Sunday, 24 August 2014

Step 1 - avoiding cans


Some time ago I decided to make my life healthier in many ways. It never occurred to me that this might be  a very frustrating process. I wanted to change everything at once which didn't work at all. I realized that a step by step approach would be so much better for me. Since then few people asked me what have I changed. I'm very happy to share this knowledge but would also like as I implemented it do it in portions.

This is step 1 (there will be no particular order in the steps) - avoiding cans because of the BPA in the coating. Your homework for this month.



Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Can we make a project please?


Projects - this is how we call our arty plays. The kids got used to them so much that even on holidays they requested to make a few. This is one of them. Leaves from the garden, stickers (as grandma didn't have a cellotape) and attempts to catalogue the nature. The names are in Polish.







Monday, 4 August 2014

Child Nutrition and Cooking from Stanford University

Who would like to sign up for a Child Nutrition and Cooking course from Stanford University? It is free and online, brought to you by Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/childnutrition

I am just finishing it. This is a basic course but packed with useful tips for parents of picky/learning eaters and it is nicely organised.



Thursday, 31 July 2014

Talents (?)


We found at home an older very simple digital camera. Mathilda was the first to try it out. She really liked documenting life. I admit that I felt a little bit bad about not showing how it works to Hugo as well, but one camera, two children, you know… Unconsciously I must have anticipated that after some time this would resolve itself spontaneously and exceptionally happened to be right about it. One day after watching his sister taking pictures Hugo expressed firmly that it was his turn. I then after a lengthy explanation to be extra careful revealed to him that he needed to press the biggest button. He disappeared for an hour and filled the whole card with the photographs. I did not have time to look at them straight away and only in the evening we downloaded them to the computer to discover that they were great - blurred, sometimes difficult to recognize but great! Our house seen from his perspective. And I saw the future Magnum agency member.

But please my dear son, you can become whoever you want!

Mathilda lately discovered her vocation and said that she would like to become an artist. I did not know anything else to say to her as that she actually does not have to become one as she already is one. What else could one say to a child whose teachers say that she cannot just write a page of "a" or "e" without artistically customizing the letters.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Neurosis horti

Origanum vulgare

Neurosis horti – I guess this is how one would call my obsessive-compulsive checking up on the garden hoping to see the progress in germination from minute to minute. I need to explain that my garden has the total size of one square meter, some of it is the windowsill and some of it is the place on the patio. I managed to squeeze around 25 flowerpots, jars and other containers that show any gardening potential into this space and what might sound impossible works quite fine. From time to time I am able to gather some crops. I cannot make any salad from my lettuce but can very well cover a sandwich or pizza with it.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Home-made healthy and easy to prepare ice cream (banana, avocado and berries)


I don't know a child who wouldn't like ice cream. Summer equals ice cream! But have you ever looked what most of the ice creams that we can buy in our shops are made of. It's scary! That is why I came up with this simple recipe. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and you smuggle many nutrients into yourself and the kids. You also can vary it easily.

This time I won't show you many pictures as I was under great pressure... and it was not because the ice were melting!

For 4 portions you will need:

1 ripe banana
1/2 avocado
around 20 blueberries (you can take other fruits like raspberries or strawberries)
1/3 cup cream (you can exchange it with vegetable or nut milk)
3 tbsp agave syrup (or if the banana is very sweet you might not need it at all)

Mix well in the blender, fill the separate ice cream cups or a bigger one. Freeze.

Currently we have in our freezer a version with raspberries, mint leaves and grated dark chocolate.




Friday, 11 July 2014

Camping with kids


It has never occurred to me that we could go camping in Ireland. Well, it has lately because we went but for a long time I would not think about it - as if writing it off as impossible. And then when I saw our neighbors with a little child going camping I realized that this was not only possible but that it could be fun as well.

We chose a little quiet camping site at an apple orchard. We enjoyed the fruits, the fresh air and the peace. The weather was not that enjoyable but I guess if you want to camp in Ireland you just need to learn to ignore it to a certain degree and prepare the right gear and clothes. I would not recommend camping in a storm though. Oh, I really need to get those wellies!




Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Friday popcorn evenings

On some Fridays, and I think I can say that it became kind of a family tradition, we make popcorn and switch on a movie. On last such evening I popped the corn using coconut oil, added some agave syrup, mixed spices, nutmeg and ginger. Recipe below.




Monday, 30 June 2014

Paper cake decoration - children's art


You bake, the kids draw and the birthday cake for dad is ready in no time. Team work!
(Be careful if you use the candles! The paper decoration may catch fire!)