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!)

Thursday, 26 June 2014

South of France with kids


After holidays in cities (Lisbon and Barcelona) this year we decided to spend some time in the countryside. We went to France and stayed in the  region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

We enjoyed the, place, the weather, the food which was always a surprise to order as we barely speak French. Did you know that the restaurants in France and especially in the countryside serve food from 12-13.30 and after that from around 19.00?

I was able to have a sneak peek at how the French raise their children and learned few things :)

We brought home few delis: wine, cheeses, honey... The cheese is gone by now but the other two are waiting to brighten up our autumn-winter long evenings.

Few words, many pictures - a beautiful place!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Why is drinking so important and what is the best to drink? - Healthy Preschooler



Water is the most important food for our bodies. We are made up of small cells and in every cell there is water which is the most important building component of it. Thanks to water certain processes in our bodies can occur. We couldn’t live without water. When we talk about water we don’t only mean mineral water but also juices, teas, fruits and vegetables. I’m sure that you have noticed that on a hot day you can quench thirst by eating a juicy refreshing watermelon. Please remember however that the healthiest drink is water itself.


Also in this series:
http://www.hugoandmathilda.blogspot.ie/2014/04/why-do-i-sometimes-have-appetite-for.html
http://www.hugoandmathilda.blogspot.ie/2014/03/is-every-sweet-unhealthy-healthy.html

Thursday, 12 June 2014

spinach, apple, pineapple and coconut juice


This is a leftover juice but turned out to be delicious.

I took:
2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves
2 apples
1/4 pineapple
100 ml coconut milk

Dilute 1:1 with water.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions to keep children busy while traveling

Those might come in handy as summer is coming up and you want to keep your kids busy while traveling :) Click here for last year's summer printable.
As pdf-printable:



And the list:
  1. What is your (least) favourite colour?
  2. What is your (least) favourite dish?
  3. What is your (least) favourite holiday destination?
  4. What is your (least) favourite animal?
  5. What is your favourite book?
  6. What is your favourite season?
  7. What do you like playing the most?
  8. Who is your best friend?
  9. What do you like doing so much that you could do it for the whole day?
  10. What is your favourite movie?
  11. If you could turn for some time into a person from a book or a movie, who would it be?
  12. What do you like wearing the best?
  13. Do you like spending time outdoor and why?
  14. Where would you like to work when you grow up?
  15. What is your (least) favourite fruit and vegetable?
  16. If you had magic powers and were able to make one wish come true what would you choose?
  17. How do you recognize that an adult is an adult and a child a child?
  18. Who is the funniest person you have known?
  19. What is boring you?
  20. Do you like dancing?
  21. Which holiday season do you like the most?
  22. What would you do if you were as big as the biggest tree you have ever seen? Where would you live or what would you eat?
  23. What would you do if you were as tiny as a mouse? What would you were or where would you live?