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A week in our life, day 7

This morning R and I popped into the city for some one-to-one time together. first we decided to get a hot chocolate and toasted teacake, then we hit the shops. We looked at clothes, toys and cookery bits. R chose an outfit in New Look (when your daughter’s start buying clothes there you know they’re growing up!) she even tried it on in the changing rooms just to make sure it looked right. We bought presents for family day tomorrow, and looked around the market. Daddy stayed home with the little 3 who spent the morning playing.

Once we got home there was time for a quick cuppa before R finished a project she’s been working on. All week R has been researching cake designs, and has designed her own cake, planning all the details. Yesterday she baked the cakes and this afternoon she iced the cakes. She is really pleased with outcome and I’m really proud of her, she’s done a fab job.


R and S also made some jelly this afternoon and S went out for a dog walk with Daddy.
Tomorrow is “Family Day” our gift giving day at Granma and Granpa’s house. We are all very excited and looking forward to some special guests.

Coughs, colds and chicken pox

We’ve had a very quiet week with all of us having a cough or a cold which seems to have been accompanied by ear ache. Little S also appears to have had a mild case of chicken pox.


Most of this week we’ve spent a lot of time at home doing winter themed crafts and baking.
We’ve baked¬†gingerbread men, made peppermint cremes, rice crispy cakes, and iced gingerbread star biscuits.


We’ve made fluffy snowmen, and gingerbread people and houses.

History has been learned by watching horrible histories, we’ve practiced our maths playing monopoly, card games and monster maths. We’ve read stories and practiced gymnastics in the living room. We had lots of fun with paint too.


We went for a lovely woodland adventure yesterday with Daddy. We found all sorts of goodies, great sticks for walking, a deer skull and foot, soft moss-covered trees and hidey holes. Plus there was lots of mud and puddles for jumping in.


Vegan Ginger Cake

To celebrate World Vegan Month the girls and I made a vegan ginger cake. I’m not vegan, I’m vegetarian but I don’t eat eggs (I don’t like them). When I stopped eating eggs Pinterest was a great place to find recipes. I found an amazing chocolate cake recipe, it is that recipe that I have adjusted to make this ginger cake.

Everyone in our loves this cake, and the children all love baking it.



Dry bowl
1.5 cups of plain/all purpose flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsp ground ginger
1tsp mixed spice

Wet bowl
1cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup golden syrup
1 cup water
1tbsp lemon juice

Mix up each bowl and then combine the bowls together.

Cook for 35-40 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean) at 180‚ĄÉ

Enjoy hot with custard or cream as a pudding or cold with a nice cup of tea.

Tasty Tuesdays on