• Words

    Naming a Cat

    There are challenges most large in our lives today, Some are steep like the side of a cliff. It may have begun in the past long ago, When they penned the first hieroglyph.   To name a cat is an arduous task, It can take many weeks, maybe more. Feline charisma and traits are aplenty, Though it can sometimes feel like a chore.   Their size can determine a name such as Tiny, Or Donut, Titan or Smidge. Your favourite book as a child may prompt you, Using Mungo, Jerry or Midge.   A good suggestion is a cartoon cat, Like Sylvester, Garfield and Tom. Or the readers among you…

  • Eatables

    Chocolate Flutterby Cakes

    I know these are meant to be called ‘Butterfly Cakes’, but I call them ‘Chocolate Flutterby Cakes’. It is a name given to them by my youngest son, when we made them together once when he was about 5 years old, and he said, “These butterfly cakes will flutterby”, and I said yes my sweet, butterflies really do flutterby don’t they. So the name has stuck. Shakespeare made up his own words, so he can too 🙂 Ingredients 4oz  margarine 4oz caster sugar 2 eggs 3oz self raising flour 2 tbls cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbls milk Butter icing 2 tbls margarine 4oz icing sugar Method Preheat…

  • General

    Things to do during Lockdown!

    We are all in the same boat, and being isolated after a while can get pretty depressing, but we all have to do our bit to keep everyone safe don’t we? Here’s a few ideas to relieve the boredom. 1.  Free Online Courses.  This is a great website where you can learn something new. Lot’s of these                    courses are free, with the added bonus of discussion forums as part of the course. Some are only a few weeks          long. I’m doing one for work about supporting teaching within primary schools and it’s really very good.     …

  • Eatables

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Prep time: How long’s a piece of string? Cooking time: Depends on your oven, but around 10 minutes. Ingredients: 225g caster sugar 300g plain flour 200g melted butter 1tsp vanilla extract 1tsp baking powder pinch of salt 1 egg, plus egg yolk 1 or 2 tbls milk Shed load of chocolate chips, or about 200g. Plus a couple of spoonfuls on a plate reserved for later. Method: Preheat the oven to 165 degrees. Sieve flour into a bowl, and add sugar and baking powder. Meanwhile, melt some butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, (you can do this in the microwave. but it will melt real quick,…

  • Tips

    WordPress Themes and Widgets

    I’m writing this post in response to a few comments I’ve received recently about the theme design for my blog. There is someone behind the really technical stuff of Pipstips, but I do fiddle around quite a bit with themes and widgets and alter stuff now and again as the need necessitates in my frenzied head. I’m the sort of person that likes change and variety, so after a while I start getting a bit bored with how it looks and fancy a new look. In answer to a readers question on my theme choices, this is what I was using up to about 3 weeks ago. The WordPress; Savona…

  • General,  Stuff I Like,  Work

    The Pros and Cons of Supply Work

    I’ve been employed in the Education sector for about 11 years now. I was quite lucky to begin with because as I began my studies to change my career, my boys’ school offered me a part-time job as a learning support assistant which enabled me to complete my required hours for the course in a paid capacity, rather than doing them on a voluntary basis. I qualified 2 years after this, and continued to work there working in an assortment of roles. At the time, I felt that I hadn’t really got a defined position there, yet looking back, it was the best thing for me. I had training at…