Making healthy "Twix" bars in minutes and other reasons to be cheerful

It's been a week of ups and downs, lots of good stuff, sad news and a few crises, so quite emotional at times. Hopefully you want to know a bit more, so here's my reasons to be cheerful for this week.

Healthy Twix Bars in minutes

We're totally addicted to the Happy Pear recipe for "Twix" bars thanks to Bumbles of Rice, but totally fed up with the amount of time it takes to make them! So one frustrated afternoon I used this method instead:

1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave.
2. Shove ALL the other ingredients in the food processor (plus a handful of rolled oats requested by number one daughter) and mix thoroughly.
3. Spread out onto a flat piece of baking/greaseproof paper.
4. Spread chocolate on top.
5. Freeze until set.
6. Cut up into shapes that won't resemble Twix bars at all. But I promise you, your taste buds won't know the difference...

If you haven't tried them, you really should. Perhaps over the Easter holidays?

My son

Things are looking up for him this week. It seems that everyone involved in his life is finally on the same page as me: I will say no more on here, but it really is good news. And I also may be on the way to naming another little problem that has been bugging him for the past few years. Thanks so much to the helpful parents who pointed the way..

A proper night out

Okay so it was only a couple of house, but I paced myself all day and managed more than the usual ten minute rush to get ready, which was great. It also got me thinking about my life, a dangerous pastime I know! You see I hang on to nights out like these as proof that my young self is still there, even now, ready to be dug out and dusted down when the time is right. But sometime soon I need to reinvent myself, just as my mother did around this age. Eventually the make up will not be able to cover the lines or disguise the jowls. I will need to find a new way to look and conduct myself, one more appropriate to my age. Well, don't I?

Reasons to be Cheerful


  1. So glad things re looking up for your son and as for your son and as for you reinventing yourself, I think you are gorgeous. Mich x

    1. You're very kind, Mich, I suppose I feel that it's not good to keep hanging on to the past, it's always important to look forward and find new ways to live and enjoy life x

  2. I need to see photos of the twix bars mutant friends, and a new name for them too :)

  3. Great to hear that things are on the up for your son. YAY. As for you, just stay the way you are.... xx

  4. This all sounds very positive. So glad to hear that things are looking up for your son. Great news and hopefully a little stress off you. x

  5. That is great news about your son. I hope it is the beginning of better for all of you. I think my re invention is almost complete, I'm getting out loads and feel on top of life once more. As for how I look, I do my best to stay away from mirrors as they never show me as young as I feel!

  6. you don't have to adjust to your age, your age adjusts to you! I have changed, not so much the way I dress or act when out, but just me. I can't explain it, but you'll know when it happens. I am glad your son is getting sorted, and totally understand the reluctance to speak about it, I'm the same with my tween. Maybe we could guest post for each other, get it off our chests without our friends reading xx

    1. I know what you mean - perhaps I'm confused because I'm expecting to change and it hasn't really happened? xx

  7. No. You do NOT! Because if you do then I also have to... and I refuse. So there!
    So delighted to hear about your son and hope that the final school term is a positive one :-) xx