Thursday, 26 September 2013

Lazy Wednesdays

Breakfast in bed, running errands, collecting leaves in the woods, baking more treats with Mr Bee, watching the Nightmare Before Christmas twice, getting crafty, making a cracking pie for dinner and an evening of films and TV with the big Bee.

I love Wednesdays.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


After searching on Pinterest, I have found a wonderful website with lots of activities for 4-5 year olds.
This post is just for reference, lots of activities to do with Louie.

Alphabet Match 

Rainbow Salt Tray

Playdough Garden

Puffy Paint

Peggy Number Game

Pasta and Playdough

Monday, 23 September 2013

Chorizo and Bean Stew - Recipe

The fantastic meal we concocted last week attracted so much attention, I thought I would share the recipe for this scrumptious meal!

You Will Need;

1 can of Mixed Beans (in chilli sauce)
1 can of Butter Beans
1 can of Chopped Tomatoes
1 Pepper, diced (I used 1/2 a red pepper, 1/2 a yellow pepper)
1 Medium/Large onion
100g of Chorizo, cubed
1x Chicken Stock Cube
1 tsp Chilli Flakes
1 tsp Garlic Salt

Vegan/Vegetarian alternative - substitute the chorizo for a good amount of paprika and use vegetable stock instead of chicken.


Place the chorizo in a hot pan and seal until the chorizo is lightly toasted. Remove chorizo into a bowl for later. Fry the onions until soft and brown in chorizo juices with the garlic salt. Whilst the onions are frying, dissolve the stock cube in 200ml of boiled water.
Add both tins of beans to the frying pan along with the chorizo and chopped tomatoes. Cook for 2-4 minutes

Pour the stock cube over the beans and mix well. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.
Serve with fluffy rice or a jacket potato.

 And enjoy!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Harvest Festival

Today was a beautiful day to spend celebrating the harvest and the first day of autumn. The sun shone and the shorts and summer dresses made what is probably their last appearance.
We took Papa Bee to one of our favourite places, Canons Ashby for their victorian harvest festival for an afternoon of picnicking and wandering around the beautiful grounds. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

This Week

A quiet week welcoming Autumn
Painting, a trip to Calke on crutches, yummy warm hot chocolate, vintage car rally, a small bee wanting to bake a caterpillar cake all by himself (which he practically did!), eating wonderful food all week and making delicious recipes new and old, homemade spicy vegetable soup and homemade bread.

Thursday, 19 September 2013


We spent yet another day at a beautiful National Trust beach on our holiday, this time at Porthcurno on the morning before we saw The Taming of the Shrew at the world famous Minack Theatre.
It was surprisingly warm, warm enough to strip my woolly tights off to have a paddle in the sea whilst the boys played endlessly in the little stream coming through the rocks, making dams and paddling in the little pools.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


We spent a grey, dull and foggy day at Godrevy beach this year. Following our visit last year, we knew we had to return. We just love this little rocky beach which has so much character. We didn't let the weather put us off, we still played in the sea, built sand castles and even spotted two seals near the shore.

On the day we journeyed home, the sun shone so we visited again for a few hours whilst we waited for the Burnley game to begin. We nearly got trapped by the sea so had to make a quick exit, and Louie even hopped all over the rocks!
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