Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Baking eggs and free fun

Hello all,how are you all today?
Well its the Half Term holidays for lots of folks. We are still working through the mornings and then reading in the afternoons..but i am not an ogre so i have let them off a little yesterday and today.
Yesterday we watched Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows..i made popcorn with my re-discovered Popcorn Machine..it was tasty and disappeared quite quickly. I never realized how expensive Popcorn was to buy until i started to make my own..Yes the machine cost me £5 from Argos years ago in a sale but the Popcorn is about £1 a bag and you only use 2 dessert spoonfuls of un popped corn to get a bowl full.



 We totally enjoyed it and i will be making more but i need to find a flavouring for it..
Our Chickens are being amazing at the minute and laying everday..we have had them scrambled,soft boiled and fried..so i decided to make egg mayonnaise..i have never oven cooked eggs before but i will definitely do it again onlt takes 30 minutes at Gas Mark 3..then plunge into ice cold water..Volia done.


 I love doing egg mayo but i can never get the egg shells off easily..i saw this tip and thought i would give it a go..pop your egg in an inch of water in a jar with a lid..swirly shake and the shell should come off..nope mine didn't maybe i shook to hard and i had egg floating all over..o well at least i tried it..it will take time to perfect it.
 I find it hard to have sympathy with parents who say their children are a pain in the bum..and then moan about how much it costs to keep them entertained..erm hello? What? It does not cost a fortune to entertain your child

So Frugal Fun..
We painted this afternoon..using cotton buds and some silhouettes ..it was good and we had time to chat which i think is the most important thing you can do with them.We had some music on and we ended just being silly and shaking our bootys..
 A silhouette of a cotton reel with some wool glued on and around ..not bad eh
 This one is called Skittle Rain..
 I collect games for the girls all year..Charity shops are a great source for Board Games some can be really cheap..the Think Word Game we received as a gift at Christmas..the Timber Game i bought from a Charity shop for 50p..
 We have taught the girls to play Draughts..their dad is now teaching them Chess..this board was £1 with the pieces..
 Bingo..this cost me £1 with all the bits inside it..we love this..



 Word searches are great for brain training and spellings..
 When i can i print off my own colouring sheets this way i get exactly what they want..


When the weather is chilly but bright we get dressed up nice and warm and just go for a walk..we like it and its free. We got to the park,library and museum in town all are free and its amazing what you hear from your children if you listen to them.
Work together to get a project done..ours is to help hubby sort the greenhouses and start chitting the potatoes..they are also going to help me sort through my seed stash.
Tidy up the garden..outside in the fresh air..nothing better.
When the weather is better go for a picnic..
You can get Dvd's really cheap at £land..so if the weather is bad all snuggle up together and have film afternoon..
Honestly it doesn't have to cost a fortune..
So does anybody else have any fun free ideas..all are welcome.
take care all of you..
sara

10 comments:

  1. Ahh Entertain your children. sadly they mean endless trips to Legoland etc etc . mainly so they can facebook the pictures of how cool their lives are . My daughter suffers from this problem. Small boy can be kept amused for hours doing small boy things , come the spring we play time team, give them a spade and somewhere to dig to Australia , examine all finds , which can be sneakily added when theyre not around, another favourite is his bug magnifier , endless excuse to chase beetles in the garden . Last spring he developed a bee obsession so now he can identify lots of different types

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    1. Hi Kate..we have the bug magnifiers..they are brilliant..and of course Facebook also known as Fakebook in my house..my mum has a little treasure garden..my dad often drops coins or sparkly bits in the ground for the girls to find.
      How wonderful he can identify the bees its a good thing to know.
      sara

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  2. When my girls were small, they also enjoyed the things Kate mentioned.

    The bug magnifier is great for using on snow and seeing actual snowflakes :)

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    1. Hi Mandy..yes we love catching the flakes and trying to look at them before they melt..we also play the raindrop down the window game..
      sara

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  3. To get egg shells off hardboiled eggs easily, first make sure your eggs are at least a week old, important as eggs only a couple of days old will still have the membrane holding the white to the shell, and then once they are cooked tap them on the table to crack the shell all around and then roll them back and forwards with the palm of your hand, putting light pressure on the egg, the shell should then slip off very easily, works for me every time.

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    1. Sue this is the greatest bit of advice ever..thank you..
      sara

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  4. I ussed to pack a picnic and a bag of penny sweets. my kids were each given things to find while out on the picnic without showing each other,,,, they hd to find things like... the daisy with the longest stalk, daisy with pink petals, longest piece of grass, biggest leaf etec etc... I ensured that everyone won one penny sweet..... never mind computer games and ipads... we made our own fun

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    1. Hi Cherie..we do this too..i make up a scavenger list of things they have to find or spot when we go to Belton..its amazing and free fun plus they learn which is a bonus.
      sara

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  5. I quite agree with you about entertaining the kids doesn't have to cost money. It amazes me when you read these stories of how many hundreds of pounds they spend in half term entertaining the kids. So far, we've been for walks, visited family, played board games, had balloon fights and visited some national trust properties (we are members). Great fun at little cost! Xx

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    1. Hi Claire..we are members too..we go all over but wait til the schools are back in that way we get it to ourselves which is the best..i shudder at the cost of trips out..
      sara

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