Sunday, 25 September 2011

Empty Nests

Read the full article on how different parents feel about their children leaving home-I was only discussing this with my own mum the other day.

Me and My Imagination...

Read This. How clever are our children?!

Ever since having her face painted about 3 weeks ago, the little one, every few days, becomes a cat. She grabs her lego cube (which is actually a face-painting box don't you know), takes herself to the corner of the kitchen and expertly paints on her mask. Sometimes she is cat, sometimes a butterfly and sometimes a giraffe. She often belives she is a lion but for some reason that face doesn't get painted on!

Her imagination astounds me. For mnths now she has been making food for us, taking us to the cafe and being our waitress and the latest sketch is swimming pool based. 'The Guys' (her little plastic people) are subjected to getting changed, putting on armbands and backfoats, showering, jumping in the pool, and reversing the process on the way back out!

I LOVE watching her play, and playing with her. I hope she maintains this creativity forever in one form or another and never becomes shy about singing or dancing although this is already starting to creep in. She attends Pyjama Drama and every week each child is asked if they would like to perform on the (pretend) stage. Little One has always bounded up with enthusiasm and shouted incy wincy spider at the top of her voice and once, spontaneously, managed a rendidtion of Frere Jacques start to finish but lately has developed some self awareness and her "performances" have become very quiet!It is fascinating to watch them all change and develop each week.

What imagination games do you play with your little one? Sometimes we make big tents in the living room, read our books with our magic puppets, go on walking adventures or Bear Hunts just like in the book and build ferries and diggers from lego or blocks! But we would love some new ideas.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Talking of Literature

Language can really express it all for you when someone does magic with it, yes?

"I feel my life is so scattered right now. Like it’s all these small pieces of paper and someone’s turned on the fan. But talking to you makes me feel like the fan’s been turned off for a little bit. Like things could actually make sense. You completely unscatter me, and I appreciate that so much."

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Friday, 23 September 2011

The History of Love and other reads.



I really do love it.

However, for one reason or another for the past few years, I seem to have been unable to fit it in, which basically means I have been too lazy to fit in, and I missed it, dreadfully. I would look at my books piled into boxes, hidden from view, and become enveloped with a sickening guilt, the kind that it is similiar to that of when you leave a lover without so much as an explanation or a goodbye.

Reading makes me feel alive in the best possible way, as does theatre, but there is something about turning the page of a tangible book which provides me with great comfort. It is something I am passionate about passing onto my little girl. As a child myself my Dad would take me to the library every Saturday to chose my books and I would max out my card and hungrily devour each one. I would always try to renew my favourites but Dad would tell me

"its good you have favourites. Make sure you read new things too or your mind will never grow, here let me help..."

and so he would take to the children's section with expertise and pluck out a new favourite for us to read together that week. The little one already has shelves full of books and loves the library. In fact, offering to read to her instantly stops her in her tracks and she plops herself on your knee to hear one of her favourite Hughes tales or Tiddlers adventures in the sea.

 I hope to read The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss should I get hold of it fast enough. What are your favourite reads? Any recommendations?

Something for the weekend: Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

This week I finally have a computer back to blog from and Something for the weekend was meant to be Brownie Peanut Butter Cups, (just the name makes my mouth water) and it still is, kind of.

It turns out that I can not turn every recipe into a mini miracle before my eyes as I secretly tell myself I can (I know...EGO). I struggle with Cup measurements, I just don't get it! I'm more a grams anyway my attempt failed miserably and I'm yet to find the time to suss out measurements for what looks like the best recipe for brownies ever!

Click here to see how to make them, definately a decadent weekend treat if ever there was one. Check out the rest of the recipes on the site too-amazing.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Weekend plans

This weekend we are all off to a Sikh Wedding of a couple of our best friends from university. I am so excited! This evening marks the start of our celebrations with the bride as we attend the Maiyan, Choorah and Jago at her families residence (she has already been invoved in lots of rituals and traditions since thursday) and the ceremony take place tomorrow with the day starting at 9.15 am at the Gudwara moving onto an afternoon reception. The amount of preparation that has gone into this wedding is unbelievable! There have been trips to India and months of meticulous planning culminating in roughly 500 guests! We cannot wait to witness their special day as they are the most amazing couple and we know they will have a wonderful life together.

Check out The Boho Wedding Blog for some of what we are in store for this weekend!

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Something for the weekend: Sticky apricot flapjacks/cereal bars

Perfect snacks for those with dairy allergies and very easy to make...


60g Sunflower Spread, 80g light brown soft sugar, 160g marshmallows, 250g dried apricots diced or quartered, 220g pure oats.

1. Preheat oven to 190 C, Gas 5. Line a square tin with baking paper
2. Gently heat the sunflower spread, sugar and marshmallows together in a saucepan, stirring until combined. Add the apricots, then bring to the boil and stir over a medium heat for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and add the oats. Mix well until all oats are covered then spoon into your prepared tin, smoothing into the corners with an oiled spatula.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and once cooled cut into bars and serve.

I managed to use the wrong oats as it was all I had in the cupboard but the little one enjoyed half of a small one for a snack anyway! Let me know how they go and if you like them-I cannot decide if I do or not!

Recipe taken from "Baking" recipe collection by Sainsbury's.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

8 weeks away

The Husband and I first went on holiday together when were just 18 years old. It was a half week affair in the creepiest B&B I have ever stayed in and we didn't eat all day in order to afford our evening meals. We also hired a row boat and drifted in a cirlce next to the dock for 40 minutes of the 50 minute hire period but it was still the best holiday I've ever been on. Later this year we're revisitng the same place (minus the B&B!) with our daughter and I am SO excited! It's our belated honeymoon with the added extra of being our first ever family holiday.

We expect to be looking at this

Cooking in here

and visiting these very important animals by special request from the littlest member of the family

Waterproofs and wellies at the ready!


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