Sunday, 20 March 2016

Fun at the farm...

Last weekend my Sister treated Chester to a trip to Alton Towers. So it was only fair that we treated Millie to a day of fun too. After lots of debating we decided on the Rare Breeds Centre which is not too far from us and costing only £6.50 each to get in!

It was an absolutely amazing day. There was so much to do we will actually have to go back! 

Millie absolutely adored the 3 week old piglets and this is where we spent most of our time... 

I really loved that it was all very relaxed and hands on. Millie really loved petting the animals, she found it hilarious that the cockerel allowed her to stroke him! 

There was such a big variety of animals, Millie was amazed by each and everyone, she even felt brave enough to look at the reptiles! 

The play areas were great, one kept Millie so entertained that we didn't have time to explore the other! 

We got to have a ride on a tractor/trailer

Watch a birds of prey show

And we even completed an adventure course on Troll Island! 

It was a really lovely day, my only regret is that we didn't go there sooner! We will certainly be back, Millie hasn't stopped talking about the piglets, and we know that Chester will love it too! 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Spring has sprung at Beefeater!

I always seem to be pretty surprised at how quickly Spring has sprung. But this year it seems to have taken forever! For me, the turning point has been the past week. Where the sun has shown itself a lot more than it hasn't!

So what better way to celebrate Spring than a trip to Beefeater to try out the new Spring menu?! After a fab day out at The Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford (more on that soon) we ended up at Beefeater Eurika Park, which is also in Ashford. 

Reading through the menu I could see some really lovely new choices, in fact I found it difficult to choose, especially where the starters were concerned. As Craig and I both love puddings we decided to share a starter and a pudding as we knew we would never be able to fit in 3 courses, despite the amount of walking we had done that day! 

For starters they have got a Salt Beef Board, which looks amazing and is just the kind of thing Craig would enjoy. But eventually we went for the Freshly Grilled tear and share Flatbread, which was topped with chargrilled chicken, Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing and regato cheese. I am pleased that we did as it was delicious. It was just right as a starter, not too heavy and just the right amount to share. 

Main course Craig was instantly drawn to the new Surf and Turf and chose to have the Prawn and Lobster sauce to accompany it. The Surf and Turf comes with an 8oz Sirloin, half shell garlic king prawns, chunky chips, side salad, tomato and mushroom. Craig admits that he was a little underwhelmed when it was put in front of him. At a cost of £18.49 he expected a little bit more of a wow factor. He said the steak was delicious and was perfectly cooked to his requested medium well, however the prawns he felt were a little bit of an after thought. There were only 3 of them and after de shelling them, there was barely anything left! 

I choose to have the Chicken Escalope, which is breaded Chicken brushed with garlic, topped with cheese, bacon and a fried egg. Served with skinny fries and a salad garnish. Oh. My. Gosh. It was AMAZING! The portion size was HUGE, I really wanted to eat it all but it was so filling! The Chicken Escalope took up most of my plate (which wasn't small!) it was cooked perfectly and definitely something I would choose to have again. 

It's also worth noting that I was also eying up the new lighter options which are 500 calories or below. What caught my eye particularly in that range was the Ultimate Steak Salad. A 6oz flat iron Steak, with grilled peppers, courgette, red onion, mixed leaf salad, tomatoes and a French dressing. 

Pudding was an easy choice for both of us, Salted Caramel apple crumble! We both love anything salted caramel and this was no exception. It was delicious, had just the right amount of salted caramel sauce! The table next to us had the new trifle slice which I have to say did look rather yummy!

Reading all of this you may think that we had a 'date night' but actually Millie was with us too! The children's menu has not changed, but I don't think that is a bad thing. Beefeater seem to have it just right where Children are concearned. Millie loves the visual menu and being able to choose each step of her meal. It's such good value for money too, with a 3 course children's meal with a drink only costing £5.99. 

Craig and I also thought it was worth mentioning that no matter what Beefeater we have had the pleasure of eating in, the staff have always been amazing. Eurika Park was no exception, as usual we felt that the staff came across very family friendly, taking the time to listen to what Millie had to say and also very attentive but not in an intrusive kind of way. For us this makes a family meal out with young children a lot more enjoyable than we have experienced in other establishments and is the main reason that we will return. Happy children = happy parents! 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Millie ice skating without the penguin!

As most of you will know, over the last few weeks Millie has got a new hobby. Ice Skating. Over the weeks her confidence has been up and down. Last week was quite a down week and although she didn't want to leave her penguin she picked up speed.

But this week was very much an up week .... 

She really amazed us today! She didn't really want to use her penguin at all, and at one point she skated off so fast without me that I used her penguin to catch up! 

We also took Chester today, as it was the first time he had shown any interest in wanting to go. He was very nervous at first but he really enjoyed himself and Millie really enjoyed 'teaching' him. 

It was great to see them both enjoying something together. A really lovely treat on Mothers Day! 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

World Book Day 2016. Chester is transformed into Peter Rabbit!

At School recently Chester's class have been learning all about Peter Rabbit in literacy. So it was not really much of a surprise when he asked to dress up as Peter Rabbit for world book day.

Sadly I couldn't find any Peter Rabbit costumes so it was down to me to think outside of the box. I managed to buy a pair of chinos, a white t shirt and a blue jacket. So all I needed were accessories to pull it together. 

I started with the tail, by making a giant Pom Pom... 

Next I used some felt to sew together some brown ears...

And then I used orange felt, green felt and some cotton wool to make a carrot! 

The finished result was a very tired Mummy, but more importantly a very happy Chester! 

Did your children dress up for World Book Day this year?!