3 posts categorized "Spring"

03/11/2012

The Marsden March & more!

So today nearly 4,000 people walked from The Royal Marsden in Chelsea, south west London all the way to The Royal Marsden in Sutton, Surrey. All of the money raised will be going to the provision of cancer care at both hospitals. 

The Marsden March website.

One of our best friends has recently moved house and lives near the Royal Marsden so we decided to go and see the marchers!

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This is the first time he's actually walked outside :)

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Some of them were dressed in costumes - smurfs, red indians, tigers, mr blobby etc and some were just dressed in sponsering Tshirts. Jakob loved watching them all, especially as most of them had balloons tied to them!

Once they finished the race they got food, drink, a massage and a medal. Watching them all finish made me want to walk for charity and now I can't stop thinking about it! I probably already have to much on my plate already with the family, uni, placements, learning to crochet (my new venture...) but I've just joined the gym and I'm seriously considering signing up for a sponsered walk next year.

Anyway we had Joshua and Jakob and my friends had their two littlies A who is 18 months and N who will be 4 in the summer. Jakob absolutely loved N and they ran around playing together all day. They got balloons from a man that tied them up into sword shapes, and Joshua and A got little poodle dog balloons lol. 

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When we left the weather was mild, but as we were there it became sunnier and warmer and it turned into a really lovely day.

We stayed for a bit, ate some lunch, N got his face painted and then we headed off.

As it was such a nice day me and Ian decided to go to the park afterwards - but it turned out the park was en route of the Marsden March and there were still lots of marchers! (They were still passing our house while the boys had dinner too!).

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Jakob rode his bike around the park, we sat and had a picnic on the grass while Jakob examined different leaves, twigs, bugs... then we went and got an ice cream.

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Jakob took off his top, and the looks we got! I didn't realise it wasn't the done thing, but he was hot and wanted it off so why not.

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He also found a stick he liked, and as soon as I saw it I thought of something I had seen on a blog; maybe the same blog that I found how to make waldorf inspired window stars. Anyway here is the stick, and we brought it home with us so maybe there will be a blog post on what I'm thinking about now, sometime soon :)

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03/08/2012

Jakobs space

Just a quick one today as we're having a bit of a crazy busy week.

I wanted to share Jakobs place where he paints. We used to use our dining room table but it's in use at the moment for other reasons, so we use the coffee table. The chair is mine from when I was a toddler so very old and worn! Anyway it's his favourite place, and before I go to universitiy I set him up there with his paints and he loves it :)

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03/04/2012

Our poor attempt at cupcakes...

So today Jakob woke up and straight away he said he wanted to bake cakes. I kinda overslept, and had to go shopping this morning and then we were going out to lunch for all you can eat Chinese at 12.30 so I thought we so aren't going to have time! 'Ohh yes, maybe later... ohhh look building blocks'. Naughty mummy, Jakob wasnt having any of it! He went and found the cupcake cases and kept showing me them with puppy dog eyes and in the end I just couldn't resist.

I googled 'easy cupcake recipe' and then realised I still hadnt cleaned the kitchen from last night, oops. So we mainly sat on the floor and did the mixing etc. There we go, you now know just how lazy I am :)

Jakob did really well pouring out the flour, sugar etc - he mixed with the hand mixer, cracked eggs, sieved, spooned mixture into cases. It all sounds pretty simple but I was quite surprised because it hasnt been that long since we last made cakes and his his motor skills have vastly improved.

So here it is... preheat oven at gas mark 4

250g of castor sugar + 250g of butter (we get the basics/economy range with most of our baking stuff!) Add one teaspoon vanilla extract.

Mix in 4 eggs one at a time

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Then sift 185g self raising flour and 60g plain flour together and fold into mixture with 185ml of milk

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Jakob offered to spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, but as I turned around I saw this! ha

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After the mixture was in the cases I broke up some white chocolate and added it on top :)

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After about half an hour in the oven they were out and cooling so I decided to make the frosting. Realised I didnt actually have the right ingrediants so threw together some soft cheese, butter, icing sugar (only had a tiny bit), vanilla extract and melted lots of white chocolate and mixed it all together. This is it before the white chocolate.

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So this is what our cupcakes ended up like (with chocolate twirl bits on top). They look a bit sorry for themselves, takes ridiculously sweet (the topping) but hey Jakob had a lot of fun making them!

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