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Happy birthday to our little pumpkin!

Gracie at seven: You love to draw, dance, sing, change your clothes, change your clothes again, change your clothes again, style mummy's hair, giggle, climb everything in your path, climb everything not in your path, collect stones, cuddle, read, write stories and make us laugh.

With you everyday is sunny.

Love Mummy

The best oatmeal cookies ever!


Here's a little recipe adapted from our favourite The Little Red Barn Baking Book. They're nice and chewy and perfect warm from the oven on a cold autumn day. A treat with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Or put a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two for a scrummy dessert.

We use spelt flour which has a nuttier flavour and more protein than plain flour and it gives these cookies an extra nice texture but plain flour can be substituted. We've also added chocolate, quality chocolate chips are hard to come by in the UK so we break up a bar of chocolate.

Tristan has perfected the process and wants to share it with you.

Hi, I'm Tristan. I'm 10 years old. Here is my favourite recipe, Oatmeal Cookies:


165g oats
90g spelt flour (plain flour can be used instead)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
half tsp baking soda
half tsp salt
110g unsalted butter
65g light brown sugar
65g unrefined sugar
1 egg
1 bar (approx 100g) plain/dark good quality chocolate chopped into chunks


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Lightly grease two baking trays.

Combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a bowl and stir. In another bowl, cream the butter with the light brown and unrefined sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until well mixed. Then fold in the oats and flour mixture. Add the chocolate chunks [optional].

Spoon tablespoonfuls of the dough onto greased baking trays, leaving space for spreading. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges. Leave to cool on the baking trays for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Although we like them warm and gooey and they hardly make it to the wire rack.

It'll make 20-25 cookies.

Thanks for reading.
From Tristan.

P. S. Check back soon for my new website that will have links to my own music.

A breather & reminder


It's so lovely and clear today I could see the ocean when I went out for a walk earlier. I'm having a little breather day. Ignoring everything I should be doing and doing what I feel like doing - very therapeutic.

One of those things is revisiting some of my favourite buttons to stitch up a few gifts. I'm also preparing to make these dancing scarecrows with my class to celebrate harvest time. Collecting scraps of fabric, spare buttons and straw so they can cut and stick to their hearts content. The children I taught last year enjoyed making these so much that I'm repeating the project this year.

Pic-of-sc-template So a little reminder, before the Autumn passes and we're into Christmas, you can download this template if you have little ones who'd enjoy a go at making their own dancing scarecrows.

Thank you Cassi for linking the scarecrows last week on the fabulous Crafty Crow - a fantastic craft site for parents and teachers too.

Amy's-scarecrows Addition: Amy and her four children have been scarecrowing up a storm. Their gorgeous little dancing straw people are now even welcoming visitors to their blog Little White Schoolhouse.