Quite a few weeks ago I hosted a small 'Fairy Day' for Arwen and two of her special friends.You may think this is not a surprise if you know me well and may wonder how it came about :)
It was an off the cuff invitation to the other little girls as they were leaving after an afternoon of play, in tears at the thought of going, to come next week when the big girls were out and we could do our nails together like a real manicure etc.
So of course as I started to think about the day and what we might do I gradually had more and more ideas that the little girls could do together.
Needless to say my little boys who were still going to be home were not interested in the whole 'Fairy theme' unless it involved eating!!
However I prepared a few table time activities to do together-
1. cutting out fairies to put on sticks for puppets,
2. letters for their names to colour in, I found about three for each girl from different books we had.
3. Glue and glitter to decorate a pre-cut fairy
These are always a huge hit with our children no matter what the time or season.
I drew a up a small list for them to use and had it ready for latter in the day.
With the older girls (from both families) gone I knew that I would have to have everything prepared and with in easy reach.
I think we have quite a collection of these :)
I did get the little boys a pirate sword and hat to have to play with.
Although I think swords in the hands of my little guy is sometimes a little two much.
In each little organza bag was a small jar of 'fairy dust' and a necklace.
Our children make these quite often and they are always new ways of making them.
Perhaps off making someone walk the plank or off looking for someone to sword fight. In fact now I remember having to stop the smaller one from getting to aggressive with this older brother.
6 cups of just boiled water
6 chamomile tea bags
6 cups of Apple-Blackcurrant juice
Add the teabags and honey to the just boiled water
Cover and let steep overnight but can be as little as 2 hours
In the morning we added the apple-blackcurrant juice
Stir, serve and enjoy
These are a real favourite in our house now and are used daily.
These have been a part of our lives forever. We first made them for our first Tasha Tudor Dolls Fair, way before my blogging days even.
Fancy Nancy tradition little umbrellas DO make everything taste better
I had also planned to have Sourdough Chocolate Chip Chocolate Fairy Buns as part of the first round of food.
Sadly these had not risen enough by the time we were ready so we had them after our scavenger hunt.
We divided into teams and went off with our lists to gather the items.
Would you like the recipe?
Sourdough Chocolate Chocolate Chip Buns
250g sourdough starter
1 tsp dried yeast
100g softened butter
200g dark chocolate drops
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
2 tbs of cocoa
2 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients together, except for the salt. Autolyse period 20-45 minutes. Add the salt and mix again, then turn out on to a lightly floured bench to knead until you get a lovely smooth ball of dough. Pop the dough back into the bowl, plastic bag over the top and leave to prove. A couple of proves and folds over the next few hours. Then out onto lightly floured surface again and divide into 16 or so portions. Roll into balls, or simply divide to get a more square shape. Pop them on a lined baking tray, cover and leave for another prove. The dough is ready to be baked, when you press it in and it lightly springs back.
Then bake at 210C for approximately 15-25 minutes, (until golden.)
Writing this up I am remembering how much joy I have giving little ones special opportunities to build memories that later in life they can look back on and see these times as part and parcel of what makes it special to be in our family circle!!
Blessings to you and your homes,