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Foodie Day Out in Wiltshire: Foodfest at Great Chalfield Manor

Last Saturday I managed to persuade my family to come on a foodie adventure with me.  ‘Where we going?’ my three year old son eyed me suspiciously. ‘It’ll be fun. I promise.’ ‘What will be there?’ my eldest asked pulling her gaze momentarily away from Saturday morning telly.  ‘Well…there’s a really interesting house and pretty gardens and… 

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Blackberry Smoothie

The children and I whisked up this smoothie for breakfast the other day.  We really enjoyed it.  The colour was impressive too.  Using blackberries, strawberries, and banana helps make this breakfast a great way of getting fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants at the start of the day.  Adding the coconut milk helps increase the vitamins and mineral content… 

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Blackberry and apple crumble

Making Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Children

Every year without fail the first recipe I have to make with freshly picked blackberries is a crumble.  It’s a good family favourite and one that can easily be made by children.    Perhaps what I really love about a crumble is that you can’t go wrong.  There’s no fiddly pastry-making techniques, no resting, no delicate… 

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Bunch of ripe blackberries

Blackberry Picking

This year we are being completely spoilt by a glut of blackberries tumbling over our garden wall.  Glistening, plump, juicy and ready for us to pick.  They started ripening in early August this year due to a sunny stretch of weather in July.   I love picking these fruit with children.  Listening to their excitement as they… 

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Our Holiday to Twitchen House, Woolacombe Bay Caravan Park, Devon

We have just returned from our first family holiday and we ALL had a fantastic time.  Prior to going I had been thinking that this holiday was ‘all about the kids’.  We had chosen a caravan in the UK for economic reasons, for sure.  However our eldest has always wanted to stay in a caravan and the UK… 

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#nynystyleproject July

Style Project for an unstylish Mum #nynystyleproject

Anyone who follows me on Instagram or read last months emailed newsletter knows I have been attempting to do something totally out of character for me – a style challenge.  It’s a project set up by ModernMummyUK with the idea that each day of the month we have a set ‘prompt’ that we try and incorporate… 

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June Income Blog Report

June Blog Report

I thought it would be helpful and fun if I gave a sneak peek into the statistics behind Grubby Little Faces each month. I am just a little bit nervous about revealing all.  It makes my blogging very transparent but I think it could really be interesting to record for myself and anyone else who is… 

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Snickerdoodles – gluten free and paleo

  I just love the name of this little treat. Snickerdoodles. I think it sounds like something you would eat at Hogwarts or while climbing up to the top of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree.  This is a classic American cookie which you can create in less than half an hour.  I even made this with… 

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Slow cooker beef hash recipe

Pretty Ugly Slow Cooker Beef Hash

When I create a meal that everyone enjoys, and wants more of, it feels great.  To be able to add another recipe to my list of family favourites makes me want to punch the air and dance. It also makes me incredibly eager to share the recipe on this blog so you can try it… 

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Apple Apricot Cake Gluten Free Paleo

Apple and Apricot Traybake (Gluten Free and Paleo)

I mentioned in my last post that I helped, Bodice of Holt, a local fruit and vegetable delivery company at the Melksham Food Festival.  As well as manning the stand on the day  I had also made some apple and apricot tray bake which I created for the visitors to the festival to sample.  The idea behind my recipe was to… 

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Melksham Food and Drink Festival, Wiltshire

A few weekends ago I was given the opportunity to champion the work of a local fruit and vegetable delivery business, Bodice of Holt.  They had a stall at The Melksham Food and Drink Festival.  I am a regular customer of theirs and work on their online marketing too so I was really happy to spend… 

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Clothes Peg Activity – Developing Fine Motor Skills

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This is a quick post to record a very simple learning activity I did with my youngest.  I asked her to remove, our new purchased clothes pegs, off of the cardboard they were packaged with and place them in the peg basket. She loved being involved in a grown-up activity and… 

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Coconut dough balls

Coconut dough balls

  These are my treat of choice at the moment. Sweet and a great afternoon snack to combat the 3pm slump.  They are also a great lunch box addition and the children love them.   The best bit is they consist of 2 ingredients or 3 at the maximum!  It’s feels a little bit cheeky… 

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