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If you have read my other reviews you will know how much I love Fox's biscuits. These Jam and creams are no exception.Growing up I didn't like Jammie dodgers too much. So when my husband decided to buy some I wasn't so sure.
The biscuits come in a long thin red packet, with a plastic tray inside. Inside the plastic tray are about 12 biscuits with 3 biscuits to a compartment. This makes the biscuits feel special as if their so nice they need to be kept secure and protected.
Each biscuit is about 4cm wide and 1 thick. In the middle is a layer of white cream, with jam on top, sandwiched between two shortbread biscuits.The top biscuit has a some fancy pattern ontop and a small heart shape cut out which reveals the jam underneath. The jam has a little sugar sprinkled on top. It is a rule that you must lick the jam from the heart before eating the rest. Alot of people also break it in half and eat the two bits seperate but I think this spoils the overall effect.
Usually I am partial to dipping biscuits in tea or coffee but I have found these don't need it. They are perfectly crunchy with a buttery taste. The jam is lovely and chewy and stringy with the mixture of the hard icing cream.
I bought these for £1 but i'm sure prices vary differently. For me they are a luxurious version of a jammie dodger.And as with most fox's biscuits you will not be able to stop at just one.
I swapped my washing powder for Gels 2 years ago mainly due to lack of storage. Over that time I have tried many different brands and scents.Wearing a uniform at work I always wondered why everyone elses clothes smelt so fresh and clean when mine just smelt normal. I resulted o adding a cap and a half of gel to my wash. Still it made no difference. That was until I tried Daz. Finally my clothes smelt fresh as a daisy with the recommended one cap.
I bought this 880ml bottle on special offer at £3. It's usually £5-6.What I find strange about buying Gels is that the labels never tell you what it is acctually designed for. The only clue on the front was where it says 20 washes. After futher inspection on the back in teeny tiny writing it does say laundry liquid with biological action. Having a young child I like to know if what i'm buying is bio or non-bio, but this packaging is so hard to see, with its tiny writing.
Then came my first wash. I opened the lid and gave it a smell. It wasn't very exciting.The smell is very indescript.
It smells a bit of flowers, but mainly a generic fresh flower smell. I was expecting a delicious sweet flowery smell.
Anyway Ihad bought two bottles so I would have to grin and bare it.I went ahead and poured the liquid into the lid, and poured it into the machine drawer. The temperature was set to 40. Now too sit back and wait.
At the end of the cycle I remove my clothes to be greeted by a lovely fresh flowery smell.I hung it on my drier and went out. When I came home I could smell it as I walked through the door. Never had this happened before.And when Iwentto work I could still smell it.
I am very impressed with how strong the smell is, that I can't seem to get from any other gel.My clothes also feel cleaner aswell.This will now become my favourite laundry gel. I just hope next time it will be on sale again!
Over the past few months I have been purchasing things from morrisons value range. At first I was worried about the quality,but ii have found most of the stuff is exactly the same quality as products 3x the price. I even braved their value bread and am quite amazed at the quality. Recently they have added alot more things to their range,including their pasta twists.A 500g pack will set you back all of 17p.
The twist come in a boring yellow packet that can bee easily spotted on the bottom shelf.IWould say the twists are smaller and tighter than most brands. I think this affects the cooking somewhat as when I add it to a pasta bake it takes longer than usual to cook and turn soft. It still taste good though as any other pasta. And for the 17p that I paid who can complain.I only use half a packet per pasta bake which works out at 8p. As pasta is one of the main staples it reduces the weekly shop greatly. I will definatley be buying this again.
After going to Lidls one day I was reminded of the delicious culinary experiences of Greece.I decided the first thing to try was spanacopita.Whatever way you like to spell or pronounce it the dish consists of spinach,feta,ricotta,onions and various herbs and spices wrapped in filo pastry. For many reasons i wasnt going to attempt making filo from scratch. So headed down to the shop for aA long search.Eventually the pastry turned up to be in the frozen dessert section. There was only one choice and the was the jusroll.
The 6 sheets come in a long thin plastic wrapper and cost £1.39. You have ro let them defrost before use.
MY only problem using these was that the sheets tend to stick together so you need alot of patience to handle them.APart from that everything was fine. It cooked really well and easily and tasted perfect.
HAving never used this type of thing before I was very impressed and will definately be using them again.
About 6 moths ago when my baby was 13 months we were browsing our local charity shop looking for some interesting toys. Up on a shelf I saw this Elefun and thought it looked amazing. The picture of the elephant on the front was so cute and reminded me of my childhood. I then read what the game was about and thought it sounded so exciting and was imagining my daughters 2nd birthday party with all her little friends jumping about trying to catch butterflies. How dilussioned I was. I handed over my £1 and took it home.
Elefun comes in a small size box with 4 nets. 30 butterflies, the elephant base and a long pvc type trunk. The main part of Elefun is the big base. It is made from blue plastic moulded into the shape of a sitting elephant, with painted on details such as big pretty eyes and a smile. The trunk is a pipe made from foldable plastic that screws onto the base and acts as an air tunnel. Then there are 30 butterflies made from a light plastic material. They come in three colours ,and are very plain very unlike a real butterfly. As ours is second hand the primary colour nets were already set up for us. They are the perfect size for small hands , and very light to hold.
It is very easy to set the game up. Firstly put the butterflies in the base and screw on the trunk to the base. There is a black switch on the bottom to turn it on. As simple as that. If only! This game is fantastic on paper but not in reality. Ours came with 4 size C batteries already inserted. I set it up turned it on and nothing happened except alot of noise. After waiting 2 minutes one solitary butterfly flopped out. Iread the instuctions that said to
flatten the butterflies out if they did not fly out. I did this to no avail. So Iwent to the shop and bought some new batteries hoping this would solve the problem.
I took a small screwdriver to undo the battery enclosure and replaced all four batteries just to be on the safe side.
Sadly the air pressure was no different and, no matter how much I flatten or unflatten the butterflies no have the engery to fly.
*Value for money*
I have seen this toy for sale at varying prices £25 online to £8 at Asda. They are now in a different designed box which I'm sure wont make any difference. My daughter does like to play with nets now and again sort the butterflies, but other than that it was a total waste of £1. I am so glad I didn't buy it full price.
I first ate at Frankie and Benny's at my local resteraunt in Preston 4 or 5 years ago and was far from impressed. Recently me and two friends visited The Trafford Centre in Manchester for a girly shopping trip. After 40 minutes driving we were very hungry and needed something to eat ASAP. As it is the middle of the school holidays the food courts were packed, so we went to the Frankie and Benny's situated outside.
Many people do not know it is there as it is seperate from the Trafford Centre a few metres away, as you come out from the food courts. I was slightly dubious from my last experience, but this one looked nice.
Before you enter the large building that looks like a mediteranean villa, there are two large ponds each containig two Giant fish waterfalls. My 19 month old daughter was facinated by them and spent most of her time watching them making fish noises. The ponds are surrounded by beautiful stone fences so no-one could end up falling in.
There is a medium size outside area with black wicker table and chairs in a modern square style. Each table has a big pot of red begonias that looked lovely but were too big for the small tables so we removed it. To protect the diners from rain , snow or sun are 4 very large red parasols, which have outdoor heaters attached for cold weather.
So we went in and were greeted at the desk by two waiters. They told us there was a 20 minute wait for service , or if we sat outside and ordered at the bar there would only be a 10 minute wait. We decided on the outside option. The inside of the restaraunt looks like a pub. There is wood everywhere and it is very dark.
To me there was no choice. Dark pub interiors inside, or light fresh modern outside.
We sat ourselves down outside and got comfy. There were some big speakers outside playing very loud 60's american music that was overpowering if you sat too close to the door. After a few minutes a very smart waiter came and gave us our menus, and a kids menu. I hadn't asked for a highchair but he kindly brought us one anyway.And a kids coluring pack. The highchair was wooden and very clean. The only problem was the lack of tray, but she dosn't sit in highchairs anyway.
The menus the waiter brought were for the 3 courses for £8.95 deal. For me this is great value. On average there were 6 or 7 options for each course. I'll give youa few examples:
Soup of the day
What the men at the desk failed to tell us was that they cannot serve desserts outside. I was really looking forward to a scrummy dessert aswell. But it all turned out for the best.Instead of having 3 courses for £8.95 we got 2 for £7.95 and we were stuffed after just 2. We went to the bar and ordered and paid.
After 5 or 10 minutes ( time flies in good company) our starters arrived. Another smart waiter arrived, set up his little table and gave us our food . Both my friends had a 16" garlic bread with tomato and herbs. They were shocked by the size! I had calamari.When he gave it me he said 'Good choice'.I thought it was
because the others were having boring garlic bread. But he was telling the truth. It came in a dish with a wedge of lemon and some sweet chilli sauce.
Now I have lived in Greece before and never tasted such good calamari as Frankie and Benny's. The squid rings were the perfect size and there were also some whole baby squid.They were covered in a delicious crispy batter with sea salt and pepper.And the squeeze of lemon excentuated the deliciousness.MMMMmmmm...My daugher loved it too and made MMMmmmmm noises all the way through. There was just enough for one and a half people.
Five minutes after we finished our mains arrived.I had a Vege Bean burger. It arrived on a sesame bun and some fries and a bit of salad. Again it came with some sweet chilli sauce. I spread it on the burger as it seemed a bit boring without. What a mistake.It tasted like burger and jam. Even my baby wouldn't eat it,and she will eat anything.Unfortunatly I had to leave half of it which I hate doing. I felt so guilty, but it was just so awful. The fries however were gorgeous compared.
As the portions were so big afterwards we all could hardly move,and only ate a small snack for the rest of the day.
Overall the service and food was good. If it wasn't so busy the service would have been 5*.
It was a bit dull and grey outside, but it would still have been much better than sitting inside. If it was a sunny day it would have been as if I was sat on a Medditeranean terrace. I was dissapointed with my mains, but I'm still dreaming of that Calamari. Next time I'll probably only order calamari as that on its own was enough.
When buying a handwash there are two important qualities I look for , how it looks and the price. I have always seen Original source handwash at my local supermarket and thought i'd like to try it. My only problem was that it's usually £2 or more.There are usually just as good quality brands for cheaper. This week it was on sale for £1 so I thoughti'd give it a go.
What attracted me to this handwash first of all is the packaging. It comes in a medium size chunky square bottle that tapers up to the top where,there is a big black pump to dispense the liquid inside.The pump looks overly large for the bottle which itself is very plain.This is to reflect that it is pure and 'packed with natural stuff'.There is a fairtrade logo at the bottom which states that it contains Fairtrade ingredients.If I had noticed this before
I may have considered paying a little extra for it.The back tells you a bit of how the honey bees travel 49 miles to produce the fairtrade honey, which gives a bit of entertainment whilst washing your hands.
There is a bit of chunky bold writing on the front telling you that it is 'Nourishing Shea butter and Honey handwash'.The font is in brown and black natural colours that also reflects the natural ingredients. As the bottle is transparent you can see that the handwash inside
is a light brown colour to match the writing.
To dispense the liquid you push down the pump as normal, and a rather lot of handwash comes out. For my medium average size hands it is too much.Most handwash lasts me around 2 months. Everyone else in my household uses soap. So I was dissapointed to find that a quater of it has dissapeard in less than a week.
I bought this scent as I usually like this kind of smell. After my first handwash I found it to be quite horrible.It smells quite coconutty which is nice but then the butter side kicks in and it does smell like sickly ,heavy butter.After a week of using it though I am starting to warm too it. The good thing is the smell is strong and lasts up to an hour, which you don't find with most handwashes.
This is a good quality product and stands for good values.The bottle is very attractive and the price is nice! However I do not like the smell so won't be buying it again but I will definatly try the other varieties in the future.
Tesco Eyes drops come in a small 10 ml bottle perfect for carrying in your bag for when you need it most.
It comes in a small blue box .
As it has been so hot lately my contact lenses have been drying up quite easily. I needed something to remedy this for when i'm out and about so went shopping.
I was looking for the eye spray but when I found it, it was a hefty £8, compaired to these £2.79 drops. So I went for the cheaper option.Plus you get the clubcard points.
The drops come in a small bottle that you squeeze and drop in your eye. All I cans say is it's exactly like a
minature lens solution bottle in every way. The way of despensing is the same, and i'm pretty sure the liquid inside is exactly the same too. The only advantage is as the bottle is tiny it is very easy to put in the eyes.
It does say on the box not to use with lenses in which I have only just noticed. I don't see why not if your using
disposables. I have been using them once a day for about 2 weeks. They do help as a quick fix, but I still can't wait to get home and put my glasses on.
My daughter recieved this from the library in her 18 months + bookstart pack. You can buy it RRP £5.99 which I think is a bit excessive.
I'm not cute is a short childrens story written by Jonathan Allen.You can buy its as a chunky board book, but ours is a softback which is very dangerous with a 19 month old. She likes to pull the pages out, so I have not let her touch this one. Strangly with other books I have held up for her to look at the book felt wierd but this one is the perfect size and bendyness to hold up and read to a child.
Most books she has have intricate colourful pictures that attract her.She like to feel and touch them and look very closely. The illustrations in this book aren't so interesting. They are nice and very sweet but crudley drawn maybe in felt tip with thick black outlines. They do not attract her to look at it but she loves the story.
The story is simple and repetitive which babies love.The text is very large so perfect for children who are learning to read.
The story is about a small baby owl who thinks he is so grown up and goes for a walk by himself in the woods.On the way he meets lots of different animals who talk to him, hug him and tell himm how cute he is. Baby owl is not very impressed.
In the end mummy owl finds him and takes him home to sleep.
What is good about this book is there are many opertunities for interaction. Most of the text is the animals talking.
So this is perfect to do all kinds of voices. Mine are mainly the same but with different accents. Secondly every animal baby owl meets they give him a great big hug.This is your opertunity to give your child a great big hug too. This makes up for the below average illustrations.
This isn't my daughters favourite book as she like hers to be chunky and feely.But it is mine as it is very
fun too read aloud, and when shes older and has more paitience to listen i'm sure she will enjoy it more too.
I first discovered the joys of cooking 1 year ago when my baby started weaning at 6 months old. I did cook before that but now there was a small life involved it was time to get more complex. Fried egg on toast just wouldn't do anymore.
I have since explored dozens of new recipes many of them involving covering certain meats and vegetables in an even layer of oil. I found this a very annoying experience so tried many different methods, until I tried spray on oil.I chose the Light Fry one as it was the cheapest at £1.79 and the bottle looked easy to refill.
The oil comes in an average yellow looking plastic bottle with a big lid. When you remove the lid it reveals a normal spritzer type pump. I gave it a quick go too see how it worked. At first it was quite hard to press and only sprayed out a pathetic squirt. Imagine my dissapointment. A while later I was a bit bored so started reading the label. Right at the bottom it said it contains alcohol. I am no food expert or scientist so don't know why this is necessary. Living in an achohol free family this was not an option. I was a bit annoyed at this but not all was lost. I unscrewed the top which was very easy and and took the pump out. I then poured the alchoholic oil down the sink. Now this is sunflower oil we are talking about here. I always thought sunflower oil was a clear golden colour. This looked more like a thin watery PVA glue. This worried me a bit. I then gave the bottle a good wash and put olive oil in there.
A few days later I was grilling potatoe wedges and had to spray them with oil. The first 5 or 6 sprays was really difficult.The pump was very stiff and the spray didn't desperse properly so it took ages to get good coverage. However every other time I have used it it has become easier and and sprays evenly.
If you were to use the origional oil in there it is advertised that it contains one calorie per spray. This is so much healthier than deep fat frying. Great for dieters and more importantly for everyone to life a healthy everyday life. It is great for keeping chicken and other meat moist while cooking as you can add it while in the oven really easily. It also says its good for stir frying but I can't imgine this as it would be a bit hard work spraying frantically and stirring at the same time.
It takes alot for a film to hold my attention for more than 10 minutes, and this one certainly did. Water for elephants I have recently found was adapted from a book.Usually in this situation the film is for less superior to the book. Having never read the book I am looking forward to reading it as the film is amazing.
All the way through the film I was wondering who the lead male was. Then I remembered it was Robert Patterson and I had watched him for about 2 minutes in those awful twilight films. If I would have known it was him before I wouldn't have watched the film, but surprisingly he played his character Jacob perfectly.
The film is narated by Jacob as an old man in the present day telling the story of his youth. Jacob starts out as a promising vetenairy student from a Polish family. One day tradgedy hits and he joins the circus looking after their animals. He then meets the ringmaster and his wife Marleena played by Reese Witherspoon. In most films I find her slightly annoying and plastic but here she plays her character very well. The film is mainly about the relationship between the three and,their elephant Rosie. Marleenas husband August is very controlling and a bit of a phsyco. Will anything come of this love triangle or will Augusts gansters triumph? You will just have to see.
This film is set in 1930's america. The sets and clothes are fantastic and make you believe in the film. It is very captivating and you get lost in the 30's. The most amazing scenes are with the animals. They are so clever and well trained, and make the film feel mystical . I have never watched a film about animal circuses and this gave a great insight into them.
Along with a great cast and set and some dramatic scenes this is a must see movie.The end of the film was very emotional and i have to say a few tears were shed.Maybe this is why its called water for elephants because i really don't understand why it has this title.
The Vax pet g:2 was the first vacum cleaner I ever bought. When I moved into my flat money was short. I really wanted to buy a Dyson but at £200 was not very realistic. Instead I bought the Vax from Home Bargains for £45 about 4 years ago.
How I wish I had invested in a Dyson.
Vax Good Points:
The main reason I purchased this was for its price. There were cheaper ones but they didn't look as good as the Vax and didnt have a good name. The version of the Vax I bought is in a lovely bright blue colour. The blue plastic is opaque so you can see a bit inside and it makes the hoover look light and easy to use.It is small and squat with a long suction pipe that makes it feel like your walking a dog.
The vaccum came in a small compact box that was light and easy to carry home. In the box comes the main body, the bendy corugated pipe, a shiny metal extension and attatchments. It was so easy to fit togther.A simple case of pressing a button on the pipe and slotting it into the base.Then attatch the extension onto the pipe and which ever attatchment you need.
There a 3 attatchments. A smaller angled pipe. A tiny brush and a wide flat one with optional bristtles.The angled
pipe and small brush seem very pointless to me. They are far to small. If im to hoover in small places I remove the extension and just use the pipe which makes it much more flexible. The majority of the time I only use the flat long one with the bristles out. (Sorry about the non technical names I don't know them).
The main part of the vaccum is very well designed. It has two large wheels at the back which make it easy to manouvre.
Above those is a large handle for carrying.To empty the vaccum there is a black button on top that you push down to remove the insides.
The filter is easily removed with a quick turn and pull. It can then be washed and replaced.When the filter has been removed it is very easy then to give it a quick wash as the dust inside makes it look a tad unsightly. Everything can be clicked back into place in one easy action. On the top of this unit is the power button which you can stand on, to turn on/off the power without bending down . The other side is a button that convieniently pulls the wire into the baes unit for you so there are no tangled wires. In the middle of all these it a circular button that adjusts the suction.
Vax Bad Points:
After its many good points are two crucial bad points:
1. The Vax comes with 2 filters that you are supposed to replace when they get too clogged. All mine are washed and leftto dry after every use, they have lasted around 4 years.However as this model is not popular the filters cannot be bought anywhere except specialist shops and online. To buy one filter pack will cost at the least £13.99. If you had to buy these everytime you empited it , it would cost more than the price of the hoover. As its not so good a vaccum its not even worth it. Better off buying a completly new hoover.
2. After about 6 months this Vax lost its suction.To vaccum your carpet it takes two times to go round and suck everything up. I now hoover everyday to make it easier. The worst thing is getting rice stuck in there. It will not suck it up so you have too pick the rice from the carpet and put it up the pipe yourself. I think even if I bought new filters that it will be just as bad. What doesnt help is the bit that attatches the attatchment to the pipe has broken under the weight of the base. Maybe if I was more careful putting it away this wouldnt have happend but I have read reviews stating the same thing.
I feel very sad to say goodbye to my Vax as it is very cute but sadly he has come to the end of the road.
I'm not your biggest film person and usually get bored 10 minutes in and find something better to do. This film was so good that I sat still and watched it from begining to end. I had seen an advert for it a month before and couldn't wait to see it.
Bad Teacher is mainly about a teacher who will do anything for a boob job. Elizabeth palyed by Cameron Diaz leaves her job as a teacher to marry her rich boyfriend and become a lady of leisure. Until he realises shes a golddigger and calls of their engagement.Elizabeth is forced back into her teaching job. And she is far from enthuiastic. It is now her aim in life to find and rich man and live off him.
There are some very funny scenes from her terrible couldn't care less teaching style. She tries her best to ignore everyone in the school, but makes sort of friends with one teacher who she turns to the wild side. Then comes Scott a geeky romantic teacher played very well by Justin Timberlake. Did I mention he is rich? Elizabeth then turns her sights on him. But so does a very funny character by the name of Miss Squirrel. Scott and Miss Squirrel are a perfect match. Elizabeth realises this so decides to get a boob job to get his attention. The rest of the film is based around the Love stories and how she raises the funds for her surgery. All the while she is supported by a PE teacher who tries his best to make her fall in love with him.
This film is very funny. It is based around these 5 or 6 characters. It is a nice relaxing film. No guns war, crime or anything to make you feel tense. There is alot of drugs and bad language which is why this film has a 15 rating.
And there is a nice twist at the end just to keep you on your toes.
Outlandish are my all time favourite group. When I tell people this they say who??
I first discovered this group whilst watching German MTV. It was showing the video for Aicha. I found it so refreshing to hear music from a different point of view.
So let me introduce you. Outlandish are three rappers/ R&B singers from Denmark. Waqas is of Pakistani origin, Isam Moroccan and Lenny South American , which is reflected in their music. The majority of the tracks are in English Waqas rapping and Isam and Lenny singing the (latter in Spanish.)
The music of Outlandish at first listen sounds like your average hiphop music about clubs, drinking, sex and women. But if you listen to the lyrics you will hear something meaningful.
The track 'Look into my Eyes', is very political. It is a poem written by a young Iraqi boy caught in the middle of war. This track is very meaningful and shows the group are not afraid to voice a different world view.
As two of the group are Muslim this has a big influence on topics of conversation.
Aicha is a homage to all Muslim women. It is a very melodic and inspiring track. As Lenny is Christian he always adds his angle on each song. As he only raps in Spanish I cannot tell you what he is saying but I enjoy listening to his voice.
All the other tracks are simlpy about everyday real life, that is relevent too everyone regardless of sex , race religion or nationality.
Most of the music is your typical Hiphop style which I like alot. There are other influences on Dirty Dirty East using Arabic instruments.
The track Guantanamo is heavily influenced by Latin music and makes you feel as though your on holiday.
As Outlandish aren't very popular in UK its quite hard to find in Music shops, unless your in Germany where you can find it anywhere. Your best option is too look online where it cost about £10.
If you like your alternative Hiphop or just something a bit new and different this is definatly a good place too start. I have been a fan for 8 years and have every album. What I like is how nearly every song relates somehow too my life. And the ones that don't jut sound great.
Being a Lancashire lass it is tradition too once in a while to go to the local chippy and get pie and chips. If your lucky they will stock Holland's pies. You can even buy them from your supermarket in a four pack for about £1.20.
My favourite flavour is cheese and onion. Each pie is a medium size which is not to big or small. If you buy them frozen you can bake them or I prefer to microwave them for 3 minutes. You must remove tin base first.
When you take it out and put your knife in a mass of cheese and onion sauce oozes out. The pastry tastes nice and cuts easily. When microwaved it turns a bit chewy which I really like. Inside is a gooey yellow sauce. To be honest it looks a bit icky but it tastes lovely. A little salty and very cheesy in a good way. It is very smooth apart from the small chunks of onion.
These are best eaten with greasy chips and some mushy peas for a proper traditional comforting meal.