Easy iced mocha recipe

Iced mocha recipe

I may have mentioned once or twice that I like coffee.  Ok, I love coffee, I need coffee, I can’t get going in the morning without my coffee.

But in this mini heatwave that we’ve been having it just feels a bit wrong to be drinking steaming hot mugs of the stuff.  So I have an alternative.

A cool, delicious, chocolatey, alternative.  The iced mocha.

Super easy iced mocha recipe

There are various recipes floating around the internet for this, but this is the way I like to do it!  It does require a little bit of planning though.

Basically, you need to make up a nice big mug of black coffee.  Then pour it into an ice cube tray and pop the tray in the freezer.

Once you’ve done this part you’re sorted.  Cold coffee treats can be yours whenever you want!

For my mocha recipe, grab a glass, fill it about 2/3 full with milk then use whatever you’ve got to make it chocolatey – chocolate milkshake powder, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, whatever you’ve got!

Then go get about 5 or 6 of the coffee ice cubes and pop them in your chocolate milk.

Ta da!  Done.

You can drink it straight away, or leave it a few minutes for the ice cubes to start melting a bit and mingle with your chocolate milk.

Or if you’re feeling fancy you can blend the whole thing together.  Whatever floats your boat!

Easy iced mocha recipe

Looking to shake things up a bit?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Leave out the chocolate bit and go for straight milk with the coffee ice cubes for an iced latte

 

  • Add  a cheeky splash of Baileys or Kahlua

 

  • Top it with whipped cream

 

  • On a really hot day you can make a cup of cold coffee and then just add some of the coffee ice cubes to it, to really chill the drink and get an extra coffee hit!

 

What do you think?  Are you an iced coffee fan, or are you a hot coffee purist?!

little things to brighten up a hard day

10 little things to brighten up a hard day

I wrote a post the other day about how some days are just hard.  No matter how positive your outlook is and how good life generally is, it’s still the case that some days are just hard.  I try not to wallow for too long in that bleurgh place though.
So I’ve put together this list of 10 little things that I find help to brighten up those hard days.
10 little things to brighten up a hard day

 

1) Coffee.  
This is almost guaranteed to give me a little lift, assuming I can occupy the kids with the ipad or Mr Tumble for long enough for me to drink it!

 

2) A smile from your toddler.
Seriously, this can make a world of difference.

 

3) A huge hug from your child.  
There’s nothing like a good squeeze from a little one when you’re having a hard day.

Small things to help brighten up a bad day

4) Something cheesy or non-taxing on the tv.
If I can get away with it during the day, I’ll put on something for me on the tv.  Something really cheesy or a program that doesn’t require much brain-power but will make me laugh.  Friends repeats are always a winner for me!  Which leads me to number 5.

 

5) Watching old Friends bloopers on youtube.
Seriously.  If you’re having a rough day and need a giggle, go straight to youtube and watch a few outtake videos.  You’ll feel much better!

 

6) Browsing the ‘humour’ category on Pinterest.
There is always something on here that will bring a smile to my face.  Normally I end up laughing at a collection of the best posts from Tumblr or a ‘damn you autocorrect’ post.

 

7) A shower in peace.
If I can swing this it always makes me feel better.

 

8) Embracing the constant noise by turning some music up loud and having a little dance.
Sometimes when you’re home with children the constant noise and commotion can get a bit much.  And sometimes the best thing you can do is surrender to it.  Stick some music on, turn it up as loud as you dare and dance like crazy.

There's no place like home

 

9) Cleaning.
One thing that really adds to my bad mood at times is when the house is a state and I can’t see where to start.  If I can just get one flat surface clear, or even one seat in the living room cleared of ‘stuff’ then I begin to feel a bit better.

 

10) Chocolate.
Well, obviously!

What would you add to my list?  What makes you feel a bit brighter on a hard day?

Things I've said to my toddler

Random things I’ve said to my toddler

Do you ever find yourself saying the most random things to your children?

I know I can’t be the only one who says things that, when you repeat them, sound completely odd!  I’ve started making a note of the more random things I’ve heard myself saying to my 15 month old daughter, here are 5 examples from the last few weeks:

Random things I've said to my toddler

 

“You can’t walk backwards up the stairs” 

Nerys has been climbing the stairs for ages now, and safely coming down them on her tummy for a few weeks, but she’s now started trying to walk down them.  And the other day I watched her try to walk up them backwards.  She’s an accident waiting to happen that one.

 

“What are you doing?  Why are you licking my DVD?”

There seems to be a lot of ‘why are you doing that?’ where kids are involved.  Generally the answer is simply ‘because they can’!

 

“Why are you standing in a colander?”

Well, why wouldn’t you stand in a colander, what else are they for?!

 

“I don’t want you driving a car on my head” 

Mean mummy, not wanting to be driven on.

 

“I don’t want your snot up my nose”

Ah one of the more charming moments of parenting; lying on the bed with Nerys and having her stick her finger in her snotty nose then try and put said finger up MY nose.  Hmmm, a kind offer, but no thank you honey!

What’s the most random thing you’ve heard yourself say to your children?

Mums' Days
Lorelai caffeine quote

Three times Lorelai Gilmore perfectly summed up every parent’s feelings about coffee

I have drunk a LOT of coffee in the last 15 months.  I have relied on big, sugary cups of the stuff to get me through days when all I want to do is curl up and go to sleep, after a night of numerous wake-ups.  Even now that Nerys is (touch wood) sleeping better, I still need a hit first thing in the morning to help me feel more human.

With all this love for coffee, I find myself drawn to quotes about the stuff.  Especially quotes from Lorelai Gilmore, seeing as watching the Gilmore Girls has also been a lovely bit of comfort on sleep-deprived days!

So, here I give you my favourite Lorelai quotes.  I think they pretty much perfectly sum up how every parent has felt about coffee at one time or another!

3 times lorelai gilmore summed up parent's feelings about coffee

 

“I need caffeine.  Whatever form you’ve got.  I haven’t had any all day.  I’ll drink it, shoot it, eat it, snort it, whatever form it’s in.  Gimme”

I need caffeine

 

 

“Nothing says coffee like six in the morning”

nothing says coffee like six in the morning

 

 

“Oh I can’t stop drinking the coffee.  I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting into sentence doing”

oh I can't stop drinking the coffee

 

Do you need a coffee jolt to get you going in the morning?  Or are you more of a tea person?  
Please don’t tell me you manage to get through the day without any caffeine at all!
Simple chocolate biscuit recipe

Simple chocolate biscuits

I’ve always known that I’m just like my Mum.  We’re so similar in so many ways; it can get a bit freaky at times!  But every now and then I realise that little bits of my Dad have snuck through too.  Like my slight addiction to chocolate, and needing to know that there’s a stash of it somewhere in the house!

These little biscuits are perfect to make if you need a bit of a chocolate fix but don’t have any actual chocolate bars in the house!  They’re also a great recipe to do with young children as it’s just a case of measuring ingredients, plonking them all in a bowl, mixing, dividing and cooking!

Simple chocolate biscuit recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8oz (225b) margarine
  • 4oz (100g) caster sugar
  • 8oz (225g) self raising flour
  • 2oz cocoa powder
  • Handful of chocolate chips

And here’s what you do:

  • Mix all the ingredients together (you might need to get your hands in to get it to all come together properly!)
  • Divide into walnut size pieces and flatten on a greased baking sheet.  I like to flatten them with a fork to get the pretty lines on them.  Rhys prefers to squish them down with his hands.  Either method works fine!
  • Cook in preheated oven at 190 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar when cool.

Easy chocolate biscuit recipe

These seem to be a little bit better after they’ve properly cooled down – they’re quite soft and a bit cakey and if you eat them straight away when they’re still warm you’ll need a nice glass of water or milk to help wash them down!

Either way though, they’re a fab little chocolate hit if you’re ever in the need of a quick fix!

Cuddle Fairy
Things my son has said

Things my son has said (that took us ages to decipher)

Today, for your viewing pleasure, I give you 4 random things my son has said that took us ages to decipher.  These are words and phrases that he said repeatedly but that we just couldn’t for the life of us work out what he was actually trying to say, until we eventually had a light-bulb moment for each one.

Parents, you must have experienced the same thing with your kids?

Before I get into it, have a quick guess, would you know what ‘boor-head’ meant?  Would you know what he was trying to say when he kept calling Mater ‘Bissar car’?  Answers revealed below!

Things my son has said that took ages to decipher

Boor-head
I think this was the first one that really got us.  When Rhys was first starting to talk he would sit with his teddies and say what sounded like ‘boor-head’.  It took me months to work out he was trying to say ‘bumped his head’ and was playing ‘5 little monkeys’ with his teddies!

 

Pirate wikitar game

This is the latest.  Steve worked this one out just a few days ago, after weeks and weeks of Rhys talking about the ‘pirate wikitar game’.  They were browsing Amazon together, looking at all the angry birds toys (Rhys is ever so slightly into angry birds at the moment!) and they landed on a particular game.  The pirate pig attack game.  Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

 

Bissar car

For the longest time Rhys called Mater from the film Cars ‘Bissar car’.  I couldn’t for the life of me work out why.One day I was really trying to work it out and got as far as thinking that Cars was a Disney film, so maybe he was trying to say ‘disney car’, but that just didn’t quite work.  It was a while later that it dawned on me that Cars is actually a Disney PIXAR film!  Bissar car = Pixar car.

 

The ‘never again’ song
Oh man, this one drove us mad for months!

Rhys would sing a line from a song, the only words of which we could make out were ‘never again’.  We knew it was from a video he’d seen on youtube but could never find it.  Probably because we were always searching for the words ‘never again’.We finally got lucky when Steve caught the tune playing when Rhys was watching videos one day.  Dashing over, he managed to grab the phone before the video finished and finally, finally, we could work out what he’d been singing “Accidents will happen, NOW AND AGAIN”

I still sing random lyrics to the tune though, normally “hasta manana, never again”.  Drives Steve crazy!

Simply carrot and lentil soup slow cooker

Slow cooker carrot and lentil soup

We have a bit of a routine in our house.  On a Sunday I’ll cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker (which you have to try if you’ve never done it before).
Then on Sunday evening my husband will strip the chicken, pop the bones back in the slow cooker and make delicious stock, which I’ll use on a Monday to make this slow cooker carrot and lentil soup.
Slow cooker carrot and lentil soup (2)
Slow cooker carrot and lentil soup

One of my favourite things about this recipe is that it’s so flexible.  You don’t have to worry too much about measurements, it’s a rough and ready kind of soup!  So if you fancy a more carroty soup then chuck a few extra in.  If you like a thick soup then go crazy with the lentils.

But to get you started, here’s my basic recipe:

  • 1 litre stock (chicken or vegetable is fine, and I’ve made it several times using stock cubes instead of ‘proper’ stock and it still tastes great)
  • 2 large or 4 small/medium carrots
  • 100g of lentils
  • A few shakes of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of curry powder

carrot and lentil soup slow cooker

Chop the carrots up into pieces about the size of a pound coin and chuck them in the slow cooker.  Add the stock, lentils and spices.  If you fancy you can put some chopped onion in too.

Cook on low for about 8 hours.

Blend, taste and add more seasoning if you feel like it, and serve!

Slow cooker carrot and lentil soup

This recipe tends to make just about enough for dinner for me and Steve and leftovers for him to take to work for lunch the next day.

If you like this you might also like:
Slow cooker jacket potato recipe