Monday, 24 August 2015

The Weekend Recap


This weather this weekend wasn't the greatest but we made the most of what sunshine we got. It's the last weekend before school starts back. My little guy is starting Thursday so I wanted to do some fun , family centered things with them.

Saturday

We spent the weekend checking on our garden. We tried our hand at growing our own pumpkins this year. It's our first time so I wasn't sure how it would go. To our surprise, they are really easy to grow and we have one pretty decent size one. The kids love checking it every day. It needs some straw bedding to support it now. And we have even more sunflowers now too. I'm slightly obsessed with them at this stage.


We spent some time with the ponies and got a takeaway and ate it off out laps like a picnic. Then came home and put on a big fire. We settled down to watch some movies and pig out. Pitch Perfect was watched yet again. I think were up to the 10th viewing and Miss J still loves it. 


Sunday

We started Sunday off with a lie in for me which hasn't happened in a very long time. It felt amazing not to have to get up. I felt so rested. Then we had a family walk with a big of a scavenger hunt thrown in. We wanted to get some blackberries but it still a little early so we collected some conkers and autumn leaves. It was lovely. The rain held off just long enough. Hot chocolate was requested so that's what we had.


After our walk, we came home and the kids played and watched movie while I finished covering school books. Exciting stuff there!! We finished our Sunday with a little pig racing at a local village festival. The kids thought it was gas. I thought they'd be faster. It was still a fun evening and that's all that mattered. I totally want a pig now. They are so cute!


Hope you guys had a great weekend with your families.
Did yo do anything fun? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Favourite Things Friday


Happy Friday Friends!!
It's been a very busy week here getting all the last minute things ready for when the kids go back to school. My little guy is starting pre-school next Thursday and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. We spent today getting hair cuts and covering school books and the kids played with the famous play dough again today. It has been a big hit in our house. Make sure you try it out.  If you on Pinterest, let me know in the comments. I'm always looking for new pages to pin from. Anyway, here are this weeks picks.Hope you enjoy them. 


Hedgehog in autumn


Love this decor for a living room ready for fall


My Country Girl Ramblings: The BEST Homemade Play Dough Recipe


Easy Fall Candle Project Use a 1 1/2 inch bit, that will fit the candle perfectly. You can measure the depth by placing the bit next to a candle and marking the bit with tape. As you drill into the wood, when the tape hits the wood it is time to stop.


The Polka Dot Posie: Your Back-to-School Countdown Checklist!


a daily mantra to maintain gratitude and focus humility

And that's this weeks picks. I'm going to be spending the weekend outside with the kids, having play dates and enjoying our last week of the holidays. Get outside and have some fun with your kids. Whatever the weather.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

The BEST Homemade Play Dough Recipe


I have the best, no cook play dough recipe ever.
It's so easy to make. No messing with pots and burning play dough.
It's soft, smooth and you can make it in whatever colours and flavour your little heart desires.


1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 tbs of cream of tartar
1 tbs of oil
Food colouring
Food spices/flavouring
1 cup of boiling water

Directions

Mix all ingredients except the boiling water together in a large mixing bowl.
Add the boiling water and mix well.
Add the food colouring to the water.
{The food colouring will mix in better if added to the boiling water.}
 Please take care when using boiling water around children.
Stir well until the mixture is well combined.
Turn out on the counter and knead it gently.

If it too wet... add more flour
If it's too dry... add more oil.

It's that simple!!

I hope your kids have as much fun as my two had. Were going on 5 hours of entertainment with this stuff and this mom isn't complaining.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Gluten and dairy free cupcakes {recipe}



Having allergies is hard to deal with on a daily basis. You have to watch what your eating all the time. But is's even harder to find a dessert that you can have. My husband is allergic to gluten and gluten is in alot of the foods he would have had on a daily basis. I've been trying to perfect a recipe for a cupcake so he can have something nice every now and again. 

The cupcake is light and fluffy and tastes so yummy. It has been kid approved too which is a huge bonus.  It's also dairy free for those of you that have a dairy allergy. 

Recipe

5 oz gluten free self raising flour
4 oz sugar
3 medium eggs {separated}
3 fluid ounces of water
2 tablespoons of coca powder {optional}

Separate you eggs.
Beat you egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Put to one side.
Add the sugar and water to the egg yolks and mix until light and fluffy and pale in colour.
Sift you flour into you egg yolk mixture and fold in.
Add you egg whites to the mixture and fold in gently, keeping as much as the air as possible.

The mixture will be more like a batter. It's quite loose. Don't worry. It's meant to be.
Divide your mixture into cupcake cases and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 190'C.
Allow to cool and decorate with the buttercream icing.

Buttercream

125g margarine

3tbsp vanilla extract

650g icing sugar
coca powder {opt}

Beat the margarine for about 5 minutes. Don't cut on this. You really need to beat the margarine until it's pale and creamy.
Add half of the icing sugar and mix.
Add the Vanilla. Mix until it is absorbed into the mixture.
Add the milk if you are using it now. {leave out if making dairy free} Mix until it is absorbed.
Add the remaining icing sugar and mix for a further 5 minutes. The longer you mix it the better you results will be.

I hope you enjoy these little beauties as much as we have. I've been baking them at least once a week and I don't think that's going to stop anytime soon.





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Friday, 14 August 2015

Favourite Things Friday


Happy Friday Friends!!
What a week it's been. I've spent most of my week on the phone with Vodafone trying to sort out a problem and after being passed from post to pillar, I finally got it sorted. I'm getting what I wanted. I little man, or woman in this case, won. I stood up for myself. I stuck to my guns and I didn't back down. I going to apply this to more areas of my life. Anyway, enough about that. The rest of the time was spent in the garden with the kids in the glorious sunshine. Here are this weeks picks.


Yummy naked cake!! Christine Sargologos | Snippet & Ink


Scaffolding wood - Steigerhout


Autumn Paper Plate Wreath


Lupines, irises and allium.


Great fall outfit - flannel, casual vest, ...

Bring birds and into your garden!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks picks. I'm going to spend my weekend with my family,outside enjoying every bit of sunshine that I can. I hope that where ever you are in the world that the sun is shining for you too.

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