Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014


This week we have had a fun filled family week.
Daddy LittleHands managed to take Sunday and Monday off so we had four whole days with him! (his usual days off are Tuesday and Wednesday)
On Sunday we left early (well 8am) and headed to Landmark Forest Park for the day. It was brilliant and even had a couple of new attractions since the last time we went. After arriving at 11am and running, sliding, climbing, roller coaster rides and water rides...pause for picnic lunch... then repeat, they were willing to leave just before 5pm with tired legs. The day wasn't over though as we then went to see their Grandparents (who are half an hour away from the park) where we had dinner before heading up the road.

The next three days were spent taking the boys out on their bikes, going to the park, water fun in the garden and an evening at the beach.
So that has been our week, double the time with Daddy and a visit to the Grandparents. Brilliant :-)

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mini Quiche

With the summer holidays comes the opportunity to have lots of picnics and constant picking away at food from the boys. These quiches satisfy both. (and will also be popped into the lunchbox when Chalk goes back to school)

The following recipe makes 36 - they do freeze for later if needed.
I have used bacon, but it is easy to replace with finely chopped spinach, mushroom, or any other combination you want.

500g pack of shortcrust pastry
1 tbsp olive oil
150g bacon, finely shopped
1 onion, finely chopped
4 eggs, 2 whole and 2 yolks
200ml double cream
1 tbsp chopped parsley
100g cheddar cheese, grated (I use 50g white, 50g mature)
salt and pepper to season

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

Set out three muffin trays (12 per tray = 36 quiche)
Roll out the pastry, as thin as you can without tears. Using a 3inch circular pastry cutter cut out as many circles as possible. Line the trays with the pastry circles, pressing them in gently to form small bowls, roll out remaining pastry and repeat.
Fill the pastry bases with baking beans and bake for ten minutes. If you want a golden crust remove the beans for the last couple of minutes.
While the pastry is baking heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the bacon and onion for 5 minutes, until crisp. Drain on a piece of kitchen paper.
In a large bowl whisk the eggs and egg yolks. Add the cream, parsley, cheese, bacon and onion. Mix together and season with salt and pepper.
Using a teaspoon fill the pastry bases with the filling and return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the centre has set.
Enjoy warm or cold.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

J is for Journey

I took this photo a few months ago, on our way home from a holiday. This was about an hour away from home and the rainbow lasted for most of the remaining journey.

I am linking this photo up to PODcast alphabet challenge linky. To see more 'J' inspired photos please click here.

Saturday, 19 July 2014


After our lazy week last week we eased ourselves into being more proactive this week.
Every morning we have been opening the curtains to check for raindrops. Thankfully there has only been a couple of days, the rest we have been embracing the weather and enjoying outdoors.
Although we haven't had the sun (and heat) that the rest of Britain has been blessed with we class any day without rain and cold winds as a bonus! We have been known to wear a hoodie in July, so far this year we haven't had to though! 
So this week we have mostly been filling our lungs with fresh air, running, playing,  swinging and jumping. (Oh and the boys have become immune to the 'fresh air makes them tired' trick!)
We are off to a forest adventure park on Sunday for another day of outdoor fun too :-)
The Reading Residence

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Underlying Themes

I have recently been going through our family photos and it has become clear that we have created two separate themes for the boys within their timeline.
This was not intentional. Obviously we knew we were taking the photos, but were unaware that we had taken so many of the same thing over the years!
I have now set up two folders with the following names:
First of all we have Chalk with some of his 'sitting in something' collection!

Then we have Cheese with some of his 'hat' collection.

We also had a phase that Chalk went through that every photo he was doing this: (for the record Miley copied him!)

Would love to know if anyone else has had to create an unexpected category when looking through photos? Or did you intentionally set a theme?

Saturday, 12 July 2014


What has happened with us this week? Well nothing much really if I am honest!
But this was a planned 'do nothing' week. We always try to spend the first week of the summer holidays as unwinding as possible, and it has been great!
As predicted the boys were up before 6:30am the first couple of days (well it is just like a long weekend to them) but we now have a new system that they can read their books or play in their room, but they are not to come through before their clock says 8am. They now sleep till 9am!
Every morning they have breakfast and if it is a nice day they go out the back garden, if not they don't bother getting dressed!
Me, well I have spent the days pottering round the garden and baking.
It has been a great, unwinding, relaxing, no clock watching week. The only time we ventured out was for the boys to pick their books from the library for the first week of the summer book challenge. ( Must add - it has been great for us three, poor Daddy has been working as usual!)
So next week, with our batteries recharged, we will venture out and about. Hopefully the weather stays reasonable for us too!
The Reading Residence