Cats Vs Pickles plushies review

When we were sent on a special mission to find and review a Cats vs. Pickles collectible plushie, Arlo was most excited and we went on a little trip to our local Smyths toy store to hint down these Mischievous characters. I have to admit that I had no idea where or why these have suddenly become popular but I must have been living under a rock. Seeing viral videos of real cats reacting to pickles has had me in stitches so it’s no wonder these toys are the latest trend for tweens, teens and everyone in between.

Cats vs. Pickles invites you to enter a world in which cats are nothing short of paw-trified of Pickles! But, for their green pickled adversaries, this fear is a cu-cumbersome burden to bear, because Cats have simply meows-understood! All they want is a bit of love! Arlo was very happy to pick pickles for his team and got himself ready to run in to Smyths to find himself a pickle.

Cats vs. Pickles already has a huge fanbase, thanks to the splendidly silly videos that can be viewed over on the Cats vs. Pickles YouTube channel. So pick a team, Team Cat or Team Pickle, and get ready to immerse yourself in this brilliant new world with this exciting new toy collection. Here’s what’s available in the range… 

Cats vs. Pickles Collectable Plushies

Available from Smyths Toys (RRP £4.99)

Collect all the silly and soft Cats vs Pickles characters – there are more than 100 different styles to find! Irresistibly squishy, each super-soft character has an adoprable print design that reflects its paw-sonality! Fans can collect different themes of Cats, as well as sought-after, rare plush Pickles. There are Foodie Cats like Paw-Purr-Oni; Sweet Cats like Mint Chippie; and even Smarty Cats like Mew-sical Meow! Each Collectable Plushie comes with a special hang tag that contains the character’s name and bio, with a QR code for a free app game download! (App and device not included)

Of course as soon as Arlo realised there were so many different characters he wanted to take them all home. We spent quite a long time looking through all the colourful characters before eventually deciding on Super Cat and switching to #teamcat (for now).

Cats vs. Pickles Collectable Plushies Themed Multipacks

Cats vs. Pickles Collectable Plushies are also available as multipacks! Choose from lots of fun themes! Great for little scaredy-cats, there’s a spooktacular Scary themed pack, and the Swimmy packs are sure to make a splash! Each multipack comes with a guaranteed, blind packaged Pickle character! And all the Cats are exclusive to the packs! 

Wondering where you can get your hands on these the Cats vs Pickles Collectable Plushies? Check out the shopping links below:

Single Packs (RRP £4.99) – Smyths Toys Superstores
Two-Packs (£9.99) – Amazon UK
Four-Packs (RRP £19.99) – Smyths Toys Superstores, The Entertainer and Amazon UK 
Six-Packs (RRP £29.99) – The Entertainer
12-Packs (RRP £59.99) – Amazon UK

Cats vs. Pickles Jumbo Plush Character Pillows 

Available from Smyths Toys Superstores (RRP £14.99)

For kitty cuddles of a grander scale, there are six Jumbo Plush Character Pillows to collect! Each 10” plush pal is super soft and snuggly. Be sure to keep an eye out for the lone Pickle character in the collection!  

(Products in the blog provided for the purpose of review)

Setting up a garden padding pool – essential hints and tips

Paddling pools are the number one summer garden accessory. When you think about how many hours the kids spend jumping in and out of the water they’re fabulous value for money. My advice having had many different types of pool over the years is to go for a simple shape rather than one with all sorts of different inflatable options, because they’re more robust in the long term. Go for a pool which is big enough for the grown ups to enjoy too.

Use matting

First things first choose the space where you’re going to put up the pool. If you only have grass that’s okay, but I prefer to use my patio, so that (after mowing it) the lawn doesn’t get flooded. When we have spells of warm weather I like to leave the pool up so this can create patches on the lawn too. So predicting that Arlo would jump in to the pool immediately I got these mats to act as a soft barrier between him and the floor. It also protects the base of the pool from tears. These mats were £14.99 from Halfords.

Fill her up

We have an outdoor tap which is where we connect the hose. The water is ice cold and so when it’s looking like a spell of warm water is coming and its a pool putting up day this is done first thing in the morning. We have an attachment on the hose that you can clip to leave it running, but getting Arlo involved is just as fun. This pool took about an hour to fill up.

Warming the water

This is a tough one, naturally as the day progresses the water does warm up slightly. At first we tentatively dip our toes in to test the water and the chill takes your breath away and makes you think twice about splashing in. By the time the sun is highest in the sky however, that’s the exact feeling you want and theres no hesitation. I did try the binbag hack. Laying out black bags in the pool in the morning meant that the water did warm up as the sun shone down, only by a few degrees but it was noticeable. Boiling a kettle and mixing it in just doesn’t work for us. I’ve also seen hacks to use the kitchen mixer taps and putting warm water through the hose.

Time to Splash

Then it’s time to splash. I let Arlo invent the play – he was racing end to end and diving in and all sorts. I have some balls and other bits and bobs he can use in the pool and he also went and found some plastic water animals at one point. In the past he’s had a slide propped up over the edge of the pool too. I keep a towel hanging on the washing line for him to grab hold of and always put it back up there to dry out.

At the end of the day

I have used a bed sheet to cover the pool over night to reuse the water the next day. Before I do this we dip the watering can in the water and use it around the garden to water the plant pots and hanging baskets. This is a fab evening job for Arlo to do, and we top up the pool from the hose the next day. Water tends to last a good few days before it gets too grubby, because we reuse the water I don’t like to add any chemicals. I send Arlo out with his bug net to pick out any leaves and bits which are in the water.

Once we are done with the pool I empty it out completely and give it a good wipe over, hang it on the line to dry out and deflate it all before folding and storing inside binliners in the shed, ready for the next spell of warm weather.

Bestway pool available from Very at £34.99 – gifted for the purposes of a previous review.

Think Tank at Millennium Point

Finally one of Arlo’s favourite places to visit in Birmingham has re-opened and we were delighted to be given press tickets to visit and explore this weekend. Navigating around the ever changing roadworks in the city centre was a nightmare but eventually we found the car park and arrived at five minutes before our ticket time. The entrance is within the millennium point complex which is also hosting a vaccination clinic and so the main entrance is now on the ground floor.

We’ve been learning all about space and the solar system and so our new Grogu plushie came along with us and Luckily we managed to book slots for a planetarium show- we chose “the little star that could.” (slots are very limited due to social distancing so plan ahead for this). As soon as we finished checking in which was a simple process, we began to follow the one way system which was marked out with unmissable red arrows, and we head out to explore the ground floor.

This space has some awesome machines. Of course Arlo is a bit too little to pause to read the signs and understand all of the science behind the installations but he enjoyed it none the less. With life size train engines and cars, not to mention fully functioning pistons and various interactive displays with buttons to press this was a fantastic place to start exploring. There’s really something for everyone here, and on previous visits his grandparents have enjoyed the tram, which they recall from when it actually ran in and around Birmingham.

We took the stairs up to the first floor which gave us an awesome view of the spitfire which hangs in mid air. The spitfire was manufactured in the city and it makes me proud to see exhibits which not only help to give kids a science lesson but also help deliver a bit of local history too. It’s great that the exhibitions feature so many different points of interaction and it gave me great pleasure to see Arlo enjoying new things over a year after our last trip. I feel as though we could return time and time again and learn something new.

There’s more to see on this floor, which focuses on science and Industry with a huge collection of exhibits. There’s so much space at ThinkTank we had no trouble social distancing and I noticed that the team were very present wearing gloves and cleaning the interactive displays regularly. Arlo wanted to touch everything, from changing tyres to rewiring robots. There’s so many screens activated with buttons which offer short informative clips relating to exhibits this it’s impossible to cover it all in a day.

The new our changing planet instillation was a space which Arlo really enjoyed on the next floor. I think it’s aimed more at older children in terms of educational value but the visuals really intrigued him. He’s been learning about “trash” and recycling at nursery and talks about this a lot at home so looking at the display about plastics opened up a valuable discussion opportunity.

There was more to explore on this floor, with huge displays detailing everything you need to know about the human body – from digestion – where to help push food along to the stomach before finding out about the contents of large intestines and colon and pressing a button to make a fabulous splash and flush noise. Each exhibit includes different sensory opportunities, designed to be interacted with. This was spot on for Arlo’s age and we spent a lot of time on this floor, because there’s more to see.

Arlo remembered the animals and ran around this display enough times to make me feel dizzy. By this point he had got the hang of the arrows and I found that they have been arranged in the most useful way to take you through the exhibitions. This floor is also where the gift shop is. I must say that gift shops are usually my worst part of the day but Thinktank has a wonderful selection of bits and bobs. Plenty of toys with educational value, beautiful books and pocket money toys which don’t break the bank. I even asked if I could come and visit the shop (thinking of birthday gifts) without having to pay entry and they said yes!

The top floor takes us up to Mini Brum which is easily Arlo’s favourite place. It’s a fully immersive role play for kids, with areas for construction, a doctors surgery, a cafe, post office, super market, mechanics, train station and so much more. Each space is built with little people in mind and inspires imaginative play. I personally would pay to come to ThinkTank just to visit this space with a toddler. Again this space had a queue system entry to allow for distancing and the team were constantly cleaning toys and equipment without intruding.

At some point in the day, about four hours after we arrived Arlo decided that he was feeling peckish and we we went back down to the ground floor and enjoyed table service at the cafe. I ordered an adults hot dog meal at £7 and a kids snack pack which had a sandwich, a carton of juice and other bits he could choose including cheese and grapes for £4.95. Service was efficient – mid meal I had to stop to rush Arlo to the loos and the lovely team helped us find the nearest ones and get back to our table with no problems at all. During the meal Arlo noticed other children playing outdoors in the garden.

The science garden is one of Birmingham’s best outdoor spaces for little ones – you won’t find a traditional play area here – every single apparatus delivers a science lesson and buckets of fun, although if you have a child like Arlo you might want to take a change of clothes as the water tables are bound to be splashed about in.

This fascinating structure captured his attention for such a long time, the frame has a series of different mechanisms – pulleys, winches and wheels to be turned which when played with cycle a series of balls around the frame, and as the balls move around they hit bells making noises. It sounds really simple, looks really complex and it made the cogs in Arlo’s brain turn.

At our booked time slot we made our way back up to the top floor with our snack of dehydrated space food to visit the Planetarium. Tickets are £2.59 and there were several different shows on throughout the day. We watched a 25 minute show about a little star, an average star with no name as he journeyed through the universe – we eventually discovered was our sun and had an introduction to various different types of stats and all of the planets in our solar system too.

Arlo really enjoyed the show, it was his first experience inside an auditorium post lockdown so I wasn’t sure if he would sit through, but it was pitched at just the right level for his age. He’s obsessed with all things space related and so to come out of the planetarium and explore the exhibits with the Mars rover and a full size spacesuit was slightly overwhelming for him.

Then by the time we got to the interactive robots he could barely contain his excitement, he ran from screen to screen pressing buttons to make the displays light up and spring in to life. Once we had explored every floor I asked Arlo if he wanted to go home but he wanted to go back and revisit some of the spaces again, and so we went up and down in the lift – of course back to the digestive system to listen to the toilet splash once more.

Tickets to ThinkTank are bookable online, adults £14, kids £10.25 and under threes go free.

Tinktank is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. (During May half-term the museum is open 7 days 10am – 5pm)

Visitors can become a member of Birmingham Museums and get 12 months free entry to Thinktank Science Museum, plus other amazing museums in Birmingham!

Thinktank is part of Birmingham Museums Trust, a charity that cares for the city’s collection of over 1 million objects and artworks across nine venues, bringing people’s stories alive through exhibitions, special events and activities. All proceeds from your visit to Thinktank, help Birmingham Museums Trust continue to educate, inspire and entertain! 

The crunchiest Snack Ever – Love Corn review

We received this awesome PR package from Love Corn, inviting us to try out their range of corn kernel snacks. Arlo was delighted to open the box which was full of all sorts of fun little treats but was most excited about trying out the different flavours. He is a little snack monster (no idea where he gets that from). I have always been passionate about making sure he has a balanced and healthy diet but it’s getting harder now to find treats for him which aren’t full of rubbish.

“Our ingredients are as simple as they get, just corn that’s been roasted then seasoned – no need to overcomplicate something so crunchin’ good!” – Love Corn

These little packs of corn kernels make the ideal treat to pop in to our back pack for days out and will be awesome when he starts school. A great alternative to crisps, especially with the range of flavours available. They also offer different sized pouches including a sharer size for movie night snacks. I have to admit that my favourite flavour is the Habanero Chilli – they really pack a punch.

Arlo liked the smoked BBQ flavour the most, and the first time we had a little garden soirée I found myself sharing these snacks with guests, just like you would usually offer pretzels or nuts and they went down a storm. I’ve been munching on these ever since they first arrived and I’ve even been using them as a salad topper to provide extra texture and flavour.

You can get your hands of a FREE sample pack by just paying for postage (£1.99) over at the Love Corn website and 20% off the entire website using the code CRUNCH20! Keep an eye out on our socials for a cheeky little competition too!

Planning a family budget

Life has changed so much for us over the last twelve months, just like it has for everyone. As the pace of life slowed right down I realised just how much money I was wasting on things which aren’t at all necessary. I’ve gone a year without drinks from coffee shops on my daily commute and when I think about how much cash that’s saved me I can’t believe I used to spend so much. Inspired by Chantelle from Two Hearts one Roof’s recent Family Budget blog I’ve been making some changes.

Of course the occasional treat is good for the soul – and Arlo enjoys a hot chocolate when we are out and about just as much as me but I’m focused on keeping track of just how much money I’m not spending and putting that aside for rainy days using online Calculators. Now that things are back open it’s great to be able to use my savings fund to book tickets and support some of the places we love to explore.

Just this last week we took a trip to the coast for the first time in over a year and I managed to save myself a huge amount of money by booking a caravan instead of a hotel through a newspaper offer. This worked out better for us because the caravan park had all sorts of amenities available such as swimming pools and entertainment but best of all, it was self catered and so I wasn’t spending money on three meals and snacks – with lockdown only just ending I wasn’t sure quite what would be open so it’s a great idea all around.

I’ve been making the most of meal kits from companies such as Hello Fresh this year, using these helps me massively cut down on food wastage which is great for the environment. I love these because I can treat myself to something different without spending big on ingredients. In fact I checked my spending history in takeaway food apps – I can order four family meals for the cost of one of my average takeaway orders. The other plus is that I’m not going to the supermarket as much and adding extras to the basket which I don’t need. I took one of these to the caravan with us and I’m going to do this every time we go away.

I’ve also been using the internet to find discount codes and offers for family friendly days out – we managed to get a toddler and parent pass to Chessington theme park for a weekday price of £25 which saved £67. Being flexible with dates for activities and planning ahead, or alternatively looking for last minute deals is a great way to save.

I’m going to be spending a year on a student income, not having my corporate salary is going to be a big change for me and so making my savings work for me is a head scratching conundrum. I’ve worked out my monthly family budget and have been setting myself financial goals to work towards using this calculator – essentially it works out exactly how much to put aside each month to reach your goals and also factors in interest. Every time I save myself a little bit extra I keep track and now I’m finding it fun and exciting to try and beat my own goals. Stretching out my Sunday roast leftovers now has become somewhat of a weekly challenge.

Ice skating messy play tray

This is another really simple ice tray play and one which requires very little set up – inspired by our trip to Warwick Castle where we saw a real life ice rink!

You will need:

  • A flat baking tray
  • An ice cube tray
  • Water
  • Small plastic animals
  • Gellibaff slime
  • A large play tray

Overnight I froze water in a flat baking tray and popped some plastic animals in to an ice cube tray, with half submerged and half not. These set hard and in the morning I mixed up a sachet of gellibaff to create a base on our play tray and make a slightly raised hill to rest the sheet of ice upon. I used a bit of warm water to make the ice slippy and test out our skaters and then I let Arlo loose.

Of course Arlo wanted to race the ice skating animals down the slope and so he took them all neatly off to prepare, experimenting carefully comparing the flamingo to the gorilla and the walrus to the owl – I’ve no idea which animal ended up winning the ice skating race but it was fun trying. As the ice melted away this ended up being another small world environment for the animals and the play continued until we had to clear the tray away to eat at the table.

Holi Powder colour run party… in snow!

If you’ve been following our adventures for a while you will know we love colour – holi powder is one of our favourite things to play with. Last year we had an “over the rainbow” party for Arlo’s birthday at the end of the first lockdown and it went down a storm and so what better way to end the year than with another explosion of colour – even better when the snow arrived unexpectedly to provide an awesome blank canvas for us.

You will need:

  • Holi powder
  • Paper cups
  • Messy clothes
  • Wet wipes

It’s almost as simple and chucking colour at each other in an unorganised fashion. As we have done this so many times I know that it doesn’t last a very long time if you don’t have a little plan, so I’m going to share my top tips. First of all – make sure you have a big open space and give yourself as the adult a base to work from.

I order packs of Holi powder from Amazon in a variety of bright colours – I’ve used various different brands and prefer to go for the ones which are made from natural ingredients and dyes, as then wash away and cause no danger to the environment and also come out of clothing and Arlo’s blonde hair because he is always the one who ends up covered. Read the reviews and check the ingredients before hand – do a patch test if you need to.

The packs of powder go a long way if you divide them up and that’s where the paper cups come in…. in the past I have given kids whole packs and sprinkled it in to hands but it lasted about ten minutes but paper cups work best for us….. for this event I pre filled about twenty cups and placed them all around the area of ground so the kids when they arrived had to run and find the cups to throw them…. this made the play last longer and gave them more of a strategic colour war game to play – when you Chuck the powder in the air you get lovely clouds of colour, and the little ones can achieve this effect with cups too – once this first batch of cups was empty, at my base the kids could return cups for refills and then try and catch each other.

There is just something so fun about this and seeing the kids shriek and mix colours together in the air and on each other’s clothes is exhilarating. You can’t help but join in. The snow added another element as we picked up snow to make rainbow snowballs and continue with the colour experiments and just pelting each other for fun.

Like I said, Arlo is usually the one who ends up covered head to toe in colour and he just loves it! The kids had a little competition at the end to see who could collect all the cups back for a prize of some sweeties and then just like that our crazy hour was over. Just like 2020 and what a way to say goodbye to that year!

January brings the snow messy tray play

Kicking the first Monday in January off with an icy themed tray play. A really low prep activity using resources we already have and adding a twist.

You will need:

  • A flat tray
  • Water
  • Freezer space
  • Tin foil
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Animals
  • Loose parts
  • Paper plate

So it’s as simple as adding water to a tray the night before you intend to play. I opted to line a tray with tin foil as I wanted to make sure it was going to look icy and shiny. My top tip here is to pop the empty tray in the freezer and add water with a jug rather than spill water everywhere.

I set Arlo up with some cool paint colours (blue, purple and white) on a paper plate along with some brushes and some Antarctic animals. We’ve been watching lots of David Attenborough as we can’t get out to our favourite places being in tier 4 right now so we have an odd mix of creatures to play with.

We learnt that as we applied paint to the ice it “dried” or froze instantly – we could make animal tracks and tap/slide across the ice. Then we began dipping brushes in water which made some lovely drip effects and patterns in the ice, as well as decorating some stars with the colours too.

Eventually the ice cracked and we did some pretend play with a “naughty walrus” smashing and breaking up the ice – eventually were left with a tray of icebergs and sheet ice for penguins to jump off, polar bears to slide down and a whale shark to hide underneath just like our ice rink before Christmas.

This provided a decent hour of play before the ice melted, with lots of different layers of interaction and independent play. I’m going to repeat this with different variations of colours and accessories to see how we get along.

Christmas dinner 2020 style

Is there a more important meal than Christmas dinner? It’s the one time of the year when everyone pulls out all the stops, but it also creates so much pressure too when really it is just a glorified roast….. which most of us enjoy once a week anyway.

Let’s begin with the table…. this year we had diner for five instead of ten due to the rules around gatherings and so we didn’t have to pull out the wallpapering tables from the shed and ask guests to bring over extra chairs and rearrange the living room furniture. My kitchen table was just the right size for us all in its usual place and so I went a bit over the top decorating the shelves with garlands and making the window look beautiful with all of our crafts.

Our place setting stars were created by Arlo, hand stamped with our initials from terracotta clay, right back at the beginning of December and I fastened a bell to each star with a piece of red wool tied in to a bow. I don’t know why I spent half an hour of my Christmas Day folding napkins, but it was fun to stand in the kitchen with the smell of the food roasting away and sing along to a Festive playlist.

I realised that we didn’t have a “centrepiece” on Christmas Eve and this gave me undue stress – I’ve no idea why but I felt like I just had to have one and so I scrambled around the house to find some little bits and bobs lying around – eventually settling with pressing a little old wreath over a glass jar and then poking in some berries, draping over Arlo’s star Garland and then balancing some of our gold leaf pinecones around on a board for good measure.

When it came to doing the Christmas food shop we decided to head to Aldi, I’d picked up a brochure a week before and literally every time I felt hungry I flicked through the pages and marvelled at all of the pictures. With four adults all off work we had plenty of time and know how between us to make things from scratch, I even bought cranberries with the best intentions but for a relaxed day and with such great value I bought almost everything pre-prepared. When it comes to starters we all have different tastes. Arlo’s was delighted with us huge platter of fruit.

My absolute favourite starter is pâté – served with chutney, chunks of butter and a selection of crackers you can’t go wrong. I ended up going back in the evening for more. My mum adores salmon and so we also served this to complete our trio of starters.

These did require a little bit of preparation, piling on crème fraîche to blinis and then decorating with fresh herbs and lemon. Like I said I bought everything in Aldi, and because the main foods were such great value, I didn’t mind going and getting fresh herbs for everything to give that extra whack of flavour. Would you believe it if I told you that I got our potatoes, carrots, parsnips, swede and sprouts for less than £1? I love the super six offers!

One thing that makes life easy for us is Sharing the work. My mum cooked the turkey in her oven, stuffed with sausage meat and cooked upside down to begin with wrapped in foil to prevent the juices draining from the breast meat. Then flipped and draped with bacon to crisp up and left to rest for a good while before carving. This left us plenty of time to prepare the veg and make everything extra tasty. The pigs in blankets and stuffing balls we bought in pre prepared and so it was simply a case of popping them in the oven in the morning.

We sliced and prepared everything on Christmas Eve whilst Arlo played with a messy play tray we set up for him. The potatoes are the centre of everything, par boiled and then after you drain the water from the pan if you give the potatoes a good shake then it ruffles the edges which makes them go all crumbly and crispy. Throwing in fresh Rosemary and thyme and a couple of cloves or garlic works well, and because it’s Christmas these get roasted in goose fat. Don’t forget to season! We prepared ours just like this and left them in the fridge overnight in an air tight container, ready to go straight in the oven.

The carrots and parsnips were given the same kind of treatment – carrots sliced and sprinkled with thyme and also some fennel seeds as well as seasoning. The parsnips are a simpler affair – we like to drizzle these with honey but do this ten mins before they come out of the oven to avoid them getting burnt.

My red cabbage was made loosely following a Janie Oliver recipe – with bacon, red onion and sliced apple, all mixed in together in a saucepan on a low heat for a long time. I add in star anise to the pan too. I literally never have this any time other than Christmas and every year I question why but I never cook it any other time. Same as sprouts…. although this year was an exception.

The carrot and swede mash is one which can also be made in advance – boiled together and then smashed with lashings of butter and some seasoning – it’s as simple as that. You can make this ahead and then microwave it to serve piping hot. The more butter you add the richer it is, and you can even add double cream too.

The sprouts get a similar treatment, pan fried with bacon and red onions but for an extra kick of flavour I like to add in pomegranate seeds. I don’t know why but it just works and before I discovered these I hated sprouts but these I like to whip up and enjoy as a snack as soon as the sprouts begin to appear in the shops.

As a family we all like to serve ourselves and so everything gets served on big dishes with spoons so that we can dig in, we all pass around the plates and it’s quite a busy affair, and then once people start eating silence descends where everyone is so busy enjoying the food. We all like to raise a glass and a toast wishing each other a merry Christmas and then just like that the meal ends with everyone saying they couldn’t possibly squeeze any more food in.

Christmas pudding comes along much later in the evening, we watched the new Disney movie “Soul” together before even contemplating more food and then it was fun trying to set this alight. The brandy wouldn’t ignite at first and so we added more and more until “whoosh” – I’m not a fan of it myself and I prefer my snacks and savoury nibbles.

I threw together a grazing board for us all to share, with extra pigs in blankets, pate, crisps, olives and all sorts of other bits and bobs and despite the insistence after dinner than none of us could possibly manage another mouthful; the entire plate cleared and we had to top up the snacks several times. It did make a change this year having this rather relaxed evening as usually it’s the time we invite the extended family and end up prepping a buffet for everyone with cold meats and crusty cobs and all the chutneys and cheeses.

This year I put all of the leftovers from Christmas dinner in to a pie dish…. stripping the turkey down to use some of the dark meat and then adding sprouts, stuffing, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and the last of the gravy before covering in a puff pastry. This was our Boxing Day dinner and we also sliced the breast meat for sandwiches too. The best thing account Christmas is the food.