It’s been a busy week here. We started with a busy weekend with a family party on Saturday and a trip to Ideal homes show Christmas on Sunday (more about this below). I got the call we all dread on Monday morning at work. F had been sick at school and needed collecting. I went to get her and found her sat in the hall on her own with a sick bucket looking sad and ill. Bless her, she said no one looked after her. Obviously, I knew this wasn’t true but at just 4 I felt bad that it had taken me 40 minutes to get to her and she’d been sat there on her own. She spent the afternoon snuggled on the sofa watching Peppa pig complaining of an ear ache. Thankfully she wasn’t sick again and the ear ache seemed to have gone on Tuesday morning. My husband had the day off with her Tuesday and he said she was completely fine so she went back to school on Wednesday. Read on to discover what I’ve loved this week.
A couple of weeks back I bought Nigel Slater’s latest cookbook with some of my birthday Money. I love cookbooks but I have got a little better over the years at not buying as many as I once did. I don’t know about you but I cook the same dishes far more than I did before kids. My kids are getting fussier by the day. I do enjoy Nigel Slater’s books though as they are more than just recipes. I enjoy the photos and his stories. I’ll be honest, winter is my least favourite season (although I don’t mind the run-up to Christmas). I thought his new book, The Christmas Chronicles (affiliate link), might help me enjoy winter a little more. Nigel certainly seems to be a fan of winter from what I’ve read so far.
As I mentioned we were invited along to Eat + Drink festival on Sunday. It was also the ideal homes show Christmas and cake & bake show all under the same roof. I enjoyed watching Bake-off series 3 winner John Whaite on stage baking and talking about his cookery school. We left F with my parents as at 4 but took E with us. There were a lot of mums there with older daughters enjoying the baking demonstrations and I really hope that when my girls are older we can do things like that together.
I also watched another great Vlog from Kat Molesworth where she was given £500 to spend on craft supplies from eBay. Oh, how I’d love to do just that.
Whilst at Cake & Bake show there was a great area by Dr. Oetker, where there were plenty of samples to try and opportunities to try their products. I joined in with the cupcake decorating tutorials and made a Christmas wreath cupcake. I love baking but cake decoration is not my strongest point. It was great to try out a new idea and learn some simple tricks. Not to mention F loved the cupcake when I got home.
I made a new linky #bloggerpinparty which went live again yesterday. If you have any family blog posts with vertical pins you’d like to share please visit the linky. We had a really good response last time with a mixture of family travel, recipes and crafts. The linky is for blog comments but also for pinning the blog posts to Pinterest to increase our traffic from Pinterest to our blogs. I’d love it if some of you joined us. You can find out more and link up here.
I wore my new Boden Christmas Bretton to the Christmas festival on Sunday. Other than that I have nothing else to share here.
E enjoyed listening to Christmas carols in the ideal homes show. She loves music and can’t help but dance to it even in her pushchair.
We had a great time at the Christmas shows last weekend. The cake and bake area was my favourite area and the Eat + Drink area was good too. I was disappointed by the Ideal home’s show Christmas as it wasn’t what I expected. Think hot tubs, double glazing and market stall toys with baubles to make it festive. The other two areas made up for it though. We ate delicious food and I enjoyed the foodie stage and trying cupcake decorating. It was a lovely festive day out. Great for adults and older children. E was fine in her pushchair but I’m glad we didn’t take F. At 4 years old it would have been too much walking/standing for her and it was very busy. I would love to take her in a few years though if she enjoys baking. If you like the sound of these shows they are on again in London 22nd – 26th November, find out more here.
Disclosure – I was invited along to Eat + Drink festival, free of charge in exchange for telling you all about it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.