Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Moomins on the Riviera

When I first heard about the Moomins on the Riviera film due out this month I was so excited. I love moomins, I remember watching the TV show as a child, when I was pregnant with Alex we called my bump moomin and I have several moomins items around the house. I am a bit of a fan.
The film came out on Friday(just in time for half term!) and I booked tickets for Seb and I to go on Saturday morning and I was pretty excited, making sure I u seductive my favourite moomin mug for my morning brew.
The film shows the moomins setting sail to the riviera where for the first time the unity of the moomins is threatened.
What can i say...I loved it, it has a lovely old fashioned feel and very sweet along with moments that made me chuckle. Moomin and Snorkmaiden are still my favourites, I love their relationship.
So if you are looking for a film to watch, why not give Moomins on the Riviera a try this half term.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Hulls Museum Quarter

After going to The Deep last weekend,  we decided to head over to Hull's Museum Quarter. We walked over from The Deep, it took us about 10 minutes and we went past some fantastic street art. 
Hulls museum quarter

There are several museums to visit in the area but we stuck to the two we knew the boys would enjoy.
Hull and East Riding Museum takes you on a journey through time.  From the woolly mammoth through to the Tudors and Stewarts this museum brings 235 million years of history to life. The galleries take you through various periods of history; Palaeolithic,  Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain, Saxons and Vikings, Middle Ages and Tudors and Stuarts.
Seb loved looking at the bones (dinosaur and human) on display and I loved walking through the iron age village and the roman baths and mosaics. It was a great way of introducing history in an interesting and engaging way to the boys. I was really impressed with this museum, we will definitely we heading back when we start looking at history a bit more.
Hull and East Riding museum

Hulls museum quarter

The Streetlife Museum of Transport takes you through 200 years of transport history, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the past. My boys just love all forms of transport so I knew they would enjoy exploring the museum and they really did. We didn't look around in any order and just went with the thinags that piqued the boys interests which was of course the tram, the railway signal box and carriage and the cars.
Before heading back to the car we spend a bit of time in the outdoor space in front of the museums, the boys loved the little maze and I was quite taken with this mosaic toad!
Streetlife museum of transport

Hulls museum quarter
Both museums were FREE to enter and we all enjoyed having a look around.  We will definately we heading back to see what else Hull's Museum Quarter has to offer.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Easy Jam Biscuits for kids

Baking with children is always great fun and we tend to bake at least once a week along with other cooking. These easy jam biscuits have just 5 store cupboard ingredients and are particularly fun to make as they require getting your hands right into the mixing bowl. They aren't perfect to look at but they were mostly made by two small people!

  • 100g softened butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • Jam of your choice (we used strawberry and blackcurrant)
Line a large baking tray with greasproof paper and preheat the oven to 180°C. 
Add the butter,sugar and flour into a large mixing bowl and rub together until they are breadcrumb like. Add the egg and mix together with a wooden spoon until a dough is formed. 
Form 12 equal sized balls and put on the baking  tray, flatten slightly and make a well in the centre of each with your thumb. Spoon a little jam into each well, I used about 1/3 of a teaspoon for each one. Pop into the oven and bake for between 12 and 15 minutes until golden on top. 
Leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool fully.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Slow Cooker Leek and Potato Soup

When you are feeling poorly, homemade soup is definately something that can help to perk you back up again. I made this Slow Cooker Leek and Potato Soup last week when both boys were full of cold, Alex had a nap in the day so I took the chance to put this on and i'm glad I did as once he woke, he didn't want to be put down. It meant I had a nice healthy meal to offer with very little effort.Slow cooker leek and potato soup

2 large potatoes
1 onion
2 leeks
1tsp mixed herbs
700ml vegetable stock
Cream (optional)
Peel and dice your potatoes and onion,  chop the leeks and place in the slow cooker.Pour over the stock, add the mixed herbs, stir together and cook on high for around 3 hours,  until the potatoes are cooked through. Blend to desired consistency and serve. You can add a swirl of cream if desired. 

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