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easy bunting

Jacob is 15 months old and I still haven’t finished decorating his room. Still, my reasoning is if Kerry Katona can win Mum of the Year I’m not doing that badly, but anyway I digress…

Bunting is a really quick and easy way to brighten up a child’s room and this is the easiest and quickest way of all. In total, it took me less than an hour to make and that included drinking a cup of tea. Perfect, if you want to do something handmade for your kids but still to want to have time to chill out in the evening. View Post

Nice doorstop right? Right! Crikey though, the rice…. So far I have poured in:

1 pack pudding rice
1 pack pearl barley
1 small pack easy cook rice
4/5’s large pack of basmati rice (leaving pretty much nothing to have with my chilli tonight)

And you know what? Ruddy thing still looks like it could do with some more. Both the fabric and pattern are by Lotta Jansdotta who normally I love, and who I suppose I still do love, but as I made this so the Small Thing would stop trying to knock himself out cold with my current one (a big rope thing, which while still heavy is a bit better than my pre-child big rock) its umm… possibly not quite the one.

So for now it stays in place, and damn it it does look pretty nice y’know? But I think I need to go away and plan a doorstop that’s child friendly and that I can post the instructions for. Will get back to you when it’s ready to go!

The small thing is not the greatest eater. I’ve tried Baby Led Weaning, I’ve tried Annabel Karmel, I’ve tried softly weeping while he won’t even look at something beautiful from the River Cottage book that took me hours to make. His favourite meal would probably be rice cakes and water. In essence it’s like living with a fourteen year old girl.

But what a shock, he likes cakes! Pfft… This contains two types of fruit and therefore must be pretty close to being nutritionally perfect, right?

Stupidly Easy Banana and Raisin Cake

(This is taken from nibblous but has a couple of changes)

4oz butter or margarine
6oz any sugar you can find
8oz self raising flour
2 eggs
2 or 3 very ripe bananas
A couple of handfuls of raisins

Heat the oven to gas mark 4; 180C
Grease a  loaf tin.
Mash the bananas
Cream the butter and sugar together and mix in the eggs
Mix together the two yellow sludges and the raisins
Mix in the flour.
Scrape into the loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes. Check it’s cooked by popping a knife through the centre and if it doesn’t come out clean then then lower the temperature to gas mark 2; 150C and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Wait for it to cool slightly then pop out onto a wire tray and then eat. You could wait until it’s properly cool first but I’ve yet to manage this…

No, its not a carrot, but its not a rice cake either