Spiced Pumpkin Cake

31 October 2012

Well Halloween is over for another year. We've had a fabulous time this year. The darlings loved it, especially Oliver. He couldn't wait to put his skeleton outfit on this morning and has had his face painted twice... firstly green, then later in white! At bedtime I asked him what his favourite part of the day had been and he said 'the sweeties' but he meant going trick or treating!

Did you carve a pumpkin? Or two or three? Well before you throw away all that lovely peachy coloured pumpkin flesh, think of all the yummy things you could make with it... Pumpkin soup? Pumpkin pie? Pumpkin cake? I decided to make all three! I did two pumpkins this year so have got a huge bowl full of flesh and there's no way it's going in the bin this year. 

Yesterday I made this cake. It's so similar to carrot cake only with pumpkin instead of carrot. It's filled and covered with cream cheese frosting with a hint of cinnamon. I also added a layer of chocolate orange buttons as a surprise with the frosting inside. I had the lots of fun making the decorations. I've seen pictures of little fondant pumpkins all over the internet and wanted to have a go. So I spent some time watching video tutorials on you tube and various blogs. They were actually really easy to make. 


Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes

Cake
300g self raising flour
200g soft light brown sugar
3tsp mixed spice
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 large eggs
200g butter
zest of 1 orange
2 tblsp orange juice
500g {peeled weight} pumpkin flesh, coarsely grated

Frosting
175g cream cheese, at room temperature
450g icing sugar

125g unsalted butter, softened

1tsp cinnamon

Filling
1 packet of Silver Spoon chocolate orange buttons

Preheat the oven to 180C {350F} Gas mark 4. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins with removable bases.
 
Grate the pumpkin flesh and put to one side.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with an electric hand mixer, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, orange zest and juice. Sift in the flour, salt, bicarb of soda and mixed spice and beat until fully combined. Add the grated pumpkin and mix well with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.

Divide the mixture equally between the two cake tins and level the top with a spatula. Pop in the oven for around 30 minutes. They will be ready when a skewer or toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the tins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting. Put the cream cheese, and butter in a large bowl. Sift in half of the icing sugar and beat with a wooden spoon or spatula until fully combined. Add the rest of the icing sugar and the cinnamon and again beat with a spoon until combined. Now use your electric hand held whisk on medium speed and beat for a couple of minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. Don't overbeat as it can quickly become runny.
 
Place one cake on a plate or cake board, and spread on 1/3 of the frosting. On top of the frosting place a layer of chocolate orange buttons. Carefully place the other cake on top and spread 1/3 of the frosting on top and the rest round the sides of the cake. You should have enough frosting to cover the whole cake with a good thick layer.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

I know there's not been much blogging going on here over the past week. I've been so busy with Halloween stuff I haven't had time to sit down and write anything!

I've been baking and decorating these Halloween biscuits. I bought some shaped cutters and Oliver and I had great fun cutting all the shapes out. And I had great fun decorating them for 2 hours on Friday night. Yes that's how I spend my Friday nights these days!

We bought two pumpkins this year. Lydia is only 22 months old but I thought it would be nice for her and Oliver to have one each. I asked Oliver what he wanted on his pumpkin and he said a witches cat and I chose a funny face for Lydia's. I didn't want anything too scary!

I thought we'd put up a few decorations around the house too. Some bunting and some cute shiny decorations were just enough.

And I just finished this Spiced Pumpkin cake too. I used some of the flesh that I scooped out of the pumpkins. I couldn't possibly see it all go to waste this year! I made the cute fondant pumpkins too which were quite simple to make and finish it off nicely. The recipe will be on the blog later this evening in case you want to make something yummy with all that scooped out pumpkin flesh.


What have you been doing to prepare for Halloween? Do you have any Halloween traditions?

Reasons To Be Cheerful 25.10.12

25 October 2012

Hey everyone, Well it's going to be a quick R2BC tonight. I'm in the middle of making some Mars Bar cupcakes for a cake sale at work tomorrow to raise money for the Breast Cancer Wear It Pink appeal. The cupcakes are finished and I'm waiting for them to cool down so I can fill and ice them.

Please pop over to visit Mich at Mummy From The Heart who hosts this linky. Say a quick hello and take a look at what everyone else is being happy about this week.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. I've got a very busy day on Saturday. I'm having my hair highlighted {yes again!} in the morning. In the afternoon we're all going to a party for my great-aunties 90th birthday. Then in the evening hubby and I are going to a wedding reception. It's going to be a bit of a mad day but it will be so nice to see lots of family that we don't see very often.

Today Oliver came home from nursery with a sticker saying 'Star of the day'. He said he got it for helping his teacher to put some things away. Also when my dad went to pick him up yesterday, his teacher said what a lovely caring boy Oliver is, as he'd been helping some other children to put their coats and bags on. Who swapped my child for this little angel?! Seriously though, I'm enormously proud of him.

I can't wait to get started on our Halloween plans. I'm especially looking forward to carving our pumpkins and baking my Halloween shaped biscuits and spiced pumpkin cupcakes. 

Last year's Halloween outfits... they both look so little!
So what have you got to smile about this week? If you want to see what other people are cheerful about, pop on over to Mummy from the Heart to read their stories or follow the linky below!

The Gallery: Books

I've always been a book lover. Before the darlings came along my Sunday mornings were dedicated to lazing in bed with my latest book. I don't get a chance to read much nowadays and I kind of miss relaxing with a bit of chick lit. The hubby loves reading too but he's really into news and current affairs so newspapers are his thing. 

These are the only books I read nowadays!
I'm happy that the darlings have inherited my love of books. Especially Lydia, she could sit for hours looking at books or having a stories read to her. Our tiny house is getting overrun with books though. But I can't bare to get rid of any of them. So we now have a basket of books downstairs and the rest are in Oliver's bedroom {we just bought a new Ikea shelving unit to house them all!}. 

Probably my favourite time of day is reading their bedtime story. We all sit on our big bed and snuggle down with a few books. Tonight we had 'I Love It When...' and 'The Gruffalo'. Yes The Gruffalo again. I've read it so many times that I know all the words by heart. Truth be told, I probably love it as much as they do.

I love this photo of hubby reading to the darlings after tea. I think it was a Rupert Bear book that they both love.


 I'm linking up with The Gallery at Sticky Fingers where the theme this week is BOOKS. Please pop over to say hello and take a look at all the other posts.

Lemon Biscuits

22 October 2012

These biscuits were another baking first for me. I wanted to try making some biscuits as I'm planning to make some Halloween shaped ones for the children to decorate at our Halloween party. I can't wait to make some pumpkin, ghost and bat shaped ones now!
The recipe for the biscuits was from Saved By Cake by Marian Keyes. It's a recipe book that I don't see mentioned very much on the internet, but is a brilliant baking book. Maybe people looking for recipe books don't buy it as Marian Keyes is a well known 'chick lit' author and they think it's one of her fiction books! Anyway I love it and have tried a few things so far. My chocolate brownies were adapted from her recipe and they were amazing.

I changed the original recipe by making them lemon flavoured and jazzed them up with some lemon icing drizzled over the top.  My little helper Oliver had a marvellous time cutting the shapes out of the dough for me. He wanted to try out all the different sized cookie cutters so they ended with massive ones and tiny ones and all the sizes in between! I decorated the smallest biscuits with smiley faces for the children.


Lemon Biscuits

Makes 30
Preparation time 15 minutes plus 1 hour chilling time
Cooking time 10 - 15 minutes

200g butter
200g caster sugar
1 large egg
2 lemons
400g plain flour
100g icing sugar

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and caster sugar together in a bowl until creamy. Crack in the egg, then beat again until the mixture is light and fluffy. Finely grate in the zest of the lemons and add the flour to the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together – don’t be worried if the dough still seems quite wet at this stage, it will really firm up in the fridge. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for about 1 hour to let it firm up.

Preheat your oven to 180°C {350°F} Gas 4. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Lightly dust a work surface and your rolling pin with flour. Roll out the dough until it's ½cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, then place them on your lined tray. You can place them about 1cm apart as they don't spread much when baking. Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they turn {funnily enough} a golden biscuit colour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the lemon icing, squeeze the juice from one of the lemons. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and mix with enough lemon juice to make a runny icing. Pour into a piping bag with a small writing nozzle and pipe over the biscuits {or drizzle with a spoon if you  like}.

I know I say this about everything, but they're perfect with a cuppa!

Silent Sunday

Apricot and Raisin Flapjacks

19 October 2012

So Autumn is now in full swing. The leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange and brown and falling from the trees. It's been lovely explaining to Oliver about the change in seasons. He's been really interested this year and asked loads of questions about the weather getting colder, the evenings darker and the colours of the trees. I try my best to explain everything in a way he can understand and he seems happy with my answers!


Autumn may not be my favourite season {I'm a spring girl!} but I love autumn food! I've been making lots of comfort foods like fish pie and macaroni cheese. I'm making plans for baking some yummy sweet treats for Halloween and Christmas too. I always think of Flapjacks as being an autumn treat. I was going to put the blackberries that we picked into these but they didn't last long enough to make it!

{Apologies for the rubbish photos, I took them one evening when there was no natural light!)


Apricot and Raisin Flapjacks

Preparation time 10 minutes
Baking time 25 minutes
Makes 16

150g butter, cut into cubes
75g soft brown sugar
120g golden syrup
300g porridge oats
75g apricots, chopped
75g raisins
Preheat the oven to 180C {375F} Gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm square baking tin and line with greaseproof paper.

Gently melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup together in a large saucepan, stirring continually. When everything is melted, take off the heat and stir in the porridge oats, apricots and raisins.

Pour into the baking tin and press the mixture down and into all the corners. Pop in the oven for 25 minutes until it turns a golden colour. While it's still hot, cut into 16 squares and then leave to cool in the tray.

Perfect with a cup of tea on a cold autumnal evening!


I'm linking up with Foodie Foto Friday hosted by Helen at The Crazy Kitchen. Pop over and say hello and take a look at all the treats everyone has been making this week.


Reasons To Be Cheerful 18.10.12

18 October 2012

Hey everyone! Once again it only feels like yesterday that I was writing last week's reasons to be cheerful. I know I say it every week, but where does the time go?!

This week's R2BC is being hosted by Becky at Lakes Single Mum. Please pop over and say hello and take a look at what everyone else is being cheerful about this week.

Mich is dedicating some time to promoting the ONE campaign on her blog after her trip to Ethiopia. Please visit her blog to read about her amazing journey.

Meanwhile, here are my reasons to be cheerful...

  • I started my diet on Monday. To be honest I'm not feeling cheerful about it as I'm feeling miserable and hungry, but I'm happy that I'm taking my first steps {again} to losing some weight. Baking all those cakes {and eating them} has made me pile back on all the weight that I lost at the beginning of the year... and a bit more. So here I go again. Back to the healthy eating, smaller portions and trying to fit in some exercise. And fingers crossed that I've lost weight this week.
    • My sister and I are diet buddies again. She actually started a week before me and lost an amazing 4lb in her first week. I'm so grateful that I'm not doing this weight loss thing alone. We're going to motivate and help each other to keep on the right track.
    • We had a lovely time at the park on Sunday morning. We made the most of the fact that the rain had stopped and it was a bright sunny autumn day. It was cold and crisp so we all got wrapped up in our warmest winter coats. We were at the park every week over the summer but it feels like ages since we've been. The Darlings loved it as usual and it gave me a change to take a few photos of them...
     


    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    17 October 2012

    My arm is still aching from grating all the bloody carrots for this cake! Next time I'll be buying the ready grated ones. I might love baking but I'm so lazy when it comes to the preparation. But it was totally worth it when it was finished.


    I must admit that it's my proudest baking achievement so far. Don't forget that until April this year, I hadn't baked since I did GSCE Home Economics many many years ago! So making this carrot cake and having it turn out so well makes me very happy. Plus a few seconds after I took the photo, I ate the whole slice and it was delicious!


    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    For the cake
    450g grated carrots
    4 large eggs
    260g caster sugar
    240ml vegetable oil
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    Zest of two oranges, finely grated
    240g plain flour
    Pinch of salt
    2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    2tsp cinnamon
    50g walnuts, roughly chopped

    For the frosting
    150g cream cheese, at room temperature
    400g icing sugar
    100g unsalted butter, softened

    Preheat the oven to 180C {350F} Gas mark 4. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins with removable bases.
    Grate the carrots and squeeze the juice out through a muslin cloth or a double layer of kitchen paper. Put to one side.

    In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric hand mixer, until light and fluffy. Slowly add the oil, vanilla extract and orange zest and beat well. Sift in the flour, salt, bicarb of soda and cinnamon and beat until fully combined. Add the carrots and walnuts and mix well with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.

    Divide the mixture equally between the two cake tins and level the top with a spatula. Pop in the oven for around 30 minutes. They will be ready when a skewer or toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the tins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

    Make the frosting. Beat the icing sugar and butter in a large bowl with a hand whisk until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat with a spatula or wooden spoon until it is completely incorporated. Now use your electric hand held whisk on medium speed and beat for a couple of minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. Don't overbeat as it can quickly become runny.
    Place one cake on a place or cake board, and spread 1/3 of the frosting. Carefully place the other cake on top and spread 1/3 of the frosting on top and the rest round the sides of the cake. You should have enough frosting to cover the whole cake with a good thick layer. Decorate with walnut halves, sugarpaste carrots or chocolate carrots... mine were bought from Sainsbury's.


    My Week On Instagram

    16 October 2012

    I've been in love with Instagram since the very first day it was released as an app for Android phones! Recently, I kind of set myself the challenge of posting at least one photo a day onto Instagram. Just to keep a photo journal of the little things we get up to day to day. So here are all my Instagram photos from last week.


    My birthday ~ A lazy Saturday afternoon ~ Blackberry picking ~ Dancing before bedtime
    Painting fun ~ New pyjamas ~ A teatime treat for the Darlings ~ Sunday morning at the park


    Day Out At... St Leonards Farm

    15 October 2012

    One of the items of our Summer Adventure Wish List was a visit to a Farm. So when I had a few days off work before Oliver started nursery I took the Darlings to St Leonards Farm. My sister and brother-in-law had taken my nieces there just before us and told us it was brilliant.  

    It's nestled in the heart of Esholt Village {which I didn't know till later was the original home of TV's Emmerdale!} near Bradford in West Yorkshire. I think my Sat Nav was going a bit crazy that day {or maybe it's just me that hates Sat Navs!} but it seemed to take us ages to get there.

    Our first stop was at the feeding pens. We bought some food bags on our way in and all had a turn at feeding the sheep, lambs, greedy goats and a very friendly donkey. Even Lydia wanted to have a go but couldn't get her head round having to hold her hand flat for the animals to eat the food from!

    There's some great outdoor play areas which Oliver and Lydia loved. They played on the bikes, ride-on tractors and a pretend plough. There's a huge playground which is surrounded by nature footpaths and fields full of even more animals that you can feed.

    One of the best bits was the straw play barn. It's an old barn piled high with straw bales which have tunnels underneath and rope swings. Oliver had a ball crawling and running through the tunnels and climbing up onto the highest straw bales. Lydia sat playing with the straw and was fascinated by the texture and feel of it!

    We had our picnic lunch in the lovely open picnic barn. Then we spent an hour in Farmer James' Fun Barn which is the soft play area. There was a cute under 3's area that was just right for Lydia. Oliver loved the massive slides and went on again and again and again!

    Another highlight was the small animal petting room. Oliver loves animals and was delighted to have a hold of a rabbit then a guinea pig. He was really gentle with them... unlike Lydia. I let her have a quick hold of the guinea pig but had to swiftly take it away as I thought she was going to squeeze it to death!

    Just before we headed off home, Oliver had a go at milking a {fake!}cow in the milking shed. There were so many different things to see and do and we had such a brilliant day.

    Silent Sunday

    #ONEMums Lend Us Your Voices!

    13 October 2012

    My lovely followers might have noticed that I like to take part in a weekly linky called Reasons To Be Cheerful. Well the linky was created by Mich at Mummy From The Heart. And since Saturday I've been glued to Mich's blog for updates on her trip to Ethiopia with the ONE campaign

    Please visit her blog to read all about the amazing work of ONE.org that she's been seeing first hand on her inspirational trip.

    Clare at Seasider In The City has created this MEME as a light-hearted way of getting everyone involved and doing something fun. All you have to do is use the letters of ONEMums (or ONEMoms) to create phrases or just words that sum up the meaning of being a mum for you personally. You can be serious or silly, just write your post and include the link to sign up for ONE, and then add yourself to the linky on Clare's blog.

    What being a mum means to me:
     
    Overwhelmed by the love for my children
    New exciting experiences and more fun than I've had in my whole life!
    Every time I feel those little arms round my neck, it's the best feeling in the world
    Mum is the hardest but most rewarding job in the world
    Unconditional love that makes everything alright
    My beautiful babies
    Supermum - I am not!

    Now spread the word and encourage others to join in.
     
    What Else Can I Do? 
    Sign up to ONE, add your voice to the movement and get behind the campaign


    Chocolate Fingers and Smarties Birthday Cake

    12 October 2012

    OK I know you're probably bored of seeing photos of my birthday cake! But I was so proud of it that I posted pics of it all over the internet... Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my blog of course. And I know you've all been waiting for the recipe so here it is.


    As I've only been baking seriously for a few months, I love having the chance to make birthday cakes for anyone and everyone. Even myself. My cake was decided on weeks ago but I originally planned to make it with KitKats and topped with Maltesers and Galaxy Counters. I changed my mind at the last minute as I thought using Smarties and chocolate fingers would appeal to Oliver and Lydia more. I wasn't bothered as long as it was made from chocolate cake and filled with rich, creamy chocolate ganache! 

    After tea, we did  the whole 'lighting candles/singing Happy Birthday/blowing out candles' thing. The little ones loved it and were dying to pick the Smarties and chocolate fingers off and start scoffing them. I think it's the first birthday cake I've had since I was a kid and it was perfect!


    Chocolate Fingers and Smarties Birthday Cake 

    Preparation time 20 minutes
    Baking time 30-35 minutes
    Serves 16

    For the cake 
    250g plain flour
    200g caster sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    40g cocoa powder
    175g unsalted butter (soft)
    2 large eggs
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    150ml sour cream

    For the ganache
    200g dark chocolate {broken into small pieces}
    100g milk chocolate {broken into small pieces}
    300ml double cream

    To decorate
    Cadbury's chocolate fingers {I used 2 & 1/2 packets}
    Smarties

    Preheat the oven to 180C {350F} gas mark 4. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins with removable bases.

    Put the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand held electric mixer until it looks light and fluffy. Now whisk together the cocoa, sour cream, vanilla and eggs and add this into your bowl of sugar/butter mixture. Whisk until it's fully combined and smooth. Next add the flour, baking powder and bicarb of soda until you have a well combined and creamy mixture. Don't overmix though.

    Divide the mixture equally into the prepared tins and level with a spatula. Pop in the oven for 35 minutes. I started checking mine after 25 minutes, at which point a swapped them around on the shelves in the oven. They will be ready when a skewer or toothpick comes out clean, which should be about 30 - 35 minutes.

    Leave to cool in their tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Don't worry about any cracks as they will be covered by the ganache later.

    To make the ganache. Gently heat the cream in a saucepan until it starts to bubble, remove from the heat, then add the chocolate and stir like crazy until the mixture is completely melted and there are no chocolate lumps left. Leave to cool for about 2 hours until the mixture has thickened {you can pop in the fridge but the ganache may lose its glossiness}.

    Place one of the cakes onto a plate or cake board. Then spoon about 1/3 of the ganache onto the cake and spread evenly. Place the other cake carefully on top and spead 1/3 of the ganache onto the top and smooth with a pallet knife. Then spread the rest of the ganache around the sides of the cake until it is fully covered. You should have enough ganache to give it a good thickish covering.

    Lastly, stick the chocolate fingers all the way round the cake and cover the top of the cake with the Smarties. If you wanted a bit of extra wow factor you could sprinkle on a little edible glitter too.

     

    I'm linking up with Foodie Foto Friday hosted by Helen at The Crazy Kitchen. Pop over and say hello and take a look at all the treats everyone has been making this week. 



    Reasons To Be Cheerful 11.10.12

    11 October 2012

    Is it really Thursday already? This week has flown by. And I'm still coming to terms with the fact that we're already well into October and rushing at break neck speed towards Christmas!

    R2BC is being hosted by Julie at Mama OWL this week.  Please pop over and say 'HI' and take a look at what everyone else is being cheerful about this week.

    Our usual host, Mich at Mummy From The Heart is in Ethiopia with the ONE campaign seeing all the great work they do. So please visit her blog to read her amazing updates of her time there.

    Right let's crack on with the cheerfulness...

    1  //  I had a lovely birthday yesterday. I still can't quite get my head round the fact that I'm now 37 years old. Why does that sound so much older than 36?! When you get to this age and have two children under 4 your birthday is more or less just like any other day. But it was still a lovely day as I got some fab presents and cards and made myself a gorgeous birthday cake! All topped off with a trip to Bingo with a couple of friends where we won the life-changing sum of £15!


    2  //  Since Oliver started pre-school he's like a different child. He is now such a good boy! He plays nicely with Lydia, is being more independent, doesn't give up so easily if he can't do something and is generally much better behaved. Up until recently, everything had been a battle with him. He would say no to everything we asked him to do and wanted us to do everything for him. Don't get me wrong, he can still be a little so-and-so but it's a massive improvement on how he was.


    3  //  I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that summer is over and we are well and truly into Autumn now. I'm not a huge Autumn/Winter fan but I do love all the events that these seasons bring, like Halloween, Bonfire night and of course Christmas. Julie at Mama Owl's post about her ideas for Halloween, has inspired me to make some plans of my own. So I'm now planning a very small family party for Halloween. My kids and my two nieces are all under 3 years old so they're too young for trick or treating so we're going to have a tea party with some cupcakes and biscuits to decorate. I'm going to make some decorations, organise some Halloween outfits for them, and carve the obligatory pumpkins which I always love doing. There are a few things I need to organise but it should be lots of fun.

    So what have you got to smile about this week? If you want to see what other people are cheerful about, pop on over to Mama OWL to read their stories or follow the links below!


    It's My Birthday!

    10 October 2012

    Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me! Yep it's my birthday today. I'm thirty-seven. But we'll quickly gloss over that number and move on to happier things.

    I've had a fab day {even though I was at work this morning}. Here are a few highlights of my day so far...


    I baked this birthday cake for myself. I've been planning this for a few weeks but changed it at the last minute by topping it with smarties instead of Maltesers that I had originally planned. I just thought smarties would appeal to Oliver and Lydia a bit more. So it was a mad dash to Sainsbury's last night for Smarties and chocolate fingers as I was about five short of those too. I'll do a post of the recipe for the cake when I've got a spare minute!


    My parents bought me these four baking recipe books. They were on my wish list so I can't wait to start flicking through and bookmarking all the recipes that I want to try.


    My lovely friend at work gave me this ring that she made. She is a jewellery maker and I'd recently admired a similar ring that she was wearing. So she made this for me. I think it's very 'me'.


    And last but not least I got this fabulous phone from Hubby and the Darlings. To be honest I've had it for a few weeks as I dropped my old phone and smashed the screen {devastated!}

    Tonight I'll be celebrating by 'larging it' at Bingo with my sister and friends. Well isn't that what you do when you get to a certain age?!