To practice any art .. is a way to make your soul grow

‘To practice any art, no matter how well or badly,
is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

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”It’s not only children who grow.  Parents do too.
As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives,
they are watching us to see what we do with ours.
I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun.
All I can do is reach for it, myself”.

– Joyce Maynard

I first published this post in 2015 when Euan was a 3 year old artist.  He’s now 6 years old and he’s done much soul growing since then.  I love his drawings and the confidence with which he thanks people when they commend his artwork – ”thank you, I’m an artist” he replies with a hesitantly proud smile.

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After such a long wait to have Euan I never dreamed he’d have a sibling to share his love of drawing with.  At nearly 2 Luca is already picking up pens and pencils and having a scribble.  He hasn’t quite grasped the ‘‘only on paper” message yet though so his freedom to create is being supervised at the moment!

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I enjoyed a bit of creativity myself turning E’s picture into a quote card – simply upload your photo to Big Huge Labs, click on Motivator and add your quote.
Motivator - to practice any art - nipitinthebud.co.uk

 

April 16, 2018 at 8:40 am 1 comment

making chocolate courgette cake

If you’ve still got whopping great marrows knocking around (they store for weeks afterall so it’s quite possible) then reach for your grater and make a simple, delicious chocolate courgette cake.  Super easy, moist and tasty this is a great recipe for making do with what you have in the cupboard as it uses oil instead of butter and cocoa powder instead of chocolate (although on this baking day I found G’s dark chocolate in the cupboard and the cocoa powder pot empty).  It works just as well for making cupcakes (made another day when cocoa powder supplies had been replenished).16-8-13 - chocolate courgette cake_slice 4B

I was so sure I’d already posted this recipe but it seems I imagined that.  E’s hair, or rather the lack of it, is the measure of the passing of time since taking the photos with the intention to share it!  Woops, well over a year ago I’d say.
Collage - Chocolate Courgette cake 4BTo make Chocolate Courgette cake

350g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder (I used 100g dark chocolate in this cake)
1tsp mixed spice
175ml olive oil
375g sugar
1tsp salt
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
500ml grated courgette
140g toasted hazelnuts roughly chopped

      • mix flour, spice, salt, cocoa powder
      • mix oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, grated courgette
      • combine the dry and wet mixtures and fold in chopped hazelnuts
      • line a 24cm cake tin and pour the mixture in (or spoon into cup cake cases)
      • bake for 40-50 minutes (reduce to 25 mins for cup cakes) before turning out
      • place 2 squares of dark chocolate on top of the warm cake and move around the cake with the back of the spoon to create a thin melted topping.
      • Alternatively cool for 10 mins and see original BBC Good Food recipe for making a gooey chocolate frosting topping

I sandwiched my cake with butter cream and jam and decorated with blueberries.  Who knew melting chocolate squares on top of a fresh-from-the-oven cake could be so satisfying?  My topping was a bit meagre (I only saved 2 squares for it) but once it hardened properly a few hours later it created a lovely thin crispy topping (very satisfying to cut into!)
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The inspiration for the melted chocolate topping came from Conner Middelmann-Whitney’s video post for Chocolate Beetroot cake (fast forward to 6 minutes if you just want to see the icing stage).  It’s next on my list of recipes to try as unlike this recipe it’s packed with nutrients, gluten-free, dairy free and sweetened only with a smidgen of acacia honey. Conner is the author of Zest for Life: The Mediterranean Anti-Cancer Diet and her YouTube channel is well worth checking out for other video recipes.

First published in 2014.  If you like this recipe you may also be interested in Making beetroot and chocolate cupcakes

April 15, 2018 at 12:46 pm 1 comment

drink up (a review of the Tommee Tippee explora bottle)

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We’ve tried all sorts of cups over E’s short life as you’ll know from previous reviews. We still use E’s Tommee Tippee first cups for milk drinks in the bath to ensure E doesn’t end up wearing it (you know how toddlers love to pour!). We didn’t ever try the 12m+ range from Tommee Tippee having fallen in love with our Oxo Tots water bottle by then. As we’ve lost that bottle now and been making do without a replacement we were quite happy when Tommee Tippee offered us an Explora Active tipper bottle.

It claims to be truly non-spill and easy to drink from and it satisfies these claims unfailingly. Aimed at 12m+ it has no lid or fiddly push/pull spout; it just seals automatically thanks to the Easi-Flow technology inside the top. You don’t have to worry about accidents or your toddler needing to come and ask for a drink when thirsty at home. And for going out and about the sporty can be tossed into a bag without releasing a single drop.

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Truly non-spill.
E enjoys drinking from his sporty cup and it holds a good volume of fluid (360ml) but for my busy toddler he seems to tire of the effort it takes to suck up smaller quantities of drink than the gulps he’d get from an open cup (always the downside of non-spill spouts). Nevertheless it’s still a keeper as we find it brilliant for little pitstops while playing, drinking in the car and for playgroup where having an interesting picture on your bottle counts to a small boy!sporty cup

E is more inclined to sip little and often and then ask for a big drink when he really needs one so for encouraging independence and listening to his body we’re very happy to have the sporty cup in our cupboard. And for mooches in the stroller, when he has all the time in the world, he loves to sit back and chill while supping from it, chewing the spout, waving at passers by …wpid-img_20141123_203958.jpg

Disclosure: We were sent this bottle to try. We were not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

First published in 2009.

April 15, 2018 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

#myheartylife 15 – gratitude| success| beauty

Reflecting weekly on the beauty in every day moments, reasons to be thankful and celebrating small successes with the #myhearty life linky.

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I am grateful for …
Living near to Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre.  The school holidays have been a bit dreary weather wise and while we’ve loved our indoor time over the Easter weekend we’ve also had to cancel some activities when being out in a downpour would have been a bit miserable or created epic muddy clean up jobs.  When you have a special place you like to visit as a family it’s easier to push through any reluctance and as we only had one day this week with George we made it work for a trip to Slimbridge.  It was cold but dry and we had a lovely time doing the Dusty Duck Easter hunt and then claiming the prize of a delicious Pulsin bar.  Luca was in his element bimbling about saying “Hiya” to the birds and calling every bird variety we saw “wack“.

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I succeeded at
Creating our first video review.  I’d not used iMovie before but George has been making trailers for his Spaces music project.  He gave me a few pointers and we put together a short video of the boys bimbling about on Selsley Common with their OXO Tot water bottles.   My initial plan had been for E to talk about why the bottles are so great but that proved tricky to capture and edit as I’ve never used my camera for video before!  I did get some lovely footage and some funny outtakes but quality was poor from shooting indoors and it just didn’t stitch together very well.  So I decided to use the small amount of outdoor footage from our Easter Sunday amble.  The funniest thing about the whole process for me was being named a ‘composer‘ by GarageBand when we used it to create the music for the video.  GarageBand was George’s solution to my question ”how do you put Music on it without having to worry about copyright?’‘.  I wouldn’t have dreamed of making my own track but when you know someone who can their confidence and ease rubs off.  Of course, it wasn’t really like I made my own song as the loops were samples but if matchmaking two country style loops, inspired by Luca’s Benny Hill like bimbling, is successfully writing a theme song I’ll take it.  Anyway here’s an outtake from our first video making attempt when I didn’t even realise you couldn’t shoot in portrait!

I found beauty in ..
Wildlife and seeing how much pleasure our boys (and kids in general) get from being around animals.  First at Slimbridge feeding the birds and seeking out Euan’s favourite otters.  And then during a visit to our local city farm where we saw lambs, cows, pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, ducks and chickens. I loved watching how curious Luca was peering into the guinea pig hutches and E running up to tell him what they were and read their names out. Parenting outside feels easier too, they’re not the only ones who feel lighter for the fresh air!

Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre swans
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre
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April 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm 1 comment

5 reasons to love the OXO Tot twist top water bottle (a review with a pair of thirsty explorers)

boy drinking from OXO twist top water bottle on Selsley Common - nipitinthebud.co.ukIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know how much we love OXO kitchen tools and utensils.  If you’re a new visitor here thank you for taking the time to hang out with us – you might like to read our other OXO product reviews after you finish here.  We first reviewed the OXO Tot twist top bottle when Euan was 18 months old.  3 years later when his baby brother Luca was in need of his first drinking cup we returned to the OXO website and reviewed it again.   Luca was 9 months old in our second review but soon got the hang of drinking from the straw (the packaging recommends 18 months + but in our experience there are no safety issues for children younger than that, they just might find it tricky to hold the bottle or drink from the straw).  We wanted to try something a bit different for this review so we took our bottles out for an Easter Sunday bimble on Selsley common and this is the result.

If you already love these water bottles you’ll understand why we kept our video short.  It illustrates all you need to know really – that this water bottle is easy to drink from with or without hands, it’s lightweight and easy to carry and it’s strong enough to handle whatever a toddler may throw at it.  If you’re not familiar with the OXO Tot brand and need a little more persuading here are 5 reasons why we love their twist top bottle and think you will too:

1/  the flexible rubber drinking straw

There’s something about straws that just makes drinking easier.  I share Luca’s water bottle during the day and find it much easier for both of us to stay hydrated than drinking from a cup.  Luca likes drinking from it because we share it and he feels so grown up having the same bottle as his big brother.  Euan likes it because when he’s  drawing at the table he doesn’t even have to pick it up (did you spot Luca carrying it by the straw in his teeth in the video?).  It’s a brilliant water bottle for travelling as children can’t tip their head back in their car seat to drink from a normal cup or bottle.  Or when the boys are poorly or need a drink in the night it’s much less disturbing to their sleep to just turn them on their side and put the straw to their mouth for small sips than sitting them up to drink from a cup.  We all agree water just tastes better from a straw! If that’s not been your experience because of plastic mould growing straws the OXO designers have thought of that too.  Their rubber straw is in two sections and comes apart easily for cleaning.  If you do find it starts to deteriorate, gets lost or your toddler bites through it using it as a carry handle (the texture is quite appealling to teethy toddlers) you can buy a replacement (2 for £4) .  It makes good environmental sense to make sure a perfectly good water bottle doesn’t need to be discarded when the straw goes astray.
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2/  It doesn’t leak. 

This is like the holy grail of claims with baby/toddler food and drink storage.  The twist top design of the OXO water bottle means the straw disappears inside when the lid is closed creating an airtight seal.  There will be a few drips if the bottle is opened and shaken about as a little water from the last sip remains in the straw and even OXOs brilliant design can’t defy gravity! (as demonstrated by Luca below).  But I’d take a few drips over less effective designs any day.  Of course the clever design can’t account for user error so we have had leaks on the sofa or carpet when Luca has cast it aside unnoticed with the straw still out (he’s a wanderer afterall).  And I have had a leak in my bag when he helpfully posted the bottle into it upside down and I didn’t notice it was not shut properly.  To be really sure of no leaks you’ll want to take on responsibility of closure with smaller children.  Euan can be trusted to close it properly, Luca cannot and is not physically able to at under 2 years old.

3/  it’s easy to measure your fluid intake

This might sound obvious as it’s a see through bottle but it’s a really important feature for us.  At a glance Euan can see exactly how many fingers worth of water he’s drunk.   If I wanted to be really precise about how much he’s had from a full 300ml bottle there’s a measuring guage on the side.  Between losing his previous twist top bottle and receiving this new one Euan didn’t get on too well with staying hydrated at school.  He was taking in a plastic Lego water bottle which is opaque and every day it was coming home full.  At 6 years old he found it too hard to remember to drink from it when he didn’t have the visual prompt of seeing the water level inside the bottle.  It was such a relief when his replacement OXO bottle arrived!  When he has a cough or a cold I put cooled herbal tea in it as that also encourages him to pick up his bottle more when the drink inside is an interesting colour.  In the summer the nice wide opening at the top of the bottle means ice cubes can be added easily to keep drinks cooler.

4/ it has an easy grip handle for hands big or small

The bottle can hold 300ml so it’s not too heavy for children and is a nice clutchable size even for a toddler like Luca.  It’s easy to hook your finger through the carry handle on the top as shown by Euan running along after Luca in the video.  If you didn’t want to carry it by hand you can use a caribiner to clip it on to almost anything – a bag, on the buggy, through a coat button hole etc.
toddler holding OXO twist top water bottle on Selsley Common

5/ it’s strong, durable and made of BPA free plastic

Our bottle was unscathed by Luca’s ”kick, kick” experiment down the hill.  He’s heading towards 2 years old with throwing arms in full force and so far his bottle has shown no signs of distress being thrown down the stairs and launched down the slide at the park.  We’ve never know any OXO Tot products to break and unlike some other clear plastic items in our cupboard it doesn’t even look scratched or cloudy from daily use.
OXO Tot twist top water bottles on Selsley Common

Disclosure: I requested and was sent a replacement OXO Tot twist top water bottle to review.  I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

The OXO Tot twist top bottle is available to buy from the OXO website and costs £8

April 13, 2018 at 6:58 am 6 comments

making Delia Smith’s one pot Basque Chicken

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If there’s one thing I love about Delia’s recipes it’s the satisfaction of creating a dish that looks just like the photo from her Delia On-line recipe archive! We were first introduced to Delia’s one pot Basque Chicken by our friend Alice who seemingly whipped it up out of nowhere when we visited one Saturday. While the kids played and we chatted in the kitchen she browned off some chicken thighs and chopped some peppers. After a brief interruption from Euan I returned to the kitchen to find Alice popping her full casserole dish in the oven. An hour later she pulled it out again and 4 adults and 4 children were soon tucking in to this lovely spanish blend of chicken, chorizo, peppers, and olives soaked brown rice. Delia’s original recipe uses a whole jointed chicken but we like to use skinless, boneless chicken thighs which are not only cheaper but suit the flavours and texture of this dish and require no preparation. I also omit the hot paprika and wine find this makes it more agreeable as a family dinner with small children. I did include wine for the making and photographing of the dish for this post but couldn’t honestly say it made all that difference that I could notice so will continue to omit it in future.

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What you need to make Delia’s one pot Basque Chicken (with slight variations)

Salt and pepper seasoning
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
225ml brown basmati rice (measure using a jug)
275ml vegetable or chicken stock
170ml white wine (optional, increase stock quantity above if not using wine)
half a large orange cut into wedges
50g pitted black olives
2 large red peppers
1 large or 2 medium onions
2-3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
150g skinned and sliced chorizo sausage
50g sun dried tomatoes in oil
2 large cloves of garlic chopped
1 tbsp sun dried tomato paste

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How to make Delia’s chicken basque

  • Season your chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Heat two tablespoons of oil in an ovenproof casserole dish and brown off the chicken thighs. Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  • Slice the red peppers in half, remove the seeds and pith, then slice each half into six strips. Likewise, peel the onion and slice into strips of approximately the same size.
  • Drain the dried tomatoes, wipe dry with kitchen paper and cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces.
  • Add a little more oil to the casserole dish, at a medium heat and when the oil is hot, add the onion and peppers. Allow them to brown a little at the edges, moving them around from time to time, for about 5 minutes.
  • After that, add the chorizo, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and toss these around for a minute or two until the garlic is pale golden and the chorizo has taken on some colour. Next, stir in the rice and, when the grains have a good coating of oil, add the sun-dried tomato paste, paprika and chopped thyme.
  • Pour in the stock and wine, and add some seasoning. As soon as everything has reached simmering point, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer. Add a little more seasoning, then place the chicken gently on top of everything (it’s important to keep the rice down in the liquid).
  • Finally, place the wedges of orange in among the chicken and scatter with the olives.
  • Cook in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C), for 1 hour. (I have also cooked this on the hob before I invested in a casserole dish and it works well that way too, just make sure it’s on a low heat and gently stir from time to time so it doesn’t stick)

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We enjoy this dish with some steamed greens or broccoli but it’s just as good as a stand alone dish.

April 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

#myheartylife | 14 – Gratitude| Success| Beauty

Reflecting weekly on the beauty in every day moments, reasons to be thankful and celebrating small successes with the #myhearty life linky.
(all rather Easter orientated this week!)

Father and son looking at bugs inside a fallen down tree trunk

G and 3 year old E bug hunting in a fallen down tree

I’m grateful for . . .
The school holidays and not having to rush to get up and out in the morning. Euan has stayed in his pyjamas all day a couple of times and he says it’s one of his favourite things about school holidays.  As Easter approached I had that feeling that we should make the most of the break and visit somewhere using our National Trust membership like we did last Easter.  The poor weather however made it easy to choose the opposite, to switch gears and savour the slow pace of staying in. On slow mode, no timescales, no agenda.  Our days over the Easter weekend were a lovely blur of playing, lego making, snacking and hiding mini eggs.  We did attempt an Easter egg hunt at Woodchester Park on Sunday but the rest of Gloucestershire obviously had the same idea and cars were lining the entry road for half a mile or more from the car park.  We’d had to make an emergency stop en-route for E who felt car sick so we turned tail and headed for nearby Selsley Common for some fresh air.  It was the right decision as poor E emptied his stomach as G turned off the engine and immediately felt better.  Our amble on the common was just what we needed and the boys enjoyed being the masters of our route with us following slowly behind them. They barely noticed we were there as raced off happily (can you tell from that first photo that G is running to keep up with L!). They loved exploring in their own little world of imaginative play in the dip of a small quarry calling out from time to time only to point out something interesting they’d spotted or had made. Luca gave a few dog walkers a surprise when he kept scrambling up steep slopes and appearing as if from nowhere over the top.Easter sunday walk Selsley common_Dad and toddler running - nipitinthebud.co.uk
Easter sunday walk Selsley common_boys making names using rocks - nipitinthebud.co.uk

I succeeded with …
Containing the chocolate fest that is Easter to the weekend and letting the boys decide how much they ate. It sounds mad even reading it like that but when presented with an Easter egg the size of your head you’re not going to easily wrestle it from a toddler’s grip. E didn’t even have his first Easter egg until he was about 4 years old and it lasted for about a month. Luca’s first egg at age nearly two lasted an hour, albeit shared beautifully with his brother who was happy to delay opening his realising it meant double chocolate for him in the long run. In the afternoon E wanted to re-hide the eggs from his morning hunt, a concept L just couldn’t grasp so he was given his share of eggs. My instincts were screaming ‘just one, save them, think of how much sugar that is if he eats them all” but I rolled with letting him work his way through them. And it turned out he really liked the process of unpeeling the foil wrappers, would take a bite and then move on to the next one. So the total amount of chocolate he ate was not even half as much as it looked like. And the result, no adverse change in behaviour or affect on sleep overnight (he did have more energy by bedtime than he would normally after a 2 hour bimble outside!). Confirming perhaps that by limiting sweet treats as part of a healthy lifestyle the seasonal blow outs aren’t going to do much harm. And an important lesson noted that children do stop when they feel they’ve had enough and it’s important to give them that experience occasionally rather than always leaving them with the sense of wanting more.

I found beauty in …
Hiding Easter eggs around the house and watching the boys race off to find them. It was probably a common sight in many homes last weekend but what moved me so much was how it spoke to the relationship between my boys. There’s 4 years and 3 months between them so it could be understandably annoying to have your nearly 2 year old brother trailing round after you. But E is always so nurturing with Luca and they share in a way that pours right out of their heart and not because anyone tells them too (this was evident in Luca sharing with E but grabbing his egg to his chest saying ”my, my” when I asked if he had a bite for me.  If these brothers continue to be the best friends they are at age 2 and 6 then I know I’ll have done a good job of parenting.
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April 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm 3 comments

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