Buy a soup maker and use it at least 5 times #101in1001 #27

I LOVE homemade soup. Actually, I love all soup that is flavoursome, New Covent Garden, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference etc. It is relatively cheap and has loads of goodness, so healthy too, win-win. I love a variety of different flavours, cauliflower, courgette, spicy parsnip – love them all.

I occasionally made my own at home but despite being delicious it was always a hassle and the kitchen was always in a state afterwards. Then a friend told me about soup makers. I didn’t even realise there was such a thing. Apparently, you just cut up the ingredients and throw them in, decide whether you want chunky or smooth and 30 minutes later it is done. Surely it couldn’t be that simple?

With some Christmas money from my Mum, I purchased a Salter Soup Maker (which was half price – a bargain!) and bought the ingredients for my first trial…..

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Dear Friend…

Dear Friend,

Although it was lovely to see you the other night, I wish it could have been in other circumstances. We haven’t ‘caught up’ for a while and I was thrilled to hear you were coming to stay, that was until I heard why…

I dropped my own daughter off at Uni just a couple of weeks ago and I didn’t realise until the moment that I drove away what it is to leave part of you behind. Every mother’s heart must pang as their children leave the nest. Overwhelmed with pride that they are strong and independent but at the same time missing them as though a limb has been severed.

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My 101 in 1001 Challenge 20% Update

As predicted the first 10% was a lot easier to accomplish that the next, particularly when 2018 has been a disaster on the challenge front as well as the blogging front.

I am now ready with my next update for my 101in1001, I have finally reached 20%.

You can read my complete list of things to try and accomplish before July 2020 here. here.

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The ‘Get Your Guide’ Harry Potter Walking Tour

Or Go on an organised tour of a town or city (#80) with Dominic (#3) Crossing off two challenges at once is a great feeling but to do three in a day is quite amazing. Two challenges were planned and one was a complete surprise (more about that in another blog). I rarely spend any length of time with Dominic one of my sons. For no other reason than I am either at poolside with his brother (a keen swimmer) or I am busy with work, daughter, blogging etc. His life is just as busy. We rarely have a completely free day so when one came up I decided to make the most of it. Continue reading

Go to a Dance Class #101in1001 #32

During my last #101in1001 challenge I had exactly the same task and I had a wonderful dance class organised by the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the West End. I must admit that I thought this challenge would be a one-off lesson again.

I have always wanted to try tap dancing lessons. It always looks so much fun. I have been trying to persuade the principal of Redhurst Schools of Dancing to run adult classes for ages but it is always difficult finding timetabling space.

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Why Mummy Drinks | Gill Sims | Mini Review

Official Blurb

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.

It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’

But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.

Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…

My View (no spoilers)

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