A few weeks back Adam made corn dogs, since then he has been talking about buying a chip pan to fry them in. We did buy an electrical one a few years back but took it straight back as it was far to small. So I got on the Internet and found a chip pan that works on the hob. So that night we had home made chips, gammon and peas and I must say they were very nice even if the house did smell like a chip shop afterwards.
For a few weeks now I have noticed Eleanor's been banging her feet on the end of her carrycot as she has run out of space in there. So this week we put her cot up in our room, but we had to go and buy some new sheets as I couldn't find Edwards ones. We popped over to Mothercare and they had a sale on so we bought her a new sleeping bag, it is slightly to big for her but the way she is growing it wont be long before shes filling it. As soon as she was in there out went the arms in to space she had never experienced while sleeping in her bed before.
As we were in Oxford today we thought it was the perfect opportunity to take Spike the urchin back to The Goldfish Bowl. We bought him back in the summer but he has just grown and grown and recently he has started to attack some of the corals in the tank. So Adam set about catching him with a couple of kitchen utensils and I got a Lock and Lock tub ready for him to go in. While in the shop we bought a new Anemone to replace the one that sadly died. This time it is a purple tip anemone and is huge.
For Christmas Mark bought me a book about sock creatures which came with the socks to make one of the creatures. So I dusted off my sewing machine and set about making him. The instructions weren't really written in the easiest way but I got there in the end so here he is.
As part of my new years resolution I decided that we should eat more vegetables and I should make the effort to make meals from scratch or at least buy fresh vegetables. So Eleanor and I drove over to the vegetable barn in Hinton Waldrist and bought some carrots, potatoes, broccoli and a cabbage. The barn is in a really lovely location so it is quite nice to drive over there and see what he has to offer, even if the car does get covered in mud!
The highlight of the week though has to be going out for lunch to The Blue Ginger in Steventon with Adams family for Ian's Birthday. It was also the first time we had been anywhere nice to eat since Eleanor's been born. I had planned that she would be asleep to whole time we were there but in true Eleanor style she smelt the food and was wide awake but was no trouble at all. The food was lovely to and were were the only people in the place for most of the time.
After the meal we all came back to ours for puddings. I have been dying to use my cupcake stand since I was given it last Christmas. I made what I thought would be enough cupcakes on the Saturday but needed to make a few more on Sunday morning so I had enough to fill the stand as I was very pleased with how hey all looked when they were on the stand.
They had forecast snow this week and it finally arrived in the early hours of Monday morning, I had a sneaky peck out of the window after feeding Eleanor at 3am so I knew before the children but as soon as they knew they leaped out of their beds, came down ate their breakfasts, got dressed and went out to play in the snow before school. Sadly for them by the time they came home the snow had all melted.