BEST American pancake recipe 

Do you love pancakes? If so which do you like, flat English or fluffy American? I’ve always been a fan of American pancakes and I have tried a lot of different recipes and never really found the right mixture, all the ones I’ve made have been nice but never raised enough to the way I really like them. When I was in America the pancakes from IHOP were just out of this world, nothing beats a pancake from a true American pancake restaurant. I think I’ve created the best recipe for American pancakes and I don’t know why I’ve never…

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Shared responsibility – Teaching our kids to run a home

We share all the duties in our home, well we both own our home so why wouldn’t I? Its not the early 1900s now, times have changed since woman ran the home and the men went out to work. The new age is seeing more and more stay at home dads, and women with high earning careers. It makes sense that we need to share responsibilities in the home. But it does make me think how many households still live like gone by eras, where men expected tea to be on the table when they came in from work or…

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A peaceful location – Allensford, Consett #Mysundayphoto

Yesterday I found myself stuck for something to do, The missus was having a shopping day in York which left me and Zach. We went to the cinema in the morning then I just couldn’t think of what to do, I didn’t want to go back home and spend the day in the house so I had a google for locations. I seen that there was a park with a river about 45 minutes from my home in a place called Allensford located in Consett.     I had 2 reasons for going here, One being its remote and should…

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Once in a lifetime opportunity – My Gambia Diary

In 2014 I was fortunate enough to go to Gambia to volunteer with The Box Youth Project, http://www.theboxyouthproject.co.uk/ and what an experience this was. Rather than me babble on telling you I’ll upload my diary underneath for you to read. A MUST SEE VIDEO OF MY TRIP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I32eTBLNQyM&list=UUyx7HXewab_TahrzkbdJCaw  15.03.14 We arrived in Manchester at 10:30am and we got checked in straight away. Nerves were kicking in now, my belly is in bits. We all made our way through the airport and to duty free, then straight to the bar for a few drinks. I had 4 real ales in the bar and…

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My favourite kids books

The well known books will always be favourites such as “Room on the Broom” and “Stick Man”. But what about all the other books, because let’s face it, there’s a lot but not all make it to our homes and just end up making there way to the back of the shelves in the shops and never seen again. We have a lot of books in our home a lot of well known a lot of unknown too. Saying these books are unknown is probably not the case I just think they are overshadowed by the popularity of others maybe,…

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Sunderland Wearmouth bridge North East Photography

Photography to me is an escape, it helps with my mental health and it gives me the chance to explore new and exciting places. Just not this week – not for me anyway. I could share with you lots of images I have taken in the past but I want to share with you images I take within the week leading up to MySundayPhoto. For me I love nothing better than planning a shoot and travelling to new places, exploring the area and marking it on my map. But its the time of year when the dark night are so…

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Gender specific toys – No such thing!

What a Toddler knows is that he or she loves activities, whether that is role play, building, drawing or going to the play park. All can be done equally well with toys that are blue, pink, yellow, or green, but whoever said that certain colours are for a specific genders? Men wear pink and women wear blue don’t they? Toddlers would only ever know the difference if it instilled on them by parents. Us as parents teach our children, is it wrong to teach them at such a young age the difference between gender specific roles? I think so, let…

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Out with the New and in with the Old

The modern world of toys still baffles me, the cheap and nasty plastic crap that’s in shops is terrible, but that isn’t the only problem – it’s the price too. Far too many toys on the market now are just way over priced in my eyes. What’s even worse are the themed toys, like the ones that are based on kids tv shows. But we feel like we are made to buy them because our children watch those shows – I included, but it is sometimes done (reluctantly). I’m not a toy scrooge by any means, our house is full…

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#MySundayPhoto – North Yorkshire Milky Way

Something you may not know about me but I love photography, I have been taking photos for around 6-7 years now. I don’t class myself as a professional or even semi professional, I am more of a hobbyist – and I quite like it this way. For now.   I have done weddings, events and sold prints but I find myself now just enjoying taking photos. if enquiries or sales come – great, but I do not advertise anymore. I have recently sold all my Nikon gear and moved systems. below is my list of gear I use. Sony A6000…

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Is the terrible twos a real thing?

Even before I had kids I was always told “when you have kids, watch out for those terrible twos” but as I was too young I never really witnessed anyone with children to be able to see it with my own eyes. But I always thought to myself, what are the terrible twos. Are they really that bad. Or is it just a saying a mith, a made up bulls**t story to scare people. Maybe even put people off from ever having children. To be honest some of the stories my family told me about the terrible twos just didn’t…

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National Trust Day out – Fountains Abbey

I love having time off work as it usually results in spending time at the in laws caravan, days out and food, lots and lots of food – whether that be a meal out or a picnic. Me and the missus have been long time members with The National Trust and love nothing better than exploring new places and revisiting old. One place we like to visit when we are at the caravan is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal park. Fountains Abbey is located in North Yorkshire just outside of Ripon. [A snippet from Wiki says “Fountains Abbey is one of…

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I cant bond with my baby

A week to some dads may be enough but to me its just not enough time. A week can fly by so quick and once your back to work you miss so much! If I go back to when we were expecting Z, I was on the sick for 6 months so I got to spend those all important days with him and watch him grow, I was there to help change nappies, clean the house, cook meals and bath times.  Z loved sleeping on my chest and cuddles, I was with him 24 hours a day. The only thing…

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The Curry Guy book review

There are so many curry books and recipes out there it is so hard to choose. I have tried a lot, some better than others. Well look no further than the Curry guy. Dan Toombs is the founder of the Curry guy blog has been blogging for a number of years now read About his here.   I have followed him for a while and I am a regular reader of his blogs but recently he has brought his own cookbook out on his take on the English Indian takeaway, all of the recipes in his book are his own,…

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How I taught my son to potty

Ah that time when you need to start training your child to go the toilet or potty. I don’t think training is the right phrase as it sounds like training your dog…Anyway… Tips on how best do it can be quite difficult as every child is different but I remember just always having the potty out for my son to look at, play with and familiarise himself with it so it seemed normal to be in the room. He was 1 when he first used the potty and had a handful of number 1 and number 2s on it. But…

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Depression and Fatherhood

  I cried, I was feeling low, I told myself this is it, its time to say goodbye. I can’t take feeling like this anymore. The devil inside kept telling me they would be better without you, you serve no purpose in this life. My head was like a thunderstorm, lots of black clouds, thunder, lightening and the dark thoughts mixed in. My partner said what wrong? I replied “I’m going to kill myself!” What is depression? Is it being depressed? Do people really know the difference? Living with the stigma attached to such a strong word and meaning. There…

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Gin lovers Sloe Gin Recipe

Pass me that bottle, and a glass, pour and drink – ahhhh, thats better. Its thats time of year again when the Sloes are beautifully ripe and ready to be picked, well not exactly as they are best when they have had the first frost. There are people who spoil this – If I was to wait for the first frost all the sloes would be gone, so thats the reason I pick them slightly early, and a good job to as I was in the park the other week and the hedgerows were lathered in them, when I went…

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Money Saving, what age should we be teaching them?

Money management is very important, we learn from our parents behaviours and if we constantly think money grows on trees then we will never learn and think it is ok to spend spend spend. As a child I was always taught by my Grandad to spend half and save half. I think he first opened a post office savings account for me when I was born and it started by saving a £1 a week, when I was old enough to understand what money was the amount of pocket money I got went up to £1.50, I again had to…

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Co sleeping bedroom family bed

How many of us parents are co sleeping with our baby at home? Its brilliant isn’t it? We have so much room…. CO SLEEPING I’m quite lucky in a way as my son doesn’t always do it, he is in a bad routine that I just cannot seem to break. We moved house when he was 1 year old but we before we moved he was brilliant, I used to read to him and he would sleep all through the night in his own room but for some reason the move just knocked him out of sync. We all moved…

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