Norfolk based Mum of 3: J, D & PND trying to Keep Calm & Carry On

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Busy Mamas need H2O

If like me you find it hard to drink water (eeeurgh yuck boring), or even to find a chance to sit down & have a drink of any kind try making it a bit more exciting. Kids will love to help make it & drink it too!

Apple Mint Cooler

Fill a jug with water until 1/2 full with water
Add a 1/4 of a jug of apple juice
Take a sprig of mint (freshly picked from the garden if possible), bash with the side of your hand & pop in the jug.
Cut a lime in half, add a slice to the jug & add the squeezed juice from the remaining lime to the jug.
Fill to the top with ice & enjoy!

You could use different citrus fruit, juices & herbs.

Friday, 26 August 2011

& the rain rain rain, came down down down... rushing rising riv'lets....

Supposedly myself & the boys are enjoying the "Summer" holidays.

We had a fantastic time at Newday & to start with the weather was Scorchio, but it didn't take long for the traditional British Summer to breakthrough & test the most seasoned campers. Luckily we found our tent to be watertight during this adventure which was our first camping experience with the boys. The subject of Newday requires a much more detailed post when time allows & hungry toddlers are not demanding "something else to eat". Not only did my husband become a Christian but his knee was healed aswell! An amazing miracle as it had not been healing as it should following what we were starting to think was unsuccessful surgery. For now here is a great summary video made by the Youth camping in our area. I urge you to watch the video to get an idea of what our week was like, it would be great to see some more people we know there next year. Much fun was had by all. ps. The retro orange windbreak is ours!

So today it is raining again & according to the calendar it has been for the past few days...hmmm bored whingy toddlers, stuck inside - want something very cheap to do and very easy to make?...

Homemade Playdough

1 cup plain flour (Poundland do measuring cups in fluorescent colours)
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsps cream of tartar (very important don't leave out)
1 cup water
few drops food colouring (optional)
few drops flavouring/essence (optional)

- Put the flour, salt, oil and cream of tartar into a large saucepan.

- In a jug mix the food colouring & water. Add to the saucepan and stir well (I use a whisk).

- Put the pan over a low heat and cook, stirring (I swap to a spoon now) CONSTANTLY until the dough becomes stiff. (Mine normally starts to bind into a ball.)

- Take the dough from the saucepan & leave to cool (warning it will retain it's heat for a while). Then knead until smooth.

Et voila! This dough will keep for several weeks in an airtight container/cling film, freezer bag.

You can get some great playdough tools/toys but use your imagination & look at what you have lying round the house. Here a are a few ideas for you to try, please comment if you come up with anything else!
- shells
- childrens scissors
- pine cones/leaves
- cookie cutters
- drinking straws (DS1 likes to make holes in the dough & then squeeze it out)
- paper cake cases (DS2 likes to make pretend cakes for Nunny)
- make pretend food
- drive toy cars through it

more rainy day activities coming soon