Mook’s Valentine Card
So yesterday was the calm before the ‘next’ storm. This year, that means we had glimpses of sunshine, in between heavy showers of rain and hail, with a little less wind than on previous days. Needless to say, we’re all going a little stir crazy.
Thankfully, we have not had to contend with the tragic consequences some people are suffering after the recent storms. But, when the level of activity in the rabbit hutch suggests they are planning their next ‘great escape’, and the kids are being ever more inventive in their mischief, it’s time for a distraction…
Sadly, the rabbits will have to make do with extra helpings of carrots and cabbage, but today Mook and Lulu have been happily crafting for Valentine’s Day.
Lulu’s Love Bug Card
Don’t throw your pizza backing boards away
– turn them into decorative flip-flops with the kids!
There are days, particularly when we’ve all been busy at school or work, when I just need something quick and easy for the kids to eat. On days such as these, I have been know to give them *whisper* shop-bought pizza.
Often these pizzas come with a polystyrene backing board, which my local council is unable to recycle. I find these perfect little white circles quite endearing and it seems such a shame to throw them in the bin. So over several years…ahem, months I’ve collected quite a few.
I’ve recently come up with the idea to use these polystyrene discs to create delightful decorative flip-flops, complete with tread on the bottom. They’re so easy and fun to make and make a great project to do with your children, or (if like me, you have quite a few of them) this would be a lovely activity for a party.
Here’s how we made Pizza Board Flip-Flops
There’s a definite chill to the mornings over the past few days and although we are still enjoying some fabulous weather, many of us are clinging desperately to the last of the English summer.
My attempt to squeeze the last few drops of sparkling summer effervescence from these late August days has been boosted by this heavenly recipe for Coconut Banana Bread from Jenn Quillen at the rebelchick.com
It’s quite a simple equation:
Coconut + Banana + cake mix = a great big slab of golden sunshine!
Okay, so it might be more accurate to describe it as Coconut Banana Bread, and you don’t have to have a great big slab of it, but I defy you to not have a very healthy slice, or two!
I’m not a huge fan of bananas in cakes, but the addition of coconut delivers a truly delightful cake that has converted me.
Bake this while the morning is still crisp and fresh and by the time you’re itching to get out in the sun it will be ready. Slip on your flip flops, cut a slice of Coconut and Banana Bread and enjoy in the sunshine with a nice cup of tea, or something more exotic if you like…
Here’s the recipe.