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Friday, October 29, 2010

Yesterdays Tea

Corn And Bacon Chowder


serves 4

75 g (3 oz) streaky bacon, rinded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
450 g (1 lb) potatoes, peeled and diced
225 g (8 oz) frozen sweetcorn
450 ml (3/4 pint) chicken stock
450 ml (3/4 pint) fresh milk
chopped parsley


1. Place the bacon in a non-stick pan and cook for 2 minutes- Drain off excess fat.

2. Add the onion potatoes, sweetcorn and stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. In a blender or liquidiser place half of the vegetables and the liquid from the soup and blend until smooth.

4. Pour back into the pan with the remaining vegetables, add the milk and reheat without boiling. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Nice and simple ..though I did have to make something completely different for Dan as no way would he eat this! He had an omelet with bacon and cheese.

Homemade ciabatta bread.

They all liked that.

Followed by coconut /chocolate cake..none left!

Photos taken for a scrapbook page.

Love Soojay xxx

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Day In Croydon

Darling Steph looking tired and too thin but, much better than i expected :) Just after her trim.

As i expected , most of the photos with Rosie in, are too blurry to see. She isn't still for long LOL. She was a really good girl yesterday ...i KNOW i wouldn't have been ( or her mother) at that age!

A tiny bit disgusting while eating a jaffa cake though!


Not a great photo of the moon though the car window on the way home. It was (in Rosie's words) really "awesome" last night.

Just before we went into the Dartford tunnel :)

Love Soojay xxx

Saturday, October 23, 2010

And its half term!

At last!! The last couple of weeks have taken ages to get though. So much has been going on at work. I am not that good at this time of year and could quite easily hibernate till Spring or better still fly south.
Popping to see lovely Steph on Sunday , can't wait for a squeeze. I am cooking a couple of nice dishes to tempt her back to eating again ..sausage plait in the oven right now.
Apart from a bit of tidying and re organization, i have little plans for half term. Hopefully my other blog will fill up with lots of cards and projects that i get chance to do. I already have some ideas and if i let the kids............(kids!! teens) stay up late, they won't get up till at least lunchtime and i can have a peaceful morning :D

Catch you later

Love Soojay xxx

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another weekend is whizzing by!

I shall be happier next weekend as it will be the beginning of half term. Dan ( being at college has already started his!)
Hopefully this time next week my sisters and I will all be together at Stephs. It will be the first time we have seen her since the Summer and since she has finished her chemo and radio therapy. We all have instructions on what food to take :D. I need to get my pinny out to make a sausage plait and key lime pie ( the good thing is, i never make just one , so i will be leaving one of each for Derek and kids).
I am also taking scissors so she can have a tidy up- apparently the barber was quite scared last time she went.
I am begrudgingly starting to prepare for the "C" word! Already had invites to a couple of parties at school. Nat's has bought all her cards and has printed a list out. I have made one card so far LOL
Nothing exciting going on here at the mo. Just paying bills :( and trying to be more organised and tidy :( fun at all!
Getting excited about ATDML retreat ....only three weeks to go .
Love Soojay xx

Monday, October 11, 2010


Not made by me

But he seems happy enough with it.

I did not let him eat too much ! LOL

Love Soojay xx

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Beef Stew for tea

Veg for slow cooker.

And i am NOT cooking it ..yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

Love Soojay xxx

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Pre Party pics

I dyed Megs hair..she has been nagging for ages. She hated it at first but everyone ( who matters i.e. friends,) has loved it so she is coming round. Dan Asked me to spike his up before he disappeared. Its getting a little long for that , so a quick trim for him too.

The side view. Had a text a little while ago - they are having a great time.

Meg and Alice went off to a 16th "Angels and Demons" party

Hence the posing!

They looked stunning :)



And all ready to go.

As its just down the road , they walked . I did not drive them LOL.
I am picking them up later though .

Right need to cook tea for me and Nats.

Love Soojay xx

Party time!

Not the most recent ..but one of my favs. I will TRY to get a photo of him sometime over the weekend. This little poppet is 17 today. I find it so hard to believe he is getting so old :(
Shhhhhh........i still get cuddles though but don't say i told you .
He is off with his dad and some mates to bowl later and then out for a meal. Poor Derek can't bowl any more as his fingers get too sore ( the joys of old age!)
Meg is also off out to her first proper party. I have to dye her hair in a little while.
Hopefully with most of them out tonight , Nats and I shall have some peace ;)

Love Soojay xxx

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Can Chocolates make you cry?

Ohh yes they can! These are from my sister.

Love soojay xxx

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Joy's of mental Health

Or Natalie's OCD to be precise! You have no idea what the sight one one single toilet roll does to her! I will not go into any details except to say we have two loo's, one is primarily for Nats and it is the biggest disaster ever to get down to one loo roll........sigh. There are five of us , so it does happen occasionally. She has gone off to the shop to buy a pack , even though tea will be ready in 10 mins.
So much for saving the planet! we much use ( or Nats anyway) a tree a week!
Rant over :D

Love Soojay xx

Monday, October 04, 2010

Easily Pleased

BREVILLE - Hot Cup with Variable Fill... Bye bye Tesco's £5 kettle. It lasted a year but has started to turn itself off just before it boils. This one only boils what you need and is SO quick.

AND Pretty :) :)

Love Soojay xx

Friday, October 01, 2010

A heavy Week

Made Banana Muffins - mind you , I only had one banana! I had to add some white chocolate and milk - they disappeared quite quickly so I think they were ok.
Had a melt down in the middle of the week due to lots of emotional blackmail and trying to do to much. So I went on strike for an evening or two - it worked. Still feeling a bit vulnerable though and need to say "NO " more. Also should NOT expect others to have a clue about my life :)
Having a BIG tidy up at the weekend............:D it IS the weekend!!
Might be back soon.

Love Soojay xx