In the Kitchen: Baked KFC

I have often tried to recreate the KFC taste and all of the recipes I have tried have failed, until now that is!

Then I found a recipe for Baked fried chicken on this blog.

I made it tonight and it is definitely the closest I have found, really nice, I would recommend you give it a go!


I noticed a comment on the recipe asking what seasoning to use in the UK. I found this Season all from Schwartz and it seemed to be perfect for it.



In the Kitchen: Rainbow Jelly

Quite a while back we went to our local ‘All you can eat’ restaurant and they had slices of rainbow jelly which J & A loved! I have been wanting to make some for them ever since.

I found (via pinterest again!) THIS method for making rainbow jelly and decided to give it a try!

It took a lot of messing around and probably wasn’t the best thing to do whilst I was working on my assignment as I kept forgetting about it and letting it set too much between layers.

I started with these colours… I had green as well and wish I had made room for it!


This is how it looked last night in the fridge:


And this is a slice of it this morning:


I used plain yogurt for the white, but I think milk would work as well.

Things I learn for next time:

It takes an entire day, start early!

It would have been better in a smaller volume and perhaps in a square loaf tin so it can be turned out and sliced.

Use more colours as you need more for the effect.

It tastes yummy though, just like jelly tots and the boys love it 😀

Out and About: Scavenger Hunt

I think I have mentioned before I have a huge addition to Pinterest and whenever I have five minutes spare I can be found on the Pinterest app, pinning like made to my pinterest boards, I do like it when I actually get to use something I have pinned and this scavenger hunt is one of those things!

We had planned a nice family walk for last Sunday, however I had got the day of my upcoming exam confused and it was infact on the Monday, whereas I had been convinced it was on the Tuesday (therefore giving me the Monday to practice my presentation!) – yes if only I could ‘pin’ my academic work and be so organised as I am with everything else! So, this meant I couldn’t go out for the day 😦

I decided I still wanted to contribute to the boys day and remembered seeing THIS Scavenger hunt which I had pinned for an activity to do sometime with the boys.

As I was short on time I wrote the list out of index cards (which I was using for my presentation notes!) in each of the boys favourite colours:


I then placed each card in a small bah and folded it over and then taped it on to a bag big enough to collect their goodies in:



The boys and Nikki then headed off to Cannock Chase with their Dad in search of everything off their list! It kept them amused and out of the house all afternoon and gave me time to get on with my work.

I missed going out for the day with them, but it was great when they came back all excited with a bag full of exciting things to show me 😀



I have a huge update to do on Nikki as she has settled down with us so well! I shall be posting it as soon as I have got all of these assignments out of the way and I have a little bit of freedom back!

News from the coop: Entertainment!

The chickens were being very noisy girls yesterday, there were some birds flapping around  in the hedge next to them and they were responding with some very loud “Boc Boc Bocing!”. I usually find a nice treat distracts them and quietens them down so set of to the fridge in search of chicken yumminess!

I found a cabbage which needed using and remembered I had read somewhere about hanging a whole cabbage up for chickens to peck at, so I thought I would give it a go.

First I used an apple corer to make a hole through the top of the cabbage:


Then I used a spare chain (which I used to hang the water from until they started sitting on it and tipping it!) and threaded it through the hole:


Initially the girls ran off and hid as there appeared to be a big purple alien hovering in their run! Then I broke off a bit of the cabbage so they could taste it and Henrietta had a closer look to see what it was…..then ran off.


I left them to it for a while and then when I returned there was an absolutely frenzy going on, chicken and cabbage flying about everywhere and half of the cabbage had been eaten!!


I am now trying to thing of other things I can hang up for their entertainment! Any ideas?

BzzAgent: Tesco Goodness Campaign

I am a Bzz Agent and this post is about a product I was able to test through a current BzzAgent Campaign, I have been thinking a lot about whether or not to post this on here, but then I thought Yes, I will, as it is something I enjoy and I do share a lot of my opinions on here anyway so this is just a bit more structured!

What is BzzAgent?

BzzAgent is a form of word of mouth advertising word of mouth needs to be honest, open and sincere — it just doesn’t work otherwise. Every time I share about a product, online or off, I must:

  • Let people know you’re I am a BzzAgent and received samples or coupons
  • Give them my honest, hype-free opinion

So that is what I intent to do here!

I was sent my BzzAgent pack which contained money off vouchers so I could buy the items to test out (the voucher covers the majority of the purchase price, in most cases all). Unfortunately there were a couple of items (the smoothie pouches and the fromage frais) which my local Tesco did not stock, I did ask if they would be getting in but I got a lot of blank looks from the staff so I will probably try the bigger store next week.

Here are the products we bought:






I absolutely hate making up lunchboxes so the main appeal of this campaign to me was something different to put in them which would be quick and easy, we decided to test them out on the first day at school, J would be eating his at school and A would have it when he finished as he is on short days this week as he has an August birthday so is the baby of Reception class 😀

The boys found it all very exciting, I have participated in another Bzz campaign but it wasn’t something they could try, so this was new to them and they loved choosing what to put in their lunchboxes.


This was A’s selection I was surprised he picked the water as there is nothing in the world which will convince him to drink water usually!


First up the Cheesy tortilla’s! A immediately loved these because they were his size! J said he loved the packet because the prickly cactus made him laugh. Both enjoyed them and finished the packet. My only concern was A said they were really salty, which concerned me as he has never commented on saltiness of anything I have given him before and when I read the packet there was 8% of the RDA for salt in them, not something I would let them have all the time!



Next up the cheese portions, not sure it is something I would buy as I find it more cost effective to just chop some pieces of our main block of cheese and put it in their lunchbox next to their sandwiches. A and J both loved them, the fact that it was different to their normal cheese and in a packet seemed to make it more exciting and they ate them all up.


Next up, Apples and grapes in a bag, there was a choice of just apple or just grapes, but I thought I would get a mixture. The boys loved them, who would have known ready chopped apple could be so exciting! A also loved the cartoon characters on the packet so I would think if you have a child who doesn’t eat fruit this would perhaps encourage them? Luckily my two love fruit!


It is very handy to have a nice sized portion of fruit ready without having to rush to prepare it in the morning, but I was a little bit put off by the short date on them as 2 days was the maximum display until date and some were starting to look at bit brown and squishy. I like to buy all my lunch stuff for the week ahead in one go. They would however be good for one off day trips and similar.

The water didn’t even get tried by A, as after he had got over the excitement of the cartoon picture he was no more tempted to try it! J drank it all but seemed indifferent about it really, but after all it is just water! I liked the size of the bottle and they price seemed very reasonable.

Our last item was a packet of Rocket Ice Lollies J was unable to try them as they have Beetroot colouring in which he has an intollerance to, but A was more than happy to give them ago. They come in packs of 8 and are quite a decent size for a children’s product A really enjoyed them 😀

Thats it for now, I shall update if we get the missing items 😀