Monday, 29 September 2014

Making Teatime Easy with Birds Eye

We have always been a fan of Birds Eye in this house, with waffles and fish fingers being a freezer staple and my go to dinner for when I want something quick, simple and tasty for the kids.

But they don't have to just be used together, for us chicken dippers makes a great addition to a Friday night buffet tea, this is a great way to enjoy a Friday night snuggled in the lounge with some yummy food.

The great thing about the Birds Eye range is the amount on offer, with everything from chicken to rice, waffles to peas, there is something to make a whole meal or to complete one.

My kids both love waffles and even more so accompanied by fish fingers or chicken dippers, or both for that matter.

Super simple dinners that can be put together easily, and it's not just for the kids. For me some rice infusions with a sweet chilli chicken is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious dinner.

This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Linky Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook page.

NB. I received vouchers from Birds Eye to buy the food in this post, however all words and opinions are my own.

Visiting the Major Oak

Nottinghamshire has a lot of history, one of it's most famous residents of course, was Robin Hood. If you are visiting the area then one of the most likely places to be on your must see list is the Major Oak. This beautiful piece of forest is filled with the most majestic oak trees and the one everyone wants to see is the Major Oak.

At between 800-1000 years old, it is now held up by supports, but this is only to help it live longer! On our visit there, we learnt about oak trees, how they take 300 years to grow, live for about 300 years and then die over 300 years, the supports on the Major Oak help this process and mean the tree stays here for people to enjoy for much longer.

Oak trees are beautiful, the shapes they form and their leaves are unmistakeable, some of the older trees in this forest have bands on them to help them stay alive.

We looked at the tree stumps to see if we could figure out how old the trees had been when they fell, there were lots of information points, to help us learn about the wildlife and we saw lots of fungi.

Some of the stumps had been made into fairy houses, we loved this sign that told you not to poke things into the trees trunk as it is a home to many little creatures.

On a few of the trees there were these fab faces made from clay, feathers, twigs and leaves, we are definitely going to give these a try!

Onto the major oak itself, you can't really tell from the pictures the size of the tree, but believe me,  it is big.

The trunks on oak trees are hollow yet the outside keeps on growing, the hole in the trunk here an adult could get through standing up, the reason for the fibre glass on part of the trunk was due to some ignorant person trying to burn it down and this will stop any mold setting in.

This weekend there was an archer talking about the bow and arrows that Robin Hood and the knights of the crusades would have used, he gave an awesome display of archery.

He then went on to tell us about the different arrows, allowed the children to try holding the sword and went on to tell us about the battle of Agincourt. It was really interesting and gave an insight into the world of Robin Hood.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Black & White Photo Project Wk 12

With the sunshine still upon us, we used the warm weather as an excuse to take a trip to the coast, I wished we lived closer as the children both love the beach. 

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Peppa Pig's Big Splash Live Tour

Whether you have young children or not, you will most likely have come across the rather cute pink piggy that is, Peppa Pig.

From now until the new year, Peppa and her friends are on tour throughout the UK, you can join them on an all singing, all dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles.

With super cute puppets and plenty to sing along to, this brand new show will be sure to brighten your day.

Travelling to 12 venues throughout the UK, there is plenty of opportunity to find a hotel and make a weekend of it, locations include, the fabulous Woking with it’s beautiful canals and the lightbox museum.

Or how about a weekend away in vibrant Southampton, with a few hotels nearby including Eastleigh and Fareham there are plenty of places to stay meaning you can explore what this great coastal town has to offer.

Peppa Pig's Big Splash Live Tour will be appearing at the following locations over the next few months.

  • Grimsby Auditorium - 27 - 28 Sep 2014
  • Woking New Victoria Theatre - 1 - 2 Oct 2014
  • Isle Of Wight Medina Theatre - 4 - 5 Oct 2014
  • Bristol Hippodrome - 7 - 8 Oct 2014
  • Southampton Mayflower Theatre - 10 - 11 Oct 2014
  • Bournemouth Pavilions - 15 - 16 Oct 2014
  • Clacton-On-Sea Princes Theatre - 18 - 19 Oct 2014
  • Billingham Forum Theatre - 22 - 23 Oct 2014
  • Nottingham Theatre Royal - 25 - 26 Oct 2014
  • Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse - 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014
  • London Criterion Theatre - 2 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015

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This is a collaborative post, however all words are my own.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow - Apples

The apple tree has suffered a bit this year, not sure whether it is down to the fact that there have been less wasps to eat the pests but still, a lot of them seem to have been eaten already. Hopefully there will be a good crop though, we've already have some whoppers.

Last year I made some Gelée De Pomme, as well as lots of apple crumbles and pork with apple sauce and apple gravy, it really is a one tree wonder.

This beauty here, I picked for an apple and blackberry crumble, I had assumed whatever had made the hole in it would have been long gone, but alas not, it was a great big earwig! Needless to say I squealed when I cut in to it, hate anything like that.

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