Thursday, 27 October 2011

What a whirlwind of a week .........

Well as you may have read last week it's the end of term holidays, I'm in my  mummy element enjoying lots of quality time with my two special guys.

We kicked of the holidays by cooking Herman the German, a friendship cake we were given. It was delicious.Madison and Jasper both enjoyed the experience Madison loved measuring the ingredient's out and adding them to the mixture. Jasper loved exploring the flour on his hands and by the end of the cooking they were covered head to toe in flour ( Fantastic )

After briefly watching a children's programme which featured children visiting a market, this prompted Madison to ask " Whats a Market Mummy?"
after explaining as best as I could whilst juggling the breakfast cereal, Jasper and a bottle of Milk, I decided to look up locally if there were any I could take her too ( as I found if it was available for me to experience i took in the information better and retained it) I was in luck!  It so happened that Gilllingham market is on all day Mondays. After clearing the baby porridge which Jasper sneezed everywhere off of anything within a meter radius we were off to Gillingham. This is a place as a child I grew up in and have really lost touch with. After parking Madison clocked the small park which we had to promptly explore as we are now "Pirates" fantastic Madison Peg leg and Mummy black beard were off with ship mate Jasper in his "little pram boat" as Madison enjoyed telling everyone.

Next it was on to the High Street ........well after we waited for a train to go past.

We finally made it.... "WOW!" was the comment of the moment, she could not believe how many different stalls there were and after having a look at all the different things available we finally found a fruit stall. She was absolutely amazed that she could physically choose the pieces of fruit she wanted and put them in to a paper bag to be priced up by the " fruity man " as she called him.  such a great way to by fruit and a great price £5 for 28 pieces of fruit and a punnet of grapes, and a great experience.


With the ever increased need to watch the pennies but also needing to entertain my children, during holidays where costs can easily rocket. I fully make use of my local area. By looking through local papers and popping to my local Library I was able to piece together a fun packed and exciting itinerary not costing the earth.

Riverside visitor centre On Tuesday me and my little ones packed a picnic, bottles and pureed mango.Then set off to Riverside Country Park in Gillingham, where I had seen in the local paper that they were holding a Autumn craft workshop for 4yrs + for a £1. I was not to sure what to expect but any doubts I had were left at the door, we were greeted by a  kind smiling face and a warm welcome, instantly interacting with Madison and informing me of where we needed to go. Whilst this was happening a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady who was heading the craft workshop was telling Madison what she needed to do and capturing her attention and imagination instantly. She then proceeded to inform me that we needed to get "autumn treasure" ( leaves, twigs, acorns etc). Whilst she was off doing this Jasper loved being pushed round in his pram looking at the amazing autumnal   foliage that is on display. She must have collected the whole park bless her as when she went back she tipped her "treasure" out on the table to show the lady, to which she immediately kick started her creative imagination by saying "these leaves look like lily pads " BANG!!!! if you could have heard inside Madison's head you would have been blown away. Madison was then told to help herself to card, paper, pens, glue and other additional art and craft materials. Well she was off by the end of it she had created a pile of fantastic collages including " down by the pond" a "hedgehog" and a "firework".

After a very sticky crafted Madison finally put down the glue stick and declared "I'M FINISHED" much to Jasper's relief as he was starting to think about his lunch. We headed of to wash our hands, then put all the precious cargo in the car before finding one of Riversides many picnic benches, so we could tuck in to yummy cheese sandwiches and fruit salad, and Jasper enjoying his mango which I had prepared that morning, all I say is they both ate everything.

"Mummy can I have 5 minuets in the park?"

Riverside has an amazing play area and all I is 2 and half hours later I emerged with two very tired children who both enjoyed the amazing surroundings and facilities on offer at Riverside Country Park and I can't wait for there next school holiday workshops as we will definitely be there.

We are starting to get in to the spooky mood in preparation for Halloween on Monday and have today been pumpkin carving, Madison loved drawing out different designs and finally deciding on the winning design as she thought it was "very scary". Jasper loved looking at the brightly coloured pumpkins and feeling the strange textures, before nodding of in his baby snug seat ( the best purchase I have made seating wise) so off to bed for mini man.

After a lovely lunch of home made curry mmmmmmmm we tackled the pumpkins

" this feels squisshy"

 " Our finished carved pumpkins"
The little man in my life is forever growing fast and this week he has discoverd getting hold of items and dropping them time and time again and is amazed when they reappear the astonished look he has on his face is priceless. He has loved playing with his big sister who has been on tap for silly faces, tiggles and kisses. I loved sitting inside her Den she made for us to play in.
Another great mummy tool an old bed sheet can be many things this week it has manily been a Den.
He has enjoyed trying my own spin on a butternut squash puree.
A Squash & A Squeeze Mash
to recreate my recipe you will need.......
  •  butternut squash
  • a good knob of unsalted butter
  • 200ml of vegetable stock
  • half a onion chopped
  • half a lemon squeezed

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the chopped onion saute  until transparent.
  2. Peel and chop the butternut squash and add to the pan and cook for 3 minuets.
  3. Pour on the the stock and lemon juice, stir and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30 - 35 minuets untill the squash is soft enough to mash .
  4. leave to cool for a few minuets and then mash or puree to the consistancy required.
   this can be frozen.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this weeks blog. 

Have a great halloween weekend 

crazy daisy mum 


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