Posted in interior, living, reading

Extraordinary Interiors

Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors: Show-stopping looks for unique interiors.

Jane and Lucy start at the very beginning, taking the reader by the hand and offering sound advice on making the right style choices. They go on to discuss finding inspiration, analysing a space, choosing paint colours and wallpapers, arranging and styling furniture, finding the right lighting, showing off treasures and making style statements that will stop others in their tracks. Illustrated with real-life homes, Extraordinary Interiors helps the reader to navigate the sea of choices out there when it comes to decorating, all with a dash of humour and a light-hearted approach that makes interior decorating fun.

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Posted in Arts, crafts, school

Fondant Arts and Craft Turtle

What you need

  • White fondant
  • Food colouring, blue, red, yellow, green, black etc
  • Rolling pin
  • Cut your fondant into smaller balls.
  • kneed your food colouring into each ball, do as many colours as you would like.
  • Roll your blue into a log shape. (this is for the body and the legs). Then divide the feet and the body. create shapes.
  • Next mould the yellow for the body. (choose a colour you would prefer, it is up to you)
  • Roll out your black fondant and cut out some eye. Stick them on the head.
  • Then choose colours you would like to put on the back of the turtle and roll out a small piece, then cut out small circles.
  • Now stick the pieces on the back of the turtle.

Put aside to dry for an hour or more before picking up.

Posted in Fashion & Styling

Visit Highgate, London

Waterlow Park is a beautiful Tranquil, 12-hectare garden for walks & picnics, featuring city views, ponds & mature trees. Highgate Cemetery. The park was given to Highgate by politician Sir Sydney Waterlow in 1889 as ‘a garden for the gardenless’ and is set on a hillside with panoramic views out over London. Highgate Hill, Highgate, London N6 5HD

Highgate Cemetery, isn’t all about the graves and mausoleums, it has winding maze of trees, stunning architecture in the West Cemetery, Victorian fascination with the Egyptians resulted in the stunning Egyptian Avenue, as well as numerous impressive tombs and an impressive Lebanon Circle. Highgate Cemetery also has some celebrity residents, probably the most famous of which is Karl Marx.  Highgate Cemetery Swain’s Ln, Highgate, London N6 6PJ

Jacksons Lane Arts Centre Contemporary arts venue encompassing dance, circus and experimental theatre, with cafe and classes. this venue is really good for kids also. www.jacksonslane.org.uk 269A Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5AA

Where to eat

The Bull and Last 168 Highgate Rd, Highgate, London NW5 1QS www.thebullandlast.co.uk

Queens Wood Cafe 42 Muswell Hill Rd, Highgate, London N10 3JP www.queenswoodcafe.co.uk

Posted in school

Excellent activity for fine motor 3-4 year olds

This activity to work on pairing colours, numbers and mainly fine motor coordination. it seem easy and straight forward right?

1st get your child to practice gripping the Jumbo Easy Grip Plastic Tweezers. Then get them to Take the ball and put it in the corresponding colour pot, it is a very fun activity, it stimulates fine motor coordination, concentration, learning colours and it’s simple to do!

Have Fun learning.


Posted in food

Rainbow Pizza Recipe

Okay, first things first, raid your kitchen for colours of the rainbow vegetables. It doesn’t matter how many you can find just as long as you can get a variety of vegetables to represent the colours of the rainbow.

INGREDIENTS

  • Pizza Dough
  • Tomato puree / tomato paste
  • Any topping you like, including:
  • grated cheese
  • red onion
  • tomatoes
  • sweetcorn
  • Broccoli
  • Green, red and yellow peppers
  • Olives

Oven

425F (215C) preheated oven 15 min before baking.

First roll out your dough into any shape you would like your pizza to look like it could be a circle, rectangle, square, heart. Then spread your tomato paste evenly, making sure you don’t put too much tomato past, this is will prevent the pizza from becoming soggy. Then take your pick of chosen vegetables and begin to lay out your vegetables in rows, starting with the first colour of the rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo & then Violet.

Next sprinkle cheese all over your vegetables and place in the oven to cook cook anything from 10 anything from 10 to 12 minutes to 12 minutes.

For a perfect pizza dough, follow this link to a previous recipe

Posted in food

Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 250-295g all-purpose flour OR bread flour divided
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil  
  • 175ml cup warm water
  • Semolina flour

Instructions

  • Combine 1 cup (125g) of flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. If desired, add garlic powder and dried basil at this point as well.
  • Add olive oil and warm water and use a wooden spoon to stir well very well.
  • Gradually add another 1 cup (125g) of flour. Add any additional flour as needed stirring until the dough is forming into a cohesive, elastic ball and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the bowl. The dough will still be slightly sticky but still should be manageable with your hands.
  • Drizzle a separate, large, clean bowl generously with olive oil and use a pastry brush to brush up the sides of the bowl.
  • Lightly dust your hands with flour and form your pizza dough into a round ball and transfer to your olive oil-brushed bowl. Use your hands to roll the pizza dough along the inside of the bowl until it is coated in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place.
  • Allow dough to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, use your hands to gently deflate it and transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth (about 3-5 times). 
  • Use either your hands or a rolling pin to work the dough into 12″ circle.
  • sprinkle Semolina flour on the base of the pizza.
  • Transfer dough onto baking paper placed on a baking tray

Notes

Semolina flour is used for pizza crust, it gives it a crispy bottom yet chewy texture to give a nice crust.

Credits

Recipe thanks to http://www.sugarspunrun.com, Image talks to http://www.buttermilklipstick.com