Childhood Favorite: Toad in the hole Recipe

Growing up in England dad used to run pubs for a living. One pub in particular The White Hart was a pub that he ran for a long time. We used to be good friends with the owners and we lived right next door to them.

Without a doubt two meals that were a childhood favorite and that we had once a week were Toad in the Hole and the Sunday Roasts.

Lately I have wanted to try and recreate one of those childhood favorites the Toad in the Hole. The first attempt didn’t go as planned for two reasons.

1. I used pre-cooked sausages and
2. I didn’t make enough batter which is essentially a big Yorkshire Pudding.

So this time I attempted to make it again. It turned out better. It tasted pretty good to. The gravy was also made for me just right.

So here is the recipe and some pictures to go along with it. I will be attempting this again because as they say: “Practice makes Perfect” 🙂

This recipe is super easy and it takes absolutely no time to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 160ml milk
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 egg
  • thick pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 165g sachet liquid gravy
  • 1onion, finely sliced, sauteed
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to very hot, 220°C
  2. Add oil in a casserole dish and place in the oven to heat with the oven
  3. Sift flour into a bowl; make a well in centre. Combine milk, water and egg in a jug; whisk liquid mixture into flour, until smooth.
  4. Heat a frying pan on medium; cook sausages 5 minutes, until browned.
  5. When casserole dish is hot, place sausages in and pour batter around sausages; bake 20-25 minutes, until crisp and golden.
  6. Heat liquid gravy in a saucepan on medium. Stir in onion, sugar and worcestershire sauce; season to taste. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve with sliced toad in the hole, roast potatoes or mashed potato. Even vegetables if you want 🙂

Ingredients

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The Batter

 

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The Sausages in the casserole dish

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The batter covering the sausages

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The fished cooked (yes it is a little burnt on the edges)

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The Gravy cooking

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The finish (yes I need to learn to take better food photos)

This is honestly a simple recipe to make and quick to cook.

-Danielle

Mum life at the 1am feeding time 

My mum life at the 1am feeding time. I wish i had some profound and insightful thing to say or some wisdom on how to deal with it. BUT heres the truth.

I am a mum of two now. You think i would be able to remember the basics right?? WRONG. Heres how my 1am feeding time went…..

Ezra started making a fuss at about 12.30am. By 1am i knew it was time to feed him.

Now in my sleepy state i got up to get him out of his bassinet. I decided started with a nappy change. As i was changing his nappy i thought to myself “he hasnt peed everwhere in a while” (yes that thought actually went through my mind at that moment) so as i was putting the wet nappy away what did he do?? Yup he peed and i didnt have a wetwipe over him like i do when doing night time changes. Ugh. So after quickly throwing his new nappy over him and putting it on correctly i had to wipe my arm down with a wetwipe.

Then when i was feeding him i was looking at facebook to stop myself from falling asleep. Afterwards he did a small burp but was still moving around so i put him on my chest to pat his back. BIG mistake. He vomitted all over me.

Yet again UGH.

After cleaning myself up again. I cuddled him back to sleep and put him down. 

As soon as my head hit the pillow and i got comfortable he started fussing again. So up for more cuddles.

This time when he was definatly asleep. I put him back down, turned the light off and then Xavier started babbling to himself. I left him cause he wasnt crying so that was okay.

But through all that these couple of pictures made it all worth it.

So that was my mum life at 1am feeding. Forgetting all the basics.

I might be a mum of two but its easy to forget the basics 😊😊
-Danielle

Book Reading, Blog Reading and Book Shopping. Welcome to my Sunday Night

Welcome to my Sunday night.

I am currently sitting in my bed, with Ezra asleep next to me in the basinet. Xavier is fast asleep in his room and the hubby is watching his TV shows (as I tend to ask him so many questions. Sometimes cause I am generally confused and sometimes because its funny).

So I decided to sit in bed, read a little of my book The Shack, read some blogs and also shop for some new books.

Just a normal Sunday night. Plus who can ever have enough books? In my bookshelf there is currently a 125 books that I own, not including my husband’s books as well as about 15 cook books that sit in the cupboard.

I always tell Luke that when we build a house (if we ever do) or when we sell this house and buy a new one then he either has to build me a library which would be the size of two big rooms or we would have to buy a house where I can use a room, put some shelving up, place a comfy chair and use as a library.

I have always wanted shelving that requires me to have a ladder. I’m not sure why I just love the look, love the idea and love the thought of how many books it would take to fill that room.

Someone told me to get a kindle so I didn’t have to buy books and find places to store them but I think I might be a bit old fashioned. I love the feel of a book, the turning of the page to carry on the story, I love just going into a bookstore and spending time browsing what they have and buying something new.

I own a lot of different genres of books. Just being able to get lost in a story, lost in the characters. It’s amazing. So that’s why I won’t buy a kindle.

The blog reading is reading recent posts of people that I follow and tags that I like. Just to see what is happening. I’m to shy to join in on any of them but I love reading them and seeing the different style of writing 🙂

Here are a couple of pictures of my dream libraries.

 

Anyway that is my Sunday night.

Hope everyone else is having a good night be it either a Saturday night or a Sunday night 🙂

-Danielle

The dreaded Chickenpox

Hey Guys,

So not last Thursday but the Thursday before we did daycare visits. My mother in law came down to help me manage an excited then 18 month old and a 2 week old.

We visited 3 daycares in total as they were the ones that I had narrowed it down to. They went well and Xavier enjoyed all of them and was in bed earlier then normal (bonus right there).

So fast forward to last week on Thursday morning I noticed a couple of spots on his back and made a doctors appointment for the Friday. As the day wore on I noticed a couple appear on his face and stomach/chest area so I phoned the doctors back and spoke to the nurse. The nurse booked us in for an hour later with the emergency doctor.

He took one look at them and confirmed they were the dreaded chickenpox and that we had caught it right at the start of the rash phase. He also checked over Ezra as he was only 3 weeks old by then. They told me that if Ezra caught them then there was nothing that could be done. In the meantime I was to keep checking his temp and making sure that he doesn’t start rejecting his bottles.

For Xavier we were given some Pine stuff for the bath that he is to soak in once a day for 10 minutes, we were also given an antihistamine to be taken and I brought some calamine lotion.

Roll on to this week and thankfully we have caught it in time and it must only be a mild case. He doesn’t seemed phased by the chickenpox. He hates taking the antihistamine but that smells so bad so I can only imagine what it taste like. Other then that he seems to be all good.

When I heard the that it was chickenpox I panicked because one I knew it would be uncomfortable for my poor little man but also I had to worry about Ezra getting them (thankfully he hasn’t).

The only major set back is that he can not start daycare next week like planned and will have to wait until all the spots have gone.

I am honestly grateful that he is doing okay with it, as well as grateful that Ezra hasn’t caught it. Just have to wait it out, keep up with the pine baths, the antihistamine, the pamol and just watch to make sure that Xavier doesn’t get any worse and Ezra doesn’t catch them.

That is how our time has gone basically since we confirmed it was chickenpox. Spending it at home so he can’t infect anyone else.

I am going to look at some activities to keep him entertained. So I will go pinterest hunting now 🙂

-Danielle

 

Chicken Fajita Nachos Recipe

Hey Guys

I found a recipe for Chicken Fajita Nachos and it turned out soooooo good.

I found it on Facebook so I will upload the link to the original post. I changed some ingredients to make it a bit spicy.

If it has a * next to it I either changed it or added extra

Here is the Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder *
  • 4 teaspoons paprika *
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 bell peppers, seeds removed, sliced *
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 can of hot beans
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Optional Toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C.

2. Add the chicken breast to a bowl and season with salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika powder, and cumin.

3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and cook chicken until slightly charred and no longer pink. Cook chicken in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Remove cooked chicken from the skillet, and transfer into a bowl.

4. Heat another tablespoon of oil, add the onions and cook for a couple minutes until onions are slightly translucent.

5. Add the garlic and peppers and cook slightly, then remove from heat. Transfer garlic and peppers to the chicken bowl, then top with lime juice.

6. Add a can of hot beans.

7. Lay down half the tortilla chips on the skillet, followed by half the fajita mixture, and top with cheddar cheese. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

8. Bake until the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.

If you try this recipe or the one in the link let me know what you think 🙂

https://www.buzzfeed.com/robertbroadfoot/these-chicken-fajita-nachos-will-make-your-weekend-so-much?utm_term=.ka9y80GqDM#.drQyobAxLE

-Danielle

My Monday Routine

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Monday…. It only comes once a week but for some reason it feels like the longest day of the week.

Monday’s in my house are usually pretty quiet. We don’t really go anywhere unless I need to head to the supermarket for something for dinner.

My Monday’s with Xavier usually start around 7.30am or 8.30am if he sleeps in. With Ezra it usually starts whenever he needs his feeds (but he’s a baby)

Once I’ve gotten Xavier up and dressed I will give him a bottle of milk while I make him some breakfast and myself a coffee.

We will then sit down and watch some T.V while he eats his breakfast and I try and drink my coffee before it goes cold.

I will then generally get Ezra dressed and give him another bottle. Once that has been done I will then put on a load of washing, clean up the kitchen and unload this dishwasher (if I or the hubby remembers to put it on the night before).

I will then check the fridge for something for lunch or get something out and I will also decide on what to do for dinner.

After all that is done I will make a cup of tea and sit down and play with Xavier for a while.

Once the washing has finished I will put it out and I will put on another load if needed by this time it will be almost 11.30am. I will then either head out to the supermarket if needed or will start on making lunch.

Once lunch has been made Xavier will sit down at his table, I will sit down on the couch with a bottle and feed Ezra and then eat my lunch. All the while watching the kids channel as it keeps Xavier in his seat.

At around 1pm I will put Xavier down for a sleep if he is showing signs of being tired. He used to sleep on me but we have been putting him down in his cot recently in case I need to see to Ezra and I will usually watch Jeremy Kyle or I will have a nap of my own (right now Xavier is down for a nap and I am writing this blog and watching Jeremy Kyle) I will also attempt to vacuum during nap time as well.

When Xavier has woken up if I haven’t done the vacuum in his nap time I will then do that after giving him a bottle of milk. We will then either play out on the deck or we will sit down and play with his toys.

By the time 3.45pm comes around I will get up to start doing dinner so it is ready by the time hubby gets home. I usually try and aim for a 5.30pm dinner time so that Xavier can eat with us and it is ready for when hubby gets home.

Xavier will also have his final bottle of milk with dinner so after dinner it is bath time for him. Once he has had his bath he can come and see Luke for a little bit longer and then it is bedtime by no later than 7pm.

By the time Xavier’s bedtime comes around I am usually knackered and ready for bed myself. So I will either head for a bath to relax or I will take Ezra into the bedroom, relax on the bed and usually fall asleep, blog, read or just watch random things on the T.V.

That is usually what our Monday’s are like. Not to busy, not to stressed out, just relaxing and usually going with the flow.

What are you’re Monday’s like as a stay at home mum?

-Danielle