The House of Pox!

Hi folks! I did mean to write a post yesterday, unfortunately my plans got rather spoilt as my children have all come down with chicken pox. My eldest son is nearly over them and getting back to normal but my two other children are really suffering. Infact my youngest spent all last night crying and I think both he and I had about 2 hours sleep max. It’s truly awful when you’ve done everything you can for your children and they are still suffering. However this morning I was thrown a lifeline thanks to the good old Internet. Once I’d had a cup of tea and regained some semblance of sanity I researched traditional remedies for Chicken Pox. I then placed my son into a bath with the toe cut from a pair of tights filled with porridge oats. After the horrific night we’d just had I didn’t really hold out much hope, but within minutes my son had begun to calm down and stop crying. He even began to enjoy his bath and it’s given him such relief from the itching that he’s stayed significantly calmer since. He’ll be going back in before bed and I hold out high hopes for a better nights sleep. If not I will probably be able to quote many a children’s film line for line by next week.

Note. Photo provided courtesy of Nature Valley UK

Oat Biscuit Cookie Recipe!

Happy Pancake Day everyone! As I’m sure you’re all well prepared for cooking pancakes later, I thought I’d bring you an alternative recipe, one that I wont be giving up for lent (as it’s just too yummy!) So today I am bringing you our Oat Biscuit/Cookie Recipe!

What You’ll Need

4ozs / 100g Plain flour

4ozs / 100g Margarine

1/2 level tsp Baking powder

4ozs / 100g Caster sugar

Large pinch Cream of tartar

4ozs / 100g Rolled oats

1/2 tsp Salt

1 level tsp Bicarbonate of soda

2 tablespoons Golden syrup

1 dessertspoon Hot water

Step 1

Preheat your oven at 350F, 180C, 160C for fan ovens, Gas 4. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar.

Step 2

Beat the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the rolled oats.

Step 3

Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the hot water. Warm the syrup and add this and the bicarbonate of soda to the flour mixture. Then mix this together with the oat mixture. Leave to stand for about 20 mins.

Step 4

Place neat teaspoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking tray. Make sure they are spaced apart as they will spread.

Step 5

Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins until golden. Then cool on a wire rack.