Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Happy children

I am sat in bed early, very early for me in fact. Barry is in his shed making, I have asked him to make us a coffee table after he made his very first chair last week, crazily clever my boy is. No more detail apart from I would like to store things in it as well as put things on it. He's using hardwood pallets he found, I'll keep you updated with how he's  getting on.

I have spent my day with 13 lovely little children teaching them how to have fun decorating cakes. They all did so well, nothing beats happy children, it's official

I'm teaching again tomorrow, two classes so will no doubt be pooped by the end of the day

I will let you all know how it goes

Monday, 22 October 2012

My loves

Saturday afternoon in the woods with all my boys

We found corns all through the woods, how odd. Not sure which animal would be eating them?

Little water holes for little animals

The first puff ball mushroom I ever saw, thank you my love for showing me

The now infamous den

Saturday rice soup for tea

On our way to Uley, what a sky

Free fireworks, cider, wine for me and hot dogs for the boys

My little ones face in the glow

Sunday stroll on our way to the town hall teas
Take care, Natalie x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Cushion making

Today was spent in a world of fabrics, ribbons, bondaweb, tea and women. I took a class, an owl cushion class to be exact and what a hoot I had ( sorry!)

I chose 2 beautiful linens to use for my front and back, one a 1950s tea towel and the other a hand embroidered linen napkin. I love the fact I am reusing old fabrics and turning them into something new.

My new friend is not finished, I want to hand embroider the roses on the back so will be tinkering with it for the next few weeks. I will be sure to show you the finished owl once I have finished it

Take care, Natalie x

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Delicious & Nutritious

I do love to bake and now Asa is at school I have just to excuse to make delicious and nutritious snacks for when he gets home

Here are 2 of my favourites:

Apple & Oat Biscuits – Vegan & GF


Cherry and almond loaf cake by Nigella

Right now the loaf is in the oven and my ingredients are prepped for a quick bake before I pick the boys up from school and kindergarten tomorrow

What are you baking?

Take care, Natalie xx

Monday, 8 October 2012

Under 6's half term happiness - cupcake decorating

I promised a date and venue for the under 6's cupcake decorating classes in the half term and here it is! We are running it at Under the Edge Arts in the centre of Wotton Under Edge on Tuesday 23rd October


Running from 10am to 1pm

Children will have 3 cakes each to decorate, they will colour their own butter cream, learn how to have fun pipping and then decorate their cakes with sprinkles and hand made decorations. I will also be teaching how to make edible caterpillars and snails

Each child will also have 2 vanilla biscuits to decorate also

Each child will then be able to decorate their own cake box with glitter, pom poms, stickers, pens etc

I will be running little competitions all through the session for the best decorated cake and best decorated box.

The class is £9 per child which includes everything above

If you would like to book please email natalie@natalieskitchen.co.uk or call 01453 845040 or 07766476343

Take care, Natalie

Sunday, 7 October 2012

The New Forest - Weekend stories

This weekend was spent at my sisters new house in the New Forest. I am so pleased she has finally made the move there as she has wanted to live there for such a long time. Her house is so lovely and she and Paul her partner made us feel so welcome with home made lasagna, soft beds and plenty of laughs
Highcliff beach was beautiful this weekend, crisp autumnal air but warm sunshine

Me waiting for my boys and their ice creams

The little ones marching to the beach

October, in his pants and loving the sea


The outside space next to my sisters house is just perfect, my boys made friends with 7 other children, cycling, scooting and swinging all safe and away from cars

New friends
This weekend we:

Ate fish & chips
Visited my mum for coffee
Went to the beach twice
Made new friends
Walked in the woods and splashed
Bought treasures at the car boot
Ate pancakes
Swam in the hot tub
Watched Dora
Drove home happy

As I drove my boys home I asked them what their favourite part of the weekend was? Asa said he loved playing hide and seek in the rocks at the beach, Jasper said holding grandmas hand. For me it was carrying take away coffees walking down to the beach, hearing the noise of my bertie flip flops as I treaded on the soft grass kept short by the beach rabbits. Crashing waves and the warm sun on my cheeks

Take care, Natalie x

Friday, 5 October 2012

happiness is...........

A few moments with my littlest boy Jasper, swinging

Take care, Natalie x

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Half term happiness - cupcake decorating classes for children

Hello! I have some very exciting news. We are running classes in October half term specifically designed for children!

If you are looking for a fun activity where you boy or girl can use their creativity and learn a new skill then these classes are for them!

We are running two classes on Wednesday 24th October at Paper&Cotton on Wotton-Under-Edge high street
10:30am to 12 noon Ages 6+ £10
Each child will have 6 freshly baked vanilla cupcakes to decorate. They will learn how to colour and make butter cream, to pipe with it and how to use hand made decorations to make their own cupcakes look beautiful. All equipment is supplied and they take their cakes home in a cupcake box. They will need to bring their own apron
2pm to 4:30pm Ages 11+ £23
Each participant will have 10 freshly baked vanilla cupcakes to decorate. They will be taught to make their own butter cream, to colour it and then how to pipe with it. They will then make all their own decorations such as buttons, butterflies, birds and stars. All equipment is supplied and they take their cakes home in a cupcake box. They will need to bring their own apron
We also have adult classes which are running on 14th & 28th October
If you would like to book please email natalie@natalieskitchen.co.uk
or visit the website
Take care, Natalie x

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