home made advent calendar of promises
Children, Crafts, Food

Advent activities

1 December: lunch out with Grandma and Grandad. This was planned anyway but lovely food and large boy taught Grandad the animal, vegetable, mineral game.2 December: small boy got to choose a charity for his Christmas donation instead of writing cards. Except he couldn't decide and changed his mind anyway. So no treat and the… Continue reading Advent activities

12 mince pies in a tray with star lids, glazed with egg wash, made with homemade mincemeat
Food, Making stuff

Making stuff 10: mince pies

This year's mince pie production process started sometime last autumn. Probably at the end of October. The mincemeat recipe I use is my Nana's (great-grandma, my mum's mum's mum). I'm very lucky to have vague memories of her, she died when I was 3, in her nineties. This takes a good day to go from… Continue reading Making stuff 10: mince pies

home made advent calendar of promises
Children, Crafts, Making stuff

Making stuff 5: advent of activities

I haven't done a "making stuff for kids" post for a while. Advent begins today and so there are chocolate calendars in the house. Last year Four years ago my wonderful mum made a fabric advent calendar and that year and the two following years, we collaborated to fill it with a little toy each… Continue reading Making stuff 5: advent of activities

christmas tee shirt
Children, Friends, Work

Pre-Christmas school-related grumpiness

Anyone who follows me on Twitter may have noticed a long rant about a school event and the totally dire communication about it from school and the PTA. But it's not just the official communication, it's also the attitude of some of the PTA. They assume that we can read between the lines and guess… Continue reading Pre-Christmas school-related grumpiness