lemon curd loveliness

10-7-15 - lemon ring cake 4B
10-7-15 - lemon ring cake close up 4B
10-7-15 - lemon ring cake sprinkles 4BA 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?
10-7-15 - lemon cup cake sprinkles 4B
Baking buddy E’s cup cake versions!

July 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

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July 29, 2015 at 6:56 am Leave a comment

easy peasy skinny base pizzas

29-9-14 - spicy tomato chutney jar 4B2014 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!
29-9-14 - spicy tomato chutney jar_opened 4B
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
Warburton thins pizza 4B
Cooked pizza 4B
Mission accomplished – another empty jar!
Empty chutney jar 4B

July 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

a most happy Father’s Day

Father's Day presents 2015 4B
Collage - Fathers Day gifts 4B
Of handmade cards and secret, solo, Lego crafting by E
Fathers Day 2015 - E
Lots of smiles and hugs and my every wish fulfilled for E in the relationship he has with his Dad. My best boys.
Father's Day 2015 - E and G close up
‘It is a wise father that knows his own child’ – William Shakespeare
E holding Fathers Day present 4B
And a happy boy who knows his Dad.

(E’s ”About my Daddy’‘ picture inspired by Jen’s post here at Mama Papa Bubba)

July 21, 2015 at 6:00 am 1 comment

cooling down with a Cawston Press slushy

BLOG_slushy ice 4BWe’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.
Slushy drinks 4B
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”. 
Slushy drinking E 4B
”The spicy bubbles goed up my nose, it tickles!”
Slushy drinking E 2 4B
Cawston Press combinations – always a hit!
Cawston Press cans
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!Cawston Juice 4B
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.

July 19, 2015 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

becoming a bookworm

‘A house without books is like a room without windows’ – Heinrich Mann
E and Daddy reading 4B
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. 
College - E reading 4 months old
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.
E and Mummy reading 4B
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”.
21-3-15 - E sorting books 4B
21-3-15 - book pile 4B

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.
12-7-15 - E reading Bod books
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”.

E reading the Lorax 1 4BE reading the Lorax 2 4B
We have a bookworm, hooray!

‘You cannot open a book without learning something’ – Confucius

July 16, 2015 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

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Boy in a bucket 2015 4B

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