Posts in category Food

Foraged Fruit Recipes

  This might be a bit late… but here are three yummy recipes for using foraged fruit such as apples, blackberries and raspberries. Foraged Fruit Crumble Crumble is the obvious choice of course, and I discovered that an assembly line of small boys makes it light work indeed.  I actually never use a recipe for […]

Harvest Art

I love to encourage the children to just paint whatever they like with watercolours/poster paints. As mentioned elsewhere on this site I have a particular dislike for ready-mixed acrylic paint! Apart from the mess and tidying up, it has such a bold, flat, unnatural appearance. Granted, it has its place, and if you need to […]

Dig for Victory 2015 – Sensational Seedlings

  Maybe I’m just weird, but I really love photographing seedlings.  These tiny seeds are amazing powerhouses, containing all the information needed to produce an entire plant, bearing fruit, in a matter of weeks. Take a look at these sweet pea seedlings:     And now, here are the same seedlings, just 5 days later: […]

Coconut oil to relieve baby reflux/colic

I’m sure you’ve heard about coconut oil.  My mother-in-law gets full credit for introducing it into our household.  She eats it, drinks it, cooks with it, rubs it into wounds, probably bathes in it and washes the dishes with it, I shouldn’t wonder.  On a serious note though, I am grateful for her patient insistence […]

Dig for Victory 2015 – And Sow It Begins!

I just love a good pun, especially a good, accidental pun.  Which this one is, believe it or not. I have been charged by Mr Baker with the task of attempting to document our annual efforts at semi-self-sufficiency (bit of a mouthful, I know, but ever such a delicious one.)   This then is the first […]

Banana Crumb Muffins

This is a good way to use up those overripe bananas before they crawl off out of your fruit bowl in search of your compost heap 🙂

Quick Cookies

This is the really easy cookie recipe I usually use.  It actually takes 5 minutes to mix up and 10 minutes to bake, so it’s great for short notice guests, or when the biscuit barrel is bare!

Back to homeschool

It’s been a beautiful and busy summer for us.  Here we are at the Field of Dreams, the UK’s largest wildflower meadow, down in our corner of Somerset.  We’ve harvested and eaten hundreds of strawberries (Pimms, anyone?), watched the World Cup, broken a leg (literally), had the archery set out lots, celebrated ten years of […]

The Green Party

The Green Party

Nope, not the political one, this one was an eagerly anticipated 4th birthday tea for our cuddliest member, whose favourite colour happens to be green 🙂

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