Monday, 22 February 2010

Missing You Issues

We have been having major issues this week with the smurf missing his daddy. I think I have mentioned before in my posts that my other half works away for sometimes 3 weeks at a time, and although smurf is a real daddies boy and always misses him for some reason this time it has been worse than normal.

From crying when we dropped daddy at the airport it has progressed to crying for him everyday at some point during the day or evening. Whenever I reprimand him for anything he crys and says he misses daddy, makes me feel like a complete horror.

Yesterday we were picking up some clothes that had been left over from staying at my mums and smurf happened to notice his dads rugby shirt was among it, he immediately made a lunge for it and would not give it up come hell or high water, to the point of throwing a hissy fit when I tried to retrieve it from him, he actually cuddled the shirt all afternoon and ended up going to sleep cuddling it.

I know that my other half has to work away sometimes and I know smurf will (hopefully) get used to it and it will become easier for him (I hope), but he crys like his heart will break and it makes me want to join in out of sympathy.

At the moment we will just have to try our best to find ways to make it easier for smurf to cope when his daddy is not there.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Bad Mummy Moment

Tonight has been an evening of feeling like a really terrible mummy. I came home from work stressed, due to having had a horrible day of dealing with disciplinary meetings, so was not in the best of moods.
Smurf was being really good, chatty and smiley, but I was really preoccupied , talking on the phone and trying to fix my laptop and really giving him my full attention.

He managed in one sentence to make me feel like a horrible mother "mummy, I want you to come off the phone, cause I love you".....mummy fail!!!!

Monday, 15 February 2010

Try it Tuesday (or) Very Late for Make it Monday

I posted this recipe a week or so ago and then Liz over at Living with Kids asked for some post to put together a little dinner party to get the message out there about The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, including Global Patron Sarah Brown , who are asking people around the world to wear white and hold a dinner party in March to celebrate the 100Th year of International Women’s Day, which is on the 8Th March.

This was intended as a "Make it Monday" post, but thanks to the trouble I am having with my Internet connection at the moment its didn't quite make it so I am going to go with a "Try it Tuesday", (see what I did there)

I made this cheesecake at the weekend as it is one of my hubbies favorites and thought I could share the recipe by adding it here and giving everyone a chance to try it out as an alternative to pancakes.

Ingredients for a 9-inch cheesecake:

100g/3½oz unsalted butter
250g/8¾oz biscuits such as Digestives, Hobnobs, Oaties. Crushed.
450g/1lb Cream cheese such as Philadelphia

Couple of slugs of Baileys Irish cream (other cream liqueur's are available) about 100ml

3½oz icing sugar
200ml/10½oz double cream
60g/2oz chocolate (milk or plain, as you prefer)


Gently melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the crushed biscuits and mix until the butter has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat and, while still warm, press the mixture (using the back of a spoon) into the bottom of a lined 23cm/9inch spring form tin or loose bottom flan tin.

Leave to set for one hour in the fridge.
While it is chilling, grate the chocolate.

In a bowl, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is soft. Beat in the icing sugar and a (generous) shot of Baileys.

Fold in the whipped cream and three-quarters of the chocolate.
When the mixture is smooth, spread it evenly onto the biscuit base.

Refrigerate and allow to set for at least two hours. If you can bear to leave it overnight, so much the better.

You can either sprinkle the remaining grated chocolate over the top for a simple finish or do something a bit more elaborate if you prefer and then just remove from the tin and get stuck in

Friday, 12 February 2010


I have been a terrible blogger for the last couple of months, and now that it looks like things are going to be back on a more even keel I will apologise for my crapness.

We have been moving house which was where most of the problems arose, not sure what made me think that moving with a toddler and while hubby is working away was going to mean no disruption to normal wrong was I???

We are now in our new house, still with only sporadic Internet access(thanks for that SKY), and still missing 3 doors for the new fitted kitchen...( thanks for that Magnet!!!)

However Smurf loves his new house, he has settled in really well and much to our surprise is sleeping all night in his own bed, this is practically unheard of, previously he would always make his way into our bed if he woke in the night, but since the move and the introduction of a train bed, he now seems content to stay in his room, in his bed....bonus.

So hopefully normal service will now resume and I can actually get back to blogging, I have ideas for posts scribbled everywhere, now I just need SKY to get their act together and give me the Internet access I need to post them.