Quote of the day challenge – Day 3

The final day of my three day quote challenge (thanks Anna)! and my last quote is from another amazingly talented children’s author, Roald Dahl. Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and initially served time with the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He went on to write books for adults and children and is one of the worlds greatest selling authors to date.

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Roald Dahl was my favourite author when I was a little girl and I still love sharing his beautifully written, quirky tales to my daughter. She loves his work as much as me and I believe his stories have fuelled her hunger for reading as she has been growing older. He has peaked a big interest for writing in her, which has seen her writing her own short stories and researching the man himself to find out more about him. I think he has such a superb way of reaching children with funny tales (which can be a little dark at times) but are delivered in such a brilliant, heart – warming way that his stories really appeal to kids.

The quote I have chosen is from his last children’s book, The Minpins. The quote is the very last sentence from the story and I love it! Even though life can throw all sorts at you I always try to believe in goodness and kindness (and a little magic)! In my experience, good attracts good and positivity attracts positivity…….I think people should always look for the unexpected and magical – you never know you may even find it!

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Rules for the challenge – 

1 – Thank the blogger that nominated you.

2 – Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anyone, anything or anywhere.

3 – On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

My third day nominees are – 

1 – Amy

2 – Ashley

3 – Vasantha

Have a wonderful Sunday!

A fruity bird!

I shook up snack time again today for my daughter! She asked for “some type of pretty bird please mum”….. I must admit I wasn’t sure how to start this one but I reached for the strawberries (her favourite fruit) and the ideas started flowing pretty quick!

I made the ‘exotic’ bird using strawberries for the head, body, wings and beak. I added apple pieces for his crest and his legs. Finally, I added a raisin for our birds eye.

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If you would like more inspiration for making food more fun for children please take a peek at my food ideas category page. There are some yummy meal recipes and snack ideas like this one. Making food fun for kids really helps encourage healthy eating and good food choices!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Quote of the day challenge – Day 2

My second day of the Three Day Quote Challenge (thanks Anna) and today I have chosen a quote from one of my all time favourite children’s authors, Dr Seuss! Dr Seuss has written a fantastic range of children’s books, all written brilliantly in a way which children love!  

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in March 1904 and wrote under his pen name Dr Seuss. He started working as an illustrator before writing his first childrens book in 1937 titled “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street”.  My two children love his (sometimes odd but incredibly endearing) stories and I love how he encourages kids to be themselves and to be individual. Such an important message to try and teach our children.

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I love this quote as it holds a message very close to my heart. I feel we should never be scared to say how we feel and this is something I encourage my kids to do to. Never be worried about saying how you feel and always be yourself!

 

Rules for the challenge

1 – Thank the blogger that nominated you.
2 – Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything.
3 – On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

My second day nominees are – 

1 – The V-Pub

2 – Mari

3 – Me, Myself and Pouch

Hope you all have a beautiful Saturday!

Quote of the day challenge – Day 1

Recently I was nominated to take part in the Three Day Quote Challenge by the lovely Anna at Life Bellissima. If you have not yet visited Anna’s beautiful blog, I highly recommend that you do! I really look forward to reading her posts and she has some lovely recipes to try too! Thank you Anna for the nomination (and for being such a lovely person)! I feel honoured to have found you and your blog.

The quote I have chosen for today is from MaryAnn F.Kohl. MaryAnn is an author who writes books about art for children of various ages. She believes that art is not just about the end product, but the whole process, which as many of my followers will already know, is also a huge belief of mine!

I love this quote as I truly believe that art plays a huge part in children’s development and is indeed vital. It helps build imagination and creativity, as well as self – confidence and individuality (to name but a few)! I encourage my children to use their own ideas in their art and I love seeing their pride whilst they are creating! I think a world where children cannot express their-selves throughout art would be a very sad, uniformed world indeed. We need to ensure that our schools and child care provisions continue to allow art and creativity, and not just focus on the more academic subjects!

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Rules for the challenge

1 – Thank the blogger that nominated you.
2 – Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything.
3 – On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

My first day nominees are – 

1- Stomperdad

2 – Lynne

3 – lancashiremummy

Hope everyone has a lovely Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Daughters Sticky Jam Cake!

My daughter loves baking and as she gets older she is starting to tweak and adapt recipes so that they suit her own personal tastes. I love that she has her own ideas when baking and that she doesn’t feel she has to strictly follow recipes.

She decided to make her own recipe for jam cake the other day and I thought I would share it with you all (with her permission of course)! Be warned – this is a pretty sticky cake! She has a sweet tooth like most kids!

Recipe for Sticky Jam Cake – 125g butter, 200g self raising flour, 30g icing sugar, 3/4 tsp salt, 6 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbs cold water, 230g berry jam (we used strawberry), 400g granulated sugar.

1 – Preheat oven to 180c and grease a baking tin. (Ignore that my daughter is greasing two tins, she was making  a cake for a friend too)!

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2 – Put the butter into a mixing bowl and mix until creamy. Then add 150g of the flour, the icing sugar, water, vanilla and half teaspoon of salt. Mix until you have a ball.

3 – Put the ball into the tin and press it down to form an even layer covering the tin bottom. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

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4 – Once chilled, bake for approximately 15 minutes. Then let it cool completely. Reduce the oven temperature to 170c.

5 – Once the base is cooled, spread the jam over it evenly.

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6 – Mix the eggs, sugar, remaining flour and the remaining salt in a bowl, until smooth.

7 – Pour the egg mixture over the base and spread it out so that it is even.

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8 – Put into the oven until the top is set. This usually takes about 30 minutes. Once cooked, let it cool completely, remove from tin and then serve!

My daughter served hers with strawberries to complement the jam flavour. Raspberries would also work brilliantly if you use raspberry jam.

This is a super delicious cake which is a family favourite in our home, thanks to my wonderful baking daughter! A lovely weekend treat!

Fruity flower!

I got creative again today at snack time! My daughter wanted some strawberries so I thought I would make them extra fun for her! I love making food fun for my kids. It really helps kids to try new foods and to eat well.

I decided to turn her fruit snack into a fruity flower, complete with a bumblebee too! I used a banana slice for the centre of the flower and strawberry slices for the petals. I also added cucumber sticks to make the stem and leaves. For the bumblebee I used banana slices with raisins and popped on some strawberry wings.

My daughter loves her fun snacks and this has been one of her favourites yet!

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Check out my food ideas category page for more snack ideas, as well as things to cook with the little ones!

 

Chocolate spread muffins

I felt like doing a little baking the other day with my two year old nephew. I wanted something simple in which he could really participate and get involved with! One of my favourite childhood memories is baking with my grandma when I was a little girl! I honestly feel that it is never too early to start baking with your little ones. Plenty of adult supervision and it is huge (messy) fun!

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He loves chocolate so I thought chocolate spread muffins would be a good option, and a little more interesting than plain chocolate muffins!

Chocolate spread muffins ingredients – 200g self raising flour, 1 egg, 75 ml vegetable oil, 125 ml milk, 100g caster sugar, chocolate spread and 1/2 tsp salt. (Makes approx 10 muffins).

Preheat oven to 180C. Beat the egg in a large bowl and mix in the oil and milk. Then add the sugar. Add the flour and salt and mix until you have a smooth batter.

Next spoon some mixture into each cake case. Fill each case up about halfway.

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Once you have some mixture in each case add two spoons of chocolate spread into each case, then cover with a spoon of the batter mixture. (Make sure you add plenty of the spread as a lot of it will disappear during baking)!

Bake in the oven for approximately 12 – 15 minutes or until golden.

We thought our chocolate spread muffins were yummy and it is a nice surprise when you bite into the muffin and discover the chocolate taste! My nephew really enjoyed helping to make the muffins and he certainly enjoyed eating them!

Winter tree pictures!

The weather has been pretty horrid here recently. Rain and very strong  winds are all we seem to be having at the moment! I find myself longing for the sunshine again….or snow. Anything apart from this continuous downpour!

One particularly rainy day last week my five year old son and my two year old nephew were getting a little bored so we brought out the craft box and decided to make some Winter tree pictures!

To make your own winter tree pictures you will need – coloured paper/card of your choice (we chose blue as my son wanted it to look like the sky), green paint, white paper, hole puncher, glue, pom poms and crayons.

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Begin by making a stencil to be your tree shape. I used a triangle shape as it is very simple and looks pretty effective! Next dip the pom pom into the green paint and print the shape onto your coloured paper/card by pushing the pom pom up and down onto the paper. My son and nephew printed two trees onto their paper. If your little one is struggling with holding the pom pom you can pop a clothes peg onto it, which will act as a handle.

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Whilst the paint is drying make your ‘snowflakes’ by punching out white paper circles using a hole puncher.

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When your paint is dry glue on some of the paper circles to be your falling snowflakes.

Next tear some white paper into strips. This will be the snow on the ground. I like tearing the paper rather than cutting it as it looks a little more realistic with the bumps and curves instead of it being just a straight line!

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Next draw on tree trunks with a crayon.

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The boys had great fun making their winter tree pictures and they have certainly brightened up the place. I just wish we had some real snow now!

Happy New Year – blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Happy new year everyone! ( Or blwyddyn Newydd Dda! as we say here in Wales! ) I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas time and new year. We had a wonderful time! We kept up with our family traditions and have been out and about in the fresh air lots! One of our favourite places to go is a woodland walk not far from our home, which has some beautiful waterfalls, so we visited on Christmas Eve ( complete with Santa hats of course)!

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We also went on a very scenic walk on one of the Welsh Coastal Paths which passes plenty of horse fields (much to the kids delight)! This is one of my favourite places ever and is a great place to clear your head. I love running along this trail when the weather brightens a little!

 

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The Christmas Eve parcels went down a treat too! The kids loved the home made reindeer food and they had great fun sprinkling it on the lawn on Christmas Eve!

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It has been so nice just spending time together as a family. It sometimes feels that in the present time we don’t tend to just sit, breathe and spend time together. Modern day living has people running around on full speed hardly daring to take a breath. One of the things I will be trying to focus on more in 2016 is to sit and just enjoy the moment more. Have any of you made any resolutions? I usually make the same ones each year so this year I am going back to basics. I aim to spend more time sitting and savouring the little moments. Time seems to fly by so quickly these days and those little (precious) moments can get lost in the mayhem of everyday living.

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I hope you all have a brilliant 2016 full of love, health and happiness. Let’s all make some amazing memories! 🙂