Thursday, 24 July 2014

Indian spice muffins

Savoury muffins are a favourite here, i love that can you can put pretty much anything in them and they are perfect picnic food. 
I like to try new flavours so when I saw the new Pilgrims Choice Indian Spice cheese in the supermarket I got some right away thinking it would make lovely tasting muffins. 
I made them with my little helper and we ate them for lunch. Even Phil who can be really fussy enjoyed them. This recipe made 6 good sized muffins.

125g, plain flour
120ml milk
2tsp baking powder
80g Indian Spice Cheese, grated
1tbsp sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
pinch of salt
2tbsp oil
20g mozzarella, grated

Preheat your oven to 180°
Combine your dry ingredients(keep back a small amount of the cheese) in a large bowl and stir lightly.
 Then in a seperate bowl combine your wet ingredients before adding them into the dry ones. Lightly mix together so the dry mix is wet but the batter is still lumpy.
Spoon the batter into a greased muffin tray or muffin cases and then sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Baby Rave North

Yesterday Alex and I headed to The Orangery in Wakefield for our first ever baby rave. These raves are run by Baby Rave North  across Yorkshire. 

Having been a party girl in my time the idea of a rave for babies really appealed to me so I was really excited to be going along, but I wasn't sure what to expect.

We arrived to a friendly greeting, I was given a wristband and Alex a glowstick bracelet and some lei to wear.
Inside was the rave room. A darkened room with music, a sensory lights, soft play and sit on toys. There were also some awesome giant balloons which me and Alex both loved. 
Outside was the chill out zone, lots of seating, blankets on the grass and a cafe serving refreshments. There was also some pretty amazing giant swings which are actually an art installation, these were a huge hit with the mums and babies, Alex loved these and spent ages swinging gently.
There was also a couple of local businesses there, one selling cupcakes, another children's wear and also a photography company.
The first part of the rave was spent playing and exploring, we spent most of this time out in the sunshine on the swings, then we were invited to sit inside and join in with some singing and dancing. Alex loved this part, clapping along and using his shaker. 
Towards the end we were invited outside to listen to some live music which was a lovely touch in the setting that we had especially as it was such a gorgeous day too. 

On the way out I stopped to buy a couple of bibs from one of the stalls. I was pretty excited to see that Slugs and Snails were also out on display. 

I really enjoyed the baby rave, it was something different to do and it had a really nice relaxed atmosphere. I loved that the rave was suitable right from very small babies and that older siblings were also welcome. I will definitely take Alex along again.

For more information and upcoming dates check out the Baby Rave North website, Facebook or Twitter.

**We were invited along to the rave by Baby Rave North to blog about our experience but all opinions are my own**

Monday, 21 July 2014

Using formula is not a crime

I would like to start this post by saying that I am a huge supporter of mums who choose to breastfeed. I think that it something to be celebrated and am well aware of the benefits.

I also support mums who choose to use formula and it really makes me cross when others try to put them down for it. I've seen it a lot, on blogs, social media and in real life. 

With both boys my intention was to feed until they self weaned,
unfortunately this didn't happen for me and I used formula. Perhaps some may think I didn't try hard enough but I did the best I could with the (minimal) support that I had and I will try again with any future children.

I read a blog post at the weekend where a commenter(anonymous of course) questioned why a new mum wasn't breastfeeding and after the mum replied they said that she had made a strange choice and that they felt sad for said mums babies.  This really wound me up. 
Firstly people shouldn't have to explain why they are using formula, some choose too use it, others have no choice but either way it really is none of your business. I see it happen time and time again where mums feel like they have to justify themselves and have done it myself, telling strangers that Alex lost a lot of weight as a newborn so we changed to formula. For some people it can be very difficult and upsetting to be questioned on this subject.
Secondly, why do you feel sad? The baby is being fed and is obviously thriving. Save your sadness for children who really need it, perhaps those who aren't being fed at all or those in war zones whose lives are in danger. 
Lastly I had to smile at the fact that the comment was made anonymously, seriously put a name to your comments if you feel so strongly, don't hide away.

I support all mums no matter how they choose to feed, being a mum is hard work without people putting their judgy pants on. Looking at my children today you wouldn't know how they were fed as babies, they're bright, healthy and happy the same as my niece and nephew of similar ages who were breastfed.

Normalising breastfeeding, promoting the benefits of it and offering support when needed is really important but comments like these do nothing for that at all. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

This week

This week has been a bit quiet to be honest. We started it being poorly and have had a couple of unsettled nights with the boys(I think it's the heat) so we've not been up to much. 

We started getting deliveries from our local fruit and veg man, I was mightily impressed with all this for £10 and have ordered another delivery for this week coming. I used some of the contents to make rainbow breakfasts. 
I have also had a couple of lovely parcels arrive. One from New Look with a new dress and sandals and another from This Modern Life with a couple of bits for Sebs room(more on that another day!).
My favourite buy of the week has to be these mason drinking jars. I've been wanting one for soad a couple fo long and I saw that Home Bargains were selling them for just 69p each so I got 4 of course!
Phil I have started watching Suits on Netflix, I'm enjoying it so far. I'm still waiting impatiently for the next series of Orange Is The New Black though(if you haven't seen it, you're missing out)

Of course we did our usual park trips and crafting too and my mum popped round for a cuppa and ended up taking Seb home with her for a sleepover.
What have you been up this week? 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

This weeks meal plan

I'm posting this a bit late this week. We totally stuck with last weeks meal plan(apart from having jacket potato instead of rice with our chilli). The jambalaya was lovely and we'll definitely be having it again.
 This week we're eating

Steak, sweet potato mash and onion/peppers
Slow cooked spag bol
Quiche, wedges and salad
Pasta pesto
Barbecue chicken and rice
Pepperoni pasta bake
Oven dinner

What are you eating this week?