One of my favorite bloggers, Muddling Along Mummy has been rather sporadic of late (a bit like me) but is making a renewed effort to make more time for her blog. I have suggested she brings back a feature that used to cheer me up and give me new things to hunt down, 5 lovely little things.
To try and encourage her to bring this back I thought I would inspire with some of my own lovely little things.
It seems that lovely little things to me mainly revolve around food.
1. Tesco have a new thing where they are offering a free piece of fruit for children to eat as their parents shop. I am loving this. When I nip to Tesco it is usually straight after school, the boys are tired and hungry and I get conned into buying rubbish or having to listen to them moan as we shop. This is a great healthy distraction for them. Well done Tesco.
PS: He really does eat fruit. His miserable face is because he wants the pre packaged apple slices not the free apple. Heaven forbid he has to chew his own apple!
2. Scones. What is not to love about scones. Within 30 minutes you can have these warm plates of joy to later with your topping of choice. My go to recipe is from my Bero book. However, I do like to add a dash of lemon juice to the milk to turn it into a buttermilk substitute. If you don't have a Bero book then try this BBC recipe instead. Its all about the rolling. Less is more. Leave those scone rounds nice and thick.
3. One Pot Spaghetti. One pot anything is always a winner in my book, less effort and less mess to clean up. This one pot spaghetti is becoming my favorite after school meal for nights when I am not feeding my fussy non pasta eating husband. The boys are not the biggest fans, they want the lemon and tomato leaving out which really does not leave much by way of flavor.
4. Baked Camembert. After seeing similar made at a Pampered Chef party with Camembert and a french stick I have attempted my own version with a packet of bread mix. A chilli bread mix and a Camembert cost me just under £1.50 in Aldi. That is a pretty awesome starter for only £1.50. I make the bread
mix up as per the packet insructions, roll it into small balls and surround my camambert with them. By the time the buns have cooked the cheese is melted and gooey and perfect.
5. Electronics Kit. (Just to show you that I am not entirely about the food). Snaffles got an electronics kit for Christmas but both boys have had great fun playing with it. It keeps then quiet for hours and I am loving watching them work away trying to get the circuits to work.
Look how happy his little brother is when he makes a complete circuit.