Apples, apples everywhere!

 

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Apples, apples everywhere!

 

Today is ‘Apple Day’, a celebration of all things orchardy and appley. And why not…they’re everywhere – in gardens, parks and piled high in greengrocers. But when they are in such abundance, it can be hard to find enough recipes that really make the most of these delicious fruits.

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BBQ Recipes for the whole Family

Family BBQ recipes

Al fresco food with the family

 

Temperature above 20 degrees? Time to bust out the BBQ! But what happens if the same old shop bought sausages and burgers start to wear a bit thin? To shake things up a bit, we’ve put together five of our favourite BBQ recipes ideas which all the family can enjoy.  Healthy, tasty and pretty quick to prepare, these dishes are a proper slice of summer.

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Outdoor Fun For Kids

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What is that bright yellow shiny thing in the sky? Could it possibly be the actual SUN?! In our house, each time it appears, it’s greeted with the same sort of excitement I imagine you might experience if you spotted a UFO. And because the sun’s been as rare as hen’s teeth this Summer, it’s more important than ever to get out and enjoy it! So….without further ado, here’s our Top 5 fun things to do outdoors with kids.

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From kitchen table to supermarket shelf

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It all started with Wheels on the Bus. Not just any old version of ‘Wheels on the Bus’ either, the one at our local playgroup was accompanied by a series of actions only a person with the co-ordination of a ninja would be able to execute. Child’s Play it definitely wasn’t and I found myself bonding with Lucy because, in spite of our best efforts, our actions were more ‘wheels have come off the bus’ than ‘Wheels on the Bus.’

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Mini Apple Pies

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Traditionally, mince pies were made using a mixture of dried fruits, spices and meats like lamb or beef.  They were larger than their modern day cousins and oval shaped, because people wanted their festive pies to be the same shape as Jesus’ crib.  Today we’ve all but given up on adding meat (although my Mum still puts suet made from mutton fat in hers!) but even so, for some smaller people the exciting flavours that result from the mix of fruits and spices can be a bit much.

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Lolly Stick Angels

Lolly Stick Angels

This craft is brilliant to do with the kids because there’s plenty of stages they can get involved with – from painting, to drawing on the faces with felt tip.  If they are a bit older they can help with the cutting and gluing too.

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