Dissolving an egg shell!

dissolving an egg shell I read about this experiment over at kidtimes and we decided to  give it a go!

All you have to do is put the egg into a bowl of vinegar and leave  it for around 24 hours. During the 24 hours the vinegar will fizz  and the shell will dissolve leaving a squishy bouncy ball of an  egg!

We made observation tables and the children had a look a few  times during the day and wrote what they saw – all part of trying  to get Jake to practice his writing  a little more at home and it  worked well he couldn’t wait to check on the egg!


Homemade Sand – Toddler Sensory Activity

homemade sand sensory activity making sand at homeSaturday was a dark, rainy May day and by 9am my two year old was already bored and starting to whine and get clingy so I decided to give this a try. The homemade sand is just made from a bag of flour (1.5kg) and 1 bottle of baby oil.

By the time I got as far as starting to mix it the older ones had noticed that Rosie and I were up to something and so it became a family effort to mix the sand. Once you have added the oil to the flour just mix it together and run it through your fingers a little to get rid of any lumps and thats it!

It smells wonderful and although it feels dry it is actually sticky when you make a castle or shape out of it – we had little castles using plastic cups and heart shaped using the heart measuring cups. It is also really easy to clean up and it doesn’t stick or make a mess at all!. Considering my children normally have the attention span of a flies this was an incredibly successful activity keeping all 5 of them amused for nearly an hour – We will be doing this again next time we need a little bit of summer on a rainy day.


Making Homemade Butter In The Mixer

Homemade butter in mixer First on my “things to try” list was making butter so I stocked up on cream and had a go.

First of all let me say the cream was expensive! I used 4 600ml pots of Tesco double cream which was £3 for  two pots – so £6 in total for my cream, this just made me glad I hardly ever buy cream!

You will also need a food mixer, a sieve, a few different bowls, a sterilised jar of some kind for the  buttermilk and  some greaseproof paper to wrap the butter in.

First of all pour your cream into the mixing bowl (I had to do this n two batches as there was too much to fit in one load. Then begin  to mix on a medium setting, the cream will stiffen

butter recipe








Then the fat globules will begin to separate and the buttermilk will start to pool in the bowl.

butter milk








Continue to mix until there is a reasonable amount of milk in the bowl then place all of the butter and milk  into the sieve and drain off the milk into a bowl.Once you have done this once put the bowl of butter back on the mixer and mis again for a minute before repeating the draining process. Next run cold water over the butter and squeeze the butter with your hands to get the remaining buttermilk out, do this twice each time draining the water and replacing it with fresh cold water.Once the water is clear (so not buttermilk is left) shape your butter into the shape and size you want and wrap for the fridge.

Ta da!


butter and buttermilk








In the end I made about 1.2kg of butter and 700ml of buttermilk from my cream. Tesco English Unsalted  butter is £1 for 250g so my butter was worth just under £5. St Ivel buttermilk is 50p for 284ml so my buttermilk was worth just under £1.50.So for my £6 of cream I got £6.50 of butter and buttercream – so pretty much broke even. It does taste really fresh and actually making it felt like watching a little bit of magic happen!


Budget cooking – Medieval pottage

medieval pottage recipe Medieval Pottage was the staple meal of medieval people. Made up of whatever they had to hand and heated  slowly before being thickened with oats. This turned out to be a really delicious and satisfying meal and probably cost less than £1.50 for a large pot full to serve 4.


3 carrots
1 swede
2 leeks
1 onion
Butter for frying
2 handfuls of oats


Chop the veg.
Fry the leek and onion in butter in a large saucepan until soft then pour the stock over. Add in the rest of the veg, season to taste and bring to the boil, reduce hear and simmer until the veg is all nicely cooked then add in 2 handfuls of oats, stir in the continue to simmer for around 10-15 minutes until the oats have cooker and the pottage is thickened. Serve with bread and cheese.