Friday night is family movie night. Its the end of a school week, and the beginning of the weekend, so I let them each pick a treat after school. They all go for exactly the same thing every single time, but its what they want, so…When it hits the evening we set up up the Netflix on our TV thanks to the Amazon fire stick, and then the politics of what film, genre, who’s turn is it to pick ensues. When all is settled it is all about the movie treats, and the devilishly delicious gingerbread popcorn gets scoffed in no time at all. I am not really a popcorn fan, but this Butterkist limited edition flavour is more like little pops of crispy sweet toffee. I am such a good mum. Did I mention that it was treat day? Washed down with fresh fruit juice, (gotta add a bit of health) we also love classic wham, and fruit salad tubes so plenty to share.
My mum said to me the other day that sometimes its all about making your life a little easier. I am a big advocate for cake and pastry mixes, the only ingredients you tend to need are eggs and water. I spotted this chocolate brownie mix at Lidl and wanted to give it a try. The instructions are simple enough to follow on thé back of the box, preheat the oven, grease some baking paper and line the tin.
This mix has chocolate chips, but the kids wanted some extra crunch so crumbled some Whittard butter strawberry shortbread biscuits into the batter mix after stirring in the egg, water and oil. Cook in the centre of the oven for around twenty minutes, and leave to cool. We added chocolate crisp balls on the top, as if we didn’t already have enough chocolate. So delicious, with just enough rise.
Happy birthday Krispy Kreme! Seventy-eight and still young, the UK had to wait until 2003 with a concession in Harrods to taste what all the fuss was about. We fully intended to have a summer picnic in the park with the limited edition doughnut hamper to celebrate, but the British weather foiled our plans. Instead we indulged in the living room on a Jon Burgerman picnic blanket, taking snaps with the new Lomography Buttercup Diana F+ with an assorted collection of classic Krispy Kreme deliciousness as well as the chocolate collection to boot.
The limited edition Krispy Kreme doughnut hamper box contains two pairs of cool Krispy Kreme sunglasses, a Krispy Kreme frisbee and two Assorted Dozens. Don’t worry I didn’t let them eat them all in one sitting, but it would have been easy with chocolate sprinkles, lemon cheesecake, strawberries and Kreme and more. Psssst, just in case you didn’t know Krispy Kreme have just released a very moreish Reese’s doughnut filled with cult Reese’s peanut butter, topped with chocolate, icing and peanut butter drops. *Homer Simpson drool.
For those that love Vita coco, there is now vita coco kids, naturally flavoured fruit coconut water in Apple and blackcurrant, and tropical mango and pineapple. You would be surprised about how much sugar is actually in kids drinks, and this lower sugar potassium rich drink is ideal, and the mini adorn kids actually loved it. This is especially a feat as they don’t really like coconut. I am glad to have found this alternative, as their primary school have a strict no junk policy, and check their packed lunch boxes before school trips.
Priced £2.99 for 4 x 180ml pack it is available from Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury and Amazon. From 28th April Vita coco kids will be also be available at Tesco, coming soon to Yo Sushi and Holland Barrett.