Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Aquarium and Turkish cuisine

Hiya peeps!

Didn't write here for LONG time... sorry!

Loads happened since my last post... but that story for other posts...

For now - our today's little trip 😊.

I supposed to be on art course today (will write about it in next post ), but teacher cancelled it due sickness. My son has midterm break and his Daddy week holiday - that supposed to be theiron day together, but sitting at home alone wasn't option for me... so...

I met them in cafe where they had some drinks and mega-muffins and...

First we back books to library and then catch bus to go to Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth (we promised it to Dom sometime ago).

First time in my life I saw white ray!

Nemo's family 😁

Took me a bit to have good pic of this guy! I missed seal feeding and water splashing 😁.

Catch some sharks 😊


This one was soooo... cute and ... honestly don't have word to describe it...

Then we stopped on playground in Cullercoats, then back on feet from there to Whitley Bay... 

We decided to find some good place for lunch/dinner and just to hide for a bit cause started to be very windy and drizzly...

Our choice: Turknaz - Turkish restaurant near Promenade in Whitley Bay.  We never were there before and...

We definitely back there!

We decided to try stuff from their Lunch Special Menu.

Yummy starters ( 2 per person) and then

Chicken Shish for my man 

Chicken  Beyti for me 😊 (no more pics as my phone battery went flat).

Then dessert and tea.

We all 3 enjoyed the meal 😋.

We had totally full tummies!

That's all for today! 

Till next post! 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Gingerbread cupcakes

Hello, hello!

For some time I was looking for recipe for easy and kinda foolproof gingerbread.

Took me a bit to find something what actually catch my eye. On one of Polish webs/blogs I found recipe for Gingerbread Teddies.

As I don't have Polish gingerbread mix (nearest Polish shop means a shopping trip) I decided to use Mixed Spice, which you can find in any shop. My son is not a fan of jam/preserve in mini-cakes, so...

I decided to make cupcakes with no jam in, and my version contains:

* 120 g unsalted butter
* 240 g honey
* 150 g plain flour
* 150 g wholemeal flour
* 2 eggs
* 1.5 tsp baking soda
* 2.5 tsp mixed spice
* 1 tsp cocoa

Line your muffin/cupcake tin with paper cases.
Put butter and honey in little pan and heat it until melted and combined, cool down sightly.
Preaheat oven to 180C.
Mix both flours, soda, spice and cocoa,then add butter/honey mix and eggs. Whisk until combined. Dough will be sticky.

Divide between cupcake cases 

and bake for about 20 minutes - until wooden skewer coming out clean.

Cool them down on wire rack and decorate as you wish.

Here melted dark chocolate and green sprinkles!


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Not only Halloween :)


Oh yes, I know Halloween is gone, but..

Over a week before Halloween Dom decided he wants to have carved pumpkin, sooo... he choose one in the shop and ...

My first carved pumpkin :) Hard job!!! And he wasn't happy cause he wanted bat on it... so I carved bat on back of this pumpkin later :)

On Halloween day I baked pumpkin muffins, I used Mary Berry's recipe for carrot cake which you can find here: Mary Berry's Carrot and Walnut Cake, just changed carrot for pumpkin and didn't add walnuts.
Result: very yummy!!!

Meantime Dom was working on Birthday card for his friend Grace.

He's going for her Birthday party this Saturday.

He's also waiting for his school trip to Druridge Bay next week.

That's all for now :)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Midterm break :)

Hello, hello!

I'm very bad with writing here :) Time to add some updates :)


Dom back to school after his Summer holiday happy to see his friends again, he likes his new teacher and he's learning lots of new things.
Last week he had his midterm break... We worked on part of his big homework (Inventors and Inventions), spelling of new words... but also had lots of fun :)

We were on day trip in Newcastle - great day - on pic: St Andrew's Church in city centre.

We had fun on Blyth beach - on pic: birds outside Coastline Fish and Chips Restaurant (we were eating yummy chocolate/orange cake there).

We were in Jarrow Hall - on pic: one of buildings in Saxon village

Dom loved feeding animals - pic taken in Saxon Farm (Jarrow Hall - ex Bede's World).

Plus lots of walks, playing in Ridley Park, etc.

More updates soon! 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Dom and canvas

Hello, hello!!!

Another long break with writing here...

And another post about my little boy :)

He's definitely artistic soul :)

Here the story:

Last week we were in Works shop and I decided to buy little art easel (with canvas) to use it for my cards pics. After back home Dom decided he wants to use it. I told him canvas are good with paints, so he smiled and said: Where's my brush? :)

I placed canva on piece of paper, gave him paints, brush and water to clean brush and...

waited what he do with it :)


He called it: Circlesies from circle :) Inspiration taken from children's book: Three Little Ghosties.

I asked him if he wants to try paint on bigger canvas and he said: yes.


I bought few bigger :)

And definitely he prefers the smallest canvas :)

That's all for today :)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Summer find

Hello friends!!!

I'm sure you know perfectly well how challenging Summer holiday can be, specially with small children :)

Putting them in a front of TV is the easiest option ever and not the best one I think - kids are addicted to screens (any sorts) these days. We decided to keep our boy as long as possible away from screens - not easy when raining outside.

Dom is crafty boy, so...

Having Paint Maker is one of options to avoid TV :), after mixing paints he is painting and wants us to paint too, so... great idea for nice family time :). Today had to buy more paper cause we run out of it :).
Colouring digi images is other of Dom's faves, 'playing' guitar and singing is brill too :), we also reading a lot - Dom loves our walks to library and choosing new books.

When weather is nice (read: no raining), we are trying our best to spend as much time as possible outside.
Walks, trips... no matter where, but together.

Last Monday Dom said he wants to go to the beach, but not our local beach, so... I took him to Whitley Bay. Our first stop was lighthouse on St Mary Island - tide was high so we only make photo with lighthouse in background.

Then we went for a beach, we had a small walk before had to hide in cafe (little rain) for muffin and drink. Later we decide to continue our beach trip :) We build huge sand castle and then we were collecting beach pebbles and sea glass pieces.

And we found this interesting stone:

Believe it or not you can feel texture under your finger tips!

I shared one of these pics on Instagram with question if it can be a fossil and had answer: yes it is definitely a fossil.

Dom likes this pebble a lot, so I decided to contact Hancock Museum to find out if they can help us to identify what kind of fossil our pebble can be. Man who answered my phone call transferred me to very nice and most helpful lady, Ms Sylvia Humphrey - Assistant Keeper of Geology in their museum, who's specialize in fossils.
After a nice chat I sent these photos to her by email and here what she sent us back:

'Dear Monika and Dominik

Thank you for sending me photos of your fossil. 

You are quite right in thinking that it is a fossil.  From what I can see, it appears to be a piece of fossilized coral preserved in a limestone pebble.  The gently curved parallel lines on the surface of the pebble represent the interior of a solitary coral, possibly Dibunophyllum sp., which is commonly found in Carboniferous limestone, the most likely origin of this fossil. 

I have attached an image of a polished piece of Frosterley Marble (we have a very large slab on display in the museum), a decorative dark grey limestone that contains numerous fossilized corals.  The textures within the corals are like those in your pebble.  The second photo is of two horn-shaped corals, which show what the individual corals might have looked like when alive - with the lower pointed end attached to the sea-floor. 

Your fossil is likely to be around 340 million years old.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you require further information.

Best wishes

Wow, that was mind blowing news!!! We have 340 million years old fossil at home! Not bad holiday/summer souvenir for 5 years old boy!

We're planning little trip to Hancock museum to check more closely their fossil collection :)

That's all for today!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

What happened... since May

So busy with my cardmaking blog, but...

This cannot be an explanation for total absence in here! I'm making cards - fact, but not only this!

So... what happened since May? Quite a bit I can say :)

We started dealing with our garden:

I found rather big amount of sea glass on our beach, when we decided one day we need some nice walk :)

Won this beauty on Instagram:

We were in Newcastle and found great place called Greek Grill in Heaton :) Very yummy food plus nice chat with cook and owner of the place - we recommend this place to all Greek food lovers!

This little piece I won on Twitter during #CupcakeHour one Thusday :) It is creation of Joanna Pearce.

You can find and buy her pieces here:

Below my first ever ATC (Artist Trading Card) card - I love how its turned out :)

Next - my son's card for his friend (next door neighbour's son)

Dom loves cardmaking :)

And last but not least...

Courgettes and limes cupcakes I made using this recipe:

Yummy!!! My man wants more of them:)

That's all for today peeps!

Will try my hardest to write more here in coming days :)