21 July 2012

A mummy of teenagers....

Being a mummy of teenagers means ....
  • When the boys come home filthy  (& deliriously happy) from a week away at SU camp my first thought is to make them something to eat.... 
Chocolate Marshmallow Delight
  • Jumping into the car & driving from one end of Ireland to the other (that's over 5 hours driving) to watch son number one in the Irish Rowing Championships
  • in the rain (of course!)
  • An endless battle (which I never win) with the laundry pile...
  • More cooking... 
    • Barbecue Pineapple Chicken with Wild Rice & Leeks
    • Squeezing in a little bit of sewing when everyone has gone out 
    Liberty Purse for my In The Frame Swap partner
    • More baking....
    Making Millionaires Shortbread

    • And, if I have any free time left.... trying to catch up on all the wonderful stitchy stuff in blogland!
    I hope you have had a great, fun-filled week. I'm so sorry I haven't been around, but I'm off now to see what you all have been getting up to...
    In the meantime, if you fancy the look of the Millionaires Shortbread, here's the recipe:

    Preheat the oven to 160' C / 325' F
    • 225g Self Raising Flour
    • 150g Butter
    • 75g Caster Sugar


    • 1 tin (397g) Condensed Milk
    • 150g Butter
    • 100g Caster Sugar
    • 15ml Golden Syrup
    • 2 drops Vanilla Essence
    • 150g Dark Chocolate

    1. Shortbread: Mix flour & sugar & rub in butter. Tip into a 30cm X 20cm swiss roll tin & press down evenly. Bake for 20-25 mins in preheated oven. Leave to cool in tin.
    2. Caramel: Melt butter, sugar & syrup in a saucepan. Add condensed milk & vanilla essence & simmer for 6 mins, stirring continuously. Pour over shortbread base & leave to cool.
    3. Topping: Melt chocolate and pour over caramel. Leave to set (if you can resist!) & cut into squares
    I hope you have a great weekend... I'll be back soon.....
    Take care


    1. Well my mummy valiantly watched me rowing in the rain, but she never baked, I feel bereft ;o)

    2. How did your son do in the rowing? Sounds like you are seriously busy there, and seriously well fed too.

    3. yum - that looks delicious! My 12 year old daughter has just got into millionnaires shortbread in a big way, maybe I should make her some!

    4. Looks like those boys keep you busy!! Two teenage girls are no better either! Love the purse for the swap, great fabric

    5. I still do believe that you're making it all up. You simply don't look like you do have a grown up girl and teenage boys! When you posted a photo of your daughter some days after the FQSR I had to doublecheck your name and photo - I'd never had thought you could be old enough to have children of that age :o) No kidding!
      Enjoy your summer, young looking mummy ;o)))

    6. Sounds like a pretty awesome week!

    7. My children love millionaires shortbread but what is the chocolate marshmallow delight?
      Do tell us more about the rowing! where was it held? how did your son get on? my middle son rows for his uni!

    8. Oh my gosh. Your purse is amazing!! And your baking looks sublime.

    9. Oh, haven't made millionaire's shortie in years, you are putting me in the mood.
      Your purse is gorgeous.

    10. I love the look of the marshmallow delight!! And I love your purse!! Hope the rowing went well?

    11. Busy week but normal for a mum of teenagers! Mine are away at the moment and the days are sooo much longer! Di x

    12. You have made me feel very hungry! Lucky boys!

    13. Wow you have been busy Karen! Have never successfully made Millionaire's shortbread even though it's one of my faves. Must try again sometime.