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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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Rainy Day Fun

Well it’s raining, and doesn’t look like stopping any time soon, at Dylan and Grace we love to have fun whatever the weather so thought we’d share with you our top 5 things to do in the rain.

1) Put on your wellies and raincoat and head outside.  Jumping in puddles is sure to put a smile on your face and when you get home be sure to warm up with a lovely hot chocolate!

2)  An afternoon of creativity, Dylan and Grace have lots of craft kits to choose from but this sock dog is one our favourites.

3)  Camping doesn’t have to be just for outdoors, grab some blankets and drape over furniture to create your own indoor tent.  Furnish with lots of cushions, sleeping bags and blankets for a cosy hideaway

4) Dig out a board game and get the whole family involved in an afternoon of competitive game playing

5)  Get baking, whip up some tasty treats in the kitchen.  Here’s one of our favourite flapjack recipes for you to try;


110g light brown sugar

175g butter

175g porridge oats

1 tablespoon of golden syrup


1)  Heat the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a large saucepan until melted.

2)  Once melted, take off the heat and mix in the porridge oats

3)  Spoon mixture into a square baking tin and bake in the oven for 40 mins on 150’c

4)  Remove from over and cool for 10 mins before cutting into slices, wait until completely cool before removing from the tin

Whatever you choose to do, have fun and let us have your ideas for things to do on a rainy day.




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Pancake Day Fun

We love any reason for a sweet treat and pancake day is the perfect opportunity!  We’ve been busy in the kitchen rustling up some delicious pancakes and have been experimenting with lots of different toppings.  Here are our top 5!

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New Year at Dylan and Grace – Winter Family Fun

Happy New Year!! We hope you all had a great Christmas. We had a lot of lovely gifts, some fantastic family time and some very yummy festive food!

Unfortunately, tomorrow is the first day of 2012 reality. The work uniform is calling (albeit very similar to the past fortnight’s attire) and the school uniform ironing beckons. However, the new year brings with it an air of excitement and opportunity for the year ahead. Fantastic!

One of our perpetual new year’s resolutions is to have more “me” time and more family time. The “me” time is always a little hard to achieve but having more family time is a little easier. Post-Christmas winter can sometimes mean inspiration for family fun can be lacking so we’ve put together a little list for starters. Let us know your favourite January and February fun family times too.

Outdoor fun for non hurricane days…

  1. Feeding the ducks is one of our permanent favourites
  2. Browse the local newspaper for local activites and events or go online for ideas for further afield
  3. If you’re lucky enough to live within a couple of hours of the sea, there’s something special about the seaside in the winter
  4. Take a trip to the library, if you’re lucky they’ll be special sessions on for young children, at the least you can all sit in your favourite section and have a browse
  5. Take a trip to the swimming pool, always a lot of fun and somehow we overlook it in the winter
  6. Wrap up warm and spend an afternoon tidying the garden – or playing in the mud with a watering can water
  7. Take a trip to the park and fly a kite
  8. Browse our Nature and Outdoor sections (!)

Rainy day fun…

  1. Find a deck of cards and remember those childhood favourites
  2. Find a deck of cards and make a card tower (maybe not ideal if you have a younger sibling like ours who likes making things fall down)
  3. Make some baking masterpieces in the kitchen
  4. Have a family dinner preparation session
  5. A family game of charades
  6. Paper, pens, glue, scissors, paint and imagination never fails at Dylan and Grace
  7. And our favourite – if it’s not too horrendous out, pull on your wellies, grab your umbrellas and take a stroll in the rain. Ideally you’ll have already completed number 4 on the list for when you come back muddy and cold!
  8. Take a browse of our bake and create craft section (!!!!)

It’s very easy to think going out at this time of year needs extra effort and results in a lot of dirty, wet washing. Both of these are true but mud washes off easily, and you’ll likely have a big pile of washing either way – plus, if you’ve younger children, they’ll play in the bath getting clean for an hour or so giving you time to have a well earned cup of tea.

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Fish, Insect and Farmyard Fun for Free

Most children love a trip to see animals. The normal reaction is to take them to the zoo or a farm park. However, we had just as much fun this weekend with a trip to a local (ish – 10miles/20 minutes) garden centre. They have so much to see that it’s almost as much fun as a trip to the zoo – and no where near the cost.

Here’s just some of the exciting things we saw:

Outside with the farm animals…

garden centre goatsgarden centre pigturkey at the garden centregarden centre chick

So here we have a newly hatched chick, very cute! A turkey, lots of gobble noises were made! A very pretty Continue reading

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Autumn Nature Treasure Fun

Every season has its fun and today we made the most of the outdoor Autumn loveliness. It may have been a little rainy but that didn’t put us off, in fact, it made it all the better.Autumn Park Treasure Walk

We decided to go on an outdoor half term nature treasure hunt. We took our treasure bag (well plastic bag actually but little minds have great imagination), our wellies, umbrellas and waterproofs and went for a walk in the park.

We decided to just see what we could find but another fun option is to make a list of things to try and find before you go.

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