Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Disney Cakes and Sweets

 Have you ever wanted to make your child their very own birthday cake but always thought you can't and bought one form a supermarket or ordered one in from a bakers? You will not be alone I am sure, a good few years back I would never dreamt of making a cake, my cup cakes came out of a box &  I added a good old egg to the pre mix packet. Eventually I took the plunge and braved making my own from scratch, I never stopped there I went on to make every cake we needed including my own wedding cake with the help of my mother in law who makes the most delicious fruit cake.
Eaglemoss have brought out a Disney Cakes & Sweets magazine, I was impressed with the free gifts before even opening the magazines and once I'd looked through them I was very impressed with the skills you can learn, the impressive cakes and biscuits looked all the easier to make. I knew that with the skills I had built up and the skills and equipment that the magazine offers I could easily make the cakes so I opted to make some biscuits, biscuits I am not so confident in making so it seemed like a good challenge and the fact it was my nieces birthday coming up and she is a huge fan of Mickey and Minnie Mouse and I happened to have Minnie & Mickey cookie cutters free with issue 1 & 3.
I had been sent issue 1 & 2 but because I found it that useful I have continued to buy them.

I set about making the biscuits, they looked great but the true test would be in the taste testing on 6 opinionated children. I am please to report they were a success. Red and black icing covered their faces and they were all very impressed.
My Mickey and Minnie biscuits

Now if you think that these are just what you need you can still purchase back copies, you could even subscribe to the Disney Cakes & Sweets and never miss an issue plus get lots of free goodies. I shall continue to purchase my issues and at the end of it all I will make the Disney castle cake on the front of issue 1.

I was sent issue 1 & 2 for the purpose of the review, all opinions are of my own and all other issues I have purchased myself.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

My Human

Meow. meow meoww, meow...ahem sorry I mean hi, I am Shadow, I must remember to use human translation on here. My human is Mummy2five, you might know her she writes on this blog. I heard her talking to my other human Daddy2five about Swell Pets and Tots100, I twisted my ears to half listen whilst licking the fresh water from the tap, they tell me off all the time about it but I just look at them and pretend to obey(till their backs are turned) Anyway, I heard them say something about competition, funny story and £500 to spend on their pet, my ears soon perked up, I even pulled away from the leaf I was in the middle of killing. I am their pet, I knew that there is no way they could tell a funny story, they would do some lame attempt and it would be about the silly ferrets or those flappy chickens so I shall tell you all about me before my human comes to find me and moves me off the keyboard.

My human if allowed would tell you about my silly sleeping habits but they are not that funny, I sleep like this: 

Now I know I don't quite fit, I am too big, so when the little human go sleep I get to sleep like this:

My human laughs and says I look funny but it is not a funny story, I mean she is so mean. I don't laugh at her when she is sleeping and man she is scary, dribbling, snoring, and looking zombie like. She tells me I am not allowed to sleep in her room and to be honest I am pleased, I don't want to wake up to that, it would put me right off my tuna.

She might have even told you about my love of food and how the vet tells her I am too fat, it is not my fault my humans are stupid and I can fool them. What I do is I meow loudly every morning, the male human opens a pouch and feeds me but then goes to see his silly ferrets I gobble it all up quick, then the other human comes down so what I do is wind around her legs as soon as I see her, it must be done before coffee has been poured, she is less alert then. I then make sure I stop just before she trips then meow and look at my bowl, I try and do a sad meow, I see her reach for the yummy pouch of food, she pours into into my bowl, I tuck in right away. She goes to put the empty pouch in the bin and every time finds the empty pouch the other human had given me. She looks at me, I look at her, she mutters something in human and opens the door for me! All I need now it to work out how to get rid of this bell so I can have bird for desert. 

What I will tell you about is the time my human got stuck on the roof! I am not kidding either, look at this picture below.

This is my human, mummy2five, here she is, she is stuck on the roof calling for help(and she laughs at me) because my other human was just laughing at her and refused to help. I tried to warn her from my roof that she would get stuck, she wasn't wearing her paws.

She says she was trying to rescue me off the roof, pfft do I look stuck(see above picture, I know I didn't need to point that out but you might be a bit doh like my human) anyway I saw her come out and start calling me, I meowed at her, I meowed that I was fine and to go back inside and leave me watching the birds. She looked worried, so meowed louder, the silly human didn't listen, she started to climb. I meowed to her that she would get stuck, I even tried to warn her that she had no claws on, my meows went ignored. I watched whilst she tried to balance on the fence and edge towards me, she would make a rubbish cat, I can do it blindfolded and go backwards, but my human just yelled wooah, ooooa, woooooooooah and retreated back to the shed roof. I meowed, this time louder, I was annoyed, she scared away the birds and I couldn't take any more. I got up from my comfy spot, checked I had my claws on with a swift stretch and leaped over to the fence. I balanced foot perfect across the fence(without yelling woah) and hopped onto the shed roof, my human looked at me, I looked at her. I jumped down from the roof and with a flick of my tail trotted of into the house smugly.

The human came down eventually, I would have left her there but I needed her to open my pouch of food.

This is my entry and I hope you find it just as funny as I do, if I was lucky enough to win there is no way I could spend it all on my self, to be honest I pretty much have all I need so she would give it to the rescue. She abandons me every Thursday, she says she is going to the cats, she is cheating on me! She comes home every week smelling of different cats, she tells me they have no home so I suppose I best share with them as she shares her chicken with me, well I say share I meant steal.

This post is an entry into the Tots100/Swell UK competition

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Matalan Zoo Day

Last month we were treated to a lovely day out at Chester Zoo courtesy of Matalan, we had not been to the zoo at Chester for around 2 years so we were quite excited. We got to choose some gorgeous outfits from Matalan for the children to wear too which was great, they all loved getting new clothes just to go to the zoo.

We wandered around the zoo taking in all the exotic animals, Chester zoo does amazing conservation work and have a vast range of spectacular animals on display, many species I had not seen before and many species often being over looked. I was amazed to see sloths in the Jaguar house, not only were we treated to sloths but the Jaguar treated us too by coming up so close to the glass before moving away, it is not very often you can be so close to these beautiful animals.  

When we chosen our clothes from Matalan I had no idea what the weather would be like, I am so pleased I did not go for jumpers for them all as the sun came out, the sky was clear and blue and the heat from the sun was beating down upon us.  

We came across the cheeky Giant Otters, it was the first time I had seen them and they were all lazying on a log, they look like cheeky characters that could so easily get up to lots of mischief too. I took a few lots of pictures and came up with the below picture.

Cheeky I know!

We had an amazing day at Chester Zoo, thank you Matalan.

We were send vouchers for the clothing and were given free access to Chester Zoo for the day.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Kids Capture the Colour

We were lucky enough to be selected to take part in the Kids Capture the Colour competition with Travel Supermarket. We were sent a camera to take part, when I handed Tristan the camera his little eyes lit up because he is always trying to take pictures on my Canon, I'm just not brave enough to hand it over so he was very happy to have his very own camera.

Below is his entry
age 5

Tristan chose his blue and it is the sky that the Blackpool tower stretches high into, we had just enjoyed a trip to the Circus in the tower and we came out to glorious blue skies.
kids capture the colour blue

I do love this one, the reason being I asked him why he was taking a picture of the floor, he responded with "I'm not mum, I am catching my shadow" 

kids capture the colour white

A lovely red ladybird that we found flying around our house looking for the escape route. We shown him/her the way out but not before its picture was taken.

kids capture the colour red

This one could fit into green or yellow but we are going with yellow, it is of a flower in our garden taken just after a trip to the park

kids capture the colour yellow

The flower beds seemed a little bare to me but Tristan insisted on taking pictures of the flowers, thankfully he did because this is our green, ok, I know there is not much green amongst the soil but green there is. It reminds me of little sea urchins moving across the ocean floor.
kids capture the colour green

I have really enjoyed looking through all the pictures he has taken, I have even made it onto some of them which is quite rare as I am the one behind the lens normally. I did at one point have to stop him from taking pictures of strangers, thankfully he listened and went back to taking pictures of objects that could be in his pictures.

I shall leave you with one last picture of his

Capture the Colour
rectangle rainbow
a rectangle rainbow