- ▼ July (5)
Winters here with force and so are dark afternoons and if your little ones are anything like mine they’re bored! So heres a couple of thi...
Last week I was sent Baking Mad Easy by Lorraine Pascale from the lovely WHSmiths (currently less than half price!) Being one of the large...
As you’re probably aware I have a lovely sponsor this year in the fabulous Nursery Paint Company. They offer the most amazing range of ...
Who needs the gym? Three ways to get active at home after Christmas So you’ve overdone it with the turkey and mulled wine. Haven’t we a...
How many of us out there have expensive chefs kitchen knives and no idea how to use them? Hmm well hopefully this guest post will get you ba...
Today I had the most amazing Banana cake and wanted to share the recipe with you only to discover when it was passed on its gluten free! I...
As you know I adore luxury (who doesn’t) but when I had my eldest I noticed that while you could have luxury baby clothes, luxury mama c...
“I emptied my bubble bath into the tub, Determined to get myself thoroughly scrubbed. The bottle had said "ONLY ONE CAP OR TWO",...
I've been a big fan of Trisha Ashley for a good few years and having followed her on twitter @trishaashley (do follow!) I asked her if s...
My eldest is coming up to four and has never been interested in books except as something to chew on. I have tried him with nearly every f...
Allergy baking Books gluten free recipes Book Review The gallery baking children cooking cupcake recipe recipe Muffins dairy free Chocolate baking made easy cake christmas egg free personalised gifts what i'm reading National Trust breakfast competition free free activities free family fun gardening homemade playdough lions outdoor fun photos Bored Chocolate souffle Harry Eastwood Lorraine Pascale Mud Pies Novels Raining Skinny French Kitchen St Davids Day Story The Little House Welsh cakes africa americans animals aprons author bacon and leek baking gifts bananas black and white bobotie boys toys brandy snaps britmums bunting cars cat on moon cherry pie chicken children in need chocolate mousse chocolate shoes and wedding blues christmas cake cleaning. colour cooking with kids coppordot creperie cubs curry cybher diaries dog downloads earth explore food foraging free day out fudge fun facts grandparents great british bake off halloween hedgerows hertiage day housework hugh fearnley-whittingstall infacol jam tarts jamies great britain jamjar fishing john crane kids activities learning to read linda collister low fat make your own bunting maps marmalade cake mary berry middlemoss mooskins morning mud museum name labels nappy rash national cherry day nut free outdoors paris pastry peppermint creams phone photographer picnics pioneers pitta pizza play ideas potato fudge present ideas. presents pudsey cupcakes pumkpins quick dinner raspberrys ride ons river cottage made easy roast safer internet sandpits scrabble sea sevi shoes snack snow soup sponsor stationary sudocrem summer tea teenagers template the magic of christmas tinyme toys trisha asley turtles unusual gifts vegetarian west highland white terrier when i was a kid whsmith wildlife wine charms winter wooden toys zebras
Raquel and Esther’s children love to colour. One rainy seaside holiday Raquel started drawing figures on the backs of cereal packets for her children to play with and Carddies were born…….
We’re a huge fan of Carddies in this household and so I had to let you all know about their latest sets! Farm & Nativity!
The theme of Nativity is well-suited to the Christmas period and the addition of Carddies Farm ensures the range appeals to younger children. Each set contains 12 double-sided, hand-drawn characters made of card with stands, 12 colouring pencils and a hand-drawn card scene as a backdrop; all packaged in a sturdy box so they can be “taken with you wherever you go”. Now not only do you have these two fantastic themes they provide 10 more!
Each set is tailor-made for boys and girls aged between 4 and 10: Ballet, Cavemen, Fairies, Football, Knights, Family One & Two, School, London, Sports and now Nativity and Farm. These make excellent gifts for your kids, birthdays, Christmas and they are perfect for taking in your bag or in the car while you’re out and about. A mum recommend to me as using them when they went out to a restaurant and boy are they fantastic for this. I think they were more carried away with the colouring in and playing that they were disappointed when the food finally arrived!
They are well-priced gifts for children and make perfect stocking fillers. £8.99 from http://www.carddies.com/ Carddies are available from the Carddies store at www.amazon.co.uk and from the other stockists listed at www.carddies.com
This is our latest post for Fionas linky over at Coombe Mill. Its a fantastic link up for getting your kids out and about! This weekend we ended up at one of our old favourites over at Wisley. We thought with the Olympic bike race on it would be pack but I dont think I've ever seen it so quiet! It was wonderful and as you can see below the boys adored the space to just run!
|Peekaboo behind the trees|
|Looking for Big Bad Barry|
|But which one is he?|
|The garden was full of gorgeous flowers!|
|A quick game of skittles on the lawn|
|Followed by a guess the veg!|
|And the stopping on the way back to finish our ice cream!|
If you remember a couple of months ago I popped on a handy conversion chart on here for you? Well thanks to Everest I have managed to find a far more concise one. Not only does it have the general oven temperatures but it also has the perfect time for boiling and steaming veg (don’t you just hate soggy veg?) How to stack your fridge properly! Pretty much any household you can possible think of. What do you think? Wonderful to print off no? Why not print one off to pass to do any students heading off to uni for the first time or just to leave around the kitchen in the hope others will read it too? ;)
at Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This weekend it was Rorys birthday and he asked for a Lemon Drizzle cake as his birthday cake. I’ve never made a lemon drizzle before so I hunted round online and found this amazing recipe! I did alter it slightly and it tasted amazing! Chuck all the ingredients into one bowl and whisk! Fabulously quick!
Lemon drizzle cake
Prep time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour
Syrupy and citrusy, cut yourself a slice of sweet and sour splendour.
teaspoon baking powder
Butter or Marg
lemon rinds, finely grated
lemons, juiced and strained
caster sugar (I used icing sugar)
Start by preheating your oven to 180°C, 350°F or gas mark 4.
Then sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, add the remaining cake ingredients and beat together until smooth.
Grease and line the base of a 1kg loaf tin and spoon in the mixture.
Bake for an hour or until cooked.
Turn the lemon drizzle cake out.
Warm the lemon juice and sugar together.
And now for the main event, drizzle the lemony syrup all over the lemon drizzle cake and watch it soak in. Mmmmm.
GDAs for average adults*
Salt g (based on sodium)
at Wednesday, July 11, 2012
You might have seen on the news today and across twitter about the 1000 odd farmers visiting Westminster today to demonstrate their anger and frustration about their pay from dairy processors for their milk they produce being cut. It seems rather unfair to my mind that in the shops these days when you order a coffee most of the time its fair-trade (the workers are being given a good price) but the farmer who produced the milk is being screwed over! We’ll save the third world farmers but turn a blind eye to ours?
Dairy farmers like most farmers work 24hrs every day 365 days a year with little or no time off. They milk their cows twice times a day a process which takes hours. Most dairy farmers are on contract to one of the top three milk processors and the contracts are long! There’s little other option especially when the processor decides to cut the cost they pay their farmers. Many are tied into contracts that force them to sell their milk at 25p/litre which even with all costs slashed still costs more than 30p/litre to produce. All they are asking is a fair set price in their contracts. Not much to ask for when you consider our European neighbours get as much as 10p litre more than ours do!
From the 1st August Wiseman, Dairy Crest, Arla and First Milk have announced they will drop the price they pay their farmers by up to 2p a litre (4p since the start of most recent contracts) Bear in mind Dairy crest already make 9.8p profit after cost per litre.
30p/litre is the cost to produce!
Producers Pay Their Farmers
Wiseman – 24.73p
Dairy Crest – 24.92p
Arla – 24.5p
Supermarkets Pay Their Farmers
M & S – 31.93p
Tesco – 29.56p
Sainsburys – 30.5p
Waitrose – more than 29p
Morrisons – 25.92p
Asda – 25.52p
Co-op – 25.73p
The cost to us is 46p a pint (that’s just over half a litre)
Doesn’t seem quite fair somehow does it? Perhaps made worse by the agriculture minister admitting that while he knew where the milk came from he didn’t know the cost of it! After all his wife apparently buys the milk! The farmers are asking to be paid a fair price and a fair price on the shelf for you! Please sign their petition and get behind them!
Or follow their struggle on twitter #sosdairy