Following a busy weekend, I like to take time to reflect on what we’ve been up to the week before. I think it’s really important to look at what we’ve enjoyed as a family and the things that haven’t quite worked and work out why.
Summer holidays are about spending time as a family and enjoying the weather when we can. Add to this mix the fact that I’m working part-time this year, this has made me more conscious of making the most of the time we have.
We’ve also been spending time enjoying the home comforts including having the time to cook from scratch and bake treats. During term time, I struggle to cook and feed the family how I’d like, especially when I’m studying too. This means I make more of an effort when I get the chance.
A firm favourite of ours are muffins, great for breakfast, a snack or pudding and making them ourselves means I know exactly what has gone into them and I can add ingredients in that the kids don’t always like but need to eat such as vegetable and fruit!
Last week my little man and I made these delicious Chocolate and Banana Muffins
- 3 ripe bananas
- 125 ml vegetable oil
- 100 g light brown sugar
- 225 g plain flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases or wraps.
- Mash the bananas, then add the oil, sugar and egg.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb then add this slowly beating it into the banana mixture.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the muffins are dark, rounded and peeking out of their cases.
So easy to make and delicious to eat, plus my three have recently gone off bananas so this is a great way to get them back into their diet.
During the holidays, we also love to snuggle up and watch movies. This used to involve spending money on DVD’s that we watched once and more often than not ended up scratched and un-watchable again. Thank goodness for the wonders of modern technology, we can now watch multiple films for the price of one DVD.
Our favourite movie streaming site at the moment is NOW TV, there is a wealth of great children’s and family movies, including many Disney favourites all for £9.99 a month. We also like to check out the original Netflix series including the new How to Train a Dragon, Dragons: Race to the Edge. These have been very popular on the wet days we’ve had over the past couple of weeks.
What do you enjoy most about the holidays?
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