Finding the joy in January – 2018

Keeping cheerful during windy and wet days can be a challenge, we have had no snow this year ( not unusual due to our coastal location), but it has rained for days on end with gales and freezing temperatures. We have found that the best remedies are home-spun…

We’ve invited friends and neighbours for tea parties (the ultimate toddler-friendly activity) and served fairy cakes, jelly, soup and sandwiches.

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In an effort to keep ourselves well fed, we have spent time making up a huge batches of snack bars, such as banana and coconut, and apple sultana bars. These are mostly sugar free and simple to make and store in the freezer, meaning that you can take out just what you need for the day. Cheaper and with better ingredients, they make the perfect  snack for cold, wet days.

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These recipes came from Claire Thompson’s ‘Five O’Clock Apron’ They are great for baking with children, they only need a bit of mixing and then popping in the oven.

Banana and Coconut Snack Bars

3tbs Sunflower Oil

3tbs Olive Oil

200g Jumbo Oats

100g Dessicated Coconut

100g sultanas or dates, or dried apricots

40g of seeds ( any)

4 Very ripe bananas

1tsp vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

  • Line a swiss roll tin with baking parchment
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Puree the bananas with the oils and vanilla extract
  • Mix the dry ingredients with the wet and press into the swiss roll tin
  • Bake for approx. 25 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and let cool briefly, before cutting into bars and cooling on a wire rack.

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Apple and Sultana Snack Bars

400g cooking apples, cored and peeled

200ml cold water

2 cinnamon sticks or dried cinnamon powder

200g rolled oats

60g soft brown sugar

80g sultanas or raisins

1tsp baking powder

  • Line a swiss roll tin with baking parchment
  • Cook the apples with the cinnamon and water- leave to cool
  • Mix together the dry ingredients
  • Add the apple mixture and then combine well
  • Spoon into the swiss roll tin
  • Bake for approx. 30 minutes at 180 C
  • Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into bars.

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….even the soft toys get invited in our house.

After tackling a complicated knitted faun for our little boy’s Christmas present, I’ve been working on some simpler projects to keep us cosy on wet, windy days.

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We have also enjoyed lots and lots of Waldorf-inspired playtimes…

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