Thursday, 27 October 2011

What a whirlwind of a week .........

Well as you may have read last week it's the end of term holidays, I'm in my  mummy element enjoying lots of quality time with my two special guys.



We kicked of the holidays by cooking Herman the German, a friendship cake we were given. It was delicious.Madison and Jasper both enjoyed the experience Madison loved measuring the ingredient's out and adding them to the mixture. Jasper loved exploring the flour on his hands and by the end of the cooking they were covered head to toe in flour ( Fantastic )
                  


After briefly watching a children's programme which featured children visiting a market, this prompted Madison to ask " Whats a Market Mummy?"
after explaining as best as I could whilst juggling the breakfast cereal, Jasper and a bottle of Milk, I decided to look up locally if there were any I could take her too ( as I found if it was available for me to experience i took in the information better and retained it) I was in luck!  It so happened that Gilllingham market is on all day Mondays. After clearing the baby porridge which Jasper sneezed everywhere off of anything within a meter radius we were off to Gillingham. This is a place as a child I grew up in and have really lost touch with. After parking Madison clocked the small park which we had to promptly explore as we are now "Pirates" fantastic Madison Peg leg and Mummy black beard were off with ship mate Jasper in his "little pram boat" as Madison enjoyed telling everyone.





Next it was on to the High Street ........well after we waited for a train to go past.









We finally made it.... "WOW!" was the comment of the moment, she could not believe how many different stalls there were and after having a look at all the different things available we finally found a fruit stall. She was absolutely amazed that she could physically choose the pieces of fruit she wanted and put them in to a paper bag to be priced up by the " fruity man " as she called him.  such a great way to by fruit and a great price £5 for 28 pieces of fruit and a punnet of grapes, and a great experience.

 

With the ever increased need to watch the pennies but also needing to entertain my children, during holidays where costs can easily rocket. I fully make use of my local area. By looking through local papers and popping to my local Library I was able to piece together a fun packed and exciting itinerary not costing the earth.




Riverside visitor centre On Tuesday me and my little ones packed a picnic, bottles and pureed mango.Then set off to Riverside Country Park in Gillingham, where I had seen in the local paper that they were holding a Autumn craft workshop for 4yrs + for a £1. I was not to sure what to expect but any doubts I had were left at the door, we were greeted by a  kind smiling face and a warm welcome, instantly interacting with Madison and informing me of where we needed to go. Whilst this was happening a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady who was heading the craft workshop was telling Madison what she needed to do and capturing her attention and imagination instantly. She then proceeded to inform me that we needed to get "autumn treasure" ( leaves, twigs, acorns etc). Whilst she was off doing this Jasper loved being pushed round in his pram looking at the amazing autumnal   foliage that is on display. She must have collected the whole park bless her as when she went back she tipped her "treasure" out on the table to show the lady, to which she immediately kick started her creative imagination by saying "these leaves look like lily pads " BANG!!!! if you could have heard inside Madison's head you would have been blown away. Madison was then told to help herself to card, paper, pens, glue and other additional art and craft materials. Well she was off by the end of it she had created a pile of fantastic collages including " down by the pond" a "hedgehog" and a "firework".



After a very sticky crafted Madison finally put down the glue stick and declared "I'M FINISHED" much to Jasper's relief as he was starting to think about his lunch. We headed of to wash our hands, then put all the precious cargo in the car before finding one of Riversides many picnic benches, so we could tuck in to yummy cheese sandwiches and fruit salad, and Jasper enjoying his mango which I had prepared that morning, all I say is they both ate everything.

"Mummy can I have 5 minuets in the park?"

Riverside has an amazing play area and all I is 2 and half hours later I emerged with two very tired children who both enjoyed the amazing surroundings and facilities on offer at Riverside Country Park and I can't wait for there next school holiday workshops as we will definitely be there.


We are starting to get in to the spooky mood in preparation for Halloween on Monday and have today been pumpkin carving, Madison loved drawing out different designs and finally deciding on the winning design as she thought it was "very scary". Jasper loved looking at the brightly coloured pumpkins and feeling the strange textures, before nodding of in his baby snug seat ( the best purchase I have made seating wise) so off to bed for mini man.

After a lovely lunch of home made curry mmmmmmmm we tackled the pumpkins


" this feels squisshy"


 " Our finished carved pumpkins"
 
 
 
 
The little man in my life is forever growing fast and this week he has discoverd getting hold of items and dropping them time and time again and is amazed when they reappear the astonished look he has on his face is priceless. He has loved playing with his big sister who has been on tap for silly faces, tiggles and kisses. I loved sitting inside her Den she made for us to play in.
 
Another great mummy tool an old bed sheet can be many things this week it has manily been a Den.
 
He has enjoyed trying my own spin on a butternut squash puree.
 
A Squash & A Squeeze Mash
 
 
 
to recreate my recipe you will need.......
 
  •  butternut squash
  • a good knob of unsalted butter
  • 200ml of vegetable stock
  • half a onion chopped
  • half a lemon squeezed

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the chopped onion saute  until transparent.
  2. Peel and chop the butternut squash and add to the pan and cook for 3 minuets.
  3. Pour on the the stock and lemon juice, stir and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30 - 35 minuets untill the squash is soft enough to mash .
  4. leave to cool for a few minuets and then mash or puree to the consistancy required.
   this can be frozen.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this weeks blog. 

Have a great halloween weekend 

crazy daisy mum 

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Another Hectic Week In Our House ....

We have welcomed Anabelle the bear to the toy collection on Madison's bed which is her "favourite and her best " (at the moment) which she made at a little friends build a bear party it even comes with a beating heart, how far toys have come since my care bear days.


We have been very arty this week it all started by...

 finally finshing our autumnal mobile by adding the pictures we took whilst in the woods and hung them off of the branches. It now hangs pride of place in the play room. Both the children have loved looking at the leaves and pictures and is a constant reminder of our adventure.



Madison has been forever pushing the boundaries this week ( alot of which is her trying to be so independent) so we have come up with a joint idea ..... i wanted something that would be a constant visual reminder and somthing that she would relate to so she wanted a "Sun, Grey Cloud and a Black Cloud" as that is what she has at school. And if " Im a good girl my picture stays on the sun and if im a little naughty i have to go on the grey cloud and if i dont listen and im very naughty i have to go on the black cloud"  which I thought was fantastic idea so we wasted no time in creating our own symbols to hang in the play room.  so we all can constantly see them as a reminder to continue to use it. Will keep you posted on how they are working.




Jasper also got in to the arty grove this week and loved feeling all the diffrent textures of the  brushes, the paper and paint on his fingers and created a lovely piece of Jasper led art work & decorated himself at the same time. 


 
Jasper my 5 month old's teething has steped up a new level this week and he has been so unsettled, so lots of Mummy, Daddy and Big sister cuddles for him, as well as teething powders and calpol but hopefully we should see a small little toothy peg peeking soon ( I hope ). I have also been freezing chunky carrot sticks which he has loved chomping on which gives instant relief and cools the area. ( whilst under constant adult supervision) .






This week my little ones have been watching our Herman the German Friendship cake bubble and rise. which has prompted lots of questions from Madison as to why it dose this?  also he has sparked excitement as we are cooking him tomorrow so i will keep you all posted on how it goes.







Well another busy weekend coming up with lots of Nanny play time before she jets off to her sunny windy castle as Madison puts it, and a little rest and relaxation for Madison as her first term comes to an end, and bless her she is starting to droop everyday coming home.



Then a  busy Half Term week which i cant wait for and have got loads planned for my little two including pumpkin carving, cake making, firework pictures, Autumn craft workshop, and much more so excited.     

have a great weekend

Crazy Daisy Mum
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Thursday, 13 October 2011

My First Blog

Well what a week to be starting my blog on. 

Well after a weekend of Autumn treasure hunting in our Local woods
(which i didn't know existed)
we are starting to create a fantastic autumnal mobile to hang in the kiddies play room ( aka our conservatory) . We found a lovely small branch that had fallen during the high winds we have been experiencing, and lots of leaves which once all laminated will hang off of it.



This has created lots of open ended questions about all the colours and why they fall off?  and do hedgehogs use them as comfy blankets? (hedgehogs are our interest at the moment) 

As for the little man he loves feeling the leaves we have not laminated and have placed in our sensory bag this month. which is a small hessian gift bag I have placed items of a natural material i.e shells, coconut shells, pine cones, leaves and a few twigs ( remembering to wash your little ones hands after).  




Madison has been at her Infant school now for all most  half a term and it has rocketed by but finally We had that special visitor from Madison's class over for the the night in the form of a penguin named "Sparkle" the class mascot.


Madison came running out of her class holding this mini case beaming "I've got sparkle!". Not sure who was more excited me or Madison. She then proceeded to tell us that she got sparkle for being a really good girl who followed the golden rules all day. We were so happy for her as she has been dying to bring sparkle home for weeks and finally it was her turn. ( mum and dad breath a sigh of relief!). The constant disappointment on her face as she came home without it everyday was so heart breaking, but was a great bribery tool. ( come on all of us do it). Madison and Sparkle had a great time at Riverside Country park
 running and climbing (Madison's favourite past time) and then home for dinner. and promptly bathed and then Zzz.




Feeding my family has never been a chore but keeping meal times a fun experience and not just a daily occurrence is the challenge. So by offering up different foods i have kept it fun and interesting.

This weeks favourite meal was Homemade Paella.


all i have to say is there was clean plates all round .

To  recreate my version you will need ....

  •   Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts - cooked and cut in to cubes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 300g paella rice
  • 1 - 2 tsp turmeric (personal taste )
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 100g frozen peas
  • chorizo sausage as much or as little as you would like roughly chopped
  • Tiger prawns again as little or as many as you like

  1. pre-heat an oven to gas mark 5, place a criss cross of foil on an oven tray, place the chicken breasts in the centre of the foil and pour on about 4 tbsp of water. make a parcel with the foil by lightly srunching the ends togeather in the middle, leaving a small gap for some of the steam to escape, cook the chicken for 1 hour or until cooked remove and once cool cut in to cubes.
  2. heat a little oil in a pan and cook the onion and garlic for 5 mins
  3. add the pepper and cook for 5 more mins.
  4. add the paella rice, turmaric, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and chorizo and give it all a really good stir.
  5. make up the vegetable stock (I use two cubes to 600ml of boiled water) pour over the rice mix and give a really good stir adding the bay leaves. put on a lid and simmer for 10-15 mins until the rice has absorbed the liquid.
  6. cook the prawns in a lightly oiled frying pan until cooked.
  7. Add the prawns, and peas  and cook for a further 5 mins.
  8. remove the bay leaves, stir in the cooked chicken and serve with toast triagles and lemon wedges
  9. last but not least enjoy x x

 

Hope you have enjoyed my first post as much as I have enjoyed writing it have a lovely weekend .

Crazy Daisy Mum
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