Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Mum's Cheese and Potato Pie Recipe

Growing up one of my favourite dinners was my Mum's Cheese and Potato Pie. It was everything comfort food should be and a plate of that delicious carbfest was enough to mend a broken heart or bone

Mum's recipe was so simple I am not even sure it classes as a recipe and I don't think it ever consisted of measurements so I am going to give it a go and hope you can keep up!


6-7 Maris Piper Potatoes (other mashing potatoes work too)
Cheese - The stronger the better!
and my addition 3 Spring Onions


  • Peel, chop and boil your spuds. The boiling time will depend on how many you do and how small they are chopped, for medium potatoes I recommend cutting in quarters. They will be cooked when you can prod them with a knife and they slip off the end. 
  • Strain the potatoes and leave them to one side to steam, this will dry them out as too much water makes for soggy spuds! 
  • While they dry get grating the cheese. I would say a good handful is plenty with a little extra for the top. Again no measurements here just go with your taste buds. If your cheesy like me then add more...if a cheesefest isn't what you are after then add less!
  • Slice your spring onions finely, I add a little of the green bits too for colour and they taste a bit milder than the white parts. 
  • Pop the potatoes back into the saucepan and give them a good mash STRONG ARMS REQUIRED. Add in a small tablespoon of butter (we use marge so a little healthier...who am I kidding this isn't a diet recipe!) and a glug of milk...approx 50ml (*cough* I never measure!)
  • Give it a mixeroo and add some seasoning, I leave the salt out in mine so Ted can eat it but feel free to use it if you like. Black pepper is fab in this...the more the merrier! 
  • Add the cheese (leaving some for the top) and spring onions and stir to combine. 
  • Dollop into a dish...we used our Guinness pie dish because it was the only one that we own *blushes*
  • This next bit is mandatory....Lick the Spoon!!! (this was done with my Mum and will be done forever)

Nemo decided he needed dinner before it was cooked!

  • Sprinkle the cheese on top and pop into a 180 degrees oven until the cheese has melted and gone a yummy golden brown! 
  • Let it cool down a little before eating...Molten Cheese!

We have ours with sausages and veggies because we like to pretend we are healthy but you can just have a huge bowl of it with a spoon as you sob into the bowl about whatever you needed comforting about in the first place! 

This post is an entry for #FluffyMarisPiper Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council. Learn more at bit.ly/18rWnaB

25 words Ted can say at 21 months

At the moment we are having some issues trying to get Ted to use words rather than pointing at things, taking our hands and leading us places or generally just making noises instead of actual words. 

I was surprised to get feedback from his childminder recently that she thinks he should be saying more and although I have always been of the frame of mind that he will learn to talk in his own time I can't help but feel anxious. 

So I want to put it to you guys and hear your opinions. The Green words are words Ted will say every day if not every other day. Mum, Dad and No he says himself but all other words need to be prompted by us and he will choose if he gives a response.

The Orange words are words he will say sometimes, again in response to questions like Who's that? or What is that?. Often when prompted though he will just make a little squeaky noise and refuse to say the word.

The Red words are words he has said once or twice but refused to say again.

Words he says regularly...









Words he says sometimes...










Word he has said once or twice...









It feels to me like he is being lazy with his words, knowing he will get what he wants if he speaks or not. I have tried refusing things until he speaks but he gets upset and I don't want him to feel we are teasing him. We have tried telling him to use his words and I often sit down with books saying words to him and making him watch my mouth so that he knows how to form the words but he rarely wants to speak and uses his little squeak again.

Ted is such a clever little boy and understands everything we say to him. If I ask him to get something that is next to the TV or on the table he knows exactly what I mean and goes to get it. He can point out objects and rarely gets them wrong when asked where it is but he just won't say the words.

Physically he is developing amazingly. He runs around like a madman and is beginning to embrace imaginative play, pretending to put his toys to sleep or making his dinosaur eat people. He is a whizz with a football and dribbles it around the garden, the ball barely leaving his feet. We are getting him into classes from his 2nd birthday.

He eats well, having mastered feeding himself and enjoys a healthy balanced diet. His sleeping is fab, despite the occasional bedtime meltdown once a month but that is normal. Every part of his development is perfect apart from his speech and I feel awful for being concerned about it, I know he will learn it eventually but sometimes when people mention they are concerned I can't help but think there is more we could be doing to help him learn.

Is he just lazy or should we try something different?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Why Do I Write? - Blog Hop

I was tagged in a little blog hop this week by a new blogger friend of mine called Lisa from Twins, Tiara's and Tantrums. We got talking when I discovered she lives literally 10 minutes down the road from me...small world! 
This blog hop is called Why Do I Write and was started to let our readers know a bit more about us as writers and why we do what we do.

So here we go, first question...

1. Why do I write?

Can I say because I love it?

When I first started Late For Reality it was a bit of fun, I knew a couple of other people that had their own blogs and just saw it as a little diary to share my life with the world. An extension of social media statuses if you like. But as I got in to it I realised I had a true passion for writing and I was able to share my thoughts on all sorts of things. Then, when I discovered I was pregnant, I realised I could use blogging as a way to document my pregnancy, our family life and my thoughts as a Mother.
2. What am I working on?

I am currently planning a Midlands meet up for local bloggers called Big Night Out. In my 'Real Life' job I am a training course co-ordinator but planning a blogging event is a whole other ball game! I am really enjoying it and it is set to be a great night.

Another area I am discovering is the world of Youtube and hope to be doing much more vlogging in the coming months.

I am going to be attending lots of events such as The Good Food Show, The Baby Show and BlogCamp (by Tots100) where I hope to meet lots of amazing people, learn more about writing and photography to improve my blog content.
3. How does my blog differ from others of its genre?

I am not too sure which genre my blog falls in to. This is something I have been battling with for a while now. I class it as 'Parenting and Lifestyle' but I don't tend to do the whole weekly/monthly development updates most #pbloggers (parent bloggers) do about their child. Mine are perhaps more as and when posts when I want to share something we are particularly proud of or perhaps concerned about.

I blog about days out and holidays but I'm not a travel blogger. I write about food and recipe's but am not a food blogger. Sometimes I even venture in to beauty and fashion but #bblogger or #fblogger don't seem right for me either.

Perhaps I am a whatever feels right at the time blogger - #WFRATTBlogger
4. How does my writing process work?
Mostly I am prompted by things we get up to in our daily lives. If I cook something I think people will like I will write the recipe up. If I visit somewhere I think my readers might want to hear about I blog about it and if we get approached by a brand with a great product review I will share our honest opinion of the product.

I guess as far as the writing side of it goes I literally let my fingers type what I am thinking. Sometimes it is utter rubbish but that is how I am in daily life so feel my readers have a right to know the real me.

I rarely edit things out other than spelling mistakes (I suck at apostrophe's), nothing I say is very offensive because I am not an offensive person, so not much need for editing. The only boundaries I do have are mentioning friends and family on the blog. I always check with people before sharing pictures of them or including them in posts because I think it is courteous to.

Just because I am happy for my life to be on the wibbly wobbly world wide web doesn't mean I have a right to share anyone elses. The same with Ted, if he comes to me in a few years time and says 'Mum, I don't want you to write about me anymore.' I will take down all of my posts/photo's and respect his wishes.

I know a lot of bloggers that think it is acceptable to say whatever they like as if it is their God given right as a blogger, no matter who it may hurt. That isn't me in real life so it will not be me on the internet...no trolls here!

I hope these questions have given you a small insight into my life behind Late For Reality and you know a bit more about Jade the writer as much as you do Jade the Mum.

I tag Lucy from Mrs Bishops Bakes and Banter, Amy from In My Bubble and Deborah from Super Busy Mum posts to go live on 22nd September so make sure you pop over to learn more about why they write!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Winter is Coming! Wardrobes at the ready!

Ladies and Gentlemen....Winter is Coming!

I love summer but lets face it Summer in GB it never lasts long. Autumn is upon us and soon will be Winter. First we have Halloween and Bonfire night, two of my favourite festivities but then it will be the run up to Christmas and our lives will be full of cosy nights in, comfort food and snuggly clothes.

Top of my list of snuggly clothes are jumpers and socks. Any outfit can be turned into a Wintery snugfest with an oversized knit and some super soft chunky socks.

I have lost track of how many jumpers I own, I feel the cold and even though I sorted my jumpers out at the beginning of summer to store away for the winter they didn't quite make it out of the wardrobe and have been there by my side for cool summer evenings.

Our Day at Wicksteed Park!

A couple of weeks ago we went on a great family day out to Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire. This is a theme park I have visited many a time as a child as it has been around for decades. My friend Claudy said her Mum used to go as a child
and with Claudy now having her own little girl it really has been family fun for generations.
We have only lived in Northamptonshire since I was 5 but this place brings back fond memories from growing up and I couldn't wait to share it with Ted. Some of the original rides are still there including the Waterchute which was installed in 1926 and is still every bit as fun as imagine it was back then!
As we went with our best friends Claudy (mentioned above), Dave and their daughter Isabella we were able to take it in turns going on rides while the others stayed with the little ones. The rides are divided up in to area's called Lakeside, Arena and Fairground.
Clauds and I were the only ones brave enough to go on the Waterchute and risk getting a little wet. Luckily we were at the front so other than damp bottoms from the seats we did quite well
Waterchute, Rides, Theme Parks

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I'm a Youtuber now!

I recently took a little venture into the world of Youtube...

I'm a Youtuber now!

This is a scary step for me having only filmed one video before and that was my 'What's In My Bag' video for Britmums Live. I have a seriously crappy camera as you can tell by the video's and it kept cutting out. I can't seem to get my own style right, trying my hardest not to sound like other 'famous' tubers and saying URM... too much. 

I felt very uncomfortable on camera for these vlogs but am hoping to gain confidence and get better so please keep checking back for new video's soon! 

I thought it was a good idea to let you all know a bit more about me as a person and decided to take part in the TMI Tag. 

For those that haven't heard of it it is 50 questions about me. I talk complete rubbish through half of it...some is very cringeworthy but hey we live and learn!

So here it is....my TMI Tag.

If you would like to have a go at looking like a total dork in front of a camera...come on you can't do any worse than me...then here are the questions!

1: What are you wearing?
2: Ever been in love?
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
4: How tall are you?
5: How much do you weigh?
6: Any tattoos?
7: Any piercings?
8: OTP?
9: Favourite show?
10: Favourite bands?
11: Something you miss? .
12: Favourite song?
13: How old are you?
14: Zodiac sign?
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
16: Favourite Quote?
17: Favourite actor?
18: Favourite color?
19: Loud music or soft?
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
21: How long does it take you to shower?
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
24: Turn on?
25: Turn off?
26: The reason I joined Youtube?
27: Fears?
28: Last thing that made you cry?
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name?
31: Last book you read?
32: The book you’re currently reading?
33: Last show you watched?
34: Last person you talked to?
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
36: Favourite food?
37: Place you want to visit?
38: Last place you were?
39: Do you have a crush?
40: Last time you kissed someone?
41: Last time you were insulted?
42: Favourite flavor of sweet?
43: What instruments do you play??
44: Favourite piece of jewelery?
45: Last sport you played?
46: Last song you sang?
47: Favourite chat up line?
48: Have you ever used it?
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
50: Who should answer these questions next?

Please let me know if you have a go at the TMI Tag or have a Youtube channel as I am always looking to follow new people! Don't forget to hit that subscribe button for more video's! 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

OXO Tot Snack Cup and Divided Feeding Dish

Having a toddler has opened up a whole new world of tuppaware. I mean bottles and food
tubs were fine but now we have sippy cups, snack pots and lunchboxes! Exciting stuff! 

I have loved browsing the shelves looking at all the brightly coloured plastic 'stuff' and also scouring online stores for bargain bits and bobs. My kitchen now has its own cupboard just for plastic crockery and Ted loves rummaging through it when I am not looking...and hiding the contents around the house. All.Good.Fun!

OXO Tot are one of my favourites, we have had their drinks cups and bottles for a while now and Ted picks and chooses when he wants to use them but the latest products we have been trying get used allllll the time. 

The Flippy Snack Cup and Divided Feeding Dish are fab. They come in 3 colours...Blue which we have, Green and Pink. 

Flippy Snack Cup and Divided Feeding Dish

The Flippy Snack Cup's are something we have a couple of now from other brands but I love this one the most. The lid itself is sectioned well and doesn't trap Ted's hand like some of the others do. I remember giving him one for the first time and he got it stuck on his hand and cried! 

The handle has a rubber grip too and obviously the lid allows for the food to stay in the pot but can be fished out with little hands when they want some treats.

The divided feeding bowl is really nice, it has a rubber base to stop it slipping about and a blue removable lip for scraping excess food from your spoon. Each section holds 2.5oz of food which is perfect for weaning but also fab for portion control with toddlers. I sometimes find myself over feeding Ted when his food is on a plate but this allows me to keep portions down to a healthy size.

The feeding bowl also comes with a handy snap on lid for keeping leftover food, I actually use it as a lunchbox for days out with fresh fruit in.

Here are some of the yummy meals Ted has been having in his dish...
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Apple 'Donuts', Pitta Stars, Cheese and Oranges
  • Homemade Sweet Potato Chips and Tesco Frozen Range Soy Bean Stir Fry
If you would like any of the recipe's for these or any other meals you have seen on the blog please comment below and I will share them!

You can find both the Snack Cup and Divided Dish on the OXO Tot website.

*we were sent these products for the purpose of an honest review, all opinions are my own

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