Thursday, 23 February 2012

River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook

Little B's food adventures are galloping apace. He's a fruit man, and like his Momma, I think he'd happily pop a whole punnet of raspberries down his gullet without a second thought. A while back, I blogged about buying this book - The River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook. Now B has basically forced out and out baby led weaning on us (more on his spoon refusal to come), I turned to this book and I have to say it's the best recipe book I've ever used. We've tried probably a third of the recipes now - some old classics like toad-in-the-hole and some new things like Courgette Polpette. And it's utterly brilliant. Despite the lack of seasoning, every dish we try from it is yummy for all three of us. Ignore the fact it say baby and toddler on the front. I would recommend this book to any family with any age of children, or even if you don't have any kids. It has made cooking for our family of three a joy.

Here's my asparagus & spring onion frittata made using a recipe from the book which little B loves.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Oranges and Lemons

Babies are arriving thick and fast from all angles in our friendship groups so I made this little tummy time quilt for the new Baby Girl Pridgeon who arrived into the world recently. I used up the last of the gorgeous orange children's feedsack fabric from my stash which I'd found deep in a bargain bin at Abakhan's in Preston. It's funny saying goodbye to fabric isn't it? I need to get better at letting go ... it makes room for more finds after all.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Daddy's Toys

Over the last few days at Grandma's house we've been experiencing a trip down memory lane as Little B played with his Daddy's old toys - classics from 30 years ago, hidden away in the attic ready for another generation.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Play Date

Yesterday afternoon, four little babies came to our sitting room, to play with toys and roll around ... E the clapping one, T the red cheeked one, S the only female one, and my little B, the chubby, toothy one. Whilst the mummys tucked into coffee and cake (not made by me) the babies stuffed banana muffins into their mouths and the carpet (made by me from this recipe - highly recommended although I think I'll reduce the sugar content even more next time as the banana, vanilla and cinnamon make them sweet enough). Still on a sugar high, I had a delicious, rare evening out and whilst Mr B put the baby to bed, I took myself off to the Little Theatre Cinema to catch the NT Live broadcast of Travelling Light. Lovely day.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Lion and the Mouse

There's a famous poem called The Lion and Albert by Marriott Edgar (if you don't know it, google it as it's fab), and our little son shares his name with the eponymous Lancashire lad in the tale. So our home is slowly filling up with lion themed books, toys, art and nick nacks which is fine by us as they are all taking such interesting forms. Continuing the theme of Christmas parcels that got lost in the festive post and arrived a little later than December 25th, our little lad received this ace folktale doll from his oh-so-cool Godfather Mr Baird and wife who always have their finger on the pulse of what's hip.
From Zid Zid Kids, a store which specialises in handmade, modern toys for children, this double ended doll is inspired by Aesop's tale The Lion and the Mouse and the reversible skirt is made from one of a kind fabrics so no two dolls are the same. I love the embroidered details on the prettily coloured faces, and I look forward to reading little B this story when he's a bit bigger. And I have loved looking through all the gorgeous things on the Zid Zid Kids website. Such lovely stuff although unfortunately it all seems to be for sale in the USA so goodness knows where the Bairds tracked down this unique gift.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

These boots were made for walking

What could be more perfect to keep little feet snug and warm in this snowy weather than these cutie pie teeny booties that have been gracing Baby B's feet this last week. They finally made their way to us last weekend from Family Masters, having been lost in the Christmas post for over a month. But despite being round the houses and therefore technically late, they couldn't have been more perfectly timed for this British cold snap. I've just had a google and you can get them here.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Welcome Home

Good readers, hello. We're moved. And we finally have internet. And the little one has returned to full health with three more teeth than he had last time I typed. Thank you for all your lovely messages wishing him a speedy recovery.

I honestly don't know how one coped with life before the internet. And before wifi and iphone wizardry too. There's so much to do with getting the house sorted and yet I'm itching to have a good sit down with a cup of cocoa and catch up on all I've missed in the blog & pinning world. There's lots to report from the new house too - including Baby B's first proper bedroom. In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you two of my personal favourites from his toy collection. Yes that's right people ... Bert & Ernie! A Christmas gift from my fellow Muppet-loving sister.
[B's romper by Bobo Choses from the Hello Bubba sale last summer]