You know, if we were trying to meet up for real life coffee it looks like is be hopeless since I’ve not managed to post on Friday for the last couple of dates! So here’s another Coffee Date Friday (albeit on a Sunday!) with Jenna!

Baby

Birth announcement

Since our last Coffee Date, our beautiful baby girl arrived via an emergency c-section on 11th July.

She is a beauty and looks more like my family whereas Little Miss looked more like hubby’s family.

Unfortunately MissMostyn is grumpier than Little Miss and constantly wants cuddling. I’m not complaining as such but it’s just very annoying that I can’t put her down!

#PartyAtTheAngel

I’ve bought my ticket for #PartyAtTheAngel which is a blogger event which is being held in Cardiff on September 13th. It’s being organised by Ffion, Charlotte and Rachel.

I’m all equally excited and equally nervous about this event! Excited because it’s my first blogger event and nervous because it’s my first blogger event! I’m actually a shy person and walking into a room of people I don’t know kinda terrifies me! Also I’m not a very fashionable person (my current fashion is maternity jeans and a hoodie or pyjama bottoms and a t-shirt) and I know all the ladies going will be super trendy!

So in the interest of not making a complete tit of myself I’ve been looking at potential outfits. I need something comfy since I’m still in the childbirth recovery zone! Here’s what I’ve come up with – and yes I am cheap, most of my clothes come from Tesco or Asda! If truth be told I really like the £34.00 lace top but I’m thinking it’s too expensive for me – but on the other hand, I could wear it to work so I should get some use from it. Anyhow, what do you reckon? Oh and yes I have a thing for pretty shoes! These ones I already own and have made a number of appearances at various weddings!

OutfitOther Events

I’m also planning on going to a couple of other events over the next month or so. On September 7th, Mark Webber is doing a book signing at Waterstones Trafford Centre. You know I’m going to that right?!

Then on October 10th & 11th we’re hoping to get to Grand Designs Live in Birmingham. It’s a home improvement event with a lot of stalls selling various different products and services. We’ve been going every year (except for last year because we were in Malta). This year we’re going for two days but are determined not to get sucked in to promises and sales pitches (again!).

Acer Aspire 10E 2 in 1 Laptop

Acer Aspire 10E

 

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We went to Currys PC World yesterday to browse but ended up seriously considering buying the Acer Aspire 10E laptop. My iPad has become slow and I find it difficult to blog on it now. I don’t want to spend too much on replacing it so buying an iPad is not feasible at the moment. So I’m thinking an early Christmas present maybe? Also, which colour do I go for? I can get it in pink, purple, blue, taupe, red or white – I know purple is my favourite colour but I’m actually quite taken by the blue!

So what have you been up to lately?

Rebecca

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I’m a big fan of Chinese food with my favourite takeaway dish being chicken fried rice with curry sauce and a chop suey roll – mmmm mmmm delicious! However when I visit a restaurant I choose a beef with ginger and spring onion dish. As there are no Chinese restaurants here I make my own beef with ginger and spring onions. I followed a recipe I found online.

Ingredients

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– 4 to 6 jumbo spring onions
– 500g of beef strips
– 1 onion
– a good chunk of ginger
– 2 tbsp oyster sauce
– 2 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tbsp of white sugar
– some butter

Method

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1) Combine the oyster sauces, soy sauce and sugar and stir it for an even sauce.

2) Grate the ginger and add approx half into the sauce.

3) Cook the beef in some oil before adding to the sauce. Be sure to drain the oil from the beef first. Leave o marinade.

4) Chop the onion and spring onions into nice evenly sized slices.

5) Add the onions, remaining ginger and butter into a pan and cook until soft.

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6) When the onions are soft add the beef and sauce in and continue to cook until the onions are covered in the sauce.

7) Serve with rice and enjoy!

Costing

You can buy all the ingredients from Tesco so here’s the breakdown of the costs.

– £3.33 for 400g of beef strips (3 for £10)
– £0.95 for oyster sauce (£1.89 for a g jar of which approx half was used)
– £0.25 for soy sauce (£1 for a g jar of which approx 1/4 was used)
– £2 for jumbo spring onions
– £0.16 for onion
– £0.34 for 125g of ginger
– £0.65 for garlic butter (£1.25 for 125g of whih approx 1/2 used
– £0.40 for 2 book in the bag rice

Total cost for 2 person serving £7.89

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Comments

I use some garlic butter to give the onions a little bit of a kick but plain butter also works. Also as you can see I use jumbo spring onions so if you’re using normal spring onions you may want to add more in.

If you try this recipe then let me know what you think! 🙂

A Cornish Mum
Rebecca

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Sisterhood

I was nominated by the lovely Charlotte of Black and White Sheep for this award. If you haven’t read her blog before then head on over to have a nosey!

Rules of the awards:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link them in your post
2. Answer the ten questions you have been sent
3. Come up with 10 questions of your own
4. Spread the love and nominate up to 10 bloggers

Questions that Charlotte asked were as follows:

1.Would you rather live in the desert or Antarctica?
Antarctica! I don’t cope with heat very well!

2.Who is your celebrity crush?
Mark Webber of course!

3.What’s the first thing you do in a morning?
Get up, check my phone for updates!

4. Do you have any phobias?
Spiders! Can’t stand bloody spiders!

5.What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know I blog! Or cross stitch.

6. If you was invisible for a day what would you do?
Hmmm… Depending on the day!

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chicken fried rice with chop suey roll!

8. Would you rather have nobody show up to your wedding or your funeral?
Well since I’ve already had a wedding I’d say funeral. Also to be honest I wouldn’t know if no one showed up at my funeral since I’d be dead. Plus I’d rather people came to show their respects to me whilst I was alive rather than after.

9. What tv show are you embarrassed to admit you watch?
America’s Next Top Model! I actually love it!

10. What app do you spend too much time on?
Twitter!

My 10 questions:

1) What’s your favourite film/movie?
2) If you could visit anywhere for a day, where would you go?
3) Are you a cat or dog person?
4) Do you watch any soaps?
5) Favourite snack to binge on?
6) Most hated chore to have to do?
7) Do you eat your fruit and veggies?
8) 50 Shades of Gray – yay or nay?
9) What do you normally eat for breakfast?
10) Tea or coffee?

And my nominations are:

1) Bev of Confuzzledom
2) Ruth of DogOddity
3) Stevie of A Cornish Mum
4) Vanisha of The Life of Vanisha
5) Holly of Full of Beans (and Sausages)
6) Kerry of XOKerry
7) Diana of A Life In German
8) Hannah of Hi Baby Blog
9) Anca of Anca’s Lifestyle
10) Debi of Dib-Dab-Debs

If you’ve already done this tag then let me know so I can see what your questions were! You’re more than welcome to answer my questions even if I’ve not tagged you! I love having a nosey! 🙂

Rebecca

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I believe that some of the best things were made in the 1980s *cough*born1984anyone??*cough* The fashion would have to be forgiven, MC Hammer style trousers and shoulder pads make me shudder! The music wasn’t too bad – in fact I have a friend who would argue it’s the best era for music.

However today I’m concentrating on some films. I watch a lot of films and have come to realise that a lot of my favourite films are from the 80s. So here’s my top 10!

1) Ghostbusters 2

Both Ghostbusters films were made in the 80s with the first being released the year I was born.

I’ve been told that Ghostbusters 2 was slated by critics and that the opinion seems to be that the first film was better. I would disagree. I have always preferred the second. Please don’t ask me why!

I think it’s thanks to this film I had a crush on Bill Murray! Who wouldn’t love a sarcastic Ghostbuster right?

2) Twins

Not quite my favourite Arnie film – his best era was the 90s I think – but best one of the 80s for me. I know I should be putting Terminator in here but meh not really my type if film.

So in Twins is a story if two brothers who never knew each other existed. With Danny DeVito acting the other twin you can imagine they’re far from identical.

3) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

This has to be my second favourite Michael Caine film (first would be Muppets Christmas Carol).

Starring Michael Caine, Steve Martin and Glenn Headley it is a fantastic film set in the South of France. It’s pretty much the story of how two hustlers get entangled and try to out do each other to con a beautiful woman. Here’s one of my favourite scenes:

It was made into a musical and I would have loved to see it. Especially since Robert Lindsay was acting Lawrence in it.

4) Beverley Hills Cop 2

Ahh Eddie Murphy the king of the 80s films! (There’ll be a few more of his films on this list).

In the first film we see Murphy a Detroit cop travel to Beverly Hills in search of a killer. In this instalment he returns to Beverly Hills to solve the Alphabet crimes and find who shot his friend Detective Bogermill. He teams up with his Beverly Hills police chums – Taggert and Rosewood and the usual hijinks ensue.

If truth be told I might prefer the third film but since that’s a 90s film that’ll be on another list

5) Coming To America

Another Eddie Murphy film and probably my favourite! Absolutely love this film. I think it’s because both Murphy and Arsenio Hall acted a number of characters. The film is about an Arfrican prince who rejects his arranged marriage and moves to Queens, New York to find a wife. When in NYC he pretends to be a commoner so that his wife to be falls in love with him as a man rather than him as a prince – classic tale based in Queens! Definitely worth a watch!

6) Trading Places

Now this film is another Murphy film but I had never watched it as a child – a bit too graphic possibly what with some nudity (even I will admit that Jamie Lee Curtis had a fab body back in the day!).

This one is a life switch story where a posh wealthy man’s life is turned upside down as a result of a bet between his two wealthy employers. They make him a down and out and promote a lowly conartist into their company where he becomes successful. The pair found out about the bet and then they enact revenge on their employers.

7) Big

Little Josh hates the fact that he’s too small to go on the rides at a local fair so he wishes that he was bigger. Next day he wakes up as a full-grown adult! He gets a job working at a toy store and encounters Susan. Josh initially struggles as an adult but eventually learns to embrace his new-found freedom. However he soon realises that he misses his mum and wishes to be a child again.

A fab Tom Hanks film which includes the famous piano scene – we’ve actually been to this store!

8) Turner & Hooch

Another Tom Hanks film – actually this one’s better than Big since not only has Tom Hanks in it but also has a very funny dog!!

Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some “real” cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a witness in the case is Amos Reed’s dog, Hooch, which Scott Turner has to take care of if it’s going to avoid being “put to sleep”.

9) Ruthless People

Basic storyline is that DeVito is plotting to kill his horrible wife (Midler) so he can marry his mistress. Before she is killed, she is kidnapped and held hostage by a young couple whom DeVito cheated. Midler soon realises that her husband is not trying to get her released and befriends the young couple and extract revenge on lowlife DeVito.

Naturally a combination of Danny DeVito and Bette Midler is always good for a laugh!!

10) Die Hard

Last but by no means least, my favourite Christmas film – DIE HARD!! Oh yeah! If you’ve not heard of this film (where ya been?!) here’s a good summary provided by IMDb.com

NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands. – Sam, IMDb.com

Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might remember me mentioning my love for Alan Rickman. Well this is the reason for it – his portrayal of Hans Gruber is just amazing! Of course, the film’s headliner is Bruce Willis who is also very good! Without a doubt one of the best films of the 80s!

Do you agree with me? Or are there any other films you would add to my list? Would you say there’s a better era for films?

A Cornish Mum
Rebecca

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Seagulls have been getting a bit of a bad rap in the press recently:

And these are just the few top stories on the matter! (If you Google “seagulls North Wales” you’d find a lot more including this list of attacks!).

Whilst I can understand why people don’t like them, I will admit that I do! What I especially like is when they’re stamping their feet in on the floor to bring up worms.

Seagulls

Seagulls on the beach in Prestatyn

I really like watching them being terrors and to be fair, they are fun!! I’ll share a couple of our run ins with the ‘gulls!

1) Sandwich stealing thiefs!

When I was a child, we used to go on day trips to Butlins in Pwllheli. The day would be spent in the pool (awesome pool!), at the arcade, on the roller coaster and on the marine lake.

I remember we had sat down by the lake to have our lunch which was a picnic of sandwiches, crisps and cake.

Taid was just tucking in to his sandwich when a seagull landed on his head to steal his sandwich! It was so funny! I just wish I had a photo of it!

2) They like sausage rolls too!

They’re jot content with just sandwiches though! They’ll also steal your sausage roll!

Hubby was walking around Llandudno one evening after work and managed to scrape just enough change to buy himself a sausage roll for supper when a seagull swooped in an stole it right from his hand!

I wasn’t there to witness this one but still I found it funny! He didn’t of course!

3) Oh and McDonalds too

Yes they like McDonalds too! There’s always seagulls on the hunt by Llandudno’s McDonalds.

I remember sitting in the carpark with Dad and we were watching one seagull hop from one car to the next. This particular seagull was strutting his stuff in top of one car when suddenly he fell through the open sunroof! It was one if the funniest rings I’ve seen! This seagull was stuck in the car flapping hi wings and making one hell of a mess! I feel for the car owner but you know what, that’s what you get if you leave your sunroof open!!

What is your opinion on seagulls? Do you love them or hate them?

A Cornish Mum
Rebecca

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