family · Homeschool

A winter weekend

I suffer with very bad anxiety and phobias and struggle to go places that are busy with people. I get anxious about the thought of germs and feel more anxious inside in busy places.

We are lucky where we live that we don’t get very extreme weather and are still able to go out to explore.

I find being outside in the fresh air helps my anxiety and provides a good distraction as well as exercise.

My son loves being outside ( not as much as gaming) but he loves to explore. For Christmas he received a metal detector this weekend was spent looking for treasure to his sadness we didn’t find any. We can’t wait to take it to the beach once spring arrives and we head to our holiday lodge.

There’s so great local parks to explore local to us we are very lucky.

Here’s some pictures from our walk

The rest of the weekend has been spent baking banana bread and making soup.

Ready for the week back to work and homeschool activities.

family · Food

Hidden veg ūü•£

Having a fussy child who wants healthy food but can’t manage to eat lumpy or crunchy food due to the texture can be hard, add in the mix of a husband who is currently unwell and has just had surgery but lives of junk food he’s not aloud meal times in our house are tough

Me and my boy put this recipe together yesterday and it made the most amazing tomato soup but added hidden veg

Recipe

6 large ripe tomatoes or a can of chopped tomatoes

1 large onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 leeks

1 red pepper

1 carrot

1 potato ( to thicken the soup)

1 tin of butter beans

Method

Saut√© the onion for 5 minutes don’t let the onion burn add a little water and sunflower/rap seed oil.

Add the garlic and stir for a minute trying not to let the garlic brown

Add the tomatoes/chopped tomatoes stir together with the onions and veg

Then add the rest of the veg in to the pan. ( we choose these veg as they were spare in the fridge but you could add other vegetables)

Pour in the vegetable stock

A teaspoon of paprika

And black pepper to taste ( you can add other herbs or salt to taste)

Leave to simmer with the lid on for 1hr 30 min

Blend and serve

We serve ours with homemade crusty bread and balsamic vinegar.

chritmas gifts · gaming

Christmas gifts for gamer

Christmas gifts have been so hard this year. He is still wrapped up in the magic of Santa (long may it continue) but he wants¬† all computer games which come in such small boxes. From watching YouTube he is requesting things that haven’t ye landed in the uk which is even harder.

here’s things that are on our wish list for my gamer

xbox1

xbox one Scorpio edition

What’s in the box: Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition 1TB Console, Project Scorpio Edition Wireless Controller, Xbox One X Vertical Stand, 1 month Game Pass subscription trial, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, HDMI cable (4K capable), AC Power cable
Games play better on Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. Experience 40% more power than any other console
Custom design console for the biggest fans, “Project Scorpio” inscribed on the console and controller
6 teraflops of graphical processing power and a 4K Blu-ray player provide more immersive gaming and entertainment.
Play with the greatest community of gamers on the most advanced multiplayer network
Works with all your Xbox One games and accessories
Great for 1080p screens – games run smoothly, look great, and load quickly

I pre-ordered this from Argos

hello neighbour rrp: £29.99 game

currently out of stock on amazon

pokemon

Pokémon ultra moon. having just completed Pokémon sun he cant wait to try the ultramoon version

cheapest I’ve found is on amazon ¬£32.00 free delivery if you have amazon prime.

yo kai

Yo-kai watch 3ds game.

we often play these together and I love the way you have to problem solve.

£29.99 amazon prime

recorder

we have just set up his own YouTube channel more information on another blog post and have purchased one of these above to record his game play.

purchased from amazon £69.99 reduced from £89.99 and free delivery with prime.

hope these give you some idea and fab ideas please let me know

happy shopping.

childrens fashion · family · fashion

Autumn boys clothes

Autumn is my favourite time of year for clothes buying. I love buying children clothes but boys clothing can be quite boring and repetitive and my son loves bright clothing.

Now he’s older and has¬† opinions on what he wants to wear and what’s cool I quite often find my self negotiating on clothes to find items we both like.

Below are some of our favourite pieces this autumn.

autum blog postDr martin turtle boot

coatmonsoon boys duffle coat

5971760703_1_1_1Zara pants these come in a choice of 5 colours £12.99

8574768802_1_1_1 Zara corduroy pants (which are so soft) £16.99

5536767922_1_1_1zara long cardigan £19.99

 

Food

Beetroot chocolate cake 

I have a really picky eater. He will he lots of what he likes but struggles with textures. 

I often cook and hide hidden fruit and veg in food I know he likes. 

We recently made this cake together and it went down a treat 

250g beetroot 

200g plain flour

200g unsalted butter*, melted

100g dark brown sugar

3 large eggs

3 tbsp  good quality  cocoa powder

2tsp baking powder

1tsp vanilla extract

Icing sugar for dusting

:boil the beetroot until soft then blend with a hand blender and set aside to cool. 

Pre heat the oven to 180¬įC/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm loose bottomed tin. 

Blend the butter and sugar together till they  are in a creamy texture, add the rest of the ingredients including the beetroot and mix till the mixture is well mixed and smooth consitancy 

Pour the mixture into the cake tin

Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. The surface of the cake may have cracked a little. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes in the tin before removing to a cooling rack.

You can also change this in to beetroot chocolate marble cake by separating the mixtures before adding the beetroot andchocolate  powder to one half of the mixture. 

Here’s a picture of ours. This was his 1st attempt at a cake him self ( with a little help from mum) 

gaming

Mario+ rabbits kingdom battle 

We’ve just purchased this game today after watching the build up to it on YouTube over the past months. 

My gamers 7 so still quite young and for this game has needed me to sit with him a lot to read the text bubbles. 

When I asked him what he thought of the game he says ‘it’s really good a little slow at the start because there’s lots to learn”

I also think that’s cos he’s not been able to independently play at the start due to needing me to help out with some of the words. 

The graphics are brilliant and I’m glad he’s found it a little slow as he’s been know to play through some new games in a matter of days. I’m sure this will be a game we play again and again and for a older gamer will be a fantastic game they can play independently, 

Well done Nintendo another fab game. 

family

busy few weeks.

Sometimes I don’t know where the time goes. I seem to link and he grows and weeks have gone past I realise I’ve a mountain of photographs to share and not had time to blog.

the past few weeks have been busy we got the keys to our new holiday lodge and have been busy visiting there organising things. We’ve had little days out and enjoyed the sunny weather. Although that has now disappeared here and it is currently throwing it down with rain.

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he looks so excited to be having pizza and chips its his most favourite meal and he usually only eats our homemade pizza as he can be quite picky with food.

we’ve also been for his eye test review were now down to yearly check up as he is short sighted he will always need glasses which is great as he loves his ray bans. he made me promise they would be no stingy drops but no he’s old luckily we don’t need them. I managed to get a sneaky picture. I’ll be in trouble when he sees this.

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