Silent Sunday #2

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Monday musing

Monday, 24 June 2013

The sun is out again today (hooray!) so I felt inspired to write a blog post on the things I love to do with my beanies when the sun has got his hat on.

Go to the beach - we live by the sea, so you can usually find us at the beach in all weathers. In fact, a walk on the sand on a dry but chilly day is probably one of my favourite things to do. But, if its warm you can justify ice cream too which swings it for me!

Make ice lollies - I recently bought some ice lolly moulds with a straw attachment in the base (genius idea M&S!), so scoured the internet for some recipes and came across this one on the wonderful blog 'A Beautiful Mess'. Made them on the weekend. Yum.

Photo and recipe - A Beautiful Mess

Put up the paddling pool - or birth pool in this case! We put the pool up on a beautiful sunny day in our garden, exactly eight weeks after Ayden was born in it. The beanies barely left the garden all day. Because it is so much bigger than your average paddling pool the water stayed pretty warm and they were able to have a good old splash.

Have a picnic - there's something about a picnic that makes a sandwich much more exciting than normal. We love nothing more than cobbling together some of our favourite foods and eating al fresco. We don't even have to venture further than the back garden... we often set up a tea party or picnic out there with their favourite toys.

Grass was clearly on the menu at this picnic!

What are your favourite things to do when the sun shines?

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Nom nom

Saturday, 22 June 2013

My husband is completely addicted to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. So much so that one of his favourite presents from us was a hamper of various Reese's products which we gave him for his birthday this year. 

So for Father's Day we thought it would be nice to make a homemade version for him.

These were such a success with the whole family, and so easy to make, I thought I would share the recipe.

Calories? What calories?

Peanut butter base

200g peanut butter (I chose to use smooth)
50g light muscavado sugar
200g icing sugar
50g butter

Chocolate topping

100g milk chocolate

50g plain chocolate
150g white chocolate
1 tablespoon butter

Combine all the ingredients for the base together. I did this by hand with a wooden spoon, or you could use a mixer. Once you have a well-combined mixture with a sandy texture, press it into two separate lined tins and make sure the surface is reasonably level. I used round cake tins as I was happy to trim off / test the edges :)

Next, the toppings. Melt the milk and plain chocolate together in one bowl, with half the butter, and the white chocolate in another bowl, with the remaining butter. I did this in the microwave for roughly a minute each bowl. Spread the melted chocolate on top of each base and put the tins in the fridge to set.

Once set, cut into squares and demolish far quicker than is advisable.

If you prefer one type of chocolate over the other, you could double the quantity of that one and just use one big tin.

The white chocolate Reese's cups are harder to get hold of in the UK and, as a result, are pretty expensive. This version is just as good and works out at a fraction of the cost compared to the real thing.


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Crafty beans

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

I might be a bit slow off the starting blocks with this one, but bear with me. There is method in my madness.

Rather than the usual chocolate/beer/DVD combo as a Father's Day gift for 'Mr Bean', for the last two years we have tried to give him a gift that we have made ourselves and he can keep for years to come.

This year's offering was a true family effort involving my trusty camera, a spot of photo editing, card and sticky back plastic... well, blu-tack anyway. 

I realise this is a tad late to be of use for Father's Day (!) but I think this would be a lovely gift for any occasion, so I thought I'd share it with you anyway.

I can't claim credit for the idea - thanks for the inspiration goes to Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter - but we had great fun posing for the photos and putting the whole thing together.

I happened to have a letter 'D' lying around the house (as you do) which I bought a while ago with the intention of decoupaging it and sticking it on Dylan's bedroom door. Thankfully, my inability to follow through on most of my ideas meant that it was still hanging about in my cupboard. Given my love for yellow chevrons (had you noticed?) I was able to print a sheet to stick to the front of the letter and then I cut a letter 'A' out of the same card to match.

I chose a frame that goes with the decor of our house, printed the pics and that's it! We were really pleased with the final result and Mr Bean loved it. Although the homemade peanut butter cups (they taste just like Reese's - hands down, his favourite chocolate) were a close contender. Recipe to follow later this week. Dig out the stretchy waistband trousers... its a good 'un!

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Silent Sunday #2

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Try it Tuesday

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

I love trying out new products - whether they're for my children, the house, or *whisper it* for me. I also read a lot of blogs and, whether I admit it to my husband or not, make quite a few blogger-inspired purchases. 

In the interests of evening out the playing field (and maybe even inspiring people to make a few cheeky purchases myself), I thought I'd set up a regular spot for my thoughts, opinions and general ramblings on the products I have bought recently. This won't be a weekly thing - as much as I'd like to be trying out new products every week... but will pop up whenever I come across something I think would be of interest.

Starting with a new toy for the bambeanie of the family. Rusty the Robot.

So far, we love Rusty. He's from the Lamaze range of baby and toddler toys and has lots of features for little people to explore - a rotating head, crinkle feet, mirror, beads and rings - the colours are bright and he has a clip so you can attach him to the car seat, pram, cot etc. I might attach him to the baby gym as well, to add a new element of play to that.

Ayden is only eight weeks at the moment so his interaction with Rusty so far is obviously limited, but his little face definitely lit up when I got him out of the box. He loves the crinkling sound of his feet and I think the rings will come in very handy when we reach the wonderful world of teething.

As ever with Lamaze products, I know it's safe and durable, well made and can withstand a bit of attention from Ayden's older siblings too! Who by the way give Rusty a big thumbs up.

I ordered our Rusty from Amazon at a pretty good price. 

I've also got my eye on the wrist rattle and foot finder set. Any opinions on this (or, in other words, justification to buy it) gratefully received!

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Silent Sunday :)

Sunday, 9 June 2013

8 weeks today!
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My boys

Monday, 3 June 2013

I knew my daughter would be besotted with her baby brother but, I have to admit, I was expecting my little boy to be excited at first but to lose interest pretty quickly. After all he can't really play with him at the moment and a tiny baby has very little interest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

I couldn't have been more wrong.

He has been the most delightful, helpful, sweet boy and wants to cuddle and talk to Ayden all the time. This morning he made up and sang a song to Ayden in his cot to try and stop him crying. It worked! 

I think they will be the best of friends. Watching them get to know each other has been so special and something I always want to remember.

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