The Ponderosa

Every now and then we like to nip up the horseshoe path and go for breakfast at The Pondersosa cafe. http://www.ponderosacafe.co.uk/

Postcode for your sat nav- LL20 8DR

It’s a fab cafe with friendly staff and good hearty meals. We’ve never stayed but it is a b&b too.

The main reason we come up here is to enjoy the scenery and to walk the dog. Now the little pig is walking well in her wellies she can really explore. The lesson that was taught today was, “don’t touch the spikes! ” And of course, Peter Rabbit joined us too…

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Camping with a toddler…

Fact number 1. We are the WORST campers in the world!

We take everything and nothing. Take hours to put the tent up and argue over putting the tent up.

Camping with a toddler was, we’ll, an experience. The fact we were on a slope made it very hard! Every time we stepped into the tent we felt ill. Then the rain! Oh my, the rain! In the end we had to abandon the tent and come home! The hubby then returned later on for it.

Then somewhere in between we find time to relax and enjoy.

The tent has now been stored away for the year… or maybe a few years πŸ˜‚

Cooking with a toddler…

When you see lots of lovely ideas about what to do with toddlers, you think to yourself, yes, I can do that, I can be that mum… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Nothing but messy, yet very, very entertaining!

Excuse the state of the kitchen.. .one of those toddler days.

Attempting to make banana and BlackBerry porridge sticks. This is the part of the recipe that says put the mixture in my cup, pretend to eat and then put back in the bowl…

Transferring said mixture… Oiling paper for cinnamon and honey biscuits (with added raisins as we decided to throw our snack in too). Not sure what we’re doing here… Come back next week where we master puff and choux pastry. πŸ™ˆ

Blackberry Mousse

I’ve made this mousse before but substituted the blackberries for strawberries.  I suppose you can just use whatever is in season.  

Ingredients:

1 avacado 

1 banana 

1 carton of cocunut cream (look for a one with as much coconut and little added rubbish!)

1 pint of blackberries.  (I forgot to weigh them sorry but they did fill a pint jug!☺)
Method:

Throw it all in a food processor  (simples!)

Blitz it until nice and smooth

Look at the colour on that!  Stunning! How often do we get to give our children food that colour that is not filled with crap! Winner!

I then put them into little pots like these.  I got these ones from homebargains. They’re about Β£1.70ish… for about 8 tubs. So I  bought 3 lots.

I then just chuck them in the freezer and take them out when needed. If organised in the morning… ha as if! Just put them in the microwave for 20 ish seconds.

In the summer they’re nice to leave a little bit frozen so they’re like ice cream.

I really like them as if piglet has been a bit fussy with dinner she’ll always eat one of these and they’re full of good calories. 

Plus fab if your little one can’t have dairy. 

Have a go and let me know how you get on. 

Enjoy

Jo