Monthly Archives: October 2012

Scary, Yet Yummy, Halloween Lollies!

Children's Cooking FunIn preparation for tonight’s Halloween party we have had our baking and making hats on. We’ve created lovely posters to decorate the walls and have made these scary Halloween lollies for yummy post dinner treats.

We’ve had a little taste and as they’re so yummy we thought we’d share!

Here’s how:

  1. Firstly buy a slab of chocolate or chocolate drops
  2. Heat  and stir the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water until it’s all melted
  3. Lay out some tin foil on a flat surface
  4. Once the chocolate cools a little, poor into ghosty shapes on the foil
  5. Lay a stick into each shape (we cut the ends off some cotton buds)
  6. Pop into the fridge to cool

Yummy! Scary! Yummy!

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Indoor Halloween Fright Night

Last year we had lots of requests from our Grace for trick or treating, this year we’ve only had requests for a brilliant Halloween night like last year. Last year we shared our Halloween fun to avoid the lure of trick or treating and it clearly worked so I thought I’d share our plans for tomorrow in case you’re facing the same dilemma.

So yesterday was a full moon. Not in our house, the full moon is tomorrow. To little eyes it will still look almost the same and will make Halloween twice as scary.

As you can see from our beautiful picture, the posters have already been created – please note the weird green glow in the middle of the picture just appeared when the photo was taken!! Weeeeiiirrrrrdd!!!!

The first plan is to hunt from some twigs and sticks to make into our own broomstick. Then we’ll be carving our pumpkins. Then creating pictures to decorate our walls. Then we’ll be creating some little baskets to collect our treats – just make a cone with black or decorated paper and tape on a paper handle.

Then just before dinner, we’ll raid our dressing up box, get out the facepaints and create ourselves some scary Halloween monsters! Then off we’ll fly to dinner on our Continue reading

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Autumn Mushrooming

Autumn is the perfect time for putting on the wellies and getting out and about mushroom hunting.Mushroom

Field Mushrooms are usually found after rain in fields grazed by cattle or horses and sometimes in parks and on lawns.  It has a white cap and grows between 3-10cm diameter, umbrella shaped with pink gills underneath that change to red-brown then dark brown as they get older. They can easily be confused with other poisonous mushrooms so if in doubt don’t eat them!!  Why not involve the whole family and make it a competition to find the most or the biggest mushroom.

If the Mushrooms manage to elude you this Autumn why not try growing your own, they’re ideal for children and
perfect for the winter months.

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Create Your Own Name Masterpiece

children's name wall masterpieceThere was a bit of a space on our 6 year old’s bookshelf so we decided we may as well fill it. We had a hunt around to decide what masterpiece to create and what special materials we could use to do it. We happened upon our fabric basket and the solution to our empty space problem solution popped right out.

We skipped off to the Thursday town market and bought 3 8×6 photo frames. Then came home and got out our scissors, blue tack and fabric basket.

About an hour later, hey presto, where there once was a gap is now a pretty, patterned name masterpiece.

Fancy a go? Here’s our guide:

  1. Choose which fabrics to use for each background and each fabric letter. If you don’t have a fabric basket, you can usually get off cuts from a material shop or market – or take a look in charity shops for old curtains or flowery dresses. As an alternative, you could Continue reading
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Our Make Your Own Dreamcatcher, Nature Style

While at a local family festival last month we were lucky enough to be able to create our own nature dreamcatcher. Our 6 year old loves all things fairy and mystical so it was a fantastic craft session for her.

For those in the dark (so to speak), a dreamcatcher is hung above your bed to keep out bad dreams. Good dreams are flowing and clear so can easily find their way through the dreamcatcher to find their dreamer. Bad dreams are confused and confusing so get tangled in the web and are kept from turning a happy dreamer into a dreamer of nightmares. Who wouldn’t want one of those?

Fancy giving it a try?

We had some expert assistance from one of the lovely volunteers at the festival but with a little demonstration we were able to quickly get the hang of it. We’re sure you could make one yourself.

Firstly, go off on a little woodland walk somewhere near you to collect some treasures to decorate your dreamcatcher. Then you just need to Continue reading

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Winter Warming Tomato Soup

If like us you’ve been busy growing your own over the summer and have bumper haul of tomatoes (or even if you haven’t and you go out and buy some), we thought we’d share our favourite tomato soup receipe with you, perfect for the colder Autumn months and we think it tastes better than the tinned version!

  • 3 lb ripe Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Puree
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Puree
  • 2 pinches dried mixed herbs or fresh if available
  • 3/4 pint Vegetable Stock or Chicken Stock
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Back to Enid Blyton Innocence…Almost!

Our 6 year old is well and truly into the fantastic story books I used to love as a little girl – Enid Blyton, Dick King Smith, Naughty Little Sister. I absolutely love to share the stories with her but it is giving her all sorts of ideas of fun things to do 1950s, 60s and 70s style. It’s hard to reason with a 6 year old that times have changed which is why I’m posting about our latest outing.

The latest favourite is the Sophie stories by Dick King Smith. Our little girl has decided, just like Sophie, that she wants to be a farmer when she grows up and has, just like Sophie, started saving for a farm. I love that these stories teach her about the value of money and how you have to save and work hard for things you really want.

However, saving for a farm means the piggy bank (or several piggy banks) will need a penny or 10 adding quite often. Next step, money making ideas.

Now the down side of these innocent stories is the freedom of 1950s children. Most of the money making schemes involve 6 year olds who go off into town or off on the bus or knocking on strangers doors. Trying to explain that things don’t work quite the same way anymore is not the easiest.

The solution? Our 6 year old was desperate to sell cakes. She was desperate to sell them on the street and she was desperate to sell them to strangers. We had many discussions about selling them to family but that simply Continue reading

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