Somehow I haven’t found the time to read at all this week. What I have ‘read’ has been the captions on a million amazing and fabulous pins on Pinterest which I have been scouring for ideas and inspiration for EJ’s circus theme birthday party (I’ve become a bit obsessed!). Oh and this:
So many things I wanted to watch TV & movie-wise but in actual fact, I’ve watched on as a very proud Mummy twice this week, firstly as JJ completed his first 5Km Parkrun round Alice Holt Forest with his daddy and big sister (in the rain!).
And then as he dressed up in gown and mortar board for his pre-school graduation, stepping up onto a little makeshift stage to receive his scroll (or ‘telescope’ as he described it). Too cute! The end of an era. Because we weren’t allowed to take pictures of the children (instead an official picture will be sent out to each individually later) I’ll share this little self-portrait from the Class of ’14:
I have to say being a part time worker does mean that I get the excuse to dress a bit nicer than I would otherwise, make the effort with accessories, etc. Today I wore white trousers to work feeling very summery, then later on, they got covered in ketchupy stains from EJ’s grubby little hands. It’s a schizophrenic existence!
I have been enjoying Gekko (Overdrive) by Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill. I have to say I’m loving all the collaborative choices Becky Hill has been making and it’s nice to see a former talent show contestent come out of that process and do something a bit different. This is the kind of music that I love and it’s had me pondering on what is age appropriate and whether I should care. I’m sure my parents were listening to classical by the time they were my age but I don’t understand how your tastes are supposed to change overnight. Any thoughts?
This week I ended up making two more batches of the wheat-free banana oat muffins that I tried out last week as they went down a bit of a storm with the children (unexpectedly!). On Saturday I got the Girl (who was staying over with us) to help me and then on Monday after preschool JJ wanted to have a go (they’d all been eaten by that point) but I was winging it by then and forgot to add the yogurt which made them a little bit smaller and drier (still edible though!).
I also made another filling soup which was probably the easiest soup ever. I poured boiling water over sliced courgette, peas and fresh spinach then added some cooked rice and chicken and that was it. The magic ingredient is adding a swirl of fresh pesto on top before you eat it – really lovely!
Then there was this:
Another stupidly easy but really delicious recipe – pork tenderloin in a slow cooker with a crushed garlic clove, some soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and honey (supposedly Worcestershire Sauce too but I didn’t have any of that).
I’m also stupidly pleased with myself for creating this little bunting birthday cake topper for the circus-themed cake I plan to bake:
I have to share this brilliant bit of advertising (It’s smarter to travel in groups and here’s why…):
Happy Friday Little Loves!