A generous dollop of lemon curd; my favourite addition for jazzing up a simple ‘weight of 2 eggs’ cake recipe (double dollops for this 4 egg version). It seems baking has become a bi-annual affair having not greased my tins since E’s birthday in January. This ring cake headed off to E’s playgroup fete and proved quite popular I hear.
What’s not to love about a ton of sprinkles on a cake?
Baking buddy E’s cup cake versions!
2014 was the first year in five that I’d not made any chutneys, jams or cordials. Small wonder really as my love of preserve making began when allotment grown vegetables and spare time were both in abundance!
So instead I’ve been working through my stores of tomato chutney as a starter for chunky salad dressings or as an alternative tomato sauce for quick pizza’s spread on a pitta or flat bread base. I particularly like Warburtons thins as a lower carb option for a simple, crisp, skinny base
Mission accomplished – another empty jar!
Of handmade cards and secret, solo, Lego crafting by E
Lots of smiles and hugs and my every wish fulfilled for E in the relationship he has with his Dad. My best boys.
‘It is a wise father that knows his own child’ – William Shakespeare
And a happy boy who knows his Dad.
(E’s ”About my Daddy’‘ picture inspired by Jen’s post here at Mama Papa Bubba)
We’ve taken to making slushy drinks in a bid to stay cool in this balmy weather and encourage E to drink more. He’s a bit of a camel when it comes to getting by on little water but has always loved eating ice! No two slushy’s are ever the same and latest flavour combinations have included the fab fizzy addition of a Cawston Press sparkling juice can. There are two new flavours this summer – Elderflower Lemonade and Ginger Beer.
We loved the light blend of fragrant elderflower, sharp lemons and sweet apples. I say we, E barely took breath as he slurped his drink, only accepting the need to share when he got brain freeze from drinking too fast. So we let a few days pass before sampling number two. I’m a big fan of anything gingery so I hoped E might be put off when ”fiery root ginger” was the answer to his ”What is it?” question as his lips hovered over the straw. Who was I kidding. The verdict of our try-anything-once 3 year old reviewer?
”I love your spicy bubbly drink Mummy, I’m going to gobble it all up”.
”The spicy bubbles goed up my nose, it tickles!”
Cawston Press combinations – always a hit!
pssst, don’t tell anyone, sparkling Rhubarb and Apple still our favourite though.
It’s a bit special, go track some down it out if you haven’t yet tried it!
Previous review for all these flavours here
Disclaimer – We were sent these two new flavours to try. We were not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
‘A house without books is like a room without windows’ – Heinrich Mann
I first read to E when he was still a bump. At a few months old we began reading bedtime stories after bath time. At 4 months old he’d explore cloth books with a look of absolute wonder on his face.
E has such a love of stories and it warms my heart when he picks up a book during the day and asks to read it with one of us on the sofa.
We’ve amassed quite a collection of children’s books so from time to time E and I play the ”keep it” or ‘‘give it away” sorting game. It’s hard not to feel a pang of nostalgia when he chooses to part with an old favourite (like ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ at the last sorting) but I love the look of sheer delight on his face when he beams ”keep it, I love that one”.
New favourites since turning 3 are Mr Men books and Bod books – stories familiar to both G and I from our own childhoods several decades ago.
Life long favourites for E continue to be the lyrical rhymes of any and all Dr Seuss books and most especially The Lorax. How delightful it is when he points to a picture and describes what he sees or recites whole pages.
”He was shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy.
And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy”.
‘You cannot open a book without learning something’ – Confucius