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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Domesticated Little man

You are such a domesticated little man you love to help mummy out with jobs around the house. You are a whizz at filling the washer and the dryer, you can even switch them on and change the cycles.




Going shopping is fun as you get to ride in a little car, but you do love it when the shopping gets delivered. You always help with collecting the bags from the driver, taking things through to the kitchen one by one and spotting your favourite foods and the treats!


You always help putting things away, you have a favourite cupboard and the freezer and everything goes in them. It is just so cute.

Love you little man xx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Baby Thank You cards

I was recently contacted by Baby Announcement cards telling me that they had introduced a lovely new range of baby thank you cards. When Tiny entered the world i was so happy i wanted to share my little bundle of joy and good news with the world.  Using baby announcement cards i was able to create some lovely little keepsake cards to send to friends and family.

The range of baby boy thank you cards and baby girl thank you cards are single sided and made from 100% recycled card and can be personalised with your photos and choice of text.


Sample boy thank you card image

Sample thank you card image

Sample thank you card

Cards come supplied with envelopes and benefit from free UK delivery. If you are looking for a way to express your gratitude these cards to say 'thanks' provide an adorable and unique momento.

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Baby Announcement cards.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Personalised Christmas Gift Ideas

I have been on the look out for some personalised gifts for the boys for a while and have found a fantastic website My 1st Years.com which specialises in the very thing. They have a super huge collection of products all of which can be personalised with names or special message ranging from bears to booties with everything in between.

The Christmas range is amazing, i am spoilt for choice. These are a few of my favourites… I think i will be indulging in some of these for the little peeps.


One of my traditions is new Pj's on Christmas Eve, these would be perfect:

Personalised Christmas Sleepsuit
Personalised Christmas PJ's perfect for Christmas Eve

This little cushion would be a great little addition to the boys room:

Super cute Reindeer cushion
 Everyone should have a Christmas teddy:

Adorable Reindeer Teddy
Ideas for storing the deliveries from Santa:

Big Stocking


Love this personalised 'Gift sack'

Although not technically Christmas related the little man loves to get snuggly in a blanket, this looks so cosy:

Snuggly Blanket
And this little bedtime bear is just so cute:

Bedtime bear

Disclaimer: I wrote this post as i think this range is fab!



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Winter Warmer Meals

When i saw the #HalfTermFood Linky Challenge i thought i would try and recreate some of my family favourite  winter warming meals using a convient helping hand using some of the Aunt Bessie's range.

Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup:

With the weather getting colder i love a lovely warming soup. This can also double as lunch the following day.

Ingredients:

1 Onion
1 Teaspoon vegetable oil
1 Vegetable Stock Cube
1 packet of Aunt Bessies Parsnips
100ml of milk
Salt and Pepper for seasoning


Cook the Parsnips in the oven as directed
Chop and fry the onion in the pan
Once cooked add the parsnips to the onion
Prepare one pint of stock
Add the stock and milk and blend to desired consistency, (i love a thick chunky soup)

Thick rost parsnip soup

Steak and Mushroom pie:

Ingredients:

1 Onion
6 Mushrooms
400g Casserole beef steak
1 packet of Aunt Bessies Pastry mix
1 oz cornflour
1 beef stock cube.

Salt and Pepper for seasoning.
 
Trim beef steak, chop onions and mushrooms and add place in a casserole dish
Prepare 1 pint of beef stock and pour over meat
Cook for 1hr 30 mins on 170c
Mix cornflour in a small amount of water
Remove meat mixture add cornflour to the gravy and return the meat. Return to the oven for a further 20 mins
Prepare pastry as per instructions
Roll pastry into round pieces and line base of pie dish
Cook the pastry for 15mins
Add the mixture to the pie base and cover with the oastry 'lid'
Seal the pastry around the edge
Brush the pastry with milk
Cook on 190 for a further 25 mins.

Steak and Mushroom Pie


Cheat's Bread and Butter Pudding:


This bread and butter pudding is so quick and easy to prepare, Little man enjoyed helping out with prepartion of the pudding.

Ingredients:

4 Slices of white bread
Butter
Apricot Jam
A generous handful of raisins (or raisins if you prefer)
1 pack of Aunt Bessies instant custard
Sprinkling of brown sugar

Simply butter the bread and add a thin covering of apricot Jam to 2 slices of the bread, and slice into triangles.
Arrange in dish and scattered raisins over the bread
Prepare the custard as directed and pour over the bread and leave to soak for 15mins, Sprinkle with bown sugar.
Cook in a preheated oven 180 for 20mins


Bread and Butter Pudding

                                                                

 This is my entry into the # Auntie Bessies #HalfTermFood Linky challenge
                                                           

Children in Need Socks

Children in Need is this Friday and the Little man has some new Pudsey Bear socks. I spotted these stripey little numbers in Asda.

Pudsey Bear socks.
Not only these socks super cute but for each pair that is sold 50p will  be donated to The Children in Need appeal.

These socks of part of ASDA's Children in Need range.

I bought these as we love new socks and to help such a fab cause.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle

Little man is a huge Hungry Caterpillar fan, he simply adores everything about it. So when grandma found this Very Hungry Caterpillar jigsaw  puzzle for him, i knew it would be a winner.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar puzzle

The puzzle contains 17 large chunky pieces which are sturdy enough to withstand the little man's attention. When fitted together the puzzle shows a bold picture of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and accompanying text. Each piece contains a large amount of detail which helps the completion of the puzzle.

The jigsaw is unusally shaped with a square bottom and arched top, which creates another dimension to the puzzle.

Little man loves to sit and fit pieces together by himself determined to find the right combination. It has the right number of pieces to hold his attention, and with each piece having a recognisable image so he is able to find connecting pieces.

Little man completing the puzzle
The age on this puzzle is 1 years plus at 20 months the little man is really enjoying exploring the pieces and concept of it.

We found this puzzle whilst browsing in Marks and Spencers.


Disclaimer: Grandma bought this puzzle for the Little man as he is loves the hungry caterpillar.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Baking For Babies Christmas Fair

Back in July we held a Summer Fete to raise money money for Bolton Neonatal and Special care baby units. We raised over £1000, we had so much fun we set a date for a Christmas Event. So here we go.

On the 1st December we will be holding a Christmas Fete at Horwich RMI club.

We have a fantastic selection of stalls from homewares to festive goods, jewellery, cards and sweets. We will also have a facepainter and games stalls.

There will also be a super raffle with prizes including Marks and Spencer vouchers, trafford centre vouchers, build a  bar voucher, baking hampers plus many more.

Horwich Christmas Fair

NHS Making it Better
Can you Help?

We are still looking out for helpers on the day and raffle prizes. If you can help or have any questions please contact us at bakingforbabies@gmail.com

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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Five Months Old

You are five months old tiny man, and you are such a happy little chap. You are a little charmer, you have a smile for everyone, wherever we go you are always laughing and smiling at people, the supermarket shop takes twenty minutes longer now as you and your brother get lots of admirers. A definate belly giggle has now developed when you are being tickled which is so adorable.

This month you have started to move around a lot more really travelling around by rolling over and wriggling around. You have become even more interested in your toys and you especially like different textures and lights and sounds.

Bath times are a big playtime for you, you absolutely love being in the water, kicking and splashing around so much that the water goes everywhere.

You have had your third set of immunisations and once again you were so brave, only letting out a little cry after the first injection. Even the nurse commented on how brave you had been.

As you have been a little bit poorly with bronchiolitis that has given you a cough and cold your bedtime routine seems to have suffered and you have started to wake a few times during the night. You still love your cuddles very much and love to be comforted by being held and walked around.
  
My baby boy i love you xx




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