Some Lost Pictures Of Baby Thor

Each time my iPhone has been upgraded, pictures have been lost from the iCloud, it just happens sadly! Well, I looked into a few Whatsapp conversations a few days ago and to my surprise, there were several images from the birth of Thor in Thailand that I thought I would never see again! I think that we all need to remember to backup and / or print our happiest memories as the iCloud is sadly no guarantee of keeping them safe! And NO pink is definitely not my colour!

Dadda Gets Jammin’

Pineapple Jam is simply the best and a really easy one to make. As ever, be sure to sterilise your jam jars, ladle and jam funnel in your dishwasher first and take care when handling.

Two relatively small pineapples yielded 700g of flesh and to guarantee a good set, I used 200g apple pulp and 100ml lemon juice. So, here we go!

700g Pineapple flesh (canned is fine)

200g Apple pulp

100ml Lemon Juice

900g Sugar

If you were to use canned pineapple, be sure to only use the flesh (not juice).

Firstly I peeled the pineapple and removed the fibrous core. Chop into 2cm pieces and check the weight. Place in a heavy bottomed pan with the lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash your cooked fruit with a potato masher. Add your precooked apple pulp and the sugar. Bring to a rolling boil and cook a further 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes to avoid the pulp burning on the base of your pan.

I did notice quite a lot of evaporation on this jam. The 1.9kg of ingredients yielded 4 x 312ml jars. Don’t forget to sterilise your filled jars for around 20 minutes and allow to cool. Your jam will achieve a perfect set overnight. A delight on buttery croissants the following morning! Go on, give it a go and ‘Transcend Your Day’!

The ‘Happy Pineapple’ courtesy of Mother Nature : )

Okay, Okay, Daddy and Dadda’s Dinner

Lockdown aside, tonight I have decided to conclude the day with an entry regarding ‘Daddy and Dadda’s Dinner’. With a decent cut of beef (fillet) costing almost the same as XL shrimp or lobster, don’t despair, just combine the two protein groups into a surf and turf dinner! The option of dining in a restaurant anytime soon has been denied. So with the extra cash, why not elevate a Friday night dinner at home instead?

A small tip regarding triple cooked chips is to cut your (large) potatoes into rectangular spuds before you chip then for frying. That way you get perfect shaped chips or fries. And you can always reserve the potato excess for another meal.

I Just Give Up At This Point!

Today’s picture says it all really! And there is a full laundry basket also in Daddy and Dadda’s wardrobe to boot. Day 10 of family lockdown has had its moments already and it is not even 10am! The girls birthday seems aeons ago at this point, just the memory encapsulated in a pile of new toys sat on top of the game’s cupboard! Our compendium seems to have seen better days, doesn’t it?

Like everything else in this house, it’ll get broken sooner or later! Mind you, the cupboard survived 2 x world wars, but Sadly has perished somewhat, since adorning our living room. We have seen the recent destruction and loss of a Georgian chest of draws and a French ‘Empire’ walnut armoire in recent months! Don’t ask!

Amritsar has just had a major breakdown and is presently screaming that she hates Tara – now Aaliyah. Now Tara again!

The boys are tinkering on Caleb’s new iPad (Amazon Fire 7) as Thor is not allowed his yet again today due to his repeated misconduct!

Happy Days and here’s to hoping you guys are all safe and happy. Don’t worry, I’ll cheer up – you just have to, don’t you?

Today’s Guest Contributer

We are lucky enough to live in the countryside. And in normal times, we love the great outdoors. Today’s post is accredited to a Laura Pearson, an advocate of learning skills outside of the classroom. Take it away Laura…

These days, it’s not rare to encounter learning problems in kids. While some attribute this to technology addiction, in many kids, it can be a mere case of incompatibility in the mode of instruction. The fact is that children learn differently, and though the classroom setting is, by and large, the norm, it’s also a fact that not all students will thrive in it. Some may even struggle. 

With that said, it’s important for parents and educators alike to broaden their horizons and explore other avenues of learning, especially for kids who struggle or who just want to expand their education. The natural world itself has plenty to offer in this regard, and it’s definitely a wonderful idea to take advantage of this. Best of all, most of its gifts are free to learn from and enjoy. Here are a few things you should bear in mind when it comes to outdoor education.

Nature Is the Best Classroom

Of late, experts have forecasted that the future of education will include learning beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Again, there’s just no dearth of learning opportunities that can be found outdoors. In fact, nature helps children become more engaged and interested, as well as physically fit. Moreover, it relieves stress and restores attention.

Of course, there’s the question of what students are learningoutside of the classroom. As it turns out, there’s a lot! For one thing, kids can learn problem-solving skills, teamwork, and confidence through outdoor adventures. For another, academic benefits can be had, too, as there’s a wide range of activities that improve communication skills, literacy, and numeracy. Conservation is best learned outside, as well. 

It’s a good idea, therefore, to bring the classroom to nature (and vice versa) with some very inspired ideas. As a bonus, it costs little to nothing to take advantage of nature’s gifts, so you can be sure that it won’t put a dent on your budget.

Learning Should Be Fun

Now, what makes outdoor education a superior way to learn is the fact that it’s generally fun. As such, it’s important not to lose sight of this tenet in order to make it a worthwhile pursuit for your child. A great way to do this is through outdoor play.

More than just a fun past-time, outdoor play is actually crucial in the cognitive development of children. Scientists explain that outdoor play essentially helps build a better brain. Furthermore, it also does wonders for developing fine motor skills, coordination, and muscles. The holistic benefits are more than compelling, and there’s really no better reason to get your kids outside.

There are, in fact, several activities that let kids have fun outdoors while also learning in the process. Scavenger hunts and obstacle courses are always great hits. Better yet, exploration activities like hiking and biking (to name a few) are fantastic, as well, as these promote discovery and help them get to know the natural world in their own terms. As a tip, keep costs low by investing in season passes to national parks and other conservation areas, as opposed to buying tickets piecemeal for the entire family with every outing.

There’s Always Room for Tech

Lastly, just because you’re getting your child to embrace the great outdoors more, doesn’t mean that there’s no more room for tech. On the contrary, tech, when used mindfully and sparsely, can still support outdoor learning in many ways, which is why it’s still important to find ways to integrate technology into outdoor education.

For this reason, it definitely helps to have a reliable laptop for schoolwork. Such a device comes in handy during research or when your child has a creative writing project in the works, for instance. Of course, this can be quite an investment. It’s good practice to research different manufacturers, such as Lenovo, to see which one fits your needs. And to help you save money on such a substantial purchase, you can look for a Lenovo couponor promo codes.

The learning opportunities outdoors are right there; you just need to lead your kids toward them. It’s priceless education that you can get for next to nothing. What could be better than that?

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