mince pies tv snacks

Don’t judge us but we’ve popped our Mince Pie bubble already regardless of how many days there are until Christmas, and why not indeed?

Is there a rule somewhere saying you are not allowed mince pies until Christmas? I don’t think so. After all I bought a packed of 6 Hot Cross buns this weekend, we devoured them all and we are months off of Easter!

But less of Hot Cross Buns and more of Mince Pies. It was Netflix who prompted us to think about what we like to eat whilst watching some great tv and after a really busy Saturday we had planned a very lazy Sunday, with a TV afternoon all together tucked up on the sofa.

mince pie recipe

I’m not going to lie to you, the mincemeat came out of a jar and the pastry was ready made and even pre-rolled but the whole thinking behind these particular tv snacks was getting the girls involved.

I did very little and they were so pleased to be doing something for the whole family.

Mince Pies recipe

1 roll of ready to roll sweet shortcrust pastry

1 jar of mincemeat

1 x baking tray for tarts/pies

lots of cutters

making mince pies

Method

  1. Grease the tray well with a butter paper.
  2. Roll out the pastry and cut rounds larger than the tin you are using to enable the pastry to curl up the side of the tin.
  3. Place the pastry rounds in the tin and gently press into place
  4. Add a large teaspoon of mincemeat to each pastry case so each tart is full but not overflowing.
  5. With the remainder of the pastry cut out some fun toppings, in this case we used letters for Netflix and a couple of home made heart stamps.
  6. Pop in a hot oven (Gas mark 6 – 200C) for about 20/30 minutes until the pastry has cooked and is browned on top.
  7. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.

As a snack we ate them as they were but if they were to be served as a pudding I would warm up some custard or offer cream/ice cream

mince pies recipe

What we’ve been watching on Netflix

Tommy is loving Netflix and has been bingeing every weekend since he arrived at the end of August. He’s gone through all of the Star War episodes and the entire Top Gear collection. He’s also watched the following…

Olympus has fallen
Shark
Suits
Dracula Untold
Jack Reacher
The Hunger Games part 1 and part 2
The Fall of Reach
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers
Captain America
Sicario

I think he’s done Netflix very proud don’t you?

netflix letters

I have continued with the OITNB, I’m on season II now and hooked.

Alice & Bessie watch Netflix every morning before school and frequently in the evening after homework, they’ve been continuing with

Gem & the Holograms
Pound Puppies
Glitter Force
H2O Mermaid adventures
Winx
Project Mc2
Ever After High
My Little Pony
Mako Mermaids
LoliRock

Adding new Netflix profiles

netflix for young boys

Is so incredibly easy so, I’ve set up another two profiles for Sophie who is 3 and Evan who is 4 but going on 5 in January. I made them separate as Evan is the first boy in the house and will enjoy wathcing Pokemon, DinoTrux, Casper and Hotel Transylvania whereas Sophie is younger than the twins so will enjoy Peppa Pig, Beat Bugs and Care Bears.

What I’m watching next on Netflix

There’s a lot of attention around the Season 1 of LukeCage which looks dramatic and interesting  but with the arrival of Evan and Sophie, both of whom will need to pick up their English pretty quick I have my eye on Paw Patrol as I’ve seen parents talk about it so much. Anything LEGO related or to do with Dragons to watch with Evan. Plus, I am so pleased to see so many of my favourite Christmas films coming up.

Netflix strem team

When the Netflix #StreamTeam got in touch and offered me a 12 month subscription in return for my thoughts over the year I was quite embarrassed … I had never watched anything on Netflix and didn’t even know how to set it up. *gulp*

Having said that I knew, via my Facebook page that there were a lot of my friends engrossed in all sorts of binge watching, Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, Suits and many more. I had read the status updates and scrolled on, ‘What on earth could be so good about them?’ I wondered.

However when presented with the option, curiosity got the cat.

I wonder? I asked myself. Could Netflix be for us?

I accepted knowing I was moving into an entirely new area of entertainment, after all if I didn’t like it I could just say so and move on, right? Funnily enough Netflix allow all Newbies a month’s time free of charge to decide whether it is for you or not. So go dive in and see for yourself.

How do I watch Netflix?

I know, it’s a dumb question but if you haven’t done it before it’s a valid one. The beauty of Netflix is you can watch it on all sorts of different mediums. A laptop or computer for example, streamed live over internet. Another very common way of watching Netflix is on a tablet like an iPad. A great medium for us is our Apple TV which plugs into out television and allows us all to watch films together. Other ways of watching include Playstation and Wii which we haven’t tried yet.

What to watch on Netflix

The second big question is what should I watch, where on earth do I start with their massive library?

what to watch on netflix

For me the natural way to find the answer to that question is put it to my lovely Facebook friends, they are the ones placed up and down the country and abroad. Both male and female, all different ages and loving different genres, let’s see what they come up with…

I had a fantastic response to my call out, there are some really keen Netflix watchers out there and in order of top votes this is what came up.

7   Orange is the New Black – I’m almost finished season 1 and I agree, I am loving this

6   Sons of Anarchy

6   The Good Wife

5   House of Cards – watching with husband

4   Suits

4   Making of a Murderer

4   Gossip Girl

4   Breaking Bad – tried this for a couple of seasons, I liked it, husband didn’t.

3   Once Upon a Time

3   Pretty Little Liars

3   Grace and Frankie

Of course some people named more than one program in their comment and the other suggestions that came up with 1 vote each are

Bloodline

Blackfish

Zombie

Falling Skies

Friday Night Lights

Scandal

Kimmy Schmidt

Community LOLZ

The Blacklist

The West Wing

As you can see, I’m going to be busy for a while! But I had to start somewhere and I went for the number one spot, Orange is the New Black. I had seen a lot of banter about it and the new season was about to start too, what could possibly be so good about it?

Orange is the New Black

Well, it’s amazing! I think I’ve watched the first 6 now, sometimes binge watching them clicking on next, straight after one has finished. Think girls in prison, some lesbian annotations and clever writing. I am gripped and am a bit gutted I started this one on my own as I think husband would enjoy it too but I don’t want to go back to the start so hey ho, he’ll have to watch it on his own channel.

Which is another point. We have been given the platinum account which means I have been able to set all four of us up and we can each select and tailor Netflix to our own preferences which is a great move.

what to watch on netflix

Husband, for example, has been a bit anti Netflix, turning his nose up at the thought of something he had no idea what it was so I decided to find something for us both to watch and went for House of Cards. We’ve watched about 4 episodes now. I love Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and they do a spectacular job of portraying top American politics and the ruthlessness needed to succeed in such a tight environment. Husband is coming round although I think he needs to find a different series to truly fall in love yet. I’m going to try The Good Wife on him next.

Children on Netflix

my little pony

This was my most unexpected surprise with regards to Netflix as the twins have their favourite programs on a tv channel, who could convince them to move?

Silly question. The minute they found their own channels set up, they scoffed at Peppa Pig which was being offered but went straight in for Mako Mermaids and binge watched God only knows how many episodes. They have also watched LoLi Rock, Barbie, Mia and Me, Odd Squad, Rainbow Rocks and My Little Pony. They have really made this subscription work for them.

As I write they are watching a family film, The Unbeatables, and we have watched other family films together which is such a lovely moment.

Yes, Netflix is working for us and excuse me if I go but husband is out tonight and I can get another few episodes of OITNB in ;)

Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam for 1 year but all of the above are my own opinions.