Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Kids in The Kitchen - Hedgehog Bread

Welcome back to Kids in the Kitchen, my weekly linky where you can come and tell everyone what you have been cooking with your kids. My aim is to teach my children all about cooking, I want them to enjoy it and learn at the same time as filling their hungry tums.

This week we have been making bread rolls, and just to make them a little more exciting we did them to look like hedghogs. I'll tell you more in a minute, first up I'd like to thank those that joined in last week.
We had The Brick Castle showing us how to make Rocky Road using vegetarian marshmallows.
Next up is In the Playroom with their Shepherd's Pie Boats, what a great idea.
Also last week, The Beesley Buzz showed us how to make butter at home. (would be perfect for my home made bread)
Finally, we had North East Family Fun with their home made pizzas.

Please come and join in this week, I'll give you a mention next week if you do. The rules are simple, get the kids in the kitchen then write a post and link it up. Or you could even link up an old post, I don't mind. We all have something to share.

Hedgehog Bread.

I love making my own bread, there is something really satisfying about kneeding the dough, and the smell of bread baking is wonderful.
However, up until now I haven't got the kids involved in bread making. I'm glad I did, they really enjoyed it, and they really enjoyed the end results too.

Recipe:


500 grams strong bread flour
50 grams of unsalted butter
1 7gram packet of fast action yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
320 ml warm water

Method:

measure the flour and the butter and rub them together.
add the yeast, salt and sugar
make a well in the middle and add the water slowly while mixing

tip the dough out on to the work surface an kneed for 10 mins
put dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea cloth
leave in a warm room for around 2 hours, when it will have doubled in size

split the dough into small balls
shape into hedghogs and use a pair of scissors to cut the spikes.
use raisins for the hedgehogs noses

leave hedgehogs on a lightly oiled baking tray for 1/2 hour
cook on gas mark 7  or 200C for 25 mins
bread should be golden in colour and sound hollow when tapped on the base.

bread making
lots of hands rubbing in the butter


kneeding dough
Here we go, here we go, here we go
kneeding dough, kneeding dough, kneeding dough




bread dough
waiting for the dough to rise


bread
ready for the oven



hedgehogs
the finished hedgehogs




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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

How Many Soapy Funny Faces?



We were sent a bottle of H&A Finding Nemo Bubbly bath to review and straight away the Little Man couldn't wait to try it out, he loves bath time.

bubbly bath


First we had to smell the bubble bath, it was a very delicate smell, I think the Little Man got it right when he said it smelled clean. We made lots of bubbles in the bath then it was time to get in.

The Little Man's favourite bathtime fun is making bath water tea. He loves playing with his little yellow teapot and pouring it into a cup. He even pretends to drink it, and of course mummy has to pretend to drink it too.

bubble bath


When we get to washing the Little Man's hair we play ceiling ducks. We look right up to the ceiling and tell a story about the ducks that live up there. In our old house I had stickers of ducks on the ceiling, but for now we are just imagining them. The ducks are often joined by other animals too, frogs and fish are firm favourites. While the Little Man tells me his story, looking right up to the ceiling with his head back, I was his hair easily with no shampoo going anywhere near his eyes, and he's so distracted that he doesn't even notice what I'm doing.
Then it's time to have some fun with the bubbles.

bubble bath


Finally, it's time for one last play at swimming and splashing, then it's time to get dry.

bubble bath


The Little Man is not the only one to have fun in the bath, his sister's have made up their own games too, like mermaids and treasure hunt. Maybe one day I'll share them with you too.

This post was written for the Tots100 and H&A competition. We recieved a bottle of Finding Nemo Bubbly Bath to review. The Little Man loved the bottle with Nemo on the front. He also loved the smell and bubbles the bubble bath created in his bath. I thought the bubble bath left the Little Man feeling soft and silky and I am happy that it contains nothing nasty to irritate his delicate skin. Despite getting bubbles absolutely everywhere, he didn't mind because they didn't irritate him. I would recommend this bubble bath to my friends with small children. I'm pretty sure my girls will enjoy using it too. 

I am loving other H&A products that are available too, my girls are keen for me to get some Ariel Conditioning and Ariel Detangler and the Bathtime Buddies range looks like loads of fun. Also, there are loads of bathtime products featuring favourite characters like Thomas The Tank Engine, Disney Princess, Minnie Mouse, Ben 10 and many more. 

Monday, 20 January 2014

Kids In The Kitchen - Pancakes and Biscuits

Welcome back to Kids in The Kitchen, my weekly linky where you can come and tell everyone what you've been cooking with your kids. My aim is to teach my children all about cooking, I want them to enjoy it and learn at the same time as filling their hungry tums.

This week we've been in the kitchen twice! Once to cook pancakes and then again to make some fork biscuits.
Last week we had a lovely post from The Beesley Buzz where the family went to cookery school. I was really jealous, it sounds fantastic, I'd love to do something like this with my littlies.

Please come an join in this week, I'll tweet about your post and give you a mention next week if you do. The rules are simple, get the kids in the kitchen and then write a post and link it up. Or you could even link up an old post, I don't mind.

Pancakes. 

Boo decided that she would like to make pancakes so I printed off a recipe for her. Two points to make here, pancakes are not only for Shrove Tuesday, we have them whenever they take our fancy. Also, I don't need a recipe for pancakes, they are so simple. However, this is a learning process, and Boo is just learning to read so I wanted her to read the recipe for herself.
So, in short, we mixed up the flour, milk and eggs. Then mummy heated a little oil in a pan until it was very hot. We poured in the batter, swirled it around and cooked one side. Then mummy expertly tossed the pancake over to cook the other side. I did get Boo to try and take a photo of me doing this, but we didn't get one worth showing.

kids in the kitchen


Then at the weekend we made fork biscuits, so called because you squish them with a fork before cooking. Boo and the Little Man really enjoyed this.

Fork Biscuits

Ingredients:

250 grams of butter at room temperature
125 grams of caster sugar
300 grams of self-raising flour

Method:

We measured out the butter and sugar into a bowl and then mixed them until smooth with a wooden spoon.
We stirred in the flour and made a  soft sticky dough
We rolled the dough into little balls
We put the balls of dough onto the greased baking tray, leaving a space between them
We squished the balls of dough with the back of a fork which had been dipped in water
We cooked the biscuits for 15 minutes at 180C or Gas mark 4

kids in the kitchen




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Warming Up Our Winter Tums

My Other Half has decided he quite likes cooking. He whips up a mean chicken curry from scratch, although I have to make the naan bread. He's not allowed to bake cakes, that's my department and I don't want him stepping on my culinary toes! However, he did make a gorgeous lemon meringue pie recently. Then, along the line of pies and after watching Paul Hollywood make up some suet pastry on TV, he decided he wanted to make a steak pie. I had a better idea, (Still feel a little pushed out when he takes over MY kitchen) why don't we make a pie together?

When it's cold outside there is nothing nicer than cooking up truly comforting and warming food, and this pie really fits the bill.

So, while he worked away on the pastry, I stewed the steak filling. We didn't have a funnel for the pie so he made one out of a carrot and it worked a treat. (He ate it afterwards too!) Along with the pie I cooked up some mashed potatoes, roasted  potatoes and some veg. Then a yummy gravy topped it off a treat, a real winter warmer treat.

steak pie

Here is the pie straight from the oven, with it's proud carrot funnel.

steak pie

This following picture is a recipe card. If you right click the picture and choose open in a new tab/window, then you can print it off and enjoy.

steak pie


Recipe for Warming Steak Pie:

Ingredients;
  • 900 grams of steak, diced
  • 300grams of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbs cornflour
  • 1 pint of beef stock


pastry;

  • 200 grams of self-raising flour
  • 50 grams of fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 grams of vegetable suet
  • 200 ml of cold water
  • beaten egg to glaze


Method;

  • Fry off the steak in a large pan
  • Add cornflour to a little of the beef stock and mix until smooth, add the rest of the stock stirring all the time
  • Add the stock to the steak in the pan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally
  • Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on a low heat with the lid on
  • Add the mushrooms shortly before the end of simmering time


pastry;
  • While steak is cooking make the pastry
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Add the water a little at a time until you have a firm but elastic dough
  • Turn out on to a lightly floured surface
  • Need lightly to make a ball of smooth dough
  • cover with an upturned bowl and leave for at least 10 mins


make pie;
  • When steak is cooked and gravy has thickened put it into a large pie dish and place funnel in the middle
  • Roll out the pastry and put on top of the filling (cutting and shaping it around the funnel)
  • Brush with beaten egg
  • Cook for 30 minutes in a preheated oven 180C/350F gas mark 4


Serve with potatoes and other vegetables and lashings of gravy.


I hope you have enjoyed my winter warming recipe. I have written this post as an entry to the Co-Operative Electrical Competition where you can win £750 of electrical goods. I've already got my eye on a new cooker and a dishwasher. 



Thursday, 16 January 2014

Talking Point

Star had another hospital appointment today and thankfully it was not as distressing as the last. I'm keeping a new blog to track her journey, not just with her neck but with her hypermobility and autism too. You can find it at www.zebrahooves.co.uk

We are now looking forward as the past week has gone quickly and it could possibly be just a couple of weeks before the halo is taken off. Also, the consultant has promised to get us a referral to a rhuematologist so they can take a look at Star's hypermobility and hopefully get her a proper diagnosis.

We took the bus to the hospital again today, despite Star getting sick on the journey last week. I had hoped it was a one off, but she did feel sick again this week, just not as bad. I really considered getting a car so I could take her myself, but hopefully things will be better when the halo is removed, and that shouldn't be too long now. Maybe I'll arrange a lift for the next appointment. Anway, I need my money so I can finish carpeting and furnishing our new house, a car is a luxury we can't afford right now.

There was an old lady on the bus who was very interested in Star and asked lots of questions. Now, I actually find this quite refreshing. I'd rather people ask than just look and quickly look away if caught looking. She's not a monster, she's receiving treatment and I'm happy to discuss it with anyone who asks. She does get a lot of stares off other children. I think they are really curious as to what it is on her head. When I took her to the theatre just after Christmas one little boy came up and started asking questions and his parent dragged him away apologetically. I don't think you should apologise for a child's curiosity.

We have a local mini supermarket close by our home and the guy behind the till rarely speaks to customers apart from to say how much is owed. If you ask him a question his answers are really short and to the point. I don't think this is a bad thing (I'd probably be the same) but it is a sharp contrast to the other shops in the area where everyone is really chatty and knows everyone else's business. When I went in the shop with Star he didn't hesitate in asking lots of questions about her halo and what was wrong with her. It was obvious that English was not his first language which is probably why he doesn't normally say much. I was pleased he finally spoke to us.

last week I was feeling down about it all, but now I believe the end is near and that the future will hold answers and support. I do hope I'm right.



Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Kids In The Kitchen - Quesadillas

Welcome back to kids in the kitchen, this is my second week of the linky.
This week my littlies made quesadillas for lunch, more about that in a minute but first up, if you don't know anything about Kids In The Kitchen please check out the main page. I really hope you can join in.

Last week we had fabulous vanilla cup cakes from Ups and Downs, Smiles and Frowns, super duper cake pops (something I've never mastered) from Steph's Two Girls and yummy New Year Cookies from In the Playroom

The rules for this linky are simple...get your kids in the kitchen and post about it, then link up!

As I said, my littlies made quesadillas for their lunch. We started with something quick and simple, always the best way to start if you ask me.

Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas

Ingredients:
tortilla wraps
mushrooms
cheese

We took some mushrooms

mushrooms

And chopped them up

quesadillas


Then mummy fried them in some butter for a little while


Then we took our wraps and filled them with the mushrooms and some cheese that mummy had grated for us.

Then we folded the wraps.

quesadillas

Mummy cooked the wraps under the grill until they were warm and toasty.
Then we ate them, yum yum!


quesadillas

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Monday, 13 January 2014

School Woes

You may (or may not) remember the trouble I had finding a school for the littlies when we moved house. There are many schools in the local area but none had room for all three of my children, in particular there were no year 2 places for Boo anywhere. Then after we had moved I finally found a place for them all in the same school.

I did know some history of the school, it had been under a different name and had failed quite badly. Then it was taken over and made into an Academy. Now, I'm not fond of Academies but it's a sad fact that it is the route most schools will be taking in the future if Michael Gove has his way. The headteacher at the girl's old school was against academies, but he did mention that this one was from a chain of academies across the country that were actually doing quite well. Seeing as I was fast running out of options I decided to send the littlies and see how they got on.

It's four months later now and so far the school has had three different head teachers. I guess that's not totally fair to say because the actual head teacher has been the same throughout, she's just not been at the school due to illness. Now she has given up her post for someone else to take over. Will they stay?

 Before Christmas four teachers left the school to be replaced in January by three new teachers.

During the entire four years we were at the girl's old school, one teacher went on maternity leave and one teacher left and was replaced.

Surely it can't be good for the children having new teachers, particularly half way through the term.

The girls very rarely get home work. I'm not a big fan of home work in primary schools but if all schools are doing it and this one isn't, why isn't it?

At parents evening, Star's teacher didn't really know my daughter at all. Ok, I know she'd only been there four weeks, but surely her teacher would have some idea of who she was in this time? Star had a lot of help at her old school because of her autism. So far this school has provided no extra help at all.

Star hasn't been to school since 2nd December when she had her operation and the halo fitted. In that time the school have sent messages, flowers and gifts which is very nice, and everyone asks after her. However, even though I've asked for work to be sent home for her we have yet to receive any. Also, I discussed with the teacher about Star returning to school for a couple of morning while still in the halo. She was horrified. Of course it would mean that Star's welfare would be their responsibility and it was clear that they did not want to take it. After the conversation I felt a fool for even considering it. I really don't think she would be safe.

During our time at the school I've seen two playground brawls.....involving PARENTS, and two arrests outside the school gates which were unrelated to the brawls.

The last school newsletter stated that violence towards teachers by parents would not be tolerated!!! When's the last time your child's school news letter contained such a message?

 I do think that the school has good policies and are mostly trying hard to bring the school up to a better reputation. Sadly, some of the parents and their children are not on the same wavelength.

My Little Man has enjoyed going to nursery at this school. I had a good relationship with his nursery teacher who told me that Little Man was, mostly, very well behaved. I had been worried because he's a little terror at home! Sadly, this nursery teacher was one of the teachers who left before Christmas, she did talk to the parents and explained she was leaving because of family issues. So the Little Man has a new nursery teacher and I don't think she likes him much. The other day, while I was waiting outside to pick him up, I could hear her telling the children to line up and she was getting a little short with my Little Man because he wouldn't stand in his place.

When we fetch our children we wait outside while the teacher calls them one by one. My Little Man is always excited to see me and runs up for a kiss and cuddle. Today, the teacher stopped him from coming to me, and there in front of all the parents she told him that she would be expecting better behaviour from him tomorrow and that he must learn to listen. He wasn't listening to her, he wanted to come to me for his kiss and cuddle. I was angry. If she has a problem with him that she wants me to know about then she should call me aside for a word about his behaviour. Scolding him in front of all the other parents is just not on. I let her off today, but if she ever does that again, then I will be taking her aside for a word about HER behaviour. Maybe I'm being over-sensitive, but in all my time I have never seen a teacher scold a child in this way before.

I'm not sure what I am going to do just yet. My options are quite limited due to the other schools being full. The best school in the area had, understandably, no places at all. There is another school which could take Star and Little Man, but not Boo. Would it be fair to leave Boo in the only school that has room for her, even though I do not consider the school good enough. Or should I keep them all there and hope that things do improve. They were only taken over last year so it's the beginning of a long journey. Sadly, it's a difficult journey and one that my children are on for the ride.


walking to school






Saturday, 11 January 2014

Win tickets to see The Sooty Show in Blackpool

From the 14th to 23rd February Blackpool is hosting Showzam, a variety of fabulous performances.




I'm really pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win tickets to see the Sooty Show. The winner will receive a family ticket for four and the show is on the 17th or 18th February.

I love Sooty, he's been around so long I remember him from my childhood. My older kids had a couple of Sooty Show videos (remember them, they were what we watched before DVDs?) and they used to watch them over and over, laughing out loud. And now Sooty is still around to entertain the littlies as well. In fact the original Sooty was purchased in Blackpool in 1948 by Harry Corbett and first appeared on TV in 1952 in a talent show.

In the Showzam performance it is Sooty's Birthday. Along with the magic and mess that is expected with Sooty and his friends Sweep and Soo, the Moscow State Circus is also invited to his party to amaze everybody.
Find out more about the Sooty Show and Showzam here.








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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Extended Sentence

I started today with great expectations, it was Star's fifth hospital appointment since her discharge and they told us that the halo was to be fitted for six weeks. Last weeks appointment had been cancelled by the hospital. I'm not sure why, they just said come in two weeks the week before. I was confused because we'd been told that the halo needed checking every week. I did call to ask but was just given a new appointment, which was today.

We decided to brave the bus into town. Star has been on the bus a couple of times now so I thought she would be okay. Her mood was not good from the start though. For some reason she didn't want to go to the hospital and wasn't being very co-operative. I finally persuaded her by allowing her to take the Mobigo to play with. Once out she was a little better, although she was very wobbly on her feet and complained of her knees hurting.

At the hospital we have appointments on the ward were she was confined. She went straight to the play room, took off her shoes and snuggled up in the giant beanbag with a book.

When we were called in by the Dr she took the book with her but refused to put her shoes back on.

The book turned out to be a lifesaver, so to speak. On examination the doctor discovered that most of her screws in her skull had come lose and two had actually worked themselves free. I had a feeling that they were not right because the night before I'd managed to de-tangle her hair for the first time since she'd had the halo fitted. I am not a doctor though, there was not way I could tell the screws had come out unless I pulled them because they were still in the skin, just not the skull. I was told the reason they had come loose is because they had been left too long and I should have attended the week before. Nice one, make me feel guilty for your mistakes!

So, the screws had to be replaced and this was done by the doctor while the nurse and myself distracted Star with her book. Of course the two bad ones were too much for her and the tears came fast. Looking back now the whole experience makes me feel sick, but at the time I just held her the best I could and comforted her the best I could. That's what mum's do isn't it?

So when it was all done, and the screws on her vest were tightened the doctor arranged an appointment for next week. So then I asked when the halo would be removed and he said it would be another two to six weeks yet. He said it was at six weeks when they started regular CT scans and they would only consider removing it when they were happy.

I left the hospital feeling completely deflated. Of course I want it to work properly, when they take it off I want her to be fixed. Still, it's like anything that is horrible, you count the days until the end, and I really thought the end was nigh.

Star didn't really understand what was going on. She became quite sick on the bus on the way home and at one point I really thought we would have to get off for a while. But we made it, and since being home she has been okay. She complained of a headache just before bed, I'm surprised she didn't complain earlier, I know I would have. I gave her some Ibuprofen and she wasn't long gong to sleep.

Now it's time to get practical. I spoke to the hospital teacher this morning and she told me to contact her if Star was going to be in the halo any longer and she would arrange for some teaching for her. I had mentioned to the school headteacher that I was concerned about her lack of schooling and she didn't seem to keen on having her in the school with the halo still on. I was concerned anyway because a lot of the children at the school are boisterous and I'd be worried about her getting hurt. To see the head teacher with concerns makes me convinced that she shouldn't go back just yet. So she will need to continue her education at home. I'll be teaching her until we get some help.

I will need to buy her some more clothes. She has received some lovely clothing gifts from kind friends and I've bought her what I can, but to be honest it really is a pain finding suitable clothing that fits. Not only that but the vest has ruined a few things too, it has lots of jagged bits that work their way through the clothing.

I am going to try and come up with some sort of home-made cover for washing. Our current method is time consuming and Star really doesn't like it. What I need is some sort of plastic bag vest that is shaped just right, something we can slip on and off easily.

We did do something helpful today. On arriving at the hospital another consultant asked us if we would speak with a family who's son is having a halo fitted tomorrow. They had no idea what it was and the consultant though it would be helpful if they could see Star and speak with me. Of course I was happy to oblige. I've found it so difficult to find information on Star's condition and even the halo so I have a wish to enlighten other's who will find themselves in the same position. This is why I've started up a new blog all about Star.

So we spoke to the family. They looked at Star and I told them what to expect and how do deal with certain things, like clothing and bathing, the sort of things I've had to work out for myself. I hope that I have helped them in some way.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Our Perfect Day At Center Parcs

Last year we were lucky enough to go to Center Parcs for the first time. I had always wanted to go but had a little trouble convincing the family as they believed they wouldn't have had as much fun as they did at our usual holiday park destination. Now we ALL want to go again.

Last year we went to Whinfell Forest and we had a brilliant time, so it's easy to describe our perfect day.

I'd start with breakfast with a red squirrel. This actually happened to me, I'd been trying to get a good photo of a red squirrel all week, they were a little shy, or so I thought. One morning I woke up before everyone else and was enjoying a nice peaceful cup of tea on our patio when who should come along and join me but a gorgeous red squirrel.


Then we could choose to have breakfast at the lodge as there is a lovely well equipped kitchen and a well stocked supermarket for all your needs on the site. However, we are on holiday, so why not go out for breakfast instead. Even better, breakfast on the boardwalk overlooking the wonderful lake. What a brilliant way to start the day.


While having breakfast we could plan our day, something for everyone young and (not so) old. (getting a bit touchy about the old bit as I'm approaching a Big Birthday next year.)
Swimming is a big favourite and the subtropical swimming paradise at Center Parcs have everything for an exciting splash around. The Little Man loved it in the special pool for little ones, with their own little slides and plenty of toys. The girls loved the wave pool while Daddy The Adventurer loved the Canyon ride.
Then there are the play areas which the kids adored, and it was all so safe that Mummy was able to relax while the Little Man ran around too.


 Then the tums would be rumbling so time for food. There is lots to choose from from Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, French and even British food in the parcs many restaurants. On this day though we are going to fill our rumbling tums with quesadillas and burgers from Hucks Bar and Grill.

For afternoon activities we are going to take the little ones for some fun time at the Wizard and Fairy School, where they learn magic and how to ride on a broomstick! Ok, perhaps not, but they do make wands and fairy cakes and get face painted. Meanwhile why they are having so much fun, Mummy and Daddy can sneak off to the Aqua Sana Spa for some steamy relaxation (of the sauna sort, clean your minds!)

Then we can pop back to the lodge for the obligatory BBQ and a rummage in our back garden.


Then the evening entertainment would involve a walk around the parc and a game of tenpin bowling. But before retiring for the day we'd have a quick peek to see if there were any badgers on the badger cam. Then we would go to our cosy beds thinking about all the exciting things we could do the next day because we hadn't time to fit in the crazy golf or pottery painting.


Before I leave you with our perfect day I have to remind you that the best way to travel around any Center Parcs is by bike.


This is my entry into the Center Parcs and Tots100 January Challenge and if chosen I would like to go to Sherwood Forest. 
I've been watching the Center Parcs Family Videos and was most inspired by Children of All Ages.



Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Kids in The Kitchen - New Linky

I love having time with my kids in the kitchen. We are always baking cakes or biscuits or other yummy things. Now I have a bigger kitchen having them in there with me is even easier because we have more room. I've decided that this year I'm going to let them cook a lot more, not just the yummy stuff either. So while I'm rummaging around for Child friendly recipes I'm starting up a weekly linky to join up with other mum's who like to cook with their kids.
The linky will be open for a week from Tuesday. I will highlight some of the posts shared in my weekly round-up. My aim is for us all to share our cooking experiences and inspire us to allow our kids into the kitchen more.

I want to encourage my children to cook more not only because it's fun but to help them learn about food preparation and what we eat. I don't have a complete ban on junk food, and I'll admit I'm the first to grab the chicken dippers or fish fingers after a busy day, but teaching my children about food will help them to choose healthier eating habits in the future. It's also a great way of getting your children to eat things they wouldn't normally eat. We all want them to eat more fruit and vegetables don't we? Well, they are more likely to eat them if they have been put into a meal that they have made themselves. Cooking also offers other learning activities like weighing and numbers, and the science of what happens to food when it's mixed or cooked. 

I'm going to start by setting aside one day a week (for now) to spend with my kids in the kitchen. We'll make all sorts from quick lunches to main meals and desserts. We will no doubt be cooking up some yummy treats too, like the chocolate bark we made for Easter last year, or the baking we did for Halloween. 




This is the Gingerbread house the littlies helped me make for Christmas. We had a fantastic messy time, but sadly the house didn't last very long as shortly after we'd finished the roof collapsed. 




  This week I'll let the kids loose in the kitchen and I'll be back next week to let you know what we made and how we made it. I'd love for you to join in too. Just link up a post about your kids cooking up a storm in your kitchen, it can be old or new I don't mind. 

I'd also be mighty grateful if you included my badge in your post so others can see it and come along and join in. 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

When My Mum Was Forty Two

It's funny how memories stick in your mind from long ago.

I remember when my mum was Forty Two.
My aunts and nan came to our house to visit and mum got the third degree!
But you can't be pregnant, you're 42!
Are you sure it's not the menopause?
Why on earth are you having more kids at your age?
You've got three kids why do you want more?
What are you going to do about your job?
What does Fred think about it?

I remember when my mum was forty two.
My dad took me to the shop and gave me a pound note to spend on her birthday present.
I bought her a hair dye (very dark brown) and a bar of Dairy Milk.

I remember when my mum was forty two.
She was rushed into hospital when my brother came early.
She was gone for more than a week, I'd never been so long without her before.
I missed her so much.

I remember when my mum was forty two.
She used to wear her long hair tied up in a pony tail.
She hated the grey streak that would grow at the front.
She would spend Saturday shopping with my nan.

I remember my mum every day.
Happy Birthday in heaven Mrs B.

02/01/1931 - 25/12/2008

me and my mum 1983





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