Friday, 27 March 2015

Word of the Week - 27th March 2015

This weeks word of the week has to be...


This week has seen the twins have their first taster sessions at nursery before their start after Easter. I will admit to feeling extremely nervous and anxious on Wednesday morning. I was anxious about what their reaction would be to being left, if they would be upset, if there would be separation issues.

I am delighted to say that there were no problems what so ever!

When we were waiting in the playground to go in Taylor was tugging and pulling on my arm. I immediately thought that he was pulling me because he didn't want to go in. But no, he was pulling me because he wanted to go in!

We waited with all of the school children and they all went in together. I walked them in, hung their coats and bag up and went in their room. I stayed with them until they were settled, which only took about 5 minutes. When I saw them happy and colouring I crept out and walked home.

I had a whole hour to myself. I have to admit the time flew, by the time I had walked the dogs and had a lovely hot cup of tea it was time to walk back up to school to collect them.

When I got there they were happily playing. Taylor was in the playground playing with the cars while Isabella was inside doing crafts. I was surprised to hear that they had both been playing independently and not together. This was reassuring as I don't want them to be too dependent on each other. The most difficult part of Wednesday was getting Taylor to leave the cars and playground to go home!

Thursdays session was a breeze! They were both keen to leave the house in the morning, in fact Taylor was telling us "come on!". When we got to school they went straight in without even saying goodbye!

It was lovely to see them both happy in the nursery environment. It makes it so much easier to leave them knowing that they are settled, happy and confident.

They are certainly looking forward to returning to nursery after Easter and I am looking forward to having a few hours a day for me. I am looking forward to seeing how the twins develop over the year. Something tells me that after Easter they will change and develop even more.

All ready to go to school!

On the walk to school and waiting to go in.

A fun walk home ending in balancing on the curb, don't worry
we live down a very quiet road!

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow - Week 12

This week has seen the hubby dead heading the hydrangea. I love hydrangeas and even as they are dying off they have a beauty about them. Therefore I feel sad seeing it cut back but I welcome the beautiful, green new growth that is shooting through. As the hydrangeas were cut back we were able to see the new peony growth coming through. I always love the front of our house in the summer and this year I will love seeing it develop even more. Last year we added a lot of plants that were from the bargain section so they didn't do much, but this year they should bloom. We also moved my beloved magnolia to the front. At the moment it is still tightly in bud but it is covered in buds so it should be full of flowers when the time comes.

As for the back garden, well what can I say, Opie and Jax, the puppies of anarchy, have well and truly taken over. They have recently discovered that they can dig. Thankfully at the moment they are digging in the area where we are going to be extending but we do not want them to carry on. We have found a lovely holistic dog trainer who has been to see us and she has given us a lot of tips for how to stop this so fingers crossed they will stop. Failing that the hubby will be building them a sand pit!

Anyway, this is how our garden has grown this week...

As always I am sharing how our garden has grown with the lovely Annie from Mammasaurus.

How Does Your Garden Grow

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Vegetable Risotto - Family Favourites

Risotto is definitely a family favourite. However the traditional way that I make it is not all good for you! So that is why I decided to make a healthier version which is easier and quicker to make.

This is a dish which can be easily adapted for different tastes or seasons. I enjoy using as vegetables when they are in season. So the addition of baby sprouts would not be in this meal if I cooked it in the summer. I have found that the children are more inclined to eat and try the vegetables if they are in meals like this. Joseph, who is 10, will not eat sprouts, however when I cooked this dish I was amazed to see he ate the lot! Without moaning! That is a successful meal in my book.

This is what I did...

Vegetable Risotto

Ingredients - Serves 4 -5

3 cups of rice
1 red onion, chopped
525g chestnut mushrooms, chopped
180g baby sprouts, halved
170g fresh peas
2 vegetable stock cubes


1 - Cook the rice as per instructions

2 - Bring a pan of water to the boil and simmer the baby sprouts for 10 minutes then add the peas and simmer for a further 5 minutes

3 - Spray a little oil in a saute pan or large frying pan

4 - Add the mushrooms and onions to the pan and gently cook over a medium heat

5 - Once the onions and mushrooms have softened add the baby sprouts and peas heat for a further 5 minutes

6 - Add the drained cooked rice to the pan and thoroughly mix

7 - Dissolve the stock cubes in 100mls of boiling water and pour over the rice and mix into the rice and vegetables

This meal is not just healthy and a great way to add more vegetables into the diet but it is also a delicious meal. As said before the vegetables can easily be changed according to taste and season.

There were clean plates all round and even Taylor wanted to eat some more while I was taking pictures!

Enjoy x

I am sharing my recipe with A Mummy Too - Recipe of the Week

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