Mr B T C Cumberbatch

So Benedict Cumberbatch recently got engaged.

*audible sighs from women around the world*

I don’t want to get all fan-girl on you, but yes, I’m a pretty big fan of his. Not only a fan of his acting skills but he just seems so charming and down to earth and let’s not forget, posh. I love a posh voice hah. Seriously.

The engagement wasn’t a surprise, as lets face it, he was pretty much one of the most eligible bachelors on earth and I’m sure he would have had his pick of women. I was (stupidly) a little bit surprised at his choice of bride though. I thought surely, he’d want to marry some supermodel, just because he could.

Whilst his fiancée Sophie Hunter is stunning, I don’t know and I don’t want this to be taken the wrong way, I just didn’t imagine that is what she would look like.

Cumberbatch was once reported to have said:

A woman who knows that she doesn’t have to get all decked out to look good is sexy. A woman who can make you feel smart with her conversation skills is also sexy. I believe the sense of humor is important”.

How refreshing to find an extremely popular actor look for intellect and humour in his other half, and not supermodel looks, just ‘because he can’.

Hunter, a Samuel Becket Award winner, is Oxford Educated and had a very successful career thus far, as well as being fluent in French and an accomplished pianist. Is there anything else she can’t do? What a woman!

Why of course this would be the type of person Cumberbatch would go for. This is the kind of guy that studies lizards and reptiles for his role as Smaug in the Hobbit. What was I thinking?! Add all of this to the fact that their engagement was announced by an old-skool ad in ‘The Times’, to me, makes him all the more attractive!

So I guess this an open letter to his legion of young female fans. I don’t want this to sound patronising but if you want a guy like Benedict Cumberbatch, then you need to be a woman like Sophie Hunter. Educate yourselves, develop lots of skills and talents, work hard and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Be an interesting person to talk to, not just to look at.

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Rebecca x

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Blog Hops & Linkys | Updated

I love to get involved in Blog Hops and Linkys. This post is probably more use to me than anyone else (then I remember what is happening and when) but here is an updated list of the Blog Hops and Linkys that I like to take part in. Some I take part in regularly, others occasionally, and some I want to but just forget, ha.

If you know of any more please let me know!

Mondays

MFM_FinalLogo_CMYK1Motivational Monday

 

Tuesdays

Family Fever


Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.com

Mama and More
TheIPOTLink-up
You Baby Me Mummy

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

SuperBusyMum

 

 

 

 

brummymummyof2

 

Thursdays

ClarinasContemplations

#BabyBabble
Throwback Thursday
What's Happened? What's Happening?

 

 

 

 

 

Fridays

Post Comment Love

Family Friday
The List


 

 

 

 

Saturdays

MBPWbadge250Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Link up your recipe of the week

 

 

 

 

Sundays

Mami 2 Five
Social Sunday Social Media Link Up

 

So go and check them all out. I am definitely making it a goal to get involved in them all more regularly.

Rebecca x

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Persimon, Cranberry & Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is a lovely seasonal recipe that although it looks like it needs a lot of ingredients, you probably have a lot of them already in the cupboard at home. They are so yummy!

Spanish Persimon, Cranberry & Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: 24 cookies
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe Spanish Persimon
  • 280g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 120g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 85g dried cranberries
  • 50g plain or white chocolate, roughly chopped, or chips
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4.

2. Finely chop 1 persimon. With the remaining 2, scoop the flesh out of their skin and purée or mash with a fork.

3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices together. Set aside.

4. Cream the butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, using a hand-held electric mixer.

5. Add the egg and beat until combined.

6. Add the chopped persimon and persimon purée and mix well with a wooden spoon, then add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

7. Stir in the oats, dried cranberries, chocolate and orange zest until the mixture is a uniform consistency.

8. Using half the mixture, heap 6 spoonfuls of dough onto each of 2 baking sheets lined with greaseproof paper, and spread them out with the back of a spoon or palette knife.

9. Bake towards the centre of the oven until almost firm and golden brown, approximately 14 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

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Rebecca x

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My Top Things to do in Downtown Chicago

When I was away visiting my sister, we went to downtown Chicago for a day and there was so much to do we couldn’t fit it all in! If I had more time to visit the city there would have been a lot more I would have liked to have seen and visited. However, I’ve put a little list of my top picks for visiting the city:

1. Millennium Parkhas to be done! It is free and so what is better? There are some stunning architecture and statues in the park, including ‘The Bean’. There is also a fab little Red Bull tent where there are lots of different sculptures, all made out of cans and ring pulls. I don’t drink it but they give away free Red Bull too. It is also about a mile away from the river so you can do the river walk and hit the pier from there.

We were there on a Saturday so look out for several wedding parties – we saw three. It must be the place to take wedding pictures in Chicago. It was a little chilly when we were there too so my advice would be grab a Starbucks like we did and carry that with you as you explore the park.

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Underneath the bean

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‘Let me take a selfie’

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The Bean itself

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2. Shedd Aquarium – we were obviously visiting with kids so what is better than an aquarium? There is parking nearby on the streets (free) but not very much of it, so if you need somewhere else to park you can use the parking for the Chicago Bears stadium ($19 for 4 hours, $22 for over 4 hours) – so you get to see the stadium and Soldiers Field which is all pretty cool.

The Aquarium itself is pretty big and I was impressed. If you just want a basic look around, then it is $8 for adults (they don’t advertise this price at the venue so do ask about other options they have). I think this is a great price, though you don’t get to see it all. We were there for around an hour and a half so was plenty for us. If you’re military like my borther-in-law then you get in completely free – even if you wanted the expensive option.

And just a tip – if you use a GoogleMaps GPS, make sure you use Shedd Aquarium and not just Chicago Aquarium or you’ll end up at some random fish tank shop ;)

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3. The Field Museum – This National History type of museum was brilliant. The main attraction is Sue, the T-Rex display which is the world’s best preserved and most complete T-Rex fossil yet discovered. Max really enjoyed seeing that. There are allsorts of displays including Egypt, Asia, varieties of animals and the one that I found most interesting, American Indians. This coat $19 for a basic adult entry and again, military is free. It is basically across the road from the aquarium so worth doing both together I think.

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loving that there are boy scouts in this pic!

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4. Grant Park – not far from the museums, there is grant park. There isn’t a whole lot to do as such (it’s just a park but therefore free). There is though Buckingham Fountain you can check out and it has a great ‘Kodak moment’ spot, where you can get a pic of the skyline but also get in some of Lake Michigan and the pier. Luckily we got a nice (cold) clear blue sky!

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5. Hancock Building – this building offers a 360 degree view of the city and is one of the tallest buildings in Chicago. General entry is $18 per adult but you can pay more to beat the queues.

I had such a great time in Chicago and can’t wait to go back!

Rebecca x

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