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comfort and warmth

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I’ve tried this recipe once before, and am thinking of giving it another go this weekend, now we’re in pumpkin season.  Very calorific, but these things can be overlooked occasionally.

pumpkinpie

  • 500 g ready-made dessert pastry
  • 1 large butternut squash, quartered and seeds reserved
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs, beaten
  • 200 ml double cream

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.

Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.

Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool.

image and recipe. Jamie Oliver

tights

Here’s a selection of tights to keep your lil’ ones warm available from the shop, as it’s supposed to be a wet and cold weekend for us x

unisex skulls from Gardner and the Gang

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We love a skull print and these are pretty nice from Gardner and the Gang.  Created by Swedish Graphic Designer Mrs K – Kristin Nystrom and all clothes produced in Singapore.  They have many other bold prints, comfy looking rompers and offer free worldwide shipping too.

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I particularly love the wellies.

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SpiritHoods – give a little back

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We like these fake fur hats for all ages from SpiritHoods.  Made in Los Angeles, the company gives 10% of net profit from each sale to the conservation of endangered animals.  Like our Lil’ Beans/Le Gun tee’s it’s a bit of ‘shopping for a good cause’, and receiving a great product in return.

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Stella kids AW13

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Some of the new Stella McCartney Kids AW13 collection has been launched!  We love the owl tights, and there is also a bat version, which is pretty cute too.

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Love the colour combos, yellow bobble hats and the sheep print sleep suits.

It’s hard to think about Winter clothing at the moment when the weather is so amazing, but at least there are some brights in there too.

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happy long weekend

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We’re having a few changes at the moment, getting ready for our shop launch! So the blog has been off for a couple of days. We’ll be sending out our 2nd newsletter in a couple of weeks too, so if you want to be kept updated with our latest shop news then make sure you sign up (top right of this blog page).

Hope the weather improves for the long weekend and half term, have fun with your lil’ beans x

Land of Kids – Bank Holiday Monday

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If you haven’t made plans for Bank Holiday Monday (6th May) yet, then take a look at ‘Land of Kids’ 1 day festival.  Taking place in East London, this ticket entry festival looks to be packed with fun stuff to do with the kids for the day.  Things like, Anorak Magazine Making Machine, Indikidual Scooter Paint Party, Disco, Photo Booth, Flower Seed Bombing, Reggae Nursery Rhymes, Street Feast Food Market, is just naming a few.  Everything is free once inside, apart from food and drink.  It’s going to be busy and let’s hope for some more good weather to top off a great day out.

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crazy for Saltwater sandals

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So, the sun has put it’s hat on and made it’s first warm appearance of the year this week. Therefore, we should start going crazy for sandals…Salt Water sandals!  Beginning in America in the 1940’s, they are now stocked Worldwide.  The sandals come in a good range of colours, 6 styles to choose from, in sizes for toddlers to adults.

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Wish we were heading here this weekend

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3years ago we went on our honeymoon – a California road trip. We spent some time in Joshua Tree and stayed at the Joshua Tree Inn. It is an amazing place, and it was the same time as Coachella was going on nearby. I would love to go back one day, stay at the Inn and go to Coachella…dreams come true right?

Happy weekend x

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Lovely free ‘to do’ stuff for children from Mr Printable

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There are so many lovely free printables from this great website (MrPrintables.com). Wall posters, colouring in pages, masks to make, flash cards, games, to name a few.

The designs are great, a nice modern way to do something with children the old school way, that doesn’t involve batteries or expensive gadgets.

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