things to do in cambridgeshire
Here are my top picks of what’s on this February including the half term in Cambridgeshire

There are loads of things to do both indoors and outdoors this February in Cambridgeshire and I have trawled the internet so you don’t have to! You’re welcome!

18th to 26th daily – Half term adventure. Visit Sacrewell Farm where you could build a den, toast a marshmallow or travel back in time in the old mill and learn how to make a bread roll, Victorian style! Usual entry fees apply, check the website for details

19th – WOW! Said the Owl is an acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Tim Hopgood and is brought to life through a blend of beautiful story-telling, puppetry and music. Catch it at Key Theatre this February

20th – Make a bird box at Ferry Meadows. You can take even take it home with you so you will have a nice home for the birds in your Garden.

Open daily – Hamerton Zoo. A massive outdoor play area and loads of animals including Tigers and Giant Tortoises! 

18th and 19th – Come and explore the gardens in winter at Peckover House in Wisbech. 

Have we missed something going on near you? Feel free to contact me to add your event! tasha@mummyandmoose.co.uk

 

I hate feeling poorly. Hate hate hate it.

I spent Saturday with a bit of a headache and by Sunday this had evolved into a full-blown hide under a blanket on the sofa poorly head cold! I was just a groaning ball of symptoms, you name it I had it.

This is not ideal when they are things to be done and children to entertain. Not ideal at all. Usually I can manage, I pop a pill and just get on with it. As you Mums (and a few of you Dads) know it has to be done.                                                                                                               This time the pills weren’t touching it. I admitted defeat and bundled myself up for the day. MrG was on duty and did a good job of keeping the troupes inline – aside from us having to order pizza because of a lack of instant MrG friendly food in the fridge.

I found some herbal raspberry teabags in the cupboard which were <cough> only six months outside of their best before date so made myself a cuppa and added a big squeeze of honey to sooth my decidedly painful throat and some citrus to cut through the gross amount of mucus.

Nurse Moose

I snoozed for the best part of the day and in between naps, Moose did a very good job of playing nurse. He tucked my blanket in, gave me lots of hugs and brought me teddy bears and tissues as and when the need arose (it was a lot)

Admittedly I am still feeling rough today but I can’t sit on my hands any longer. Moose must go to preschool and I have work to do so I am dosed up and back to the daily grind. There is no doubt I will be off to bed early tonight but for now I will leave you with a few home remedies to try as recommended by some blog friends;

Always hot orange squash with a spoonful of manuka honey in it. That and vocalzone pastilles have seen me through many a performance with a horrendous cold! Maddy – The Speed Bump

Chicken noodle soup! I swear that stuff has magic powers when you’re sick… Kirsty – Life With Boys 

Hot water with honey & lemon juice! That, and sleep!! Sarah – Whimsical Mumblings

Hot Ribena! Fixes everything! Jon – The Money Shed

Manuka honey! Katie – Living Life Our Way

Rub vicks on your feet, socks on, works every time! Laura – Five Little Doves

A slice of potato on the inside of your socks To Reduce temperature whilst sleeping. It’s used commonly in Peru (we have friends there) and really does work Victoria – Mummy Times Two

Hot water, whisky and honey, if it doesn’t help get rid of the cold it helps me sleep through it
Kate – Modern Mum

Love 

Mummy & Moose

We had an easy-ish morning.

As easy as it gets with a 2 year old anyway. Moose and I were bored so we decided to go for a walk around the local shops to kill some time. He always asks to sit in the ride on Noo-Noo outside the shop – luckily he has never seen it in action so as far as he knows it does nothing. I am not going to volunteer any information to the contrary until I absolutely have to and I am pretty sure it’s going to save me around a million pounds?

Back home

It was time for lunch. If you know Moose then you probably know that he SERIOUSLY dislikes vegetables. Of course I understand that small Humans generally lean toward white or beige food but Moose is my 3rd and the first 2 lulled me into a false sense of security. I thought I had it nailed, they would eat ANYTHING. I was naive to say the least.

He likes the following at the moment; ham, pasta, peas, sweetcorn, ketchup, cheese, bread, mashed potato, chips (of course) and eggs. Luckily he loves fruit. That does not help with Veg situation though. 

We are trying to buy less and most importantly waste less food, I remembered that I had some tomatoes in the cupboard. One thing Moose and I both love is PIZZA so I thought I might try and whip up something Pizza-esque. We cut up some bread we had going a bit stale in the larder and Moose spread some Cirio Pizza Sauce on to the slices. Then he added a couple of baby spinach leaves (which mummy had chopped) and then a sprinkle of cheese and a slice of ham – I was also going to cut this up but when I tried to remove it from Moose’ vice like grip he screamed and I thought better of it.

As you can see, Moose was very pleased with his lunchtime adventure. I was very pleased with him eating tomatoes AND spinach! HE ATE TOMATOES!! Not out of a ketchup bottle! 

It was also really nice to get him in the kitchen and helping. He loved cooking and we had a really fun time putting it all together – it really didn’t take long either!

I do like a happy ending

love  

Mummy & Moose

Disclosure: We were sent the above products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Some might say

it matters which potato you use for the perfect roastie. Maybe but any old spud will work fine. I used a whole 20p worth of white potatoes from Aldi for this lot.

The trick is to keep the potatoes to a good size and parboil them until just slightly soft before roughing up the edges by shaking them in a lidded saucepan and freezing (as flat as possible and no touching)

Don’t try to freeze them raw, the texture changes and you will not get a crispy edge. You just won’t. I am not sure what freezing actually does to the starch in the potato (too much science) but I do know that they taste nicer and get crispier.

On the day you want to cook them

pop the frozen potatoes onto a tray and add a bulbs worth of garlic cloves. This is optional but I adore garlic and so that’s what I do. Season with lots of salt and pepper and either spray with oil for a low fat Slimming World friendly dish or if you are not watching your weight use goose fat in the pan and add the potatoes and garlic once hot!

I cook my roast potatoes for 1 hour (the beauty of parboiling) and serve while they are piping hot with lots of gravy!

If you are planning your wedding (or anybody else’s for that matter) you want it to be a great day, the best day in fact. Of course you do.

I read a ‘helpful’ article recently which outlined the trends to avoid if you are planning a wedding in 2017 which I thought I would share with you.

Here are a few of the no-no’s on their extensive list;
Floral crowns
Cowboy boots or Converse trainers with your wedding attire
Having a big bridal party
Chalkboard signs
Naked cakes
Anything boho or DIY
Giant bridal bouquets
The informal wedding breakfast

Having read their article I would like to respond with a few of my own trends to avoid. Some you might agree with, some you might not! Feel free to let me know in the comments section.

1) Having a theme or colour scheme (or anything else) because you feel like you are expected to.

For starters, there will be very few guests who will remember your colour scheme. Secondly some of the most beautiful wedding photos I have seen have been ones which had NO colour scheme at all. If you want to go down this route then cool, that’s your choice – just be aware of the “teal trap”! You pick a colour (any colour) and you will be surprised by how many different shades there are. Want to save some money? decide on a palette rather than a colour.

2) Expecting your wedding to come above your guests comfort/priorities

Your wedding is a pretty important day in your life and you want your loved ones there. Great. Do them a favour though and don’t expect them to travel hundreds of miles and spend a lot of money only to be spending the day standing around with a rumbly tummy because the person planning the wedding decided that it was “their problem if they didn’t have breakfast”.
If you invite a person they are your guest, it is common courtesy to make them feel comfortable.

That doesn’t mean an endless supply of nibbles and a free bar. It does mean letting them know if there will be a long gap between the ceremony and the food. Similarly if you don’t want to have children at your wedding, that’s understandable. Don’t be cross though if that parent you invited can’t make it due to the lack of a babysitter. That’s life.

3) Not including your In-Laws on the thank you’s if they don’t contribute to the wedding

If you value your relationship with your future spouse then you should probably just suck it up and give them that thank you. Maybe they are an enormous pain, maybe you share an immense dislike of each other, maybe. It doesn’t matter. Grow up and get behind the fact that they produced and raised their child to be the person who you are choosing to spend the rest of your life with. Be nice.

4) Asking your Bridesmaids to change their appearance to better suit your photos

Yes, it happens. Some corkers I have seen in the last few years have included them being asked to get to a tanning salon (not a spray tan, a proper one. The bride didn’t want the dress ruined), a girl being asked not to be in her wheelchair for the photos and many, many girls who were asked to dye their hair so they didn’t stand out in photos. Please. Just don’t.

5) Scrimping on the Photographer

Trust me on this. It is the biggest regret from all of the brides I speak to after their wedding. If the photos aren’t right or the photographer is “not a people person” then you are not going to be happy with the end result. That doesn’t mean you need to pay through the nose, what it does mean though is that if your budget is limited you need to do your homework big time!

5) Including (or excluding) anything for the sole reason that it is (or isn’t) en vogue.

Your wedding day should be about you. It should represent you both as a couple and as individuals and as such there is NOTHING off limits. Naked cakes are beautiful and DIY weddings can save you a LOT of money as well as bringing more than a touch of the personal to your special day.  There really are no rules at all. Don’t wear white or ivory or even a wedding dress if that’s not who you are. Or do! Whatever your day looks like, the outcome will hopefully still be the same.

So that’s my list.  Feel free to add your own to the comments section, I would love to hear them!

The things people will remember from your day will be how much fun it was, not whether you had favours or what canape they were given after the ceremony. So forget the politics, make it FUN and GOOD LUCK!

 

 

 

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