Friday 15 November 2013

Friday Favourites

Happy Friday, everyone!  It's been a busy old week as ever...

We're starting to get geared up for Christmas.  Lucas has just been cast as one of the narrators in his school play, and has started learning Christmas carols in the choir.  We drove home singing "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" last night which was lush!

Jack Frost drew lots of beautiful ice patterns in my car the other morning, and there are reports in the paper that snow is imminent next week.  Now, since I heard about this being in the Express I'm not putting a lot of stock in it, but I suppose now is a good time to stick a winter emergency kit in the car...

Making a Winter emergency kit for your car:

Once upon a time I broke down on the motorway, en-route to soft-play, without coats for either Lucas or myself, or any supplies, and to add insult to started to snow.  Luckily the AA came along pretty sharpish and rescued us, and the snow didn't really amount to anything...but still.  Not much fun, and really I should have been better prepared.

I now keep a first-aid kit, extra coats, hi-vis gear and a torch in the car.  I should add some little gel warming pads, a small shovel, and bottled water and (given the alleged weather forecast) a little shovel.  A couple of blankets wouldn't go amiss, either.

You can buy emergency kits at Halfords (and similar places) or put one together for yourself.  Maybe add a book or toy to keep little ones occupied?  Odds are that you won't need to use your kit, but better safe than sorry!

Favourite Recipe: Key Lime Pie

Image via Shelf5
My friend Sam made a Key Lime Pie last week--apparently Tesco's bottled lime juice is from Key Limes--and it was scrumptious.  I've eaten a ton of Key Lime Pies over the years on trips to the States, but never made my own.  I'm now thinking that I should get into the kitchen and bake one ASAP!

The Hairy Bikers have a respectable looking recipe here, but I would replace the whipped cream topping with meringue as that's how I know Key Lime Pie.  (I'm told that it is served both ways in the Florida Keys, but I've only ever had it with meringue.  I'm always wary of creamy topped pies in America after my first (and only) encounter with Cool Whip!)

Friday Funny:

Favouritest thing EVER!

This prequel for the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special was a massive surprise yesterday!  I waited until Dave got home and then the three of us watched it together.  It is so nice to be right about the John Hurt Doctor!  And I loved seeing The Sisterhood of Karn, keepers of the Sacred Flame again, too.  Plus!  Eight!!

In one week we'll all be piled into the car, zooming towards London for the official Celebration event.  Dave managed to snag me an autograph with Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor) which I am still super-excited about, and we're having a family TARDIS photo taken.  I must start practising smiling nicely for the camera...

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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  1. Angela...where do I start? I wish I could have that experience. Practice smiling right now!! I want a family TARDIS photo taken!
    And that prequel? My husband said it changed the whole shape of his day. The whole shape of his week. TARDIS shaped, I say!

  2. Oh, and the "To be or not to be"? Amazing.

    1. Heh. Lucas has been reading Hamlet so I couldn't resist it :)

  3. Gosh I haven't had key lime pie in so long! Though for some reason I always see it as more of a summer dessert?! x

    The Little Things

    1. I figure that it's summer all year round in Florida, so you can always get away with Key Lime Pie at any time :) Maybe bring a bit of sunshine into the deepest depths of Winter?

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