After the carving…

#Blogtober18: Perfect Recipes For You #nationalbakingweek

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I got just a little excited at my first visit to a pumpkin patch last year (and the kids enjoyed it a lot too) and, even if supermarket bought, carving pumpkins has long been part of our Halloween celebrations.

Sadly though, we have often contributed to the annual more than 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin flesh waste so this year I’ve turned to my fellow bloggers for inspiration to make sure we don’t even lose one gram this time.

PumpkinSoupPumpkin soup is my first recourse to dealing with the flesh of the orange fruit and invites special memories of our wedding reception where it was served as the starter – if we eat it this year at least I won’t have the worry of not spilling it all over a white dress.  Deborah’s recipe over on her blog Country Heart and Home is not only titled “quick & easy” but also suggests “a glass of wine to wash it all down” so I’m sure I’d welcome this for a warming dinner – Quick & Easy Pumpkin Soup!  Kerry at Blissful Domestication adds a bit of heat to the mix for her Spicy Pumpkin Soup and also explains how to save the seeds in order to create your own pumpkin patch ready for next year’s harvest.

pumpkinstew.jpgSarah at Kippers and Curtains details a Pumpkin Pasty Recipe which is perfect for incorporating left overs in and Laura at Mind, Madness, Miles and Mum Me Time, now she has “two smallies in tow”, creates Pumpkin and Potato Curry and Sweet and Savoury Pumpkin Seeds as part of her “fabulous festive food”.

A Pumpkin Stew with Chickpeas and Moroccan Spices cooked up by Corina can be found on Searching for Spice and, “full of flavour and warmly spiced”, it’s a “great vegetarian one-pot meal that freezes well and is easy to prepare”.

And, before adding sugar to your scales, why not try Wendy’s Pumpkin Pasta as she describes on Daisies & Pie.

PumpkinPieJust the words pumpkin pie are so evocative of all things Fall (American autumn) to me so I’m sure the taste would be positively transportative.  Country Heart and Home’s Deborah has a recipe and step by step for Pumpkin Pie on her blog and anything that says “Serve with clotted cream, ice cream, whipped or pouring cream” gets my vote.  Jane from Hodge Podge Days tried out a “really simple” Honey Spiced Pumpkin Pie and if you need a gluten free recipe then check out Jules’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe on her blog Pondering Parenthood.

PumpkinCakeWhilst Hodge Podge Days’s Jane’s boys loved her pumpkin pie, Jane herself thought her Halloween Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Frosting was “delicious”.  Using “the flesh, the firm pale bit, not the slimy gloopy bit”, the amount of cake batter created made not only “one decent sized cake” but also “12 yummy cupcakes”.

PumpkinMuffinsThe words “surprisingly easy to make” reeled me into taking further notice of Emma’s Savvy Savings’s Bake Pumpkin Spice Muffins post that describes trying out Aldi’s recipe along with her daughter as a great opportunity to introduce new vegetables such as pumpkin and squash to children.

PumpkinCookiesThat’s pie, cake and muffins covered but if it’s brownies or cookies you’d like to whip up then take a look at Claire’s suggestions on She Eats and Corina from Searching for Spice adds a spooky twist to her autumnal offering by including chocolate spiders on her Spiced Pumpkin Cookies for Halloween.

And if you’re looking for other sweet bites to share with any trick or treating visitors then try making a batch of Eva’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookie Bats for Halloween Recipe posted on Captain Bobcat or her Homemade Pumpkin Granola Bar Mummies for Halloween.

Click here to find out more about National Baking Week (October 15-21).

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What does the colour grey make you think of?

#Blogtober18: Never Doing That Again!

Recently I attempted to enter a competition which challenged entrants to pose as the Lincoln Imp.

I gathered together some craft supplies – including buying a rather generous amount of grey felt because the shop didn’t sell that colour in individual squares – and, together with a bit of brown craft foam, I sewed a headband with imp ears and horns ready for my mini ones to wear for a photo on Lincolnshire Day (October 1st).

Problem was it turned out that you were supposed to post your photos before that day so that the organiser could use them on the day itself…

So, not only did the missed deadline mean I could I not even enter, I was also left with a lot of spare grey felt (just the one shade), not a colour that I had an idea for another project for.

Fortunately there are a lot of creative bloggers out there so I asked one or two if they could think of any ideas.

Tilly from Buddy and Bean suggested “bunting and garlands in various shapes” and Katie from Mum of 2.5 proved she’s a mum that lives in the UK by thinking of “clouds for a cot mobile”.

Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary also thought of decorations saying “I made felt birds as tree decorations a few years ago and I still use them now. Draw yourself a template and use something like cotton wool as wadding. Would look really effective if you had lots of them.”

“A wonderful bookmark with yellow polka dots or a wolf brooch” came to Becky of A Beautiful Space‘s mind which inspired me to think of perhaps making a big bad wolf to go in a story sack for The Three Little Pigs.

Becky’s boys clearly have a very creative mum.  Writing at Raucous by Nature, she has previously made her “son a Kristoff from Frozen costume using grey felt” which would certainly be an answer to the volume of the material I’ve found myself left with.

And Sam Curtis is obviously already planning for events later in the year with her lovely present idea – “the obvious thing to make is either an elephant, or a mouse?  Or both?  The elephant would obviously have to look terrified at the sight of the mouse…  Totally perfect for Christmas gifting, especially if you printed the Twas the night before Christmas poem off, to go with it”.

If you had an abundance of grey felt what would you make?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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New pumpkin trail brings half term fun to uphill Lincoln

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Have you been keeping an eye on all the additions to my Haunted halls, pumpkin patches and terrifying trains family-friendly Lincolnshire Halloween event list?  If so, then you’ll have seen that I can now add horrifying hill to that headline as Visit Lincoln explains…

It’s not a trick, it’s a real family treat – so make sure you take part in Lincoln’s newest trail and track down some fantastic Autumn prizes!

We want everyone to take a leaflet and rise to the challenge of the fantastic free Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail, which is bursting with half-term and Halloween fun.

This Trail has been devised by a partnership of the Bailgate Guild, Visit Lincoln and Lincoln BIG and uses the artistic talents of staff at The Little Pottery Studio at The Lawn.

It also follows in the footsteps of Lincoln’s traditional colourful family trails, which have won the city a worldwide following!

Visit Lincoln has drawn-up a brilliant Pumpkin Trail leaflet, which challenges families to find 44 pottery pumpkins and solve some fiendish clues. The pumpkins are going on display in the windows of shops and other businesses in the area which stretches from The Strait to Newport Arch.

Every pumpkin has been individually painted, including 20 decorated by Lincoln Minster School pupils, adding extra fun to this experience and the Halloween vibe is being heightened with the hanging of spooky black and orange bunting, as well as Lincoln Loves Kids bunting!

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Peter Mason Charlotte House, Valerie Hope Wig & Mitre, Charlotte Goy Visit Lincoln, Nicola Lockwood Bells Tea Room and Bailgate Guild Chair, Richard Baxter Lincoln BIG.

The Uphill Pumpkin Trail will run from Saturday, October 20th, to Sunday, November 4th.  It’s so easy to take part.  All families need to do is pick-up a trail leaflet from the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill or participating shops and businesses – or simply download from the Visit Lincoln website at:  www.visitlincoln.com/pumpkintrail then go exploring. 

Bailgate Guild Chair Nicola Lockwood said: “This follows July’s Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which highlighted the unique offer and high level of customer service given by independent businesses in uphill Lincoln.

“It’s great that this trail is something that every family member can have fun doing. It’s a real bonus that it is free and there’s a massive list of fabulous prizes waiting to be won.

“Thanks to the generosity of businesses in this area, they include gift vouchers for everything from pottery classes to antiques and collectables, books and artwork through to delicious lunches, afternoon teas to flowers, entertainment and sparkling drinks,” added Nicola.

Visit Lincoln Chief Executive Lydia Rusling said: “This fun seasonal trail is a natural follow-on from the success of the Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which encouraged businesses to work together to bring more people to shop in the Uphill area and discover Lincoln’s world-famous tourist attractions.

“This pumpkin trail ties in perfectly with our Lincoln Loves Kids project, which aims to get more families involved in a wide variety of local activities. It is really like a mini Lincoln Knights’ Trail for the Uphill part of the city, and we’re sure it’s going to be a real winner for Lincoln.”

I’ve gone off topic for today’s #Blogtober18 post but if you want to check out what movies other bloggers have watched a thousand times then just click on the #Blogtober18 image below – maybe there’ll be a few horror films lurking in the links!

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Omne trium perfectum

#Blogtober18: Loving these right now

How could today’s #Blogtober18 prompt lead me to anything but the faces of these three?

Loving these three from way before they were born, right now and forever more.

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And I’m also still loving these photos taken by the fabulous Merika Green back in April at Moot Hall near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire as part of a portfolio update for Faith’s agency Zebedee Management.

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Undoubtedly skilled with a camera, she also managed to keep the three of them sat together happily – magic powers indeed!

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The future is theirs

#Blogtober18: Kickass girls you adore #internationaldayofthegirl

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Photo: Merika Green

My willful Willow and fierce Faith can also be very sweet sisters when the mood takes them.

For International Day of the Girl Child (October 11th), themed “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, UN Women are asking us to “stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future”.

Willow is definitely a girl who knows what she wants, and what she doesn’t, and while that sometimes means she’s a bit of a bulldozer, most of the time she’s an excellent hurdler of life’s little obstacles.

Even at such an early age Faith is showing such great determination.  She may have to try a little harder than most to meet her milestones but she also knows how to celebrate them all the more when she reaches them too.

The future is theirs.  (And their brother’s too).

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How are you Dad?

#Blogtober18: Just be yourself #worldmentalhealthday

Have you heard of Lincoln Pandas Support Group?

“A small group of mums from Lincoln, with hands-on experience of post natal depression that want to provide a safe, welcoming and warm environment for other mums facing the daily challenge of living with depression.”

But it usually takes two to make any one a parent and, along with Lincolnshire Maternity Voices Partnership, the group is holding an event called How are you Dad? later this month.

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Being held on Saturday, October 27th, the event aims to raise awareness, educate and understand the importance of Dad’s mental health.

Mark Williams, founder of International Father’s Mental Health Day and author of Daddy Blues will be the speaker for the evening, sharing his lived experience of postnatal depression and anxiety.

Taking place at David Lloyd Club in Burton Waters, Lincoln, the event runs from 7pm to 10pm and tickets are £10.

Book via the event’s Facebook page here: How are you Dad?

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Putting Dyspraxia in the spotlight

#Blogtober18: Gross Motor Skills #dyspraxiaawarenessweek

dyspraxiaa.jpgThis week (October 7th-13th) is Dyspraxia Awareness Week.

It is described by the Dyspraxia Foundation as “a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech. DCD is a lifelong condition, formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation.”

Hitting the headlines at the moment as the new Doctor Who series features a character with the condition, Faith didn’t need the science-fiction series to tell her that people with the condition can be out of this world with talent because many of her fellow Zebedee Management models continually prove that, whatever challenges their diagnoses present, they can’t help but be fabulous.

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Follow her story on Instagram at @evie_h_2009.

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Follow her on Instagram @jadekimzebedee

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“Joseph was diagnosed about three years ago with Dyspraxia and motor oral dyspraxia” says mum Karen.  “It was quite difficult getting the diagnosis as he has Down’s Syndrome and some of the common “traits” are very similar.  He really struggles with coordination and gross/fine motor skills.  He falls over often and cannot coordinate riding a bike, he can either pedal and not steer or steer and not pedal, he cannot proceed the two together. He can use a spoon but struggles with a knife and fork, and really struggles with things like buttons, zips, writing and balance.  His oral dyspraxia affects the way his lips, tongue, palate and mouth function making speaking and eating difficult and hard work for him. However he will always try his best to overcome any difficulties in anyway he can.”
Follow him on Instagram @joseph_hale_zebedee_model

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“Kiarni was diagnosed with dyspraxia later than his previous disabilities but it is one of them he struggles the most with, it’s a daily struggle!” says his mum Angie.  “He is unable to use knife and fork, constantly trips up or bangs into things, at school he finds it hard to write and keep up with his peers as unable to hold a pen in a tripod grasp so uses a laptop to do his work.  But to the eye it is hidden so raising awareness helps others understand the person more.”
Follow him on Instagram at @Kiarnioxley_zebedeemodel

Want to find out more about Zebedee Management’s journey?  Read: Making the opportunity to be represented

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