I've spoken on the blog before about it being important to me that my boys know where their food comes from and to be interested in nature. Last year we bought some vegetable seeds and planted them and it was lovely to see them interested in how they were growing and open to trying new things because they had come from our garden.
When you think of traditional British dishes, the pie should be high up on the list. Originating in ancient Rome, the pie is a hearty meal when served with mashed potato or chips and some form of vegetable. I have to admit that it's something I don't make often and when I do, I stick to the same recipe using up roast chicken leftovers so we were excited and interested to try something new at Pieminister in Nottingham City Centre.
Oh October, where have you gone? British Summer time has ended and Winter coat weather is here. My Instagram feed is filled with pumpkins and autumn colours and the highlight of our half-term was a family trip for breakfast to the new Pudding Pantry that has opened in Sherwood. Daddy had severe FOMO (fear of missing out) and decided last minute to come too and I'm so pleased, because it meant we got the photos below.
A crisp autumnal day, cold but sunny and a beautiful setting. Wollaton Hall & Deer Park (Batman's house!) is one of our favourite places in Nottingham and it's the perfect place to see the impressive dinosaur exhibition that is Jurassic Kingdom.
Bedtime in our house can be stressful, two boys that don't want to go to bed, excuses and distractions to delay getting in bed, too busy watching TV or playing with Lego, messing about getting changed, trying to use our bed as a trampoline, twenty questions as you're turning off the light, sometimes getting back out of bed to go to the toilet again or to come downstairs and ask us something else.
What do you do to keep your children occupied on holiday when you want some quiet time after lunch and they're too old to nap? When it's raining and you're stuck inside for the day or when it's the middle of the day and too hot to be in the sun? Do you take toys, colouring, books to read, watch TV or try to stop them jumping off the sofa and using the bed like a trampoline in my case?!
We get through so much pasta on a weekly basis in our house. Pesto is our favourite for a quick family meal on a school night but when we have people round for dinner we always do one of the same two recipes. One is a Classic Ragu Bolognese from The Chiappa Sister's book "Simply Italian" and the other is a Courgette Carbonara from Jamie Oliver's book "Jamie at Home". I've made these over and over again over the past few years and we never get tired of them so why not have a go and let me know which one you prefer?
Unless you were blessed with a child who just magically drifts off to sleep each night, you have likely asked the question, “How do I get my child to sleep at night?” Most parents do. In fact, sleep is one of the most common concerns parents have for their children, and it can be a tricky issue to sort out. If you’re one of the many parents struggling to get more sleep – for you and your child – this quick guide will help your family tremendously.
Oh August, the boys have loved you so much! What a wonderful time they had in Italy. 25 days in total and I got to share seven there with them. I was not ready to come back home at all! I'm always a bit sad at the beginning of September because it means that summer is coming to an end but there are lots of lovely things to remember. We spent a lot of time apart this month but I'm happy the boys have had such a great experience and their Italian has definitely improved.
I'm so late publishing this post this month. The first half of August seems to have disappeared in minutes and with the boys being away I've been a bit distracted and this post has gotten delayed which is a shame as I love putting together these rounds ups of our photos and creating a little video each month. Our main highlight of July was our weekend away in Bridlington where we had amazing weather and so much fun by the sea. We also celebrated the milestone of the boys finishing Year 1.