Cowley Club Sandwich

We are suckers for a crisp sarnie here in the Cowley household. It is our go to quick snack fix. We can enjoy just crisps or I’m partial to salt and vinegar crisps with tuna mayo, Mr C likes cheese and onion on cheese and branston pickle and the munchkin will put any flavour on a ham but our all time favourite is our take on a Club Sandwich, with just about any flavour Seabrooks crisp for added crunch, what better way to celebrate national crisp week.

Crisp sandwiches are aces ’cause they’re simple to prepare, even I can’t mess one up!

You will need:

* Bread – of your choice, we like ours toasted

* Chicken – we cheat and always have in some precooked flame grilled chicken in the fridge

* Bacon

* Salad – we like baby leaf and anything else you wish to add

* Tomato

* A pack of Seabrooks Crisps – any flavour, we used beefy crinkle cut.

Once you have everything you need, we can get going:

First toast the bread, we like to let the toast cool a little before making the sandwich up so it doesn’t make our crisps soggy and cook the bacon to your desired crispiness, if you need to, grill the chicken. Once the bread has cooled, it’s a case of stacking all of the ingredients so the sandwich is nice and full. The great thing about this sandwich is it doesn’t matter in what order as long as plenty of Seabrooks Crisps go on top.



Serve with a nice dollop of coleslaw and a few more crisps, you can never have too many crisps!

Now you’re ready to enjoy


This recipe is an entry into the National Crisp Sarnie Week competition with Seabrook crisps


The Munchkins ‘Debs Dream Uniform’

Usually clothes shopping with the munchkin consists of me using all the persuasive skills I possess, through tightly gritted teeth, to make her think she is making the decision as to what we will be leaving the shop with, after she has trailed the clothes around the floor insisting she carries everything, mock gagged at my suggestions, picked up every bit of tack with 1D on the front and wandered off in between the clothes racks. Yes 6-year-old still find that amusing!

Then I saw that the lovely brummymummyof2 was holding a competition with Debenhams, for kids to create their dream uniform. So I sat the munchkin down to have a look at the Debenhams website, she’s all I can hold the laptop on my knee mummy, in a bid for her to choose a fantastic prize-winning outfit. I tried, oh how I tried, to ‘point’ her in the right direction to choose something for everyday, as this was after all supposed to be what she could wear for school, but no matter how many nice jumpers and fancy leggings I clicked on she wanted to see the dresses.

She likes a dress does the munchkin,  it’s not often practical when she’s out playing football and riding around on her bike but as I was doing the exciting thing of pretending to spend money, who was I to argue, I let her loose with the cursor. She finally chose, after clicking and zooming into every dress, her outfit:

Debs Dream Uniform

I asked her why she had chosen this particular dress, and her simple answer was because she likes foxes, obviously! She then went on to explain that she had chosen the fleece in case it was chilly and she wanted to be cuddly like a teddy bear. Boots were because she already has sandals. Yep that’s it, there was no other reason for the boot choice. Last thing was tights, I’ll be honest, I picked these, she was quite happy as long as they were sparkly!

I don’t think she did too badly, although I would probably have chosen a duffle coat and possibly pumps to go with the dress but it’s not my dream uniform it was hers and I know she’ll look super cute in it!



This is my entry to the Debenhams Back to School Competition



You’ve Got Mail

I love post.

When I was younger I had several pen pals that I would write too regularly. I would take my time writing pages and pages of what I’d been up to, I used to cover the envelopes with stickers and extra notes before I would stick a stamp on, they were much cheaper back then, and send it on its way to its destination. I would then wait in anticipation for the post man to deliver my reply.

When I saw that Tinuke over at Circus Mums was running a brand new linky, You’ve Got Mail, I knew I had to be involved! Tinuke pairs you up with another blogger and within the month you get to know them, explore their blog, instagram and everywhere else then send the blogger post. Actual post, with a stamp on and everything!

I was paired up with the very lovely Gailann who blogs over at MummaGz. With all the active bloggers about I’m not sure I would ever have found Gailanns blog without being paired with her. Her blog is brilliant, and I’m not just saying that. As well as sharing recipes, family days out and pictures of her gorgeous kids, her posts are thought-provoking and she has a wonderful writing style. She writes some beautiful poetry, it had me going back and re reading so I could take the words in!

I was so excited when my post from Gailann arrived.


I made sure I sat down and got myself a brew before I opened the envelope!


Gailann had really got me and my blog and the handmade gift she sent me was wonderful and a real reflection of what I hope I express in my posts about my kiddies!


I have my hearts hung in my living room for all to see!

I was a little longer deciding what to send Gailann. I’m not crafty at all but really wanted to send something personal that reflected the words in a poem I’d read on her blog, I wish I had more time. I decided to try my hand at some wall art (find out how I made it here)


I wrapped it up and wrote a little note, using my Cath Kidston note paper – I knew I would use it one day!!

I am so glad I signed up for You’ve Got Mail, such a simple concept. There is something rather lovely about sending and receiving mail, it’s such a shame that with social media and busy lives we don’t often get the chance to sit down and write to people more. I will definitely continue to be in touch with Gailann and can’t wait to read more on her blog. I’m also looking forward to having the opportunity to be introduced to other bloggers too and to send more post!


Quote Wall Art

Believe me when I say that I am useless at crafts.

I like to think I am good and can do these fancy homemade things, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to things I want to try to make and I drive Mr C mad hoarding all my recycling! I mean, you never know when an old coffee jar is going to come in handy and I am running out of places to store empty toilet roll tubes!

I have great ideas too, if I do say so myself, but practically I’m shit. Stuff never turns out how I picture them in my brain.

I recently signed up to take part in a lovely project with Tinuke over at Circus Mums called You’ve Got Mail (read about my experience here.) I decided that for the item I would send I would try my hand at something crafty.

I wanted to send something that reflected what I had read on my partners blog. Inspired by her beautifully written poems. I went on the search for something pretty, suitable, yet doable on my favourite, aforementioned place, Pinterest.

I found these fantastic wall art quotes by two craft bloggers A Beautiful Mess and Southern Belle Soul. Even better the instructions made it look really simple, it was exactly the type of thing I was looking for and I had wanted an excuse to buy some modge podge for ages!




For this project you will need:

* Canvas – I got mine from Home and Bargains for £1.99. In the beautiful mess tutorial she used an old picture from a charity shop.

* Modge Podge –  from amazon, I can now take over the crafting world!

* Paint Brush – found one hanging around from my Uni days (one of my modules was set design)

* Acrylic Paint – also from Home and Bargains, 99p a tube, although there are loads of places you can buy these.

* Vinyl Self Adhesive Letters – you can buy packs of these on amazon and in craft shops, however I had chosen a quote from a poem written by my project blog partner and it was working out quite expensive as I would need to buy more than one pack for all the letters I needed. Instead I bought pre cut and spaced lettering from ebay. There are a few sellers that offer this and you pay by letter, the size of the lettering determines the total cost. This way you also have the option of different font and colour (although you only need black for this project) It worked out much cheaper and easier this way as the letters were already spaced out.

* I also got a poetry book from a second hand book shop, you could also use magazines or wallpaper and modge podge foam brushes (also amazon), because I like to have all the gear, even if I have no idea.

Step 1

PicMonkey Collage

I tore our different pages and quotes from the poetry book and modge podged them onto the canvas. The munchkin couldn’t help but get involved and it is something you can do with children with supervision. I overlapped the pages at different angles to give the canvas base some texture.

Step 2


Once the glue on the base was dry, I spaced out and stuck down the vinyl lettering, making sure the edges were pressed down so paint didn’t escape underneath. The pre cut letters are really easy to use.

Step 3

PicMonkey Collagea

Now it’s time to paint over the whole canvas. I had to mix the colour to get the shade of blue I wanted, I didn’t mix it properly as I wanted there to be imperfections in the blue as I was inspired by a photograph of the ocean. I also didn’t want a block coverage as I wanted the pages underneath to show through so only gave the canvas one coat.

Step 4


Once the paint was completely dry it was time to remove the lettering. Do this carefully! I rushed the E and ended up doing a bit of a repair job – not that you could see that on the finished project but if I’d have been more careful in the first place, no repairs would have been necessary. Once the lettering was removed, I painted a good layer of modge podge over the top and left it to dry. In this picture you can see the details from the poems underneath, it’s exactly what I wanted.

Then I was done and was left with this as the finished product!


I’ll be honest, I was pretty impressed with how it turned out and pretty chuffed I’d managed to pull off something crafty without sticking my fingers together or binning it! The whole thing was complete in an afternoon, in-between entertaining the munchkin, seeing to the froglet and including drying time. I will definitely be doing a variation of this again, the words can be personalised which makes it really special if you wanted to make one as a gift.

O is for ….

O is for Olaf


We’re massive frozen fans in this house and we love this little guy who always make us laugh. When the munchkin requested a frozen birthday cake, I knew that it wouldn’t be complete without him!

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Linking up with the lovely PODCast for this weeks #alphabetproject