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Cowboy cookies by Jartastic (and our first vlog!)

One of our presents at Christmas was a jar of cowboy cookie mix from Jacks nanny.

We love baking, especially cookies so I read the instructions with interest.

The jar contains flour, oats, baking and raising agents, walnuts, salt and chocolate chips. All you need to add is an egg, half a tsp of vanilla essence and 63g of melted butter.

The perfect, easy afternoon activity for Jack and I.

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Now you’ll have to excuse how amateur our video is but my new year resolution was to push myself out my comfort zone and expand this little old blog. One of those expansions is to have a go at vlogging (video blogging).

With the help of my mini baker we beat together the egg, vanilla and butter, then mixed in the contains of the jar.

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Mini baker got quite tired by the time all the mix was combined but he could still manage a grin.

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Next we shaped the mixture into balls and spaced them two inches apart on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper.

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After 13 minutes in the oven and a while to cool they were ready. Moist, chocolate, nutty heaven.

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Have you tried a jar cookie mix or maybe you’ve made ones as a present for a friend? Tell me about it in the comment box below.

Disclaimer: This product was a present, all pictures and opinions are my own.

Ring the bells for Simon sponsored walk update

Today is the day of our sponsored walk to raise money for the brain tumour charity. After setting off at 7:30 sharp this morning the team have walked 18 miles to the half way point and enjoying a spot of lunch.

They have passed through Ridlington, Leightfield, Braunston in Rutland, Knossington, Owston, Marefield, Tilton on the hill and South Croxton and are currently in Queniborough at the horse and groom pub.

If you are in the area do pop in and spur them on with a cheer, but be quick as they will so be making their way through Syston, Cossington, Rothley and finally Swithland.

You can read the full story behind the walk here.

So far the tally stands at just over £2500 for the walk alone, which is fantastic but if you would like to donate you can do so using the just give link or by texting SIME60 and the amount you wish to donate (£1,£5,£10 ect) to 70070.

You can keep up to date with the teams progress on our Facebook page or via the twitter hashtag #RingthebellsforSimon.

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Ring the bells for Simon

Last summer we unfortunately lost an extended family member to an unknown brain tumour. After becoming unwell with suspected food poisoning while holidaying with family, he was admitted to hospital with severe headaches.
After a few tests it was found that he had had a bleed on the brain which was discovered to be a brain tumour.

As you can imagine it was a massive shock to us all as he hadn’t shown any symptoms previously. After fighting for 13 days he sadly passed away, as a result of this the family made contact with The Brain Tumour Charity.

For those of you lucky enough to have never encountered or heard of the charity, they are invaluable for families like my own.

over 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK. This year The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to changing this and will invest 2.5million in world-class, pioneering research across the UK, making it significantly the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK.
The charity offers a comprehensive service to enable everyone with a brain tumour, their families and carers to receive the best support and information and achieve the highest quality of life possible.

This Friday (16th of January) would have been his birthday and to honour his memory and raise money for a fantastic cause we as a family have organised a fund raising event. With my mum and other family members walking the 30 miles from home to the event, making lots of noise and ringing bells for Simon.

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In the evening there will be an auction featuring items signed by top footballers and other celebrities, heres hoping we can smash through our target of £5,000.

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Unfortunately with no symptoms there were no warning signs but we hope with the money we raise, The Brain Tumour Charity can research new treatments and help other families avoid the pain ours has suffered.

Ring the bells for Simon will start in Rutland and finish in Leicestershire and the team will be passing through Ridlington, Leighfield, Branston in Rutland, Knossington, Owston, Marefield, Tillton on the hill, South Croxton, Queniborough, Syston, Rothley and finally Swithland, so if you are in the area do please keep a look out. The team will have collection tins and jingle bells for a small donation so as you too can join in with ringing the bells for Simon.

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If you would like to give to our cause but are not local to Rutland or Leicester then you can donate by our Just Give link. You can also donate by texting SIME60 and the amount you would like to donate (£1, £5, £10 ect) to 70070.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for taking the time to read this post and for any future donations.

If you or your family need any further support regarding this issues please do contact The Brain Tumour Charity.

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