What do you do on a rainy day? Well in our house, bake of course! We’re getting pretty good at coming up with baking ideas to fill those rain soaked hours. However, I’m always on the look out for new things to try and whilst browsing through my Twitter messages I came across this idea. Can’t believe I’d forgotten all about dropped scones! Easy to prepare and quick to make-perfect for a baking activity with a toddler.
Our inspiration came from Bella and Will. Check out the site as it’s lovely, and you’ll find the recipe and instructions there for dropped scones too.
Fun mixing up the ingredients:
Even more fun, adding some golden syrup before eating:
So, after my motivating Saturday at Tots100 Blog Summit, here’s my first foray into making more use of my camera.
We went to visit Middle Earth Weekend at Sarehole Mill in Birmingham.
This year’s theme was dragons. Everywhere we went we saw dragons, Hobbits, wizards and even Vikings fighting!
The picture of my lot peering through a window having fun is taken in a Hobbit Home-yes it really is possible to have your own Hobbit house in the back garden.
Once upon a time there was a family who lived in a house with a red front door. In the family lived a mummy, daddy, a big girl and a little boy.
The big girl was ever so slightly picky about her food. There were lots of things she didn’t like to eat and family meal times could be very interesting for her mummy and daddy.
The little boy was very different to his big sister and would eat just about everything that his mummy put in front of him, except celery but mummy quite understood why he didn’t fancy eating celery.
The children’s mummy had quite a difficult job finding food the whole family could enjoy together at meal times that didn’t involve either crisps or chocolate.
One day Peter Rabbit Organics sent the family some food for them all to try. The little boy who normally ate everything, tried the apple fruit pouch but didn’t like it. He pushed it away very firmly after having a taste. Oh dear thought mummy!
Luckily he loved the pear juice drink and that disappeared very quickly, ‘hmm, nice’ the little boy said when he had finished sucking every last drop from the carton.
Mummy decided to sneak some of the Garden Vegetable sauce as the base for a homemade pizza and see what happened. To mummy’s joy, everyone ate all their food that evening, including the big girl.
When mummy told the big girl that she had just eaten garden vegetable pasta sauce, the big girl was very proud of herself. She beamed from ear to ear. The big girl was even more thrilled to think that she had eaten carrots from Peter Rabbit (she thought that Peter must have put carrots into his sauce as he is so fond of them, and do you know what, organic carrots are indeed one of the ingredients in the sauce.)
Mummy was delighted and they all went to bed that night very happy and with full tummies. Mummy will definitely be making more pizza and using the Italian Vegetables sauce next time.
I would have taken a photo of the pizza but it literally disappeared off everyone’s plates before I got the chance. Normally this only ever happens with cakes and biscuits!!
Instead, here’s a picture of our rice and sauce dish which I made the following evening:
Mummy’s homage to Peter:
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Last Saturday I went to Tots100 Blog Summit in Birmingham and I had a really great time. Here’s my top ten things I took away from the day:
1. If I value my blog, plus all the time, thought and commitment I put into it each week, so will others.
2. There are loads of ways to be more active with my blog and I can’t wait to get started.
3. I’d forgotten what it feels like to be enthusiastic and inspired to do things for and about myself.
4. That I’m not that bad at photography and I had forgotten just how much I love it. Plus, I can easily incorporate it into my blog quite naturally. Quite obvious but I had just never thought about it before. Thanks @Floyduk.
5. Photography could be a wonderful thing to explore further on my blog as something that’s ‘just for me’ as much as my family.
6. It’s important to stick to things that I can engage with and am genuinely enthusiastic about otherwise it will get difficult to write about and won’t be anywhere near as effective as it might.
7. I’ve just discovered how ace Instagram is-proving you’re always learning no matter what your age!
8. That I can walk into a room full of people I don’t know and be OK.
9. That I have been known to wake up as a “mood hoover” but am now going to be more of a 2%er! I never knew that Any Cope was so much more than ‘just’ the author of Spy Dog, which is cool enough for me anyway! Thanks for being so inspirational @beingbrilliant.
10. I made new friends and met some lovely people:
(Can’t wait to get to know your blog and to keep in touch!)
(Thanks for the loan of the pen!)
(It’s great when you meet people you’ve ‘met’ or heard of online but see them in person and they really are lovely. Also, I definitely am in need of your expert advice!!)
(Same goes for Sally-lovely person!)
And finally my lucky dip beautiful blogger:
And finally, in honour of my newly invented adjective ‘Totstastic’, the other adjectives I would use to sum up the day would be:
Thank you Tots100 and Argos for making it such a great day.
Ironically, considering my photography inspiration I forgot to take any photo’s on Saturday as I was too busy listening and thinking!! So instead, here’s my Canon, which hasn’t seen the light of day for far too long:
Wow, I’ve never run a competition before, but here goes!
Sarahjane Funnell is the author of Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory and the Ice Cream Castle and I have a copy of her book to give away to one lucky winner!
This is Sarahjane’s first book for children and I wanted to give you a flavour of what Sarahjane Funnell is all about, as well as offer one lucky person the opportunity to win a copy of her fantastically titled children’s book. We chose to do an interview, here are our questions and Sarahjane’s answers:
Which children’s books make you laugh? (Mummy)
As a child the books that made me laugh were Amelia Bedilia as the character did lots of funny things like ‘putting the lights out’ by hanging light bulbs on a washing line, and also the Whatamess books about a silly dog who gets up to lots of mischief!
I also love The Cat in the Hat by Dr Zeuss.
What’s your favourite bedtime book? (Mummy)
My favourite bedtime book is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. I think at wonderfully enchanting and nice to be able to drift off to a faraway world.
What advice would you give to budding authors out there? (Mummy)
I would say read lots and lots of books and decide what type of books you want to write – they may be different to the ones you like reading. Also always keep a notebook and pen handy or have some way of noting down ideas. Inspiration can occur at anytime – it could happen at breakfast or on the bus, so its great to be able to put down your ideas and come back to them.
What’s the best thing you’ve written? (Daughter)
The best thing I’ve written is probably debut picture book Phillipa Knockerbocker Glory as its what I’m most proud of.
Who is your favourite children’s book character and why? (Daughter)
My favourite children’s character is Alice from Alice in Wonderland because she is so incredibly curious. She questions things and isn’t afraid to ask why and it shows that its possible to wonder about things and to think beyond the obvious. I think we should all have a little bit of Alice in us and to always believe you can achieve something great.
To enter to win a copy of the book, simply leave a comment below and I will draw a winner out of a hat on Tuesday 20th May. Open Worldwide. Comments will be counted as an entry for the giveaway until midnight (UK time) on Monday 19th May 2013.
Keep your eyes out for our review of the book soon.
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