middle few series quite recently when they were on tv, but hadn’t seen the first few with Prue in or the very last series for ages.  So I was really quite happy when I saw that all 8 series are on netflix!  This one kept me going for quite a while of evening and night time feeds!

Friends

I love the fact that, even after all these years, Friends is still on tv practically all the time and it’s still funny!  And, every now and then, I hear a line that I swear I’ve never heard before!

Prison Break

I watched the first 2 series of Prison Break when it was first on tv and really enjoyed it, but stopped watching when it started to feel a bit ridiculous after Michael ended up in another prison, trying to find a way to break out.  But I decided to give it another go when I found all 4 series on Amazon, and I actually really liked it.  I’m pleased I gave it another go and stuck it out to see how they ended the whole thing.  There seemed to be a fair bit of debate online about whether the ending was any good or not.  For my part, I was pretty satisfied with how it all worked out!

Gilmore girls

I have all the series of Gilmore Girls on DVD, but I’ve still been taping it from channel 5 recently so it’s there on the sky box when I feed Nerys during the day!  I absolutely love this show.  It always makes me smile and holds really good memories for me from when I first started watching it.  It’s like an old friend.  Although it really freaks me out when I think about the fact that I was closer in age to Rory when I first watched it, and now I’m the same age as Lorelai!

Alias

This is another series, like Gilmore Girls, that I actually have on DVD but I’ve started watching it again on Amazon instant video.  My husband loves to mock Alias, and I know that it’s a bit cheesy, but I love it!  Pretty much all the characters “die” at some point, Sydney kicks ass in the most ridiculous of outfits and Bradley Cooper is in it.  All makes for good entertainment in my book!

Orange is the new black

This was the first ‘mystery’ series that I watched on netflix.  I’d heard of it but didn’t really know what to expect.  As it turned out, I must’ve liked it as I watched it in record time…and was then a bit gutted when I realised I’d reached the end of the second series and that the third hadn’t been released yet!

Please tell me I’m not the only one who relies on multiple tv series for entertainment during endless feeding sessions?!

Does anyone have any good recommendations for new programs to watch?

Continuing with the love theme for February, and following on from my favourite romantic moments from tv, I give you my top ten rom-coms!

Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a big fan of romantic comedies, quite often I find that the cheesier they are the better!  I rather like the predictability of them, that at the end the boy gets the girl.  They’re sheer escapism and I love it!

So, after looking through my collection and having a think to narrow down my options – I give you my top 10 rom-coms:

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1) Clueless
I remember going to see this in the cinema (back when it only cost about £3.00 to see a film!) and I loved it then.  And I watched it recently while doing night feeds with Nerys and I still love it!  Also, has Paul Rudd aged at all since this making this film?!2) Love actually
Ahh, love actually.  Every year I try to wait till the perfect moment in the run-up to Christmas to watch this film!  It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s sweet, it has Andrew Lincoln in it.  What’s not to like?!  (note – my husband’s answer to that question would be “Keira Knightley”, but I personally have no issue with her!)

3) 10 things I hate about you
One of the classic high school movies.  I don’t care that it’s predictable that Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles will end up together, it’s still a great story!  And it has some of the best embarrassing Dad quotes ever!

“I’m down, I’ve got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don’t care how dope his ride is. Mamma didn’t raise no fool”

4) He’s just not that into you
I wasn’t sure how they would translate the book into a film, but I like what they decided to do!  This is a film that I can watch over and over again.  Maybe because, like ‘love actually’ there are several overlapping storylines which keeps it interesting?  Maybe it’s the fact that Bradley Cooper is in it.  Who can really know for sure?5) Boys and girls
This is one of those films that I’m not sure how many people have actually seen, but I really like it!  It’s the story of a boy and a girl who meet when they’re kids, then bump into each other a few times over the years, before becoming friends and then more than friends.  It is cheesy (it stars Freddie Prinze jnr so of course it’s cheesy!) but it has some good, funny dialogue, a choreographed danced routine in a club and Alyson Hannigan which all add up to make it pretty enjoyable to me!

“Hey, did you guys read how the zoo animals tried to reorganize their cages in alphabetical order? Apparently the aardvark started it”

6) The time traveler’s wife
Now, the time traveler’s wife is one of my all-time favourite books.  I absolutely love it.  So I was a bit nervous about watching the film in case they ruined it (like the tv adaptation of Goodnight Mr Tom, another one of my all time favourites.  I just didn’t get on with John Thaw as Tom, sorry!).  But I was really pleasantly surprised.  I think the film is faithful enough to the story to satisfy me and I really love Rachel McAdams so I was happy with her as Clare.  This is one for a rainy night when I want to be all cosy inside!7) How to lose a guy in 10 days
When a rom-com has Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as the leads you know it’s going to be good!  Kate Hudson as the crazy girlfriend is just brilliant!

“Our love fern! You let it die!”

8) Little black book
Little black book is another one like ‘Boys and girls’ that I’m never sure how many people know about.  I don’t think it was really that big when it came out, I mean, I don’t remember it being on at the cinema, but I bought it on a whim on dvd and really like it.  It’s actually one that’s not quite so predictable and formulaic, with the ending not necessarily what you think it might be.9) The Family Stone
Another one with Rachel McAdams in it and another one that tends to get saved for Christmas time.  I just find this such a lovely, cosy film to watch when it’s cold and dark outside!  I think Sarah Jessica Parker plays the role of uptight Meredith really well and I just love the family dynamics that are the basis of the film.

10) Dirty dancing
How could I have a list of rom-coms and leave out Dirty Dancing?!  It’s a true classic and the soundtrack is just awesome.  I have some really good memories surrounding this film and the songs from it.

“You just put your pickle on everybody’s plate, college boy, and leave the hard stuff to me.”

 

What do you think?  Do you agree with my list or do you have another favourite that I’ve missed out?  I’m always looking for recommendations for films to watch!
You Baby Me Mummy

About this time every year the shops start to fill up with those little squeezy bottles of lemon juice, jars of chocolate spread and packets of pancake mix.

Now, I can understand the lemon juice and the chocolate spread, but I can’t quite get my head around the need for packets of pancake mix!  I mean, I’m all for making your life easier and have on a few rare occasions bought pre-prepared veg to make soup with, but pancakes are so simple to make from scratch that buying a mix just seems like a real waste of money!

So, for those of you looking to break out of the packet-pancake-mix zone, I present to you a really simple recipe for perfect pancakes!

A really simple recipe for perfect pancakes

This is the recipe I have used every year since 2002, when my Mum sent it to me on this postcard when I was a student at Swansea University.  I dig it out every Shrove Tuesday and it hasn’t failed me yet!

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In case you can’t quite read the faded writing on the postcard, here’s the recipe:

  • 4oz (110g) plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • Half a pint (275ml) of milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

And the method:

  1. Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
  2. Beat to a smooth, creamy batter with the the unbeaten egg, half the milk and the melted butter
  3. Stir in the remaining milk.
  4. The batter is now ready to cook!
  5. Heat a frying pan on the hob and melt a little bit of butter in it.
  6. Pour about a ladleful of batter into the pan and swirl the pan around to spread the batter out.  You want it to pretty much spread out to the edges of the pan and be quite thin.
  7. Leave it to cook for about a minute, then either flip it over using a spatula or be brave and toss it in the air to flip it!
  8. Cook for about a minute on the other side then serve.

One thing to remember – the first pancake almost never ‘works’!  

I don’t know exactly why, but please don’t be disheartened if your first attempt is a disaster!  The second one will be much better, I swear!

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As far as how to serve the pancakes goes, I personally like mine sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar!  And I spread jam on the ones I gave to the kids.  But there are loads of ideas out there.  In fact, you can have a look at my Pinterest board for inspiration!

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How will you be enjoying your pancakes this year?  And will you be making them from scratch?!
Cuddle Fairy