Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sharing Worlds

My son has social and communication difficulties, in fact it looks like we are on our way to an autism diagnosis at some point. This last year we have seen many developments and are over the moon with the skills he is acquiring but it is hard going at times. He is very happy and giggly but can also look to be such a serious little boy trying to make sense of things. This picture captures what I feel is a deepness to him. Sometimes I worry that he is lost in there and he has retreated a little into his own shell. However, there is a lot happening behind those beautiful blue eyes and we are on the journey together to discover how he sees the world. We have lots to look forward to Little Bird. 

Blue Eyes

This is Happy Homebird's entry into the printerpix photo competition.
Here are the competition details with Tots100 with links to the other entries.
{Children aged 2-4  category}

Monday, 18 February 2013

Loving Yoghurt Brownies

This year I decided that I would start trying some food blogging challenges and after seeing a competition held by Foodies100 and Greek Gods Yogurt I had to give it a go. The challenge was to create a love-inspired recipe to wow Aphrodite using the Greek Gods range of yoghurts - Honey, Honey and Vanilla, Honey and Clementine and Honey and Strawberry.
I chose Honey and Vanilla and decided to make some Yoghurt Brownies for my little boy as he is the love of my life and he's had a stinker of a cold all week :) Here is my recipe (I work in cups a lot now as I received some measuring cups for Christmas)
3/4 of a bar of milk choc cooking choc (75g)
1 cup of baking margarine
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
2 cups of caster sugar
1 cup of flour
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
3 eggs
9 inch square deep cake tin
chilli flakes and sea salt
1 cup Greek yoghurt
white choc stars for decoration
poorly little child to cheer up

Grease the cake tin and put the oven on at gas mark 4 (350 degrees)
Melt the margarine (or butter) in a small pan on a gentle heat
Break up the chocolate into pieces and add to the pan, melt gently to avoid burning.
Add the cocoa powder and whisk in. You will have a lovely silky chocolatey mixture.
Add the caster sugar and vanilla extract and whisk.
Alternate adding eggs and flour in, whisking all the time

Pour mixture into the cake tin.
I sprinkled a little sea salt and chilli over the top (I often add these to my choc bakes for an added kick)
Magic mixing
I then poured lovely Greek Gods Honey and Vanilla over the top and swirled it into the chocolate mixture to create a marbled effect.
Put in the oven for about 45 mins until firm on top.

Allow to cool before slicing up into lovely brownies for your sweetheart or cheering up a little boy with sore throat and snuffles.
Brownies Brownies
The rest of the Greek Gods Yogurt was also a yummy treat in itself and once the germs had of course passed from my son to me it was the most soothing thing for my firey throat. That was my excuse anyway for sitting there and eating it all to myself. 
poorly boy

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Chinese New Year

 Happy Chinese New Year

Manchester on a rainy Sunday to celebrate the Chinese New Year - the year of the snake.
Little Bird waited patiently for the dragon to weave it's way along the street - a whole hour waiting, an absolute record for him to be sat still. Hooray!

Chinese Lanterns Manchester Town Hall Waiting in the Rain Chinese New Year Parade Chinese Dragon Rawrrr Chinese Dragon
Such skill to hold the poles and dance, leaping, twisting, turning this way and that.
With the steady beat of the drums came the Chinese money god giving away lucky red-packets. Such a beautiful sight and a real treat to see and be welcomed into the Chinese community. 
Looking China Town
Lanterns Manchester China Town Arch China love  Enjoying the parade Manchester China Town  photo Snack-Bar_zps38ad333a.jpg  photo Red-Chinese-Lanterns_zpseff3790d.jpg China Town Manchester Chinese Weekly Newspaper