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Little Bee’s Sandwiches

March 25th, 2012

These are some of the cute sandwich cutters I bought from Japon Mania and I do think they are worth it!

sandwich cutters

We were sitting in the back garden Saturday afternoon having a picnic and I made her some jam sandwiches. She loves the bunny shaped sandwiches.

bunny sandwich

And today, she made her own mini sandwiches. Well, I spread the soft cheese and jam on the slices of bread and then guide her with the sandwich cutters and stamps.

jam and cream sandwich

Soon, she’ll be able to make her own little snacks :)

Artist in the Garden

March 25th, 2012

I really need to get the garden in shape so this little artist can keep on expressing herself.

Little Bee painting

Little Bee the Artist

Plus it’s less messy having paint in the garden than in the house :)

Cookie on the Window

March 24th, 2012

Cookie admiring the warm sunshine after his bath :)

Cookie Monster at the windowOr maybe he’s just a tad suicidal… who knows :)

First Bento Lunch

March 23rd, 2012

At last I got my bento goodies from Japon Mania! Should have had it delivered to work but I didn’t so it was at the post office waiting for me to pick it up since Tuesday.

I was so excited to get it that I didn’t take a photo of all the goodies but not to worry. I will start taking photos of them as I prepare Little Bee lunch boxes :)

Today’s lunch, it’s not a cute one but she still enjoyed it. I made chicken teriyaki with rice and broccoli.

Chicken Teriyaki Bento

I also boiled her an egg using the rabbit egg mold.

Rabbit Egg Mold

Rabbit Egg

And for pudding, I cut up some strawberries so she could use the cute panda picks :)

Panda Picks

First Practice

March 19th, 2012

OK. The practice begins. I know they are not in a box but this is a practice run ;)

So Little Bee had peanut butter and marmite toast for breakfast.

peanut butter and marmite toastsFor dinner, she had mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans, brocolli and beef burger.

burger and vegeMessy but it was fun :)

Yum Yum Bento Box

March 17th, 2012

At last I’ve got my hands on the book!!!

Yum Yum Bento Box Book

Before I had a look in the book, I did make some cute snack for Little Bee for when we went out for her play date ¬†yesterday but I was in a rush so I didn’t take any photo :(

The arrangements looks so cute in the book and feels like it’s going to be hard work but with current enthusiasm I am determined to make it happen! :)

Early Mother’s Day

March 16th, 2012

I have no idea why Mother’s Days is a different date in the UK than the rest of the world. It annoys me as I never remember to send my mom. But then, I don’t need a day to remember how special my mom is.

But it was nice to receive a card Little Bee made for me at Nursery on Wednesday.

Teapot card

It has a teabag in the card with a note saying that I should sit back, relax and have a nice cup of tea. Fat chance for that as there’s just to much to do.

And it’s also nice to get a bunch of lovely tulips from Hubby today :)

Mother's Day Tulips

Even though the florist got the delivery date wrong.

Well… to all mothers in the UK… Happy Mothering Sunday… for this Sunday, that is :)

Innocent Pots

March 14th, 2012

We were busy in the garden Sunday afternoon. Well, I was planning to clear up the garden and repot my plants but I spent most of the time observing Little Bee and her little friend H, drowning my garlic plants!

But I did manage to repot some of the tomatoes.

In previous years, I was so taken by commercials and was buying lots of pots and propargators, etc. Anything that the garden catalogue says is a wonderful buy, I’d fall for it as, yes, I can be that shallow.

But this year, I’ve learnt from my mistakes. Yes, I still go crazy when I visit garden centres but more for the plants than accessories.

I know that things that I’m doing now is so obvious, but I was blinded by material things. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve rediscovered recycling and frugalism… things I was brought up with but forgot.

This year, instead of buying seed trays, I collected egg shells.tomato plants in eggshellsInstead of buying pots, when I need to repot the plants, I collected Little Bee juice carton and also tins.juice box potsInstead of buying cloches to protect my plants from the cold (made a mistake of putting the courgettes out without protection :() I asked hubby to cut the top of the big bottle of fizzy drinks and use them instead.

So, let’s see how the garden pans out this year without me buying all the wonderful gadgets that the garden centre offers :)

Mushroom Soup

March 13th, 2012

Mushroom soup

It is getting warmer outside but I’ve just started to discover how easy it is to make chicken stock and thus, how easy it is to make soup! OK, it’s not as easy as opening a can and pouring it into a pot onto a stove… but making your own seems to be a bit more satisfying.

When I was younger, my favourite soup was mushroom soup, and after making it my own on Saturday, I do think it is still my favourite! The only thing is, I will only be making it when Hubby is not around as he hates mushrooms and will keep going on and on about the existence of mushroom in the house… like he did when he realized I put mushroom stems in my chicken stock… which he’s been consuming without complaints until now!

Saturday evening, Hubby was out with his camera with his mates, so, Little Bee and I enjoyed a nice pot of mushroom soup… mmmmmmmm….

I found the recipe here and it is undoubtedly YUMMY!

Ingredients:

250g white button mushrooms
250g brown button mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
1tbsp olive oil
3 bay leaves
1tsp Worcestershire sauce
300ml chicken stock
1tbsp flour, dissolved in 1tbsp water
150ml double cream
150ml milk
Dash of nutmeg (which I sometimes forget! But it still tastes YUMMY!)

  1. Remove the stems from the mushrooms (and keep it aside to make chicken stock) and finely chop them with garlic and thyme.
  2. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan and add the chopped ingredients, bay leaves and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over medium heat until the moisture from the mushrooms disappears.
  3. Add chicken stock, stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add in the diluted flour and stir constantly until the mixture thickens.
  5. Add double cream and milk and nutmeg and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and the soup is ready!!

Little Bee and I had it with bread as I think it’s the best way to have soup… dipping bread in it :)

Oh! And I didn’t add any salt to my soup as I think there’s enough salt in my chicken stock¬†but obviously you could add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste! :)

Orange Bird Feeder

March 12th, 2012

I was lying in bed Saturday night just looking through Pinterest on my phone when I came across a homemade bird feeder. I thought it looked wonderful, but I was at that point really sleepy and wasn’t logged on and developed sausage fingers that I was not able to type in my password and hoped that I’ll remember it when I wake up the next day.

I did remember and I had a lovely orange and Little Bee thought it was a great ‘invention’.

Orange bird feeder

We went to the garden, filled it with bird food and hung it up.

Orange bird feeder hung up

I’m sure the squirrels will find it before the birds but hey… it’s not that difficult to make again… just need to buy another bag of oranges :)